Dukes Will #PutEmUp in NCAA FCS Playoffs

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The Dukes have yearned for this chance for half of a decade.

They shared the NEC title in 2011, but watched Albany go on to represent the conference in the FCS playoffs against then-Big South member Stony Brook.

Duquesne matched Sacred Heart’s first-place record in 2013, but the Pioneers’ head-to-head victory over the Dukes meant Jerry Schmitt’s team would again miss out on the automatic bid to the national tournament.

In 2015 though, the Dukes are top dogs in the NEC. Riding their first-ever outright crown since joining the league for the 2008 campaign, Duquesne heads to CAA tri-champion William & Mary for a NCAA FCS First Round bout on November 28 at 3:30 pm ET.

Fans can watch via ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. Click here to watch DUQUESNE at William & Mary.





Williams, Dukes gearing up for NCAA football playoffsPittsburgh Tribune-Review (Michael Love)

Duquesne opens FCS playoffs with plenty of supportPittsburgh Post-Gazette (Brian Batko)

Dukes have Bluff buzzing with first-ever playoff berth – WTAE.com (Andrew Stockey)



#NECFB Awards Dispersed Throughout League

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The Northeast Conference unveiled its 2015 football honorees via twitter on Wednesday morning.

Each of the five major awards went to members of different NEC programs.

Here is the complete list of honorees…







#TBT: Simic Produced Plenty of Showstopping Moments During Her Time in Downtown Brooklyn

LIU Brooklyn @ Northwestern, September 18, 2009

LIU Brooklyn @ Northwestern, September 18, 2009

Svetlana Simic knows not what losing a championship match feels like.

It isn’t because she has never played in one, either. She actually played in plenty during her Northeast Conference career – four to be exact.

LIU Brooklyn captured six consecutive NEC Volleyball Tournament titles from 2004 through 2009 and Simic was on the court for the last four.

One of the greatest Serbian-born student-athletes in the league’s history, Simic was a four-time all-NEC honoree while competing for a regional powerhouse program.

She capped off her remarkable collegiate career in style, capturing the 2009 NEC Player of the Year award as a senior and proceeding to spearhead another triumphant run through the conference tournament. Simic tallied 12 kills and nine digs during a 3-0 sweep of Sacred Heart in the championship match that season.

Simic’s versatility was rather remarkable as evidenced by her collection of accolades. As a sophomore, Simic won the NEC Libero of the Year award as the league’s top defensive specialist. In the subsequent two seasons, she became one of the most-feared outside hitters in the region. As a senior, Simic led the league in numerous offensive categories, including kills and kills per game.

The versatile Svetlana Simic led the NEC in digs during the 2007 season before topping the circuit in kills two years later.

The versatile Svetlana Simic led the NEC in digs during the 2007 season before topping the circuit in kills two years later.

As if her prowess on the hardwood wasn’t enough, Simic also competed for LIU Brooklyn’s track & field program as an half-miler.

Although Simic graduated from LIU Brooklyn more than one-half decade ago, the Blackbirds have rediscovered their winning ways. After Sacred Heart captured back-to-back NEC crowns in 2010 and 2011, LIU strung together three straight.

Aiming for a fourth consecutive tournament title, the Blackbirds will host the 2015 edition of the four-team postseason event at Downtown Brooklyn’s Steinberg Wellness Center on November 21 & 22. You can watch the entire tournament live via necfrontrow.com.