Hardware City Provides Backdrop for Memorable #NECTRACK Championship Meet

Central Connecticut State brought the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships to the Nutmeg State for the first time ever, hosting the two-day event in New Britain.

The hometown crowd had plenty cheer about during the weekend. CCSU secured its third consecutive NEC men’s outdoor team title while Brittany Mendelson put on a show in the distance events.

Be sure to revisit Overtime! Blog later in the week for a photo mosaic from the championships.

 

Official Medal Count

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NEC Front Row Video Recap

Former NBA Lottery Pick Ready to Change CCSU’s Fortunes

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He is certainly no stranger to basketball fans in the state of Connecticut. He’s also familiar with winning.

Donyell Marshall, who was a NBA Lottery Pick in 1994 after starring at UConn, is taking the reins of the Central Connecticut State men’s basketball program.

In an introductory press conference on Thursday morning, CCSU welcomed the man who is stepping in for the legendary Howie Dickenman who retired this past March.

Marshall seemed fully aware of the legacy left behind by Dickenman, who was an assistant coach for UConn before tipping off a remarkable run at Central Connecticut.

“I’ve got tough shoes to fill with Coach D[ickenman] being as great of a coach and a person as he was,” said Marshall.

Following a successful 15-year playing career in the NBA, Marshall served as an assistant coach at both the NCAA Division I and professional levels. Marshall most recently helped the University at Buffalo advance to the NCAA tournament for a second straight year in 2015-16.

As a collegiate player in the early 1990s, Marshall became UConn’s first consensus All-America First Team honoree in 1994. The BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year for the 1993-94 season, he averaged 25.1 points per game and helped the Huskies win 29 games.

 

Hear Coach Marshall mention the excitement he senses at CCSU…

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Bryant Secures Ocean State Bragging Rights, Deals Brown Its First Loss of Season

Shane Morell (above)

Shane Morell (above)

Shane Morrell’s third goal of the night was the charm.

The veteran attackman completed a hat trick by rattling the cage in overtime and sending Bryant to a dramatic 11-10 victory over National No. 2 Brown in Providence.

The Bulldogs trailed the unbeaten Brown Bears by a 9-6 margin with under 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, but rattled off three consecutive tallies within a 1:30 span to tie the score at 9-9.

Brown jumped back in front on Larkin Kemp’s goal with 00:53 remaining, but Bryant would not let Ocean State bragging rights slip away.

Junior Tucker James, who has delivered in key moments since his rookie season (SEE: 2014 NCAA Tournament at Syracuse), took a feed from Morrell and buried one into the net to re-tie the score 26 seconds later.

“We stayed true to the message and belief that we were not going to flinch,” head coach Mike Pressler told BryantBulldogs.com. “The Bryant-Brown game has always come down to a couple of goals. We tied it at nine, they come back and go ahead, but we responded as well. It was a great game of resilience against the number two team in the country, and those last couple of minutes proved that.”

The win over the Ocean State rival was Bryant’s second over a top-tier Ivy League member this season. The Bulldogs topped then-No. 7 Harvard on March 8 in Smithfield.

 

Watch the finish (courtesy of ILDN)…

 

2016 #NECselfie Championship Fan Voting – Final Round

It all comes down to a pair of Bulldogs duking it out to become the “Face of the Northeast Conference” this March.

After two rounds of fan voting, only @lizzzym_ and @aouellette remain standing.

Now, it’s up to YOU to decide which one claims the coveted 2016 #NECselfie championship crown.

Vote for your preferred #NECselfie submission in the head-to-head match-up below. final round voting will be open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm ET on Friday, March 21.

(Each IP address is permitted one vote per hour.)

Updated #NECselfie Bracket

NEC 16 SELFIE BRACKET

#3 aouellette vs. #4 @lizzzym_

Vote in the Final Round