St. Francis is known to Catholics as a lover of all creation, but, in the Northeast Conference, he is the patron saint of men’s soccer.
St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis University, the two teams who met in the 2014 NEC title tilt, have retained the respect of the conference’s head coaches and collected all of the first-place votes in the annual preseason poll.
Aiming for a third consecutive crown, SFBK earned six top nods and finished first in the voting. Meanwhile, SFU, which earned a trio of first-place votes, was the poll’s runner-up.
Rachel Hoekstra (above) and the FDU Knights kick off their regular season schedule at Temple on August 21. Seven other NEC women’s soccer teams also open the 2015 campaign that day.
Students will begin trickling #BackToCampus in the coming weeks, but a majority of the student-athletes are already there.
Volleyball, football and futbol players are preparing for the New Year that awaits. The first real regular season action kicks off with women’s soccer matches on August 21.
To prepare its fans for the fall ahead, the Northeast Conference is celebrating Preseason Poll Week beginning Monday, August 17.
Over the next week, the NEC will roll out the results of its sport-by-sport preseason coaches’ polls.
The football poll was unveiled back on July 23 at MetLIfe Stadium as part of the inaugural #NECFB Social Media Day, but fans are still waiting on the results from the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country surveys.
We’ve listed a schedule below. Be sure to visit us next week for the information as it becomes available.
The #NECalumni Roundtable discussion at MetLife Stadium on July 23, 2015.
“Celebrating the past while focusing on the future” is a quick way to summarize the #NECFB Social Media Day event that transpired at MetLife Stadium on July 23.
It wouldn’t have been as much of a celebration, however, had a distinguished group of alumni failed to attend.
Fortunately, Nick Doscher (Wagner), Rashad Barksdale (Albany), Anthony Doria (Saint Francis), Myles Russ (Robert Morris), Gordon Hill (Sacred Heart) and John Tashjian (Bryant) were all present for the festivities at MetLife Stadium.
If you’re not sure why any of these men are important, then take a look at some of the biographical information that the Overtime! Blog staff has listed below.
Who are these guys?
RASHAD BARKSDALE – DB – Albany – 2006
– 2 INT vs. Joe Flacco in win at Delaware
– Eagles’ Sixth Round Draft Pick (2007)
– Made NFL debut for Chiefs (Oct. 7, 2007)
NICK DOSCHER – QB – Wagner — 2009-12
– KC Royals farmhand for 3+ seasons
– 2009 NEC Offensive Rookie of Year
– No INT vs. FCS in 2012
ANTHONY DORIA – QB – Saint Francis – 2003-06
– Current QB Coach at Duquesne
– 8,544 pass yards (2nd all-time in NEC)
– 61 TD passes (4th all-time in NEC)
MYLES RUSS – RB – Robert Morris – 2007-10
– Current RB coach at RMU
– 2010 NEC Offensive Player of Year
– 4,271 rush yards (6th all-time in NEC)
GORDON HILL – DB – Sacred Heart – 2011-14
– Two-time All-NEC First Team Safety
– 2014 Division I FCS All-American
– Signed by SD Chargers as UDFA
JOHN TASHJIAN – OL – Bryant – 2009
– Appeared in 33 games from 2007-09
– 11 starts as C/G during Bulldogs’ first NEC season
– Team had wins over WAG, RMU, DUQ, SFU
Four of the aforementioned men sat down with NEC play-by-play announcer Paul Dottino for a special alumni roundtable segment that can be viewed below…