In the words of Ol’ Blue Eyes, “It was a very good year…”
Nearly a half-century after Frank Sinatra won a Grammy Award for his rendition of the Ervin Drake-composed tune, the Northeast Conference enjoyed what the Chairman of the Board would likely consider to be “a very good year.”
The 2011-12 academic year yielded four NTCA All-American selections for NEC bowlers, national rankings in football, men’s lacrosse, and men’s soccer, and one of the greatest men’s basketball seasons in more than three decades of NEC hoops.
And that is only a fraction of what Northeast Conference student-athletes and coaches accomplished during their nine months on campus.
In what has become an annual tradition, the NEC communications department recorded all of the achievements and laid them out for all to see in the 2011-12 edition of the “Northeast Conference: Year In Review.”
The 20-page document, which contains a sport-by-sport breakdown, will be made available to the public on NortheastConference.org at some point early Monday evening, July 9.
So be sure to visit the Official Website of the Northeast Conference and print out your complimentary copy.
Here’s some of what you will find:
Recap of a men’s basketball season unlike any other in league history. For the first time in 31 years of NEC men’s hoops, three of the conference members posted 25-win seasons (LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris, and Wagner). RMU, the 2012 NEC Tournament runner-up to LIU< went onto win two postseason road games in the CIT.
Long list of accolades garnered by NEC Bowling and its 10 members. Nine of the league’s 10 teams were ranked in the NTCA Top 20 Poll at some point during the season with two-time national champion Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart moving to represent the league in the eight-team NCAA Championship bracket. Two-time NEC Bowler of the Year Danielle McEwan (FDU) led a group of four NEC women who obtained All-America Status. McEwan, who won t he Team USA Trial in Las Vegas earlier in the year, recently helped the Junior Team USA claim gold at the 2012 Youth World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sacred Heart prevailed in the NEC Women’s Basketball Championship Game, which reached a national TV audience via ESPNU for the fifth year running. … UAlbany captured the football crown and wound up with the No. 23 ranking in the final version of the FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll. … In what was only the second season in the history of NEC men’s lacrosse, both Bryant (19th) and Robert Morris (20th) broke into the national rankings.
Sneak Peek at 2011-12 Academic Highlights (PDF)