Northeast Conference Campus Tour (Jul. 14, 2011) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – Sophomore guard Corey Maynard (Men’s Basketball) is set to represent his native Australia at the 26th World University Games set for August 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.  The 6-foot-3 Aussie appeared in all 30 of Bryant’s games as a freshman, averaging 4.7 points per outing.  He earned a spot on Australia’s final 12-member roster by virtue of his performance at a national selection camp earlier this month.  Read More.

Central Connecticut – Season tickets for Blue Devils’ football are now on sale through the school’s website.  Having earned at least a share of the NEC crown in each of the past two seasons, Central will play five home games as it vies for the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA FCS Playoffs.  Jeff McInerney’s Blue Devils open the season at Arute Field on Sept. 3 against Southern Connecticut.  Read More

Fairleigh Dickinson – FDU men’s basketball will open its 2011-12 season against Big East member Providence.  The Knights released a tentative schedule on their official athletics website (fduknights.com) this week. The slate includes another Big East opponent in the form of Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals as well as non-conference matchups against a number of local rivals, including Columbia and Saint Peter’s.  Read More.

Long Island – Forty-four of the 874 student-athletes named to the NEC Spring Academic Honor Roll hail from Long Island.  Blackbirds women’s lacrosse and baseball each placed a department-high eight representatives on the prestigious list, which features student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average.  Read More.

Monmouth – Captain Christie Rampone and the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team tripled up France, 3-1, in the semifinal round on July 13 and advanced to the tournament’s title match, which is set for Sunday, July 18.  Eight months ago, Rampone, who is currently contesting her fourth World Cup, earned her way into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class. Arguably the best NEC soccer player to ever step onto the pitch, Rampone graduated from Monmouth in 1997.  Read More

Mount St. Mary’s – The Mountaineers have been counting down the top-20 moments from the past year in Mount St. Mary’s Athletics as part of an end-of-year wrap-up series on the athletic department’s official website (mountathletics.com).  Moment No. 14 was unveiled on July 13, celebrating a pair of performances in the pool.  Sophomore Courtney Griffith and freshman Patricia Yam became the first two women in Mount history to earn a spot on the medal stand at the Northeast Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, which were held this past February in Boston.  Read More.

Quinnipiac – Women’s basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri is headed to Indianapolis this upcoming weekend to take part in the NCAA’s “mock” selection exercise.  One of 30 participants from around the nation, Fabbri will join fellow coaches and conference administrators in what promises to be an enlightening and educational experience. The exercise is aimed at creating a greater understanding of each phase of the process for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.  NEC women’s basketball public relations contact Ralph Ventre will also participate in the proceedings.  Read More.

Robert Morris – NEC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year Artemis Spanou is spending her summer competing for her native Greece at the 2011 U20 Women’s European Championships.  The 6-foot forward averaged 19.7 points per contest as Greece jumped out to a 3-0 record in the B Division.  Team Greece, which defeated Austria, Belgium, and Estonia, round out preliminary round play this week against Israel and Czech Republic.  Read More.

Sacred Heart – Men’s basketball players Femi Akinpetide and Nick Greenbacker were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honor Court.  The NABC Honors Court recognizes student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2010-11 season.  Read More.

St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers recently made headlines in the Catholic Sports Journal for the helping hand they extended to those devastated by tornadoes in Joplin, MO.  SFNY administrator Meghan O’Brien spearheaded the effort, which sent a number of sporting goods along with clothing down to the children affected by the natural disaster.  Read More.

Saint Francis (PA) – The Saint Francis University Red Flash BBQ – a Red Flash Futures event – will be held on Saturday, July 16 in Warren, NJ. Saint Francis University President, Father Gabriel Zeis; Director of Athletics, Bob Krimmel; as well as numerous Red Flash coaches will be in attendance.  Read More.

Wagner – Three Wagner alumni are excelling on professional baseball diamonds across America. Oakland A’s relief pitcher, and two-time AL All-Star, Andrew Bailey has rebounded from a Spring Training injury and is back in the bullpen.  Joe Testa is currently undefeated in relief for the Potomac Nationals and Jon Lucas, who graduated this past May, was perfect through his first 7.0 innings of pro ball with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Read More.

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