Northeast Conference Campus Tour (May 8, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – The Bulldogs are already celebrating one NEC title and could add another by week’s end.  Bryant posted a 12-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in the NEC Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game on Sunday in Moon Township, PA to win its first tournament title at the Division I level. Mike Pressler’s Bulldogs, who have been on the cusp of, or in, the national rankings for much of the season, finish with a 14-4 record.  Read more. Meanwhile, Bryant will face Wagner in the final four-game series of the NEC regular season baseball schedule this weekend with the possibility of securing first place in the league standings for the second time in three years.  The Bulldogs, who are 1.0 game ahead of Monmouth entering the final weekend of play, have reached the 30-win plateau for the third time in three seasons as a NEC member.  Read more.

Central Connecticut – CCSU center Kirsten Daamen is taking her game to the international level.  After closing out her junior year of college, the 6-foot-3 post player will head overseas to spend two months with the Dutch National Team.  This past season, Daamen averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Beryl Piper’s Blue Devils.  The Dutch-born Daamen, who went to high school in Massachusetts, is CCSU’s all-time leader in blocked shots (140).  Read more.


Fairleigh Dickinson – FDU women’s tennis is three days away from its NCAA First Round matchup with Virginia.  With the team balancing both tennis and final exams, junior Egzona Morina provides an inside look at the Knights in the latest blog entry in a series.  Read more. Also, FDU tennis, which has attracted a significant number of international student-athletes under the direction of Ira Miller, received ink in the Bergen Record for its unique make-up.  Read more.

LIU Brooklyn – What a way to go out! Senior Jazmin Waller’s final performance at the Northeast Conference Women’s Track & Field Championships yielded the Most Outstanding Track award and the MVP honor.  Waller won the long jump, won the 200m after setting the meet record in the preliminary round, took second in the 100m, was the runner-up in the 110m hurdles, and finished fourth in the high jump.  Read more.



Monmouth – Looking to continue its emergence as a national player, Monmouth men’s soccer added nine future Hawks this spring.  Head coach Rob McCourt announced written commitments from student-athletes who hail from three different states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut) and four countries (USA, France, Costa Rica, Ghana).  The Hawks have made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s – Kevin Farrell and his Mountaineers will next tee off in Greensboro, NC.  Fresh off claiming the NEC Men’s Golf Tournament team title, and the auto NCAA Berth that goes along with it, Mount St. Mary’s will head south to compete in the three-round regional from May 17-19.  Auburn, UNLV, Florida, Duke, Indiana, Liberty, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Lamar, Loiusiana-Lafayette, Charlotte, George Washington and Mount St. Mary’s will all contest the regional, which will be played at Grandover Resort East. Read more.


Quinnipiac – With her proud parents looking on, senior Morgan Roche etched her name into the Northeast Conference record book on Sunday at the 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  The veteran distance runner struck gold in the 3,000m steeple chase, winning in record time.  The Bobcat put an end to the short-lived record that CCSU’s Katherien Bossardet set in 2011.  Read more.

Robert Morris – The Colonials added their 13th NEC weekly award in the sport of softball on Monday when freshman Tess Apke was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week.  Apke had seven hits over a four-game span during which the Colonials went 3-1.  At 34-20 overall, Robert Morris is set to host the four-team NEC Tournament this week (May-10-12).  Dr. Craig Coleman’s Colonials earned the right to host the postseason event, the winner of which will head to the NCAA Regionals, by virtue of its first-place regular season finish. Read more.

Sacred Heart – An already exciting year will contain even more excitement for Blair Koniszewski this summer.  After helping Sacred heart capture the NEC Women’s Basketball tournament title as a sophomore, the three-point shooter will play in Belgium and Germany as part of the Global Sports Academy’s 2012 Summer Collegiate Basketball Tour. The Pioneer, who will be a junior in September, will compete alongside a number of other NCAA Division I players. Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers recently held their annual athletics awards banquet and amongst the honorees was women’s bowler Amelia Tonyes.  The kegler claimed the Female Student-Athlete of the Year award following a bowling season that saw her post a runner-up finish at the USBC Sectionals.  Tonyes, who sports a 3.77 GPA, was also nominated for the NEC’s Bowling Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.  Read more.


Saint Francis (PA) – Living up to its institutional mission of service, Red Flash football has joined the fight against rare diseases.   Saint Francis (PA) became the 12th program in the nation to start a chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit organization uniting college football teams under the common goal of raising awareness and funds in the fight against rare diseases. A rare disease is defined as one that affects less than 200,000 people. Read more.

Wagner – Introduced as the Seahawks’ new head women’s basketball coach in April, Lisa Cermignano has inked her first recruit. Jazmine Hamlet, a standout 5-foot-7 guard from Francis Lewis High School in Queens, NY, has signed a NLI to continue her career on Grymes Hill. Hamlet becomes the third member of Wagner’s incoming recruiting class as she joins a pair of players signed by the previous coaching staff last November in 6-foot-4 center Emily Adams (Cummings, GA/ Buford) and 5-foot-7 guard Jordyn Peck (Shaker Heights, OH/ Shaker Heights). Read more.

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