Weekly ‘Overtime!’ Twitter Take Five is BACK

Following your favorite NEC athlete or sportswriter on Twitter is an enjoyable experience, but can also become an overwhelming one.

With so many people to follow and so much information to digest, it isn’t always easy to manage. Hence, the Overtime! Blog’s Twitter Take Five, a new weekly feature that selects five of the most intriguing/significant Tweets from across the NEC and presents them to our fans right here on the Official Blog of the Northeast Conference.



Tweet No. 5 – Barry Allen, Statistician/Baseball Fan/Freelance Writer


Baseball statistics guru Barry Allen sent this tweet out when Bryant had won only 18 in a row.  Well, one day later, Steve Owens’ Bulldogs thumped defending America East champion Stony Brook, a program that advanced to the 2012 NCAA College World Series.  Next up for Bryant, a visit to the defending NEC champion Sacred Heart Pioneers for a four-game weekend set.

Tweet No. 4 – Jamie Church, Asst. Dir. of Athletic Communications, Fairleigh Dickinson


In case you haven’t been following, we will quickly recap what Jamie is referring to in the brilliant tweet above.  On March 19, Robert Morris hosted a postseason NIT men’s basketball game against defending NCAA champion Kentucky, and ended Big Blue Nation’s season with a 59-57 triumph on national TV.  Then, Quinnipiac, a NEC core member since 1998 when it stepped up into the Division I ranks, made the Frozen Four in men’s ice hockey and advanced through to the national title game against Yale.  Finally, it was has become an annual ritual for the two-time NEC champion FDU Knights, Michael LoPresti’s team contested the eight-team NCAA Bowling championship bracket for the ninth time in 10 years.  Although it came up just shy of another Final Four appearance, FDU was able to bounce Sam Houston State from the tournament and put forth valiant efforts against Vanderbilt and UMES.


Tweet No. 3 – Velton Jones (All-NEC Guard), Robert Morris & Julian Boyd (All-NEC Forward), LIU Brooklyn


We’ve always known Velton Jones to be a classy competitor throughout his time at Robert Morris, and once again the hard-nosed, heavily-decorated guard shows why he is beloved.  Upon finding out that Julian Boyd of rival LIU Brooklyn was officially granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, Jones reached out to his fellow all-NEC performer and prompted the following exchange.  Thanks to Velton and Julian for a real-life example of #NECPride.


Tweet No. 2 – Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner, America East Conference


In the wake of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, folks across the nation have come together in support of the victims and the NEC is no exception.  Thanks to the America East staff and Commissioner Amy Huchthausen for passing along this photo of two New England-based rivals joining hands in a sign of solidarity.  It didn’t matter that the Bryant Bulldogs hail from the Northeast Conference, while the Terriers are the pride of America East, because, in  the end we are all human beings.


Tweet No. 1 – Nicole Trudell, Bowler, Sacred Heart


Trudell has found herself engaged in a number of intense battles against FDU on the lanes, but on this day, the Sacred Heart Pioneer was rooting for her NEC rivals.  Not only was this former NEC Rookie of the Year following the Knights throughout NCAA Tournament competition, but when FDU suffered elimination in a heart-breaking loss to UMES, Trudell shared the kind words above.  Finding joy in the success of your peers is a huge part of this thing we call #NECPride.

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