Bryant – The 2010 Northeast Conference Baseball Rookie of the Year is a 2011 NECBL All-Star. Outfielder Kevin Brown, who had 59 hits in 53 games for Bryant as a sophomore this past spring, was one of seven members of his summer league team – the Keene Swamp Bats – to participate in the 18th annual New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. Read more.
Central Connecticut – After completing his collegiate career at Central this past fall, two-time all-NEC wide receiver Josue Paul will give the pros a try. Paul, who was a key offensive weapon on back-to-back NEC championship teams, signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs shortly after the NFL lockout was lifted. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – Head softball coach Dale Martin added a fifth Californian to the Knights’ roster for the upcoming 2012 season with the signing of Bryana Dorado (Oxnard, CA). The first baseman will join a Knights team that posted a single-season program-best 26 wins in 2011. Read more.
Long Island – The men’s soccer team found out its 3.39 team grade-point average ranked atop the NEC. The Blackbirds received the conference’s Team GPA award for the sport of men’s soccer thanks to their performance in the classroom. Read more.
Monmouth – King Rice (men’s basketball) will make his head coaching debut at the NIT Preseason Tip-off tournament. The Hawks were announced as part of the 16-team field last week and will face No. 4 seed Virginia Tech in the First Round. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – The 2008 Washington state girls’ singles champion is headed to Emmitsburg. Head women’s tennis coach Phil Hammond announced the signing of Jennifer Smith (Davenport, WA) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year. Read more.
Quinnipiac – It’s been a busy July for women’s basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri. After spending 10 days out on the recruiting trail early in the month, she spent a weekend at the NCAA “Mock” Selection exercise in Indianapolis, but things were just getting started. Upon her return home from Indy, Fabbri and Quinnipiac finalized a contract extension that will keep the one of the all-time NEC wins leaders in Hamden through 2016. One day after the contract announcement, Fabbri unveiled the Bobcats’ 2011-12 schedule. Read more.
Robert Morris – Reigning NEC Rookie of the Year Artemis Spanou (women’s basketball) saw her sparkling run at the U20 European Championship end with a bronze medal and another individual accolade. Representing her native Greece, the 6-foot forward led the tournament in scoring (19.4 ppg) and received the Most Valuable Player award in the B Division. Read more.
Sacred Heart – Seniors Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) and Heather Quevillion (Dayville, CT) along with juniors Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ) and Elizabeth Stewart (Seaford, NY) have earned team captain status for the 2011 women’s soccer season. The Pioneers will open the season at Albany on August 26. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – The school’s athletic department partnered with the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York-Penn League baseball affiliate of the New York Mets, to raise scholarship money earlier this month. The Brooklyn-based Terriers and Cyclones hosted a night of baseball to help raise funds for the “Terriers of Today and Tomorrow.” Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Head coach Brenda van Stralen (women’s soccer) has signed a half-dozen incoming freshmen to join the defending NEC champion Red Flash for the 2011 fall season. Having already signed five student-athletes, the Dutch-born van Stralen added Jessica Andrew, a native of the United Kingdom, to the roster earlier this month.
Wagner — Mark Sowa resigned his position as head swimming and diving coach to take the same position at Idaho. On July 20, Wagner announced it had found a replacement for Sowa as Walt Hameline, the Wagner athletics director, tabbed Colin Shannahan to take the reigns of Seahawk swimming and diving. Read more.