The coaches’ voting results went public during the fifth annual #NECFB Social Media Day on July 24 at MetLife Stadium.
Duquesne, which boasted a league-high eight preseason all-NEC selections, topped the predicted order-of-finish for the 2019 campaign.
The first 7-10 split conversion in NEC Tournament history belongs to Sacred Heart’s Tori Boughton.
The third-year Pioneer pulled off the unlikely feat during the traditional team portion of SHU’s championship round mega match with Mount St. Mary’s.
It was a nearly a 10-month wait, but former all-NEC safety Lorenzo Jerome has a second opportunity in the National Football League.
The Saint Francis U alumnus, who earned All-America honors as a defensive back and kick returner at different points during his collegiate career, has signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
Jerome, who went undrafted despite excelling in two pre-draft All-Star Games, originally inked a rookie deal with the San Francisco 49ers during Spring 2017. He proceeded to earn a spot on the team’s opening day 53-man roster and appear in four games before being released following Week 5 of the regular season.
He subsequently participated in workouts with a number of NFL teams, but remained unsigned until the Seahawks officially added him to their 90-man training camp roster on July 30.
Jerome was the first-ever defensive back in Northeast Conference history to earn four consecutive all-NEC first team honors.
After making 18 career interceptions for Saint Francis, Jerome picked off two passes en-route to winning the MVP award at the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. One week later, he caused three turnovers in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
The defense reached a championship level during the 2018 NEC Baseball Tournament.
Here’s a look at some of the top moments in the field…
Two title games, two fantastic finishes, all on the same day.
Overtime was needed to determine a winner in both games.
First, top-seeded Saint Joseph’s erased a two-goal over the final 5:00 of regulation play in the NEC Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game. SJU’s Kyle Cain scored both goals, including the equalizer with 00:15 remaining, but those heroics will go down in history only as a footnote.
Overshadowing the host’s comeback effort, Tyson Gibson gave Robert Morris a sudden victory by rattling the cage with only 10 ticks left in overtime.
The NEC Women’s Championship Game, which began one hour after the men’s start, concluded in most-memorable fashion, too.
Bryant’s Lauren Britton scored the go-ahead goal with only 1:00 remaining, but NEC Rookie of the Year Ally Alliegro responded for Wagner.
After producing the equalizer in the final minute of regulation, Alliegro ended the game in the third overtime period.
Alliegro Ends It