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.
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.
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.
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.