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NEC In The Pros Update: Knights At The Next Level


It was a Fairleigh good weekend for a pair of former Knights.

While Fairleigh Dickinson alumna Danielle McEwan was busy bagging her second Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour major event title, recently-graduated FDU sharp shooter Darnell Edge took a call from the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

McEwan, a four-time All-American during her collegiate playing days in Teaneck, earned the No. 2 seed in the stepladder television finals at the 2019 US Women’s Open. Competing before a live national TV audience on CBS Sports Network on June 23, McEwan posted a 229-225 victory over Shannon O’Keefe in the semifinal round.

Facing top-seeded Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the title match, McEwan doubled in the 10th frame to earn a 201-199 win.



The NEC Hall of Famer, who also won the 2015 PWBA Tour Championship, has collected five titles since the Tour rebooted following a 12-year hiatus.

McEwan, a three-time NEC Player of the Year, also owns a NCAA championship ring. The Empire State product earned Tournament MVP honors while helping the Knights to the 2010 national title in North Brunswick, NJ.




After leading the Northeast Conference in free throw percentage and three-point shooting, Edge is hoping to catch on at the next level.

The two-time #NECMBB champion, who dropped 33 points in the Knights’ NCAA First Four victory over Prairie View A&M in March, inked a deal with the Jazz and will compete in the NBA Summer League beginning on July 1.



The opportunity continues a remarkable six-month stretch for Edge, which tipped off in January with the start of Northeast Conference play. The New York native went on to capture all-NEC first team accolades while becoming FDU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals.

Leading the charge into the postseason, Edge won the NEC Tournament MVP award while FDU captured its second conference crown in four years.



In April, Edge’s lights-out shooting helped Team NEC reach the semifinal round of the Dos Equis 3x3U Tournament.







Boys of Summer Making Noise Following Phenomenal NEC Spring


Northeast Conference ball players have accounted for numerous early-summertime headlines.

First, two-time NEC Pitcher of the Year Steve Theetge added a bullet point of prestige to his incredible collegiate resume.

After completing his senior season at Bryant as an All-American, the lefty hurler received the ABCA Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Award.

Only hours after securing the Gold Glove, Theetge officially inked a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.




Pat Causa produced eye-popping numbers (.402/.521/.710) in the heart on Mount St. Mary’s lineup this past spring.

After becoming the second-ever Mountie to secure the NEC Player of the Year award, Causa has a chance to take his game to the professional level.

The Keystone State product, who surprisingly went undrafted, signed a free agent contract with the New York Mets.



Former Bryant shortstop Jimmy Titus picked up his first professional tater in the third game of his minor league career. Titus, who was selected by the LA Dodgers in the 22nd Round, launched a seventh-inning long ball for the Ogden Raptors (Pioneer League – Rookie Advanced) on June 22. The round-tripper was the first hit of Titus’ pro tenure. In two prior games with Ogden, Titus went 0-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored.



Former Mount St. Mary’s southpaw starter Trey McGough fired a scoreless frame in his first minor league appearance. McGough, who was taken in the 24th Round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, earned a hold in the Bristol Pirates’ (Appalachian League – Rookie Advanced) 4-2 victory over the Greeneville Reds on June 21. McGough worked the eighth inning, allowing a pair of singles while fanning two batters.



Bryant product Ryan Ward, who went to the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB Draft, was assigned to the Ogden Raptors on June 17. Ward and Titus, two former Dawgs, were in the Raptors’ starting lineup together on June 18.

LIVIN’ THEIR BEST LIFE: NEC Alumni Update (Karinchak, Fish, Jerome)

Their collegiate playing days are long gone, but numerous Northeast Conference alumni are actively enjoying professional careers in sports.

In addition to those who are competing at the pro level, there are plenty of NEC alumni who have made their marks in different sectors of the sports industry.


Heading into Summer 2019, we take a look at three NEC alumni who are currently livin’ their best life in the world of sport….

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Summer Reading: Five Fast Stories for Start of Beach SZN

Throughout the summer, we will attempt to track any NEC-related headlines floating around the web.


Here are five to get us started…


🏈 Detroit Lions’ Tom Kennedy may have an edge as a lacrosse starDetroit Free Press (Gregory Levinsky)


🏀 Former Terriers women’s basketball captain to play in native AustraliaBrooklyn Daily Eagle (John Torenli)


🏈 Villarrial, SFU Ready For ‘Special’ Trip To JMUThe Winchester Star (Greg Madia)


🏀 Former St. Francis star Jess Kovatch signs pro basketball contractPittsburgh Tribune-Review (Bill Beckner)


⚾️ Central Connecticut baseball full of homegrown talent, including cousins at third base and first baseHartford Courant (Mike Anthony)

Quartet of NEC Players Selected in 2019 MLB Draft

Three Bulldogs and one Mountie received the notification that little leaguers dream of getting.

Bryant’s Ryan Ward (Round 8 – 251 Overall), Chris Wright (Round 12 – 356 Overall) and Jimmy Titus (Round 22 – 671 Overall) along with Mount St. Mary’s Trey McGough (Round 24 – 724 Overall) were selections in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

All three Bulldogs went to NL West franchises. Ward and Titus will reunite in the Dodgers’ organization while Wright will join to Giants.

McGough, a Keystone State native who grew up outside of Pittsburgh, has earned an opportunity with the Pirates.

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