Bryant – The Bulldogs have put together five consecutive 30-win campaigns out on the diamond, and head coach Steve Owens is at work preparing his team to hopefully extend that run. The veteran baseball coach, who is in his second year at Bryant, announced on Sept. 20 that senior David Soltis and junior Kevin Brown will serve as team captains for the 2012 season, which will begin in February. Soltis, the team’s starting shortstop, hit .348 last year on his way to first team all-NEC honors. Brown, an outfielder, hit .294 one season after being named 2010 NEC Rookie of the Year. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils’ cross country program will host the Ray Crothers Memorial Two Mile XC Race this Saturday, Sept. 24. The free race will take place prior to start of the Ted Owen Invitational, a collegiate competition that CCSU will both host and contest at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. CCSU harrier Craig Hunt, the reigning NEC Men’s XC Performer of the Week, is one of many who will be on hand Saturday. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – The Knights began the 2011 volleyball season four weeks ago, and they’re finally coming home to the Rothman Center. FDU’s hometown fans have been missing out on a lot of winning volleyball lately. The Knights have won eight of the season’s first 11 matches, all away from home, but will finally play in front of the Fairleigh Faithful on Wednesday night, September 21 when cross-state rival Rider, a MAAC member, visits for a 7:00 pm match. Read more.
Long Island – LIU men’s golf has a few exciting freshmen out on the links. The Blackbirds contested the Leo Keenan Invitational this past Sunday and Monday, and two of their top-three finishers were rookies – Obe Ayton and Rhys Jones. Read more.
Monmouth – Rob McCourt’s men’s soccer squad will look to bounce back from last week’s loss to Bucknell when it faces a pair of Ivy League opponents this weekend. The Hawks (4-2) will return to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Columbia before coming home for a bout with Princeton on Sunday, Sept. 25. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – Freshman Patrick McGinley has wasted no time in making his presence felt in Mount’s men’s tennis lineup. The rookie won his No. 6 singles match over Shepherd’s Al Sterling to clinch a team victory for the Mount, its first of the young fall season. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Head coach Germaine Fairchild has tabbed a senior triumvirate to lead Quinnipiac softball as it prepares on the 2012 season. Seniors Heather, Ashley Heiberger, and Christy Cabrera have each earned the title of team captain. Read more.
Robert Morris – RMU field hockey is on fire and folks are taking notice. The Colonials won three games this past weekend, all on consecutive days, and Aussie-born freshman Erin McKenzie was in net for all three victories. One day after being tabbed the NEC Rookie of the Week, McKenzie earned the Division I National Rookie of the Week honor from Synapse Sports/WomensFieldHockey.com. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers are gearing up for an important weekend of men’s soccer. SFNY will face Rider in a primetime match at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 also known as Alumni Day. Prior to kicking off against the Broncs, the Terriers will celebrate Alumni Day with the annual Alumni Game slated for 4:00 pm. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Red Flash football will play under the lights at DeGol Field on Saturday night against NEC rival Duquesne. The game will be broadcast live by NEC-TV and will be available on MSG+ HD, Fox8 (Johnstown/Altoona), and PCNC (Pittsburgh). Defensive coordinator Jake Nulph previewed the matchup for SFUathletics.com. Read more.
Wagner – Women’s basketball head coach Gela Mikalauskas announced the team’s entire 2011-12 schedule along with tip-off times. Read more.