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There's really no place to go but up for the Pioneers of Sacred Heart.
Outside of a 12-win season in 2003-04, the Pioneers have been cellar dwellers in the NEC since making the jump to Division I before the 1999-2000 season.
"We've been playing our dues, but now we are interested in collecting some dividends," said coach Dave Bike, who helped build Sacred Heart into a Division II power before it made the jump to D-I.