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Sacred Heart All-American Bowler<br>Jacqueline Carbonetto Was One of Six Honored
Sacred Heart All-American Bowler
Jacqueline Carbonetto Was One of Six Honored

Northeast Conference Announces 2011-12 Winter Scholar-Athletes


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Somerset, NJ --
Two student-athletes from Sacred Heart, along with one each from Central Connecticut State, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris and St. Francis (NY) make up the 2011-12 Winter Scholar-Athlete award winners for the Northeast Conference (NEC).

Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its winter Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 533 student-athletes.  There were also 139 student-athletes named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll 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.

St. Francis (NY) senior Stefan Perunicic (Belgrade, Serbia/Dimitrije Tucovic) is the NEC’s scholar-athlete honoree in men’s basketball.  One of the all-time great Terrier sharpshooters, Perunicic finished his four-year career second in school history and fifth in league annals with 280 three-pointers.  In 2011-12, the Serbian native drilled 73 shots from long range and ranked second on the circuit with 2.5 makes per game and a 42.4 percent success rate from beyond the arc.  Perunicic, who averaged 11.6 ppg as a senior, became the 27th member of the St. Francis (NY) 1,000-point club and netted 1,163 points during his time in Brooklyn Heights.  A Dean’s List student all seven of his semesters, his 3.90 grade point average is the highest of any SFC student-athlete.  Perunic will graduate with a degree in Management.
Sacred Heart senior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley North) wins the women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete award.  Taylor was named the 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year, and then earned a spot on the NEC All-Tournament team after she helped spark the Pioneers to their second NEC championship of her four year tenure in Fairfield.  She nearly averaged a double-double as a senior with 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and was a four-time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week.  The ECAC second team all-star ranked in the NEC top-ten in five categories this past season: second in rebounding and three-point percentage (.416), third in field goal percentage (.494), sixth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and 10th in made three-pointers (1.63/game).  One of the most decorated players in league history, Taylor ended her career as a three-time All-NEC performer.  Her 52 career double-doubles are more than any player in league annals, and she ranks eighth all-time in the conference in scoring (1,822) and third in rebounding (1,123).  Likewise, she set the Sacred Heart career rebounding mark this past season.  Taylor, a native of Overland Park, KS, was tabbed to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight year.  She majors in Exercise Science and maintains a 3.56 grade point average.
Sacred Heart junior Jacqueline Carbonetto (Blauvelt, NY/Tappan Zee) takes home Scholar-Athlete plaudits in women’s bowling.  A first team NTCA All-American, Carbonetto led the Pioneers to their second NEC title in three years and a berth in the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in program history.  She was a first team All-NEC pick who finished third at the highly competitive Kutztown Invitational and bowled a perfect 300 game at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas en-route to an 18th place finish.  Sacred Heart’s anchor averaged 21.47 pins per frame and filled 89.6 percent of frames bowled during NEC regular season play.  Her frame average was the highest amongst all bowlers in the 10-team league that featured five NTCA All-Americans during the 2011-12 campaign.  Throwing 35 strikes in 63 attempts, Carbonetto posted a 20.45 baker frame average at the 2012 NEC Championships where Sacred Heart went 4-0 and defeated two-time NCAA champion Fairleigh Dickinson in the title match.  Overall, she logged a 208.61 traditional game average over the course of the NCAA regular season.  Carbonetto, who hails from Blauvelt, NY, has compiled a 3.46 grade point average majoring in Marketing.
Central Connecticut State junior Taylor Friedmann (Berlin, CT/Berlin) collects women’s swimming and diving Scholar-Athlete accolades.  Friedmann comes off a spectacular 2012 NEC Championship meet in February in which she won the 200 and 500 freestyle events, and placed second in the 1,650 free for the Blue Devils, who were narrowly edged for the team title.  She also anchored CCSU relay teams in the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley, all of which finished second, as well as the third place 200 free squad.  Freidmann subsequently earned a pair of first team All-NEC nods along with a second team honor for her performance.  She is the school record holder in the 200 and 500 freestyle.  The Berlin, CT native is a Mathematics Education major with a 3.59 grade point average.
Mount St. Mary’s senior Gigi Gibilisco (Newtown, PA/Notre Dame NJ)) claims the men’s indoor track and field scholar-athlete award.  This marks the second NEC scholar-athlete honor for the Newtown, PA product, who was recognized last spring in outdoor track and field.  Gibilisco won the 800 meter race at the NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships this past February with a time of 1:52.26 and ran the anchor leg of the Mount’s winning 4x400 relay team.  He went on to break a 35-year old school record in the 800 at the IC4A Championships, clocking in at 1:49.80 in the prelims, before earning All-East honors with a third place finish (1:50.00) in the finals.  A Music major, Gibilisco maintains a 3.87 grade point average.
Robert Morris junior Casey Folga (Erie, PA/Harborcreek) is this year’s recipient of the women’s indoor track and field scholar-athlete honor.  Folga won her second NEC pole vault title at the 2012 NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships, establishing a school record by soaring 11’ 5” (3.48 meters).  She bested her nearest competitor by nine inches in the event and qualified for the ECAC Championships with her mark.  Folga, who calls Erie, PA her hometown, was also the 2011 NEC Outdoor Track & Field pole vault champion.  She major in Early Childhood Education and carries a 3.93 grade point average.

2011-12 Northeast Conference Winter Scholar-Athletes

Sport            Name                  School Cl  GPA   Major
M. Basketball    Stefan Perunicic      SFNY   Sr  3.90  Management
W. Basketball    Callan Taylor         SHU    Sr  3.56  Exercise Science
W. Bowling       Jacqueline Carbonetto SHU    Jr  3.46  Marketing
W. Swimming      Taylor Friedmann      CCSU   Jr  3.59  Math Education
M. Indoor Track  Gigi Gibilisco        MSM    Sr  3.87  Music
W. Indoor Track  Casey Folga           RMU    Jr  3.93  Early Childhood Education

About The Northeast Conference

Now in its 31st year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner. Bryant will become the NEC’s 12th member upon completion of the NCAA Division I reclassification process in 2012. For more information on the NEC, visit