Here’s a look at the Northeast Conference’s latest weekly award winners in the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse…
It was one of the easiest decisions Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris has ever had to make.
One of the first NCAA Division I conferences to do so, the NEC proudly signed on as an official partner for the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign. The program, which was launched this past fall, is aimed at keeping women and men free from sexual assault.
“When the White House unveiled the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign in mid-September and highlighted the alarming statistic that estimates one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, it was abundantly clear that the NEC should join the campaign,” said the NEC Commissioner.
Enthusiastically enlisting in the fight against sexual assault, the NEC charged its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with the task of spearheading the effort.
The NEC’s SAAC leaders took the “It’s On Us” pledge on video, and urged others to do the same, during their annual meeting this past fall.
“[Our goal] is to not only promote awareness about sexual assault but to utilize our student-athletes to help spread the message of how we can help prevent sexual assault on college campuses,” said Morris.
In addition to student-athletes verbally persuade their peers to join the cause, the NEC has used numerous digital media to spread awareness and encourage participation.
An “It’s On Us” banner ad appears on the main page of the conference’s official website and the NEC’s official “It’s On Us” video can been viewed on-demand via NEC Front Row, the league’s online digital network. The conference has also used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to proliferate the message.
“The NEC is proud to participate in this program and applaud the many students across each of our ten member institutions who have already taken the pledge,” said Morris.
“If you haven’t taken the pledge, we urge you to join us in being part of the solution….take the pledge at It’sOnUs.org!”
For more on the campaign visit ItsOnUs.org.
This pledge is a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.
It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.
To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Bryant went 3-0 last week and sophomore Matt Albanese went deep in all three contests.
Belting four homers in 10 at-bats and slugging 1.600, Albanese’s individual performance landed Bryant’s centerfielder on the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week list.
Albanese was one of two non-pitchers to earn Collegiate Baseball News’ weekly honor, joining South Florida first baseman Buddy Putnam.
Albanese became the second Bulldog to earn a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor since the program joined the NEC in 2009. Kevin Brown, the 2013 NEC Player of the Year and a MLB Draft pick, won the award as a senior.
Read the latest list of Louisville Slugger Player of the Week honorees via Collegiate Baseball News
Albanese was also named the NEC Player of the Week on March 30. Here’s the recap of his week…
NEC Player of the Week
MATT ALBANESE, BRYANT
So., OF, R/R, 6-2, 200 lbs, East Haddam, CT/Xavier
Week 5 Stats: 3 app, .400 BA (4-for-10), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1.600 slugging
All four of Albanese’s hits came in the form of home runs last week. The sophomore outfielder went deep in each of Bryant’s three victories en-route to a 1.600 slugging percentage. Compiling a .500 on-base percentage, Albanese did not strike out in any of the three games. He batted .400 with eight RBI, four runs scored, one walk and one HBP. Albanese homered twice during Bryant’s 7-6 comeback victory over UMass Lowell. The second-year Bulldog led off the fourth inning by blasting a solo shot and his two-run bomb in the seventh frame cut Bryant’s deficit to 6-5. Albanese provided the only runs starting pitcher Kyle Wilcox would need in a 3-0 win over Hartford. He launched a three-run bomb to left-centerfield to break a scoreless tie in the first half of Sunday’s double dip with the Hawks. In the nightcap, a 3-2 victory, Albanese’s two-run shot down the leftfield line pulled Bryant even at 2-2.
The #NECselfie contest is down to the final stage and an all-St. Francis Brooklyn championship round awaits.
Top-seeded @gabbspinn overcame a wide deficit in the final hours of the semifinal round, edging No. 4 seed @toriiigee, 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent, for a berth in the title tilt.
Meanwhile, No. 6 seed @harryodell6’s Cinderella run continued. @harryodell6, who earned one of the two at-large berths in the 8-selfie championship bracket, came from behind to top No. 7 seed @UncleJesseN, 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent.
Championship Round Fan Voting will unfold on Friday, March 27. The polls will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #6 @harryodell6
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Semifinal Round Results
It truly IS Madness!
The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds suffered opening round exits in our #NECselfie Tournament.
Semifinal round fan voting will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 25.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #4 @toriiigee
Vote in 1 vs. 4 Matchup
#6 harryodell6 vs. #7 @UncleJesseN_
Vote in 6 vs. 7 Matchup
Quarterfinal Round Results
Vote for the top game faces below. Quarterfinal round voting will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET on Monday, March 23.
The four head-to-head winners will advance to the semifinal round voting, which will be held on Wednesday, March 25.
The #NECselfie championship round vote will happen on Friday, March 27.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #8 @JennaMedina21
Vote in 1 vs. 8 Matchup
#2 lindsayroberts_ vs. #7 @UncleJesseN_
Vote in 2 vs. 7 Matchup
#3 @TEAdv vs. @harryodell6
Vote in 3 vs. 6 Matchup
#4 @toriiigee vs. #5 @JanaBrittany
Vote in 4 vs. 5 Matchup