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LIVIN’ THEIR BEST LIFE: NEC Alumni Update (Karinchak, Fish, Jerome)

Their collegiate playing days are long gone, but numerous Northeast Conference alumni are actively enjoying professional careers in sports.

In addition to those who are competing at the pro level, there are plenty of NEC alumni who have made their marks in different sectors of the sports industry.


Heading into Summer 2019, we take a look at three NEC alumni who are currently livin’ their best life in the world of sport….


K-arinchak Baffling Batters

He’s currently on the 7-day injured list with a hamstring strain, but that setback isn’t nearly enough to dampen the dazzling numbers that former Bryant hurler James Karinchak has registered on the mound this season.

Following 10 scoreless appearances out of the bullpen for Akron (AA), Karinchak moved up to the International League (AAA) where he proceeded to strike out eight batters in his first 3.0 innings of work. He has allowed only five hits and three walks while fanning THIRTY-TWO batters in 13.0 innings this spring. Spanning three levels of minor league ball, Karinchak went 4-2 with a 1.29 ERA and 14 saves over 42 appearances in 2018.

The former NEC Pitcher of the Year (2016) was selected in the ninth round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.






Fish to France for FIFA

From four enjoyable years in Brooklyn to an opportunity of a lifetime in France – it’s the journey of former LIU women’s footballer Erin Fish.

The Empire State product, who arrived on Dekalb Avenue in Fall 2012, earned NEC All-Academic honors during each of her four years at LIU. During the 2014-15 academic year, Fish traveled to Nicaragua to participate in Soccer Without Borders, a not-for-profit organization supporting globalization of education and other opportunities through soccer training.

Following her undergraduate career, she earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse’s Newhouse Sports Media Center. Fish, who served a stint as a MLB.com associate reporter for the Mets, was chosen by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) to represent the United States in AIPS’s Young Reporters Program during October 2018.

Fewer than eight months later, the LIU alumna is covering the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Fish is the official US National Team digital reporter for FIFA.




Zo Won’t Stop 

Lorenzo Jerome hasn’t let the setbacks stop him.

Saint Francis U’s former four-time all-NEC first team safety showed out at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Reese’s Senior Bowl all-star games, but did not hear his name called in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Signing as an UDFA, he worked his way onto the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man Opening Day roster later year. He was released midway through the season, but landed a preseason opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018.

Jerome would find himself as a causality of Seattle’s roster cut-down right before the start of the 2018 regular season.

Less than five months later, he resurfaced north of the border. He signed an entry-level CFL deal with the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders and proceeded to secure a spot on the team’s active 46-man regular season roster.

Zo and the Stampeders kick off the new CFL season on June 15 against Ottawa.




NEC In The Pros: An Update on Three All-Time Greats


New Jersey’s own Miles Austin was a three-time all-NEC performer for Monmouth before defying the odds as an UDFA at the NFL level.

Danielle McEwan earned the NCAA Bowling Championship MVP award as a freshman, contributing immensely to Fairleigh Dickinson’s national team title. When the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour re-booted in 2015, the three-time NEC Player of the Year seem destined for stardom in the pro ranks.

Landing at Saint Francis, former Florida high school quarterback Lorenzo Jerome used his above-average athleticism and superb football instincts to become the first-ever four-time all-NEC first defensive back in league annals. After earning the MVP award at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he became the first NEC player ever to compete in the Reese’s Senior Bowl where he caused three turnovers (FF, 2 INT).

One, if not all, of the three decorated athletes has likely popped into your Twitter TL recently. Here’s why…



Jerome made the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man opening day roster in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He went on to play in five regular season games before being waived by the 49ers on October 9, 2017. The ultra-talented safety resurfaced with the Seattle Seahawks during the 2018 NFL Preseason, but did not survive the final end-of-summer cutdown.

Itching for an opportunity to play at the professional with plenty to offer, Jerome found a new chance north of the border. The Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) officially announced Jerome’s free agent signing on May 1 ahead of the 2019 CFL Draft.




Two-time NCAA Player of the Year Danielle McEwan was a top performer for Team USA prior to joining the reincarnated PWBA Tour in 2015. Fast-forward to present day and McEwan has embarked on her fifth season as a professional.

McEwan most recently qualified for the five-person step ladder finals at the Nationwide Greater Cleveland Open, which was the third tournament on the PWBA season schedule. Prior to 2019, McEwan collected three standard PWBA tournament title and one major championship.




Following the 2006 NEC football season, Austin went on to earn an undrafted free agent contract from the Dallas Cowboys. Finding his way onto the Cowboys’ 53-man opening day roster in 2007 as a kick returner, Austin eventually worked his way into the rotation as a receiver. After his opportunity on offense, he quickly achieved stardom. He led the NFL in receiving yards during the 2009 season and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice.

Austin played in 129 regular season games over his 10-year NFL career (making him the second-longest tenured NFL player to ever come out of the NEC), but he had left behind some unfinished business at Monmouth. Having never completed his degree requirements, Austin decided the returned to school following his retirement from the NFL. Physically going back into the classroom, Austin has earned his degree and has graduated from the university. He won’t be walking at commencement because he is on assignment for the 49ers as an assistant coach.





Saint Francis’ Former Stud Safety Lands in NFC West Again

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.





SFU Punter Joins Elite Company Following Signature Win

The first two Red Flash to accomplish the feat were All-American honorees.

Andrew Zecca doesn’t own those lofty credentials, but there is no denying that the junior punter has been a factor in Saint Francis’ success this season.

Following an overly-efficient punting performance in a 13-7 road win over nationally-ranked Liberty, Zecca became the third Saint Francis athlete ever to earn the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week award. The other two recipients were SFU alumni Lorenzo Jerome and Lance Geesey.

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