#NECFB Week 3 Prep



  • Sacred Heart, which ranks fifth amongst FCS team leaders in rushing defense (29.0 ypg), looks for a 3-0 season start for the fourth time in five years. After back-to-back double-digit wins, the Pioneers visit CAA member Stony Brook in Week 3.
  • Defending NEC champion Saint Francis defeated Wagner, 31-6, in the first conference game on the 2017 docket. Saint Francis, which is off to its first 2-0 season start since joining the FCS ranks in 1992, has yet to commit a turnover through the first two weeks.
  • SFU quarterback Bear Fenimore leads the NEC with six touchdown passes through his first two starts. Meanwhile, All-American receiver Kamron Lewis pulled in a 30-yard scoring strike vs. Wagner, marking his sixth consecutive game with at least one touchdown catch.
  • Duquesne’s visit to Dayton will complete the NEC’s season series with the Pioneer Football League. NEC teams are 3-0 vs. PFL members this month.



Women-In-Sports Wednesday: Former CCSU Hurler Adds to Fordham’s Winning Tradition

When it comes to winning conference championships, Laura Messina and Fordham softball are a perfect fit.

Messina, a two-time NEC softball champion (2013, 2015) during her days as the ace of Central Connecticut’s pitching staff, has received an opportunity to continue her career in Division I softball as an assistant coach for the five-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Fordham Rams.

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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.





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



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

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…

NEC Makes Mental Health A Priority


We’ve been saying it for awhile now. Life in the Northeast Conference is about more than sports and there was plenty supporting evidence for that claim on the first day of December.

The Northeast Conference hosted its inaugural Mental Health and Medical Issues Summit on December 1 in Piscataway, NJ.

The NCAA Division I athletics conference welcomed more than 70 individuals, ranging from athletic administrators and athletic trainers to student-athletes and other campus personnel, for a full day’s worth of programming.

“The NEC is thrilled to host this event for our membership,” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. “In terms of the development and welfare of the NEC student-athletes, the importance of their mental health and safety is paramount.”

The comprehensive program included a panel of decorated speakers who will address the following topics:  Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Prevention; Analgesic Opiate Abuse; Eating Disorders; and A Systems Approach to Planning and Evaluating Student-Athlete Mental Health Programs and Services.


NEC Commissioner Comments on MHS