Northeast Conference Campus Tour (May 1, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – Closing in on its third 30-win season in three years as a NEC member, Bryant is scheduled to close the non-conference portion of its season on the diamond against Siena.  The Bulldogs, who sit third in the latest edition of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Coaches’ Poll, are scheduled to host MAAC member Siena on May 1, but forecasts are calling for rain in the area. Read more.

Postgame from Bulldogs’ Apr. 29 win that allowed them to remain 1.0 game ahead of Monmouth for first…

  

Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils ceremoniously put a close to the 2011-12 swimming and diving season last week.  Head coach Bill Ball handed out team awards during a postseason banquet and later named captain for the 2012-13 campaign, which will begin in October.    Juniors Taylor Friedmann, Katie Lang, and Allison Rasile were pegged as the team’s leaders. Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson – Fewer than two weeks removed from their triumphant run through the NEC Men’s Tennis Tournament, Ira Miller’s Knights will learn of their NCAA Championship First Round destination and opponent on Tuesday evening, May 1.  The NCAA will unveil the championship bracket through a web-based Selection Show, which is set to begin at 5:30 pm on NCAA.com.  Meanwhile, junior Ibrahim Shams shared his thoughts on the upcoming selections in a FDUKnights.com Tennis Blog exclusive. Read more.

No. 1 Singles Arvis Berzins & head coach Ira Miller following 2012 NEC Tournament Final…

 

LIU Brooklyn – From the beaches of Daytona to Happy Valley.  One day after completing a remarkable comeback to win the NEC Women’s Golf Championship at LPGA International in Daytona, LIU Brooklyn found out it was next headed to State College, PA for the NCAA East Regional.  The Blackbirds, who overcame a nine-stroke deficit on the final day, will compete at Penn State Blue on May 10-12. The event will feature top teams like Alabama, Arizona State, and Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional to the championship final May 22-25. Read more.

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Rookie Cristina Felip shot a meet-record 1-under 215 for the weekend at LPGA Int’l Champions Course

Monmouth – Next up for Monmouth women’s lacrosse is a date with CAA champion Towson.  The Hawks captured their fourth NEC Tournament title on Apr. 29 by downing Mount St. Mary’s with the aid of an historic defensive effort.  The three goals surrendered by Monmouth were the fewest in NEC Championship single-game history.  Now, the Hawks will focus their attention on Towson for their NCAA opening round game this weekend. Read more.

Highlights from Monmouth’s 11-3 NEC Final win over Mount…

 

Mount St. Mary’s – The Mountaineers announced changes to the final week of their softball schedule. The Mount was slated to play a twinbill against Howard on Thursday, May 3, but the games have been cancelled.  Instead, Mount St. Mary’s will be in action at home against NEC rival LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, May 5.  The conference doubleheader was originally slated for April 22, but was washed out.  It’ll be a busy day on Mount’s Emmitsburg campus this weekend as the 2012 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships are also in town. Read more.

Quinnipiac – The Bobcats are gearing up for their year-end athletics celebration.  Quinnipiac will host the annual Athletics and Recreation Awards reception on May 2 at Lender Court in the TD Bank Sports Center.  AD Jack McDonald has invited all student-athletes and their families “to celebrate another outstanding year at Quinnipiac.” Read more.

Robert Morris – Classes may have ended, but it will still be a busy two weeks on campus for RMU Athletics.  That’s because both the Colonials’ softball and men’s lacrosse teams clinched NEC regular season championships this past weekend and will host the conference’s postseason tournaments as a result.  Robert Morris men’s lacrosse is up first when it welcomes Bryant, Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary’s to Moon for a four-team, single-elimination tournament set for May 4 & 6. Read more. One week later, on May 11-13, Dr. Craig Coleman’s softball team will have its turn, hosting a four-team double-elimination event, the winner of which will earn an auto bid into the NCAA Championship bracket. Read more.

The Colonials honor their six softball seniors…

 

Sacred Heart – The Pioneers avoided a winless league record in men’s lacrosse by turning back local rival Quinnipiac on a memorable Senior Night at Campus Field.  Sacred Heart defeated the Bobcats, 13-9, with sophomore goalie Ryan Hughes making 16 saves in net on Apr. 28.  Two days later, Hughes received the NEC Defensive Player of the Week award for his efforts. Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – Weeks after taking over the women’s basketball head coaching position, John Thurston added talent to the Terriers’ roster in the form of guard Leah Fechko. The Twinsburg, OH product will enroll at St. Francis and be eligible for the 2012-13 season. Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) – The Red Flash saw inclement weather push its crucial doubleheader with Central Connecticut back to Monday, April 30.  Needing to sweep in order to stay alive in the race for a NEC Tournament berth, Saint Francis came up short in both ends of the twinbill, which was originally scheduled for Saturday April 28.  Read more.

Wagner – It was a busy weekend for Wagner football.  One day after senior linebacker Julian Stanford, an all-NEC first teamer in 2011, signed an Undrafted Free Agent contract with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the program hosted its annual Green & White Spring Game.  Stanford who drew interest from a numbers of franchises including the Jets, Giants, Chiefs, Bills and the Rams. In the end, it was the relationship he formed with Jaguars linebacker coach Mark Duffner that swayed him to Jacksonville. Read more.  Meanwhile, in putting a close to the spring season with the annual tradition, Wagner’s defense held the upper hand. Using a scoring system that rewarded the defense with six points for a turnover, three points per sack, two points per tackle for loss and one point for every three and out, the White (defense) emerged with a 50-34 victory over the Green (offense).  Read more.

Head coach Walt Hameline recaps the Spring Game…

 

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