The Bulldogs look to bounce back from last Saturday’s NEC loss to Saint Joseph’s when they host league foe Mount St. Mary’s on April 12. Bryant, which had won seven games in a row, dropped a 9-7 decision in Philadelphia and slipped down to No. 15 in the Inside Lacrosse National Top 20 Poll. Mike Pressler’s team has defeated three top-20 teams this season and leads the nation in faceoff winning percentage. Watch Bryant vs. the Mount live on NEC Front Row, Saturday at 1:00 pm. Read more.
CCSU will face the defending NEC baseball champion in Smithfield this weekend. After opening conference play with a series split against Mount St. Mary’s in New Britain, the Blue Devils will contest a four-game set against Bryant. Central picked up a mid-week win over Patriot League member Holy Cross on Tuesday thanks to an all-around effort from senior Josh Ingham, who had three hits, drove in two runs and picked up the save on the mound. CCSU has now defeated teams from the Big East, American Athletic, MAAC, MEAC, America East and Patriot League. Read more.
The Knights are taking aim at a third NCAA bowling title this week in Wickliffe, OH. One of eight teams in the running for a national championship, Fairleigh Dickinson will participate in seven seeding matches on Thursday before contesting the double-elimination bracket on Friday and Saturday. The action will be streamed live on NCAA.com. Read more.
Brittany Hart and John Ziznewski received some well-deserved recognition this week. For the second year in a row, Hart, a junior on the women’s bowling team, earned a NTCA All-America Honorable Mention. She led LIU to a 68-58 overall record and also picked up a second straight all-NEC second team honor. Read more. … Meanwhile, Ziznewski, who was named the NEC Baseball Player of the Week this past Monday, won the Corvias/ECAC Baseball Player of the Week award for NCAA DIvision I in the Metro-Upstate Region. He hit .611 with 11 RBI in five games. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s
The Mount will continue its prep for the 2014 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the George Mason Spring Invitational. Freshman Julian Woods has a chance to improve upon his second-place standing on the NEC 400m hurdles performance list, while junior Heather Juhring can add to her league lead in the javelin. Read more.
The Colonials will take a short break from conference play for a trip to South Bend. Robert Morris will go up against No. 9 Notre Dame in a men’s lacrosse match for the first time in program history. The Colonials and Irish will face off at 1:00 pm on April 12. Read more.
In a tune-up for its NEC weekend against Bryant and Robert Morris, Sacred Heart blanked MAAC member Quinnipiac in softball on Thursday. Pitcher Anna Mallory held the Bobcats to just one hit over four innings of work to pick up the win and kick off a nine-game home stand. Read more.
Saint Francis University women’s basketball assistant coach La’Tavia Rorie has a tremendous opportunity awaiting her this spring. Rorie was named a recipient of the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship sponsored by the NCAA. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014, the professional development symposium for basketball assistant coaches, which will be held May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn
Prepping for the NEC Championships, which will unfold in Daytona Beach the first weekend in May, St. Francis Brooklyn men’s golf competed at the Seahawk Invitational. Fellow NEC member Wagner hosted the event at the Quail Valley Golf Club in Littlestown, PA on April 7-8. The Terriers, along with LIU Brooklyn, host Wagner, Saint Francis University, and Fairfield University made up the five-team field. Read more.
While modest and unassuming off the field, the tenacious and productive play of Shea Gegan has taken the nation by storm. Through 11 games, the sophomore midfielder ranks No. 1 among all Division I women’s lacrosse players at 3.45 caused turnovers per game while her average of 3.55 ground balls per game ranks No. 2 nationally. Led by Gegan, the Seahawks are No. 1 nationally in caused turnovers per game (14.00) and No. 4 in ground balls per outing at 21.91. Read more.