2013 News

  • SHU Football and Volleyball Receive NEC Fall Sportsmanship Awards
    January 07, 2014
    Somerset, NJ – The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced the Sacred Heart Football and Women's Volleyball teams as the winners of the 2014 NEC Spring Team Sportsmanship Award for their respective sports Wednesday afternoon.
  • J.D. Roussel Named to AP All-American Team
    December 23, 2013
    Senior defensive back J.D. Roussel (Pawtucket, RI) was named an Associated Press third team All-American as announced Friday afternoon. Roussel joins juniors Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) and Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) who were named All-Americans by The Sports Network last week. Since 2001, Sacred Heart has earned 14 All-America honors.
  • Spence and Moore Named Sports Network All-Americans
    December 18, 2013
    Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) and junior defensive lineman Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) have been named All-Americans as announced by The Sports Network Wednesday afternoon. Spence and Moore join Kayode Mwawe (2000) as the only Pioneers in program history to be named FCS All-Americans. The Sacred Heart football team won the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship and earned the program's first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs.
  • Sacred Heart Football Announces Summer Clinics
    December 11, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Head Coach Mark Nofri has announced the dates of Sacred Heart football's annual One-Day Developmental Football clinics. The reigning Northeast Conference Champs will host clinics at the Pitt Center and Campus Field on Saturday, June 7th and Friday, June 20th. The clinics are open to all players entering grades 9-12.
  • Link, Moore, Spence Named All-New England
    December 03, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Following a historic 2013 season for the Sacred Heart football team, running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA), offensive lineman Paul Link (East Greewich, RI), and defensive lineman Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) have all been named to the FCS All-New England team, as voted by the New England Football Writers’ Association Monday evening. Last season, just one Pioneer, linebacker Tyler Foehr, earned All-New England honors.
  • Pioneers Fall in FCS Playoffs 37-27 at Fordham
    November 30, 2013
    BRONX, NY – In their first-ever FCS Playoff game, the Sacred Heart Pioneers turned the ball over a season-high four times, falling 37-27 to the Fordham Rams Saturday afternoon at Jack Coffey Field. The Pioneers finish the season 10-3.
  • Pioneers Head to Fordham for FCS Playoffs First Round
    November 29, 2013
    In the program’s first-ever FCS playoff game, the Sacred Heart FAIRFIELD, Conn - Pioneers travel to take on the Fordham Rams Saturday afternoon at Coffey Field. The 2013 Northeast Conference Champions finished the season on a three game winning streak, clinching the NEC title with a 42-25 win at Robert Morris on November 16th. Fordham closed out its regular season with a convincing 56-19 win at Colgate last Saturday. Sacred Heart and Fordham have never met on the grid iron.
  • NEC Football Champs Win Four Major Awards; Place Ten on All-NEC Teams
    November 27, 2013
    Fairfield, CT – The 2013 Northeast Conference Champion Sacred Heart football team placed a program record 10 players on the All-NEC Football first and second teams, announced on Wednesday morning. Sacred Heart also won four major awards, including Head Coach Mark Nofri being named NEC Coach of the Year.
  • Pioneers will play Fordham in First Round of FCS Playoffs
    November 24, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, CT – The Sacred Heart University football team will be playing at Fordham for the first round of the FCS Playoffs Saturday, November 30th at 1:00 pm as announced on the FCS Playoffs Selection show on ESPNU Sunday morning. Sacred Heart and Fordham have never met on the gridiron.
  • SHU Football Coach Mark Nofri Nominated for FCS Coach of the Year
    November 20, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn - Sacred Heart Head Football Coach Mark Nofri was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision Coach of the Year Wednesday. Coach Nofri led the Pioneers to a 10-2 regular season record on their way to the Northeast Conference Title and a berth into the FCS Playoffs.
  • Gordon Hill Named College Football Performance National Kickoff Returner of the Week
    November 18, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior safety Gordon Hill (Sicklerville, NJ) has been named The Sports Network’s National Kick Returner of the Week. On Saturday, Hill and the Pioneers defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 42-15 to win the 2013 NEC Championship and a berth into the FCS Playoffs.
  • Hill and Noel Earn NEC Weekly Awards
    November 18, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Sacred Heart quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, NJ) and safety Gordon Hill (Sicklerville, NJ) were both honored with Northeast Conference weekly awards this week, following the Pioneers 42-25 win over Robert Morris on Satuday afternoon. Noel hauled in his seventh NEC Rookie of the Week award, while Hill garnered his first Defensive Player of the Week honor. Noel and Hill were both vital pieces in Saced Heart’s wire-to-wire NEC Championship-clinching victory and first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs.
  • Pioneers Defeat Robert Morris 42-25, Capture 2013 Northeast Conference Championship
    November 16, 2013
    The Sacred Heart University football team completed its magical run, winning the Northeast Conference Championship and a berth into the FCS playoffs following a 42-25 win over Robert Morris Saturday afternoon in Moon Township. A year removed from a 2-9 record and a last place NEC finish, Head Coach Mark Nofri and the Pioneers will play in the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history.
  • Sacred Heart Heads to Robert Morris Seeking NEC Title
    November 14, 2013
    The Sacred Heart Pioneers look for a share of the Northeast Conference when they travel to take on the Robert Morris Colonials in Moon Township, Pa. SHU is coming off a 10-0 win over Duquesne last Saturday afternoon. Junior running back Keshaudas Spence ran for 181 yards against the Dukes on his way to breaking the Sacred Heart single season rushing record. Robert Morris comes into this afternoon’s game on a three game winning streak, with wins over Wagner, Bryant and Central Connecticut. Last week, the Colonials defeated CCSU 54-21 in New Britain. Quarterback Paul Jones tossed three touchdowns in the win over CCSU.
  • R.J. Noel Snags Sixth NEC Rookie of the Week Award
    November 11, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Sacred Heart quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA) has been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season. Noel has won the honor four of the last five weeks.
  • Sacred Heart Shuts Down Duquesne 10-0 on Senior Day
    November 09, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) ran into the record books and the Sacred Heart defense recorded its second shutout of the season, as the Pioneers defeated the Duquesne Dukes 10-0 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. Sacred Heart improves to 9-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference.
  • Pioneers and Dukes Set for Pivotal NEC Clash on ESPN3
    November 07, 2013
    The Sacred Heart Pioneers welcome the first place Duquesne Dukes to Campus Field for a key conference showdown to be broadcasted live on ESPN3. With bothteams firmly in the conference title hunt, today’s game will go a long way in deciding who willget a slot in the FCS playoffs. Sacred Heart is coming off a 24-21 win over Monmouth, whileDuquesne comes into this afternoon’s game having defeated Saint Francis University 21-10, onSaturday afternoon. SHU lost to Saint Francis two weeks ago in Loretto, Pa. Duquesne’s loneconference loss comes at the hands of the Bryant Bulldogs, 42-14 in Smithfield, RI on October26th. The Pioneers defeated Bryant 56-28 earlier this season. Sacred Heart will celebrate their 14departing seniors in a ceremony prior to today’s game
  • Noel Hauls in 5th NEC Rookie of the Week Award
    November 04, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Redshirt Sophomore R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA) has been named this week’s Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. It is Noel’s fifth rookie of the week honor this season and the Pioneers’ 13th NEC award of the year.
  • Sacred Heart Holds on for 24-21 Win over Monmouth
    November 02, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn –Coming off a 24-10 loss at Saint Francis, the Sacred Heart Pioneers built a 24-7 halftime lead on the Monmouth Hawks and held on for a 24-21 win Saturday afternoon on Campus Field. Sacred Heart is now 2-0 after a loss this season and improve to 8-2 overall, 3-2 in the Northeast Conference.
  • Pioneers Welcome the Monmouth Hawks to Campus Field
    October 31, 2013
    The Sacred Heart Pioneers welcome former NEC-rival Monmouth to Campus Field for their final non-conference game of the season. Sacred Heart is coming off just their second loss of the season at Saint Francis University on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers held a 7-3 halftime lead but scored a season low three points in the second half on their way to a 24-10 loss. SHU sits at 2-2 in the conference, tied for third place. Bryant and Duquesne are tied for first with just one NEC loss. Monmouth is coming off a thorough 48-23 beating of Cornell over the weekend. Last season, Monmouth defeated Sacred Heart 27-14 in West Long Branch, NJ.
  • Pioneers Look For Three Straight at Saint Francis University
    October 26, 2013
    The Sacred Heart Pioneers look for their third consecutive conference vicory on the road against the Red Flash of Saint Francis University. The Pioneers are 4-0 on the road this season, including their first ever win at Bryant last Saturday. Saint Francis comes into this afternoon’s game following a 28-10 home victory over Monmouth. The Red Flash scored two defensive touchdowns on their way to snapping a two game losing streak. SFU lost their only NEC game of the season to CCSU on October 5th by the score of 38-29.
  • Pioneers Fall 24-10 at Saint Francis
    October 26, 2013
    LORETTO, Penn – The Sacred Heart Pioneers scored its lowest point total of the season, falling to the Saint Francis Red Flash, 24-10, Saturday afternoon at DeGol Field in Loretto, PA. The loss snaps a two game winning streak and puts the Pioneers at 2-2 in the conference and 7-2 overall this season.
  • RJ Noel Joins Jerry Rice Award Watch List
    October 22, 2013
    Sacred Heart quarterback RJ Noel (Lowell, Mass.) was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Tuesday.
  • Spence, Noel, and Moore All Receive NEC Weekly Awards
    October 21, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA), sophomore quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA), and junior defensive Lineman Tory Moore (Worcester, MA) have all been honored with Northeast Conference weekly awards after Sacred Heart’s impressive 56-28 win at Bryant on Saturday. Noel was named Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, Spence the Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, and Moore was named Defensive Player of the Week. The Pioneers have now hauled in 10 NEC weekly honors this season.
  • Troy Moore Named The Sports Network's National Co-Defensive Player of the Week
    October 21, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior defensive lineman Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) has been named The Sport’s Network’s National Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Moore becomes the third Pioneer to win the award this season, joining the ranks of sophomore quarterback R.J Noel (Lowell, MA) and junior defensive back J.D Roussel (Pawtucket, RI).
  • Pioneers Score Early and Often in 56-28 Win over Bryant
    October 19, 2013
    SMITHFIELD, RI – The Sacred Heart Pioneers racked up 500 yards of total offense on their way to a 56-28 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Smithfield, RI. It is Sacred Heart’s first ever win at Bryant and improves their record to 7-1 and 2-1 in the NEC.
  • Pioneers Look For Second NEC Win at Bryant
    October 17, 2013
    The 6-1 Sacred Heart Pioneers hit the road to take on the Bryant Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield, Rhode Island. SHU is looking for their second straight Northeast Conference win, while Bryant is looking to snap a two game losing streak. Bryant is coming off a 41-14 loss to the Brown Bears. This is the first of back-to-back NEC road games for the Pioneers. The Pioneers have never won at Bryant and have lost three straight to the Bulldogs.
  • RJ Noel Named The Sports Network's National Freshman of the Week
    October 14, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn. –Sophomore quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA) was named The Sports Network’ National Freshman Player of the Week. Noel joins junior defensive back Stephan Thomas (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) (Defensive Player of the Week) as two Pioneers who have been honored by The Sports Network so far this season.
  • Noel and Spence Win NEC Weekly Awards
    October 14, 2013
    FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) and sophomore quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA) were both honored with Northeast Conference weekly awards after the Pioneers 59-36 victory over CCSU on Saturday. Spence was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Noel reeled in his third Rookie of the Week honor.
  • Pioneer Offense Shines in 59-36 Win over CCSU
    October 12, 2013
    Sacred Heart junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorcchester, MA) piled up a career-high 211 yards with two scores as the Pioneers ran away with a 59-36 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut Saturday afternoon on Campus Field. The Pioneers forced four turnovers and blocked a punt, all leading to touchdowns in the win and improved to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the NEC.
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