A visual salute to the Northeast Conference’s latest weekly award winners in men’s and women’s basketball.
LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver would like a healthy roster.
Bryant men’s basketball senior Shane McLaughlin really wants a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
We asked numerous #NEChoops personalities what gift would they most like to receive this holiday season and the answers can be found here…
Holiday Gift Wishes from…
Shane McLaughlin (Bryant MBB)
Jamion Christian (Mount MBB)
Stephanie Oliver (LIU WBB)
Iverson Fleming (LIU MBB)
Leah Fechko (SFBK WBB)
Rob Krimmel (SFU MBB)
Greg Brown (SFU MBB)
Rodney Pryor (RMU MBB)
Andy Toole (RMU MBB)
Breanna Rucker (Bryant WBB)
Bashir Mason (Wagner MBB)
Shanovia Dive (LIU WBB)
Dwaun Anderson (Wagner MBB)
Mary Burke (Bryant WBB)
Bryan Whitten (Mount WBB)
Jody Chickey (Mount WBB)
Pete Cinella (FDU WBB)
Jessica Mannetti (SHU WBB)
Adaysha Williams (SHU WBB)
Jack Perri (LIU MBB)
John Thurston (SFBK MBB)
Lisa Cermignano (Wagner WBB)
Aisha Brock (SFU WBB)
Five Northeast Conference footballers earned places amongst the NCAA Division I FCS elite.
Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz played his way onto the First Team, posting league-leading numbers in tackles for loss (23.0) and interceptions (4) over the course of 11 regular season games. The veteran Duke was one of 25 finalists for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year award.
Sacred Heart receiver Tyler Dube and Saint Francis kick returner Lorenzo Jerome comprised the NEC’s presence on the Second Team. Dube broke the Pioneers’ single-season receiving record with a yardage total (1,160) that ranked him fifth amongst FCS leaders at regular season’s end. Jerome posted the highest kickoff return average (32.1 ypr) in the nation and ran two back for touchdowns.
Linebacker James Rentz’s selection to the Third Team gave Sacred Heart a second All-America selection. Rentz, who logged 13.0 TFL and 8.5 sacks in nine games, was one of two players from the NEC’s Nutmeg State contingent named to the Third Team. Central Connecticut cornerback Jevon Elmore joined Rentz after tying for second amongst national leaders in passes defended (18).
The 2015 season marks the third consecutive year that the Northeast Conference produced at least five STATS Inc. (formerly Sports Network) All-Americans. In 2013, a conference-record eight NEC players achieved All-America status. The league garnered eight selections again in 2014.
Kuntz is the lone two-time honoree in the group. The Keystone State product earned a spot on the All-America Third Team as a sophomore in 2013 before losing the entire 2014 campaign to injury.
STATS FCS All-America First Team
Christian Kuntz (DUQ), Linebacker
Showed no ill effects of the injury that cost him the entire 2014 season and wasted little time returning to the form that earned him All-America status as a sophomore in 2013. Played in all of the Dukes’ games en-route to earning the NEC Defensive Player of the Year award and leading the team into its first-ever Division I FCS playoffs appearance. The fierce linebacker was amongst the nation’s top-3 leaders in TFL.
STATS FCS All-America Second Team
Tyler Dube (SHU), Wide Receiver
His ascension from scout team to star concludes with an All-America selection. He may not have the physical measurable that pundits love, but he always produced results despite being game-planned for. Had at least four receptions in every game in 2015. The man with great hands accounted for one of finest seasons for a receiver in NEC history, logging the third-highest yardage total in league’s 20-year history. He surpassed former Dallas Cowboys’ draft pick Deveren Johnson for the SHU single-season receiving record (1,160 yds) and current NFL receiver Miles Austin for third place on the NEC’s career receiving list (3,206 yds).
Lorenzo Jerome (SFU), Return Specialist
Had an argument for All-America honors at safety, but was an absolute “can’t-miss” for the return specialist spot. The dynamic player, who was a quarterback during his high school career in Florida, led the FCS in KOR average. He had two KOR TDs – both on the road. Totaled 747 all-purpose yards on returns (KOR – 531; PR – 101; INT RET – 115).
STATS FCS All-America Third Team
James Rentz (SHU), Linebacker
Former Sacred Heart running back Keshaudas Spence predicted Remtz’s emergence two seasons ago and he was spot on. Rentz has freak strength and can fly to the football and has been displaying those two attributes since finding the field as a rookie in 2013. He admirably took on more responsibility in 2015 for a defensive unit that lost a ton to graduation. Despite missing two games, he still finished second amongst league leaders in sacks (8.5) and third in TFL (13.0).
Jevon Elmore (CCSU), Defensive Back
One of the top pure “cover corners” in the FCS, he isn’t shy to come up and defend the run. He is athletically gifted with great speed (he’s scored sprinting points at NEC track championships before) and good ball skills. Elmore accounted for a league-high 16 pass break-ups in 11 games. His 18 passes defended were tied for second-most in the nation. Whether it’s on defense or special teams, he showed a knack for the big play – a key blocked kick in win over SHU and a forced fumble at the goal line against Lehigh are two noteworthy highlights.
The voters have spoken and NEC Football fans will like what they had to say.
Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz and Saint Francis placekicker Lance Geesey earned top national honors from the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association, occupying two of the 11 spots on the 2015 FCS ADA All-America team.
Currently in its third year, the FCS ADA-sponsored awards program recognizes the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. Kuntz and Geesey are the first-ever winners from the Northeast Conference.
The following student-athletes have earned 2015 All-America honors from the FCS ADA, as the top players from each of their positions.
|QB||Eli Jenkins||Jacksonville State University|
|RB||Marshaun Coprich||Illinois State University|
|WR||Cooper Kupp||Eastern Washington University|
|TE||Eric Saubert||Drake University|
|OL||Joe Haeg||North Dakota State University|
|PK||Lance Geesey||Saint Francis University|
|DL||James Cowser||Southern Utah University|
|LB||Christian Kuntz||Duquesne University|
|DB||Deiondre’ Hall||University of Northern Iowa|
|RS||Khris Gardin||North Carolina A&T|
|P||Ben LeCompte||North Dakota State University|
It is up to you to select the Super 7 plays of the 2015 Northeast Conference football season.
The year’s final edition of the #NECFB Super 7 Countdown, a weekly highlight show available on NEC Front Row during the regular season, will include plays spanning the entire 2015 schedule.
The conference’s social media team will conduct a fan vote via the @NECFootball Twitter handle on Wednesday, December 16.
Seventeen selected plays will be tweeted out one by one during a 30-minute period (11:30 am-12:00 pm ET). Fans will then have the next 36 hours (12:00 pm ET on Dec. 16 until 11:59 pm on Dec. 17) to “like” their top play(s).
The seven plays that receive the most “hearts” at the end of the voting period will comprise the season’s final #NECFB Super 7 Countdown, which will become available for viewing on Friday, December 18.
Click here to watch past editions of the #NECFB Super 7 Countdown.
Here are two plays that we have confirmed are amongst the 17 finalists…
— NEC Football (@NECFootball) November 2, 2015
— NEC Football (@NECFootball) November 26, 2015
It is the first time since 2010 that there are as many.
Three of the Northeast Conference’s nine men’s soccer teams are home to All-Americans.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America unveiled its College Division I All-America Teams and Saint Francis U, St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris all received representation on the Third Team.
SFU junior defender Francis deVries secured his second consecutive All-America nod. After back-to-back-to-back NSCAA All-Region honors, RMU striker Neco Brett finally became the first Colonial ever to secure a spot on the All-America Team. SFBK midfielder Vincent Bezecourt became the second Terrier in three seasons to earn All-America status.
About the Trio…
FRANCIS de VRIES: The native New Zealander earned the NEC Defender of the Year award for the second straight season. Helping the Red Flash advance to the NEC Championship Match for the second year in a row, de Vries contributed on the offensive end, too. He tallied six goals and 16 points, including the game-winner against Robert Morris in the NEC semifinal round. With de Vries anchoring the back line, the Red Flash registered eight shutouts and accounted for a 0.79 GAA.
NECO BRETT: One of the greatest goal scorers the NEC has ever seen, Brett found the back of the net 13 times during his senior season. Over the last three seasons, Brett has scored more points than any player in Division I. In 2014, he led the nation with 15 goals after topping Division I in points (36) in 2013. He twice scored four goals in one game and has three career hat tricks.
VINCENT BEZECOURT: The veteran midfielder scored a team-high 7 goals during the Terriers’ third consecutive season with at least 11 wins. He finished fourth amongst NEC leaders in both goals and points (17) and the first team all-NEC selection had a knack for the “golden goal.” Bezecourt scored overtime game-winners against Lafayette and Central Connecticut.
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