NEC News of the Day: It’s Almost Time for Tip-off plus Your Tweets & Links of the Day

Football is in full swing.  The Major League Baseball Playoffs are here.  Before you know it’ll be time for College Hoops.

According to various media reports, the NBA season is in jeopardy due to labor issues, but they’ll be none of that in the Northeast Conference. 

There are 24 teams (12 men’s, 12 women’s) in workout facilities throughout the Northeast Conference who are prepping for another season on the hardwood.

The NEC media staff has been engaged in preseason preparation as well.

The conference office announced the dates for its annual preseason media teleconferences, which give members of the press a chance to interact with the league’s head coaches during Q&A segments.  Fans may also be presented an opportunity to submit questions electronically, so continue to watch for further details in the weeks to come.

The 2011 NEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Teleconference will take place on November 2 beginning at 11:00 am with the women’s call to follow on November 3, also at 11:00 am.

The NEC will announce the preseason predicted order-of-finish as well as a five-member Preseason All-Northeast Conference Team at the start of both teleconferences.

Nine Northeast Conference men’s teams and another nine women’s teams are slated to tip off the 2011-12 campaign on November 11.

NEC-TV recently had a chance to catch up with head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl of the defending NEC women’s basketball champion Red Flash.  Here’s the interview with the SFPA head coach as she heads into her fifth season at the helm…

 

Tweet(s) of the Day
@UAlbanyFootball – The busses are rolling. On the way to a walk thru and then Altoona,PA for the night. Kickoff against St.Francis is tomorrow at 1pm.
@TheMountWBB – Our girls get to go outside and do the ropes course today….great time for a team building activity.
@MUHawksWBB – Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  #hawks
@VinParise – What a showing at the RAC for @braydencarr – in attendance taking notes as attendees, Hubie Brown, Erik Spoelstra, Dan Hurley, Chuck Martin
@CraigHaley – Charles Haley is the new FCS Ambassador. No, we’re not related!

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
MU football vs. Robert Morris glance box plus POLL and My PREDICTIONAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

After disappointing start, Wagner College football on recovery modeStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
Drew Smith leading UAlbany’s Rushing AttackESPN Radio 104.5 (Andrew Santillo)
Locked Out NBA Players To Play Exhibition at LIU on FridayBrooklyn Eagle (John Torenli)

General News
Haley named FCS ambassadorNCAA.com
Women’s hoops roster set for Pan Am GamesYahoo! AP (Doug Feinberg)
Tennessee AD: SEC will expand past 13ESPN (AP)
Stony Brook QB Coulter to have season-ending surgerySports Network (Sean Shapiro)

NEC Campus Tour (Sept. 29, 2011) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – Ten Bulldogs, the names of whom were released on Sept. 28 via BryantBulldogs.com, will be enshrined into the Bryant Athletic Hall of Fame this November 11. Fans, supporters, and alumni can join the Bryant University Athletic family for the annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall in the George E. Bello Center on the Smithfield-based campus.  Those interested in attending should contact Ruth Nicastro (rnicastr@bryant.edu). Read more.

Central Connecticut – It hadn’t happened to the Blue Devils in New Britain since the 2007 regular season finale.  The Central Connecticut gridders saw their 15-game home win streak, the nation’s longest active streak, come to an end last week against Monmouth.  The Week After has been a busy one for the blue Dveils in the film room and on the practice field.  Head coach Jeff McInerney took some time to talk about his team heading into Saturday’s Constitution State Showdown against Sacred Heart. Read more.

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Fairleigh Dickinson – The Knights dropped their NEC opener on the pitch to Long Island last weekend, but will have a chance to rebound when FDU women’s soccer hosts a pair of league matches this weekend.  First, Quinnipiac will visit University Stadium on Sept. 30 before Central Connecticut comes to town on Oct. 2. Read more.

Long Island – LIU volleyball has accomplished quite a bit in recent years, but no Blackbird had ever hit as high as .917 until Wednesday night.  Junior Jessica Rice had 11 kills in 12 attempts to set a single-match program record in Long Island’s sweep of Battle of Brooklyn rival St. Francis (NY). Read more.

Monmouth – Rob McCourt’s men’s soccer squad officially begins its Northeast Conference title defense this weekend. The Hawks will play their first NEC match of the 2011 campaign when Long Island visits the Great Lawn on Friday, Sept. 30.  Central Connecticut, which won the 2007 NEC title of the same field, will visit Monmouth on Sunday, Oct. 2. Read more.

Highlights & Interviews from MU’s last match…

Mount St. Mary’s – Men’s tennis fans can see a quartet of teams clash this weekend at the Mount Invitational in Emmitsburg.  Mount St. Mary’s will welcome cross-state rival, and MAAC member, Loyola to town along with NEC rival Robert Morris and Gettysburg for the two-day event.  Read more.

Quinnipiac – The QU women will head to the Garden State first and then the men will follow.  Quinnipiac women’s soccer is set to visit New Jersey-based Fairleigh Dickinson for a NEC tilt on Sept. 30.  Two days later, Bobcats men’s soccer will be in the Garden State to face NJIT in a non-conference contest.  Read more

Robert Morris – It’s been a banner season thus far for Robert Morris field hockey, and the Colonials will look to continue their good fortune out west.  RMU heads to No. 5 Stanford (Sept. 30) and Pacific (Oct. 2) for a pair of non-conference contests this weekend.  The Colonials have six wins thus far, having already set the young program’s single-season record for victories.  Read more.

Sacred Heart – Sacred Heart’s varsity cheerleading team took part in the American Liver Foundation’s annual life walk for a fifth consecutive year. The annual event has become a tradition for the SHU cheerleaders to show their support for liver wellness. Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – Hoops season is drawing closer and St. Francis (NY) has announced its plans to host its annual Tip-Off Reception.  The event, which will feature head men’s coach Glenn Braica and head women’s coach Brenda Milano, will take place on November 3 at Legend’s in Manhattan. Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) —Saint Francis student-athletes are involved in a number of service endeavors throughout their four years on campus, and those working with the Zack Hinish Foundation saw their efforts come to fruition last Friday (Sept. 23).  Those student-athletes were on hand for a playground dedication in Hollidaysburg, PA in memory of Hinish.  Read more. 

Wagner – Former Seahawks hurler Andrew Bailey, who graduated from Grymes Hill in 2006, closed out the 2011 MLB regular season by nailing down his 24th save last night.  The two-time AL All-Star was 24-of-26 in save opportunities with 41 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA over 42 games. WagnerAthletics.com has prominently featured the man who just completed his third MLB season. Read more.

 

NEC News of Day: Special Olympics Clinic & NEC Win all in Two Days Work for Bryant Volleyball

NEC institutions have always prided themselves on service to the community and a number of the conference’s athletic teams were rather busy fulfilling their service mission in recent days.

Yesterday, Overtime! reported on the involvement that Saint Francis (PA) Athletics had in the Potatofest, an annual local event for families in Cambria County.

From central Pennsylvania, the community service motif cut across the NEC’s geographic footprint to Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY where the Long Island women’s basketball team spent its Sunday walking for Alzheimer’s disease.  All 15 of Gail Striegler’s Blackbirds, along with members of the coaching staff, were on hand for the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event entitled The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Then, there was Bryant volleyball, which took time out of its busy schedule to host a mid-week clinic for Unified volleyball teams throughout the state of Rhode Island.

An outgrowth of the Special Olympics, Unified Sports represents an opportunity for those with disabilities to train and compete on a school sports team and provides meaningful inclusion for participants with their non-disabled peers.

“I enjoy seeing my team share their knowledge of the game and seeing the enthusiasm with which they share their skill with others,” said head coach Theresa Garlacy. “It’s heart-warming to see how passionate they are about working with kids and to see them giving them back to the community.”

The Bulldogs have partnered with the Special Olympics in a number of projects during the past 18 years of their relationship.

One day after hosting the two-hour clinic, Bryant went over and swept Quinnipiac, 3-0, for its first NEC win of the season.  The Bulldogs, who are in their final season of NCAA Division I reclassification and will be eligible for the NEC crown coem 2012, are 1-2 in league play thus far and welcomes two NEC foes – defending champion Sacred Heart (Oct. 1) and St. Francis (NY) (Oct. 2) – to the Chace Center on back-to-back days this weekend. You can watch both matches live on the web by subscribing to BryantBulldogs.TV.

Tweets of the Day
@BryantAthletics – It’s a great day to be a Bulldog! #GoBryant
@bmac303 – Every day Is a great day for @MountAthletics
@RMUVolleyball 3-0 in conference, ready to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at home on Saturday! See you at 1 pm #letsgobobbymo @RMUAthletics
@MonmouthUTFXC Congrats to my former teammate and studly triathlete Stuart Selber on winning the CPTSC Distinguished Service Award. He can write right!

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
RMU football coach Walton will step downPittsburgh Tribune-Review (John Harris)
Wagner women name cage tri-captainsStaten Island Advance (Staff Report)
MU soccer weekend PLUS pollAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
College Connection – A look at local athletes playing college footballNew Britain Herald (Anthony Della Calce)
RMU men’s ice hockey using poll as motivationPittsburgh Tribune-Review (Josh Sickles)
Rice Sets Hitting Percentage Record as Volleyball Sweeps SFNYLIU Athletics

General News
Chuck Neinas confident Mizzou stayingESPN (AP)
Big East presidents to discuss futureYahoo! (AP)
Rays clinch AL wild card with stunning rallyYahoo! (AP)

NEC News of the Day: Community Service Can’t Stop Red Flash from Setting Record plus your daily links, tweets & more…

The crowd at DeGol Field for last Saturday night’s football rivalry game between Duquesne and Saint Francis (PA) broke the facility’s attendance record despite the absence of numerous regular attendees.

Student-athletes for Red Flash women’s basketball team, women’s swim team, women’s golf team, and men’s hoops squad can usually be seen in the stands supporting their peers on the gridiron, but none were part of the record 2,361 fans on hand at DeGol Field on September 24.

The reason why?

Potatofest in nearby Ebensburg, PA, or as Dan Quayle calls it Potatoe-fest.

The annual event is dedicated to celebrating the potato crop and potato growers in Pennsylvania’s Cambria County.

A number of hands are needed to pull off the fun-filled festival of arts, crafts, entertainment, and food for the entire family.

The members of the aforementioned SFPA athletic teams extended their hands in service to the local community. 

The women’s hoopsters were the first team at the event, helping run one of the many tents set up around the fairgrounds. The women’s golf and swim teams relieved the women’s basketball squad, and the men’s basketball team arrived late in the evening to handle cleanup duties.

Luckily for those Red Flash football fans who missed the Duquesne game due to the 20th annual Potatofest, the SFPA gridders will play at home again this weekend, Oct. 1 when they host NEC foe Albany at 1:00 pm.

Click here for SFUathletics.com Potatofest Photo Gallery

Tweet(s) of the Day
@AndyToole – Big Day of Conditioning for the Colonials…We’ll see who has a growth mind-set or who stays stuck in their fixed mind-set?
@RMUAthletics – Also, attention #RMU students! The #ColonialCrazies student fan club will hold a meeting tonight at 6:45 pm in the Sewall Center bleachers!

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Injuries Taking Toll on Struggling Wagner Football TeamStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
LIU Women’s Basketball Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer’sLIU Athletics
Bryant team honored by NCAA Bryant Athletics

 

General News
NCAA Pres Emmert: Conference Realignment “Has Not Been A Healthy Thing”SBJ Daily
The Nets and NBA EconomicsGrantland.com (Malcolm Gladwell)
In the FCS Huddle – Jerry Rice Watch ListSports Network (Craig Haley)
Big 12 ADs committ to finding stabilityYahoo! (AP)
Slive: SEC currentlly not considering other schoolsYahoo! (AP)

NEC News of the Day: Monmouth’s Early-season Success All about the Shore

Three years earlier Dan Sullivan and Neal Sterling were juniors at Manasquan High School, playing for a storied program in New Jersey’s Shore Conference.

The two NCAA Division I prospects helped ‘Squan go on to eventually win the Central Jersey Group II state title that season.

Three years later, the two found themselves on the Northeast Conference’s weekly football honor roll together.  Both having selected Monmouth as the place to further their football careers, Sullivan and Sterling are once again starting players for a storied program.

The Hawks have won at least a share of five Northeast Conference crowns since the league began sponsoring football in 1996.  It’s been a while since Monmouth last achieved NEC supremacy.  All five of the Hawks’ championships came in the league’s first 11 seasons of football, meaning Monmouth last tasted a title in 2006 when Miles Austin was still playing in West Long Branch.

Early-season signs, however, point to the idea that the title drought is in serious jeopardy in 2011.

The NEC coaches tabbed the Hawks sixth in their preseason poll, but Monmouth has looked like anything but a sixth-place team thus far.

Two key reasons being none other than Sullivan and Sterling.

The two former Manasquan Warriors were at the forefront in arguably the biggest victory in Monmouth’s non-conference history.

Coming off a Week 2 bye, the Hawks won, by double digits, at Villanova, a program that made it through to the 2010 FCS playoff semifinal after winning it all in 2009.

Sullivan’s 4.0 tackles for loss and Sterling’s five catches for 69 yards helped make Monmouth’s first-ever win over a CAA member possible.

Two days after the win, the NEC appropriately rewarded the two men, naming Sullivan its Defensive Player of the Week and Sterling its Rookie of the Week.

Fast forwarding to Week 4 with Monmouth looking to make it two in a row and facing another tough road test at NEC preseason favorite Central Connecticut.

The Blue Devils had won 15 straights home games, accounting for the longest active streak in Divison I FCS, but before the Arute Field faithful could get comfortable in their seats, Sterling was in the end zone.

The 6-foot-3 receiver made a 32-yard touchdown catch 2:46 into the game’s opening possession and Monmouth never looked back.  (Read more about Sterling’s score in Big plays fueling Hawks’ successAsbury Park Press)

The Hawks built a 17-0 lead, which proved plenty for the defense, which turned in its second straight impressive effort.

Sullivan made eight tackles, including 2.0 TFL, but the NEC accolades went to fellow sophomore linebacker Steven Barroso.

Barroso, the NEC Defensive Player of the Week, made a game-high 12 stops.

In the end, Monmouth won 24-12 and the streak was over.

“I think it was a great win for us,” said head coach Kevin Callahan.  “It certainly was a first step for us, getting our initial win in NEC play. This conference always comes down to the wire because there is so much parity.”

As for Barroso, he’s not from Manasquan High School, but close enough.

Like his fellow second-year Hawks Sterling and Sullivan, Barroso is a Shore Conference product. The 6-foot-2 linebacker played at Toms River High School North.

These three rising stars, along with the development of quarterback Kyle Frazier, have the Hawks on the up, looking nothing like the team that went an uncharacteristic 3-8 in 2010.

There’s still a long way to go, including a big bout this weekend against Robert Morris, but the tide appears to be turning at the Jersey Shore.

Tweets of the Day
@MUHawksWBB – “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” -wilfred Peterson
@NECralph – missed watching @MilesAustinIII on MNF last night, looks like Cowboys offense missed him too
@RMUAthleticsThe bye week is in the books…get ready for #RMU #Football! The Colonials travel to Monmouth to open #NEC play on Saturday at noon. #NCAA
@BryantAthletics – Hey Bulldog fans, looking for in-game updates? Check out @BryantGameday your new OFFICIAL home for updates and live tweeting on gamedays.

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
The Unstoppable Eddie DelaneyUAlbany Magazine
Clark’s heroics help Hawks heading into NEC playAsbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)
Soccer and Football ObservationsAsbury Park Press (The Hawks Nest)

General News
NCAA President Says Conference Reshuffling ‘Embarrassed’ Many in College SportsThe Chronicle of Higher Education (Libby Sanders)
Atlantic 10 Moving Tournament to Brooklyn in 2013Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (AP)
MAC commissioner: No way to take away Syracuse winYahoo! (AP)

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Monmouth vs. CCSU – Week 4 FB Highlights…

NEC News of the Day: Championships Director Looking Ahead to February plus must-visit links & MUCH MORE

While her staff in the NEC sports services department continued preparation for the upcoming fall championship season, assistant commissioner Michelle Boone was looking ahead to winter.

Boone, who is in her fourth academic year of service, was finalizing plans for the 2012 Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Boone announced that the NEC has reached an agreement with the Prince George’s County Sports & Learning Center that will bring the annual event back to the Maryland-based facility for the 12th year running.  The 34-event (17 men, 17 women) meet will unfold on February 11 & 12, 2012 at the top-tier venue in Landover, MD.

“The PG County Sports & Learning Center has provided a first-class championship site for our track & field student-athletes for over a decade now and we are pleased to work with them on yet another NEC event,” said Boone.  “The facility has plenty of space to sufficiently accommodate our 700-plus competitors and a great Mondo surface.”

The two-day meet schedule will begin approximately 9:30 am on Saturday, February 11 and conclude on Sunday, February 12 with the final event – the women’s 4x400m relay – going off at 4:10 pm.

Single-day admission for adults will be $10.00 with a two-day pass available for the discounted rate of $15.00.  All tickets will be sold at the door and NEC students will be admitted free upon presenting a valid Student ID card.

Central Connecticut is the defending men’s team champion and Long island has taken the last two women’s team titles.

Post-meet Interviews from the 2011 NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Tweet(s) of the Day

@RickaFox – Visiting my buddy and new Head Basketball Coach @ Monmouth University King Rice! Go Hawks Only took me 1 hour to get from Manhatan to campus
@MonmouthBball – Team got to talk with Rick Fox tonight. It all starts with belief…
@RMUHockey – New headshots are up. Taking votes on best hockey hair and best dressed.

Video Links

CCSU women’s volleyball highlights vs. Holy Cross (3-0 win): http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/videos/uploads/-NEW-_Volleyball_vs_Holy_Cross_9-21-11

Articles of Interest

NEC-specific News
RMU knocks off local rival Duquesne – RMUcolonials.com
MU fball vs. CCSU Poll – Asbury Park Press (The Hawks Nest)

General News
Beebe out as Big 12 commissioner – NCAA.com (AP)
FCS Week 4 Preview – Sports Network (Sean Shapiro)

NEC News of the Day: Wagner Well-Covered, Monmouth too!

The Staten Island Advance has always been a must-read for Wagner fans. 

Whether it’s through the reporting of the legendary Jack Minogue or the highly-esteemed Cormac Gordon, The Advance has had its fingers on the pulse of Wagner Athletics for quite some time. 

Wagner officially released it complete men’s basketball schedule earlier this week and who better to comment on such a transpiring than Gordan, who has been a press row staple at the Spiro Sports Center for decades.

Big teams on Wagner basketball’s schedule (Cormac Gordon story)

And if hoops isn’t your cup of tea, there’s a story about Walt Hameline and the Wagner gridders as well.  The Seahawks find themselves at 1-2 after scoring a season-opening NEC win over Saint Francis (PA), hanging tough in a road setback at No. 9 Richmond, and dropping a four-point heartbreaker at home to NEC preseason favorite Central Connecticut.

They’ll take on Bryant in an ever-important conference matchup this week and the Advance’s Jim Waggoner examined the state of the Seahawks heading into their Week 4 matchup. 

Wagner College football margin for error is gone (Jim Waggoner story)

Over the Outer Bridge and Down the Shore
From Staten Island, Overtime! switches focus down to the Jersey Shore where Monmouth football is preparing for Saturday’s road match with Central Connecticut.

Gannett columnist Steve Edelson shared his thoughts on the Hawks in the days after its stunning road win at Villanova, which was a FCS playoff semifinalist in 2010 after winning it all in 2009.

Edelson’s latest work was in this morning’s edition of the Asbury Park Press.

Monmouth ready to build on Villanova upset (Steve Edelson story)