Thursday, March 3, 2016

FDU 74, Saint Francis U 72: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

Teaneck, NJ -­ Postseason play. Always special, but in the case of the Northeast Conference, it is especially inviting. For one, the NEC is one of the few conferences in the land not guaranteeing an automatic entry in the field. An added feature in the NEC is the tournament holds each game every round at the home of the highest seed. Qualify and get the home seed before you ‘survive and advance.’

FDU was hosting a home contest in the postseason for the first time in a decade. They made the most of ending that drought, posting a 74-­72 victory over Saint Francis University.

It was a night where FDU showed their resilience. Something evident all year was on display on this evening. Coming back from a first half double-digit deficit, even weathering three missed chances in the final seconds to salt the game away on the line, FDU never wavered, and as they have done so many times this season, found the way to the win column.

On the other side was the sadness of losing a few excellent seniors, seeing their careers come to a close. As SFU coach Rob Krimmel noted, those seniors as Ron Drinnon and Greg Brown set the tone, building a strong foundation for the future.

Greg Herenda, as virtually all coaches do, has an eye on the future. The FDU mentor, at this point, is concerned with the present, preparing his team for a semifinal meeting on Saturday. Once again, the Knights will be in the friendly confines of the Rothman Center. Herenda knows home court does not guarantee a ‘W.’ Given the two, home or road, the former is more desirable, especially during tournament time.

Saint Francis University's Greg Brown shows his form on the free throw line:
FDU coach Greg Herenda studies the action:
FDU's NEC champion women's soccer team, honored at halftime:
Saint Francis University head coach Rob Krimmel:
Rod Stewart told us "every picture has a story." Evidently, every game has a review:
Rushing the court, FDU-style, with players joining in:

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