#PollWeek Winds Down As Fall Season Fires Up

The Northeast Conference published one preseason poll per day last week.

Here’s a sport-by-sport look at How They Stand heading into the 2018 fall sports seasons…

 

NEC WOMEN’S SOCCER

2017 #necwsoc champion: Saint Francis U

2018 #necwsoc preseason favorite: Saint Francis U

 

NEC MEN’S SOCCER

2017 #necmsoc champion: St. Francis Brooklyn

2018 #necmsoc preseason favorite: St. Francis Brooklyn

 

NEC VOLLEYBALL

2017 #necvb champion: LIU Brooklyn

2018 #necvb preseason favorite: LIU Brooklyn

 

NEC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

2017 #necxc men’s champion: Central Connecticut

2018 #necxc men’s preseason favorite: Central Connecticut

 

NEC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

2017 #necxc women’s champion: Sacred Heart

2018 #necxc women’s preseason favorite: Sacred Heart

2018 #NECFB Social Media Day Lineup

Fourteen student-athletes will appear at the fourth annual #NECFB Social Media Day, which is set for Tuesday, July 24 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

You can follow the festivities LIVE via NEC Front Row and ESPN3 beginning at 11:00 am ET.

Find NECsports on Snapchat and Instagram for additional coverage from on site.

 

 

PLAYER PARTICIPANT LIST

 

BRYANT

Thomas Costigan, LB (Sr., 6-3, 220)

  • 2017 NEC Defensive POTY
  • 5 sacks – 3rd in FCS
  • Led NEC in TFL (17.0); 2nd in Total Tackles (103)
  • 33 career appearances

Dillon Guthro, DL (Jr. 6-3, 247)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • 4 PBU & 2 blocked FG last year
  • 22 consecutive starts

 

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT

Courtney Rush, WR (Sr., 6-2, 195)

  • Led league w/ 22.8 yards per catch
  • 7 total TD (5 rec, 2 rush)
  • 31 career games

Chris Tinkham, DL (Sr., 6-2, 280)

  • All-NEC Second Team (2017)
  • 34 straight appearances
  • 2015 NEC Defensive ROTY

 

 

DUQUESNE

Nehari Crawford, WR (Sr., 5-11, 170)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • Led FCS w/ 15 TD receptions
  • Topped NEC w/ 1,026 receiving yards

Matt Fitzpatrick, OL (Sr., 6-3, 300)

  • All-NEC Second Team (2017, 2016)
  • 11 starts at RG for NEC’s top-ranked offense (2017)
  • 34 career appearances
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2017)

 

 

ROBERT MORRIS

Eric McAllister, OL (So., 6-1, 275)

  • Second-year Center
  • Started all 11 games as redshirt freshman
  • HERO Sports Freshman All-American (2017)

Adam Wollet, LB (Sr., 6-0, 220)

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team (2017)
  • All-NEC Second Team; NEC Scholar-Athlete (2017)
  • Led conference w/ 108 TT
  • 33 career games

 

 

SACRED HEART

Andrew O’Neill, WR (Sr., 5-11, 185)

  • STATS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Finalist (2017)
  • All-NEC Second Team; FCS ADA Academic All-Star (2017)
  • Third in NEC w/ 59 catches

Kevin Duke, QB (Sr., 6-0, 190)

  • Second-year Starting QB
  • 2 in NEC for pass yards (2,596) & comp pct. (61.1) last season
  • 429 pass yards vs. BRY (3rd in NEC single-game history)

 

 

SAINT FRANCIS

Mederick Flavius, Jr., OL (Sr., 6-4, 300)

  • All-NEC Second Team; SFU Captain (2017)
  • 23 straight starts at LT
  • 10 starts at OG as freshman (2015)

Hakeem Kinard, DB (Sr., 5-10, 195)

  • Started all 11 games at safety last year
  • SFU’s second-leading tackler (73 TT)
  • Key FF in win at Liberty
  • 15 career starts

 

 

 

WAGNER

Ryan Fulse, RB (Sr., 5-11, 195)

  • All-NEC First Team (2017)
  • 1,306 rush yards – 4th in FCS
  • Led NEC in ypc (6.0)

Cameron Gill, LB (Jr., 6-3, 230)

  • Appeared in every game last 2 seasons
  • 5 sacks – 2nd in NEC (2017)
  • Wagner’s second-leading tackler (53 TT)

 

 

Creme of the Conference: Saluting 20 Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists

The conclusion of the academic year signals a salute to those special individuals who left more than a mark on the Northeast Conference over the past 10 months.

Presented by Provident Bank, the NEC is proud to recognize the finalists for its Student-Athlete of the Year awards. The pools of ten men and ten women finalists will produce the two conference-wide winners.

The honor recognizes individual excellence in both the academic and athletic realms as well as leadership and contributions to one’s community. Weighing one’s leadership ability, athletic prowess, academic achievement and community service, the NEC Student-Athlete of the Year award was formerly known as the NEC SAAC Student-Athlete of the Year award.  One student-athlete was honored annually from 2003 to 2014, before the award was renamed and the decision was made to recognize one male and one female student-athlete per academic year.

The 2017-18 academic year marks the fourth consecutive year that the awards program is following the amended format.

 

2017-18 NEC Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists (presented by Provident Bank)

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2017-18 NEC Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year Finalists (presented by Provident Bank)

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#NECinNFL Update (2018 Rookie Camp Edition)

They just want an opportunity and a number of fortunate NEC football alumni are getting one this spring.

Six athletes with all-NEC credentials have accepted invitations to attend NFL Rookie Camps on a tryout basis.

They are as follows:

Malik Duncan, Saint Francis DB (Steelers)

Delondo Boyd, Saint Francis DB (Bears)

Ben Huss, Duquesne OG (Jaguars)

Matt Sewall, Bryant WR/KR (Texans)

Andy Smigiera, Robert Morris DB (Seahawks/Cardinals)

Randall Laguerre, Central Connecticut LB (Eagles)

Amongst the aforementioned six men, Huss and Duncan earned STATS FCS All-America honors this past winter. Huss competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January.

 

Meanwhile, Wagner two starting offensive tackles from the 2017 season will compete in NFL camps after signing rookie contracts. After being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore, Greg Senat inked a deal with the Ravens prior to the start of their mini camp. Meanwhile, all-NEC tackle Matt Diaz was one of 22 players to sign UDFA contracts with the Tennessee Titans.

 

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Acting Cold Not on These Winter Sports Teams’ Agendas

The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect during the 2017-18 winter sports season.

For the 10th 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.

Bryant (MBB / SWIM) and St. Francis Brooklyn (WBB / WITF) were double winners. SFBK won the women’s basketball honor for the fifth time in six seasons while Caldwell captured a third consecutive women’s bowling award.

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.

 

A LOOK AT THE WINNERS

FDU Senior Headlines #NECelite Bowling List

It’s the seventh time in 10 seasons that the NEC’s top individual bowling award belongs to a Fairleigh Dickinson player.

FDU senior Karsyn Lukosius captured the 2018 NEC Bowler of the Year award to go along with a selection to the All-NEC First Team.

The league unveiled its three major award winners along with two All-NEC Teams and an All-Rookie Team on Friday, March 23 at Howell Lanes in Howell, NJ.

 

Meet the #NECelite from the 2017-18 NEC bowling regular season…

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2018 Men’s Basketball #NECelite Unveiled

A 5-foot-5 guard headlines the list.

Mount St. Mary’s senior Junior Robinson was unanimously chosen by the league’s head coaches as the NEC Player of the Year. The conference’s leading scorer received the honor on the eve of Wednesday’s NEC Tournament quarterfinal games.

The league announced its major award winners and all-conference honorees on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter.

Meet the 2018 Men’s Basketball #NECelite…

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