The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect this past winter sports season.
For the ninth year running, the league handed out a Team Sportsmanship Award in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s swimming & diving, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field and women’s bowling.
Wagner was the only school to produce multiple winners this winter. The Seahawks picked up a fourth consecutive award for women’s swimming & diving and added the honor in men’s indoor track & field.
Saint Francis U men’s basketball, Caldwell women’s bowling and St. Francis Brooklyn women’s indoor track & field were all repeat recipients.
Since the NEC Team Sportsmanship program was instituted in 2008, Saint Francis U has won a conference-best 35 awards.
The NEC’s Team Sportsmanship Award winners were chosen through a vote of team captains and coaches from throughout the conference.
Two champions have already been crowned this March, but there’s still room for one more.
The Overtime! Blog has set out to select the 2017 #SnapMadness Champion.
Our staff has sorted through the thousands of snaps sent during the NEC Basketball Tournament and we’ve pared them down to a FINAL FIVE.
Each of the five finalists are displayed below.
A Fan Poll will run from March 22 at 8:00 pm ET through March 26 at 8:00 pm and the highest vote-getter will be crowned #SnapMadness Champion.
Click here to read more about the 2017 #SnapMadness Fan Contest
This Mountie chronicled the entire NEC Men’s Basketball Championship Game experience from Knott Arena in a snap story that exceeded 160 seconds. His best snap was this shot of the halftime score with a prophetically punny overlay.
Kyra’s snap game during the NEC Tournament quarterfinal and semifinal rounds was on point to say the least. Amongst the numerous videos and photos she submitted, we selected this gem of a snap that shows her fellow Seahawk flawlessly executing the Wagner chant with the proper accompanying hand gesture. Just look at that wing formation!
No one, and we mean NO ONE, sent more snaps over the course of the NEC Tournament than Alexandria. The Mount Maniac was in the building for every single round and she has the snapchat stories saved to her camera roll to prove it. Most impressively, she even shared Pre-Gameday snaps, including a series that put her sign-making skills on display.
These two Blackbirds were twinning at LIU Brooklyn’s quarterfinal affair although it looks like the one on the right lost her facial decal. It was the lone snap they sent, but its high grades across the board were enough to earn this duo a spot in the Final Five.
This guy snapped and tweeted a comprehensive account of the NEC Women’s Basketball Championship Game at the Sewall Center. Amidst his “I believe that we will win” video and numerous shots of RoMo and the RMU spirit squads, he worked his way into the official team championship photo and snapped it. Well done, kid.
The 2017 NEC Tournament had it all and we are using fans’ snaps to re-tell the story.
Check out the many great #SnapMadness submissions below.
On March 22, the Overtime! Blog staff will unveil the FINAL FIVE Snaps. Later that evening, an online vote to determine the 2017 NEC #SnapMadness Champion (and winner of our Snapchat Spectacles) will begin. The voting period will last from March 22 at 8:00 pm ET until March 26 at 8:00 pm ET. All snaps posted below are eligible for selection into the FINAL FIVE.
They are two of the top-three teams in the conference standings and they’ve made for some memorable meetings in recent years.
First-place Sacred Heart and third-place Saint Francis U will clash again in Monday night’s NEC regular season finale and ESPN3 will carry the action live.
On Wednesday, the Northeast Conference announced that the Pioneers and the Red Flash would occupy the wildcard slot on its Game of the Week schedule.
SFU and SHU will tip off in Loretto at 7:00 pm ET on February 27. Craig D’Amico (play-by-play) and Coach Pam Roecker (color) will have the call.
Sacred Heart triumphed in the season’s first meeting with SFU, posting a 73-63 win in Fairfield on December 31. SHU sophomore forward Katherine Haines logged a double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds) while reigning NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel scored 18 points. The Pioneers limited the Red Flash to a 6-for-28 sample from downtown.
Jessica Mannetti and Joe Haigh have coached against one another in the NEC Tournament in two of the past three years. Mannetti’s Pioneers recorded a 92-71 victory over the Flash in the 2016 NEC semifinal round. In 2014, Haigh’s Red Flash outlasted the Pioneers in a quarterfinal round classic. The 132-124 two-overtime affair ranks as the second-highest scoring game in NCAA Division I women’s history.
The Northeast Conference has one more national television window during the regular season and will use it to showcase the league’s best.
Mount St. Mary’s (13-3) and LIU Brooklyn (11-5), the top-two teams in the conference standings, will clash in Knott Arena on Thursday, February 23 and CBS Sports Network will carry the action live.
A win for Mount means that Jamion Christian’s squad will own the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament.
If the Blackbirds prevail, however, the Mount will have to wait at least two more days to secure the spot. LIU could play its way into first with two wins coupled with two losses by the Mount.
Mount St. Mary’s squeaked out a 67-65 win in the regular season’s first meeting between these two sides on December 29 in Downtown Brooklyn. After LIU forward Nura Zanna tied the game, 65-65, with 00:04 remaining, the Mount’s Chris Wray drained a game-winning layup at the buzzer.
Dave Popkin (play-by-play), Coach Joe DeSantis (color) and Paul Dottino (sideline) will have the call from Emmitsburg on Thursday evening. Tipoff is 7:00 pm ET.
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