Random Thoughts for the Weekend plus Tweet of the Day, News Links & More…

We don’t know where to turn here at Overtime! It’s already been quite the weekend and Football Saturday hasn’t even started.

FDU men’s soccer became the first NEC team to move to 3-0 in league play by blanking the Mount, 2-0 on Friday in Teaneck.  Meanwhile, sixty miles south down at the Jersey Shore, Monmouth women’s soccer topped the Mount, 4-0, to become the only 4-0 team in the NEC standings on what was Christie Rampone Night on the Great Lawn. (Asbury Park Press – Rampone honored for many accomplishments)

Conference play started in field hockey yesterday, too. The top two teams in the NEC’s preseason poll, Monmouth and Rider, both won their openers.  NEC field hockey fans will have a full slate of games again on Sunday, but before that there’ll be a ton action on the gridiron.

Can you believe it’s Week 6 already?  That means the NEC race is starting to heat up a bit, especially in New York’s Capital Region where UAlbany and Duquesne will clash in a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Robert Morris hosts the first-ever night game on the gridiron at Joe Walton Stadium during what is Homecoming Weekend in Moon Township.

Sacred Heart football can achieve something that seemed unlikely a few weeks ago when it started 0-2 and scored only 13 points in two games.  The Pioneers can move to 2-0 against Ivy League opponents today when they visit Columbia.  SHU started its recent surge with a 24-21 triumph over Dartmouth and followed with a road upset of Constitution State rival, and NEC preseason favorite, Central Connecticut.

Then there’s Wagner looking to get back on track against Georgetown, a team the Seahawks beat 22-16 on the road in overtime last year.  You also Central Connecticut trying to snap its two-game slide at Massachusetts where NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris will watch one of her league’s team take on an opponent coached by her brother Kevin Morris.

Monmouth and Colgate will go at it at the Jersey Shore.  The Hawks are somehow 0-2 at home, but have notched two monster road wins – knocking off Villanova and CCSU, both by double digits.

To say the least, we here at Overtime! are looking forward in seeing how it all shakes out on this second weekend of October.

Tweet of the Day
@The_Real_Nate66 – It’s homecoming. It’s a night game. It’s a conference opponent. What more does it take. If your not ready now, you never will be.

Other Top-rated Tweets
@CraigCD13 Don Kelly, brother of former @NECsports 2003 WBB Player of the Year QU’s Ashlee Kelly, leads Detroit into the ALCS today against the Rangers

@seanshapiro About to hit the road to Albany for the Duquesne @ Albany game, kick is scheduled for 1.

@DatsKB4ya – FIFA with my teammate. Bragging rights right here

Articles of Interest

Articles All About NEC Football
Duquesne a big challenge for UAlbanyAlbany Times-Union
UAlbany’s Eddie Delaney and Co. ready for big game vs. DuquesneTroy Record
Ball security is job one as UMass football hosts Central Connecticut StateMassLive.com (The Republican)
UMass quarterback Kellen Pagel yet to practice this week; questionable for SaturdayMassLive.com (The Republican)
Happy to be home, Simon stepping upAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

NEC-specific News
Rampone honored for many accomplishmentsAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

General News
Women’s athletic administrators event set to begin herePittsburgh Tribune-Review
Big East leaders huddle upPittsburgh Tribune-Review (AP)

BREAKING NEWS: Raiders owner Al Davis dead at age 82, team confirms – NFL.com

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