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                NEC Football                                                                     Northeast Conference Football
                    Facts & Figures                                                                          (Week 2 - September 14, 2009)
Last Week’s Results                                                    School                              NEC        Pct.        Overall     Pct.        Streak      Home         Away      Neutral
Thursday, September 10                                              1. Bryant                              0-0        .000        1-1         .500        L1          1-1          0-0       0-0
WAGNER 41, SUNY Maritime 10                                            Central Conn. St.                   0-0        .000        1-1         .500        L1          0-0          1-1       0-0
                                                                       Duquesne                            0-0        .000        1-1         .500        L1          1-0          0-1       0-0
Saturday, September 12                                                 Saint Francis (PA)                  0-0        .000        1-1         .500        W1          1-0          0-1       0-0
No. 17 Massachusetts 44, ALBANY 7
                                                                       Wagner                              0-0        .000        1-1         .500        W1          0-1          1-0       0-0
Hofstra 40, BRYANT 24
No. 8 William & Mary 33, CENTRAL CONN. ST. 14
                                                                       Albany                              0-0        .000        0-2         .000        L2          0-0          0-2       0-0
Nicholls State 14, DUQUESNE 7                                          Monmouth                            0-0        .000        0-2         .000        L2          0-0          0-2       0-0
Coastal Carolina 24, MONMOUTH 17                                       Robert Morris                       0-0        .000        0-2         .000        L2          0-0          0-2       0-0
Bucknell 26, ROBERT MORRIS 23                                          Sacred Heart                        0-0        .000        0-2         .000        L2          0-1          0-1       0-0
Holy Cross 52, SACRED HEART 21
SAINT FRANCIS (PA) 31, Morehead State 0                                                        NEC Football Co-Offensive Player of the Week
                                                                                                                  Larry McCoy, Duquesne
Upcoming Schedule                                                                                   Fr., RB, 5-11, 215, Wytheville, VA/George Lythe
Saturday, September 19                                               McCoy amassed the highest rushing total the Northeast Conference has seen thus far this season. The rookie running back
DUQUESNE at MONMOUTH (NEC-TV)                     1:00 pm            carried 34 times for 195 yards, more than any Duke since 2003, in a 14-7 setback at Nicholls State. Eight of McCoy’s rushes went
Maine at ALBANY                                   4:00 pm            for at least 10 yards. The 5-foot-11 freshman totaled 76 yards on seven attempts in the fourth quarter, nearly carrying Duquesne
Dayton at ROBERT MORRIS                          12:00 pm            to a road victory before Nicholls’ fake-punt touchdown did in the Dukes.
SAINT FRANCIS (PA) at Northern Iowa               5:05 pm
WAGNER at North Dakota State                      7:00 pm
                                                                                               NEC Football Co-Offensive Player of the Week
NEC team in CAPS. Home Team underlined in results.                                                           John Kelly, Saint Francis (PA)
                                                                                                      Fr., QB, 6-1, 203, Tuscarora, MD/Tuscarora
                                                                     Kelly was responsible for three of Saint Francis’ four touchdowns during the skid-snapping 31-0 shutout of Morehead State. The
                                                                     freshman signal caller threw two touchdown passes within a 1:49 span to put the Red Flash ahead 14-0 early in the second
                                                                     quarter. Kelly’s third score came on the ground. Two plays after completing a third-down pass that set up first-and-goal at the
                                                                     one-yard line, Kelly plunged forward for the touchdown. The rookie quarterback efficiently managed the Red Flahs offense to
                                                                     the tune of 10-of-17 passing for 138 yards.
NEC Offensive Player of the Week
Sep. 8 James Mallory (CC) & Dave Williams (DUQ)
Sep. 14 Larry McCoy (DUQ) & John Kelly (SFPA)                                                    NEC Football Defensive Player of the Week
                                                                                                               Willie Milhouse, Duquesne
NEC Defensive Player of the Week                                                                     Jr., DB, 6-1, 220, Waldorf, MD/Thomas Stone
Sep. 8 Alex DiMichele, Robert Morris                                 Milhouse was the standout performer on a pass defense that limited Nicholls State to 10 yards through the air. Duquesne’s junior
Sep. 14 Willie Milhouse, Duquesne                                    defensive back made two interceptions in the Dukes’ half of the field. Turning in an all-around effort, Milhouse made three tackles
                                                                     (2 solo), including one for a loss, and forced a fumble. After making a second-quarter interception that gave Duquesne the ball
NEC Special Teams Player of the Week                                 at its own 42, Milhouse struck again on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. The third-year Duke negated NSU’s prime
Sep. 8 Frantz Placide, Wagner
Sep. 14 Joshua Bentley, Saint Francis (PA)                           field position (own 48) by picking off a pass at Duquesne’s 30.

NEC Rookie of the Week                                                                        NEC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Sep. 8 Andrew Smith, Albany                                                                              Joshua Bentley, Saint Francis (PA)
Sep. 14 Larry McCoy (DUQ) & John Kelly (SFPA)                                                          Sr., DB, 6-3, 195, Pittsburgh, PA/Schenley
                                                                     Bentley, a defensive back, became the second Saint Francis (PA) player to score a special teams touchdown this season when he
                                                                     recovered a blocked field goal and took it 56 yards across the goal line. Bentley’s big play extended the Red Flash’s lead over
                                                                     Morehead State to 21-0 only 5:07 into the second quarter of an eventual 31-0 shutout. A big reason why Saint Francis snapped
                                                                     its 12-game losing streak, the senior’s special teams score came fewer than four minutes after his interception set up the Flash’s
                                                                     second touchdown.

                                                                                                      NEC Football Co-Rookies of the Week
                                                                                                                  Larry McCoy, Duquesne
                                                                                                    Fr., RB, 5-11, 215, Wytheville, VA/George Lythe
              Scores, Statistics, Standings, Notes                                                           John Kelly, Saint Francis (PA)
      www.northeastconference.org                                                                     Fr., QB, 6-1, 203, Tuscarora, MD/Tuscarora
NEC Football Notes:                                                                                   NEC Football Week Two
                                                                                                                   Week Two
Saint Francis Snaps Shutout Slide
The Red Flash’s 31-0 victory over Morehead State                                                             Quick Look Back
was something that had not been seen in Loretto for                                    Saint Francis (PA) 31, Morehead State 0
quite some time. In addition to snapping its 12-                                       The Red Flash snapped their 12-game losing streak by shutting out
game losing streak, Saint Francis shut out its                                         Morehead State, 31-0, in their home opener at DeGol Field. Freshman
opponent for the first time in 14 seasons. Prior to                                    quarterback John Kelly was responsible for three touchdowns (two pass,
Saturday’s triumph, the Red Flash last won on Nov.                                     one rush) while going 10-of-17 passing for 138 yards. Saint Francis was
                                                                                       able to build a second-quarter cushion thanks to two key plays from
17, 2007 when they dominated La Salle, 51-10. As
                                                                                       Joshua Bentley. The defensive back made an interception which led to
far as blanking opponents, Saint Francis recorded its first shutout since 1996, the    a touchdown and, moments later, he scooped up a blocked field goal
first season of NEC football, when it defeated Bethany, 21-0, in the season finale.    and took it in for a score.
The Flash recorded a shutout on opening day that season as well, downing
Waynesburg, 27-0.                                                                            17 Massachuse husetts        Albany
                                                                                       No. 17 Massac huse tts 44, Alban y 7
                                                                                       Facing No. 17 Massachusetts in what was its second consecutive tough
                                                                                       road test proved to be too much for UAlbany. The host Minutemen took
Bye, Bye, Bye                                                                          a 10-0 first-quarter advantage and never looked back in a 44-7 win over
All nine Northeast Conference teams were in action for the first two weeks of the      the Great Danes. Albany, which was plagued by three turnovers in the
Division I FCS schedule, but Week Three is when three NEC programs enjoy byes.         first half, received its lone touchdown of the game courtesy of reigning
This week’s schedule (Sept. 19) contains five games, including the conference          NEC Rookie of the Week Andrew Smith on a three-yard second-quarter
opener (Duquesne at Monmouth) on NEC-TV. Bryant, Central Connecticut State,            plunge.
and Sacred Heart are all idle.                                                         No. 7 William & Mary 33, Central Connecticut State 14
                                                                                       Running back James Mallory, the reigning NEC Co-Offensive Player of
Duquesne Visits Monmouth in NEC-TV Opener                                              the Week, scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to pull Central
Duquesne travels east to the Jersey Shore where Monmouth awaits for the first          Connecticut State within nine points, 23-14, of No. 7 William & Mary, but
Northeast Conference battle of the 2009 season. The NEC contest is the first of four   the Blue Devils would get no closer. The host Tribe took advantage of
to be played in September before the league schedule moves into full swing come        two costly CCSU turnovers on their way to a 33-14 victory.
October 3. Saturday’s game between the Dukes and Hawks, which will kick off at                   Carolina 24,
                                                                                       Coastal Car olina 24, Monmouth 17       17
12:00 pm, can be seen live on NEC-TV. MSG-Plus will carry the live broadcast on        Coastal Carolina held on for a 24-17 victory over visiting Monmouth. The
September 19 while Fox Sports Net-Pittsburgh will air the game via tape delay          Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter advantage on a one-yard TD
(Sept. 20 @ 1:00 pm).                                                                  plunge from David Sinisi, but Coastal Carolina scored the next 17 points
                                                                                       to take control. Sinisi, a Walter Payton Award hopeful, carried 21 times
                                                                                       for 84 yards and caught one pass for 22 yards in defeat.
Coles Making Good on Preseason Prognostication
Sacred Heart sophomore Garry Coles (Southington, CT/Southington) is proving            Bucknell 26, Robert Morris 23
he was voted the preseason all-NEC return specialist for a reason. The second-year     Bucknell returned a pair of second-half interceptions to jump in front of
speedster used his return abilities to put Sacred Heart on the scoreboard against      Robert Morris in an eventual 26-23 victory. Trailing 24-10 following the
                                                                                       two costly turnovers, the Colonials clawed their way back within one
Patriot League preseason favorite Holy Cross. Coles returned a kickoff 99 yards,       with 5:16 remaining. Junior halfback Myles Russ, who finished with 117
longer than anyone in Sacred Heart’s history, in the second quarter of an eventual     yards on 21 carries, broke a 60-yard touchdown run and Garrett Clawson
52-21 setback. Coles, who rushed 15 times for 82 yards, found the end zone again       drilled two field goals in the comeback effort, which ended when quar-
later in the quarter on a one-yard TD plunge. The Connecticut native earned first      terback Camdin Crouse was sacked in his own end zone for a safety.
team all-NEC honors as a freshman when he averaged a league-high 25.0 yards per
                                                                                       Holy Cross 52, Sacred Heart 21
return.                                                                                Sacred Heart sophomore Garry Coles set a program record with a 99-
                                                                                       yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but the Pioneers suffered a 52-21
Red Flash Receive Lift from Rivera’s Return                                            loss at Holy Cross. Coles amassed 262 all-purpose yards against the
Saint Francis (PA) wide receiver Antoine Rivera (Willingboro, NJ/Willingboro)          Patriot League preseason favorite Crusaders. SHU senior receiver Steve
has recovered from the knee injury that cut short his 2008 season and is wasting no    Tedesco, a two-time all-NEC first team honoree, continued his ascension
time returning to his all-NEC form. Rivera has nine catches for 165 yards and one      in the conference record book. After cracking the NEC’s all-time receiv-
touchdown in the season’s first two weeks. His 44-yard TD reception against            ing yards top-10 list last week, Tedesco caught 11 passes for 100 yards
                                                                                       to leap frog three former NEC greats into seventh place. Tedesco (2,161
Morehead State was his first scoring play since Sept. 13, 2008 against Marist.
                                                                                       yards) stands 1,303 yards away from all-time NEC leader Michael Caputo
Shortly after he caught what was his second touchdown of the day against the Red       (SFPA).
Foxes last September, Rivera went down with a season-ending injury. In fewer than
seven full quarters of play last season, he made 11 receptions for 203 yards. In       Hofstra 40, Bryant 24
2007, the New Jersey native caught 48 balls for 885 yards and seven scores on his      Hofstra amassed 467 yards of total offense, 321 coming from the arm of
                                                                                       quarterback Cory Christopher, to defeat Bryant, 40-24, at Bulldog Sta-
way to earning second team all-NEC accolades.
                                                                                       dium. Bryant fell behind 31-10 before rallying to pull within seven
                                                                                       points. Senior running back Jerell Smith, who eclipsed the 2,000-yard
Rookie Rusher Runs Rampant                                                             mark for his career, scored one touchdown and Bulldogs’ quarterback
Wagner freshman running back Dominique Williams (Bridgeton, NJ/Milford                 Michael Croce threw for two.
Academy) carried seven times for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’
                                                                                       Nicholls State 14, Duquesne 7
road win over SUNY Maritime. The rookie rusher put an exclamation point on the
                                                                                       Duquesne evened the score early in the fourth quarter when quarter-
41-10 victory by bursting out for touchdown runs of 63 and 31 yards in the fourth      back Connor Dixon connected with reigning NEC Co-Offensive Player of
quarter. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per carry over his first two collegiate contests.    the Week Dave Williams on an 83-yard touchdown pass, only to see host
                                                                                       Nicholls State notch the winning score with 8:25 remaining. On the
All-Purpose Andrew Scores Again                                                        possession following Dixon’s scoring strike, Nicholls State reached the
UAlbany’s Andrew Smith (Schenectady, NY/Guilderland) has already reached               end zone on 63-yard run out of punt formation. Duquesne freshman
heights few rookies do. The all-in-one quarterback-tailback-return specialist is       running back Larry McCoy rushed 34 times for 195 yards, more than any
averaging 166.5 all-purpose yards per game to rank 17th nationally amongst DI FCS      DU ball carrier since 2003.
leaders. Smith, who captured the season’s first NEC Rookie of the Week award           Wagner 41, SUNY Maritime 10 (Thursday)
(Sept. 8), has rushed 13 times for 112 yards and returned nine kickoffs for 221        Wagner junior Tyler Newberry was an efficient 13-of-16 passing for 210
yards in two games this season. One week after he scored his first collegiate          yards and freshman Dominique Williams rushed for 114 yards on seven
touchdown in the Great Danes’ last-minute loss at Georgia Southern, Smith              carries, including fourth quarter touchdown runs of 31 and 63 yards, to
provided Albany’s only points in a setback at nationally-ranked Massachusetts.         lead Wagner past SUNY-Maritime. The victory was the 190th in the
                                                                                       career of Wagner head coach Walt Hameline. The Seahawks, looking for
                                                                                       their 23rd winning season in 29 years under Hameline, evened their
                                                                                       record at 1-1
Great Danes Host Maine to Close Ford-Tough Schedule
Long-time head coach Bob Ford has no problem challenging his Great Danes. Ford             Albany Slated to Face Cincinnati in 2011
has become notorious for filling the non-conference portion of UAlbany’s schedule          University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy
with games against nationally-ranked opponents from power DI FCS conferences.              announced on Thursday, Aug. 27 that the school’s football program will
Last year it was four consecutive road games at Colonial Athletic Association              play its first NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent
members, three of whom were ranked in the nation’s Top 25. This time around,               when the Great Danes travel to the University of Cincinnati for the pro-
Albany opened at six-time NCAA champion Georgia Southern before traveling to No.           jected 2011 season opener. UAlbany has competed at the Football Cham-
17 Massachusetts. Next up is Maine. The Great Danes take on the Black Bears in             pionship Subdivision (FCS) level since 1999.
their final non-league contest, which also marks the home opener at University
Field.                                                                                     "We continually ask our coaches and student-athletes to challenge them-
                                                                                           selves," said McElroy, who has directed an intercollegiate program that
KO Return Touchdowns Becoming Common Occurrence                                            is currently celebrating 10 years of Division I athletics. "As universities,
Sacred Heart sophomore Garry Coles (Southington, CT/Southington) accom-                    Cincinnati and UAlbany have similar missions as public research institu-
plished something that happened only twice in both 2007 and 2008. Coles became             tions. While we are a couple years away from playing, today’s announce-
the third Northeast Conference player this season to return a kickoff for a                ment signifies another important step in the evolution of a program that
touchdown. After only two returners managed touchdowns a year ago, the NEC has             continues to distinguish itself throughout its brief FCS history."
seen three in two weeks. Saint Francis (PA) freshman Kyle Harbridge (Easton,
PA/Easton Area) went 86 yards for a first-quarter score at nationally-ranked New           Albany will become the second team in Northeast Conference history to
                                                                                           take on a D-I FBS foe. Central Connecticut State became the first when
Hampshire (Sept. 5) while Wagner’s Frantz Placide (Miami, FL/Archbishop
                                                                                           it played Western Michigan in 2007.
Curley) traveled 89 yards on his scoring play against Stonehill (Sept. 5).

Bryant’s All In
Bryant accepted an invitation for Northeast Conference membership in October, 2007
                                                                                           NEC Football On The Tube
and began the NCAA-mandated four-year reclassification process in September, 2008.         The Northeast Conference (NEC) will televise four games in 2009. The first two
After playing nine Division I FCS opponents in their first season of transition, the       games of the package will air live on MSG-Plus and Fox College Sports as perennial
Bulldogs gain full NEC member status for the 2009 season. Despite being eligible for       NEC contender Monmouth welcomes Duquesne at noon on September 19th, followed
the NEC title and the conference’s postseason awards program, Bryant cannot partici-       by Constitution State opponents Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State meeting
pate in the NCAA FCS playoffs until 2012 when the reclassification period is complete.     in New Britain at noon on October 3rd. FSN-Pittsburgh will also broadcast the Monmouth-
                                                                                           Duquesne game on a one-day delay (September 20th) at 1:00 pm, while Cox Cable
Building on a Good First Decade                                                            (CT/RI) will carry Sacred Heart-CCSU live and Connecticut Sports Network will air the
Albany has produced a winning conference record in every one of its 10 seasons as a        game on tape delay.
Northeast Conference member. The streak consecutive winning seasons has gone
unmatched by anyone in conference history with Robert Morris’ run of six straight          Two weeks later, Robert Morris hosts Saint Francis (PA) in a western Pennsylvania
(1996-2001) standing closest. The Great Danes joined the league for the start of the       battle on October 17th. Kickoff is at noon on FSN-Pittsburgh, Fox College Sports and
1999 campaign, which resulted in a 6-1 NEC record and second-place finish. Since           WWCP Fox 8 (Altoona/Johnstown). In the finale on November 21st, two-time defending
gaining membership, Albany has compiled a 54-16 league mark while capturing four           league champion Albany visits Wagner at 1:00 pm in a game to air on Fox College
NEC crowns (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008).                                                       Sports and Time Warner Albany (TW3).

Preseason All-America Team Features Three from NEC                                         2009 NEC-TV Football Schedule
Three Northeast Conference student-athletes earned their way onto The Sports Network       The Northeast Conference will reach the largest coverage area in its history this year with
Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America Teams, which were released         multiple games slated to air on Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports-New York, Fox
on July 10. Two-time all-NEC linebacker Scott Lewis (South Fork, PA/Bishop McCort)         Sports-Pittsburgh, Cox Cable, and Fox College Sports this coming season.
earned his way onto the Second Team Defense while all-conference tailbacks David
McCarty (Gansevoort, NY/LaSalle Institute) and Dave Sinisi (Cedar Grove, NJ/
Cedar Grove) comprise the backfield for the Third Team Offense.                            Date         Time            Opponents                                                      Carrier
                                                                                           Sept. 19     12:00 pm        Duquesne at Monmouth                               MSG-Plus, FSN-Pitt *
Can Danes Dive into Unchartered Waters?                                                    Oct. 3       12:00 pm        Sacred Heart at CCSU                    MSG-Plus, Cox Cable, CTSN^
No program in Northeast Conference history has secured three consecutive outright          Oct. 17      12:00 pm        Saint Francis (PA) at Robert Morris                FSN-Pitt, WWCP Fox 8
league crowns, let alone three straight undefeated seasons. Not having lost a conference
                                                                                           Nov. 21      1:00 pm         Albany at Wagner                                    FCS, Time Warner 3
game since the 2006 season finale, Albany has the opportunity to accomplish both feats
in 2009. The reigning back-to-back NEC champions officially kick off their title
                                                                                           All Games can also be seen live on Fox College Sports
defense against Sacred Heart on September 26 at University Field. After non-league         * - Live on MSG-Plus, but one-day tape delay on FSN-Pitt (Sept. 20 @ 1:00 pm)
dates against Georgia Southern (Sept. 5), Massachusetts (Sept. 12), and Maine (Sept.       ^- Tape Delay on Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN)
19), the Great Danes put their 13-game NEC win streak on the line when the Pioneers
visit the Capital Region. Albany has lost only twice in 11 meetings with Sacred Heart.     Newtork Legend
                                                                                           Carrier                                                                                      Region
                                                                                           MSG                     MSG Network                                    Three states in NY metro area
                                                                                           FSN-New York            Fox Sports Net-New York                        Three states in NY metro area
                                                                                           FSN - Pitt              Fox Sports Net-Pittsburgh                        Western PA, portions of WV
                                                                                           FCS-Atlantic            Fox College Sports-Atlantic                      Eastern U.S. on digital cable
                                                                                           Cox                     Cox Cable                                     Connecticut and Rhode Island
                                                                                           ESPNU                   ESPNU                                                             Nationwide
                                                                                           CTSN                    Connecticut Sports Network                      Connecticut & Rhode Island
Preseason Poll Pegs UAlbany Favorite for Fourth Straight Season
UAlbany stands as the unanimous favorite to capture the 2009 Northeast Conference
                                                                                               2009 Preseason All-NEC Team
football crown, which would be its third straight. The Great Danes received eight first-       Offense
place votes to finish atop an annual survey of league’s head coaches for a fourth              Pos        Name                         School
consecutive season. Monmouth, the 2008 NEC runner-up, garnered the lone remaining              QB         Dale Fink              $^    Sacred Heart
first-place nod to finish second in the preseason poll, the results of which were an-          RB         David McCarty          $^    Albany
nounced during a media teleconference Tuesday morning. The Conference also unveiled            RB         Dave Sinisi            $^&   Monmouth
its Preseason All-NEC Team during the media session, which served as a prelude to the
                                                                                               WR         Tim Bush               $     Albany
NEC’s 14th season on the gridiron.
                                                                                               WR         Steve Tedesco          $*    Sacred Heart
Central Connecticut State, which has posted a winning conference record in each of the         TE         Sean Bunevich          !     Duquesne
past five seasons, claimed third in the poll ahead of Sacred Heart in fourth and Robert        OL         Cody Kekipi            $     Saint Francis
Morris in fifth. Embarking on its second NEC season, Duquesne was chosen sixth while           OL         Anthony Pineiro        ^     Central Conn. St.
new league member Bryant took seventh. Wagner, in eighth, and Saint Francis (PA), in           OL         Kevin Richards         !^    Albany
ninth, round out the preseason selections.                                                     OL         Justin Smith           !     Sacred Heart
                                                                                               OL         Shawn Wright           $^    Monmouth
               2009 Northeast Conference Football
                    Preseason Coaches Poll                                                     Defense
                                                                                               Pos        Name                         School
                1.    Albany (8)                                                               DL         Eddie Delaney          !     Albany
                2.    Monmouth (1)                                                             DL         Bill O’Brien           !     Sacred Heart
                3.    Central Connecticut State                                                DL         Ray Saunders           $     Central Conn. St.
                4.    Sacred Heart                                                             DL         Mark Szymanski         !^    Robert Morris
                5.    Robert Morris                                                            LB         Justin Brancaccio      $     Albany
                6.    Duquesne                                                                 LB         Scott Lewis            $*    Saint Francis
                7.    Bryant
                                                                                               LB         Nathan Totino          $     Duquesne
                8.    Wagner
                9.    Saint Francis (PA)
                                                                                               DB         Dave Casale            $     Albany
                                                                                               DB         Andre Isla             !     Sacred Heart
                First place votes in parentheses                                               DB         Michael Landers        $     Robert Morris
                                                                                               DB         Alondre Rush           $     Central Conn. St.

                                                                                               Special Teams
Running With the Best in FCS
                                                                                               Pos        Name                         School
The Northeast Conference increased its presence amongst the Division I FCS rushing
                                                                                               K          Zak Campbell                 Saint Francis
elite in 2008. Five NEC running backs completed the campaign ranked amongst the
nation’s top-25. Albany’s David McCarty topped a trio of NEC leaders in the nation’s top-      P          Nick Schirtzinger      ^     Robert Morris
five. Ranked second overall, McCarty averaged 154.33 yards per game on the ground              RS         Garry Coles            $     Sacred Heart
last season. Monmouth’s Dave Sinisi (152.18) was directly behind in third followed by       $ - 2008 First Team All-NEC          ! - 2008 Second Team All-NEC
fourth-ranked James Mallory (138.18) of Central Connecticut State. Robert Morris’           * - 2007 First Team All-NEC          ^- 2007 Second Team All-NEC
Myles Russ (114.09) ranked 15th while Sacred Heart’s Evin Jones (106.73) stood              #- 2006 First Team All-NEC           & - 2006 Second Team All-NEC

Below is a look at the five NEC rushers who rank in the nation’s Top 20.

Player (School)                       Season Total (Avg./Game)           Nat’l Rank            All-time NEC Champions
David McCarty (Albany)                357 car., 1852 yds. (154.33)          2nd
Dave Sinisi (Monmouth)                286 car., 1674 yds. (152.18)           3rd                                              NEC      Overall
James Mallory (CCSU)                  288 car., 1520 yds. (138.18)           4th               Y ear    Champion              Rec.      Rec.
Myles Russ (Robert Morris)            215 car., 1255 yds. (114.09)          15th               1996     Robert Morris          3-1       9-2
Evin Jones (Sacred Heart)             234 car., 1174 yds. (106.73)          25th                        Monmouth               3-1       7-3
                                                                                               1997     Robert Morris          4-0       8-3
                                                                                               1998     Robert Morris          4-1       4-6
                                                                                                        Monmouth               4-1       5-5
                                                                                               1999     Robert Morris          7-0       8-2
                                                                                               2000     Robert Morris          8-0      10-0
                                                                                               2001     Sacred Heart           8-0      11-0
                                                                                               2002     Albany                 6-1       8-4
                                                                                               2003     Monmouth               6-1      10-2
                                                                                                        Albany                 6-1       7-4
                                                                                               2004     Monmouth               6-1      10-1
                                                                                                        Cent. Conn. St.        6-1       8-2
                                                                                               2005     Cent. Conn. St.        5-2       7-4
                                                                                                        Stony Brook            5-2       6-5
                                                                                               2006     Monmouth               6-1      10-2
                                                                                               2007     Albany                 6-0       8-4
                                                                                               2008     Albany                 7-0       9-3
                                                            2009 NEC Football Schedule/Results

               Albany                                      Bryant                           Central Connecticut State                             Duquesne                                     Monmouth
           (0-2, 0-0 NEC)                              (1-1, 0-0 NEC)                            (1-1, 0-0 NEC)                                 (1-1, 0-0 NEC)                               (0-2, 0-0 NEC)

 Date     Opponent              Time         Date    Opponent                 Time       Date    Opponent                Time         Date    Opponent                Time         Date    Opponent                Time
 9/5      at Georgia Southern L, 29-26       9/5     Southern Connecticut     W, 19-10   9/5     at Lehigh               W, 28-21     9/5     Bucknell                  W, 24-19   9/5     at Colgate               L, 35-23
 9/12     at #17 Massachusetts L, 44-7       9/12    Hofstra                  L, 40-24   9/12    at #8 William & Mary    L, 33-14     9/12    at Nicholls State         L, 14-7    9/12    at Coastal Carolina      L, 24-17
 9/19     Maine                 4:00 pm      9/26    at Robert Morris         12:00 pm   9/26    at Columbia             12:30 pm     9/19    at Monmouth               12:00 pm   9/19    Duquesne                 12:00 pm
 9/26     Sacred Heart          4:00 pm      10/3    Wagner                   1:00 pm    10/3    Sacred Heart            12:00 pm     9/26    at Dayton                 1:00 pm    9/26    at Old Dominion          6:00 pm
 10/3     at Saint Francis (PA) 1:00 pm      10/10   at Fordham               6:00 pm    10/10   Robert Morris           12:00 pm     10/3    Robert Morris             1:00 pm    10/10   Wagner                   1:00 pm
 10/10    Duquesne              1:00 pm      10/17   at Albany                1:00 pm    10/17   at Duquesne             12:00 pm     10/10   at Albany                 1:00 pm    10/17   at Sacred Heart          1:00 pm
 10/17    Bryant                1:00 pm      10/24   Central Conn. St.        1:00 pm    10/24   at Bryant               1:00 pm      10/17   Central Conn. St.         12:00 pm   10/24   Albany                   1:00 pm
 10/24    at Monmouth           1:00 pm      10/31   at Monmouth              1:00 pm    10/31   Albany                  12:00 pm     10/24   at Saint Francis (PA)     7:00 pm    10/31   Bryant                   1:00 pm
 10/31    at Central Conn. St. 12:00 pm      11/7    at Sacred Heart          1:00 pm    11/7    at Wagner               1:00 pm      10/31   Wagner                    12:00 pm   11/7    at Saint Francis (PA)    1:00 pm
 11/7     Robert Morris         1:00 pm      11/14   Saint Francis (PA)       12:00 pm   11/14   Monmouth                12:00 pm     11/14   at Sacred Heart           12:00 pm   11/14   at Central Conn. St.     1:00 pm
 11/21    at Wagner             1:00 pm      11/21   at Duquesne              12:00 pm   11/21   at Saint Francis (PA)   12:00 pm     11/21   Bryant                    12:00 pm   11/21   Robert Morris            1:00 pm

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           Robert Morris                                Sacred Heart                             Saint Francis (PA)                                Wagner
           (0-2,0-0 NEC)                               (0-2, 0-0 NEC)                             (1-1, 0-0 NEC)                                (1-1, 0-0 NEC)

Date     Opponent                Time        Date    Opponent               Time         Date    Opponent                 Time        Date    Opponent                Time
9/5      at Virginia Military     L, 14-13   9/5     Marist                   L, 31-12   9/5     at #8 New Hampshire       L, 24-14   9/5     Stonehill                 L, 45-42
9/12     at Bucknell              L, 26-23   9/12    at Holy Cross            L, 52-21   9/12    Morehead State            W, 31-0    9/10    at SUNY Maritime          W, 41-10
9/19     Dayton                   12:00 pm   9/26    at Albany                4:00 pm    9/19    at Northern Iowa          5:05 pm    9/19    at North Dakota State     7:00 pm
9/26     Bryant                   12:00 pm   10/3    at Central Conn. St.     12:00 pm   9/26    at Wagner                 1:00 pm    9/26    Saint Francis (PA)        1:00 pm
10/3     at Duquesne              1:00 pm    10/10   Saint Francis (PA)       12:00 pm   10/3    Albany                    1:00 pm    10/3    at Bryant                 1:00 pm
10/10    at Central Conn. St.     12:00 pm   10/17   Monmouth                 1:00 pm    10/10   at Sacred Heart           12:00 pm   10/10   at Monmouth               1:00 pm
10/17    Saint Francis (PA)       12:00 pm   10/24   at Wagner                1:00 pm    10/17   at Robert Morris          12:00 pm   10/24   Sacred Heart              1:00 pm
10/31    Sacred Heart             12:00 pm   10/31   at Robert Morris         1:00 pm    10/24   Duquesne                  7:00 pm    10/31   at Duquesne               12:00 pm
11/7     at Albany                1:00 pm    11/7    Bryant                   1:00 pm    11/7    Monmouth                  1:00 pm    11/7    Central Conn. St.         1:00 pm
11/14    Wagner                   12:00 pm   11/14   Duquesne                 12:00 pm   11/14   at Bryant                 12:00 pm   11/14   at Robert Morris          12:00 pm
11/21    at Monmouth              12:00 pm                                               11/21   Central Conn. St.         1:00 pm    11/21   Albany                    1:00 pm

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                                           Albany (0-2, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: #17 Massachusetts 44, Albany 7 (Amherst, MA - McGuirk)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 19 vs. Maine, 4:00 pm (Albany, NY - University Field)

                                           • UAlbany is off to a tough start following a 44-7 loss to No. 17 Massachusetts (Sept. 12). The Great Danes committed five turnovers, their
                                             highest total since Nov. 12, 2005, and suffered their worst defeat in four years. … UAlbany is now 3-13 against FCS programs ranked in the
Date    Opponent             Result          national Top 25. The Great Danes will face their second consecutive top-20 opponent when Maine comes to University Field for UAlbany's
9/5     at Ga. Southern L, 29-26             home opener on Sept. 19. UAlbany is 17-19 in home debuts. … FS Dave Casale (Troy, NY/Troy) gave an all-around effort with 10 tackles,
9/12    at #17 UMass         L, 44-7
                                             one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and one PBU last week. Casale's 10th career interception moved him into a tie for eighth on
9/19    Maine                4:00 pm
9/26    Sacred Heart         4:00 pm         the school's career list. … OLB Dave Nicomini (Newton, NJ/Kittatinny Regional) made 10 tackles, including three hits for a loss.
10/3    at Saint Francis 1:00 pm             Nicomini is making the successful return from a severe knee injury that placed him on the shelf last year. … ILB Justin Brancaccio
10/10   Duquesne             1:00 pm         (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls) led the team in tackles (11) for the second straight game. Brancaccio (187) is the team's active career
10/17   Bryant               1:00 pm         leader in that category. … TB David McCarty (Gansevoort, NY/LaSalle Institute) rushed 10 times for 42 yards in the first half, but left
10/24   at Monmouth          1:00 pm
10/31   at Central Conn. St. 12:00 pm
                                             the game in the second quarter with a hip injury. McCarty, the program's career rushing leader, saw his streak of 21 consecutive games with
11/7    Robert Morris        1:00 pm         at least one touchdown come to an end. … TB Justin Gannon (Sussex, NJ/ Vernon Township) ran for 61 yards, his second-highest total
11/21   at Wagner            1:00 pm         as a collegian. Gannon accounted for 129 all-purpose yards, reaching the 100-mark for the fifth time in his four-year career. The senior could
                                             become the 21st Great Dane to hit the 2,000-career all-purpose yard plateau in his next game. … Emerson Kinsey (Syracuse, NY/
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                                             Henninger) tied a career-high with seven tackles and blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. UAlbany was still trailing
                                             20-7 at the time, but the Great Danes gave the ball back on their next possession with the third interception of the contest. … CB Jean Juste
                                             (Hempstead, NY/Uniondale) and DE Tony Sparano (Colleyville, TX/Grapevine) each recorded career-bests with eight and seven
                                             tackles, respectively, against UMass. … WR Tim Bush (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) climbed into a tie for third in career
                                             receptions with 95. Bush caught five passes for 56 yards vs. UMass. … QB/TB Andrew Smith (Schenectady, NY/Guilderland) is 17th
                                             nationally in all-purpose yards (166.5 ypg). … UAlbany ranks 101 of 110 teams in turnover margin (minus-5 overall). The Great Danes were
                                             plus-10 (2008) and plus-14 (2007) when they won NEC championships.

                                           Bryant (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: Hofstra 40, BRYANT 24 (Smithfield, RI - Bulldog Stadium)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 26 at ROBERT MORRIS, 12:00 pm (Moon Township, PA - Walton Stadium)

                                           • Bryant fell at home for only the third time in the last four regular seasons, dropping a 40-24 decision to Hofstra. … Bryant, which is
Date    Opponent                Time
                                             reclassifying into the Division I ranks, is now 5-8 all-time against D-I FCS teams. … Senior running back Jerell Smith (Brooklyn, NY/St.
9/5     Southern Connecticut    W, 19-10
9/12    Hofstra                 L, 40-24
                                             Francis Prep) became only the third player in the young program's history to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a career. Smith reached the mark
9/26    at Robert Morris        12:00 pm     on Bryant's first series on an 11-yard run to the Hofstra 39-yard line. … Senior receiver Khalel Pritchard (Boston, MA/Newton North)
10/3    Wagner                  1:00 pm      caught four passes for a career-best 85 yards, 57 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Pritchard's touchdown pulled the Bulldogs
10/10   at Fordham              6:00 pm      to within 31-24. … Cornerback Michael Morgan (New London, CT/New London), a senior, had a career-high 10 tackles in the game
10/17   at Albany               1:00 pm
10/24   Central Conn. St.       1:00 pm
                                             including six solo tackles and a tackle for a loss of six yards. … Bryant will be idle this week before returning to action in its Northeast
10/31   at Monmouth             1:00 pm      Conference opener at Robert Morris on Sept. 26. The Bulldogs knocked off Robert Morris, 20-7, at home last season in what was the first-
11/7    at Sacred Heart         1:00 pm      ever meeting between the two programs.
11/14   Saint Francis (PA)      12:00 pm
11/21   at Duquesne             12:00 pm

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                                           Central Connecticut State (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: #8 William & Mary 33, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 14 (Williamsburg, VA)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 26 at Columbia, 12:30 pm (New York, NY - Baker Field)

                                           • The Blue Devils fell for the first time in 2009, dropping a 33-14 decision on the road at #7 William and Mary on Saturday night. … The game
                                             was the second of three straight road games to open the 2009 season. CCSU opened with a win at Lehigh and will finish the season-opening
                                             road trip on Sept. 26 at Columbia. The Blue Devils are off next week, their only bye week of the season. … Trailing 16-0 after the first quarter,
Date    Opponent                Time
                                             CCSU used a pair of second quarter touchdowns to climb back into the game with the nationally-ranked Tribe. However, W&M answered each
9/5     at Lehigh               W, 28-21     of the Blue Devils' scores to hold a 30-14 lead at the half. … Neither team could find the end zone in the second half, as the CCSU defense
9/12    at #8 William & Mary    L, 33-14     held the Tribe to under 100 yards of offense after the break. A Tribe field goal was the only scoring in the final 30:00. … Central rushed for
9/26    at Columbia             12:30 pm     just 78 yards in the game, including 56 by senior running back James Mallory (Buffalo, NY/Kenmore West). The 78 yards are the fewest
10/3    Sacred Heart            12:00 pm
                                             in the four seasons under head coach Jeff McInerney. Only one other time did CCSU fail to reach at least 100 yards on the ground. That came
10/10   Robert Morris           12:00 pm
10/17   at Duquesne             12:00 pm
                                             on Nov. 10, 2007 at Stony Brook when they had 82 yards on the ground. … Quarterback Hunter Wanket (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Palomar
10/24   at Bryant               1:00 pm      JC) was 10-for-17 passing for 125 yards in the loss, but was sacked twice and fumbled two times. One of those resulted in a safety and the
10/31   Albany                  12:00 pm     other was recovered by the Tribe inside the CCSU red zone. … Sophomore wide receiver Rob Fisher (New Milford, CT/New Milford) had
11/7    at Wagner               1:00 pm      a career-high five catches for 53 yards. … Defensive back Marcus Dorsey (Germantown, MD/Seneca Valley) posted his second
11/14   Monmouth                12:00 pm
11/21   at Saint Francis (PA)   12:00 pm
                                             interception of the season in the second half. It was the only forced turnover of the day for CCSU who had forced three at Lehigh in week one.
                                             … Junior linebacker Jeff Marino (New Britain, CT/New Britain) led all tacklers with 14 stops. Six of his tackles were solo and one was
NEC Games in Bold                            for a loss. … Six William and Mary drives in the second resulted in only three points.
                                            Duquesne (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
                                            Last Game: Nicholls State 14, DUQUESNE 7 (Thibodaux, LA - Guidry Stadium)
                                            Next Game: Sept. 19 at MONMOUTH, 12:00 pm (West Long Branch, NJ - Kessler Field) on NEC-TV

Date    Opponent                 Result     • The setback at Nicholls State was Duquesne's first game against a school from the Southland Conference. NSU, which won the SLC title
9/5     Bucknell                 W, 24-19     in 2005, defeated NCAA Division I FBS Rice in 2007. ... Duquesne held Nicholls to 103 yards and one first down in the second half. 63 of
9/12    at Nicholls State        L, 14-7
9/19    at Monmouth              12:00 pm
                                              those yards came on a NSU fake punt. ... There were a total of 18 penalties for 233 yards in the game (8-133 for Duquesne and 10-100 for
9/26    at Dayton                1:00 pm      Nicholls). ... Redshirt freshman running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, VA/George Wythe) carried 34 times for 195 yards. His rushing
10/3    Robert Morris            1:00 pm      total was the most by a DU running back since Mike Hilliard ran for a school record 323 yards against La Salle in 2003. It was DU's first
10/10   at Albany                1:00 pm      100-yard rushing game since Cleodis Williams had 114 yards at Wagner last season. McCoy ran for 128 yards on 18 second-half carries.
10/17   Central Conn. St.        12:00 pm     ... Junior linebacker Willie Milhouse (Waldorf, MD/Thomas Stone), who entered the game with two career interceptions, picked off
10/24   at Saint Francis (PA)    7:00 pm
10/31   Wagner                   12:00 pm
                                              a pair of passes and forced a fumble. ... Junior Michigan State transfer Dave Williams (Monroeville, PA/Gateway), who caught 11 passes
11/14   at Sacred Heart          12:00 pm     for 145 yards in last week's 24-19 win over Bucknell, suffered a back injury on DU's opening series. He re-entered the game in the fourth
11/21   Bryant                   12:00 pm     quarter and caught an 83-yard touchdown pass from Connor Dixon (South Park, PA/South Park) on his first play from scrimmage. …
                                              The Dukes open conference play at Monmouth (Sept. 19) on NEC-TV.
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                                            Monmouth (0-2, 0-0 NEC)
                                            Last Game: Coastal Carolina 24, MONMOUTH 17 (Conway, SC - Brooks Stadium)
                                            Next Game: Sept. 19 vs. DUQUESNE (West Long Branch, NJ - Kessler Field) on NEC-TV

                                            • Monmouth fell at to Coastal Carolina, 24-17. The game marked the first time in 17 seasons the Hawks played a football game in the state
                                              of South Carolina. … Penalties hurt the Hawks, who committed nine for 76 yards against the Chanticleers. In two contests MU has
                                              committed 18 fouls for a total of 131 yards. … Despite being outgained 410-174 and going just two-for-nine on third downs, Monmouth was
                                              down by only one touchdown with 5:02 to play in the game. … A pair of Hawks recorded their first career interceptions against CCU, with
                                              Brian Brikowski (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Twp.) and Mike Avent (Upper Marlboro, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) getting picks. Brikowski's
Date     Opponent              Result
9/5      at Colgate            L, 35-23
                                              INT in the first quarter, which he returned 53 yards down to the Coastal six, MU broke an eight-quarter interception drought and set up MU's
9/12     at Coastal Carolina L, 24-17         first score of the day. … Four plays after the INT, Monmouth took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard plunge by David Sinisi (Cedar Grove, NJ/Cedar
9/19     Duquesne              12:00 pm       Grove). The TD was Sinisi's 58th of his career, 54of which have come on the ground. The fifth-year senior had 84 yards on 21 carries with
9/26     at Old Dominion       6:00 pm        one touchdown, while catching a 22-yard pass. He now needs just 50 yards to move into second place all-time in the NEC in rushing yards.
10/10    Wagner                1:00 pm        … Avent's pick led to MU's final touchdown, when redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Frazier (Gaithersburg, MD/Damascus) found
10/17    at Sacred Heart       1:00 pm
10/24    Albany                1:00 pm
                                              Ron Lauch (Wall, NJ/Wall) for a 19-yard TD. It was Frazier's first career touchdown pass, and the first for Lauch since the 2007 season
10/31    Bryant                1:00 pm        (against Stony Brook). … Monmouth punter Jack Daniels (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Don Bosco) had a solid day, averaging 43.4 yards per
11/7     at Saint Francis (PA) 1:00 pm        kick and burying two punts inside the opponents' 20. … MU safety Jose Gumbs (Queens, NY/Hebron Academy) tied a career-high in
11/14    at Central Conn. St. 1:00 pm         tackles (11). … Brikowski also had 11 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss to go along with his interception … MU captain David Kennedy
11/21    Robert Morris         1:00 pm        (Fort Lee, NJ/Patterson Catholic) earned the Hawks' first sack of the season, dropping MacDowell for a five-yard loss. … The
                                              Chanticleers converted 11 of 16 third down conversions and held a 34:05-25:55 advantage in time of possession. … For the second straight
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                                              yards. The duo are now 21-of-27 for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the season. … Monmouth opens up league play next weekend
                                              when they host Duquesne for the squad's first home game of the 2009 season on NEC-TV.

                                            Robert Morris (0-2, 0-0 NEC)
                                            Last Game: Bucknell 26, ROBERT MORRIS 23 (Lewisburg, PA - Mathewson Stadium)
                                            Next Game: Sept. 19 vs. Dayton (Moon Township, PA - Walton Stadium)

                                            • Robert Morris dropped its second straight tough loss in as many weeks to open the 2009 campaign, suffering a 26-23 setback at Bucknell.
                                              … The Bison intercepted a pair of Desmond Brentley (Pittsburgh, PA/Perry) passes on consecutive RMU possessions to open the
Date    Opponent                Result        second half and returned them both for touchdowns to turn a 10-10 tie into a 24-10 Bucknell advantage. … Robert Morris clawed back to
9/5     at Virginia Military    L, 14-13
                                              make it 24-23 with under six minutes to play and had a chance to put together a game-winning drive, but senior quarterback Camdin
9/12    at Bucknell             L, 26-23
9/19    Dayton                  12:00 pm      Crouse (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle), in relief of Brentley, was sacked for a safety with 1:39 to play to help Bucknell seal the win. … The
9/26    Bryant                  12:00 pm      Colonial defense put forth its second straight solid effort, holding Bucknell to 25 yards of total offense in the second half and 183 total yards
10/3    at Duquesne             1:00 pm       overall, including -18 in rushing. … Junior running back Myles Russ (Boca Raton, FL/West Boca) became the first Colonial in school
10/10   at Central Conn. St.    12:00 pm      history to post a 100-yard rushing game in each of RMU's first two contests of a season, compiling 117 yards rushing and a touchdown on
10/17   Saint Francis (PA)      12:00 pm
10/31   Sacred Heart            12:00 pm
                                              21 attempts, including a 60-yard touchdown scamper. … After Bucknell had taken a 24-10 early in the third quarter thanks to a pair of pick
11/7    at Albany               1:00 pm       sixes, Russ answered on RMU's very next play, scampering 60 yards for a touchdown to trim the deficit to 24-17. … In the first two minutes
11/14   Wagner                  12:00 pm      and 40 seconds of the third quarter, a total of 21 points were put on the board. … Through two games, the Colonial defense has allowed
11/21   at Monmouth             12:00 pm      its opponents to score just 17 points, while the RMU offense has given up 23 points. … Junior linebackers Alex DiMichele (Pittsburgh,
                                              PA/Sto-Rox) and Elias Navarro (Fort Lauderdale, FL/South Plantation) each finished with eight tackles to pace the Robert Morris
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                                              defense. DiMichele recorded one of RMU's six sacks on the evening. … Senior wide receiver Sherrod Evers (Philadelphia, PA/
                                              Mastbaum Area) finished with eight receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown. In two career games against the Bison, he has 15 catches
                                              for 257 yards and two scores. … Junior kicker Garrett Clawson (Duncansville, PA/Hollidaysburg) tied the RMU single-game record
                                              with three field goals against the Bison, hitting from 40, 25 and 44 yards. Clawson's 44-yard field goal is a career long, and he is the third
                                              Colonial in the 16-year history of the program to convert three field goals in a contest. … Robert Morris opens the home portion of its 2009
                                              campaign when it welcomes Dayton (Sept. 19) to Joe Walton Stadium.
                                           Sacred Heart (0-2, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: Holy Cross 52, SACRED HEART 21 (Worcester, MA)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 26 at ALBANY, 4:00 pm (Albany, NY - University Field)

                                           • Sacred Heart sophomore Garry Coles (Southington, CT/Southington) set a new school record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a
                                             touchdown in Saturday's 52-21 loss at the College of Holy Cross. Coles finished the day with 262 all-purpose yards. His 99-yard jaunt is
Date    Opponent                Result
                                             the longest return in school history. The play was the second longest scoring play in SHU history, falling just one yard short of a 100-yard
9/5     Marist                  L, 31-12
9/12    at Holy Cross           L, 52-21
                                             interception return by Bill Johnston against Assumption on October 16, 1993. … Sacred Heart senior wide receiver Steve Tedesco
9/26    at Albany               4:00 pm      (Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills) tied his own school record by hauling in 11 catches for 100 yards and a score in the loss. Tedesco
10/3    at Central Conn. St.    12:00 pm     hauled in 11 balls in a win at Duquesne last season. The senior wide out also inched closer to the SHU record for career touchdowns as
10/10   Saint Francis (PA)      12:00 pm     he nabbed his 27 career score. Tedesco is now one behind Marvin Royal (2000-01) and six away from tying Ed Pricolo (2002-05) for the
10/17   Monmouth                1:00 pm      all-time mark. ... SHU quarterback Dale Fink (Swansea, IL/Althoff Catholic) completed 30 passes for the second-straight week, going
10/24   at Wagner               1:00 pm      30-for-53 for 272 yards and a score. His 53 attempts set a school record. He previously shared the previous mark with former Pioneer
10/31   at Robert Morris        1:00 pm      Tyler Arciaga at 47. … The Pioneers open at 0-2 for the first time since the 2006 season. SHU opened 0-2 in each of Coach Gorham's first
11/7    Bryant                  1:00 pm
11/14   Duquesne                12:00 pm
                                             three seasons but have never started 0-3 under the head coach. … The loss also dropped SHU to 0-2 against Holy Cross and 0-3 all-time
                                             against teams from the Patriot League. The Pioneers are done with non-conference play and will face only NEC competition the rest of
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                                           Saint Francis (PA) (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: SAINT FRANCIS (PA) 31, Morehead State 0 (Loretto, PA - DeGol Field)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 19 at Northern Iowa, 5:05 pm (Cedar Falls, IA - UNI Dome)

                                           • Saint Francis (PA) recorded its first shutout since Nov. 16, 1996 against Bethany. Saturday's 31-0 blanking of Morehead State was the first
                                             shutout of a Division I opponent in program history. … The Red Flash defense held Morehead State to just 24 yards rushing, one of the
Date    Opponent                Result
9/5     at #8 New Hampshire     L, 24-14
                                             lowest opponent rushing totals in school history. … The defense has not allowed a point in six quarters (total of 97:11), nor has it allowed
9/12    Morehead State          W, 31-0      a touchdown in seven quarters. … The announced attendance in Saint Francis' home opener (1,512) marked the largest crowd at
9/19    at Northern Iowa        5:05 pm      recently-renovated DeGol Field since a Nov. 3, 2007 game against Monmouth. … SFPA held a huge time of possession edge over Morehead
9/26    at Wagner               1:00 pm      State in the second half (21:44 to 8:16). … The victory was the Flash's first since final game of the 2007 season when they rolled past La
10/3    Albany                  1:00 pm
10/10   at Sacred Heart         12:00 pm
                                             Salle 51-10. … The Red Flash forced three turnovers in the contest, and scored touchdowns on all three resulting drives. … DL Russel
10/17   at Robert Morris        12:00 pm     Fisher (Kailua, HI/Mid Pac Institute), who also had three tackles and a sack, blocked a MSU field goal attempt and DB Joshua
10/24   Duquesne                7:00 pm      Brentley (Pittsburgh, PA/Schenley) returned it 56 yards for a touchdown. … Rookie kicker Josh Thiel (Leesburg, VA/Heritage)
11/7    Monmouth                1:00 pm      kicked his first career field goal, a 40-yarder, and was perfect on extra points (4-for-4). … Senior WR Antoine Rivera (Willingboro,
11/14   at Bryant               12:00 pm
                                             NJ/Willingboro) recorded three catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. He now owns sole possession of third place on the school's
11/21   Central Conn. St.       1:00 pm
                                             touchdown reception list. … Freshman QB John Kelly (Frederick, MD/Tuscarora) finished the day with three touchdowns (two
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                                           Wagner (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
                                           Last Game: WAGNER 41, SUNY Maritime 10 (Throgs Neck, NY)
                                           Next Game: Sept. 26 at North Dakota State (Fargo, ND - Fargo Dome)

                                           • After leading 13-0 at halftime, Wagner ran past SUNY-Maritime in the second half on the way to a 41-10 final. … Making the first start
Date    Opponent                Result       of his collegiate career, junior quarterback Tyler Newberry (Germantown, MD/Mercersburg Prep) was on target all evening in
9/5     Stonehill               L, 45-42     guiding the Seahawks to victory. He completed 13-of-16 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns (49, 45). Newberry has completed 23-
9/10    at SUNY Maritime        W, 41-10
                                             of-37 passes (62%) for 366 yards, three TDs and just one INT after coming off the bench in Week One. … Freshman QB Nick Doscher
9/19    at North Dakota State   7:00 pm
9/26    Saint Francis (PA)      1:00 pm      (Staten Island, NY/ Moore Catholic), who started the opener vs. Stonehill, has completed 11-of-18 passes on the season with two INTs.
10/3    at Bryant               1:00 pm      … True freshman RB Dominique Williams (Bridgton, NJ/ Milford) exploded for 114 yards rushing on just seven carries vs. SUNY-
10/10   at Monmouth             1:00 pm      Maritime, highlighted by touchdown runs of 63 and 31 yards, respectively. For the game, Williams averaged 16.3 yards per carry. … Junior
10/24   Sacred Heart            1:00 pm      LB Keith Davis (Harrisburg, PA/Globe Institute) was around the football the night along for the Seahawks in recording a game-high
10/31   at Duquesne             12:00 pm
11/7    Central Conn. St.       1:00 pm
                                             14 tackles, including 12 solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss (minus 10 yards) and forced a fumble on a fourth-and-goal play in
11/14   at Robert Morris        12:00 pm     the final seconds of the first half. … Senior WR Lon Woods (St. Petersburg, FL/ J.P. Taravella) came into the game needing three
11/21   Albany                  1:00 pm      receptions to crack the Seahawk all-time top 10 and wound up the game with five receptions for 104 yards. … For head coach Walt
                                             Hameline, it marked career victory No. 190, leaving him 10 shy of the 200-win plateau. His 189 career wins entering the season were tied
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                                             for sixth among all active Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches. … Wagner faces a tall task on Saturday, Sept. 19 when the
                                             Seahawks make the 1,500-mile trek to meet perennial FCS linchpin North Dakota St. in the noisy Fargo Dome. Last season, the Bison
                                             defeated NEC member Central Connecticut St. 50-14.

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