Some notable December headlines (as they appeared on Twitter) from around the Northeast Conference…
BRYANT LB SNAGS AP ALL-AMERICA HONOR
He led the NEC in sacks and tackles for loss this season. Bryant’s Tom Costigan, the 2017 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, became the first Bulldog since 2014 to earn AP All-America status on the gridiron and Bryant President Ron Machtley is pumped to watch him work again next fall.
CCSU XC NEEDS ONE, TOO
It was a fun fall to be a Blue Devil football fan as Pete Rossomando’s team went from 2-9 in 2016 to Northeast Conference Champions in one year’s time. In addition to the new addition to the CCSU football office space, the men’s cross country team created the need for more commemorative wall art as the Blue Devils won an unprecedented ninth consecutive conference crown.
FDU’S REMARKABLE REINHARDT
The German-born midfielder earned a second consecutive All-NEC First Team selection for her prowess on the pitch while her work in the academic realm landed Jessi Reinhardt on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar All-America Third Team.
LIU LEGEND MOVES UP TO MLS
Giovanni Savarese, a NEC Hall of Famer, made a name for himself in the 1990s as one of the most-accomplished footballers in LIU Brooklyn history. A couple decades later, Savarese is a rising star on the professional soccer coaching scene. Following five seasons as head coach and sporting director of the New York Cosmos, Savarese was named the head coach of Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers.
MULTI-TALENTED MOUNT SPRINTER
The 2017-18 NCAA indoor track & field season has begun and Mount St. Mary’s sprinter Justin Kimble wasted no time in grabbing the top spot on the NEC 60m dash leader board. As it turns out, the veteran Mountie is more than just one of the fastest men in the NEC… he’s pretty good at graphic design, too.
RMU’S GROWING AAA LIST
After leading the NEC in tackles and posting a 4.00 grade-point average, linebacker Adam Wollet is a CoSIDA Division I Football Academic All-American. Becoming the third RMU player to earn Academic All-America status since 2012, Wollet landed on the Second Team.
SHU SENIOR AMONGST FCS ELITE
Sacred Heart senior wide receiver Andrew O’Neill, who made 59 catches while maintaining a 3.86 GPA in 2017, was one of 13 national finalists for the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award.
SFU LINEMAN’S MEMORABLE MOMENT
Saint Francis U defensive lineman Louie Gartner found paydirt for the second time during the 2017 season when he snatched a pass at his own 7-yard line and took it the other way for the touchdown. The play created plenty of social media buzz and resulted in Gartner becoming a finalist for SB Nation’s Piesman Trophy.
SFBK SOPHOMORE TABBED DI ALL-AMERICAN
He was the top defender for the NEC’s top defensive club, helping his team to a NCAA College Cup berth in 2017. Faouzi Taieb has added College Soccer News Third-Team All-America plaudits to his resume.
WAGNER SOPHOMORE EARNING ATTENTION
Wagner sophomore baller Blake Francis may not have been a blue chip prospect, but he’s averaging north of 20.0 points per game and the New York Post has taken notice.