The 2013 NEC Tournament runner-up has welcomed the next generation of Bulldogs onto its roster. Bryant women’s lacrosse head coach Jill DePetris has added nine freshmen to the program, which went 10-8 during its first season of Division I postseason eligibility. The Class of 2017 provides a heavy reinforcement for the midfield ranks and consists of five midfielders, two defenders, an attack and a goalie. Read more.
Homecoming Weekend in New Britain kicks off on the pitch Friday night with the women’s soccer team’s conference opener against Robert Morris, and you can watch it unfold live on NEC Front Row beginning at 7:00 pm. The action-packed weekend continues on Saturday, October 5 when Jeff McInerney’s Blue Devils open their NEC slate on the gridiron against Saint Francis in a game that will air live on ESPN3 at 1:00 pm. Read more.
The two-time NCAA champions are almost always in the mix for the national title, and the preseason edition of the National Tenpins Coaches Association Top 20 Poll suggests the Knights will again contend for the top prize in collegiate bowling. Fairleigh Dickinson came in at No. 7 in the nation in the first poll of the 2013-14 season. All seven NEC teams earned spots in the NTCA Top 20 with the Knights holding the highest ranking. Read more.
When one is coming off a national individual statistical championship, then one is likely to receive a preseason honor like the one LIU Brooklyn point guard Jason Brickman just acquired. Brickman, who led all of NCAA Division I basketball with 8.5 assists per game last year, earned a place on the Preseason Lou Henson All-American Team. Considered one of the top mid-major guards in the nation, Brickman is 281 assists away from becoming the first-ever NEC player to reach the millennium mark. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s
Swim season is here for the Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary’s opens its eighth season of intercollegiate competition in the poll on October 4 at the Potomac Relays hosted by American University. Read more.
The Colonials will look to pass another road test when they invade the Jersey Shore for a Week 6 matchup with former NEC member Monmouth. Robert Morris, which disposed of Big South member VMI in double overtime last week, has a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series with the Hawks and has won each of the last three contests played in West Long Branch. Monmouth is surrendering an average of 249.0 pass yards per game and will have the task of slowing Robert Morris quarterback Paul Jones, who threw for 321 yards at VMI. Read more.
The Pioneers have won their first five games of the regular season, but on Saturday, the stakes will be raised. Sacred Heart, the lone remaining undefeated NEC team, will open conference play against defending champion Wagner at 1:00 pm on October 5 in a game that will air live on NEC Front Row. SHU, which was tabbed to finish seventh in preseason coaches’ poll, is in search of its first NEC title since 2001. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn
The Terriers take the short trip over to New Jersey for a non-conference men’s soccer match at NJIT. St. Francis Brooklyn (5-2-1), which is ranked second in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region Poll, is unbeaten in its last five contests. Read more.
The Red Flash bounced back from their upset loss to Duquesne by beating the defending Big Ten men’s soccer champion on October 2. Saint Francis’ Ryan Byers tickled the twine to break a scoreless tie in double overtime to lift the Flash to the win. SFU, which holds the top ranking in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region Poll, has one more tune-up on the schedule prior to the start of conference play. The Flash face Saint Bonaventure on October 6 before opening the league slate on October 11. Read more.
In a little more than one month, it’ll be Time for Tip-off, and Wagner’s ticket office is ready. The Wagner College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2013-2014 men’s and women’s basketball season are now on sale. The home schedule gets underway on November 10 when the women’s basketball team hosts Kentucky at 1:00 pm. Read more.