Some NEC Football Fodder as #Kickoff2016 Approaches

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PRESEASON #NECFB FACT SHEET

All seven NEC members placed at least one representative on the 2016 Preseason All-NEC Team. Duquesne and Saint Francis, the two teams who clashed in last year’s defacto NEC title game, garnered a league-high six selections apiece.

Matching the largest on-air package in conference history, ESPN3 will be the exclusive carrier of eight selected NEC football games.

Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz and Saint Francis kick returner Lorenzo Jerome earned spot on the Athlon Sports 2016 Preseason FCS All-America Team.

The NEC’s all-time career passing record (8,803 yards) is within reach for a pair of senior quarterbacks – Duquesne’s Dillon Buechel (7,455) and Sacred Heart’s RJ Noel (7,111).

Saint Francis kicker Lance Geesey (45) needs to make two more field goals to become the conference’s all-time FGM leader. Duquesne’s Austin Crimmins (44), who is only one make off the pace, is a threat to leapfrog Geesey.

Wagner will face a FBS opponent for the fifth consecutive season. The Seahawks visit ACC member Boston College (Sept. 24) and FBS Independent Massachusetts (Oct. 29), making a pair of appearances against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the second consecutive season. Wagner visited Rice and BYU during the 2015 campaign.

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NEC Summer Reading List: Must-See Stories and News Clippings

What have you been reading this summer?

There have been plenty NEC-related stories being told across the internet, enough to inspire the Overtime! Blog staff to build a NEC Summer Reading List.

With the unofficial final week of summer upon us, we’ve laid out your Labor Day Weekend reading right here in this blog post.

So, take this final opportunity to sip on a chilled soft drink while reviewing these noteworthy stories that were published during the past 2.5 months.

 

The List…

How Sal Buscaglia made it to the Greater Buffalo Sports HOFThe Buffalo News (Jack Goods)

 

Sacred Heart AD Bobby Valentine paints a new picture for the PioneersConnecticut Post (Chris Elsberry)

 

Dickenman’s Plans For Retirement Include New Hobbies, Family And, As Always, BasketballHartford Courant (Desmond Conner)

 

NEC Social Media Day Shows Possibilities in Digital SportsCFB Huddle (Kyle Kensing)

 

Rodney surprises with sub-20 run at Canadian ChampionshipsIAAF.org (Jon Mulkeen)

 

Shining Knight: Greg Herenda brought Fairleigh Dickinson basketball back to March madnessNorthJersey.com (Steve Popper)

 

With new sponsors and TV deal, reborn women’s pro bowling tour growingUSA Today (Griffin Adams)

 

CCSU teams up with Bristol Boys & Girls Club for Summer Meal Madness, basketball clinicFOX 61 (Samantha Schoenfeld)

 

Wagner College’s Dorian McMenemy set for Friday’s Olympic swimming eventStaten Island Advance (Max Rottenecker)

 

Bulldog Tough: Bryant University is fast becoming a Northeast powerInside Pitch Online (Douglas S. Malan)

 

Sidelined by heart ailment, Poly grad Melanie Williamson used basketball to succeedBaltimore Sun (Katherine Dunn)

 

 

 

#PollWeek Kicks off Academic Year as Fall Sports Begin around the NEC

For five straight days, the NEC unveiled results from its preseason coaches’ polls.

It was a good week for defending NEC champions. Each of the five polls featured last year’s league winner in the No. 1 spot.

One thing we learned was that the NEC’s New England-based contingent is fertile ground for cross country runners. The top-three in both the men’s and women’s polls were comprised of Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Bryant.

Here’s a graphical look at the poll results…

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