Bryant – Any astute NEC Baseball fan will tell you that Bryant has a number of capable arms. After all, the Bulldogs led the entire nine-team league in overall earned-run average (ERA) in 2012 and their 3.05 mark was more than one run per game lower than that of the next best pitching staff. Therefore, it should come as little surprise that Bryant pitchers are throwing rather well while playing in various summer leagues. Four Bulldog hurlers – Peter Kelich (NECBL), Kevin McAvoy (NECBL), Joe Michaud (PGCBL), and Trevor Lacosse (PGCBL) – were named All-Stars in their respective summer leagues. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The renovations at Arute Field have been completed in their entirety. With the addition of 2,500 new seats, the student seating section will be moving to the brand new east stands for the fall of 2012. The only remaining road block? The student section needs name! Hence, the latest fan contest on CCSUBlueDevils.com. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – Women’s basketball head coach Pete Cinella has made some altercations to his staff while preparing for his sixth season at FDU. First, Cinella elevated Jennifer Walkling, a former standout player for the Knights, from her graduate assistant post to an assistant coaching position. Read more. Two days later, Cinella announced that assistant coach Millette Green would serve as the new associate head coach during her third season with the program. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – You can now call him El Presidente. Having recently finishing his 15th year as the Director of Athletics at LIU Brooklyn, John Suarez has received quite an honor from his peers at the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (D1-AAA ADA). The organization tabbed Suarez to serve as its President for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more.
Monmouth – He went from facing the MLS’ Red Bulls back in his home state to going up against the world-renown Chelsea FC three days later, but Bryan Meredith isn’t the lone Monmouth soccer alumnus to go up against the world’s best this summer. Anthony Vazquez will be taking on Team Spain. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – Rob Ryerson will lead the Mountaineer men out onto the pitch again this fall, and the head coach announced the team’s official match slate earlier this week. The Mount will play a road game at Virginia, the highlight of the non-conference portion of the schedule, and have nine home contests on the docket. Read more.
Quinnipiac – John Delaney can hit. In fact, he had 206 base-knocks during his collegiate career. Now, the former all-NEC selection will attempt to share that knowledge and strategy with current Bobcats. Delaney, a former draft choice by the Milwaukee Brewers, is coming home to Quinnipiac to serve as an assistant to the legendary Dan Gooley. Read more.
Robert Morris – Not one, not two, but THREE Colonials women’s golfers received the noteworthy academic honor. Freshman Tori Zachman, freshman Sarah Weber, and sophomore Annie Bozich earned spots on the National Golf Coaches Association Division I All-American Scholar Team. Read more.
Sacred Heart – They proved to be the best NEC women’s basketball team on the court this past season, and now Ed Swanson’s Pioneers have been tabbed one of the top academic teams in America. The Pioneers combined for a 3.349 grade point average during the 2011-12 academic year to secure the No. 23 spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association Division I Academic Team Honor Roll. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – Sacred Heart wasn’t the only NEC women’s hoops team to crack the WBCA Division I Academic Top 25. The SFNY Terriers pulled in at No. 10 on the national list of NCAA Division I programs. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Two members of the Red Flash women’s bowling squad are on a roll this summer. Junior Marissa Matassa and incoming freshman Shelby Derr qualified for the championship round at the USBC Junior Gold National Championship. In a 569-member field, Matassa and Derr finish ranked amongst the Top 81 bowlers in the tournament to make the cut. Read more.
Wagner – He pushes opponents around on game days, but off the field, he is always willing to extend a helping hand. Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Steve Ciocci is one of 117 nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced on July 17 by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Read more.