#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…



NEC Hopes to Bring Bowling Championship Back to New Jersey

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It was a great week for New Jersey and the sport of collegiate bowling.

The Northeast Conference welcomed eight teams to the Garden State for the NCAA Bowling Championship this past April.

The NEC hopes to do it again in 2019.

The Division I Conference has officially submitted a bid to host the 2019 event at BrunswickZone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, NJ.

The NCAA will be reviewing submissions during the current bid cycle that includes 83 annuals championships from 2018 through 2022.

The NEC’s bid was submitted on Friday, August 12. The NCAA is expected to narrow the list of hosts by announcing finalists in October, with a final determination of host sites to be announced in December.


2016 #ncaabowl Championship images

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Terriers Hit the Books Hard, Produce Top GPA in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball


They’re not the UConn Huskies, but the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers are top dogs in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball.

While UConn won it all on the court this past season, St. Francis won in the classroom.

After four straight seasons in the WBCA Academic Top 10, the Terriers ascended to the No. 1 spot this year.


NEC Now – Terriers Top Academic Ranking


WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll – NCAA Division I

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 St. Francis College Brooklyn John Thurston 3.712
2 University of South Dakota Amy Williams 3.691
3 Youngstown State University John Barnes 3.639
4 Eastern Washington University Wendy Schuller 3.637
5 Houston Baptist University Donna Finnie 3.612
6 Belmont University Cameron Newbauer 3.591
7 St. Bonaventure University Jim Crowley 3.575
8 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.565
9 Loyola University Maryland Joe Logan 3.556
10 Drake University Jennie Baranczyk 3.546
11 Bradley University Michael Brooks 3.534
12 University of New Mexico Mike Bradbury 3.524
T13 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Kevin Borseth 3.515
T13 Northwestern State University Brooke Stoehr 3.515
15 Saint Louis University Lisa Stone 3.503
16 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.498
17 University of Denver Kerry Cremeans 3.484
18 University of Maine Richard Barron 3.480
19 Florida Gulf Coast University Karl Smesko 3.475
20 Harvard University Kathy Delaney-Smith 3.474
21 DePaul University Doug Bruno 3.470
22 Liberty University Carey Green 3.468
23 Abilene Christian University Julie Goodenough 3.450
24 American University Megan Gebbia 3.449
25 Bowling Green State University Jennifer Roos 3.446