It’s Homecoming Weekend in Smithfield and Marty Fine’s Bulldogs will host intrastate rival Brown on the gridiron Saturday at 1:00 pm. Bryant, which is coming off a 21-13 loss at CAA member Stony Brook in Week 6, will play the lone NEC vs. Ivy League matchup on the 2013 slate before embarking on four consecutive weeks of conference play. Bryant’s swim team will be busy on Homecoming Weekend, too, as it opens the season against Boston College on Friday in the Chace Center. Read more.
The Blue Devils picked up two key NEC victories on the volleyball court last week, and rookie Brooke Schwab has been garnering a bit of attention for her contributions to the team’s recent success. After helping CCSU even its NEC record at 2-2 with wins over FDU and Sacred Heart, Schwab captured the NEC Defensive Player of the Week award along with the league’s weekly rookie honor. The first-year Blue Devil, who averaged 2.14 blocks and 1.43 kills per game last weekend, hung out with the NEC’s Erin Bean to talk a little bit about CCSU volleyball, which is set to host Robert Morris and Saint Francis this weekend. Read more.
Following back-to-back overtime victories, including one over No. 14 St. John’s, the Knights appear to be hitting their stride with conference play on the way. The defending NEC champions kick off their league slate with a pair of matches in the Keystone State this weekend. First, in what will be a rematch of the 2012 NEC Tournament final, FDU travels to Saint Francis for a Friday night match against the top-ranked team in the North Atlantic Region. Next, it’s off to Robert Morris for a Sunday matinee against the region’s No. 6 team. In the words of FDU manager Set Roland, “We start NEC play with a tall mountain to climb. It’s a tough task going out to Western PA to face those two teams.” Read more.
The Blackbirds’ season opener is less than one month away, and tickets are now on sale for that November 9 tilt at Barclays Center. Looking to become the first-ever NEC men’s basketball team to capture four consecutive conference crowns, Jack Perri’s Blackbirds tip off the new campaign against MAAC member Saint Peter’s at the billion-dollar arena in Downtown Brooklyn. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s
The Pool at the ARCC is open for business. The Mount, which opened its swim season at the Potomac Relays last week, will make its home debut on Saturday, October 12. Mount St. Mary’s will host defending NEC champion Saint Francis in a dual match set to begin at 1:00 pm and air live on NEC Front Row. Read more.
The Colonials look to protect their home turf this weekend as a pair of NEC rivals visit for the start of men’s soccer league play. Robert Morris, which will host Bryant (Oct. 11) and defending NEC champ Fairleigh Dickinson (Oct. 13), is riding a four-game win streak and is a perfect 4-0-0 at home this season. RMU, which is 5-3-2 overall, has moved up to the No. 6 spot in the latest edition of the NSCAA North Atlantic Region Poll. Read more.
Coach Laura Cook’s team has shown a commitment to the community during her SHU tenure, and that commitment will again be on display this weekend. Sacred Heart women’s lacrosse will take part in a Lax-A-Thon to help raise money for Oliver’s Team at their final fall tournament this weekend. The Pioneers will be competing in the Quinnipiac Fall Tournament this weekend. For every goal scored, and/or save made, donations will be made to Oliver’s cause at the amount you wish ( $1, $5, $10, etc.). Read more.
A music legend is coming to Saint Francis’ campus. Freddy “BlueMoon” Johnson, who will be performing with the Highlites, comes to Sweet Loretto on October 18. Support the Saint Francis University marching band by purchasing a ticket to the show, which is set for the JFK Auditorium. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn
The Terriers continue to re-write the program’s women’s golf record book this season. Contesting the St. John’s Invitational, they carded a new program-low 335 in round two of the event. The score was four strokes better than their previous best set at the Chesapeake Bay Invitational earlier this season. Read more.
The defending NEC champions saved their season last week when backup kicker Bryan Maley hit the game-winning 45-yard field goal with 00:04 remaining at Sacred Heart. Next, Coach Hameline’s Seahawks face a road test at NEC rival Duquesne on Saturday, October 12. The matchup, which will kick off at 1:00 pm and air live on atlantic10.com, features the top-two teams from the NEC preseason coaches’ poll. The all-time series between these two is knotted at 4-4. Wagner took last year’s meeting, hanging on for a 23-17 victory in the regular season finale to clinch the 2012 NEC crown. Read more.