The NEC Men’s Soccer Tournament kicked off on Friday Nov. 11 with a pair of tight semifinal tussles that ended with Garden State rivals Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson moving onto Sunday’s NEC Championship Game.
Fairleigh Dickinson saw an early second-half tally, which went in off two heads, hold up for a 1-0 win over top-seeded Sacred Heart.
Monmouth and Central Connecticut played to a 1-1 draw in the second semifinal before the defending NEC champion Hawks advanced past the Blue Devils, 4-2, in PKs.
While the men’s soccer season is in the midst of tournament play, NEC women’s volleyball teams will spend the weekend jockeying for postseason positioning on what will be the final two days of the regular season.
Sacred Heart, Long Island, Central Connecticut, and Robert Morris have already guaranteed themselves spots in the four-team 2011 NEC Women’s Volleyball Tournament, but the first round matchups are far from settled. The tournament host hasn’t even been decided yet. The tournament is likely headed to either Long Island or Sacred Heart, and if the two teams, who entered the weekend with identical 12-2 NEC records. If both teams win their final two matches on Saturday and Sunday and finished 14-2, all tiebreakers would be exhausted and the deadlock would be broken by a COIN FLIP!
It’s actually happened once before in the NEC’s history and is on the books in the NFL as well.
Should a coin flip be necessary to determine the No. 1 seed and host of the 2011 NEC Volleyball Tournament, NortheastConference.TV will air it live on the web following the men’s soccer title tilt.
The official tie-breaking coin toss, with NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris on hand, is set to transpire after the men’s soccer postgame celebration and awards ceremony. The game is slated for a 1:00 pm kickoff, putting the tentative start time for the volleyball coin toss in between 3:15 and 4:00 pm.
Overtime! will have word on whether it will be necessary.
Opening Day on the hardwood…
NEC teams won four of nine games on Friday’s women’s docket. Long Island topped Drexel in the Preseason WNIT and advances to faces Hartford on Nov. 13 at 4:00 pm. Central Connecticut outlasted Maine by five. Bryant edged Colgate by a bucket. Sacred Heart posted a 17-point win at Siena. Quinnipiac lost a tight one to James Madison and FDU hung around at Boston College. Saint Francis (PA) minus starters Brittany Lilley and Shene Fleming fell to Duquesne by four. …
Two NEC men’s teams – Robert Morris and Sacred Heart – won their openers Friday, both by convincing margins. RMU topped a MAAC member in its opener for the second straight year, rolling past Rider by 26. Sacred Heart tipped off a three-game slate at the Connecticut 6 Classic by bouncing Hartford by 20. Central Connecticut dropped a four-point game to Yale and Quinnipiac was 12 points short against Fairfield in the other two CT 6 contests. Saint Francis (PA) nearly stunned 2011 NCAA Final Four participant VCU, but fell 63-57. FDU, St. Francis (NY), and Wagner have yet to open.
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