#PollWeek Winds Down As Fall Season Fires Up

The Northeast Conference published one preseason poll per day last week.

Here’s a sport-by-sport look at How They Stand heading into the 2018 fall sports seasons…

 

NEC WOMEN’S SOCCER

2017 #necwsoc champion: Saint Francis U

2018 #necwsoc preseason favorite: Saint Francis U

 

NEC MEN’S SOCCER

2017 #necmsoc champion: St. Francis Brooklyn

2018 #necmsoc preseason favorite: St. Francis Brooklyn

 

NEC VOLLEYBALL

2017 #necvb champion: LIU Brooklyn

2018 #necvb preseason favorite: LIU Brooklyn

 

NEC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

2017 #necxc men’s champion: Central Connecticut

2018 #necxc men’s preseason favorite: Central Connecticut

 

NEC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

2017 #necxc women’s champion: Sacred Heart

2018 #necxc women’s preseason favorite: Sacred Heart

#NECWBB: St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris Retain Top-Tier Academic Status

 

In the NCAA academic bracket, the Northeast Conference is home to a pair of No. 1 seeds for the second year in a row.

As was the case last summer, St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris own top-four national rankings on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Division I Team Honor Roll.

Combining for a 3.749 grade-point average, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers edged out NEC rival Robert Morris by one one-thousandth of a point for third place in the nation.

Robert Morris, which claimed national runner-up honors following the 2016-17 campaign, produced a 3.748 to take fourth overall.

Wisconsin Green Bay (3.753) topped the list once again with Western Illinois claiming second place.

The most-recent ranking continues a remarkable run of recognition for St. Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers have earned a spot in the Top 10 each of the past six years. They finished in second place twice (2013, 2015) before securing the national crown in 2016.

 

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Creme of the Conference: Saluting 20 Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists

The conclusion of the academic year signals a salute to those special individuals who left more than a mark on the Northeast Conference over the past 10 months.

Presented by Provident Bank, the NEC is proud to recognize the finalists for its Student-Athlete of the Year awards. The pools of ten men and ten women finalists will produce the two conference-wide winners.

The honor recognizes individual excellence in both the academic and athletic realms as well as leadership and contributions to one’s community. Weighing one’s leadership ability, athletic prowess, academic achievement and community service, the NEC Student-Athlete of the Year award was formerly known as the NEC SAAC Student-Athlete of the Year award.  One student-athlete was honored annually from 2003 to 2014, before the award was renamed and the decision was made to recognize one male and one female student-athlete per academic year.

The 2017-18 academic year marks the fourth consecutive year that the awards program is following the amended format.

 

2017-18 NEC Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists (presented by Provident Bank)

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2017-18 NEC Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists (presented by Provident Bank)

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Double The Fun: Wagner and Robert Morris Both Win in Empire State

Pretty good day for Northeast Conference lacrosse, wouldn’t you say?

The conference saw its men’s and women’s team champions triumph in NCAA Tournament action on Wednesday.

First, Wagner played host to Southern Conference champion Mercer in a NCAA Women’s Opening Round affair on Grymes Hill. The Seahawks saw their 5-0 lead evaporate, but eventually seized control for good midway through the second half.

By virtue of its victory, Wagner will have the chance to battle No. 7 Towson in the next round on Friday.

About an hour after Wagner concluded its victory in Staten Island, the Robert Morris men faced off against MAAC member Canisius on the opposite end of the Empire State. After watching the home team score first, RMU erupted en-route to a 12-6 victory in Downtown Buffalo.

Now, it’s on to College Park where the Colonials will try their luck against No. 1 Maryland.

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Acting Cold Not on These Winter Sports Teams’ Agendas

The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect during the 2017-18 winter sports season.

For the 10th 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.

Bryant (MBB / SWIM) and St. Francis Brooklyn (WBB / WITF) were double winners. SFBK won the women’s basketball honor for the fifth time in six seasons while Caldwell captured a third consecutive women’s bowling award.

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.

 

A LOOK AT THE WINNERS

MOUNT TOPS AGAIN! #NECSAAC 🥫 Drive 👑 Stays in Emmitsburg

Mount St. Mary’s edged out Saint Francis U for first place in the third annual Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Canned Food Drive competition.

Topping the charts for second year in a row, the Mount collected a 2,548 non-perishable food items. SFU totaled 2,502 units, the second-highest number in the three-year history of the food drive.

 

#NECSAAC Canned Food Drive Champions

2017 – Mount St. Mary’s

2016 – Mount St. Mary’s

2015 – Saint Francis U