Well, it's April and the Knicks didn't make the playoffs, neither did the Nets and if you cheer for the Sixers it's a well-documented fact that you're a communist. So, with baseball about to start, why should anyone around these parts be as excited as I am about the 2009 NBA Playoffs? Because this year they could prove to be really freaking exciting.
The softball team's road woes continued over the weekend, as the Lions returned from their second out-of-state trip this season with a 7-9 record. After only managing to win four out of 10 on a Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla., the Lions dropped three out of four at the Salisbury Invitational in Maryland over the weekend.
Despite a rocky 4-6 start to their season, the Lions' softball team ended their Spring Break trip to the Sunshine State on an upswing, winning three out of four as junior hurler Ashley Minervini sparked a pair of combined no-hitters. Minervini's first gem came during a five-inning contest with Rhode Island College, where the Lion bats caught fire en route to a 13-0 shutout victory.
What was supposed to be a rebuilding year may have turned into a playoff year, but the men's basketball team is surely still bitter that their first home postseason contest in years ended in a double-digit loss to the Scarlet Raiders of Rutgers-Newark.
They could have done things the easy way or the hard way.
But after the men's basketball team dropped an 83-77 decision to the previously winless Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors, the Lions found themselves in a must-win situation Saturday at home against fellow playoff contender Rowan University.
A pair of tough road losses extended the Lions' worst losing streak of the season to five, wounding the men's basketball team's playoff chances as they approach their final New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) contests. The Lions traveled to Phoenixville, Pa.
We were 60 minutes away from a pair of world championships. All we needed to do was win a pair of Game 7's. Sixty minutes away from double-booking the fabled "Canyon of Heroes." Any New York sports fan worth their salt remembers 1994, remembers the pair of battle-tested warriors trying to bring history home for the greatest sports city in the modern world.
The office of Campus Police is getting some reinforcements.
Three campus security officers have been promoted and will join the force as full-time police officers this semester. Officer Charles Clement was sworn in on Christmas Eve, while security officers Brendan Keats and Patrick Taylor were promoted during a ceremony at Campus Police headquarters on Monday.
A week after their huge upset of the No. 23 William Paterson University Pioneers, the men's basketball team watched their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and home win streaks fall to pieces as they dropped three straight contests against Wesley College, Kean University and Ramapo College.
During one of the scarce quiet moments in Brand New's high-octane Friday night performance at the Kendall Hall Auditorium, someone sitting in the far-left corner of the balcony screamed, "I love you, Jesse."
Smirking, Jesse Lacey finished tuning his guitar, raised his fist into the air and then drove it down toward his Fender Telecaster, slamming the opening chord of the band's oft-quoted "Seventy Times 7," once again energizing the sell-out crowd that hadn't sat down since the band kicked off its set around 9:30 p.
Between 300 and 400 students were left out in the cold during last Friday's Welcome Back Weekend Concert, when the College Union Board (CUB)-sponsored event, which featured Long Island rock outfit Brand New and singer/songwriter Kevin Devine & The God Damn Band, sold out well before showtime.
At the beginning of the season, newly hired head coach Kelly Williams promised he would re-energize and retool the men's basketball team. On Saturday afternoon, in front of a thrilled home crowd in Packer Hall, Williams and his Lions certainly took a huge step in that direction, knocking off a nationally- ranked opponent and a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) foe, when they bested the No.
The men's basketball team split the final two games of their Winter Break schedule, rallying to bury rival Rowan University 70-65 on the road before running out of gas down the stretch against Rutgers University-Newark 79-74, Saturday afternoon.
The 1-1 road trip leaves the Lions with a 6-8 overall record, and a 2-3 New Jersey Athletic Conference mark.
It was a familiar sight.
With 40 minutes left in their Nov. 22 NCAA Division III Tournament match with unbeaten Williams College, Jamie Kunkel and Coleen Weber had come together once more, combining on a goal that gave the Lions the lead and a clear path to victory.