Northeast Conference Campus Tour (Mar. 30, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions
Bryant – On Saturday, April 21, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will be hosting the fourth-annual Kids’ Day Out. The program, which is an interactive day camp for children ages seven and up, will unfold on April 21. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils endured a long, 17-game road trip in the sport of softball, and now that it has finally come to an end, head coach Jeff Franquet sat down to talk about it. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – FDU received its eighth ticket to the NCAA Bowling Championships in the last nine years this week, and now the men’s tennis team hopes to eventually join the party. FDU men’s tennis, which last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2008, has been heating up of late. The Knights recently defeated A-10 member Fordham in dual match play. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – It was a busy week for LIU men’s hoops. Blackbirds’ star forward Julian Boyd was received an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention and the sports information department released the final installment of the team’s NCAA Tournament photo blog. Read more.
Monmouth – Coming off its third consecutive trip to the NEC Tournament, Monmouth announced its men’s soccer schedule for the upcoming fall season. The Hawks will begin their quest for the College Cup on August 27 on the Great Lawn in West Long Branch. Monmouth will welcome Big East member Providence to the Jersey Shore to kick off the 2012 fall slate. Like the Hawks, the Friars advanced into the NCAA Second Round in 2011. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – The Mountaineers, who will be hosting the NEC Outdoor Championship come May, are welcoming seven other teams to Emmitsburg this weekend for the Eric Kloiber Track & Field Invitational. LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris, and Saint Francis (PA) are the other three NEC programs in the eight-team field. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Perennial NEC title contender Quinnipiac will host two Northeast Conference foes in Hamden this weekend. The Bobcats, who were tabbed first in the coaches’ preseason predicted order-of-finish, will welcome Mount to town on Friday and Monmouth on Sunday. Read more.
Robert Morris – The Colonials closed out a memorable non-conference men’s lacrosse slate in style. In the first lacrosse night game in the history of Joe Walton Stadium, Robert Morris toppled Canisius, 15-11, to end a non-league schedule that included a win over nationally-ranked Ohio State. RMU owns a 6-3 record heading into its NEC opener. Read more.
Sacred Heart – The Pioneers are the No. 14 mid-major women’s basketball team in the nation according to the season’s final edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. Sacred Heart won its third NEC Tournament title earlier this month and went onto represent the NEC in the NCAA Tournament. The Pios, who earned a No. 13 seed, fell to No. 4 Georgia Tech in the NCAA First Round. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers officially ushered in John Thurston as the school’s new women’s basketball coach. Thurston, who was the associate head coach of Brenda Milano’s staff for the past two seasons, was complimentary of his predecessor. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – While the nation has been enthralled with March Madness, the Chris’ Villarrial’s Red Flash have been hard at work on the gridiron. Saint Francis will host its annual Spring Football Game on March 30. Read more.
Wagner – Walt Hameline made a huge hire earlier this week when he tabbed Bashir Mason to take over the reins of Wagner’s men’s hoops program, but that wasn’t the lone transaction to unfold on Staten Island this past week. Hameline, who is both the school’s AD and head football coach, added a wide receivers coach to his coaching staff. Custavious Patterson will join the Seahawks after spending the last six seasons at Fordham with current Wagner associate head coach Tom Massella. Read more.