NEC #CampusTour (September 4, 2013) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 10 member institutions

Bryant

The Bulldogs will lift the lid off their cross-country season by hosting the Nassaney Invitational and the 13th annual Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race on Saturday, September 7. The Nassaney Memorial Race is coordinated by the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Foundation and is held in honor of former Bryant University track and cross country athlete Shawn Nassaney who passed away during the attacks on September 11, 2001. This year’s Memorial Race is slated to go off at 11:00 am on Bryant’s Smithfield campus. The race will be preceded by a pair of 5K collegiate competitions (men’s & women’s) that will include programs from around New England. Read more.

Central Connecticut

So far, so good for the NEC preseason favorite Blue Devils. The conference’s defending men’s cross country champion opened the 2013 campaign by tying for first place in the team standings at Fairfield’s Fr. Laurence O’Niel, S.J. Invitational. Three CCSU harriers were amongst the first 10 individuals to cross the finish line, and two of those men earned NEC weekly honors as a result. NEC Athlete of the Week Patrick Hubell won the individual title, while NEC Rookie of the Week Thomas Lupoli came in ninth. Read more.

Meet Colby Delbene, a senior harrier for CCSU…

Fairleigh Dickinson

Seth Roland’s Knights are off to a 2-0-0 season start and have ascended to the top of the NSCAA Division I North Atlantic Regional Poll this week. FDU, which made a run to the NCAA Men’s College Cup Sweet 16 last fall, scored 1-nil wins over Drexel and Lehigh on its way to the region’s No. 1 ranking. The Knights, who are one of three NEC teams in the poll’s Top 5 (Saint Francis -2nd, Bryant – 5th), look for Win No. 3 when they host Garden State rival Princeton on September 6. Read more.

LIU Brooklyn

After a season-opening trip to the Sunshine State, the Blackbirds will return to action in College Park, MD on September 6-7. LIU is slated to face Penn, UMKC and tournament host Maryland over the course of the weekend. The defending NEC volleyball champions made the No. 9-ranked Florida Gators sweat a little bit last week by winning a game in an eventual 3-1 defeat. LIU also dropped a decision to ACC member Duke, but was able to notch a 3-0 shutout of New Orleans before departing Florida. Read more.

Annika Foit and Jessica Rice both earned NEC weekly honors for their efforts in Gainesville.

Annika Foit and Jessica Rice both earned NEC weekly honors for their efforts in Gainesville.

Mount St. Mary’s

Bryan Whitten is admittedly excited about the women’s basketball schedule his staff assembled for the 2013-14 campaign. The Mount opens the slate in Philadelphia where it’ll take on Saint Joseph’s in Preseason WNIT First Round play. The Mountaineers open the home portion of the schedule with the program’s first-ever matchup against Davidson on November 12. Their final non-conference opponent is also against an unfamiliar foe as they travel to ACC member Boston College on New Year’s Day 2014. Read more.

Robert Morris

Russell Johnson completed his collegiate playing career in the NIT this past March. Next stop for the Robert Morris alumnus? Spain. The former NEC champion has signed a professional contract to play for C.B. Peñas Huesca in Huesca, Spain. CB Peñas is part of the LEB Oro. Read more.

Sacred Heart

If you see RJ Noel sporting a golden helmet, don’t worry, he hasn’t transferred to Bryant. He’s simply displaying his first-ever honor as a collegiate quarterback. After totaling more than 300 yards of offensive in his first career start, a 37-21 victory over Pioneer League member Marist, Noel became the first recipient of the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award for the 2013 college football season. Read more.

SHU head coach Mark Nofri talks about Noel in the latest edition of his Coach’s Show…

St. Francis Brooklyn

Howard, NJIT and Rider are coming to Brooklyn heights for two days of volleyball. The Terriers are set to host the St. Francis Brooklyn Invitational on September 6 & 7. St. Francis, which topped Delaware State last weekend, will play its first match against the NJIT Highlanders at 7:00 pm on Friday. Read more.

Saint Francis

The No. 2 team in the NSCAA North Atlantic Men’s Soccer Poll is off to a 3-0-0 start. One day after learning of their regional ranking, the Red Flash won a road match over Bucknell. The 1-nil result, which came on Sept. 4, bumped the Red Flash’s goal differential to +5 for the season. Read more.

Wagner

There’s a new compliance sheriff on Staten Island. Wagner recently announced the appointment of Chris Fourman as Assistant Athletic Director of Academic and Compliance. Fourman is no stranger to the Seahawks as he simply moves across campus. The Wagner alumnus, and former NEC golfer, had been a College Admissions Counselor for the past two academic years. Read more.

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