2019-20 Football News

  • SHU Student-Athlete Sit Down Ep. 4- Julius Chestnut
    May 26, 2020
    We caught up with SHU Football rising junior Julius Chestnut in episode 4 of the SHU Student-Athlete Sit Down series! Dan Gardella checks in to see what he's been doing during the offseason, looking ahead to the next season and a recap of the season before! #WeAreSHU
  • Four Pioneers Earn NSCA All-America Honors
    March 27, 2020
    Olivia Dabney (women’s basketball), DeAndre Byrd (football), Josh Sokol (Football), and Hailey Power (field hockey) were the Pioneer honorees this season
  • Northeast Conference Cancels All Remaining 2019-20 Competitions & Practices
    March 13, 2020
    This policy applies to all 32 SHU Division I athletic programs.
  • Football Signs Eight on National Signing Day, Boosting Incoming Freshmen Class to 27
    February 05, 2020
    Sacred Heart head football coach Mark Nofri has announced the addition of eight to National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. Combined with the 19 NLI signings the Pioneers made back on Dec. 20, this signals the largest incoming class in Coach Nofri’s eight-year tenure at SHU. The eight newest Pioneers joins the SHU Class of 2014 and will take the field for the first time in the fall of 2020.
  • Football Adds 19 Early Signees on National Signing Day
    December 20, 2019
    Sacred Heart head football coach Mark Nofri has announced the signing of 19 to National Letters of Intent in the Early National Signing period. This signals the largest number of early NLI signees in the eight years Coach Nofri has been at the helm for SHU. The 19 newest Pioneers join the SHU Class of 2024 and will take the field for the first time in the fall of 2020.
  • Julius Chestnut Named Third Team All-American by Associated Press and STATS
    December 19, 2019
    The postseason honors keep pouring in for Sacred Heart football RB Julius Chestnut as the sophomore earned Third Team All-American honors from two publications, the Associated Press and STATS.
  • Julius Chestnut and J.D. DiRenzo Collect All-ECAC Honors
    December 18, 2019
    The Sacred Heart football team saw a pair of players – RB Julius Chestnut (First Team) and LT J.D. DiRenzo (Second Team) – earn All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors, as announced by the league on Wednesday morning.
  • Josh Sokol, Chris Agyemang and Julius Chestnut Named All-New England
    December 02, 2019
    Three members of the Sacred Heart football team – C Josh Sokol, DE Chris Agyemang and RB Julius Chestnut – have been recognized by the New England Football Writers as Division I All-New England honorees. Three All-New England honorees is tied for the highest total single-season total in program history as the only other time SHU has seen three All-New England selections in the same season came in 2013.
  • Julius Chestnut and Tyrese Chambers Named Finalists for National Awards
    November 27, 2019
    Sacred Heart sophomore RB Julius Chestnut is among a group of 26 finalists for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the FCS Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first Pioneer in program history to be named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. In addition, first-year WR Tyrese Chambers is one of 20 finalists for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, given to the nation’s Freshman Player of the Year.
  • Tyrese Chambers Named NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year; Six Pioneers Named All-Conference
    November 27, 2019
    Eight members of the Sacred Heart football team were honored Wednesday by the Northeast Conference with the announcement of the All-Conference teams and postseason individual awards. First-year WR Tyrese Chambers was voted as the NEC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year while five Pioneers earned a spot on the All-NEC First Team.
  • Football’s Last-Minute Comeback Falls Short in 16-14 Loss at Robert Morris
    November 23, 2019
    Staging a comeback bid trailing by two late in the fourth quarter, the Sacred Heart football team came feet away from victory as a potential game-winning field goal attempt was booted just wide left which sealed a 16-14 win for Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon from Joe Walton Stadium. The thrilling end to the season completes the 2019 campaign for both teams as SHU finishes 7-5 (4-3 NEC) overall while the Colonials move to 7-5 (6-1 NEC) with today’s result.
  • Football Travels to Robert Morris on Saturday for 2019 Season Finale
    November 20, 2019
    Owners of a four-game win streak for the first time since 2016, the Sacred Heart football team looks to finish the 2019 season on a high note as the Pioneers hit the road for a trip to face Robert Morris on Saturday at Noon from Joe Walton Stadium. Facing a Colonial team that had their own five-game win streak snapped last week at CCSU, these two teams battle in a game wherein the winner has a strong chance at finishing second in the league standings. SHU looks to continue a prolonged run of success in games against RMU as the Pioneers are riding a six-game win streak versus the Colonials, SHU’s longest-active win streak against any opponent.
  • Chris Agyemang Named NEC Defensive Co-Player of the Week
    November 18, 2019
    Spearheading another sensational defensive performance, Sacred Heart football senior DE Chris Agyemang earned Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon.
  • Football Charges Past Lehigh in Fourth Quarter of 13-6 Senior Day Victory
    November 16, 2019
    In a game dominated by both defenses, the Sacred Heart football team trailed 6-0 heading into the fourth quarter but pulled out a 13-6 victory behind a pair of Julius Chestnut touchdowns and several more key defensive plays on Saturday afternoon from Campus Field. The Pioneers’ fourth straight win, including their third over a Patriot League opponent this season, moves SHU to 7-4 on the season while Lehigh falls to 4-6 in 2019.
  • Noah Provenzano Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 First Team
    November 14, 2019
    Sacred Heart football graduate student Noah Provenzano was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 1 Football First Team, as announced by the organization on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Provenzano wins his first career CoSIDA Academic All-District honor and becomes the third player in program history to earn the distinctive academic honor. This announcement makes Provenzano immediately eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which will be voted on by the CoSIDA membership and announced in December.
  • Football Hosts Lehigh for Senior Day on Saturday in the Final Home Game of 2019
    November 13, 2019
    Owners of three straight wins, the Sacred Heart football team heads into their final home game of the 2019 season looking to make one final impression on the home fans as the Pioneers host Lehigh on Saturday at 12:00 PM. SHU will honor its 20-member Class of 2020 seniors prior to the start of play. This non-conference meeting with the Mountain Hawks is the Pioneers’ final non-conference game of the season as well as the first all-time meeting against Lehigh.
  • Marquez McCray Named NEC Rookie of the Week
    November 11, 2019
    Making his first career start on Saturday, Sacred Heart redshirt freshman QB Marquez McCray helped lead the Pioneers to a convincing 41-7 home win over Wagner and for his efforts, McCray picked up Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon.
  • Julius Chestnut Named College Sports Madness NEC Offensive Player of the Week
    November 10, 2019
    Sacred Heart sophomore RB Julius Chestnut has been named NEC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, as announced on Sunday morning. Chestnut’s efforts on the ground helped lead the Pioneers to a 41-7 win over Wagner on Saturday afternoon in which SHU scored 41 unanswered points in the second half of play.
  • Football Matches School Record with Eight Takeaways, Scores 41 Unanswered to Topple Wagner
    November 09, 2019
    Trailing 7-0 at the half, the Sacred Heart football team put on an inspired second half effort, scoring 41 unanswered points to topple Wagner, 41-7, from Campus Field on Saturday afternoon. A third straight league win pushes SHU to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in Northeast Conference play while the Seahawks fall back to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
  • Football Looks to Extend Win Streak at Home on Military Appreciation Day Against Wagner
    November 07, 2019
    Back-to-back NEC road wins has the Sacred Heart football team flying high with a return to Campus Field set for this week against the Wagner Seahawks. The Pioneers toppled both Saint Francis U (36-33 in overtime) and Bryant (24-17) in consecutive conference games away from home and make a return trip to Fairfield looking to stymie a two-game NEC home losing streak. SHU defeated the Seahawks 41-14 in a dominating performance in Staten Island last season but face a stiff challenge against a Wagner squad with high-end talent on both sides of the ball.
  • Tyrese Chambers Named to FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List
    November 06, 2019
    First-year WR Tyrese Chambers of the Sacred Heart football team has been named to the 2019 FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List, an award handed annually to the nation's top freshman, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Julius Chestnut Named NEC Offensive Player of the Week
    November 04, 2019
    A career-high 203 rushing yards on Saturday earned Sacred Heart football RB Juilus Chestnut the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Chestnut picks up his second NEC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the 2019 campaign as he joins CCSU QB Aaron Winchester as the lone players in the conference who’ve earned the award multiple times this season.
  • Football Earns Second Straight NEC Road Win, Defeating Bryant, 24-17
    November 02, 2019
    Taking control of the ball leading by seven at their own 4-yard line, the Sacred Heart football team steamrolled their way up the field behind RB Julius Chestnut as the Pioneers salted away a 24-17 road Northeast Conference victory over Bryant at Beirne Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A second straight win over the Bulldogs in the annual series moves SHU back over .500 in both the overall (5-4) and NEC record (3-2) while Bryant drops to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the league.
  • Football Travels to Bryant for NEC Saturday Showdown
    October 31, 2019
    On the heels of a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory over SFU, the Sacred Heart football team heads back on the road for another Northeast Conference showdown as the Pioneers take on the Bryant Bulldogs on Saturday from Beirne Stadium at 1:00 PM. This sets up for a great showdown as the Pioneers look to avenge a 48-45 defeat the last time SHU faced Bryant in Smithfield back in the 2017 season.
  • Football Storms Back to Defeat Saint Francis U, 36-33, in Overtime
    October 26, 2019
    Trailing by 10 midway through the third quarter, the Sacred Heart football team didn’t go away as the Pioneers tied the score late in the fourth and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime to topple Saint Francis U, 36-33, on Saturday afternoon from DeGol Field. The much-needed victory snaps a three-game losing streak for SHU as the Pioneers improve to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEC.
  • Football Ready for NEC Saturday Showdown at Saint Francis U
    October 25, 2019
    The Sacred Heart football team looks to regain their footing on Saturday as the Pioneers head back on the road for a showdown at Saint Francis U at Noon. Much is at stake for both teams as SHU looks to get back in the win column after dropping three straight while SFU looks to keep pace near the top of the conference standings. Saturday’s kickoff also serves as the Red Flash’s Homecoming game which can be seen for free live on NEC Front Row.
  • Football Dropped by Duquesne, 20-6, on Family Weekend
    October 19, 2019
    slow start and lack of offensive production proved too much to overcome for the Sacred Heart football team in a 20-6 loss at home to fellow defending NEC Co-Champion Duquesne on Saturday from Campus Field. The Pioneers’ third straight loss drops SHU to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play while the Dukes improve to 4-2 overall and remain unbeaten at 2-0 in the league.
  • Football Welcomes Fellow Defending NEC Co-Champion Duquesne for Family Weekend on Saturday
    October 17, 2019
    With tons on the line for both teams, the Sacred Heart football team has a huge NEC game ahead this weekend as the defending NEC Co-Champion Duquesne comes to town for a Noon start on Saturday in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3. Both sides went 5-1 in league play last season but a 28-24 triumph for the Dukes in Pittsburg proved the difference as Duquesne advanced to the FCS Playoffs by-way of their win over the Pioneers. Now the top two teams in the preseason NEC poll meet with plenty of postseason implications at-stake as both look to elevate their chances of another league title.
  • Tyrese Chambers Earns Fourth NEC Rookie of the Week Award of 2019
    October 14, 2019
    For the fourth time this season, Sacred Heart football first-year WR Tyrese Chambers has earned Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. Chambers exploded for another monster outing in Saturday’s road loss to Penn in Franklin Field.
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