The defending NEC champions have a bye during the opening week of conference play, but Steve Owens’ Bulldogs won’t just lie around this weekend. While the six other league members open the NEC schedule, Bryant will contest the Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic. The Bulldogs, who hope to return to Dodd in late May for the NEC Tournament, will go up against fellow regional powers UConn and Stony Brook on April 4-6. All three baseball programs have won games in the NCAA tournament over the course of the last two seasons. Bryant and UConn are the only teams from New England to have done so in 2013. Read more.
So far, so good for the defending NEC softball champs. The Blue Devils, who are 2-0 in conference play and will play four more league games this weekend, moved to 13-9 overall with a mid-week thumping of Patriot League member Holy Cross. Three Blue Devils went yard in Wednesday’s 8-1 victory, including a grand slam in the bottom of the second from sophomore Evie Rentzel. Read more.
The Knights are headed to the NCAA Bowling Championship for the 10th time in 11 years, and senior Michelle Hunzaker is thrilled to get one more shot at a national title. Fairleigh Dickinson, which ranked fifth overall in the most-recent edition of the NTCA Top 20 National Poll, is one of eight teams still standing this season. As FDU preps to make a run at what would be a third national crown, Hunzaker took some time to sit down and chat about the season as a featured guest in the NEC’s GEICO Google Hangout series. Watch the all-NEC first team bowler chat about next week’s national championship meet.
It was their final tune-up prior to the start of conference play, and the Blackbirds flew to an 11-5 win over MAAC member Saint Peter’s. Senior outfielder Pete Leonello, who is batting .352 this season, connected on a pair of two-baggers and became LIU Brooklyn’s all-time career doubles (43) leader in the process. Leonello and the Blackbirds will host Verrazano Bridge rival Wagner in a four-game NEC set this weekend (Apr. 4-6). Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s
With her team set to open Northeast Conference play against Central Connecticut on April 4, Mount St. Mary’s women’s lacrosse coach BJ Johnson gave us an inside look at one of the team’s practices. Johnson was mic’d up during a recent practice. Watch the highlights.
The Final Four is in North Texas this weekend, and Robert Morris senior guard Karvel Anderson will be there. The 2014 #NECMBB Player of the Year earned an invitation to compete in the Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game Friday, April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Anderson, an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention, is one of 10 players to make up the Reese’s East All-Star Team, which will be coached by Mark Turgeon of the University of Maryland. Read more.
The focus has already turned to the 2014 season, which will kick off on August 30 against Marist, but Sacred Heart quarterback RJ Noel recently had the chance to celebrate what was a remarkable 2013 campaign. Noel, the 2013 all-NEC first team quarterback for the conference champion Pioneers, was named ECAC Rookie of the Year on March 27 at the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference Banquet held at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. In his first season starting under center, Noel led the Pioneers to the program’s second Northeast Conference Championship and the Pioneers first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs. Read more.
First, they swept Keystone State rival Robert Morris in their first NEC series of the season. Next, Saint Francis U softball went out and topped Big Ten member Penn State in the first half of a mid-week double header. The Red Flash are now 18-9 overall and will put their 2-0 NEC mark on the line against Fairleigh Dickinson this weekend. SFU hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on April 6. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn
He was a St. Francis Terrier during his undergraduate days, and, now, one-half century later, Dick Bavetta has become the “Ironman” of National Basketball Association (NBA) officials. The 1962 graduate of St. Francis Brooklyn began officiating NBA games in 1975 and has worked 2,633 consecutive regular season games. Read more.
The Seahawks sank Delaware State in a non-conference clash, but now, the games will begin to really count. Wagner will open its NEC women’s lacrosse schedule against Bryant on April 4 on Hameline Field. Two days, later, the Seahawks will host conference foe Central Connecticut. Under the direction of rookie head coach Liz Frisoli, Wagner posted non-league wins over Del St., Manhattan, Fresno State and Stetson. Read more.