Bryant – It’ll be a busy weekend in Smithfield. In addition to a home football game against CAA member Maine set for Saturday afternoon, Bryant will also host the Hampton Invitational, a women’s volleyball tournament that will welcome Northern Kentucky, Holy Cross, and Akron to campus. A field hockey match against Ivy League member Brown as well as a pair of women’s soccer games are on the docket, too. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The former captain of the Providence Friars has joined Central Connecticut’s women’s basketball coaching staff. Head coach Beryl Piper, who is set for her sixth season at the helm, announced the addition of assistant coach Kristina Baugh. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – FDU tennis fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite team play for the first time since last May’s NCAA tournament appearances. Fairleigh Dickinson’s men’s and women’s teams, which both won NEC titles last spring, will lift the lid off the 2012-13 season this weekend. The men will contest the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational and the women will head to the Stony Brook Classic. Both programs are under the direction of a new head coach after FDU Hall of Famer Ira Miller stepped aside this past off-season. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – The Blackbirds will close out their non-conference women’s soccer schedule at home this weekend. Saint Peter’s will visit LIU Field on Friday with Delaware coming in on Sunday. LIU has been especially tough to beat at home over the last four seasons, going 26-3-2 at LIU Field since 2008. Read more.
Monmouth – The Hawks will head to the pitch this weekend for the first time since cracking the National Top 25 this season. After jumping out to a 4-0-1 season start, Monmouth men’s soccer entered the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings at No. 19 this week. The Hawks will face New Jersey rival Seton Hall on Friday before returning home to the Jersey Shore for a Sunday matinee against the College of Charleston. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – The Mountaineers’ women’s lacrosse staff picked up two additions this week. Head coach B.J. Johnson announced the hiring of Dana Cahill and Nicole Price. The former come to the Mount following a noteworthy playing career at Penn State, while the latter is a Mount alumnae. Read more.
Quinnipiac – The Bobcats were unbeaten through the first five matches of the women’s soccer season and received recognition earlier in the week as a result. Off to its best start in program history, Quinnipiac climbed into the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Northeast Regional Poll at No. 9. The Bobcats dropped suffered their first defeat of the season to Harvard on Wednesday, and will try to rebound at Siena on Sunday. Read more.
Robert Morris – RMU men’s basketball head coach Andy Toole, better known as @AndyToole, sent the NEC Twitterverse into a tizzy when he released the Colonials’ much-anticipated 2012-13 schedule earlier this week. The Colonials will open the season on Nov. 9 at Rider before contesting the NIT Preseason Tip-off event. Read More.
Here’s a look at some of the more notable RMU schedule release tweets…
2012-13 Robert Morris Men’s Hoops Schedule
Sacred Heart – The Pioneers will face Colgate for the first time ever on the gridiron this weekend. Sacred Heart, which enjoyed an early-season bye in Week 2, will visit the Patriot League member for a game set to kick off at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – There will be an empty spot on the Terriers’ bench during the upcoming basketball season. Brother Joseph Moloney, a communications professor and huge St. Francis fan, passed away earlier this week. Loved by many in the SFC community, Moloney became known for his spirited singing at College events including his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to home events. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Not a bad week for Bishop Neal. The sophomore linebacker made 13 tackles and a number of key plays in Saint Francis’ win over Bryant this past Saturday and a host of individual accolades followed. After the NEC tabbed Neal its Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the ECAC followed suit as did The Sports Network. TSN tabbed Neal its National FCS Defensive Player of the Week. Read more.
Wagner – The Outer Bridge Rivalry Game will take on additional significance this season since it will be the first game ever played on Walt Hameline Field. Wagner is set to rename its football field in honor of its longtime head coach prior to the start of Saturday’s NEC rivalry game against Monmouth. The ceremony is set to begin at 12:30 pm at Wagner College Stadium. Read more.