Two up, two down.
Thus is the story of Fairleigh Dickinson bowling since it opened the 2011-12 campaign two weekends ago.
The Knights have contested two tournaments and have won both.
This past weekend, FDU took first-place at its own event – the 2011 Jersey Jamboree, which welcomed 19 of the nation’s top teams.
The Knights, who made their sixth-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four this past April, navigated their way through a tournament field that featured four other 2011 NCAA Championship participants (Sam Houston State, Vanderbilt, defending national champ UMES, and NEC member Kutztown).
FDU went 2-3 on the first day of the three-day Bowl for the Cure event at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park (Home of the 2011 NEC Championship), but managed to accumulate the third-highest pinfall on the team leader board. The Knights won all five of their matches in traditional team play on Saturday, Nov. 5 and climbed atop the team standings in terms of pinfall.
FDU dropped its first match in best-of-seven championship bracket play to Vandy on Sunday, but knocked off Sam Houston to receive another shot at the Commodores with the tournament title on the line.
FDU, which finished first at the Bethune-Cookman University Invite in Daytona Beach on October 30, defeated Vanderbilt 4.5 games to 1.5 games in t eh best-of-seven series to claim their second championship crown in two weeks.
Not a bad start at all for a team in pursuit of its seventh NCAA Final Four appearance in nine years.
Kutztown went 7-6 at the vent that also welcomed NEC members Adelphi, Monmouth, Saint Francis (PA), St. Francis (NY), and Sacred Heart.
All 10 Northeast Conference members will congregate in Wallington, CT for the NEC Fall Meet, the first of three regular season conference-sponsored competitions, on Nov. 12 & 13.
Here are the overall records of NEC Teams as of Tuesday, Nov. 8…
SAINT PETERS: 22-2 (.917)
SACRED HEART: 11-2 (.846)
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON: 22-5 (.815)
SAINT FRANCIS (PA): 20-6 (.769)
KUTZTOWN: 15-8 (.652)
ADELPHI: 15-8 (.652)
MONMOUTH: 7-6 (.538)
LONG ISLAND: 9-9 (.500)
ST. FRANCIS (NY): 6-7 (.462)
NEW JERSEY CITY: 0-0 (.000)
Here’s post-meet reaction from FDU head coach (2011 NEC Coach of the Year) Mike LoPresti…
In other NEC news… Fresh off its second consecutive NEC Tournament title, Rider takes its 15-game win streak into a NCAA Tournamnet Play-in bout with Ivy League winner Princeton. The two programs, whose campuses are separated by a short ride on Route 206 in Mercer County, will face off at 1:00 pm on Tuesday Nov. 8 at Princeton’s Class of ’52 Stadium. You can follow the action live here.
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Articles of Interest
Broncs Mourn Laurence Young – Rider Athletics Website
Field Hockey: Princeton beats Penn, wins 7th Ivy League title – The Daily Princetonian
Penalty kicks doom SFU in championship – Altoona Mirror
Monmouth receiver Pollard atones for earlier mistake – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
Mississippi’s Nutt will resign at end of season – Yahoo! Sports (AP – David Brandt)
Mendenhall: Big East has approached BYU – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
OU president says Big 12 conference set for 2012 – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Stern: ‘Rational thing’ for union is to take deal – Yahoo! Sports (AP – Brian Mahoney)
Boxing great Joe Frazier dies after cancer fight – Yahoo! Sports (AP – Dan Gelsten)
Sacred Heart Seniors say Goodbye to Pitt Center…
FDU Men’s Hoops to feature new look in 2012…