Here’s a look at the Northeast Conference’s latest weekly award winners in the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis…
Bryant went 3-0 last week and sophomore Matt Albanese went deep in all three contests.
Belting four homers in 10 at-bats and slugging 1.600, Albanese’s individual performance landed Bryant’s centerfielder on the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week list.
Albanese was one of two non-pitchers to earn Collegiate Baseball News’ weekly honor, joining South Florida first baseman Buddy Putnam.
Albanese became the second Bulldog to earn a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor since the program joined the NEC in 2009. Kevin Brown, the 2013 NEC Player of the Year and a MLB Draft pick, won the award as a senior.
Read the latest list of Louisville Slugger Player of the Week honorees via Collegiate Baseball News
Albanese was also named the NEC Player of the Week on March 30. Here’s the recap of his week…
NEC Player of the Week
MATT ALBANESE, BRYANT
So., OF, R/R, 6-2, 200 lbs, East Haddam, CT/Xavier
Week 5 Stats: 3 app, .400 BA (4-for-10), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1.600 slugging
All four of Albanese’s hits came in the form of home runs last week. The sophomore outfielder went deep in each of Bryant’s three victories en-route to a 1.600 slugging percentage. Compiling a .500 on-base percentage, Albanese did not strike out in any of the three games. He batted .400 with eight RBI, four runs scored, one walk and one HBP. Albanese homered twice during Bryant’s 7-6 comeback victory over UMass Lowell. The second-year Bulldog led off the fourth inning by blasting a solo shot and his two-run bomb in the seventh frame cut Bryant’s deficit to 6-5. Albanese provided the only runs starting pitcher Kyle Wilcox would need in a 3-0 win over Hartford. He launched a three-run bomb to left-centerfield to break a scoreless tie in the first half of Sunday’s double dip with the Hawks. In the nightcap, a 3-2 victory, Albanese’s two-run shot down the leftfield line pulled Bryant even at 2-2.
The #NECselfie contest is down to the final stage and an all-St. Francis Brooklyn championship round awaits.
Top-seeded @gabbspinn overcame a wide deficit in the final hours of the semifinal round, edging No. 4 seed @toriiigee, 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent, for a berth in the title tilt.
Meanwhile, No. 6 seed @harryodell6’s Cinderella run continued. @harryodell6, who earned one of the two at-large berths in the 8-selfie championship bracket, came from behind to top No. 7 seed @UncleJesseN, 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent.
Championship Round Fan Voting will unfold on Friday, March 27. The polls will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #6 @harryodell6
Vote in the Championship Round
Semifinal Round Results
It truly IS Madness!
The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds suffered opening round exits in our #NECselfie Tournament.
Semifinal round fan voting will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 25.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #4 @toriiigee
Vote in 1 vs. 4 Matchup
#6 harryodell6 vs. #7 @UncleJesseN_
Vote in 6 vs. 7 Matchup
Quarterfinal Round Results
Vote for the top game faces below. Quarterfinal round voting will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET on Monday, March 23.
The four head-to-head winners will advance to the semifinal round voting, which will be held on Wednesday, March 25.
The #NECselfie championship round vote will happen on Friday, March 27.
#1 @gabbspinn vs. #8 @JennaMedina21
Vote in 1 vs. 8 Matchup
#2 lindsayroberts_ vs. #7 @UncleJesseN_
Vote in 2 vs. 7 Matchup
#3 @TEAdv vs. @harryodell6
Vote in 3 vs. 6 Matchup
#4 @toriiigee vs. #5 @JanaBrittany
Vote in 4 vs. 5 Matchup
We’ve already crowned two champions, but there’s still one more title up for grabs.
It’s time to find out who snapped the best #NECselfie during the first two weeks of March.
We ranked the top game faces on a round-by-round basis throughout men’s and women’s NEC Tournament play. Now, we give the fans the chance to narrow the list down to one – the 2015 #NECselfie CHAMPION.
We’ve composed an 8-selfie bracket, which consists of the six round-by-round winners and two at-large selections.
We will have three separate rounds of #MarchMadness style voting. All votes will be cast right here on the Overtime! Blog.
The quarterfinal round voting will take place on Monday, March 23 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET.
The semifinals aka our #NECselfie “Final Four” voting will occur on Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET.
The championship vote will happen on Friday, March 27 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm ET.
The “Final Four” participants will each receive a $50 gift certificate to the NEC’s online store with the tournament winner earning a $100 credit. All eight finalists will also receive official NEC apparel.
THE FINAL 8
We made it through six separate days of #NECselfie submissions, and it should be one heckuva tournament when the final top-8 #NECselfie championship bracket is unveiled.
The final daily winner is @lindsayroberts_. She earns an auto berth into the championship bracket.
Check out Lindsay’s submission along with the other top-ranked selfies.
#NECselfie of the Day
— Lindsay Roberts (@lindsayroberts_) March 15, 2015
Lindsay and her DUZ crew were in Brooklyn Heights cheering on the RMU men’s team only days ago and here they are back in the Sewall Center for Sunday’s women’s title tilt. #TrueFans