Pretty good day for Northeast Conference lacrosse, wouldn’t you say?
The conference saw its men’s and women’s team champions triumph in NCAA Tournament action on Wednesday.
First, Wagner played host to Southern Conference champion Mercer in a NCAA Women’s Opening Round affair on Grymes Hill. The Seahawks saw their 5-0 lead evaporate, but eventually seized control for good midway through the second half.
By virtue of its victory, Wagner will have the chance to battle No. 7 Towson in the next round on Friday.
About an hour after Wagner concluded its victory in Staten Island, the Robert Morris men faced off against MAAC member Canisius on the opposite end of the Empire State. After watching the home team score first, RMU erupted en-route to a 12-6 victory in Downtown Buffalo.
Now, it’s on to College Park where the Colonials will try their luck against No. 1 Maryland.
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.
EXCERPT: “It’s new for us to go up to that part of the country, but a couple years we opened against Old Dominion, they put 25-30,000 people in their seats and two years ago, we went up and playing Buffalo and actually were leading that game in the 4th quarter at one point in time,” said Schmitt.
EXCERPT: The Dukes are the first team to get a shot, and while they’ll be decided underdogs against the defending Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, they are not an early-season sacrificial lamb. This is an FCS team with some momentum of its own.
They were the last two teams picked in the preseason coaches’ poll, but midway through the #NECFB schedule and they are both in title contention.
In fact, Central Connecticut is in a three-way tie for first place. The Blue Devils (2-1), who have defeated two of the top-three teams from that aforementioned preseason poll, welcome Robert Morris (1-2) to Arute Field for the “NECFB on ESPN3” Game of the Week on October 31. The game will kick off at 12:00 pm ET.
Both teams feature second-year head coaches – CCSU (Pete Rossomando), Robert Morris (John Banaszak).
RMU captured last year’s meeting in Moon, scoring 18 unanswered points to pull out a 27-24 victory.
Dave Popkin will be on the call Saturday along with NFL coaching veteran Kevin Gilbride. John Cabral will man the sidelines.
The #NECalumni Roundtable discussion at MetLife Stadium on July 23, 2015.
“Celebrating the past while focusing on the future” is a quick way to summarize the #NECFB Social Media Day event that transpired at MetLife Stadium on July 23.
It wouldn’t have been as much of a celebration, however, had a distinguished group of alumni failed to attend.
Fortunately, Nick Doscher (Wagner), Rashad Barksdale (Albany), Anthony Doria (Saint Francis), Myles Russ (Robert Morris), Gordon Hill (Sacred Heart) and John Tashjian (Bryant) were all present for the festivities at MetLife Stadium.
If you’re not sure why any of these men are important, then take a look at some of the biographical information that the Overtime! Blog staff has listed below.
Who are these guys?
RASHAD BARKSDALE – DB – Albany – 2006
– 2 INT vs. Joe Flacco in win at Delaware
– Eagles’ Sixth Round Draft Pick (2007)
– Made NFL debut for Chiefs (Oct. 7, 2007)
NICK DOSCHER – QB – Wagner — 2009-12
– KC Royals farmhand for 3+ seasons
– 2009 NEC Offensive Rookie of Year
– No INT vs. FCS in 2012
ANTHONY DORIA – QB – Saint Francis – 2003-06
– Current QB Coach at Duquesne
– 8,544 pass yards (2nd all-time in NEC)
– 61 TD passes (4th all-time in NEC)
MYLES RUSS – RB – Robert Morris – 2007-10
– Current RB coach at RMU
– 2010 NEC Offensive Player of Year
– 4,271 rush yards (6th all-time in NEC)
GORDON HILL – DB – Sacred Heart – 2011-14
– Two-time All-NEC First Team Safety
– 2014 Division I FCS All-American
– Signed by SD Chargers as UDFA
JOHN TASHJIAN – OL – Bryant – 2009
– Appeared in 33 games from 2007-09
– 11 starts as C/G during Bulldogs’ first NEC season
– Team had wins over WAG, RMU, DUQ, SFU
Four of the aforementioned men sat down with NEC play-by-play announcer Paul Dottino for a special alumni roundtable segment that can be viewed below…