Bryant – The Bulldogs are billing it the “Fight for First.” On Thursday night, Robert Morris will invade the Chace Center in a battle that could wind up determining who takes the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. While Robert Morris (12-4), which has appeared in each of the last four NEC Championship Games, sits in first, Bryant (11-5) is only 1.0 game back on the Colonials. The head-to-head matchup gives the Bulldogs an even better opportunity to possibly leapfrog RMU and earn home-court advantage through the postseason conference tournament. The game will air live on Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm via NECFrontRow.com. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils have amended Saturday’s basketball schedule at Detrick Gymnasium to accommodate the NEC-TV cameras. With the NEC selecting CCSU’s impending matchup with Robert Morris as it “Final Weekend Wildcard TV Game,” the Blue Devils and Colonials have a new tip-off time of 11:33 am. The game will air live on MSG and Fox College Sports (Check Your Local Listings). As a result of the men’s change, CCSU women’s team will play at 2:00 pm. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – They currently lead the standings, but will that still be the case when the NEC Spring Meet is complete. Having won 13 of its first 18 NEC bowling matches, Fairleigh Dickinson has the inside track toward the NEC regular season crown. The Knights, who are the nation’s No. 7 team in the latest NTCA Top 20 Poll, will head to Strike 10 Lanes in Brooklyn to meet its fellow league members for the third, and final, regular season NEC-sponsored competition. Set for March 2-3, the NEC Spring Meet will follow a traditional team play format throughout. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – The Blackbirds’ bowling program has come a long way in its four-plus years of existence. This past weekend’s happenings provided more evidence of just how far LIU has come. Brittany Hart, Karen Diosa, Mariah Hatfield and Co. posted a first-place showing at the annual ECAC Championship meet. The Blackbirds, who are the No. 16-ranked team in America, topped tournament host Adelphi to clinch the team title on Sunday. One day earlier, Hart won the ECAC Single Championship. Read more.
Monmouth – King Rice and the Hawks will host Mount St. Mary’s in a Thursday night (Feb. 28) tussle at the Jersey Shore. It will be the next-to-last home game for Monmouth’s men’s basketball team, which will close out the regular season on March 2 against Wagner. Although the Hawks were officially eliminated from postseason contention last week, they can still affect the playoff race. The Mount and Wagner both have hopes of finish in the top-third of the NEC standings so that they may host NEC Tournament quarterfinal contest. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – So, OK, nobody’s perfect! After notching two noteworthy wins over Delaware and Bucknell, the Mount came up short in its latest men’s lacrosse contest against No. 6 Virginia. The Cavaliers topped the Mountaineers, 18-11, on Tuesday night, Feb. 26 in Charlottesville. Brett Schmidt scored thrice for the Mount, which will next face Towson at home on March 2. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats have yet to lose this calendar year. At 25-2, Quinnipiac is making a case for an at-large bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. In terms of mid-major programs, the Bobcats are one of the nation’s best. The latest edition of the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll has Quinnipiac in the No. 10 spot. Read more.
Robert Morris – Ashley Ravelli is becoming a household name in Northeast Conference women’s basketball circles. The Italian-born freshman won the Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week award for the third time this season thanks to her latest two-game swing. Ravelli, who leads all NEC freshmen with 56 three-pointers made, averaged 16.5 points per game last week. Read more.
Sacred Heart – It’s Valentine’s Day all year long at Sacred Heart University. SHU President John J. Petillo introduced former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine as the school’s incoming Executive Director of Athletics. Valentine, who took the New York Mets to the 2000 World Series, will take over for the retiring Don Cook, who was recently enshrined into the NEC Hall of Fame. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn – It’ll be a special Saturday in Brooklyn Heights come March 2. St. Francis College will host its “Shoot for a Cure” and “National Girls and Women In Sports Day” events in conjunction with its NEC hoops doubleheader. Read more.
Saint Francis U – The Red Flash are heading to Boston with a title to defend. Looking for a fourth consecutive NEC Swimming & Diving team championship, Saint Francis will contest the four-day, seven-team title meet in Beantown. Individually, Elise Lofgren will take aim at her third straight gold medal in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. The meet opens on Wednesday night, February 27 at 7:00 pm. The 200 medley relay final is first followed by the 800 free relay final. Read more.
Wagner – If you weren’t watching last Sunday night, you missed a pretty good one on Grymes Hill. Wagner outlasted two-time defending NEC champion LIU Brooklyn in a marquee men’s hoops matchup that aired live on ESPNU. The nationally-televised broadcast was decided on Kenny Ortiz’s putback layup with 0.8 second remaining on the clock. Read more.
Northeast Conference – The latest edition of the NEC On The Run Hoops Video Podcast is now available. This week’s show features an interview with St. Francis Brooklyn WBB head coach John Thurston, the #NEC9 and MUCH MORE!