Northeast Conference Campus Tour (Apr. 18, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – The leader in the Northeast Conference baseball standings added another win to its ledger on Tuesday night, albeit a non-league victory.  The Bulldogs’ nine went out and defeated CAA member Northeastern thanks to an eight-run third inning.  Bryant, whose pitching staff has surrendered only 32 earned runs in 16 NEC contests, received 5.0 scoreless innings from senior Brian O’Neil.  At 21-15, the Bulldogs look to be on the way to another 30-plus win campaign.  Read more.

 

Central Connecticut – Charlie Hickey’s Blue Devils scored a big win over Atlantic 10 member UMass on the diamond yesterday.  Sophomore JP Sportman went 4-for-4 in an 11-2 victory that bumped CCSU’s record to 19-16.  Meanwhile, CCSU AD Paul Schlickmann extended an invitation to the Blue Devils’ community to attend the athletic department’s golf outing.  The 2012 Central Connecticut Blue Devil Golf Classic will be held on Friday, May 11 at the Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, CT. Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson – Tabbed last in the preseason coaches’ poll, Gary Puccio’s Knights have been the biggest surprise in NEC baseball thus far this season.  With a roster featuring 16 freshmen, FDU has jumped out to a 10-6 start in NEC play and has already surpassed last year’s win totals, both overall and in league play.  The Knights, who host perennial title contender Central Connecticut in a NEC series this weekend, will first play a mid-week affair at Siena (MAAC). Read more.

LIU Brooklyn – If the Blackbirds are to return to the top of NEC women’s tennis they will have to do so as the No. 4 seed.  The NEC released the seeding for its postseason men’s and women’s tennis tournaments, the winners of which will receive automatic access to the NCAA Championship, earlier in the week and LIU found itself looking at a quarterfinal round matchup with Mount St. Mary’s. Under the direction of former NEC Coach of the Year Asi Phillips, LIU will bring it youngest lineup to the tournament in quite some time. The Blackbirds feature no seniors and only two juniors. Read more.

2012 NEC Women’s Tennis Championship Seeds
1. Fairleigh Dickinson
2. Quinnipiac
3. Sacred Heart
4. LIU Brooklyn
5. Mount St. Mary’s
6. Robert Morris
7. Saint Francis (PA)
8. Monmouth
9. Wagner
10. St. Francis (NY)

Monmouth – Women’s lacrosse fans in West Long Branch are already gearing up for Friday’s match against the Mount.  The long-running rivalry between the two programs has always made this contest a must-see, but with both teams fighting for their postseason lives there is even more mystique surrounding this year’s matchup.  Mount St. Mary’s (6-2) currently sits second in the NEC standings.  Monmouth (5-3) sits one-half game behind Sacred Heart (5-2) and Central Connecticut (5-2) who are tied for third.  No team has yet to clinch a spot in the four-team postseason NEC Tournament, which is slated for April 27 & 29. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s – The Mount is the home of both the 2012 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and top-tier Decathlete Tom FitzSimons.  In a tune-up for both FitzSimons and meet administrators, Mount St. Mary’s will host the Mount Multis on April 19 & 20, fewer than three weeks prior to the arrival of the conference championships meet.  Competing at his home venue, FitzSimons will be looking to better his score of 7,390 points set earlier this season at the Texas Relays.  FitzSimons, who earned Honorable Mention All-America honors last season, is currently in 11th place on the NCAA Performance list in the decathlon.  The top 24 scores in the nation qualify for the NCAA Championships. Read more.

Quinnipiac – Defending NEC women’s tennis champion Quinnipiac tune-up for the impending NEC Championships by taking on Constitution State rival Fairfield on Tuesday.  The Bobcats turned aside the Stags in a 4-3 team triumph and head into this weekend’s postseason conference tournament as the No. 2 seed behind top-seeded FDU, who was the Bobcats’ opponent in the 2011 NEC final. Read more.

Robert Morris – Dr. Craig Coleman’s Colonials are in the driver’s seat in the race for first in the NEC softball standings. While they are hoping to maintain their first-place standing and host the four-team NEC Tournament as a result, the Colonials stepped out of conference to host MAC member Akron on April 17.  Robert Morris was blanked in the first half of its doubleheader with the Zips, but bounced back for an 8-2 win in the nightcap.  With its victory in Game Two, RMU notched its 16th non-conference victory of the season, marking its highest total since it had 16 during the 1998 season. Read more.

Sacred Heart – SHU uses its website to feature a Student-Athlete of the Week and the latest subject is Joshua Salah of the men’s golf program. Salah took home the individual medalist honors at the Rhody Invitational. Read more.

 

St. Francis (NY) – Junior bowler junior Amelia Tonyes was one of only 16 women’s collegiate bowlers to qualify for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Singles Championships, which are taking place in Lincoln, Nebraska this week. Tonyes advanced to the quarterfinal round before coming up short in her bid to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round. Read more.

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Saint Francis (PA) – The Red Flash erupted for 17 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Patriot League member Bucknell on April 17.  Saint Francis softball will return to league play against Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac this weekend.  The Flash (6-8) are tied with defending NEC champion SHU for seventh place in the standings, but still have hopes of cracking the Top 4 and advancing onto the postseason NEC Tournament. Read more.

Wagner – It’s been a long career of accomplishments as both a coach and athletic director for Walt Hameline.  Come April 26, Hameline will receive recognition for his contributions to college basketball. He has been selected to receive a 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) which will be presented on Thursday evening, April 26 at the 79th annual NIT/MBWA All-Met Haggerty Awards Dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. Read more.

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