SOMERSET, N.J. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team recorded the highest team grade point average among the seven programs in the Northeast Conference, earning the 2018-19 NEC Team GPA Award. The Pioneers' completed the 2018-19 academic year with a 3.40 combined GPA.
An ultra-successful season in the classroom saw an impressive 30 out of 40 student-athletes on the team own a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, thus qualifying for the NEC Honor Roll. Among those 30 student-athletes, 20 sport a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 and three own a 3.75 or above. Rising junior Logan Liljeberg, a finance major, sports a perfect 4.0 GPA through two collegiate years to lead the team.
On the field, the Pioneers completed another productive campaign that saw SHU equal the program's Div. I single-season wins record with nine. In addition, the Pioneers advanced to the NEC Tournament for a record third straight season and set a Div. I single-season record with five road wins.
As an institution, Sacred Heart's NEC-high 22 sports finished the 2018-19 year with an overall GPA of 3.32. This placed SHU fifth out of the league's 10 schools. Since the beginning of the NEC's Institutional Academic Award in the 2006-07 season, SHU has won the overall academic award three times (co-winners in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). The three victories is tied with Robert Morris and Wagner for the second-most in the league, as the three schools sit behind Saint Francis University who've won the honor four times.