Weekly NEAC Notes: Basketball Champions Prepare for NCAA Tournament Play

Weekly NEAC Notes: Basketball Champions Prepare for NCAA Tournament Play

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - This week’s NEAC notes take a look at team and individual highlights from around the conference for the week of Feb. 20-Feb. 26. The NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections can also be viewed at the links below:

Baseball and Softball

Men’s Volleyball

Women’s Basketball

SUNY Polytechnic won its second-straight NEAC Championship and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament … SUNY Polytechnic will play Eastern Connecticut State in the NCAA First Round on Friday at 5 p.m., hosted by the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. … The Wildcats, who enter the tournament with a 25-2 record, rank 11th in Division III with 78.0 points per game … SUNY Polytechnic’s Stevie Ray (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned NEAC Tournament MVP honors after scoring 32 points in the championship game … Ray remains ranked second in the nation with 24.7 points per game, trailing only Ashida Cooper (Bensalem, Pa.) from Wells College who finished the season leading Division III with 25.5 points per game … Keuka College senior Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, N.Y.) finished her collegiate career with 1,063 points which ranks eighth all-time at Keuka.

Men's Basketball

Morrisville State College avenged last season’s NEAC Championship loss to Lancaster Bible College by defeating the Chargers, 70-63, to win the 2017 NEAC Title … The Mustangs (22-6) claimed their fourth conference championship in program history and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament where they will meet Christopher Newport on Friday at 6 p.m. at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. … Morrisville State rookie Kevin Dennis combined for 40 points and 23 rebounds on the weekend to be selected as the NEAC Tournament MVP … Gallaudet University saw its historic season come to a close in the NEAC Semifinals as the Bison set program records for wins in a season (20) and conference wins (18) while ranking among the top in many Division III statistical categories.

Men's Volleyball

Connor Gail (Euclid, Ohio) from Keuka College moved in to a tie for fifth all-time at Keuka with 246 career kills … Lancaster Bible junior Kasey Gentry, who helped the Chargers to a 3-0 week, is fourth in the NEAC with 22 service aces and a .246 hitting percentage … Wally Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) from Penn State Altoona ranks second in Division III with 4.29 digs per set, while his teammate Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, Pa.) is third in the country with 1.11 blocks per set … Calvin Crosby (Pendleton, N.Y.) of Medaille College averages 4.37 kills per set, which is good for third in all of Division III.

Baseball

Four NEAC teams have begun their seasons with more joining the ranks this weekend … Justin Taylor (Greenville, S.C.) from Lancaster Bible and Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) from Gallaudet University received the first weekly awards of the 2017 season … Gallaudet hosted games against Southern Vermont & Muhlenberg College, while Lancaster Bible split a doubleheader against John Jay … Penn State Abington and Penn College were also in action during the second weekend of games … The 2017 NEAC Baseball composite schedule is available here.

Softball

Gallaudet University went 2-2 to open the season, earning its two wins over Valley Forge … The Bison also swept the first softball weekly honors of 2017 with Briana Pogue (Papillion, Neb.) and Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) earning Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively … Wilson College also opened its season over the weekend with four games … The 2017 NEAC Softball composite schedule can be viewed here.

Men’s Lacrosse

SUNY Polytechnic, SUNY Cobleskill, and Keuka College each earned victories in their season openers last weekend … This week sees a full slate of non-conference games around the league before NEAC Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards start up on Monday, Mar. 6 … The 2017 NEAC Men’s Lacrosse composite schedule can be accessed here.

Women’s Lacrosse

Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, and Penn State Abington will take the field for their season openers on Saturday, Mar. 4 … NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Awards will also begin on Monday, Mar. 6 … The 2017 NEAC Women’s Lacrosse composite schedule can be accessed here.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.