Bryant – The Bulldogs will host the NEC-TV Featured Football Game of the Week this Saturday, October 6 in Smithfield. Bryant’s opponent for the nationally-televised contest is none other than the defending NEC champion Albany Great Danes, whose lone loss this season was a one-score road game at No. 3 Youngstown State. It’ll certainly be a tough task for Bryant, but it’s nothing the Bulldogs have not conquered before. Bryant was responsible for Albany’s only NEC loss in 2011. The game will air live on FCS Atlantic, Cox (RI), TWC-3 (Albany) and ESPN3. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils appear to be a serious contender for the NEC volleyball title this season. Central Connecticut moved to 4-1 in league play on Wednesday, October 3 by handing defending NEC champion Sacred Heart a 3-1 loss. Fresh off winning her fourth NEC Rookie of the Week award, freshman setter Makenna Lommori turned in another solid effort. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – The Knights will contest a pair of NEC matches in men’s soccer this weekend. The first of the two games will come against Garden State rival Monmouth, the team that ended FDU’s 2011 season in last fall’s NEC Tournament final. Following its showdown at the Jersey Shore, the Knights, who won their NEC opener over LIU Brooklyn, will travel to Emmitsburg for a Sunday matinee at the Mount. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – LIU’s athletics communications department has unveiled a new video feature entitled “New to the Nest.” The series gives fans a chance to learn about a number of the newest Blackbirds who are competing for LIU. The second edition of “New to the Nest” highlights three of the newest member of the women’s soccer team. Read more.
Monmouth – Hawks’ skipper Dean Ehehalt is already preparing for another spring of baseball at the Jersey Shore. Ehehalt recently filled a void on his coaching staff, bringing former Big East Pitcher of the Year George Brown into the mix. Brown will serve as the pitching coach for a team looking to make its first trip to the NCAA Regional since 2009. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – In 36 days, Mount St. Mary’s will tip off the women’s hoops season at ACC member Maryland. NEC Front Row recently interviewed Whitten about his thoughts on the team’s 2012-13 schedule. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Perennial NEC tennis power Quinnipiac will host its annual fall invite this upcoming weekend. The Quinnipiac University Invitational, a three-day event, will begin on Friday, October 5 and welcome seven other programs to Hamden. Hofstra, UConn, Sacred Heart, Bryant, Villanova, Hartford and Bentley will contest this year’s event. Read more.
Robert Morris – The Colonials dug deep to win their “Dig Pink” Game in five sets last night. Robert Morris outlasted rival Saint Francis (PA) and moved to 4-0 in conference play. The game was part of the Northeast Conference “Dig Pink” initiative aimed at raising breast cancer awareness. Read more.
Sacred Heart – Campus Field will host a Northeast Conference gridiron matchup for a second straight week when the Pioneers welcome red-hot Wagner to town. Sacred Heart broke into the win column last Saturday by downing Constitution State rival Central Connecticut on Homecoming Weekend. Wagner has won back-to-back NEC contests, but owns a 1-6 all-time record at SHU’s Campus Field. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – John Thurston ran his first official practice as the Terriers’ new women’s basketball coach earlier this week. The well-traveled Thurston has added three newcomers to the roster and is prepping his team for a November 12 tip-off against Army. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – After back-to-back weeks on the road, the NEC’s leading rushing attack will return to DeGol Field this Saturday, October 6. The Red Flash will welcome Keystone State rival Robert Morris to Loretto for a 12:00 pm kickoff on Family Weekend. Read more.
Wagner – One of the first milestones in the Lisa Cermignano era took place on Wednesday afternoon when the Seahawks’ head women’s basketball coach presided over the Seahawks’ opening practice of the 2012-13 season at the Spiro Sports Center. Seahawk fans will have their first chance to see the team in person on Friday, October 12 from 5:45 pm until 8:00 pm at the Spiro Sports Center when Wagner hosts its second annual “Madness Before Midnight” as both the men’s and women’s teams will be introduced to the public before partaking in basketball-related activities. Read more.