Bryant Bulldog Sinks Teeth into #SweetGetaway

The fans have spoken, and Bryant Bulldog Martha Reynolds is the 2013 NEC #SweetGetaway Grand Prize Winner.  The photo submitted by @martha3reynolds received the most “likes” during last week’s voting period on the NEC’s Facebook page.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER…

Sweet_getaway WINNER

Second Prize:  Maddie Poli (Bryant Lacrosse) – @policrew

Third Prize:  Shari Weiner (LIU Baseball) – @Shari_Weiner

Fourth Prize: Blake Fenwick (Bryant Track) – @blakefenwick

 

What did they win?

Prize List:
Grand Prize (1)

$100 Hershey Entertainment & Resorts gift card PLUS…

• 2 nights accommodations at The Hershey Lodge (one room, for up to 4 people)

• 2-day admission passes to Hersheypark for 4 people

• 4 passes to the Hershey Trolley Works Tour

• 4 passes to the Create Your Own Candy Bar  attraction at Hershey’s Chocolate World

First Prizes (3)

4 one-day Hershey Park passes

Read all about the #SweetGetaway Promotion by clicking here.

See Who’s Still In Running to Win The #SweetGetaway

The Six Finalists for the Northeast Conference’s Hershey Spring Season #SweetGetaway Contest have been chosen.
You can vote for your favorite photo by visiting the NEC’s Official Facebook Page (Visit the NEC FB Page).

The Photo that receives the most “likes” during the June 10-14 voting period will be the Grand Prize winner.  2nd, 3rd and 4th place also receives a prize.

Prize List:
Grand Prize (1)

$100 Hershey Entertainment & Resorts gift card PLUS…

• 2 nights accommodations at The Hershey Lodge (one room, for up to 4 people)

• 2-day admission passes to Hersheypark for 4 people

• 4 passes to the Hershey Trolley Works Tour

• 4 passes to the Create Your Own Candy Bar  attraction at Hershey’s Chocolate World

First Prizes (3)

4 one-day Hershey Park passes

Read all about the #SweetGetaway Promotion by clicking here.

Northeast Conference Bids Farewell to The ‘Don’ of Athletic Directors

After serving intercollegiate athletics for nearly a half-Century, Sacred Heart Athletics Director Don Cook is moving on to the next phase of his life.  His accomplishments are plentiful and their effects will be felt for a long time around SHU and the Northeast Conference.

Cook was inducted into the NEC Hall of Fame this past January and he was honored at the NEC Spring Meeting for his remarkable career.  NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris had the following to say to Cook during the NEC Commissioner’s Cup Dinner:

I can honestly say that you are one of the most impressive people I’ve had the pleasure to know, both professionally and personally.  In all the challenges you’ve faced in the last three years (and you’ve faced many!), I’ve never heard you complain or play the “woe is me” card.  Instead, you’ve always focused on others and how you can help them succeed..….truly inspirational!  Your always positive outlook on life and your ever-present sense of humor will certainly be missed in the NEC.  I cannot thank you enough for your mentorship and leadership, but more importantly, for your friendship! Enjoy your retirement!!

 

In the Sunday edition of the Connecticut Post, columnist Chris Elsberry wrote what we believe to be an accurate and awesome ode to Don Cook.  Read Cook Leaves Long Legacy of Success

 

Don Cook received his NEC Hall of Fame plaque on TV during a January MBB broadcast from SHU's Pitt Center.

Don Cook received his NEC Hall of Fame plaque on TV during a January MBB broadcast from SHU’s Pitt Center.

From the Northeast Conference to The Show…

He won the 2013 NEC regular season batting title.  He was a first team all-NEC Shortstop.  He was the 2011 NEC Tournament MVP.  He is the FIRST NEC player taken in the 2013 MLB Draft…

Congratulations to Sacred Heart’s John Murphy for going to the New York Yankees organization in teh 6th Round with the 194th overall pick.

SHU SS John Murphy fields his position

SHU SS John Murphy fields his position


The coolest thing about Murphy’s selection may not be the fact that he was the first NEC player taken. After all, a congratulatory tweet from a decorated former Big League skipper has to rank as a top highlight for
Murphy.

During his MLB career, Bobby Valentine managed the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and most-notably the New York Mets, whom he directed to the 2000 World Series. Here’s what the former MLB manager and new SHU Athletic Director had to say…

Sacred Heart's new AD took to Twitter to congratulate John Murphy.

Sacred Heart’s new AD took to Twitter to congratulate John Murphy.

Bryant’s Banner Season on Diamond Adds to NEC’s Recent Sparkling Postseason Results

The Bulldogs barked loudly and clearly on Friday night. Their 44 wins were no fluke.

Adding to what has been a great year for NEC teams in NCAA Tournament competition, Bryant baseball topped SEC member Arkansas, 4-1, in the opening round of the Manhattan, KS regional.

Notching their 45th win of the season, the Bulldogs are moving further away than the previous NEC single-season wins (41) record, which was set by Central Connecticut in 2004.

Bryant broke a 1-1 tie when NEC Player of the Year Kevin Brown laced a line-drive single to CF that plated AJ Zarozny.  The Bulldogs added two more in the inning and Sal Lisanti made it stand up.

The NEC champions will now take on Big 12 member Kansas State in the winners’ bracket game on Saturday.

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Peter Kelich started it and Sal Lisanti (above) closed it out as Bryant downed, Arkansas, 4-1, in NCAA Regional play on ESPN3.

What a Day for Brown
Showing what he can do for you, Kevin Brown went 3-for-4 with a run and the game-winning RBI single on Friday night in Bryant’s 4-1 NCAA Tournament triumph.  The left-handed hitting slugger’s performance came hours after the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Teams were announced with Brown nabbing a spot on the Second Team.  Not a bad day at all for the 2013 NEC Player of the Year. (Read the full story on his Academic All-America Selection)

NEC in NCAA
The Bulldogs are the fifth NEC team to post a NCAA Tournament victory during the 2012-13 academic year.

Fairleigh Dickinson men’s soccer started it off with wins over St. John’s and Saint Louis on its way to the College Cup Sweet 16.

Wagner football followed by pounding Patriot League champion Colgate, 31-20, in a NCAA FCS First Round game.

Next, FDU bowling made its annual pilgrimage to the NCAA Championship.  The Knights, who have won national titles in 2006 and 2010, went 5-2 in traditional team play and also scored a best-of-seven baker win over Sam Houston State after bowing out with losses to Vanderbilt and UMES.

Central Connecticut softball took a 9-1 win over Northwestern State.

Need we remind you that Bryant men’s lacrosse opened its NCAA First Round matchup by scoring the first four goals of the game against National No. 1 seed, and eventual runner-up Syracuse before falling, 12-7.

Oh, and this list doesn’t include Robert Morris’ NIT men’s hoops win over defending NCAA champion Kentucky. (Relive RMU’s Victory with this NEC Front Row Documentary).