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One in Four ISC Qualifiers Hail from NEC

Northeast Conference athletes make up 25 percent of the field at the United States Bowling Congress’ Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC).

The annual tournament features a 24-player women’s bracket comprised of collegiate competitors from across America and six NEC-based bowlers have earned entry into the championship event.

Fairleigh Dickinson sophomores Aimee Sherman and Amanda Chrzanowski along with FDU alumna Karsyn Lukosius are half of the NEC’s contingent. LIU Brooklyn senior Kayla Johnson, Duquesne sophomore Olivia Farwell and Mount St. Mary’s freshman Rebecca Dodson also advanced out of regional qualifying rounds and into the ISC bracket.

Farwell (2019) and Lukosius (2018) are the two most-recent recipients of the NEC Bowler of the Year award.

All 24 ISC competitors will begin by bowling six traditional games for seeding purposes. The top-eight finishers (in terms of pinfall) will receive a bye during the first round of head-to-head bracket play. The remaining 16 players will contest first round matches with the winners advancing into the Round of 16.

Qualifying athletes hail from NCAA programs as well as college club teams.

Fairleigh Dickinson’s Morgan Brown advanced all the way to the ISC women’s final in 2016. After defeating Stephen F. Austin’s Stephanie Schwartz in the semifinal round, Brown finished on the short side of a 227-222 championship match against Hastings’ Emily Eckhoff.





Pioneer Becomes First in #NECBOWL History to Spare the 7-10

The first 7-10 split conversion in NEC Tournament history belongs to Sacred Heart’s Tori Boughton.

The third-year Pioneer pulled off the unlikely feat during the traditional team portion of SHU’s championship round mega match with Mount St. Mary’s.

After filling six frames in a row, Boughton’s string appeared to reach an end when her first ball of the eighth frame left the dreaded 7-10 split.

The improbable spare was one of numerous SHU-produced highlights throughout the weekend. Proceeding to win the mega match against the Mount, the Pioneers secured the fourth NEC Tournament title in program annals.




Bowl-winning Quarterback Set to Join #NECFB Ranks

FIU transfer Christian Alexander

The 2018 Bahamas Bowl Offensive Player of the Game is heading to Staten Island.

After coming off the bench and leading Florida International to a bowl game victory, quarterback Christian Alexander has transferred to Wagner.

Alexander, a Sunshine State product, produced 292 yards of total offense in FIU’s 35-32 win over MAC champion Toledo this past December.

“I found out in the preparation for the bowl game when we found out what James’ injury was,” said Alexander after starting in place of James Morgan, the 2018 C-USA Newcomer of the Year who was sidelined by a sore shoulder.”

“I knew I had to carry the reins. James helped me along the way. Obviously he started all season long so he gave me pointers here and there, today especially. He showed me things he saw, things like that. I couldn’t have done it without my brothers.”

Upon his arrival on Grymes Hill, Alexander will enroll as a graduate student and will have one season of football playing eligibility.

“Christian is a mobile, dual-threat quarterback, who I’m confident has the chance to make a big impact this coming fall,” said Wagner head coach Jason Houghtaling.

FBS transfers to the NEC have had success in recent years at the quarterback position.

After receiving limited action at Boise State, Tommy Stuart moved east to Duquesne and went on to win the 2017 NEC Offensive Player of the Year award.

Tommy Stuart (2017 NEC OPOTY)

In 2018, Daniel Parr assumed the starting signal calling duties for the Dukes. Helping Duquesne to the 2018 NCAA FCS Playoffs, Parr, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, accounted for 27 touchdowns (20 pass, 7 rush) during his first season on The Bluff.

Bear Fenimore, who began his career at Houston, competed at Saint Francis for two seasons and threw 22 touchdowns while being intercepted only six times in 2018.

Bryant has started a FBS transfer under center each of the past four seasons. First, Dalton Easton went from Akron to Smithfield and proceeded to set the NEC single-season record for touchdown passes (28) in 2016. Over the past two years, Price Wilson has thrown for 5,685yards and 44 touchdowns in a Bulldogs uniform after transferring from Louisiana Tech.



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