Sacred Heart University senior Abigail Hood and junior Emily Orosco were named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year, announced by the NEC office on Thursday. Hood earns the award for women's golf with a 3.98 GPA in Sociology and Education, while Orosco earned the softball honor with a 3.98 GPA in biology.
The NEC also announced the Spring Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner's Honor Roll on Thursday. The Pioneers led all NEC members with 183 selections to the Academic Honor Roll, for a 3.2 GPA or better. In addition, SHU led the conference with 55 selections to the Commissioners Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes with a 3.75 or better GPA. The conference recognized 1,111 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll and 293 on the Commissioner's Honor Roll
Orosco became the fourth Pioneer in school history to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Softball Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) last week. Her 2018 resume is impressive, boasting NEC Co-Pitcher of the Year, Most Improved Player and All-NEC First Team honors to go along with NFCA All-Region Third Team accolades. She was also named an NFCS All-America Scholar-Athlete
Orosco recorded a 14-5 record in the circle for the Pioneers this past season including six shutouts along with an NEC leading 1.34 earned run average. She registered double-digit strikeouts on eight occasions as her 206 strikeouts on the year paced the NEC. Her 9.7 strikeouts per seven innings this season ranked 9th in the NCAA.
Hood capped her collegiate playing career earlier this spring by earning her third All-NEC Second Team selection. Hood posted four top-10 finishes including three in the top-five with a scoring average of 81.1. Hood recorded a two-round score of 153 to tie for fourth at the Lonnie Barton Invitational. She capped her career with her third career top-five finish at the NEC Championships finishing tied for fourth overall. She helped lead the Pioneers to their first-ever NEC Championship, in 2017.
Hood was presented the John Croffy Award at the 26th Annual Senior Awards Brunch, presented annually to the graduating male and female student-athlete with the top GPA in the senior class. She was also inducted into the C. Donald Cook Scholar-Athlete Society.
Hood and Orosco give the Pioneers four NEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year for the 2017-18 season. Kate Svensen earned the honor in the fall for cross country and Amanda Nardiello earned the honor this winter for bowling.