Northeast Conference staffers are busy making final preparations for the Halloween weekend and it has nothing to do with costumes.
When the starter’s gun goes off shortly after 10:00 am this Saturday (Oct. 29) at Holmdel Park, the NEC’s fall championship season will be officially underway.
The NEC Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships will begin a month-long period during which the league will crown six team champions. After the harriers make their mark on NEC history this Saturday, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball will all have their turns.
Fans will be treated to a double dip on the weekend of November 4-6 with field hockey and women’s soccer unfolding simultaneously. Rider has earned the privilege to play the 2011 NEC Field hockey Tournament in its own backyard by virtue of its first-place regular season standing. The Broncs’ Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, NJ will provide the setting for the four-team two-day tournament. Semifinal play is set for Friday, Nov. 4 with the Championship Game the following day.
With the regular season women’s soccer regular season still up for grabs, a venue has not yet been set for the championship event, which will take place on November 4 & 6.
The men’s soccer championship is slated for November 11 & 13 with volleyball following on November 19-20. Both tournaments will be played at the home venue of the No. 1 seed.
Moving back to the cross country course at Holmdel Park…
Monmouth will serve as the host institution for the two championship races, a role the University has also held in past years.
“Monmouth has always been a wonderful host,” said Michelle Boone, the NEC assistant commissioner who oversees the championships department. “We’re very excited to return to Holmdel Park, which offers an extremely competitive course for our student-athletes along with the beautiful backdrop of Monmouth County.”
Central Connecticut will take to that course looking for a third consecutive team title when the men’s 5-mile race begins at 10:00 am. Eric Blake’s Blue Devils enjoyed a podium sweep at last year’s meet. Reigning individual champion Ry Sanderson has exhausted his eligibility, but runner-up Sam Alexander and bronze medalist Craig Hunt are back.
The women’s 8K race is slated for an 11:15 am start as Quinnipiac takes aim at an unprecedented seventh consecutive team crown. Head coach Carolyn Martin has again put together a potent lineup that includes 2010 NEC individual champion Becca White.
Here’s some reaction from the 2010 NEC XC Championships…
Tweet of the Day
@KingsCorner7 – Things happen when your a nice guy
@staceyb_sid – The key is not the “will to win” – everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.~ Bobby Knight
@StevieJohnson13 – Make The Money, don’t let The Money Make You…
Articles of Interest
A tough, old softie makes Wagner College Hall of Fame – Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
MU Men’s hoops – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
MU men’s soccer plus POLL – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
NCAA Approves Major Scholarship Changes at Meeting – ABC News (AP)
DI Board adopts improvements in academic standards and student-athlete support – NCAA.org (Michelle Brutlag Hosick)
FCS Week 9 Preview – Sports Network (Sean Shapiro)
Sales, recruiting help dictate the look, popularity of nontraditional college football uniforms – The Columbus Dispatch
Cal’s Costello made each day her best – NCAA.com (Kristin Leigh Porter)
NCAA President Emmert comments on Board’s recent decisions…
Red Flash MBB players comment on upcoming season…
Goalkeeping tutorial with FDU men’s soccer…
– Oct. 27, 2011 –