One more win will do it. Bryant has two regular season women’s lacrosse games remaining, and a victory in either one will cement the Bulldogs’ right to host the 2014 NEC Tournament. Currently undefeated in league play (5-0), Bryant will visit LIU Brooklyn on April 25 (watch on NEC Front Row) before hosting Sacred Heart on April 27. Read more.
The Blue Devils’ pitching prowess was on full display during Thursday’s non-conference double-header against UMass Lowell. Central, which leads the NEC in team pitching, posted a pair of victories while allowing only one run in 14 innings of softball. The defending NEC champion Blue Devils, who currently sit third in the league standings, close out their regular season slate on April 27 against Mount St. Mary’s. Read more.
The Knights suffered through a nightmarish stretch during which they lost 14 of 15 games, but Gary Puccio’s team hasn’t quit. FDU has responded with a win streak. After taking back-to-back games to close out last week’s NEC series against Central Connecticut, the Knights posted their third win in a row by downing MAAC member Iona on Wednesday. Junior Brendan Butler got the win on the mound, while Eric Snyder picked up the save. The Knights have a bye from NEC play this weekend, but will face Division I Independent NJIT on Saturday and Sunday. Read more.
The same women who lifted the Blackbirds to their second straight NEC golf championship crown last April are back and on the hunt for Title No. 3. Led by Brianna Maynard, Cristina Felip and Alice Boothroyd, LIU Brooklyn is attempting to successful navigate its way through an eight-team field over the course of the three-day championship tournament in Daytona Beach. The two-time defending champions hope to conquer the Champions Course at LPGA International April 25-27. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s
Two of the best in NEC Track & Field made sure Mount St. Mary’s was well-represented at the annual Penn Relays. Javelin thrower Heather Juring, who currently sits atop the NEC performance list in her signature event, exceeded 157 feet on the way to a fourth-place finish. Meanwhile, Elissa Ingram, the NEC leader in the pole vault, placed sixth after coming up five centimeters shy of her seasonal best height. Read more. The two will look to lock up conference crowns next week at the 2014 NEC Outdoor Championships, which will unfold May 3-4 in Coraopolis, PA. Read more.
The Colonials put forth an impressive effort on the diamond with a doubleheader sweep of Atlantic 10 member Saint Bonaventure on Thursday. RMU ran its overall win total to 24 as its wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule. Currently in a fight for their postseason lives, the Colonials, who are sixth in the league standings (5-7), are set to play two at NEC rival Wagner on April 26. Read more.
Both teams are suffering through mini slumps, but something will have to give this weekend at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Pioneers, who dropped three of four games to Mount St. Mary’s last weekend, welcome LIU Brooklyn to town for a crucial NEC series. The visiting Blackbirds have dropped five in a row, including the four-game sweep they suffered to league leader Bryant. Kody Kerski, the NEC’s ERA leader (1.30), will take the ball for Sacred Heart in Game 1 of the four-game set on Friday. Read more.
She has won the NEC Rookie of the Week award on multiple occasions, but clearly isn’t satisfied yet. Saint Francis freshman thrower Emma O’Hara, who was tied for the NEC lead in the hammer throw, unleashed a monster PR at the Penn Relays. Winning her section at the world-renown meet, O’Hara sent her top throw 58.98m to smash a 14-year old SFU record. Read more.
St. Francis Brooklyn
She was one of the top scorers in the NEC as a junior, and, now, Eilidh Simpson has the chance to impress on an international stage. Simpson was one of 20 players selected British Basketball for Great Britain’s 2014 EuroBasket qualifier campaign. Read more.
The Seahawks will conclude their spring season on the gridiron with the annual Green & White Spring Game on Saturday, April 26 at 12:00 pm at Hameline Field. The Green & White game is an intrasquad scrimmage pitting the Wagner Offense (Green) vs. the Wagner Defense (White). Admission to the game is FREE and fans are encouraged to attend a post-game barbecue adjacent to the field immediately following the game. Read more.