FAIRFIELD, CT (April 28, 2011) - On the eve of the 2011 Northeast Conference Tournament, four Pioneers were selected to earn All-Northeast Conference honors. Sacred Heart sophomore attacker Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY) was named to the All-NEC first team while senior midfielder Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY) and junior midfielder Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY) earned spots on the second team. Freshman Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) was named to the NEC's All-Rookie team.
Pepe was the quarterback of a Pioneer attack that ranked fourth in the NEC in scoring this year averaging 10.81 goals per game. Pepe led the Pioneers and was third in the Northeast Conference with 27 assists, a 1.69 per game average. She was tied for second on the team in scoring with 46 points on the year, ranking her 10th among league leaders (2.88 pg). Pepe's 27 assists this season currently ranks fourth in the SHU record book, nine off the school record (38 - Mary Montesarchio, 2008).
Kmiotek becomes a three-time All-NEC honoree with her second team selection this season. She was a first team pick in 2010 and a second team pick as a freshman in 2009. Kmiotek enters the NEC Tournament after putting together her second-straight 50 point season. She is third in the NEC in points, leading the Pioneers with 56 on the year (3.50 pg). Her 36 goals is fifth among league leaders, averaging 2.25 goals per game. Kmiotek is the only player in the NEC to rank in the top-10 in all three major statistical categories, completing the trifecta by ranking seventh in assists (1.25 pg). She broke the 100 goal mark of her career (101) and now ranks ninth all-time at SHU for career points (138) and ninth in career goals.
After missing the last two seasons, Ingrilli returned to all-conference form in 2011. She was an All-NEC second team pick as a freshman in 2008. Ingrilli's all-around game is a key for the Pioneers as the open postseason play. She is fourth on the team in scoring with 26 goals but leads the team with 40 draw controls, 39 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.
Russo was a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week pick in 2011 earning a spot on the six-player All-Rookie team. Russo was the league's top-freshman scorer with 31 goals scored this spring. She is tied for the NEC lead with 10 free-position goals on the year and leads the league in shots per game, averaging 6.38 per game.
The three-time defending champion Pioneers begin their NEC Tournament run on Friday afternoon taking on the top-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats at 12:00 noon. SHU is trying to become the first NEC school to capture four-straight NEC titles. Fans can watch all the action live on NortheastConference.TV