Aimed at Enhancing Fans’ Experience, NEC Will Launch Its Online Digital Network in Mid-August

The first 15 days of August will be filled with anticipation for what will come on the 16th.

Through its Twitter handle, which is how a lot of companies seems to be breaking news these days, the Northeast Conference announced that August 16 will be the official launch date of its new digital network known as NEC Front Row.


The NEC has been partnering with the Pack Network in the development of NEC Front Row, which will revolutionize the way the league’s fans can follow their favorite teams (we’ve seen a sneak preview and “revolutionize” is a good word to use).

NEC Front Row will allow fans to watch live streaming broadcasts of football, basketball, and other select sports FREE OF CHARGE.  The game viewer will contain a number of interactive elements as well as a feature that will allow fans to watch more than one feed simultaneously.






Northeast Conference Campus Tour (July 27, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – The 2012 Games are upon us and Stephanie Reilly is “ready to go.” Bryant’s head track & field coach will represent Team Ireland in the steeple chase in London. Her event is schedule for August 4 at 6:35 am EST. Read more.


Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils are one of four NEC volleyball teams to capture the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for its performance in the classroom throughout the 2011-12 school year.  It was the sixth consecutive such honor for the Blue Devils, who maintained a cumulative grade point average above 3.30 for both semesters. Read more.


Fairleigh Dickinson – Ryan Garland and Lorin Rich will be joining FDU interim head coach Marco Masucci for the 2012 women’s soccer season. Garland will work primarily with the goalkeepers and will be responsible for training sessions, video match analysis and goalkeeper clinics. Rich is a 2012 graduate of FDU and was a three-year member of the women’s soccer team.  She will be responsible for fund raising, alumni relations, training sessions and day-to-day operations. Read more.

LIU Brooklyn – The Blackbirds have heavy representation in London. The Opening Cermonies of the 30th Summer Olympiad is set for Friday, and three former LIU Brooklyn student-athletes will be representing their respective nations. Jeremy Bascom, Kyle Johnson and Julius Mutekanga were selected to compete for Guyana, Great Britain and Uganda, respectively. Read more.


Monmouth – Everyone knows this ultimate “soccer mom” from the Jersey Shore, and there is not much more she can accomplish on the pitch other than another gold medal.  Monmouth alumnae Christie Pearce Rampone is captaining the US Women’s National Soccer Team at the 2012 Olympics in London.  The member of the NEC Hall of Fame’s inaugural class is making her fourth appearance at The Games. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s – The Mountaineers are ready for another season of women’s golf. Head coach Kevin Farrell, a former Mount golfer himself, announced the team’s fall schedule, which is highlighted by a late-September trip to the ECAC Championships. Read more.

Quinnipiac – The Tricia Fabbri Era will continue at least through the 2016-17 season.  Quinnipiac announced it have extended the contract of its long-time women’s basketball coach earlier this week.  The much-accomplished Fabbri is second amongst all-time leaders in NEC coaching victories.  Read more.


Robert Morris – He’s not only a golfer, but a scholar, too. RMU’s Brock Pompeani was named a Cleveland Golf / Srixon All-America Scholar as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Read more.

Sacred Heart – She is one of the top-five NCAA bowlers in America, and it showed at the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championship presented by Brunswick. There, Jackie Carbonetto, a NTCA First Team All-American, bowled her way to a spot on the 2013 Junior Team USA. She will join FDU’s Danielle McEwan in representing the Stars ‘N’ Stripes. Read more.


St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers have a new head man in their training room. St. Francis College Director of Athletics Irma Garcia announced the hiring of Andrew Cornicello as Head Athletic Trainer on July 25.  In addition, Armando Rodriguez and Lynson Willis have been promoted to full-time Assistant Athletic Trainers. Read more.


Saint Francis (PA) – The number of student-athletes on the Red Flash’s softball roster just increased by two.  Head coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift has announced the addition of two members to her freshman class, outfielder Kathryn Blattenberger and pitcher Ketarah. The two incoming recruits bring the 2012-13 class total to seven. Read more.

Wagner – He’s a 200-game winner and he will soon have a field named after him.  Wagner head football coach, and athletic director, Walt Hameline will receive a tremendous honor come Sept. 15. When the Seahawks host Monmouth in their 2012 home opener, the field at Wagner College Stadium will be named Hameline Field. Read more.


Welcoming @NECHoopsRon to Twitter – A New Source for the Scoop on NEC Hoops

He is the longest-tenured Northeast Conference employee currently on staff (Watch out Edgar Cartotto, he is coming for your record 26 years).

And, now, he is on Twitter.

Be sure to follow NEC associate commissioner Ron Ratner aka @NECHoopsRon.

As you can tell by the overly-creative Twitter handle, he has hit the Tweet-o-Sphere and is ready to talk hoops. So give him a follow at your own peril.



The First Ever Tweet from @NECHoopsRon #TwitterHistory



NEC Personnel on Twitter
@NECCommish – Noreen Morris (Commissioner)

Follow this account for all the important stuff.


@NECralph – Ralph S. Ventre (Director of Communications)

A source for NEC football, women’s basketball, baseball, and more. Editor-in-Chief of Overtime! Blog. Buffalo Bills and New York Mets fans also welcomed here.


@NECHoopsRon – Ron Ratner (Associate Commissioner)

Everything NEC hoops. In his 15th year at the NCAA Division I conference, he is the league’s men’s basketball administrator and resident hoops historian.

The Scoop on the NEC’s Addition of Hoops-centered Twitter Account

Within seconds of the vague announcement on Twitter, folks began looking for answers.

A new way to talk NEC hoops on Twitter? How? Who?

Another source of information, expertise, and historical knowledge? Sweet, where can I sign up!

NEC’s announcement that new Twitter Account is Coming


Post-Announcement Reaction



The good news for anxious fans is that only a 72-hour wait remains. On Monday, July 23, 2012, IT will launch.

What to Expect
If you love NEC hoops, you will love following the aforementioned new account. The person behind this new Twitter handle is a self-proclaimed 1970s guru even though his teen years were in the 80s.

He’s a hoops historian, numbers nerd, music aficionado, certified youth soccer coach, basketball addict and former fencer all rolled into one.

Just imagine if @JonRothstein, @RollingStone, and @VinnieBarbarino all used the same Twitter account. You’ll only need to imagine for a few more days because you’ll see it live come next week.

Don’t be shocked if you see a tweet similar to, “So much Lionel Richie in Terrance Bailey.”

Anyway, we don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we will leave you with a hint.

He was born in Brooklyn.

No, he is not Jay-Z.

Northeast Conference Campus Tour (July 19, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

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  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.


Overtime!’s ‘Twitter Take Five’ – The Top 5 NEC Tweets Thus Far This Week

Following your favorite NEC athlete or sportswriter on Twitter is an enjoyable experience, but can also become an overwhelming one.

With so many people to follow and so much information to digest, it isn’t always easy to manage. Hence, the Overtime! Blog’s Twitter Take Five, a new weekly feature that selects five of the most intriguing/significant Tweets from across the NEC and presents them to our fans right here on the Official Blog of the Northeast Conference.

The Rundown…

Tweet No. 5 – Brad Brach, San Diego Padres RP, Monmouth Alumunus



Gotta love the “Team First” attitude exuded by Brach in this Tweet, which came after the Padres 8-2 victory over Houston on July 17. Brach was obviously all smiles after this one, liekly a byproduct of pitching a hitless 7th inning and earning the hold. It was Brach’s second straight scoreless inning of work against Houston after the Dodgers’ Andre Either took him deep on July 14.


Tweet No. 4 – Mike Zacchio, Sportswriter for The Journal News (NY)


FYI, Both of the women mentioned in Zacchio’s Tweet just happen to call the Northeast Conference home.  So, we are not surprised they are Fairleigh Dickinson’s Danielle McEwan and Sacred Heart’s Jackie Carbonetto both earned spots on the five-member All-Northeast Conference First Team in 2012 as well as NTCA All-America status.  McEwan also added the NTCA National Bowler of the Year award to her resume.  Oh, and they’ll both be back for the 2012-13 NCAA bowling campaign.


Tweet No. 3 – Quentin Anderson, Tampa Bay Bucs’ DE, Wagner Alumnus


The NFL Undrafted Free Agent signee was back on Grymes Hill recently, catching up with old teammates and coaches.  As his Tweet implies, it’s time for Anderson to return to work down in Tampa. The former Wagner Seahawk will try to win a NFL roster spot when the Tampa Bay Bucs open training camp on July 26.  We’ll be rooting for him and you should be, too!


Tweet No. 2 – Zac Bennett, Robert Morris Sophomore LB


This Tweet was delivered by the PONYexpress on the morning of July 18. The Robert Morris gridder is apparently is fooling around and is hard at work prepping for the 2012 season.  And when you open in the FargoDome against defending NCAA National Champion North Dakota State, extra preparation sounds like a pretty good idea. The Colonials and Bison will kick off the 2012 campaign on Sept. 1. They last met in the 2010 NCAA FCS Playoffs wirth NDSU using a fourth-quarter surge to pull away for the win.


Tweet No. 1 – Julian Boyd, 2012 NEC MBB Player of Year, LIU Brooklyn


Boyd has this date circled on his calendar, and so should every college hoops fan in the NYC area. A little more than one month after Jay-Z opens Brooklyn’s brand-new Barclays Center with a string of eight concerts, the two-time defending NEC champion Blackbirds will take center stage in the arena’s first-ever college basketball tournament.  The Barclay’s Center Classic is a multi-team, multi-venue hoops event that will tip off in Brooklyn on November 9.  LIU will face Morehead State and Kentucky will tip off against Maryland.

Here’s a shot of the Instagram photo tweeted by Boyd…



Video Vault
Take a look at Danielle McEwan and Jackie Carbonetto squaring off in the 2012 NEC Bowling Championship Final…


Here’s a Preview of the Barclay’s Center Classic…


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