Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) and Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) were both selected to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Northeast Conference First Team. The Pioneers claimed a second Northeast Conference Championship in three years in 2011 and earned 29 victories, the program's highest win total since joining division I.
Sidor was an All-NEC first team honoree last season and was also dubbed the league's most improved player after a superb sophomore campaign. She posted a .325 batting average for the year and came up big in the NEC Tournament, going a combined 3-for-7 with four RBI. Sidor also used her rise ball effectively to increase her strikeout total in 2011. She picked up nine victories while punching out 151 batters in just 104.1 innings of work. Sidor occupies the pitcher/outfielder position of the College Sports Madness Preseason All-NEC First Team.
Tsipouras became one of the most feared hitters in the Northeast Conference in 2011 and anchored the SHU lineup in the cleanup spot. The tall right hander compiled a blistering .390 batting average along with seven homeruns and a NEC best 39 RBI. Tsipouras also rattled off a 14 game hitting streak in the middle of the season. Opponents avoided her at the end of the season as Tsipouras was issued four walks and went a combined 1-for-3 in the NEC Tournament. Tsipouras holds one of the infield positions on the College Sports Madness Preaseaon All-NEC First Team as the senior has also served as a third baseman and pitcher during her career.
Sacred Heart will begin the defense of its NEC crown as the 2012 season opens February 24 at the Chanticleer Challenge in Myrtle Beach, SC.