Robert Morris Football Legend Still Scoring Goals in Steel City

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No NCAA Division I player scored more goals than Neco Brett during the 2014 season and no player in the USL scored more than the former Robert Morris star did last week.

Having signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this past winter, Brett netted a hat trick to power his team to its first win of the season. The Riverhounds topped Toronto FC II, 4-0, on April 7.

In the aftermath of his performance, Brett was voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2018 season.

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Two #NECWBB Legends, One LIU Brooklyn Soccer Great Comprise #NECHOF’s Sixth Class

The Northeast Conference unveiled a three-member class that will receive induction into the NEC Hall of Fame.

Two former student-athletes (one man, one woman) and one coach earned the necessary numbers of votes for enshrinement and will represent the sixth class to take its place in the Hall of Fame since the historical body was founded in 2010.

The election of Susie Rowlyk (Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball), Giovanni Savarese (LIU Brooklyn men’s soccer) and the late Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball) increase the Hall of Fame’s membership to 23 individuals.

Rowlyk, a two-time #NECWBB Player of the Year, is the fifth former women’s basketball star to earn #NECHOF induction.

Sheahan is the fourth coach, but first-ever women’s basketball coach, to earn #NECHOF status. Sheahan’s former Mount St. Mary’s colleague — Jim Phelan, who amassed 830 victories as the Mount’s men’s hoops coach — was a member of the NEC Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

Together, Sheahan and Rowlyk made Northeast Conference history. They guided Mount St. Mary’s to a perfect 18-0 run through the 1993-94 regular season conference schedule before posting a 19-point victory over Saint Francis U in the 1994 #NECWBB Championship Game. In addition to securing the program’s first-ever NEC Tournament title, Sheahan, Rowlyk and the 1993-94 Mountaineers were the first-ever team to represent the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Tournament.

Back in 2009, Sheahan and Rowlyk were featured in an historical article that appeared in the official NEC Tournament program. Click here to read that piece – Reaching Higher: Where Dynasties Once Ruled NEC Hoops, A New Guard Emerges.

As for Savarese, the Venezuelan-born soccer star earned three all-NEC selections while competing for LIU Brooklyn. The 1992 NSCAA First Team All-American moved onto a professional playing career, scoring 44 goals in three seasons with the Metrostars of Major League Soccer.

Savarese is still heavily connected to the game; he has served as New York Cosmos head coach since 2013 and has led the team to the NASL crown in two of his three years at the helm of the club.

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Three is the Magic Number: Trio of #NECMSOC Players Nab All-America Status

It is the first time since 2010 that there are as many.

Three of the Northeast Conference’s nine men’s soccer teams are home to All-Americans.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America unveiled its College Division I All-America Teams and Saint Francis U, St. Francis Brooklyn and Robert Morris all received representation on the Third Team.

SFU junior defender Francis deVries secured his second consecutive All-America nod. After back-to-back-to-back NSCAA All-Region honors, RMU striker Neco Brett finally became the first Colonial ever to secure a spot on the All-America Team. SFBK midfielder Vincent Bezecourt became the second Terrier in three seasons to earn All-America status.


About the Trio…

FRANCIS de VRIES: The native New Zealander earned the NEC Defender of the Year award for the second straight season. Helping the Red Flash advance to the NEC Championship Match for the second year in a row, de Vries contributed on the offensive end, too. He tallied six goals and 16 points, including the game-winner against Robert Morris in the NEC semifinal round. With de Vries anchoring the back line, the Red Flash registered eight shutouts and accounted for a 0.79 GAA.

NECO BRETT: One of the greatest goal scorers the NEC has ever seen, Brett found the back of the net 13 times during his senior season. Over the last three seasons, Brett has scored more points than any player in Division I. In 2014, he led the nation with 15 goals after topping Division I in points (36) in 2013. He twice scored four goals in one game and has three career hat tricks.

VINCENT BEZECOURT: The veteran midfielder scored a team-high 7 goals during the Terriers’ third consecutive season with at least 11 wins. He finished fourth amongst NEC leaders in both goals and points (17) and the first team all-NEC selection had a knack for the “golden goal.” Bezecourt scored overtime game-winners against Lafayette and Central Connecticut.


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