Razor-Thin Margin Separates First and Second in Race for Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup

The Cup made its way back to Fairfield, CT last year.

The fall and winter sports seasons are in the books, the NEC Commissioner’s Cup points are tallied and there is still A LOT to be determined.

With all spring sports yet to be factored into the equation, Sacred Heart (126.95) leads Saint Francis U (126.43) by only a fraction of one point in the race for the Overall Commissioner’s Cup.

Both the Pioneers and Red Flash are poised to significantly bump their point totals this spring. Sacred Heart already secured the women’s golf team championship while Saint Francis U is in the midst of an historic campaign on the softball diamond and can lock up first place with one more victory this weekend.

Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U are also the top-two names in the standings for both the women’s and men’s individual cups. SHU leads SFU in the women’s race while SFU has a similar advantage over SHU in the battle for the men’s title.

Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson are tied for the most Commissioner’s Cups all-time with six. SHU captured the Cup for the sixth time last spring, ending Bryant’s two-year run as overall champion.

Bobby Valentine’s Pioneers also won the Joan Martin Women’s Cup last year, but finished second to Bryant in the men’s race.

Cup points are awarded in each NEC sponsored sport. For men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, football, women’s bowling, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and baseball, the final regular season standings are used to determine Cup points. Starting with the 2012-13 season, the Conference began awarding three bonus points to the NEC Tournament champion in those sports. In all other sports, points are awarded based on the finish at NEC Championship events.

 

THE CURRENT STANDINGS

 

TOP-3 FINISHERS IN 2015-16 RACES

Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup (Overall)

  1. Sacred Heart        210.68
  2. Bryant                   196.48
  3. Saint Francis U   190.21

Joan Martin Women’s Commissioner’s Cup

  1. Sacred Heart         123.99
  2. Saint Francis U     108.62
  3. Bryant                     101.28

NEC Men’s Commissioner’s Cup

  1. Bryant                   95.20
  2. Sacred Heart        86.69
  3. Saint Francis U    81.59

 

VIDEO VAULT

#Throwback: Saint Francis U SWA Erika Renwick speaks after the Red Flash captured the 2014 Joan Martin Women’s Cup

Respect and Class… These NEC Teams Have Plenty of It

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.

 

THE WINNERS

Winning With Class: NEC Saw Plenty of It This Past Fall

The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect this past fall sports season.

For the ninth year running, the league handed out a Team Sportsmanship Award in the sports of men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, football and women’s volleyball.

The NEC’s Team Sportsmanship Award winners were chosen through a vote of team captains and coaches from throughout the conference.

 

THE WINNERS…

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Saint Francis Scoops Five of Seven NEC Scholar-Athlete Awards

The Red Flash are hitting the books hard.

Five Saint Francis U student-athletes received recognition when the Northeast Conference unveiled its Scholar-Athlete award winners for the recently-completed fall sports season.

St. Francis Brooklyn and Bryant also produced winners.

None of the seven honorees had a GPA lower than 3.90.

Check out the impressive group in the slide show below…

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Sounding Off on the inaugural NEC Mental Health Summit

There was plenty of conversation in Piscataway where the NEC hosted its first-ever Mental Health and Medical Issues Summit on December 1.

More than 70 attendees, from across the conference’s membership, sat through informative seminars and engaged in discussion. The NEC Front Row crew caught up with a number of those folks and you can hear their reactions in the video below…