NEC News of the Day: Will Rider’s Egusquiza Make Field Hockey History? plus Top Tweet & Links from around Nation

The two-time NEC Player of the Year already received word this week that the National Field hockey Coaches Association has selected her to compete in the NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game.

The news for Rider’s Virginia Egusquiza came on Tuesday, the same day the Northeast Conference coaches gathered via conference call to discuss their All-NEC nominations prior to the voting period which ended this morning at 9:00 am.

Egusquiza’s name naturally came up during the call as the three-time all-NEC first teamer has a chance to make conference history when the league hosts its annual pre-championship awards banquet on Thursday night at Rider.

Egusquiza, who has taken the NEC by storm since coming to Rider from Spain in 2008, has won back-to-back NEC Player of the Year awards and is in the running for a third.


Photo courtesy of Peter G. Borg, Rider University

Lock Haven’s Blair Wynne thrice won the NEC Player of the Year award, but not over three consecutive seasons. 

Egusquiza can become the first to do it in back-to-back-to-back years, but she has some stiff competition standing in her way on the ballot.

With 49 points (16G, 17A) over 18 games, Egusquiza won the NEC’s regular season scoring title but will that be enough to make her the league MVP once again?

Monmouth senior forward Michelle Pieczysnki is not far behind Egusquiza in the scoring department.  Helping the Hawks to a 14-5 record, including a 6-1 league mark (a 3-2 loss to Rider being the lone blemish), Pieczynski tallied 44 points on a NEC-high 19 goals and six assists.

The other three NEC Player of the Year candidates play on their respective team’s back line. 

Kim Cunniff was a first team midfielder for Quinnipiac last season, and has had a successful transition dropping back to defense.  Cunniff also generated a lot of offense from her position, tallying 32 points (14G 4A). 

Nikki Kimborowicz started all 18 games for Sacred Heart.  She tallied eight points and three defensive saves. 

Saint Francis (PA) is back in the NEC Tournament and rookie defender Carissa Makea has been a big part of the resurgence under head coach Stacey Bean.  Makea has six goals and a pair of defensive saves to her credit.

In other news, the NEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Teleconference officially tipped of the 2011-12 campaign at 11:00 am this morning.  Overtime! will bring you highlights and noteworthy moments from the call in the coming days. 

The NEC Women’s Basketball Preseason Teleconference is set for Thursday, November 3 at 11:00 am.  As they did today, fans will have a chance to get in on the action.  The NEC is currently soliciting questions from the general public and plans to share some of the best inquiries during the teleconferences.

Also by submitting a question to the recently revamped (Read the Overtime! report on new website), fans will automatically be entered into a drawing with the chance to win free NEC apparel. You can ask a question by clicking here.

Tweet of the Day
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Articles of Interest
NEC Specific News
SHU picked 8th in NEC; LIU No. 1Connecticut Post (Hoops and Hardball)

MU men’s hoops picked 10th of 12 teams in NEC preseason POLLAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

MU men’s soccer updateAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
Big East votes to extend invitationsAsbury Park Press (AP)

McCourt, MLB Reach Agreement To Put Dodgers Up For AuctionSports Business Daily (SBJ)

NBA Lockout Watch, Day 125: The “Eerie” Sounds Of Silence On Opening NightSports Business Daily (SBJ)

How college basketball can cure NBA lockout bluesSporting News

UConn, NCAA, investigating Ryan Boatright’s eligibilityConnecticut Post (Kevin Duffy)

Long, hard journey for Paul WulffFox Sports (Billy Witz)

Video Vault
A Day in the Life of a Bulldog: Ernesto Arguello…


– Nov. 2, 2011 –



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