FAIRFIELD, CT (October 2, 2010) - The Sacred Heart women's lacrosse team received their 2010 Northeast Conference Championship rings during a halftime ceremony of Saturday's Homecoming football game.
The three-time defending champion Pioneers welcomed their alumni back to Campus Field this week, hosting the annual Alumni Game on Friday night and culminating with Saturday's ring ceremony.
The 2010 Pioneers ran through the Northeast Conference schedule unbeaten last spring, posting a 9-0 record. SHU laid claim to their third-consecutive NEC title with a 12-7 win over Quinnipiac in the championship game. The Pioneers three titles have come with wins over the NEC rival Bobcats.
For the second-straight season, a Pioneer was named the league's Player of the Year as graduate Carissa Hauser took home the honor after posting 79 points on the year. She netted 47 goals with 32 assists. She finished her career as the program's Division I leader in career points (220) and career goals (138).
In the cage, graduate Chelsea Wagner was named the NEC Goalkeeper of the Year and was the nation's leading goalkeeper in save percentage, stopping 57.7% of the shots she faced. She led the NEC with a 7.97 goals against average and 173 saves while posting a 13-4 record. In 11 games against Northeast Conference competition, Wagner held teams to 5.67 goals per game.
In leading SHU to a third-straight championship, head coach Laura Cook earned her second-straight NEC Coach of the Year award.
The 2011 Pioneers will begin defense of their title on February 26th when they open the season at home against Brown.