Razor-Thin Margin Separates First and Second in Race for Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup

The Cup made its way back to Fairfield, CT last year.

The fall and winter sports seasons are in the books, the NEC Commissioner’s Cup points are tallied and there is still A LOT to be determined.

With all spring sports yet to be factored into the equation, Sacred Heart (126.95) leads Saint Francis U (126.43) by only a fraction of one point in the race for the Overall Commissioner’s Cup.

Both the Pioneers and Red Flash are poised to significantly bump their point totals this spring. Sacred Heart already secured the women’s golf team championship while Saint Francis U is in the midst of an historic campaign on the softball diamond and can lock up first place with one more victory this weekend.

Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U are also the top-two names in the standings for both the women’s and men’s individual cups. SHU leads SFU in the women’s race while SFU has a similar advantage over SHU in the battle for the men’s title.

Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson are tied for the most Commissioner’s Cups all-time with six. SHU captured the Cup for the sixth time last spring, ending Bryant’s two-year run as overall champion.

Bobby Valentine’s Pioneers also won the Joan Martin Women’s Cup last year, but finished second to Bryant in the men’s race.

Cup points are awarded in each NEC sponsored sport. For men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, football, women’s bowling, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and baseball, the final regular season standings are used to determine Cup points. Starting with the 2012-13 season, the Conference began awarding three bonus points to the NEC Tournament champion in those sports. In all other sports, points are awarded based on the finish at NEC Championship events.





Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup (Overall)

  1. Sacred Heart        210.68
  2. Bryant                   196.48
  3. Saint Francis U   190.21

Joan Martin Women’s Commissioner’s Cup

  1. Sacred Heart         123.99
  2. Saint Francis U     108.62
  3. Bryant                     101.28

NEC Men’s Commissioner’s Cup

  1. Bryant                   95.20
  2. Sacred Heart        86.69
  3. Saint Francis U    81.59



#Throwback: Saint Francis U SWA Erika Renwick speaks after the Red Flash captured the 2014 Joan Martin Women’s Cup

Respect and Class… These NEC Teams Have Plenty of It

The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect this past winter sports season.

For the ninth year running, the league handed out a Team Sportsmanship Award in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s swimming & diving, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field and women’s bowling.

Wagner was the only school to produce multiple winners this winter. The Seahawks picked up a fourth consecutive award for women’s swimming & diving and added the honor in men’s indoor track & field.

Saint Francis U men’s basketball, Caldwell women’s bowling and St. Francis Brooklyn women’s indoor track & field were all repeat recipients.

Since the NEC Team Sportsmanship program was instituted in 2008, Saint Francis U has won a conference-best 35 awards.

The NEC’s Team Sportsmanship Award winners were chosen through a vote of team captains and coaches from throughout the conference.



This Date in Tournament History: March 1, 2007 – Sacred Heart Drops 100 on Wagner

Sacred Heart's Joey Henley posted a double-double in a win over Wagner on this date in NEC Tournament history.

Sacred Heart’s Joey Henley posted a double-double in a win over Wagner on this date in 2007.


March 1, 2007 – Sacred Heart Drops 100 on Wagner

Sacred Heart, the last team to hit the century mark in a NEC Tournament game, posted a 100-68 win over Wagner on this date in history.

Eleven Pioneers played in the game and all eleven found the scoring column. Dual-sport star Joey Henley led five Sacred Heart scorers in double figures with 20 points in 22 minutes.

The Pioneers, who shot 58.8 percent from the floor, dominated their opponent down low, out-scoring Wagner by a 56-14 margin in the paint.

Following the 100-point eruption, Sacred Heart went on to defeat Quinnipiac in the semifinal round and advanced the NEC Championship Game for the first time in program history.

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They are two of the top-three teams in the conference standings and they’ve made for some memorable meetings in recent years.

First-place Sacred Heart and third-place Saint Francis U will clash again in Monday night’s NEC regular season finale and ESPN3 will carry the action live.

On Wednesday, the Northeast Conference announced that the Pioneers and the Red Flash would occupy the wildcard slot on its Game of the Week schedule.

SFU and SHU will tip off in Loretto at 7:00 pm ET on February 27. Craig D’Amico (play-by-play) and Coach Pam Roecker (color) will have the call.

Sacred Heart triumphed in the season’s first meeting with SFU, posting a 73-63 win in Fairfield on December 31. SHU sophomore forward Katherine Haines logged a double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds) while reigning NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel scored 18 points. The Pioneers limited the Red Flash to a 6-for-28 sample from downtown.

Jessica Mannetti and Joe Haigh have coached against one another in the NEC Tournament in two of the past three years. Mannetti’s Pioneers recorded a 92-71 victory over the Flash in the 2016 NEC semifinal round. In 2014, Haigh’s Red Flash outlasted the Pioneers in a quarterfinal round classic. The 132-124 two-overtime affair ranks as the second-highest scoring game in NCAA Division I women’s history.