Northeast Conference Campus Tour (August 19, 2011) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – Your chance to meet and greet Bryant athletic administrators and coaches is here. Bryant will host a “Black & Gold Kickoff Party” for the 2011-12 academic year on the evening of August 29 at Uno Chicago Grill (Smithfield Crossing location).  Those interested in attending should contact Jason Sullivan ( for information.  Read more.

Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils are going full blast on the gridiron and head coach Jeff McInerney has been discussing the latest training camp news in his “Open Mac” spot on  He’s scheduled to host six more sessions of “Open Mac” before camp breaks, and here’s the latest from New Britain.  Read more.

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Fairleigh Dickinson – Fairleigh Dickinson soccer, both men’s and women’s, will kick off the 2011 season next week at home.  The women lead off the schedule by hosting MAAC member Rider on Tuesday, August 23 at 5:00 pm.  Three days later, the men’s team, fresh off being selected second in the NEC preseason coaches’ poll, kicks off the fall campaign against local rival New Jersey Tech on August 26 at 7:00 pm.  Read more.

Long Island – Long Island’s men’s and women’s soccer took some time away from preseason training and teamed up in a community service endeavor.  The Blackbirds hosted a clinic for Special Olympics at LIU Field on August 13.  Read more.

Monmouth – Three Monmouth men’s soccer players are amongst the best in America.  RJ Allen (D), Anthony Vazquez (D), and Max Hamilton (MF) all appear on the Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season.  In all, 42 players are in the running for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s – Women’s soccer head coach Tom Gosselin looks to continue the progression in his fifth season at the helm.  Coming off the winningest season of his tenure thus far, Gosselin will lead the Mount into the 2011 opener at Rider on August 20 at 4:00 pm in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Read more.

Quinnipiac – Quinnipiac field hockey picked up three wins and a draw during its four-game European Tour in June, but come Friday, August 26, the Bobcats’ record will be 0-0.  Veteran head coach Becca Main will host Holy Cross to open the 2011 season at 12:00 pm.  The Bobcats will have a pair of tune-ups prior to the opener against the Crusaders.  Quinnipiac hosts its annual Alumni Game on August 20 before an exhibition against Fairfield on August 23. Read more.

Robert Morris – The Colonials’ women’s soccer team is the first of the fall.  With hundreds of regular season contests, ranging from field hockey to soccer, on the NEC’s fall slate, Robert Morris kicks it all off with Game No. 1.  RMU is the first team to open competition for the 2011-12 academic year as the Colonials take on Syracuse in the opening round of the Embassy Suites Kick-off Classic hosted by Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, August 19 at 5:00 pm.  Read more.

Sacred Heart – With football training camp in full swing up in Fairfield, is busy previewing the season ahead on the gridiron.  The Official Website of Sacred Heart Athletics is producing a four-part internet series entitled Sacred Heart Football Preseason Pass. The latest edition (Part II) focuses on the wide receivers and defensive line.  Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – Head coach Brenda Milano has finalized the Terriers’ non-conference women’s basketball schedule for 2011-12.  St. Francis (NY) will open the season on November 13 in the City of Brotherly Love where it will take on Ivy League member Penn.  The 11-game slate includes five home dates on Remsen Street.  Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) – So far, so good for Red Flash men’s soccer.  Saint Francis (PA) took on Cleveland State in an exhibition match on August 17 and blanked the Horizon League member, 2-nil.  Tobi Iguade and David Butler notched the markers for the Flash.  Read more.

Wagner – Freshman football player Josh Talbott has an amazing story to tell. The fact that he is now a collegiate student-athlete is quite remarkable considering the odds he overcame to reach this point.  A number of news outlets have helped tell Talbott’s story, including renowned Staten Island Advance columnist Cormac Gordon. Read more.

Wagner College freshman receiver Josh Talbott has two new teams by Corman Gordon (Aug. 18, 2011)

Northeast Conference – The NEC staff has spent the last week hard at work preparing gift bags for incoming freshmen students around the conference.  All freshmen on each of the NEC’s 12 campuses will receive a drawstring sack loaded with welcome gifts from Bed Bath and Beyond, Sharpie, Choice Hotels, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Snyder’s, and 3M.  The effort, which is spearheaded by the NEC’s assistant director of events/operations Kevin Sanchez, will wrap up early next week as the gift bags are shipped out to the league’s 12 member institutions.



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