It was a busy day around the Northeast Conference, starting at Sacred Heart where the Pioneers and Bryant Bulldogs kicked off the NEC’s football television schedule.
In the midst of all the tweets to the booth and the big plays from Jordan Brown, it was easy to lose sight of what was happening around the league in other sports, but it is certainly worth it to use some hindsight here.
Eight of the conference’s 11 women’s soccer programs were in action and they combined for a 5-1-2 record. Monmouth, which has won three in a row, were one of the three idle teams, but their Garden State rival Fairleigh Dickinson was busy beating another New Jersey-based program to run its win streak to three. FDU topped MAAC member Saint Peter’s and has moved above the .500 mark following an 0-2-1 season start.
Wagner, which was tabbed to finish ninth in the NEC women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll, continued its blazing hot season start by downing CAA member Drexel, 2-0. The Seahawks are 5-1-1 over their first seven games and one victory away from matching their win total from all of last season.
Friday continued to be a good day for Monmouth men’s soccer. The Hawks, who edged then-No. 14 William & Mary on a George Quintano 70th-minute tally last Friday (Sept. 9), again headed into the weekend on a high note, flying past Seton Hall, 3-0, before 1,370 spectators on the Great Lawn. The Central Connecticut men won their third consecutive outing by posting a 1-0 result over Binghamton.
The most impressive win of the day came not on the pitch, but on the turf at Joe Walton Stadium where Robert Morris field hockey knocked off No. 15 Ohio in overtime. Reigning NEC Player of the Week, freshman Michelle Lewthwaite broke a scoreless tie in the extra session to lift the Colonials to the biggest victory in program history. RMU has already won three contests this season, one shy of its 2010 win total.
Oh, and the football game, of course. Paul Dottino and Steve Levy might as well have been hosting “The Jordan Brown Show.” Bryant’s preseason all-NEC running back ran wild up and down Campus Field, racking up 339 all-purpose yards. Brown returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown, the third such score of his career, and rushed 38 times for 248 yards, the fourth-highest single-game total a conference contest has ever seen.
Brown and the Bulldogs proved too much for Sacred Heart, 26-6, and are now 9-8 in 17 NEC games since joining the league.