NEC News of the Day: What a Way to Kickoff the Weekend! Garden State Rivalry Takes Center Stage in Teaneck plus your Top Tweets & More

Fairleigh Dickinson has not finished atop the NEC regular season men’s soccer standings since 2004, but neither has anyone else besides Monmouth.

Rob McCourt’s Monmouth Hawks have garnered plenty of national attention during their current run of six consecutive NEC regular season crowns and entered the 2011 campaign as the favorite to win their seventh in a row.

As predicted a member of the NEC’s Garden State contingent leads the league standings two weeks into the 2011 conference schedule, but contrary to numerous preseason prognostications that team is not from the Jersey Shore. 

Instead, those league-leading 10 points, as a result of a 3-0-1 record, belong to North Jersey-based Fairleigh Dickinson.

Meanwhile, Monmouth, which has played just three NEC games thus far, sits tied for fourth place with six points. 

The Hawks, who are 8-3 overall, are on the cusp of cracking the Top 25 in a number of national polls and so are the FDU Knights.

The early-season success of both teams makes Friday night’s Garden State Rivalry Game (Oct. 14) even more intriguing.

Two top teams led by two premier coaches (McCourt and Seth Roland) will duke it out for Garden State bragging rights.

You may want to save the “dinner and a movie” idea for next Friday night and get over to University Stadium in Teaneck.  Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

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Tweet of the Day
@AndyToole – RT @AlanStein Winners are accountable. Losers point the finger. #WhatWinnersDo

Other Top-Rated Tweets
@German_Gallo95 – Can you feel it #purplefam
@VeltonJones2 – First official practice today so that means the season is here!! #RMCMB
@thurmanthomas – That car bumper was the end-zone…..#BackInTheDay

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State Football CapsulesHartford Courant

General News
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