Sacred Heart's Alisa Apo and Marissa Gagliardi Win NEC Winter Scholar-Athlete Awards

April 27, 2010

2009-10 Northeast Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll

Sacred Heart senior Marissa Gagliardi (North Banford, CT) of the bowling team and junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) of the women's basketball were named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners in the respective sports announced on Tuesday by the league office. The Pioneers placed 89 student-athletes on the winter Academic Honor roll and 19 student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, which honors those with a 3.75 or better grade point average.

Apo is the recipient of the 2009-10 NEC Scholar-Athlete award in women's basketball. She was named to the All-NEC first team for the second consecutive season after guiding the Pioneers to 19 wins in the regular season and a third place finish in the conference. The 2008-09 NEC Player of the Year averaged 16.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.1 apg and 1.7 spg. She ranked in the NEC top-15 in seven different categories, including third in scoring and assists, and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio. Apo finished the year with nine outings of 20+ points and her 196 trips to the line was tops among conference players. She was also a three-time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week. The Freehold, NJ native became the 14th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points and currently sits fifth on the program's all-time list with 1,420 points in three seasons. Apo is a Business Administration major who carries a 3.76 grade-point average.

Gagliardi collects Scholar-Athlete honors in women's bowling. Gagliardi was named the Most Valuable Performer at the 2010 NEC Bowling Championship after leading the Pioneers to their first league title this past March. In the tournament, Gagliardi filled 92 percent of the 48 frames she bowled and left only two of 25 frames open during the semifinal and championship rounds. Her last ball of the tournament was a strike that set up the Pioneers' title-clinching double. Gagliardi was also named to the All-NEC second team. During the regular season, she filled 83.0 percent of frames bowled and cashed in on 47 percent of her strike attempts. Set to earn her degree in Business Administration, the North Branford, CT product has compiled a near-perfect 3.96 grade point average.

The 2009-10 NEC winter Academic Honor Roll consisted of 545 student-athletes, a 9.2 percent increase from last year. There were also 116 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, which honors those with a 3.75 or better grade point average. All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

The Sacred Heart members of the 2009-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll are Nick Greenbacker of the men's basketball team, Apo and Kiley Evans of the women's basketball team, Gagliardi, D'Anna Farmer, Virginia Weinmann and Jacqueline Willy of the bowling team, Brian Germain, Scott Kasper, Matthew Lyhne, Yasin Vohra and Matthew Wagner of the men's indoor track & field team, Julianne Cappadona, Elizabeth Corvese, Kimberly DeLoreto, Michelle Navarro and Cristina Soares of the women's indoor track & field team and Stephanie Walters and Amanda Zullo of the swimming team