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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Bobcats optimistic about upcoming basketball seasons – New Haven Register (Bill Cloutier)
Talking about Chauncey Hardy on National Public Radio – CT Post’s Chris Elsberry
MU football Game Day vs. Bryant plus POLL and My Prediction – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
State Football Capsules – Hartford Courant
The best NCAA coaches are teachers, so why shouldn’t they all have to try? – Washington Post (Sally Jenkins)
10 burning questions heading into 2011-12 college hoops season – SI.com
Big East expansion talks clouded by different agendas – Star Ledger (Tom Luicci)