NEC Campus Tour (Aug. 28, 2013) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 10 member institutions

Bryant

The Chace Athletic Center is in the process of receiving a face-lift.  Actually, it may be more appropriate to call it a floor-lift.  Only July 22, workers began installing a new floor at the Home of Bryant Basketball.  The playing surface will be completely ready for use on September 6. Read more.

Chace Ctr Floor

Central Connecticut

CCSUBlueDevils.com is introducing a new way to tell the stories of Central Connecticut student-athletes.  CCSU senior Ashley Afonso, an aspiring sports reporter, has met with dozens of student athletes and subjected each of the athletes to 60 seconds of questioning.  The result is the “60 Seconds with a Blue Devil” web feature.  Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson

The women already have two results in the books –a win over MAAC member Iona and a setback to Stony Brook. On August 30, it’ll be the men’s turn as Seth Roland’s squad kicks off a new campaign on the pitch at Drexel.  The defending NEC champion Knights will start the season ranked No. 26 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and No. 30 in the College Soccer News poll. Read more.

LIU Brooklyn

The Blackbirds flew past Big East member Seton Hall on August 26. Now, they’ll take off for Las Vegas. LIU women’s soccer will play its third match of the season against New Mexico State at the UNLV Nike Invitational on August 30. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s

Mount St. Mary’s hoops fans, rejoice. The season is getting closer and the Mountaineers have unveiled their 2013-14 men’s basketball slate. Jamion Christian’s team will play 12 games in front of the Mount Maniacs this season, but won’t tip off in Knott Arena until November 23.  The first five contests of the Mount’s slate will all take place away from home, starting with a matchup at West Virginia on November 8.  Read more. View the full slate.

Robert Morris

The first #NECFB team to take the field in 2013 will be the Colonials.  Robert Morris has a Thursday night date at No. 19 Eastern Kentucky to kick off what will be legendary head coach Joe Walton’s final season on the sidelines.  Although the Colonials have had the same head coach for 20 years, they do have a new quarterback. Former All-NEC selection Jeff Sinclair has graduated and Penn State transfer Paul Jones will take the snaps in Week 1. Read more.

Sacred Heart

The Pioneers have aspirations of reclaiming NEC women’s volleyball supremacy, and their mission officially begins on August 30 in Worcester, MA. Rob Machan’s squad will contest the Crusader Classic and is slated to face tournament host Holy Cross in its first match. Read more.

St. Francis Brooklyn

The Terriers’ 2013 soccer schedule will test Tom Giovatto’s squad right from the start. St. Francis will visit No. 5 Connecticut to kick off the new season on August 30.  It’ll be the first of three consecutive road contest for the Terriers, who come home to play their first-ever game at the newly-completed Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 5 on September 10. Read more.

Saint Francis

Following a season-opening weekend comprised of a setback (Duquesne) and a draw (Morehead State), Saint Francis women’s soccer is bound for the Nation’s Capital.  The Red Flash will play their next two in Washington DC, facing Virginia Commonwealth on August 30 before battling George Washington on Sept. 1. Read more.

Wagner

The Seahawks will be back to business on Hameline Field come Saturday, August 31.  The 2012 NEC Football champions will welcome Georgetown to Grymes Hill, and starting center David Fredrickson is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead on Saturday and beyond.  Hear what the preseason all-NEC selection had to say when he met up with @NECralph for a Google Hangout.  Read more.

NEC Campus Tour (Aug. 21, 2013) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 10 member institutions

Bryant – The Bulldogs will enjoy continuity on the volleyball court this season. Longtime head coach Theresa Garlacy welcomes back 10 letter winners from last year’s team as Bryant hunts for its first postseason bid as a Division I program. Read more.

Central Connecticut – Coach McInerney and his Blue Devils have been working hard on the gridiron in preparation for their upcoming 12-game slate and CCSUBlueDevils.com has been providing fans with an inside look into the action. Photos and video updates, like the one below, are available on the site. For those fans who still crave more, then follow @KizerTheBlueDevil on Twitter. Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson – Seth Roland’s Knights will set out to defend their NEC men’s soccer title with “one of the top center-backs in the nation” on their side. FDU senior defender Nicholas Walker is one of 34 men who were identified as potential candidates for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in Division I soccer. Walker and Co. open the new season on August 30 at CAA member Drexel in what will be the Knights’ first official game since falling at North Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Men’s College Cup Sweet 16. Read more.
Walker

LIU Brooklyn – Exhausting his NCAA eligibility hasn’t stopped 2013 NEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere from making headlines. As the LIU Brooklyn alumnus was preparing to compete for the Nigerian National Team at the 2013 FIBA African Basketball Championships in Ivory Coast (August 20-31), news broke that the highest-scoring Blackbird of all-time inked a professional contract with Vanoli Cremona of Italy Serie A. Read more.

Olasewere’s recent NEC “Google Hangout”

Mount St. Mary’s – With a new academic year on the horizon, the Mount’s athletic communications staff counted down the “Top 20 Moments of 2012-13.” Topping the #MountTop20 was the men’s basketball team’s run to the 2013 NEC Championship Game. Read more.

Robert Morris – The Colonials are eight days away from kicking off their 2013 slate at nationally-ranked Eastern Kentucky. The game will mark the final “Opening Day” in the illustrious coaching career of Joe Walton. Set for his 20th season on the sidelines, Walton has learned that he will receive induction into the RMU Athletics Hall of Fame on November 16. Read more.

#JoeWa

Sacred Heart – They’ve finished as the runner-up in each of the past two seasons, but 2013 is supposed to be the “Year of the Pioneer” in NEC women’s cross country. Sacred heart finished atop the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, earning the moniker of preseason favorite. The decorated Brianna Castrogivanni, who earned NEC Indoor MVP honors in 2013, headlines the team’s list of returnees. Read more.

St. Francis Brooklyn – “From Melbourne to Brooklyn.” Such is the path taken by St. Francis women’s basketball players Jessica Kaufman and Eilidh Simpson. The Australian-born student-athletes, who have been key contributors in the Terriers’ turnaround, took two of their American-born St. Francis teammates to their native land for the summer. The quartet was recently featured on an Australian TV network. Watch the feature.
Aussie TV

Saint Francis –The NCAA’s active leading scorer in the sport of women’s soccer competes for the Red Flash and is also on the MAC Hermann Watch List. Saint Francis senior forward Tesa McKibben is one of 31 Division I players who are currently in the running for the prestigious individual honor. Read more.

Wagner – The Seahawks have had a history of serving the Staten Island community, and they are at it again. The Wagner Athletic Department has teamed up with the Staten Island Yankees to collect canned goods at the Yankees’ upcoming home games against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday, August 21 and Friday, August 30. All canned goods donated at both games will benefit the 50 Tons of Food Challenge. The 50 Tons of Food Challenge is a joint effort of Wagner College Athletics, ShopRite and the Staten Island Advance that not only brings food to those in Staten Island who are in need but to also raise awareness about how fans can get involved to help end hunger. Read more.

Wagner Food Challenge