Northeast Conference Campus Tour (June 14, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – It’s mid-June and that means tip-off time for Bryant’s first women’s basketball season as a full-fledged Division I member is only five months away.  Having led the Bulldogs to a 14-15 campaign during their final season of the four-year NCAA-mandated reclassification period, head coach Mary Burke is busy preparing her team for its first season of postseason eligibility.  To that end, she officially introduced six recently-signed Bulldogs who will suit up this fall.  The class contains six members, three guard and three forwards, all of whom are from different states. Read more.

Central Connecticut – The NEC baseball season is over, but Charlie Hickey’s Blue Devils are still making news. Only weeks removed from a sophomore season during which he led CCSU in hitting and earned a spot on the All-NEC First Team, JP Sportman contributed two hits to a winning effort in the NEIBL All-Star Game.  Sportman drove in a run and scored another in the University side’s 5-3 win over the College side.  Read more. While Sportman was busy raking, CCSU alumnus Evan Scribner was making the trip from Sacramento to Oakland.  Scribner, a former all-NEC hurler, received a promotion from the A’s Triple A affiliate to the 25-man MLB roster.  The righty was last in the big leagues in 2011 when he was a member of the San Diego Padres. Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson – Not a bad way to follow up a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Elmine Botes(pitcured below), who helped FDU to the NEC title this past April, put an exclamation point of her memorable spring by earning the NEC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the second year in a row. Read more.

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LIU Brooklyn – The Blackbirds have announced a 30-match regular season volleyball schedule that will open on August 24.  LIU, the runner-up at the 2011 NEC Tournament, will lift the lid off Kyle Robinson’s fifth season at the helm by playing a pair of tournaments on back-to-back weekends.  First up is a trip to UNC–Wilmington followed by a trek to the University of Minnesota. Read more.

Monmouth – The highest Major League Baseball Draft pick in Northeast Conference history is a Monmouth Hawk. Not long after logging a complete-game victory at the 2012 NEC Tournament in Norwich, CT, Monmouth junior RHP Pat Light became the 37th overall selection in the MLB Draft.  Selected in the supplemental round, which is sandwiched in between Rounds 1 and 2, Light surpassed former LIU Brooklyn Blackbird James Jones who went in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Read more. MLB.com Video

Here’s an post-game interview and highlights from Light’s NEC Tournament win on May 17…

 

Mount St. Mary’s – The Mount’s athletics communications department has used new media to profile a number of the school’s student-athletes throughout the 2011-12 academic year, and recently released a piece on baseball player Josh Winter. Read more.

MSM Senior Spotlight on Josh Winter…

 

Quinnipiac – Becca Main’s Bobcats have been to the NEC Field Hockey Tournament each of the past four seasons, but have been unable to end their title drought during that time.  When it opens another season at Holy Cross on Aug. 24, Quinnipiac will begin a quest for its first conference crown since 2003 and will have a trio of captains spearheading the effort.  Main announced the selection of three captains for the upcoming campaign.  Read more.

Robert Morris – There has been no shortage of good news for Robert Morris softball lately.  Senior Jacki Timko captured the NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, marking the third year in a row that honor went to a Colonial. Read more.  Meanwhile, head coach Dr. Craig Coleman officially announced the completion of his latest recruiting class with the signing of Australian-born Rachel Sechi.  Read more.

Sacred Heart – The Pioneers topped the NEC men’s soccer regular season standings in 2011 and will officially begin their repeat quest at home against Robert Morris on Sept. 28.  Sacred Heart will have already played seven matches prior to its NEC opener against the Colonials.  SHU lifts the lid off the fall campaign on Aug 30 at Saint Peter’s. Read more.

St. Francis (NY) – John Thurston is putting the pieces in place for what will be his first season at the helm of Terriers’ women’s basketball.  After elevating Dionne Dodson to the top assistant position, Thurston added Nettie Respondek (pictured below) to his coaching staff.  The former Vanderbilt player, who has made coaching stop at NYC-based programs Fordham and Columbia, will make the move to Brooklyn Heights. Read more.

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Saint Francis (PA) – Mary Kate Williams is coming home to Loretto. The Red Flash alumnae has agreed to return to Saint Francis to serve as the women’s golf head coach.  Williams, a New Jersey native, was an all-NEC performer for the Flash in 2004 and went to the NCAA Regionals during three of her four collegiate campaigns.  Read more.

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Wagner – The baseball season isn’t over for Chris Smith and Ryan Casey.  The two Seahawks are playing summer ball for the North Jersey Eagles of the ACBL.  Smith and Casey, along with their head college coach, were the subject of a recent feature on New York 1.  Read more

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