Bryant – The preseason favorite to win the 2013 NEC baseball title opens its season in the Lone Star State. Steve Owens’ Bulldogs will contest a three-game weekend set at Houston Baptist, beginning on Friday, February 22. With the first pitch on Friday, the Bulldogs will be officially underway on their first season of full Division I eligibility. The reigning Northeast Conference regular-season champions, Bryant is coming off a season in which it was 33-21 overall and 24-8 in league play. Read more.
Central Connecticut – Beryl Piper’s Blue Devils are on the rebound. After dropping five straight games, Central Connecticut posted its second win in a row on Wednesday. In a makeup game, which was originally scheduled for the weekend that Winter Storm Nemo hit, the Blue Devils topped LIU Brooklyn to even their NEC record up at 7-7. CCSU, which is currently tied for sixth place in the NEC standings, will travel to Bryant (Feb. 23) and Sacred Heart (Feb. 25) this weekend. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – The Knights won’t play their first game until March 1 when they visit Savannah State, but they will ceremoniously open the 2013 baseball season on Saturday, February 23. Head coach Gary Puccio and Co. will host the annual Jon Bittman First Pitch Dinner at the Park Ridge Marriott, welcoming back a number of alumni and friends of the program. Puccio will also name his Opening Day starting pitcher at the dinner with the legendary Jon Bittman presenting that lucky hurler with the ball. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – The names of Blackbirds were peppered all over the list of 2013 All-NEC Indoor Track & Field honorees. LIU’s men’s team garnered a league-high 10 selections, one more than 2013 NEC team champion Monmouth. Veteran sprinter Nickolei Mahlung was one of six Blackbirds to earn a spot on the All-NEC First Team. The graduate student sprinted to victory in the 60m dash at the conference title meet earlier this month, tying the NEC record (6.77) originally set by Sacred Heart’s Arman Dixon. Read more.
Monmouth – The Hawks opened their 2013 baseball slate by posting a 7-6 win over Villanova on February 15, but saw the rest of its weekend at the Ron Fraser Classic washed out. This weekend, Monmouth will hope for better weather in Nashville, TN as Dean Ehehalt’s club takes on SEC member Vanderbilt. The Hawks and the No. 4 Commodores will play a three-game weekend series that begins on Friday, February 22. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – Jamion Christian’s Mountaineers are on fire, causing mayhem for their opponents on the hardwood. Playing their high-energy style, the Mountaineers topped two-time defending NEC champion LIU Brooklyn, 83-71, to extend its win streak to four. With the postseason tournament looming , the red-hot Sam Prescott and his mates will look to further strengthen its NEC standing when they host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, February 23. The game, which will air live on www.necfrontrow.com, will be the final home date on the Mount’s regular season schedule. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Less than two weeks removed from the Bobcats’ highest team finish in their history at the NEC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships, head coach Carolyn Martin received some rightful recognition. The NEC named Martin its Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year after Quinnipiac cracked the top half of the team standings for the first time in 14 years at the meet. Read more.
Robert Morris – The Colonials will welcome Garden State-based Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth to western Pennsylvania for a pair of crucial women’s hoops contests this weekend. Robert Morris, which will celebrate its Senior Day against FDU on Feb. 23, sits at 6-7 in NEC play. That mark places them one-half game behind Bryant for the eighth, and final, spot in the upcoming NEC Tournament. Read more.
Sacred Heart – One of the more intense rivalries NEC women’s basketball has known over recent years will be renewed come Saturday, February 23. Sacred Heart, the defending NEC champion, will host intra-state rival Quinnipiac. Although SHU is the team coming off its third conference crown, Quinnipiac earned the moniker of NEC preseason favorite and has yet to lose to a league foe this year Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats (14-0) defeated Sacred Heart, 74-45, earlier in the season on January 12 in Hamden. Now, the scene shifts to Fairfield where Sacred Heart has proven tough to beat. The Pioneers are 11-1 at home. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn – The Terriers are no longer on the outside looking into the NEC men’s basketball postseason picture. St. Francis moved into eighth place in the NEC standings thanks to a last-second win over Verrazano Bridge rival Wagner on Thursday night, February 21. With the Terriers trailing by one in the game’s waning moments, senior guard Dre Calloway made his move to the basket and converted a layup with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift the hosts to a 76-75 win. Read more.
Saint Francis U – The Red Flash were the runner-up at the 2012 NEC Men’s Soccer Championships, but they’ve added some new faces who could help them get over the hump. Head coach Michael Caspar announced the addition of seven newcomers, who will join the program in time for the 2013-14 campaign. These seven young men represent five states, two countries and all four major positions on the field. Read more.
Wagner – The Seahawks welcome Verrazano Bridge rival LIU Brooklyn to Staten Island on Sunday, February 24 and the ESPNU television cameras will be there to catch the action unfold. Wagner will host the defending NEC champions in an ever-important men’s basketball matchup. The two teams are separated by one game in the standings and are both vying for a top-four finish in hopes of securing the right to host a NEC Tournament quarterfinal game. Read more.