#NECWBB: St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris Retain Top-Tier Academic Status

 

In the NCAA academic bracket, the Northeast Conference is home to a pair of No. 1 seeds for the second year in a row.

As was the case last summer, St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris own top-four national rankings on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Division I Team Honor Roll.

Combining for a 3.749 grade-point average, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers edged out NEC rival Robert Morris by one one-thousandth of a point for third place in the nation.

Robert Morris, which claimed national runner-up honors following the 2016-17 campaign, produced a 3.748 to take fourth overall.

Wisconsin Green Bay (3.753) topped the list once again with Western Illinois claiming second place.

The most-recent ranking continues a remarkable run of recognition for St. Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers have earned a spot in the Top 10 each of the past six years. They finished in second place twice (2013, 2015) before securing the national crown in 2016.

 

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2018 #NECFB Social Media Day Lineup

Fourteen student-athletes will appear at the fourth annual #NECFB Social Media Day, which is set for Tuesday, July 24 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

You can follow the festivities LIVE via NEC Front Row and ESPN3 beginning at 11:00 am ET.

Find NECsports on Snapchat and Instagram for additional coverage from on site.

 

 

PLAYER PARTICIPANT LIST

 

BRYANT

Thomas Costigan, LB (Sr., 6-3, 220)

  • 2017 NEC Defensive POTY
  • 5 sacks – 3rd in FCS
  • Led NEC in TFL (17.0); 2nd in Total Tackles (103)
  • 33 career appearances

Dillon Guthro, DL (Jr. 6-3, 247)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • 4 PBU & 2 blocked FG last year
  • 22 consecutive starts

 

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT

Courtney Rush, WR (Sr., 6-2, 195)

  • Led league w/ 22.8 yards per catch
  • 7 total TD (5 rec, 2 rush)
  • 31 career games

Chris Tinkham, DL (Sr., 6-2, 280)

  • All-NEC Second Team (2017)
  • 34 straight appearances
  • 2015 NEC Defensive ROTY

 

 

DUQUESNE

Nehari Crawford, WR (Sr., 5-11, 170)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • Led FCS w/ 15 TD receptions
  • Topped NEC w/ 1,026 receiving yards

Matt Fitzpatrick, OL (Sr., 6-3, 300)

  • All-NEC Second Team (2017, 2016)
  • 11 starts at RG for NEC’s top-ranked offense (2017)
  • 34 career appearances
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2017)

 

 

ROBERT MORRIS

Eric McAllister, OL (So., 6-1, 275)

  • Second-year Center
  • Started all 11 games as redshirt freshman
  • HERO Sports Freshman All-American (2017)

Adam Wollet, LB (Sr., 6-0, 220)

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team (2017)
  • All-NEC Second Team; NEC Scholar-Athlete (2017)
  • Led conference w/ 108 TT
  • 33 career games

 

 

SACRED HEART

Andrew O’Neill, WR (Sr., 5-11, 185)

  • STATS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Finalist (2017)
  • All-NEC Second Team; FCS ADA Academic All-Star (2017)
  • Third in NEC w/ 59 catches

Kevin Duke, QB (Sr., 6-0, 190)

  • Second-year Starting QB
  • 2 in NEC for pass yards (2,596) & comp pct. (61.1) last season
  • 429 pass yards vs. BRY (3rd in NEC single-game history)

 

 

SAINT FRANCIS

Mederick Flavius, Jr., OL (Sr., 6-4, 300)

  • All-NEC Second Team; SFU Captain (2017)
  • 23 straight starts at LT
  • 10 starts at OG as freshman (2015)

Hakeem Kinard, DB (Sr., 5-10, 195)

  • Started all 11 games at safety last year
  • SFU’s second-leading tackler (73 TT)
  • Key FF in win at Liberty
  • 15 career starts

 

 

 

WAGNER

Ryan Fulse, RB (Sr., 5-11, 195)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • 1,306 rush yards – 4th in FCS
  • Led NEC in ypc (6.0)

Cameron Gill, LB (Jr., 6-3, 230)

  • Appeared in every game last 2 seasons
  • 5 sacks – 2nd in NEC (2017)
  • Wagner’s second-leading tackler (53 TT)