Northeast Conference alumni have been making news in the sporting world this summer. We’ve tracked the top stories via Twitter and have laid them out for consumption below.
FORMER BRYANT HOOPSTER GOES PRO IN DIFFERENT SPORT
Corey Maynard gained notoriety in Smithfield for his prowess on the basketball court, but the Aussie-born Bulldog has gone professional in a different sport. Following a stint as a pro hoops player, Maynard signed on with Melbourne FC of the Australian Football League as a category B rookie last August. One year later, he was selected to make his AFL debut against the GWS Giants.
“The best decision I’ve ever made.”@CMay_1‘s remarkable sporting journey 🏀🏉
— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) August 4, 2017
More on Maynard…
The Spy Cam is back! 🎥
— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) August 3, 2017
“He gave us what we thought he would. He’s a real contested ball player.”
Goody on @CMay_1‘s AFL debut.
— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) August 6, 2017
BLACKBIRDS’ MACHNIK GAINS HALL OF FAME ENTRY
Dr. Joe Machnik’s contributions to the game of soccer began in Downtown Brooklyn and have since reached across the globe. A lifetime of achievement has earned the LIU alumnus a ticket to the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Machnik remains heavily involved in the game, currently serving as a Fox Sports commentator and the NEC’s coordinator of women’s soccer officials.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) August 3, 2017
TRUDELL SHOWS PLENTY OF HEART, EARNS TV SLOT
Navigating her way through a field of 114 competitors, Sacred Heart alumna Nicole Trudell was one of the final five bowlers left standing at the 2017 US Women’s Open. Trudell, the 2011 NEC Rookie of the Year who thrice earned NTCA All-America honors, advanced to the step ladder finals at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, TX. Her first-ever national TV appearance came against the legendary Liz Johnson on August 6 on CBS Sports Network.
— #HammerBowling (@HammerBowling) August 6, 2017
FORMER SFBK FOOTBALLER BACK WITH BIG CLUB
Vincent Bezecourt, a former NSCAA All-American for St. Francis Brooklyn, received a taste of Major League Soccer life back in July when he was loaned by the Red Bulls II to the first team for the U.S. Open Cup match against the New England Revolution. Now, he’s officially an MLS player. The New York Red Bulls inked the former Terrier to a big league contract on August 11.
NEWS: @NewYorkRedBulls Sign Midfielder Vincent Bezecourt
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) August 11, 2017