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Forever Royal | John Sorce’s Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 J S 1Ever since I realized I wasn’t going to play Major League Baseball, I knew I wanted to write about it. I still love the game as much as I did when I was five years old, when I began playing Little League with my dad as the coach. When I tell people baseball is my life, I mean that. That’s why they call me Johnny Baseball.

I grew up watching a lot of losing as a Kansas City Royals fan over the years. But then 2014 and 2015 happened, and I felt like I was living in a dream. I could go on about this forever, but I will spare you those details. Just know that 10-year-old me became a fan of a team that lost 106 games in 2005 because I liked the stadium and uniforms, and I wanted a team I could call my own. I finally made it out to Kauffman Stadium in 2007 and saw them get destroyed by the Cleveland Indians twice, but I loved it. I knew the Royals were my team, and Kansas City will hopefully someday be my home.

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I came here after honing my craft at Brookdale for three years. I enjoyed my time there, and it flew by. I know they miss me because no student covered their sports before I got there, or after I left. I like to go back and help out whenever I can. When my time there was nearing its end, I realized two years at Monmouth would go by even faster.

I knew for a while I was coming to Monmouth after Brookdale. I wanted to come here out of high school, but going there first was the right choice for me. Because of this, I followed Monmouth Athletics while I was at Brookdale in anticipation of covering them when I transferred here.

I remember watching the first Monmouth football game of the 2015 season on ESPN3 because I wanted to watch it as a fan. I ultimately decided to write a game story and submit it to The Outlook as a sample of my writing. I walked into the office my first day as a Monmouth student and, if my memory serves me correctly, I gave it to the only person that was in the room: Danielle (more on her in a little bit).

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Men’s Lacrosse Wins Program Record Seventh Straight

MLAX Wins 7th StraightThe men’s lacrosse team continued their winning ways this past week with two victories. Monmouth’s first win was against Virginia Military Institute (VMI) on Monday, April 10. Their second victory took place against Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI on Saturday, April 15.

The Hawk’s set the tone early against VMI, scoring twice within the opening 30 seconds en route to a 15-8 win. Credit goes to freshman midfielder Justin Schwenk for the first goal and junior midfielder Chandler Vanderbeek for the second. From there the Hawks would score four more unanswered goals to put themselves up 6-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Monmouth added four more goals to VMI’s one before the half was up and cruised into half with a comfortable 10-1 lead.  The Keydets, however, did not go down without making the game a little interesting. VMI chipped away at the lead over the course of the third quarter by scoring five goals to Monmouth’s three to make it a 13-6 contest.

The Hawks quickly reestablished a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter by netting two goals to build their lead to nine. VMI would score the final two goals of the game but at that point it was too little too late. When the clock expired it was the Hawks who came away with the 15-8 win.

“There are a lot of names I can rattle off that played really well, even in limited time,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said after the game. “It was good to hold them to a low score in the first half which gave us the opportunity to play some more guys. The focus in which we had got us off to a good start and getting more guys in there made it a fun game.”

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Morgan Balderas and Alex Holzman: From Kansas to the Jersey Shore

Morgan Balderas Alex Holzman 1One glance at the softball roster and you will notice a lot of student-athletes from the tri-state area and California. Fourteen of the 17 players come from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or California. One player is from Illinois and the other two are from…Kansas?

Junior infielders Morgan Balderas and Alex Holzman are in their first season in West Long Branch after successful junior college careers some 1,400 miles west. Balderas transferred from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, while Holzman came from Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. The two grew up together in Wichita, Kansas and played at high schools that were seven miles apart.

Head Coach Shannon Salsburg found out about Balderas through Emma Hill, who played for the Hawks from 2015-16 after coming from the same junior college. “Emma told me about Morgan and Morgan told me about Alex,” Salsburg said. “I watched both play thanks to live streams like ESPN3 pretty much every day after practice last year. I was watching their style of play; they seemed to be kids that were always in the middle of good things that happened for their team. They always played hard and never jogged or took any plays off. As I got on the phone with them I found out who they were and what was important to them. I felt that they would be a good fit.”

Both girls arrive in West Long Branch already having accumulated many accolades in their colligate careers. Balderas was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-America honoree at Highland Community College. She earned the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Marucci Elite Hitter Award for District E, which is awarded to the player with the highest batting average in the district, after hitting .428 as a sophomore. She also set the program single-season home run record as a freshman with 22 before becoming the all-time leader with 37.

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Men’s Golf Confident Heading Into MAAC Championship

MG Heading into MAAC ChampionshipThe men’s golf team is coming off their best tournament to date in the spring season, a fourth-place finish in the Peacock Invitational. The 18-hole tournament took place on Tuesday, April 11 at the Par-72, 7069-yard Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Valley.

“We’ve had a tough spring so far in terms of weather conditions and every time you go to a tournament, you are looking to improve and that’s what we’ve done,” Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “The weather was more conducive to playing golf and the guys stepped up. We’ve had some more practice sessions which gave the guys a chance to get their game in shape. It was nice to see the six guys that we took up there all break 80 and three of them finished one over par, which was a step in the right direction.”

“It was definitely a good event for us,” senior Tommy Whelan said. “We finally broke 300 as a team, which is something that we are going to have to do down in Florida [at the conference championship]. It was good to build some momentum. We’ve been working really hard and I think some guys are starting to see some of the results they have been looking for.”

It was the first time all season that all six Hawks scored in the 70s and their 299 score was their second best round of the season. The team shot 298 in the first round of the Mathews Auto Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 2. The blue and white were just two points off the pace for second, as Rider carded 297 and Fairfield posted 298. Saint Peter’s won the event with a score of 292.

Monmouth was led by a trio of players who finished tied for fourth individually in Whelan and freshmen Andy Stock and Nick Maff, who all carded one over par at 73.

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Baseball Drops Two of Three to Marist

B Drop Two out Three to MaristThe baseball team dropped their first two home games of the season as they lost two out of three in a weekend series against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Marist at MU Baseball Field.

Monmouth defeated Marist 7-2 in the first game on Friday, April 14 after a five run eighth inning to break the 2-2 tie. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan McCrum pitched a gem, throwing 6⅔ innings, allowing no earned runs (one unearned) on a career-high seven strikeouts.

“[Jordan] was great. He got us this one win this weekend based on how he played,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “We didn’t help him out on defense and he held those guys at bay the whole game. We were fortunate to get an outing like that out of him.”

Marist and Monmouth got on the board quick, with Marist scoring one on the top half of the first on a Monmouth fielding error. The Hawks countered with two walks to senior infielders Grant Lamberton and Shaine Hughes to lead off the bottom of the first. Senior outfielder Dan Shea drove in Lamberton with a single. Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun followed up with a sacrifice fly to bring in Hughes and give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

McCrum left the game with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, but senior right-handed pitcher Ben Hoffman would get the ground out to end the inning to save the lead for Monmouth. Marist ended up tying the game in the eighth after a single, an MU throwing error, and a single to make it 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, after two lead-off walks, junior infielder Justin Trochiano laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line which was thrown into right field, allowing both runners to score. Lamberton then drove in a run with a single, followed by Papcun driving in two with a single to left, extending the lead to 7-2.

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Sidelines: 4-19-17

Softball: The softball team split weekend conference series with Fairfield and Iona over the weekend. On Friday, April 14, they lost the first game, 1-0 in 13 innings. Junior pitcher Amanda Riley threw all 13 innings and struck out 16 batters on four hits.

In the second game, Monmouth won 5-1. Junior catcher Alex Holzman and senior first baseman Justene Reyes drove in all five runs and both homered in the contest. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill picked up the win throwing a complete game, striking out six.

On Saturday, April 15, the Hawks won the first game against Iona in a 5-0 shutout. Reyes launched her sixth home run of the season and Holzman drove in two with a double. Riley threw the complete game shutout, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Monmouth got no-hit by Iona’s Alana Evans in the second game as the blue and white fell 4-0.

The Hawks are now 14-22 overall and 6-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). They return to action on Saturday, April 22 when they welcome Niagara to West Long Branch for a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Upcoming Games: 4-19-17

Wednesday, April 19

M Tennis vs. Ramapo

West Long Branch, NJ 10:30 a.m.


M Tennis vs. Rider*

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


W Lacrosse vs. Manhattan*

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


W Tennis at Wagner

Staten Island, NY 3:00 p.m.


Baseball vs. Lafayette

West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.


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Track Competes in Colonial Relays, Stockton Invite

Track Colonial Relays Stockton InviteThe men’s and women’s track teams have had a successful start to their outdoor season.

They began with the Monmouth Season Opener, which was held on campus from Mar. 24-25. Both teams won the event, with the men totaling 335.5 points. This was 215.5 points higher than the next closest team, as Rider finished second with a score of 120. The women scored 266 points, 104 more than second place Sacred Heart.

With ongoing construction of Monmouth Stadium, Head Coach Joe Compagni noted Georgian Court hosted the long throws on March 24 to open the event. He was glad teams did not shy away from competing and was able to keep the tradition.

“I really wanted to keep the meet going,” Compagni said. “This was the 22nd annual and I think it was a great opportunity for our folks at home. I wasn’t sure what the turnout would be having the meet at two locations and the construction, but we still had 25 teams here.”

Both teams had strong showings at the Stockton Invite and the Colonial Relays, which took place from March 30-April 1. The throwers went to Galloway, while the runners ran in Williamsburg, VA.

“At our home meet, we were fortunate that the conditions were pretty good,” Compagni said. “What we saw at both Colonial and Stockton was the conditions are not always going to be good. That creates some challenges but the event is the event and the conditions are going to be the same for everyone. Managing those conditions is a big part of being successful outdoors. Some of our folks did that very well and others learned how they’re going to need to improve at that.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Fairfield, Canisius

WLAX Fall to Fairfield CanisiusThe women’s lacrosse team failed to achieve a win this week, dropping contests to Fairfield University on Wednesday, April 5 and Canisius College on Saturday, April 8.

Wednesday’s matchup ended a two game winning streak for the Hawks as they fell 13-5 to Fairfield in Connecticut. The Stags broke open scoring but that goal was quickly answered by junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss, assisted by senior midfielder Claudia LaMarca.

That would be the extent of scoring for the Hawks for a substantial amount of time. The Stags went to work crafting a five goal run over the remainder of the half to put themselves up 6-1. Fairfield continued to pad that lead early in the second half, tallying another goal at the 28:31 mark, giving themselves a six goal advantage.

Monmouth flashed some life at this point by netting two goals within two minutes. The goals came courtesy of LaMarca and freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso. However, the Stags quickly stamped out any chance of a comeback by stringing together five unanswered goals to make the score 12-3 with about 10 minutes to go.

The Hawks salvaged two more goals before the end. Those goals came from senior attacker Carly Sane and Corbliss, who scored her second of the game. However, the game was never in question as they Hawks overall struggled in all aspects.

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Baseball Drops Conference Series to Siena

Baseball Drop Conference to SienaAfter defeating Princeton in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 5, the baseball team resumed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play against Siena over the weekend in Loudonville, NY and split a Saturday doubleheader before dropping the series finale on Sunday.

Monmouth’s lone win of the weekend came in the second game, when sophomore left-hander Kyle Ajjan fired a complete game, two-hit shutout, leading the Hawks to an 11-0 victory. He walked three batters and struck out seven on 96 pitches, 62 strikes. He was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.

“Kyle was real good today. He really competed well. Offensively we were able to score early, which I thought was very important,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “Our two out RBI (runs batted in) were huge and getting [senior outfielder Dan] Shea back allowed us to shape the lineup as well. I was real happy for [senior right fielder Chris] Gaetano and his five RBI. He provided us with a big lift.”

The blue and white scored in five of seven innings beginning in the second, when two runs crossed the plate on an error. With two out in the third, senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski and sophomore catcher Clay Koniencki walked, which set up a two-run double down the right field line by Gaetano to make it 4-0 MU.

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Softball Takes Two from Quinnipiac

Softball Takes Two From QuinnipiacAfter splitting a pair of games on Wednesday, April 5 to Wagner and Saturday, April 8 to Rider, the softball team swept a doubleheader from Quinnipiac on Sunday, April 9.

The Hawks won both games against Quinnipiac 2-1 thanks to senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger’s two-RBI double during the sixth inning of game one and a two-run home run during the sixth inning of game two.

“I had just been really locked in all day, and I was seeing the ball well so I was ready to hit.” said Shotzbarger after the second game on Sunday.

In game one, junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Riley finished the game with a complete game three hitter in the win allowing only one run. She struck out eight batters and threw 101 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. In game two, senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill tossed a complete game, allowing only five hits and one earned run in the win. She struck out five and threw 98 pitches, 61 strikes.

“It took us a little bit to get on the board, and that’s a credit to both of their pitchers. But we stayed aggressive and were trying to make things happen.” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “[Shotzbarger] had a great day yesterday and came up huge today. It’s fun to see her locked in. Everyday matters in the MAAC and to get off the split train is fantastic. I’m proud of our players; we pitched well, played defense and hit the ball, so it was great.”

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Sidelines 4-12-17

Men’s Tennis: After earning 7-0 wins over Niagara, Fairfield, and Siena, the men’s tennis team swept their fourth straight opponent, defeating Stony Brook on Sunday, Apr. 5. Sophomore Nicola Pipoli earned the No. 1 singles win by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and senior Przemyslaw Filipek earned the come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. Junior Ale Gomez Estrada also went to a third set, ultimately defeating Stony Brook 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. Monmouth earned two wins during the doubles portion, including the duos of Filipek and Gomez and senior Christian Vieira and freshman Vikrant Dahiya. Monmouth will host Hofstra on Friday, Apr. 14 for a 2 p.m. start. They will then travel to State College, PA to take on Penn State on Sunday, April 16 at a time to be announced.

Upcoming Games 4-12-17

Thursday, April 13

W Tennis at George Mason

Fairfax, VA 4:00 p.m.


Friday, April 14

Outdoor Track & Field

Bison Outdoor Classic

Lewisburg, PA TBA

Outdoor Track & Field

Greyhound Invitational

Bethlehem, PA TBA

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Women’s Lacrosse Improves to 2-0 in Conference Play

WLAX Improve 2 0The women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play, eking out a 13-10 win over Marist on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Junior attacker Alexa Smith and freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso each put on remarkable offensive performances. Smith netted a total of four goals and Ceraso, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday, did her part with a team high five points on a goal and four assists.

“I think we executed the game plan,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We worked on patience on attack, using the whole shot clock when necessary. Things we are looking to improve are taking care of the ball and making sure we make good decisions when we have the ball.”

Once again Monmouth was first on the scoreboard as Smith needed only 39 seconds to put the Hawks up one off an assist from Cesaro. Nine minutes passed before the next goal was scored as senior attacker Olivia Higson gave the Hawks a two-goal advantage. Marist got their first in the 17th minute and by 11th minute, the game was knotted at a three apiece.

The Hawks had an outbreak of offensive over the next five minutes, scoring four straight goals to build a 7-3 lead. Junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss made her presence felt in that stretch of time as she was involved in three of the four goals. Marist continued to battle as they scored two goals before the half and the score stood at 8-5, Monmouth.

The blue and white wasted no time coming out of the half to build their lead as senior captain midfielder Claudia LaMarca added a goal in the 29th minute and then another in the 25th, both coming off a Cesaro assist. Marist and Monmouth exchanged goals over the next five minutes and with 20 minutes left on the clock it was 11-7, Hawks.

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Tennis Continues Season as MAAC Tournament Nears

T Season MAAC TournamentTennis season is in full swing, with the Hawks entering the heart of their season. The men are looking to benefit from a challenging non-conference schedule as they head into the heart of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. On the women’s side, the team is looking to overcome a tough 4-3 loss to Niagara on Sunday afternoon, and add some wins to their record.

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team may have struggled in their spring break matches against the University of Virginia (UVA), but that is to be expected when facing a team that is ranked third in the nation.

Men’s Tennis Head Coach Alex Kasarov was pleased with how his team performed at UVA. “Both Nicky (Nicola Pipoli) and Shemy (Przemyslaw Filipek) had very competitive matches against the number one and two players from Virginia who are ranked top 10, top 20 in the country,” Kasarov said. The Hawks were able to play two matches facing UVA over break after cancellations created an opening in the schedule.

After spring break, the team continued its challenging non-conference schedule with another trip down to Virginia to face Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on Saturday, Mar. 25 and the University of Richmond on Sunday, Mar. 26. In a close match against VCU, the Hawks picked up the doubles point including a 6-2 win at number one doubles over the nationally ranked VCU team of Daryl Monfils and Marten Jonsson.

Multiple players had strong performances against VCU, especially in the top three singles positions. “Ale Gomez at three singles came back from losing a tough first set. He hung around and stayed in the match to win the second set and ended up winning in three sets,” Kasarov said.  However, it was not enough for the Hawks that day as they fell 5-2.

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Baseball Drops Two out of Three at Canisius

MB 2 3 CanisiusThe baseball team resumed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and dropped two out of three games against Canisius this weekend at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.

The blue and white opened their second conference series with a bang, putting up 17 runs for the second time this season as they downed Canisius 17-6 in the first of two on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Monmouth scored a run in both the third and fourth innings, but eight runs in the second and seven runs in the fifth is what propelled them to victory.

Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun led off the second inning with a double and scored on a single up the middle by senior outfielder Ryan Crowley, who scored on a triple by sophomore catcher Clay Koniencki. A wild pitch allowed Koniencki to score the third run of the inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for senior first baseman Shaine Hughes, who drove in two with a single to right. Monmouth scored their sixth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice before Papcun delivered a two-run blast to right field, his third of the season, capping the eight-run frame.

In the fifth, freshman shortstop Danny Long, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, doubled home two runs after Koniencki and junior second baseman Justin Trochiano walked to open the frame. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski, who drove in a run with a single to left. Papcun then cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly.

Papcun went 4-4 and drove in six runs for the second time this season, while also crossing the plate three times. Hughes ended up going 2-2 with three runs batted in (RBI) and drew three walks, while Long finished the game 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

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Softball Shuts Out St. Joseph’s, Splits With Manhattan

SB Shuts StThe softball team defeated St. Joseph’s in their home opener 5-0 on Wednesday, Mar. 29 and split a doubleheader against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3.

Monmouth did not waste any time scoring in their home opener, with junior outfielder Chloe Howerth scoring after a defensive error by St. Joseph’s in the first inning. Howerth finished the game with a game-high three hits.

In the fourth inning, Howerth drove in freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez on an RBI single to left. Later in the inning, junior infielder Morgan Balderas drove in junior outfielder Katie Baron on another RBI single.

In the fifth inning, senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger battled through an 11-pitch at-bat and eventually sent an RBI single to center field, scoring junior catcher Alex Holzman. Sophomore infielder Nicole Wieczorek came off the bench and delivered a single that drove in sophomore outfielder Jasmine Higa, who entered the game as a pinch runner. Riley finished the game with a strikeout on her 100th pitch of the afternoon.

“Amanda pitched very well today,” Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “A lot of credit goes to her catcher Alex Holzman, who has done a great job of working with our pitchers and understanding what they want to throw. They were smart today and it showed.”

Riley was proud of her team behind her with several defensive plays that helped keep her shutout intact. “I feel like we came together as a team and worked hard. Making plays we’ve been working hard on in practice,” Riley said. Riley finished the complete game shutout with six strikeouts and only two hits allowed.

Monmouth split a conference doubleheader against Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3, winning game one 1-0. Riley threw her second straight complete game shutout, this time needing extra innings to win it. In the top of the eighth inning, senior first baseman Justene Reyes scored Baron on a hot shot to the shortstop. Riley finished the game with 12 strikeouts after allowing only five hits.

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Side Lines: 4/5/17

Men’s Lacrosse:

The men’s lacrosse team won their third straight to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play as they defeated Marist 7-2 on Saturday, Apr. 1 at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY. Senior midfielder Tyler Keen scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this year, recording 13 saves. The Monmouth defense forced Marist into 12 turnovers. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman scored his 14th goal of the season and became the second player ever to score 50 career goals, joining Chris Daly. Keen leads the Hawks with 19 goals this season and has scored in nine consecutive games. The blue and white return to the field on Saturday, Apr. 8 when they take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology from Drew University at noon.

Upcoming Games: 4/5/17

Wednesday, April 5

Softball vs. Wagner

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.


Softball vs. Wagner

West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.


M Tennis at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 2:00 p.m.


W Lacrosse at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 3:00 p.m.


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Upcoming Games 3/29/17

Wednesday, March 29

Baseball at Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Saint Joseph’s

West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.


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Side Lines 3/29/17

Outdoor Track: The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams placed first at the 22nd annual Monmouth Season Opener. The men totaled 335.5 points, which was 215.5 points ahead of the next closest team, which was Manhattan at 120. The women scored 266 points, which was 104 more than Sacred Heart, who scored 162.

“We appreciate everyone who came out to support us at home, everyone who worked to make the meet happen, and the 25 visiting teams who all made the meet a great competition,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “We also owe a big thank you to the staff at Georgian Court for graciously hosting the long throws for us yesterday while we are under construction here.”

The teams will compete in the Colonial relays in Williamsburg, VA from Mar. 30-Apr. 1.

Baseball Sweeps Quinnipiac to Open MAAC Play

BB Sweeps Quinnipiac Open MACCThe bats woke up for the baseball team as they scored 38 runs on 36 hits in three games to sweep Quinnipiac over the weekend to open up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play at MU Baseball Field.

“We work hard on our offensive approach. We spent a lot of time in practice this week tracking pitches and we did a good job of jumping on good pitches to hit this weekend,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “We had some big two strike hits and two out RBI (runs batted in). But lost in all of that was great pitching by three guys that have never started a conference game before, so tip your cap to them. They really competed and gave us the chance to relax offensively.”

The Hawks shut out the Bobcats in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 12-0. Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun had a career day at the plate, going 3-5 with six RBI, including a monstrous three-run home run to left field in the fifth inning that landed on a lawn across Larchwood Ave. It was the first time a Hawk drove in six runs in a game since Cary Jacobson did it at Hofstra on Apr. 29, 2014.

Monmouth scored three runs in the first on Papcun’s RBI double and senior right fielder Chris Gaetano’s two-run home run to right. A fielder’s choice in the second plated another run. The Hawks scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Papcun drove in two runs with a single which was followed by an RBI single by Gaetano. In the fifth, senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski drove in a run with a single which set up Papcun’s three-run blast, giving MU their 12th run of the game.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler Ksiazek took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up throwing seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight. He threw 96 pitches and 63 strikes.

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Men’s Lacrosse Downs Siena, Quinnipiac

MLAX Downs Siena QuinnipiacThe men’s lacrosse team has opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play 2-0 for the first time in program history after they overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down Siena 17-9 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn on Saturday, Mar. 25.

“Siena came out firing and we were a little slow to get started and adjust to their style of play,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Despite the slow start, we were proud that the guys kept their poise and battled through some adversity in the first quarter before we settled in and got going in the second. Once we picked up the pace and started to play our way, the game turned in our favor as we made the plays to get some separation down the stretch.”

Monmouth responded with a 9-1 run beginning at 2:44 in the first period, when senior midfielder Tyler Keen scored his first of three goals on the day. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman, who finished with five goals on the day, scored with 54 seconds remaining, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Keen opened the scoring in the second period and Wasserman added two more. His second at 8:13 gave Monmouth a 5-4 lead. Siena responded to tie the game, but the Hawks scored four unanswered – one from Keen, two from Wasserman and one from senior midfielder Eric Berger – that extended Monmouth’s lead to 9-5.

Monmouth outscored Siena 8-4 for the remainder of the game. Freshman attacker Anthony Sardo and sophomore attacker Hunter Jones each scored two goals for the Hawks for the remainder of the game. It was their first career multi-goal games.

Wasserman’s five goals ties a career high and he is the only Hawk to score five goals in a game. Wasserman also had an assist and his six-point game ranks second all-time for points in a game. He has 13 goals this season and 49 for his career and was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

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Women’s Lacrosse Downs Quinnipiac

WLAX Downs QuinnipiacThe women’s lacrosse team broke a three game losing skid on Saturday, Mar. 25 defeating conference rival Quinnipiac 12-8 at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Monmouth was able to prevail in a closely contested match by scoring five goals in the final 17 minutes while holding Quinnipiac to none in the same timeframe to achieve victory. The Hawks improved to 3-7 on the season with the win and 1-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Play.

“The start of the MAAC season was exactly what we expected: highly competitive and exciting,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said.

Monmouth jumped out to a quick lead in thanks to standout freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso who scored in the 27th minute. The Hawks would bolster that lead over the course of the next three minutes by burying three more goals, all unassisted, from senior attacker Olivia Higson, senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca and Ceraso to take a 4-0 lead.

The Bobcats were able to get on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute and another goal would not be scored for 10 minutes. Monmouth senior attacker Alexandra Stambaugh restored the Hawks to a four goal lead, converting her free position opportunity. But Quinnipiac was responsible for the next two goals and before halftime was reached, the Hawks had a 6-3 lead.

Quinnipiac was the first to score coming out of the half, reducing the lead to two. However, Higson answered with her second of the day to put the Hawks up three. Quinnipiac did not go down so easily as the Bobcats scored four unanswered goals over a period of eight minutes to tie and then take the lead. With 19:15 left on the clock, the Hawks, for the first time in the game, found themselves trailing 8-7.

The Monmouth offense proceeded to answer the call as junior mid-fielder Kate Ryan netted her first of the day, assisted by LaMarca at the 17:20 mark. At this point both teams would stifle each other’s offense until Higson was able to break through and tally her third of the game to give the Hawks the 9-8 lead with 8:40 to go. Monmouth would not look back at this juncture and over the remainder of the game, they were able to score three more goals to achieve a 12-8 win.

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Bright Future for Women’s Basketball

WBB Bright FutureDespite a 67-51 loss to in-state rival Rider in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament, there is still a lot to look forward to for the women’s basketball team.

The Hawks finished the season with a record of 15-16, winning 10 games in conference play, including an opening round victory versus Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament. This was an improvement over last year’s record, as Monmouth went 14-17 in the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming into this season, the Hawks were looking to replace seven players, four of which played integral roles in their rotation the year prior. As a result, Monmouth welcomed in seven new players, including six freshmen.

The young Monmouth team struggled out of the gate, losing five of their first seven games. The Hawks quickly turned things around, winning eight out of their next 12 to jump one game above the .500 mark. As the month turned to February, however, the Hawks hit another rough patch in which they lost five out of seven games for the second time during the season. They finished the year strong, winning three in a row, including the 62-46 triumph over the 10-seed Manhattan, before falling to Rider the following day.

“I was pleased, we did a lot of really good things,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We were really competitive and we had some big wins. More importantly, however, I thought that our players got a lot of valuable experience, and I think that will help us the most going forward.”

The Hawks had to say goodbye to three seniors who greatly contributed to the development of Palmateer’s team. Helena Kurt, a senior guard who saw action in 91 games over a three-year span, played a key role as a veteran towards the end of the year. Kurt’s career was interrupted by a knee injury before her junior season, forcing her to miss the entire year.

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Softball Looks to Rebound After Spring Break

Softball Rebound Spring BreakThe softball team competed in two tournaments over spring break, playing 13 games over a 10 day span in the Under Armour Showcase and the Clearwater Parks & Rec/Michele Smith Spring Break Invitational in Clearwater, FL.

The team won four games including a shutout win against Army on Wednesday, Mar. 15. This was the second game of a doubleheader for the Hawks, who dropped the first game to Indiana State, 6-5.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill threw all seven innings against Army, allowing seven hits and striking out three. She threw 138 pitches and 81 strikes. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior outfielder Katie Baron each drove in two runs. Barron and freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez recorded two hits in the win.

Reyes was also successful at the plate against Indiana State, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run that gave Monmouth a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. But junior right-hander Amanda Riley allowed four runs in the sixth inning, giving the Sycamores a lead they would not relinquish. Junior catcher Alex Holzman also homered, a two-run shot in the first to give the blue and white a 2-0 lead at the time.

“We played and won 13 innings today. When we play 14, we will be a dangerous team,” Monmouth Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It was great to see a lot of different people step up today. Sydney pitched outstanding and did a great job of working out of jams. We continue to focus on us and being better in all facets of the game.”

The blue and white picked up two more victories on Friday, Mar. 17 sweeping a doubleheader from Tennessee at Chattanooga (9-6) and Bethune-Cookman (9-8).

Senior shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger led the way against Chattanooga, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored. She drove in two in the first with a double that gave Monmouth a 2-0 lead and drove in her third run with a single in the third, with the Hawks down 4-3.

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Women's Lacrosse Looks Forward to Conference Play

WLAX Conference PlayThe women’s lacrosse team was defeated in all three of their matchups over spring break. They competed against three highly talented teams in Delaware, Boston College (BC) and Towson. Monmouth now has a season record of 2-7 and have concluded non-conference play.

The Hawks faced off against the Blue Hens on Wednesday, Mar. 8 under the lights at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn. A closely contested first half ended up meaning nothing as Delaware dominated the second half to easily triumph 19-9 in the end.

Monmouth once again scored first, registering a goal within the game’s first three minutes. Delaware recorded back-to-back goals to gain to the lead, but Monmouth answered with a goal of their own to tie the contest.

Delaware took the lead in the 17th minute and carried that lead into half in a close 6-4 game. But the Blue Hens took control in the second half scoring 13 goals on 20 shots to win handily, 19-9.

“Delaware took advantage of their opportunities on the draw, which led to many more opportunities on offense, especially in the second half,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said after the game. The Blue Hens controlled 23 of 30 draws and with 16 of those coming in their second half explosion.

The Hawks next opponent was Boston College and that game took place on Wednesday, Mar. 15 in Chestnut Hill, MA. Monmouth once again kept the first half close but eventually succumbed to a talented Boston College team.

The Eagles struck first in the initial minute but the Hawks retorted with a goal of their own three minutes later. BC netted back-to-back goals but Monmouth scored right before half to make the score 3-2.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Ole Miss in NIT

MB Falls to Ole MissThe season came to an end for men’s basketball in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on Tuesday, Mar. 14 as the fourth-seeded Hawks fell to fifth-seeded Ole Miss, 91-83 at OceanFirst Bank Center.

“It was a big honor for our program to be in the NIT and get a home game,” Head Coach King Rice said. “What we have accomplished as a group with (Vice President/Director of Athletics) Dr. (Marilyn) McNeil at the head has been amazing.”

Monmouth had a 42-39 halftime lead but were outperformed by the Rebels in the second half, who shot 65.4 percent from the floor and 7-11 from deep. It was only the second time this season Monmouth lost when having a halftime lead – the other game being the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament semifinal game against Siena on Sunday, Mar. 5.

Senior point guard Justin Robinson scored his 2000th career point on a three-pointer with 4:33 to play in the second half that cut the Ole Miss lead to 76-73. He became the second Hawk ever to score 2,000 points, joining Ron Kornegay (1966-69).

“It stings to lose your last game in your home building, but it’s hard to be down when you realize what we’ve done in our careers,” said Robinson, who will end his career with 2,003 points. “Now is the time when we can take a step back and look at what we’ve done. We couldn’t do that throughout the season until that final buzzer went off. It hurts but it’s hard to be down about it.”

Robinson and senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak combined to make 13 three-pointers. Hornbeak finished with 18 points on 6-for-13 from deep and Robinson had 23 on seven three-pointers and two free throws. Junior guard Austin Tilghman, who made his first career start, and sophomore forward Diago Quinn also scored in double-figures.

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Baseball Wraps up Spring Break Trip

Baseball Wrap Spring BreakThe baseball team recorded wins over Wofford on Saturday, Mar. 11 and another against George Washington on Sunday, Mar. 19 over spring break.

The Hawks scored four of their six runs in the top of the ninth inning against Wofford, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Senior outfielder Ryan Crowley came up with the bases loaded and hit a fly ball to left field, which was dropped and allowed freshman catcher Zach Schild to score the go-ahead run from third base. Senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski then hit a three-run home run to right that gave the Hawks a 6-2 lead.

Wofford scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth but sophomore right-handed pitcher Joe Molettiere secured the win with a strikeout securing their 6-4 victory. Junior infielder Aidan Favia finished the game going 4-for-5 and Crowley finished with an RBI and two runs scored.

Pitching was the key for the Hawks. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Ksiazek pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing only three hits and two earned runs. Molettiere tossed 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs and recording six strikeouts.

“It is nice to get back that W (win) that has been somewhat elusive,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “Ksiazek and Molettiere pitched excellent. Joe definitely gave us a lift with some late inning energy. Zach Schild was a huge contributor both on offense and defense. Of course, Tommy (Tom Jakubowski) had the big blow, which was nice to see. I hope that gets him jumpstarted.”

MU won their second game against George Washington 3-1 on Friday, Mar. 17.

“We played with some toughness today and the result was a solid team win.” Ehehalt said. “We played with some purpose today and it is encouraging to see.”

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Side Lines 3/22/17

Men’s Lacrosse: The men’s lacrosse team recorded their fourth win of the season and opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with an 8-7 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac in New Haven, CT on Saturday, Mar. 18. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman was assisted by junior midfielder Chandler Vanderbeek on the game-winning goal after senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko’s 12th save of the night. Hreshko was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Mar. 20. The Hawks snapped the Bobcats’ nine-game conference regular season winning streak, dating back to last season.

“It feels good to be on the right side of an overtime game and start off conference play with a win,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Tonight was as good as it gets in terms of a total team win.”

Monmouth will continue conference play on Saturday, Mar. 25 when it will host Siena on Hesse Field on The Great Lawn at 1 p.m. It will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Upcoming Games 3/22/17

Wednesday, Mar. 22

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 2:00 p.m.

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 4:00 p.m.


Friday, Mar. 24

Outdoor Track & Field

Monmouth Season Opener

West Long Branch, NJ TBA

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 1:00 p.m.

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 3:00 p.m. 

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Women’s Basketball Reaches Quarterfinals in MAAC Tournament

WBB MAAC TournamentAfter an opening round victory over Manhattan, the women’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament to Rider, 67-51, Friday, Mar. 3 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Freshman guard Rosa Graham led the Hawks with nine points, and freshman guard Alaina Jarnot added eight. No Hawk scored in double figures for the game.

“I just didn’t feel like we had our best game today,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “A lot of credit goes to Rider because they had a great defensive game plan.”

Rider jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes, and Monmouth responded with five straight points of their own to tie the game at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter. The teams traded baskets, as a three from senior guard Tyese Purvis gave Monmouth its first lead of the game at 8-7. The Broncs and Hawks traded baskets again throughout the remainder of the first quarter, as Rider held a 13-12 lead after ten minutes.

Rider started the second quarter strong, as they opened a 22-17 lead with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Broncs then embarked on a 13-2 scoring run to blow the game open, as it was 35-22 with just over three minutes to go in the half. Monmouth was able to close the gap to eight, a small push that was capped off by a three-point shot from sophomore guard McKinzee Barker, which made the score 38-30 at half.

The Hawks continued to cut into the deficit in the second half, as two free throws from freshman forward Taylor Nason made it a six-point margin. Monmouth would not score for the remainder of the quarter, as Rider went on a 16-0 run over the final 7:36 of the quarter to make the score 54-32 after 30 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Monmouth came as close as 16, but could not overcome the large deficit, falling 67-51 to their in-state rival.

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Sharp Shooting Stuns Men’s Basketball in MAAC Semifinal

MBB Sharp Shooting Stuns MAACIt was far from a perfect ending at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament for the men’s basketball team this weekend.

After falling three points shy to Iona in the championship game a season ago, the top-seeded Hawks were not able to get back to that stage as they fell to number four seed Siena, 89-85, in the semifinal on Sunday, Mar. 5 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“I truly give Siena all the credit,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Their kids kept fighting and fighting and that was an incredible college basketball game. We are really, really crushed about it. But as I told our kids in the locker room, we had a lot of things go our way this season. Tonight, we got caught by a team that outplayed us for 20 minutes. No one has outplayed us for a long time. But today, we got outplayed by Siena, and I give those kids all the credit in the world.”

Leading by 14 points at halftime, things seemed to be going right for Monmouth. But Siena sophomore guard Nico Clareth put on a performance for the ages in his first game coming off an ankle injury. Clareth scored 27 points in only 19 minutes and shot an absurd 7-9 from three-point range. Every point he scored came in the second half.

“I’ve seen a lot of pro and college basketball and a lot of different things, but what Nico did today was unbelievable,” Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “In person, seeing Larry Bird and Kirk Gibson’s home run – gutty performances. He couldn’t walk two days ago and to come back with that was unbelievable. Congratulations Nico, but we have to get one more.”

“I got angry at halftime with the score and the way we were playing,” Clareth said. “I can’t let this team lose. I needed to do everything to help this team win.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Drexel, Downs Villanova

WLAX Falls to DrexelThe women’s lacrosse team took home one out of two games this past week, winning on Saturday against Villanova and losing Wednesday against Drexel. Monmouth put up a strong performance in both games and now their record stands at 2-4 on the season.

Wednesday’s matchup against Drexel resulted in a 11-9 loss that extended the losing streak to four. Monmouth scored first in the tilt with a goal by junior mid-fielder Caroline Corbliss, assisted by senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca, four minutes into the game.

Seven minutes later, Drexel tied and then subsequently took the lead scoring twice in a short time frame. Monmouth’s senior attacker Olivia Higson answered a minute later knotting the game at 2. Over the remainder of the half both Drexel and Monmouth would register two more goals apiece resulting in a 4-4 tie at the halfway mark.

Drexel was first to strike in the second half, but Monmouth was quick to answer as junior mid-fielder Kate Ryan netted back-to-back goals to tie and give Monmouth the lead. Drexel responded swiftly, both teams exchanged goals over the next 10 minutes, and with 8:55 left on the clock the game was tied 8-8.

Drexel broke the tie and then proceeded to extend their lead with two quick goals and the Hawks found themselves down by two with seven minutes remaining. Monmouth senior attacker Alexandra Stambaugh cut that lead in half, but Drexel retorted with goal of their own to establish another two-point differential and the ultimate outcome.

Monmouth’s defense shined in this one with a notable performance from sophomore goaltender Riley Brager. She made 10 saves on 32 shot attempts and did not allow Drexel to score on any of their five free position shots.

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Women’s Indoor Track and Field Takes Home MAAC Title

WIT Takes MACC TitleThe women’s indoor track & field team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship for the fourth year in a row on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in New York, NY. Monmouth has won seven consecutive conferences title every year since 2012 and have won all four years since joining the MAAC in the summer of 2013.

“It’s nice to build on that tradition, but it’s also important to focus on the one that’s in front of us, because that is the only one we can control,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “I like the pride that our kids have in our program and how they support each other and work together to be special and accomplish something big. The most fun part about this is seeing them really accept the challenge of being a great group.”

The women secured the victory by a wide margin, scoring 208.50 points while Rider finished second with 137 points. No other team in the event registered more than 100 points.

Senior Casey Sturts was named women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer while freshman thrower Jordan Wildermuth earned women’s Rookie Field Performer of the Meet. Junior sprinter/jumper Bryan Sosoo was named men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer while freshman thrower Daniel Gilligan earned men’s Rookie Field Performer of the Meet honors. Compagni was named Women’s Coach of the Year for the indoor season.

Sturts won the pole vault by clearing 3.75 meters and received bronze in the high jump with a score of 1.70 meters. Wildermuth, who has excelled in many events as a freshman, won the weight throw with a distance of 17.57 meters. Soto took home the gold in two events – the 200 meter run with a time of 22.12 and the 60 meter dash in 6.77 seconds – while Gilligan placed second in the shot put with a toss of 16.83 meters.

Both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay teams secured victories. The women’s team consisted of seniors Antoniette Isekenegbe, Nia Driver, Tionna Garner, and sophomore Chandi Piiru, who ran an overall time of 3:50.10. The men consisted of junior Jack Grace, sophomores Greg Stickle and Bryan Cabral, and senior Malcom Chavis, who crossed the finish line at 3:20.52.

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Men’s Basketball Continues Program Record Winning Streak

MB Record Winning StreakThe men’s basketball team extended their program record winning streak to 16 games as Monmouth defeated Siena 77-73 on Friday night and Iona 79-73 on Sunday night.

A sell-out crowd of 4,172 packed OceanFirst Bank Center for senior night. Seven seniors were honored after the game including centers Zac Tillman and Chris Brady, forward Greg Noack, and guards Collin Stewart, Je’lon Hornbeak, Josh James, and Justin Robinson.

Monmouth led from 5:38 in the first half until Siena tied the game at 14:01 in the second half on a layup by Khali Richard. The lead changed six times from that point on and no team led by more than three points over that span until a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Diago Quinn at 6:02 gave the Hawks a lead they held onto for the rest of the game.

Siena cut the lead to two on a Lavon Long jumper with 41 seconds to go, but Robinson secured the win with a step-back jumper with 12 seconds remaining, making it a two-possession game.

“These families chose our school with their pride and joy, their sons,” Head Coach King Rice said. “They chose us when we weren’t very good, and my record was awful and for some reason, their families thought I was the right guy to turn their kids into men.”

“Everybody believed in Coach Rice and he believed in us, so that allowed us to propel this program in the right direction,” Robinson said. “We have high-level kids committing here to come play, so I want to see this program keep going in the right direction. I know what’s going to happen with a guy like Coach Rice. He’s bringing in the right kids and he’s got the right people on the coaching staff.”

Monmouth also became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) team since the league went to a 20 game conference schedule to win 18 games after besting Iona at Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, NY on Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 2,611.

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Women’s Basketball Heads to MAAC Tournament on High Note

WB MAAC TournamentThe women’s basketball team defeated Niagara 68-62 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw led the Hawks in scoring with 14 points, and senior guard Helena Kurt had 12. Senior center Christina Mitchell added nine points and 14 rebounds.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter, as the score was 6-6 at the first media timeout. Niagara took an 11-9 lead with 3:21 remaining in the first, but Monmouth responded with a 7-0 run to close the quarter strong. The run included five points from freshman forward Alexa Middleton, as the score was 16-11 after ten minutes.

The Hawks continued their strong play into the second quarter, as a three from senior guard Tyese Purvis gave the Hawks a double-digit lead, 24-13. Mitchell followed up with a layup to give the Hawks their largest lead of the half, at 13 points. Niagara hit a few shots to stay in the game, as the two teams went into halftime with the score 37-26 in favor of the Hawks.

The Purple Eagles scored five straight points to open up the second half, forcing Monmouth to take a timeout. The Hawks opened their lead back to 10 with 7:09 remaining in the third, but once again Niagara scored five straight, making the score 43-38 with 5:32 remaining in the third. A Shaw three opened the game back up, as the Hawks finished the quarter strong, with the score being 51-43 after thirty minutes of play.

Niagara opened the fourth on a strong 6-0 run to make it a two-point game, 51-49, with 7:27 remaining in the game. Monmouth received a layup from Shaw, a three from freshman guard Rosa Graham, and another three from Shaw to open a 59-51 lead halfway through the quarter. The Purple Eagles made things close once again, as they cut the game to 60-56 with 2:29 remaining. Kurt, on Senior Day, connected on a deep three-point shot with 1:07 remaining to extend the lead to seven. The Hawks never looked back from there, as Kurt sank three free throws late to make the final score 68-62.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Bucknell

WLAX Falls BucknellThe women’s lacrosse team failed to defeat the Bucknell Bison on Wednesday, Feb. 22 as they dropped their first home game of the season at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn 14-10.

The game was held scoreless until the ninth minute, with both teams exchanging chances but no goals to show for them. Bucknell was first to open up scoring and subsequently added three more with rapid fashion. For the first time this season, Monmouth did not score the first goal and were immediately in need of a comeback.

Head Coach Eileen Ghent acted to the scoring barrage by calling a timeout and the team responded with a quick goal by senior attacker Oliva Higson to make it 4-1. Both teams alternated goals from here and by the time the first half concluded, the score stood at 9-4 Bucknell.

Ghent acknowledged she changed her team’s offense approach for the second half.

“We started attacking from different points and had movements down low instead of up-top, and that worked for a little while,” Ghent said.

Coming out of the half, the Bison were first to score adding to their lead to make it 10-4. Freshman attacker Allison Turturro quickly retorted for the Hawks by converting on free position shot narrowing the lead to five.

The next goal, scored three minutes later by Bucknell, resulted in Ghent switching goalies, pulling sophomore Riley Brager for sophomore Stephanie Delliturri in the 23rd minute.

Monmouth struggled to reduce the deficit as both teams once again began to trade goals over the next 16 minutes. The Bison held their largest lead with 7:27 left on the clock, with the score standing at 14-7.

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Side Lines 3/1/17

Baseball: The baseball team picked up their first win of the 2017 season behind senior right hander Ricky Dennis, who allowed two runs over six innings. Senior first baseman Shaine Hughes led the offense with three hits and scoring two runs. Senior southpaw Justin Andrews hurled the final three innings and allowed only two hits. The blue and white return to the diamond in the Notre Dame Irish Classic on Friday afternoon in Cary, NC at 1:00 p.m. vs. William and Mary.

Upcoming Games 3/1/17

Wednesday, March 1

WLAX vs. Drexel

Hesse Field at the Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 2

WBB vs. Manhattan*

MAAC Tournament First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY 11:30 a.m.


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Baseball Opens New Season Against Florida Atlantic

MB New Season Florida AtlanticComing off a season where they finished 30-27 overall and tied for second in the conference with a 16-8 mark, the baseball team was picked to finished third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

As they do every year, the team opened up their season with a trip down south. This enables the team to get some games in under their belt while playing some good competition in some good weather.

“We are going to challenge our guys right away,” said Dean Ehehalt, who is entering his 24th year as the team’s head coach. “We’re going to play some teams that have winning traditions and play in some good venues. That is something we have done for a long time. We are behind the eight-ball when it comes to being game-ready, but so is every other team in the northeast. We just go down there and play and see where we are at.”

“It’s great to be outside and play in some warm weather, but this is going to be a test for us,” said senior third baseman Grant Lamberton. “Those guys down south have been practicing outside all winter and we are excited to compete with them.”

Lamberton is one of four players who were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team along with seniors outfielder Dan Shea, first baseman Shaine Hughes and right-handed pitcher Ricky Dennis, who was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2016. All four players were First Team All-Conference players last season.

“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the MAAC,” Lamberton said. “Preseason stuff is something to be proud of, but we still need to come out and prove it during the season.”

Having those players back this season will be important, as they will be relied on as a part of a veteran core that the team has coming back.

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Back-to-Back Regular Season Titles for Men’s Basketball

MB Regular Season Titles 1Already up by fifteen points, junior guard Austin Tilghman put up a prayer from about 75 feet just before the halftime buzzer sounded. The ball smacked the middle of the backboard and fell through the net, sending OceanFirst Bank Center into a frenzy.

It was that kind of night for the men’s basketball team as they overwhelmed Niagara 93-75 on Friday night. Monmouth secured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title for the second straight year with the win and also secured the top seed in the MAAC Tournament, which takes place from March 2-6 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Any time you win the league, that’s pretty cool and that says a lot for these young men right here to come every night and in a tough league like the MAAC, to win the championship and be up four games,” Head Coach King Rice said.

Monmouth also became the first team in D1 basketball to secure a postseason berth. By claiming the regular season title, MU has guaranteed themselves another trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Last season, they advanced to the second round and fell to George Washington, who went onto win the tournament.

When Monmouth won the regular season title last season, most of the sellout crowd of 4,194 stayed for a post-game speech from Rice. Neither occurred this time, as this group has their sights set on higher expectations. They want to become the fifth team in program D1 history to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We are happy about it because this was one of our goals, but it wasn’t the main goal,” senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak said. “We just kind of check this and keep moving forward.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Setback After Opening Win

WLAX Setback After Opening WinThe women’s lacrosse team suffered two closely contested losses losing to Temple University 18-16 last Wednesday and Rutgers University 12-11 on Saturday morning.

Wednesday’s slate against the Owls saw the Hawks take the late lead only to have it erased and given up by a Temple 5-0 scoring run. Saturday’s game featured Monmouth attempting the late game comeback by registering the final five goals, but falling short in the end.

The Hawks scored first against Temple thanks to freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso, who followed up her eight-point performance last week with a seven-point game against the Owls. Both teams proceeded to exchange goals until Temple pulled ahead by scoring three unanswered goals. Monmouth eventually reclaimed the lead when senior captain mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca scored her second goal of the game putting the Hawks up 9-8. Temple, however, would not go into the half quietly as they tied the game with 27 seconds remaining.

Temple broke the tie within three minutes coming out of the half taking a 10-9 lead only to see it vanish by senior attacker Olivia Higson, who scored her fourth and subsequently fifth goals of the game to give Monmouth the lead. The Hawks tallied three more goals to give themselves a 15-12 advantage with 9:26 to go.

The Owls proceeded to stage the comeback this time scoring six goals to Monmouth’s one over the game’s final nine minutes to win the game in the end 18-16. Temple held the advantage in the shots overall, taking 40 to Monmouth’s 27. Twenty-two of those 40 shots for Temple came in the second half, compared to Monmouth’s nine.

“I was proud of our effort today despite the outcome,” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We improved since Saturday and look to continue to improve even more for our upcoming game. We’re back to work tomorrow with Saturday’s game on our mind.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two Games

WB Drop Two GamesThe women’s basketball team fell to Marist 76-66 Saturday night in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Sophomore guard McKinzee Barker led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points and senior center Christina Mitchell had a double-double with 12 and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Rosa Graham was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11.

The game was tightly contested in the opening minutes, as both teams traded baskets, making the score 12-10 at the first media timeout. Monmouth took the lead on a Barker three, and she hit another to give the Hawks a 16-12 lead with 1:41 left in the first. Marist went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes.

The Red Foxes hit a three early in the second to open a 22-16 lead, but both teams would continue to trade baskets, with the score 30-23 at the 4:56 mark of the second quarter. Monmouth got within four, but Marist once again found a response, opening their lead up to 36-28 with 2:42 remaining in the half. Freshman guard Kayla Shaw connected on a three to cut the deficit to five, and then senior guard Tyese Purvis drove inside and finished on a layup to make the score 36-33. Marist rattled off the last five points of the half to make the score 40-33 after 20 minutes of play.

The teams traded baskets early in the third, and it was a layup from Mitchell that made it a one possession game, 42-39, with 7:27 left in the quarter. About a minute later, after the teams exchanged scores, Shaw hit one of her own, being fouled in the process. She hit the resulting free throw, making the score 47-44 at the 6:07 mark. That would be the closest the Hawks would get for the rest of the game. The Red Foxes closed the quarter strong, holding a seven point lead after three quarters.

Monmouth got within five on a Barker jumper, but Marist once again found a response, opening up a 65-58 lead at the final media timeout. Monmouth could not climb back in it, as Marist sealed the game late on five free throws, making the final score 76-66.

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Upcoming Games

Wednesday, Feb. 22

WLAX vs. Bucknell

Hesse Field at the Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 24

Baseball at Furman

Greenville, SC 4:00 p.m.

MBB vs. Siena*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

WBB at Manhattan*

Draddy Gymnasium

Riverdale, NY 7:00 p.m.


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Side Lines 2/8/17

Bowling: The bowling team finished second out of 13 teams at the 2017 James Brown Invitational at over the weekend at Towson Lanes in Towson, MD. Senior Kaitlyn Reth claimed the individual title with games of 204, 228, 248, 180, and 201 over the five-game span, leading to an average score of 212.2. Junior Jackie Evans and sophomore Haley Solberg also finished in the top ten. Evans finished seventh with a 197.4 average while Solberg finished eighth with an average of 196.8. Reth and Evans both earned their fifth top-10 finishes of the season and junior Julie Bianco led MU with a 254 high game in traditional match play. The Hawks went 9-3 as a team during the three-day event. The blue and white return to the lanes on Friday, March 3 when they host the Hawk Flight Invite at King Pin Lanes in Egg Harbor Township. The tournament takes place through Sunday.

Men’s Lacrosse Defeats No. 16 Villanova

MLAX Tyler Keen Defeat VillanovaThe men’s lacrosse team defeated a ranked opponent for the first time in program history as they took down No. 16 Villanova 12-10 on Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

Villanova came out of the gates strong scoring the game’s first three goals, but the Hawks answered back and scored four of the next five goals to tie the game at four midway through the second period.

Monmouth took its first lead in the fourth period when senior midfielder Tyler Keen completed his hat trick. He went on to add another goal with 6:20 to go in the period, which gave Monmouth a 10-7 lead that they would not relinquish. The game was tied at seven heading into the final period and MU outscored the Wildcats 5-3 in that frame. Senior midfielder Zack Schleicher also scored his first career hat trick.

This was the program’s first victory over a current Big East Conference opponent. The team improved to 2-2 all-time in season openers and 3-1 all-time in road opening games.

“That win means a lot to our program, school and fan base,” Keen said. “This kind of win shows our potential and where we can be at. Going into Villanova, we knew their plan and I think it was just overall the effort and our championship mentality that we bring every single day is what won us that game.”

“I remember a couple of years ago where wins were hard to come by and beating a Villanova team that is highly regarded in the lacrosse community,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “They have a very good team this year, especially on the offensive end with a couple of All-Americans. It was a good win for us and to start the season off with a win against a good team is a good springboard for us for this week of practice and has us looking forward to our next opponent.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Program Record 12 Consecutive Games

MB Justin Robinson 12th Straight WinThe men’s basketball team extended a program record by winning their 12th straight game in their 102-82 win over Siena at Times Union Center in Albany, NY on Monday night.

It was the Justin Robinson show once again as the senior point guard scored a career-high 40 points while adding six rebounds and three assists. Robinson became the seventh Hawk to score 40 points in a game, and the first to do so since Rahsaan Johnson scored 40 on Dec. 8, 2001 at Princeton.

“Justin is a dynamic player and I’m glad he’s on our team,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said.

“(Senior center) Chris Brady told me how many points I had after I hit the four-point play,” Robinson said. “Coach Rice pulled me aside when I had 35 points and told me I had one more minute to play until I was done, so I just had fun with that minute.”

Monmouth had a one-point lead at halftime but outscored the Saints 55-36 in the second half. With the game tied at 59, the Hawks went on a 13-1 run to take a 72-60 lead at 10:51, and never looked back.

Robinson netted a layup and followed up with a three-pointer to give him 35 points on the night after the under-four media timeout. Another triple and a transition layup got him to 40 points on the night.

His 40 points are the third most in a single-game in school history while his eight three-pointers are one shy of the program single-game record, set by former Head Coach Dave Calloway. Robinson also became the second Hawk to make eight three-pointers this season after redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn did so against South Carolina State on Nov. 26. Their 38 field goals is a season-high for Monmouth, who also shot a season-high 57.6 percent from the floor.

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Side Lines 2/15/17

Men's Tennis: The University men's tennis team split two matches in Washington DC over the weekend. MU defeated Georgetown 4-3 on Saturday for their first win of the season before they fell to George Washington on Sunday, 7-0. The Hawks earned four consecutive singles wins from Sophomore Nicola Pipoli, Senior Przemyslaw Filipek, Junior Ale Gomez Estrada, Senior Christian Vieira, and also picked up a doubles win from Filipek and Gomez Estrada against Georgetown The blue and white will host their first match of the season on Friday when they welcome Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Saint Peter’s to West Long Branch for a 7:00 p.m. start.

Upcoming Games 2/15/17

Wednesday, Feb. 15

WLAX at Temple

Philadelphia, PA 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 16

WBB vs Manhattan*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 p.m.

MBB vs Niagara*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 8:00 p.m.


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Women's Basketball Picks Up Two Conference Wins

WB Alaina Jarnot 2nd Straight WinThe women’s basketball team defeated the Iona Gaels 75-65 Sunday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Freshman guard Alaina Jarnot led the Hawks with 19 points and five assists, and sophomore guard McKinzee Barker scored 16 with five rebounds. No other Hawk reached double figures in the game.

“I’m really pleased with how we played today,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “I thought it was a great team effort, and we did a really good job of minimizing mistakes.”

After winning the opening tip, the Hawks connected on three 3-point shots to open up a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout. Monmouth continued their hot shooting from beyond the arch, as senior guard Tyese Purvis knocked down their fourth of the quarter coming out of the break. After one quarter of play, the Hawks led 17-9, shooting 57 percent from 3-point range.

Monmouth continued their success into the second quarter, as they went on a 12-4 scoring run, including a 7-0 stretch to force the Gaels to call a timeout with 6:11 remaining in the half. The Monmouth defense had a strong showing in the second quarter, holding Iona scoreless for a stretch of 3:47. Iona did respond, however, embarking on a 10-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to 11. The Hawks closed the half strong, as Purvis hit a three, and then Graham converted on a three-point play, as they went into halftime up 15, 40-25.

For the first half, the Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and 57 percent from three, with Jarnot leading the way, scoring nine points. Purvis had seven, knocking down two 3-point shots. The Monmouth defense also forced 10 turnovers, leading to 11 points on the other end.

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Women's Lacrosse Rallies to Beat George Washington

WLAX Nicole Ceraso Win GWThe women’s lacrosse team is looking to build off of last season’s success in which the team finished 12-8 overall and 6-2 in conference games. The main highlight of last season was their first ever appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game where they suffered a loss to Canisius.

Monmouth was voted as the second best team in the pre-season MAAC women’s lacrosse coaches’ poll with last year’s champion, Canisius, finishing as the unanimous number one ranked team. Hopes are high for the season, according to Head Coach Eileen Ghent.

“Our expectations are very high; we are expecting to do well in the MAAC,” Ghent said. “We have a really competitive out-of-conference schedule that leads up to the MAAC. We are expecting to do well right off the bat, but we will see.”

Ghent, who is entering her second year as head coach, will face the difficult task of replacing six starters, including Marial Pierce, Kristina Vangeli and Caroline Huelster, who were First Team All-MAAC last year. Six starters will return, including pre-season All-MAAC attacker, junior Alexa Smith and 11 newcomers were added in the off-season. The defensive unit took the brunt of the departures as only one player, junior defender Amanda Miller, returns as a starter.  

Senior mid-fielder Ashely Cross, senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca and junior defender Amanda Miller were selected as team captains. LaMarca returns this season after missing all of last year with a knee injury. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team as a freshman and she believes the team is more than primed to take on the new season.

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Track & Field Prepares for MAAC Championship

Track Field Championships Prep 1The men and women’s indoor track teams are only a few weeks away from competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships.

“We have gotten off to a slow start, but I feel like we have gotten better every week the last few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “That’s crucial because the end of the season is what matters the most for us. We are building in a good direction toward the end of the season, but we are not where we want to be yet.”

Redshirt junior thrower Tim Wilson has been one of the top throwers in the conference this season. He has won the weight throw in five of six events this year, and he credits that success to his coaches.

“We’ve had some unbelievable success so far. Abe (Throws Coach Abraham Flores) and I have a plan and we’ve been sticking to it,” Wilson said. “It’s been paying off and right now I’m just trying to hit that mark to get to Nationals. We are just going to take it week by week and we will get there eventually. We just have to trust the process.”

Wilson suffered a setback a few summers ago that caused him to miss his sophomore season, but he has come back and become a better athlete because of it.

“I tore my ACL two years ago playing basketball and I had to redshirt my sophomore season,” said Wilson, who credited Elite Sports Physical Therapy in Tinton Falls for getting him back. “Going through that pushed me more to come back and be a better athlete.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Games to Quinnipiac, Rider

WB Loss QuninnipiacThe women’s basketball team fell to Quinnipiac University 74-54 Saturday afternoon in Hamden, CT.

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks with eight points, and sophomore center Erica Balman added six. The Hawks had four players score five in the game, but no one reached double figures.

Monmouth had a two-point lead with 5:35 remaining in the opening quarter, but a three-point basket from Quinnipiac gave them the lead, one that they never relinquished.

“It was just one of those games where it seemed like we couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said, “They really shot the ball well, especially from the three-point line and we couldn’t withstand that. We didn’t adjust very well to the physicality and the way the game was being called, especially in the first half.”

The Hawks were outscored 39-22 in the first half, only scoring nine points in the first quarter. For the game, the Hawks shot 33.3 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three. The Monmouth bench outscored its opponent for the 20th time out of 22 games this season.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored her 66th three-point shot this season, making a three in 20 of the 22 games this year.

The loss was the third straight for the Hawks, who were looking to rebound from a 71-69 loss to Rider Thursday night at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Purvis led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points, with Shaw scoring 11, connecting on three shots from beyond the arch.

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Men's Basketball Picks up Two Conference Wins

MB Two Conf Wins 1In his first game since becoming the men’s basketball D1 scoring leader, senior point guard Justin Robinson stepped up again when his team needed him and led the Hawks to a 71-70 overtime victory over Saint Peter’s on Friday night at OceanFirst Bank Center.

The two teams were tied at 29 at halftime and at 60 at the end of regulation. After scoring only three points in the first half, Robinson, who was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Monday afternoon, took matters into his own hands as he scored 26 from that point on. He scored 22 of the Hawks’ 31 points in the second half, including their final 14 to send the game into overtime.

“Justin has been everything for our program,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said. “He represents us with the energy that he walks around campus with and the smile he always has on his face. He keeps overcoming everything and he means the world to me.”

“My team looks for me to lead and tonight (Redshirt sophomore guard) Micah (Seaborn) went down, (senior guard) Je’lon (Hornbeak) had foul trouble, and (senior center) Chris (Brady) was a little slow,” Robinson said. “They looked to me to carry the load offensively and they’ve had the confidence in me to do that all season long.”

The Hawks never trailed in overtime and led by as much as four points. Senior guard Collin Stewart hit two free throws that proved to be the difference as Saint Peter’s cut the deficit to one on a three-pointer by senior guard Trevis Wyche with 0.6 seconds remaining, but there was not enough time for them to get the ball back as the blue and white avenged their loss to the Peacocks on Jan. 2.

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Swimming Update

The men’s and women’s swimming teams are gearing up for the MAAC Championships, which will take place on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in Buffalo, NY.

The women kicked off their season with a victory against Saint Peter’s on Saturday, Jan. 21, finishing ahead of the Peacocks in 11 of the 13 events. It was the second season in a row in which the women defeated Saint Peter's.

“It was exciting to see the women’s team get their first win of the season,” Monmouth Head Coach Matt Nunnally said. “Coming off of winter training is always a challenge. The team raced well and is heading in the right direction with the MAAC Championships only a few weeks away.”

While the men fell to Saint Peter's, they did claim the top three spots in the men’s 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Billy Lyons, junior Michael Lanigan and freshman Frank Nicola finished in that order.

The top women’s performer this season has been Junior Anne Skimmons, who was victorious in the women’s 200-yard IM also won the 100-yard butterfly against Sacred Heart on Friday, Jan. 27.

“[There were] strong performances by Anne Skimmons today in both of her individual events and the medley relay,” Nunnally said. “It was good to see the team trending in the right direction and the outlook is positive heading towards the MAAC Championships.”

Another junior has paced the men heading into the conference championships in Mitch Simmer, who won the 100-yard butterfly against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This is the second year for both swimming programs after they were revitalized last year after a 32-year hiatus. Both teams finished ninth in 2016 and were also picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Former Hawk Soars

Former Hawk Chris Hogan

Former Monmouth wide reciever/defensive back Chris Hogan celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady after the New England Patriots' 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (51). Hogan became the first Hawk to win a major pro championship.

PHOTO COURTESY of Mark J. Rebiilas/USA TODAY Sports

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Side Lines 2/8/17

Men's Tennis: The University men's tennis team dropped two matches against DePaul (6-1) and Notre Dame (7-0) over the weekend. Senior Przemyslaw Filipek picked up the lone win for the Hawks on the weekend, a singles matchup against DePaul’s Alex Galoustian, 6-4 and 7-6. Senior Christian Viera (1-6, 6-2, 6-3) and freshman Vikrant Dahiya (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) went to a third set after winning the first, but both came up short. Monmouth dropped all six of the doubles matches on the weekend. The blue and white will head to Washington, DC for a pair of matches against Georgetown on Saturday and George Washington on Sunday. Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m start, while Sunday’s match will begin at noon.

Upcoming Games 2/8/17

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Men’s & Women’s Swimming*

MAAC Championship

Buffalo, NY 8:00 a.m.


Friday, Feb. 10

Indoor Track & Field

Winter Collegiate Invitational

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ

WBB at Saint Peter's*

Yanitelli Center

Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

MBB at Manhattan*

Draddy Gymnasium

Riverdale, NY 9:00 p.m.


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Robinson Becomes Men’s Basketball Leading Scorer

MB Justin Robinson Lead ScorerAll senior point guard Justin Robinson has ever cared about was winning. That approach to his game has led him to become the D1 scoring leader for Monmouth men’s basketball.

Robinson eclipsed the mark at the 13:39 mark in the second half with a three-pointer that gave the blue and white a five-point lead in the Hawks 83-71 win over Marist on Monday night, surpassing Alex Blackwell (1989-92) and John Giraldo (1992-96), who were tied at 1,749 points.

“I got an open look, knocked it down, trotted back on defense a little bit and I realized, ‘Man, that’s the one,’” Robinson said. “You don’t get to think about it in the heat of the game because you want to keep playing and doing the right things but once that final sub came in for me I said, ‘Man, I’m not supposed to be here, but I am,’ and that’s cool.”

The Lake Katrine, NY native accomplished the feat about 30 minutes south of his hometown. The fact that he got the record so close to home was just coincidence, but he relishes every opportunity he gets to play in front of his family and friends back home.

“It was special because I don’t get to come home too often,” Robinson said. “When I do, it’s always a good time with the people I get to be around. I had a lot of family, friends, guidance counselors, some of my favorite teachers from middle school, elementary school, and high school here and having them in the building is a great feeling.”

Marist held the Hawks to just 27 first half points and had a seven-point lead going into halftime, but MU came storming out of the locker room on a 19-9 run leading up to Robinson’s first of three consecutive triples.

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Men’s Soccer Alumnus Klenofsky Drafted by D.C. United

Alumnus Kenofsky Drafted MLSMonmouth men’s soccer alumnus Eric Klenofsky has officially become a professional after being drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit D.C. United with the 34th overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

“D.C. United is an historic club with multiple MLS Cups, a knowledgeable technical staff, and a front office that cares. It’s truly a blessing to have been drafted by D.C. and I can’t wait to play in front of the incredible fans at RFK [Robert F. Kennedy Stadium],” Klenofsky said.

“Eric is a competitor. He has soft hands and good feet,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He’s still a touch raw and we have a lot of faith in (Director of Goalkeeping and assistant coach) Zach Thornton to move him along quickly to make him better. He’s another guy that has a bunch of tools that suit the position and suit our league.”

The goalkeeper was recently invited to participate in the 2017 MLS Player Combine in Los Angeles, CA, which took place throughout the days leading up to the draft. Klenofsky’s selection makes him the eighth ever Monmouth student-athlete to make the step up to Major League Soccer.

“I’d definitely say there was a touch of nerves while I was there [at the combine]. I’ve worked for an opportunity to play pro for as long as I can remember and when that opportunity is staring you in the face, it’s normal to be nervous,” Klenofsky said.

“I’m proud to represent Monmouth in Major League Soccer,” Klenofsky added. “We have a few guys like Bryan [Meredith], RJ [Allen], and Derek [Luke] who are all great Monmouth soccer ambassadors in the professional game currently that I’ve learned a lot from. The knowledge I’ve gotten from them will be so important as I make the transition.”

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Off Big Win, Ice Hockey Eyes Postseason Birth

IH Allen Zak Win Rutgers CamdenThe University’s ice hockey team picked up their tenth victory of the season against Rutgers-Camden by a score of 4-3 on Friday night.

Junior forward Allen Zak, junior defensemen Jordan Shelepak, senior center and captain Kyle Blazier and junior left wing Erik Smith provided the offense for the Hawks, while senior goalkeeper Stephen Bonora had 35 saves on 38 shots.

“Our last game was a huge win for our team,” Zak said. “We have a great group of guys and a great senior core to lead the way and we’re heading into the final stretch of the season with great confidence. Our ultimate goal this season is to win playoffs and move on to regionals and I believe we have the group of guys to do it. We are all a tight knit group and get along great and that is the key to our success.”

The team is now 10-11-1-1 on the season and seek to make the postseason for the second consecutive year. The team plays in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference and are currently in sixth place in the 10 team conference. The top six teams make the playoffs, with the top two seeds getting a first-round bye.

“Our captain, Kyle Blazier, has been here with me for five years,” Bonora said. “He’s a great guy and is always clutch when you need a goal. Anthony DeFede is a senior and our assistant captain. He works his butt off nonstop and is always giving 120 percent. Our other alternate captain, Talon Ribsam, is my best friend on the team. We played together in high school and I know everything I am going to get from him in a game and I love him to death.”

Bonora also mentioned senior defenseman Nick Tarquini as a player who always comes ready to play and has been one of the team’s best players since his freshman year. “It’s been a pleasure playing alongside all four of these guys,” he added.

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Women’s Basketball Collects Win at Fairfield

WB Kayla Shaw Win FairfieldThe women’s basketball team defeated Fairfield 60-53 in overtime Thursday night at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, CT.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw hit a three-point shot with less than a second remaining to tie the game at 50, sending the game to overtime. The Hawks would dominate the overtime period, leading them to their fifth conference victory of the season.

“Kayla Shaw is usually our go-to scorer, but she hadn’t hit a shot all day,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “She buried the one that means the most.”

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points, with no other Hawk reaching double figures in scoring for the game. Freshman forward Alexa Middleton grabbed 16 rebounds in the game, a career-high.

“For us to get our conference road win against a team like Fairfield is a great victory for us,” Palmateer said. “I think it shows our team is maturing, especially since we didn’t shoot the ball well. To still be able to gut that one out and pull through in the end was huge.”

Fairfield led by as many as 13, coming with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter. Monmouth closed the gap by going on a 12-0 run to go into the fourth quarter down by just one point. Battling back-and-forth in the final ten minutes, it was Shaw’s three that kept Monmouth’s hopes alive and sent the game into overtime. The Hawks outscored the Stags 10-3 during overtime.

With the victory, the Hawks improved to 10-9 on the season, with a 5-5 MAAC record. They hoped to continue their success on Saturday, but they fell to Siena 91-86 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

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Side Lines 2/1/17

Softball: The softball team was selected to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced on Monday. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior pitcher Amanda Riley were named to the  Preseason All-MAAC First Team. The blue and white made it to the MAAC Championship a season ago, but fell to Marist, who garnered 10 of the 11 first place votes,  by a run. Monmouth recieved the other first place vote. Fairfield came in third followed by Canisius, Manhattan, Quinnipiac, and Iona. Siena placed eighth in the poll, while Niagara, Rider, and Saint Peter’s round out the final three.

Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team competed against three schools at the NJIT Invitational over the weekend and picked up doubles wins over Binghamton and New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday and recieved singles wins from Przemyslaw Filipek, Sam Bellersen, and Nicola Pipoli, while Alberto Giuffrida earned two singles wins on Saturday. MU recorded four more doubles matches on Sunday and picked up singles victories from Pipoli, Filipek, Vikrant Dahiya, Ale Gomez Estrada, and Richard Chen. The Hawks will next hit the court when they travel to Chicago, IL on Feb. 3 to take on DePaul. The first match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Games 2/1/17

Thursday, Feb. 2

WBB vs. Rider*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 3

MBB vs. Saint Peter’s*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

M Tennis at DePaul

Chicago, IL 7:00 p.m.


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Side Lines 1/25/17

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, defeating Manhattan 82-71 on Friday night and Fairfield 91-49 on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks improved to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

“That might have been our best defensive effort since I’ve been here,” Rice said after the Fairfield game. “Defensively we’ve had some pretty good efforts, but that was pretty incredible today.”

Senior point guard Justin Robinson was named MAAC Players of the Week for the first time this season, scoring 22.7 points per game with 14 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals over three games. Robinson became just the third Hawk in the D1 era to reach 1,700 career points. He is just 33 points away from the Monmouth D1 all-time scoring record of 1,749 points. The Hawks return to action on Friday, Jan. 27 when they welcome Quinnipiac to the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tip-off will be at 7:00 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.

Football’s Miles Austin, Baseball’s Brad Brach Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Miles Austin and Brad Brach Hall of Fame 1Football’s Miles Austin III and baseball’s Brad Brach ’08 are two of the University’s most iconic athletes and they were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 9 as the Class of 2016.

Austin left West Long Branch as the all-time leader in receptions (150), yards (2,867), touchdowns (33), and scoring (216 points). He led the blue and white to back-to-back NEC (Northeast Conference) Championships in 2003 and 2004 and was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection.

Austin became the first Hawk to sign with a National Football league (NFL) team when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and became a two-time Pro Bowler (2009-10). He hauled in 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns over his 10-year NFL career with the Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

Austin mentioned that Bill Parcells, who was the head coach at Dallas at the time, found out about him through his connections in New Jersey.

“He had a scout come here and check me out in like 40 degree weather and my tight ends coach was throwing to me,” Austin said. “It was basically like what resembled a pro day, I guess it was the first of its kind here. I was just running routes and catching passes and I ran my 40-yard dash in the old basketball gym. I eventually got picked up by Dallas and the rest is history.”

It took Austin until the middle of the 2009 season to become a viable contributor on offense. But he took that opportunity and never looked back. He got his first start on Oct. 11 of that season and broke the franchise record for receiving yards in a single game (250) that still stands today.

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Emotional Homecoming for Rice as Men’s Basketball Plays North Carolina

MB Rice North CarolinaWhen college basketball fans think about the most iconic venues in the country, Dean Smith Center is near the top of many lists.

Monmouth men’s basketball Head Coach King Rice played collegiate basketball at North Carolina under legendary coach Dean Smith from 1988-91 and was the starting point guard on their 1991 final four team. Rice finished his career at North Carolina third on the Tar Heels’ all-time assist list with 629.

Rice returned to Chapel Hill on Dec. 28 when Monmouth fell to the university of North Carolina 102-74 in front of 20,064 fans. But the experience was so much more than just a game for Rice and the Hawks.

“I want to start out by saying thank you to (Current North Carolina) Coach (Roy) Williams,” an emotional Rice said after the game. “He treats me like I’m one of his sons. He always tries to take care of me since I was a kid. I’m the luckiest guy that in 1987, Coach Smith gave me a scholarship and it’s made me have a great, great, great life.”

“The relationships I have, tonight I had (UNC standout) Jimmy Black sitting with me. J.R. Reid, Coach (Phil) Ford, and many, many more came today because I was here with my team,” Rice added. “And I’m thankful to all the coaches - Coach Ford, Coach (Randy) Weil, Coach (Dick) Harp, Coach Gut (Bill Guthridge). They took a hard-headed young kid and turned him into a man. Took me a little longer than some other people.”

The two teams were close early on before North Carolina went to work. Junior forward Justin Jackson scored 17 points, including five three-pointers, in the first half. But the Hawks ended the first half on a 12-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer by redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn, that cut the deficit to single digits going into the locker room.

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Women’s Basketball Downs Quinnipiac

WB Kayla Shaw Quinnipac WinIn front of a crowd of over 2,900, the women’s basketball team defeated Quinnipiac 61-58 Thursday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Hawks received key points late, as freshman guard Rosa Graham hit six consecutive free throws in the final 1:15 of the game.

“I just knew that’s what my team needed me for as their point guard, because I’m who they go after at the end,” Graham said after the game. “We know Quinnipiac is a top team in the conference so it gives us more confidence heading into the tournament.”

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw led all scorers with 20 points, making four out of eight 3-point attempts. Graham finished with eight points and five rebounds, and freshman guard Alaina Jarnot finished with seven points.

The teams were tied at 17 after the first quarter, but Quinnipiac used a 7-0 run towards the end of the second quarter to take a 35-28 lead into halftime. The Hawks outscored the Bobcats 33-23 in the final 20 minutes, including a five-point margin in both the third and fourth quarters.

Monmouth took its first lead since the second quarter with a free throw from freshman forward Alexa Middleton, who made the score 49-48 with 8:54 remaining. Quinnipiac responded with a three-point shot, and Monmouth came back with a layup from senior guard Helena Kurt to give the Hawks a 53-51 lead with 6:13 remaining.

The Hawks received the six points from Graham in the final 1:15, and came away with two big defensive stops late to seal the huge conference victory.

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Upcoming Games 1/25/17

Thursday, Jan. 26

WBB at Fairfield*

Alumni Hall

Fairfield, CT 7:00 pm


Friday, Jan. 27

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track

Villanova Open

Staten Island, NY 12:00 pm

Women’s Swimming

Sacred Heart

West Long Branch, NJ 4:30 pm

MBB vs. Quinnipiac*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 9:00 pm

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Men’s Basketball Opens MAAC Play 2-0

MB Win Canisus 91 72The men’s basketball team opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with two victories defeating Quinnipiac 91-72 on Dec. 1 and Canisius by six points at OceanFirst Bank Center on Dec. 4.

The Hawks had a four point halftime lead on Canisius, but the Golden Griffs would not go down without a fight. They came out of the intermission and made four consecutive three-pointers to take a five point lead and led by as much as seven after a three by Chris Atkinson, who was 3-3 from deep, that gave the visitors a 77-70 lead with 9:57 to play.

But two of the league’s top players, who combined for 53 points on the day, stepped up when they were needed the most. Senior point guard Justin Robinson scored 11 of his 28 points in the final eight minutes of the contest while sophomore guard Micah Seaborn finished the day with 25 points, six of those coming in that same frame, and had a key steal and layup at 1:43 that gave Monmouth a five point lead at that point.

“Players win basketball games and our kids today really had to dig deep to get this done,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said after the game. “With saying that, that is a credit to Canisius and their head coach, Reggie Witherspoon. I’ve known him a long time and I’ve admired his work as a coach. His team was well prepared and they played how you should to try to beat us and they did everything right, but our kids pulled it out down the stretch.”

“My biggest thing this year is being a leader throughout the entire course of the game,” Robinson said. “Every year I’ve gotten better at being a leader. When it comes time for crunch time, the ball is in my hands. But if it’s not me, it’s Micah or Je’lon. We’re three interchangeable guards, but we all want the ball at the end of the game.”

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The New Face of Monmouth Athletics: Suzi Mellano

MU Athletics Suzi MellanoIf you have watched any of the on campus ESPN3 broadcasts this semester, there is a good possibility that you have seen Suzi Mellano on camera.

Mellano came to Monmouth this fall as the Athletics department Digital Media Correspondent after graduating from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a degree in sports broadcasting in 2015.

“I was actually recruited to play volleyball there but I was cut in my freshman year before I could really be a part of the team. It was a disappointment for me but it is very difficult to play a division one sport being a sports broadcasting major,” Mellano said. “It was a blessing of disguise at the time and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have been able to do the work that I did in school and I wouldn’t be here right now. I loved my time at TCU.”

Mellano grew up in San Diego, California and played many sports. Her favorite is baseball and she was the only girl on her team growing up before being the stat girl for her high school varsity team.

“It’s magical and there’s no other sport like it,” Mellano said about America’s pastime. “I grew up in a baseball family and I learned how to keep a scorebook when I was about six or seven years old. It’s just always been a part of my life and I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t.”

It did not take long for Mellano to realize that she wanted to make a career in the sports industry.

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Never a Dull Moment: Mallory Kusakavitch’s Dynamic Experience

Mallory Kusakavitch Dynamic ExperienceMost division one student athletes could not imagine having another major commitment on their plate. Between class and practice, their days are filled to the brim as it is, the idea of adding in additional obligations would seem impossible to them, except for one.

Meet Mallory Kusakavitch, a junior health studies student and a forward on the field hockey team here at Monmouth.  However, those are not the only two responsibilities that Kusakavitch has undertaken.

She is also a part of the Reserved Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC), a program that guarantees graduates an officer role in their selected military branch.

Monmouth does not offer an ROTC program and thus Kusakavitch needs to make the trek up to Rutgers, where it is offered all the while balancing it with her other obligations.

Her days start at time where college students are still sound asleep and the sun has not even broken the morning sky.

“Typically I wake two times a week around 4:30 to get to Rutgers and then I am there until I have to leave to come back to practice which is at 1:00. So usually I am leaving Rutgers around 11:00 to make it here for practice,” Kusakavitch said. “After practice I have a 4:30 class every single day. I am rushing to Rutgers, practice, class and finally at 6:00 I can start work that I am behind on.”

Kusakavitch admits that none of this would be possible without her extensive support system. Her coaches, the ROTC program leaders, friends and family have made the journey as painless for her as possible.

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two Conference Games Over Weekend

WB Loss Canisus 74 54The Monmouth University Women’s basketball team fell to Canisius 74-54 Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Freshman forward Taylor Nason scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Monmouth, while freshman guard Rosa Graham scored nine points and corralled six rebounds.

Canisius opened the scoring 14 seconds into the contest and never relinquished their lead for the rest of the game. Monmouth was able to trim the deficit to five points at the end of the first quarter with the score 20-15. The Golden Griffins responded with 26-11 scoring run in the second quarter to make the halftime score 46-26. The largest lead of the game came with 9:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Canisius led 71-45.

“It was a disappointing day for us,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “Obviously those are not the results we were looking for this weekend, but on the flip side I think we learned a lot of lessons by having these two early conference games.”

For the game, Monmouth shot 30.1 percent from field goal range and just 15.4 percent from three-point range. On the flip side, Canisius shot 53.3 percent from field goal range and 46.7 percent from three. The Hawks made just four three-pointers after coming into the game ranking eighth in the country in three-point field goals made per game at 9.8.

The Hawks did score nine fast break points in the game and 17 second chance points. Monmouth was outscored by 10 in the paint, 44-34.

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Indoor track:

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams opened their indoor track season on Dec. 1 in the Monmouth Indoor Season Opener at OceanFirst Bank Center. The men finished first place in the three team field, defeating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rivals Rider and Saint Peter’s. The women finished second, falling to Rider but besting Saint Peter’s. “First meets are a great opportunity to see where we are at as a team, and to see what we need to work on,” Monmouth Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “I know that we will work to get better in many ways in the weeks ahead, but we have many sprinters, jumpers and throwers that put together some very strong first meet performances today.” Both teams were also chosen by the MAAC to repeat as conference champions in their preseason polls. Both the men and women will next compete in the Princeton New Year Invite on Sunday, Dec. 11.


The women’s bowling team earned their first ever ranking in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, placing ninth. The team finished their fall schedule with an 18-6 record and return to action on Jan. 13 at the three-day Mid-Winter Invite at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, AR.

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Side Lines 11/30/16

Football: The University’s football team dropped their final game of the season to the Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, 34-33 in overtime. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar had his bast game to date, completing 27 of 38 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Lavon Chaney ended his Monmouth career with a two touchdown performance, gaining 150 yards on 21 carries. Redshirt sophomore wide reciever Reggie White Jr. hauled in 10 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. “I’m very happy, very proud with the way the players battled today,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “At times I thought they played extremely hard. They put us in a position to win, but unfortunately we weren’t able to come away with the victory. The outcome can’t take away from the tremendous effort the team gave today.” The team finished the season with a 4-7 record and placed five players on 2016 All-Big South Conference teams. Junior safety Mike Basile, junior offensive lineman Alex Thompson, and White were named to the first team while senior wide reciever Darren Ambush and senor defensive end Darnell Leslie garnered second team honors.

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Men’s Basketball Improves to 4-2

MB Chris Brady 4 2The men’s basketball team picked up three victories over Thanksgiving break. They defeated Cornell 76-61 on Nov. 22 and followed that up with wins over South Carolina State and a late comeback over Holy Cross in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational over the weekend.

“We’re never going to quit,” Head Coach King Rice said after the Holy Cross game. “For as long as I’ve been the head coach at Monmouth, we have never quit and our kids did not quit today.”

The Hawks were trailing Holy Cross 77-72 with 13.4 seconds left when sophomore forward Pierre Sarr laid one in, plus one, cutting the deficit to three. They then forced a five second violation on the inbound and regained possession, when redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn drew a foul after scoring and converted the three-point play, giving Monmouth a 78-77 advantage with 7.5 seconds remaining. Junior guard Austin Tilghman forced a turnover and converted both free throws, giving the Hawks an 80-77 win.

 “That’s just Coach Rice having confidence in me to come in and be a defensive presence,” Tilghman said about the final play. “I just knew if I could get a hand on the ball that we would be good.”

The Hawks overpowered South Carolina State the previous day, coming away with an 86-62 win and leading by as many as 28 points. Seaborn became just the second Hawk in program history to make eight three-pointers in a game, joining Dave Calloway who made nine against Pepperdine on Jan. 2, 1990. Seaborn finished the afternoon with 25 points.

“I was working with Coach Sam Ferry and then coming back and shooting at night again,” Seaborn said. “Coach Rice helped me a lot by telling me how much work I put in. He wants me to keep shooting and today I kept making shots.”

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Football’s Basile Leads On and Off Gridiron

F Mike Basile On Off GridironSince stepping onto the football field at Monmouth for the first time, it was clear that junior safety Mike Basile was different.

“It was amazing how quickly he was able to make the transition to college football,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “With some players it takes more time. But it was very obvious right away that he has a very high football IQ, a great sense of awareness on the field and his ability to put himself in position to make plays is really uncanny. The combination of all those things made it very clear that he was going to be able to impact the game right away.”

The Brick Memorial product was named the Big South Rookie of the Year in 2014 after starting all 11 games and finishing second on the Hawks with 78 tackles. He followed that up with one of the best seasons in program history as a sophomore, when he set a single season record with 119 tackles and was named First Team All-Big South.

Basile led the Hawks once again in his junior year by recording 110 tackles, which was second in the Big South. He has started all 33 games in his collegiate career.

Coming from a local high school, Callahan wanted to make sure that Basile stayed close to home.

“He was a local player from the Shore Conference whom we had our eye on since his junior year,” Callahan said. “Our philosophy for recruiting has always been working from the inside out which means recruit locally first and then expand into other areas. He was certainly a very talented athlete and somebody that I thought would do very well here at Monmouth.”

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Lehigh

WB Kayla Shaw 73 62The Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated Lehigh 73-62 Sunday afternoon in the third place game of the 2016 Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, PA.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored a team-high 17 points in the game, hitting five three-point shots. Two other Monmouth players reached double figures in the game, with junior guard Kayla Quintana scoring 16 and senior guard Tyese Purvis scoring 11.

“I thought we definitely picked things up in the second half,” Shaw said after the game. “We swung the ball and crashed the boards, and overall it was a huge turnaround and the reason why we won the game.”

Both teams came out of the game hot, as it was a tightly-contested first quarter, as Monmouth led 17-15 after ten minutes, thanks in part to six points from Purvis. The Hawks opened their lead to as high as eight in the second quarter, with the score 31-23 with 3:39 remaining in the half. Lehigh later responded with a 7-0 run to make the score 33-32 in favor of Monmouth at halftime.

Purvis and Shaw each had a team-high of nine points at halftime, as the Hawks shot 33.3 percent from field goal range and 29.2 percent from three-point range. The Hawks did not attempt a free throw in the half, while Lehigh made 11 on 14 attempts.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the Hawks had a quick surge off of a Quintana three-point shot and a layup form freshman guard Alaina Jarnot, which forced Lehigh to call a timeout. The Hawks extended on their lead off of five straight points from Quintana to make the score 55-44. The Mountain Hawks cut into the deficit, making the score 61-57 at the end of three.

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Exciting Start to New Ice Hockey Season

MU Hockey 2016 2017 SeasonThe University’s club ice hockey team is currently 5-8-1-1 in the season with one overtime loss and one overtime tie. The team competes in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference along with The Col-lege of New Jersey, The University of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Millersville, Princeton, Seton Hall, and West Chester.

“The season has been going pretty well so far. We have started out the season with a lot of road games and have played many of the top teams in our conference and region,” senior center and team captain Kyle Blazier said. “We’re a young team and it definitely takes some time to adjust to the speed of the game at this level, and thus far our young guys have been doing a good job of elevating their play under the upperclassmen leadership of alternate captain Anthony DeFede, alternate captain Tal-on Ribsam, senior Nick Tarquini and myself.”

The team plays at Jersey Shore Arena which is located in Wall. The rink is about 15 minutes from cam-pus and their home games are typically played on Friday nights at 8:45.

The tryout process for the team is always open and the team is always looking for interested players.

“The team typically has four skates over the summer starting in August to get everyone on the ice and playing together as much as possible,” Blazier said. “As soon as we get back to school in September, tryouts begin. Over the course of one to two weeks of practice and a practice scrimmage, the coaching staff picks a roster of about 27 skaters. Additionally, we have three solid goaltenders this year, which is very fortunate for us.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Opener Against Drexel

MB Win DrexelThe men’s basketball team, coming off a 28-8 campaign a season ago and their first ever trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), opened up a highly-anticipated season with a 78-65 victory over Drexel on Friday night at OceanFirst Bank Center.

“It was a weird feeling when I went out there tonight. I’m sitting there while the kids are warming up and I felt like we were just doing this a little while ago,” sixth year Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said about taking the court for a game once again. “It was great to come and play our first game at home, which we haven’t done before since I’ve been the coach here, and the buzz and energy that was in the building made it feel like it was an end of the season game. But just getting the first win is awesome and just like last year, now we get to go have some fun on the big boy’s court.”

Redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn and senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak got off to fast starts, each connecting with 3-pointers leading into the first media timeout. Hornbeak drained another deep ball before the next media timeout, but he felt that his fast start did not transition to the remainder of the game.

“I honestly felt like I wasn’t really on today,” Hornbeak said. “A lot of shots that I felt like should have went in didn’t but I have to trust in the work that I put in and just keep playing. There are other things I can do and no matter who’s scoring, I’m happy as long as we win.”

Once Monmouth took the lead after Seaborn’s initial 3-pointer, they never looked back. The blue and white led by 15 at the half and led by as many as 21 in the second half before coming away with the 13 point victory.

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Women’s Basketball Downs Robert Morris

WB Win Robert MorrisThe women’s basketball team defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 69-56 Sunday afternoon in Moon Township, PA during their first game of the season.

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led all players in scoring, finishing with 15 on the afternoon. Freshman guard Rosa Graham scored 14 points off of the bench in her collegiate debut, and senior guard Helena Kurt added 11 points and five assists in her first game since the 2014-15 season.

“We came out strong and worked hard on the defensive end,” Purvis said after the game. “We did what we had to do and stuck together.”

The score was close early on, as both teams jostled for the lead. Monmouth claimed their first lead of the game off of a Graham layup with 7:31 left in the opening quarter, with the score 8-7. The Hawks did not trail the rest of the way, as the blue and white scored eight points in 23 seconds to extend their lead to 20-9 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Monmouth defense held the Colonials to just seven points in the second quarter, as the Hawks went into halftime with a 34-23 lead. Through two quarters, the Hawks shot 36.9 percent from the field, and 35 percent from three-point range.

The Hawks continued their strong play into the second half, as they reached their largest lead of the game with 5:48 left in the third quarter, up by 19 points. Robert Morris was able to cut the Monmouth lead down to nine with one minute remaining in regulation, but that was as close as they would get. The Hawks converted four straight free throws, sealing their win and making the final score 69-56.

“We’re just really excited,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said, “I think we did a lot of really good things today, being able to come out here and beat a really talented Robert Morris team.”

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Field Hockey Drops NCAA Play-In Game

FH Loss UMassThe Monmouth University Field Hockey season came to an end on Nov. 9 with a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the University of Massachusetts in an NCAA tournament play in game at “So Sweet A Cat” Field.

UMass opened up scoring in the 12 minute on a flashy reverse shot goal which was quickly answered by junior defender Julie Laszlo who buried a corner shot a few minutes later. Laszlo added her second goal a minute before the half off of a corner opportunity to put the Hawks up 2-1.

The Minutewomen tied the game and then took the lead scoring twice in 11 minutes after the half. Monmouth knotted the game on a blast by senior defender Casey Hanna that found twine. The game looked to be heading into overtime but with three minutes left, UMass tipped in the eventual game winner.

Monmouth would have two last minute corner opportunities to tie the game. However, the Minutewomen’s defense held steady fending off junior midfielder Rachel Konowal and Laszlo’s last ditch efforts to send the game into overtime.

“Like we saw last weekend, this team was not willing to go down without a fight,” Monmouth Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “The heart and effort they left out on this field was once again phenomenal. You never want it to see it end for your seniors, specifically for these two (Alyssa Ercolino and Casey Hanna). They are the heart and soul of this team and I know there is only two, but it feels like there are ten when they are out there playing. Overall, it was a game that we can be proud of.”

This was tough loss but the season was without question a successful one for the Hawks. They won the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference title and championship and finished with a program record 17 wins.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Virginia in NCAA Tournament

WS Loss VirginiaThe women’s soccer team played the University of Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. The Hawks fell short 4-1 on Nov. 11 at Klockner Stadium but finished their season with a conference championship.

The Hawks clinched their regular season championship and eventually earned their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship. Although they were very excited, they knew it was going to be a tough first round game in the women’s NCAA Division 1 soccer tournament. Monmouth anxiously watched the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, eventually finding out they would be paying at No. 15 Virginia on Friday. Preparation started Monday night, as the Hawks put together a game plan before traveling to Charlottesville Thursday morning.

This was the first time in history Monmouth and Virginia would face off against each other. Although the Hawks have been drawing first blood lately, Virginia jumped on the board first after senior defender Kristen McNabb scored off a header from around the penalty area. A little over a minute later, Virginia pumped in another goal on a penalty kick by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the year, senior midfielder Alexis Shaffer. Shaffer wasn’t done yet as she added her second goal from the top of the box, making the score 3-0 Virginia.

Throughout the whole season, the Hawks played with fire, energy, and heart and they refused to be shut out. Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki scored around the 71st minute to put Monmouth on the board. Ivanicki made program history by becoming the first women’s soccer player to score a goal in the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

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Upcoming Games: 11/16/16

Wednesday, November 16

WBB at St. Francis Brooklyn

Pope Physical Education Center

Brooklyn Heights, NY 7:00 pm

Friday, November 18


UMES Hawk Classic

Millsboro Lanes

Millsboro, DE


MBB at Syracuse

Carrier Dome

Syracuse, NY 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 19


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Side Lines: 11/16/16

Women’s XC:

The University’s women’s cross country team ran to its best point total and top-5 average in program history at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, finishing 12th overall on Nov. 11. Senior Jenna Cupp placed 53rd overall in the field of 198 runners and senior Maggie Hanlon’s time of 22:09 is tied for the fourth best time at the course in program history. After the MAAC Championship, Monmouth’s women’s team was ranked 15th in the Mid-Atlantic Region and they outran that ranking with their 12th place finish. The blue and white will next compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference/ Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (ECAC/IC4A’s) on Nov. 19. Start time is scheduled for 10:15 am at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.

Field Hockey Crowned MAAC Champions

WFH ChampionsThe University’s field hockey team secured the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship. The title did not come easily for the Hawks as it was secured by winning back-to-back double overtime games over the Rider Broncs on Friday afternoon and the Fairfield Stags on Sunday morning.

Friday afternoon’s 3-2 double overtime victory over the Broncs did not come easy. A scoreless first half featured only five shots combined with both teams playing tough defense. Monmouth’s freshman stand out, forward Josephine van der Hoop broke open the scoring two minutes into the second half with a slick reverse shot goal.

Rider swiftly answered with a reverse shot goal of their own about three minutes later and the game was all knotted up. The game would remain tied until the 56th minute when a van der Hoop crossing pass was tipped in by a diving sophomore forward Kelly Hanna. However, a winner would not be decided in regulation as Rider sent the game into overtime on a thrilling corner goal with time expired.

Monmouth ratcheted up their attack in the first overtime, registering 10 shots to Rider’s zero. The Broncs returned the favor in the second overtime, firing off five shots within the first five minutes. However the Hawks were the ones who came up with the winning shot, once again it was the sprawling Hanna scoring off a pass from junior forward Meg Donahue.

“My first thought was to dive, to give everything I have to put that ball in the cage. I really was not thinking too much when it was happening, I just went for it,” Hanna said about the game-winning goal. “We had been working hard all week and knew we had to give it 110 percent this game.”

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Women’s Soccer Wins MAAC Championship

WS ChampionsThe Monmouth University women’s soccer team hosted the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament this past weekend after clinching regular season conference champs. The Hawks brought the same focus, energy and fire from the regular season into the first round of tournament play, beating Marist in the semifinals 4-1.

The Hawks’ leading point scorer, redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson, scored first for Monmouth after drilling the ball into the goal. She was assisted by junior forward Rachelle Ross and sophomore midfielder Alli DeLuca. MU ended up scoring once more in the first half, while Marist remained scoreless.

Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki headed the ball into the net after Gibson crossed it, making the score 2-0. The Hawks were first to strike again in the second half after Ross beat the goaltender one-on-one, advancing Monmouth’s lead to 3-0.  Marist quickly responded by scoring a goal off the cross bar around the 83rd minute, changing the score to 3-1.

But Monmouth wasn’t done yet, Ross scored at 89:43 to make the final score 4-1 and advancing the Hawks into the championship game.

“It was a great team performance tonight. We capitalized on opportunities and defended extremely well. We are looking forward to competing for a MAAC title on Sunday,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner.

On Sunday, the Hawks became MAAC Champions after defeating Quinnipiac 5-2 in front of a large home crowd at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

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Men’s Basketball Prepares for New Season

MB New SeasonThe men’s basketball team put together one of the most exciting seasons in program history a season ago. They finished with a 28-8 record, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title and came within a three-pointer of forcing overtime in the MAAC Tournament title game.

There is definitely buzz around campus surrounding the Hawks’ upcoming season. The team was even selected to win the conference as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches, garnering nine of the first place votes.

Head Coach King Rice, who is entering his sixth season leading the Hawks, cautions fans not to get too far ahead of themselves early on.

“We had a great summer, but since practice has started, we have a long way to go,” Rice said. “The kids are working hard, but I don’t want to compare anything to last year because we are not the same team.”

The blue and white return seven seniors, including reigning MAAC Player of the Year Justin Robinson, who was also unanimously selected to the Preseason All-MAAC First Team and was named the unanimous Preseason MAAC Player of the Year.

“It just puts a target on my back because every team is going to be scouting me even more than they were last year,” Robinson said. “Players are going to want to shut me down and it’s just going to put a chip on my shoulder to play harder.”

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Football Falls to No. 18 Coastal Carolina

Football 38 14 LossThe University’s football team took a 17-10 lead into halftime, but No. 18 Coastal Carolina went on a 28-0 run and came away with a 38-17 victory over the Hawks in front of 7,123 fans at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC on Saturday afternoon.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar led the blue and white on a 53-yard scoring drive to open the game, completing all three passes to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr., who concluded the drive with a 14-yard touchdown to give the blue and white a quick 7-0 lead.

They added to that on their next possession when junior kicker Matt White converted a 45-yard field goal, a yard short of his career high, extending the Hawks’ lead to 10-0. Monmouth extended their lead to 14 early in the second quarter when Bahar connected with sophomore tight end Jake Powell for his first career touchdown, a seven-yard score, to extend the Monmouth advantage to 17-3 with 12:54 in the first half.

But Coastal Carolina scored 35 unanswered points from that point on to pull away with a 38-17 victory. The Hawks fell to 4-6 (0-4 Big South) on the season while Coastal Carolina improved to 7-2 in their first season as an independent as they transition to the Sun Belt Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football.

“We got off to a good start on both sides of the ball, and were able to take a lead into halftime,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “At the start of the fourth quarter it was a one score game, but were not able to finish the way that we started. I thought that we played extremely hard and tough.”

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Side Lines: 11/9/16

M Soccer:

The men’s soccer team saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. They fell to the No. 3 seed Siena Saints 3-1 in penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie through two overtime periods.

“Congratulations to Siena. It was a typical, hard-fought conference tournament game,” Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt said. “Our guys have worked really hard all season. I am very thankful to our seniors. They are disappointed right now. However, when they look back at their Monmouth careers, they will realize what an amazing four-year experience they have had as Monmouth Hawks.”

Senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky ends his collegiate career with 36 wins, good for second all-time in the MAAC behind only Iona’s Nils Binstock (38).

Bowling: The Monmouth University women’s bowling team finished sixth at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree. They went 11-1 in the three-day event, including perfect 5-0 records in Baker and Traditional play on Friday and Saturday. The team next competes on Nov. 18-20 at the UMES Hawk Classic at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, DE.

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Side Lines: 11/3/16

Friday, November 4

FH Fairfield vs. Bryant*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 am


FH vs. Rider*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 pm


WSOC vs Marist*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

Hesse Field at The Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 pm


WSOC Siena vs. Quinnipiac*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

Hesse Field at The Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 8:00 pm


Saturday, November 5

Football at Coastal Carolina

Brooks Stadium

Conway, SC 2:00 pm


Sunday, November 6

FH vs. TBA*

MAAC Champioship Final

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ



MAAC Championship Final

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 pm


Friday, November 11

Men’s and Women’s XC

NCAA D1 Mid-Atlantic

Regional Championships

Penn State Golf Course

State College, PA 12:00 pm


Men’s and Women’s Swim*


West Long Branch, NJ, 5:00 pm


MBB vs. Drexel

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 pm


*conference games

Men’s Golf Prepares for Spring Season

Jesse HazamThe University’s men’s golf team wrapped up their fall schedule at the Lehigh Invitational, which took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, and head into the winter looking to improve for their spring season.

The blue and white endured the wind and rain and shot 616 in the two round event to finish tied for sixth with Siena. Seniors Tommy Whelan and Jesse Hazam paced MU and finished tied for 20th overall with 155.

“We were in ninth place after the first day but we kind of figured that half the field didn’t even want to play in the tournament. We kind of just gutted it out and played relatively well the second day,” Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “Our score wasn’t that low, but none of them were due to the conditions. We moved from ninth to sixth and we happened to beat all the conference teams at that tournament which was a plus and it gets the guys kind of excited for the spring.”

Hazam shot an 81 in the first round but improved in round two and put a 74 on the scorecard.

“I just felt a lot better going into the round and I knew we needed a good round,” Hazam said. “I was playing pretty well, I had a rough stretch in the first round and I just played more consistently the second time out which helped our team move up a couple spots.”

The team will practice throughout the winter on their own, and will be indoors for the most part unless the weather allows them to get some rounds out on the course in.

“We’ll have team lift all winter and we have the ability to go over to Jumping Brook where our assistant coach Mark Bryson is,” Hazam said. “He has an indoor hitting bay that we can go over to and practice whenever we need to. We can also go over to Twin Brook and hit balls at the driving range under the heaters.”

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Women’s Basketball Opens Season Nov. 13

McKinzee BarkerThe Monmouth women’s basketball team finished in fourth place in last year’s MAAC tournament, losing to Quinnipiac 66-59 in the semifinals. The semifinal appearance for the Hawks was the highest the team had finished in a conference tournament since the 2011 season. That was not the biggest loss for the team, however, as they would lose seven players (six seniors, one transfer) during the offseason.

The roster turnover has become the major headline entering the 2016-17 season for the Hawks, who welcome six freshman and two transfers to the roster.

This year’s freshman class is led by point guard Alaina Jarnot, who scored over 2,000 points and recorded over 1,000 assists in high school. The class also includes guards Kayla Shaw and Rosa Graham, as well as forwards Alexa Middleton, Adriana Zelaya and Taylor Nason. Adding to the newcomer list is a pair of transfers, Kayla Quintana, a junior guard from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College, and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, a senior guard from New Zealand.

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer believes that all of these newcomers will fit her system nicely.

“We love to incorporate speed into our game plan each game,” Palmateer said, “and each of these players bring speed and toughness each day.”

Palmateer, now in her sixth year coaching the team, introduced a new system to the team, which preached offensive quickness and emphasized transition basketball. The overall goal is to get as many possessions as possible, with the target being right around 100 per game.

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Cross Country Competes at MAAC Championship

Cross CountryThe men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the MAAC Championship at the Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, FL on Oct. 29. The women finished third in the 11 team field while the men finished sixth.

“The atmosphere for the championships was tremendous and a memorable event for the athletes for sure,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “Our women’s team is a veteran group and they raced very tough. Some of our key men were not healthy and it certainly cost us, but we have some younger guys who really stepped up.”

Six Hawks (four women and two men) finished in the top-25. Senior Jenna Cupp finished ninth in the women’s 6k with a time of 22:00.12 while junior Allie Wilson finished 16th, crossing the finish line at 22:18.38. Seniors Maggie Hanlon and Molly McKeon came in 20th and 23rd, respectfully. For the men, sophomore Kyle Mueller finished 12th (25:23.32), and freshman Ryan Rafferty finished 24th (25:44.27). Cupp and Mueller were named to the All-MAAC team, while Rafferty was voted to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

“We did a new type of heart rate training this year and that’s prepared us to work out strong but not rush our workouts, so we’ve been entering races with fresher legs and I think that’s helped us to this point,” McKeon said.

“We’ve put in a lot of work and we’ve really been looking forward to this race,” senior Kevin Summonte said, who finished the men’s 8k run at the MAAC Championship with a time of 27:44.70. “It’s kind of what we gear everything for our season towards. I would have to say a lot of the guys are excited because all of our work is finally starting to come together.”

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Football Falls to Kennesaw State at Homecoming

Lavon ChaneyThree-thousand, eight hundred and sixty-nine fans came out to Kessler Field one last time for Homecoming Day, but the Hawks fell to Kennesaw State 49-17 in the stadium’s final game.

Kennesaw State dominated on the ground to a tune of 482 yards and six touchdowns on 65 carries. Redshirt senior quarterback Trey White gained 12 yards on six carries, but four of those found the end zone while senior running back Chaston Bennett ran for 129 yards and two scored on six carries. Twelve different Owls gained positive yards on the ground.

“We had a lot of difficulty stopping the run and in the instances where we did get them into third down situations, we just weren’t able to get off the field,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “A lot of credit goes to Kennesaw. They were very efficient in running their option attack and were able to mix in a grind-it-out mentality with a few explosive plays that got them out of trouble and got big chunks of yardage for them.”

MU got off to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a 38-yard field goal from junior kicker Matt White, but Kennesaw State put together three scoring drives on three of their next four possessions to go up 21-3. The Hawks narrowed the gap in the second quarter thanks to two consecutive scoring drives – a 35-yard touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr. and then a 24-yard run by senior running back Lavon Chaney, cutting the KSU lead to 21-17. Kennesaw State added a score to take a 28-17 lead into halftime and scored three more touchdowns in the second half while shutting out the Monmouth offense to escape with their sixth victory of the season.

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Field Hockey Claims Third Straight MAAC Regular Season Title

WFH Alyssa Ercolino FairfieldThe Monmouth University Field Hockey team secured the MAAC Regular Season Title and earned the right to host the MAAC championship for the third straight year by posting back-to-back home shutouts over Bryant and Fairfield over the weekend. They defeated Bryant University on Friday afternoon 4-0 and Fairfield University on Sunday afternoon 2-0.

Friday’s game against Bryant was a total team effort with both facets, offense and defense, working collectively to achieve a victory. Monmouth was able to jump out to an early lead as freshman forward stand out Josephine van der Hoop scored what proved to be the game winner in the second minute. Junior defender Julie Laszlo also made her presence felt, recording four points of her own on the way to the win.

It was the defensive effort that Monmouth put forward that really was of note in this game. The defense was able to limit the Bulldogs to five shots and did not let up a shot until the second half. Junior goalie Christen Piersanti made two saves on and with the win recorded her 12th career shutout.

“I would say we have lines of defense. We really focus on playing from our forward line to midfield to the backfield,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said about what makes her team’s defensive so effective. “The best kind of defense is no defense from the attacking side. Our defenders have been world class starting with Casey Hanna, as a senior she has been real solid for us and so has Julie [Laszlo] in-front of her.”

Sundays tilt against Fairfield was an emotional one for the team. For one, it was senior day and secondly it was against the defending MAAC Champions who last year knocked out Monmouth in the tournament  on their home field on their way to winning it all.

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Sophomore Jalil Blalock Shines as Men’s Soccer Beats Fairfield, 2-0

MS Jalil Blalock FairfieldAfter a three match away stint consisting of a win and two losses, Monmouth men’s soccer returned to Hesse Field on the Great Lawn with a 2-0 win over Fairfield last Wednesday night.

“I’m really proud of the guys’ effort tonight. They showed a lot of character and who they are,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt.

In the 25th minute, sophomore midfielder Jalil Blalock scored what would prove to be the game winning goal. Blalock, approaching the penalty area from the left side, used his left foot to shoot across his body. His shot precisely hit the far post and found its way into the back of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

It was early on in the second half that Monmouth doubled their advantage through freshman defender Michael Luke. The assist came from Blalock as he laid the ball off to Luke just outside of the top right corner of the box. In what appeared to be a cross attempt, Luke bent the ball into the top of the far corner of the net from an impossible angle, making it 2-0 in stunning fashion.

Fairfield did their best to get back in the game, particularly within the last ten minutes of the match where they saw four shots fly wide of goal and three shots saved by senior captain goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky.

In all, Fairfield had nine more shots than Monmouth at nineteen and four more of them on target with eight. However, the Hawks defense was able to keep them quiet and earn their fourth clean sheet of the season.

With the loss, Fairfield saw themselves fall to 5-6-2 on the season and 3-3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

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Women’s Soccer Clinches Fourth Consecutive Regular Season Title

WS Season TitleThe Monmouth women’s soccer team defeated Fairfield and Canisius on the road to become regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champions. The Hawks will be hosting the MAAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

“It feels awesome to be regular season champs for the fourth year in a row. However, our season is not close to over and I can’t wait to see what the MAAC Championship has in store for us this year,” said senior defender Julie Spracklin.

The Hawks played their last two road games of the regular season this past week by shutting out their opponents in both games and securing home field advantage for the tournament. On Wednesday night they traveled to Fairfield, CT and played a scoreless draw on Lessing Field. Although the game was scoreless, the Hawks still earned a point in the MAAC standings from out-shooting Fairfield 21-7.

“In the second half and overtime periods, we applied heavy pressure on their goal and it was unfortunate we did not score. To get our ninth shutout of the season shows our commitment to defending,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks’ defense has been phenomenal this season, with a combined nine shutouts. This has been the most shutouts for the Hawks since the 2014 season, when they had 11 shutouts.

Their most recent shutout was Saturday night in Buffalo, NY as they defeated Canisius 3-0 at Demske Sports Complex. The Hawks got on the board very quickly, which seems to be a reoccurring factor this season that has been energizing confidence and performance for the blue and white. Redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson booted a goal from close range into the upper right corner of the net at just 5:47 into the game, assisted by redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki.

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Football Drops Two Conference Games

Darren Ambush 2 Drop ConferenceThe University’s football team dropped two conference road games and fell to 4-4 (0-3 Big South) on the season. The Hawks fell to Presbyterian 17-13 on Oct. 13 in Clinton, SC and fell short to Liberty 52-28 on their Homecoming in front of 16,687 fans at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, VA.

Liberty wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they drove down the field and found the end zone on the game’s first possession as freshman quarterback Stephen Calvert connected with senior wide receiver Dante’ Shells for a five-yard strike. MU fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Liberty recovered, but the Hawks’ defense stood on fourth down and kept them off the board.

But Liberty struck for a big 76-yard touchdown on their next  possession as Calvert dumped a screen pass to junior running back Todd Macon who did the rest, increasing the Flames lead to 14-0.

“Liberty got off to a really fast start,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “They jumped on us early and we found ourselves fighting from behind all the first half.”

Monmouth got on the board in the second when redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Williams found a wide open senior wide receiver Darren Ambush down the sideline for a 45-yard score, cutting the deficit to 21-7 at that point. But Liberty went into halftime with a 31-7 lead.

The Flames came out of the locker room with another score, but the blue and white responded with three straight scoring drives to cut the Liberty lead to 38-28 during the early stages of the fourth quarter. Senior running back Zach Welch powered in for touchdowns of two yard and one yard on consecutive drives, then senior running back Lavon Chaney opened the fourth quarter with a 53-yard dash that netted him his second consecutive 100-yard day for the second time in his career.

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Side Lines: 10/12/16


The men’s and wom­en’s cross country teams competed in the University of Delaware Blue & Gold In­vitational on Oct. 8. Four out of the five Hawks that ran placed in the top five includ­ing junior Danielle Leavitt, who finished second with a time of 23:49.89, which was the fourth best in school history at the University of Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park course. Se­niors Abby Baker (24:42.27) and Matt Nelson (27:41.50) and freshman Henry Sappey (27:50.55) also placed in the top five.

“The Delaware course is hilly and very challenging, and it was the perfect test for our team members who needed a race this week,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “Danielle, Matt and Henry were all right near the front the entire race, which is great experience for them.”

The blue and white will next run at the Princeton In­vitational on Oct. 15.

M Golf:

The men’s golf team carded a 298 in the first round of Binghamton’s Mat­thews Auto Collegiate Invi­tational on Oct. 2. Freshman Andy Stock shot a 148 in his second career event to lead the Hawks, with junior Kyle Burke carding a 150. The Hawks next hit the course on Thursday in the Hawk Invitational. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, but was postponed due to rain.

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Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten in Conference Play

Amanda KnaubThe women’s soccer team remains undefeated in conference play after two promising wins. The Hawks traveled to Rider on Wednesday night and hosted Niagara on Saturday, shutting out both teams.

The team outscored Rider and Niagara 11-0 in last week’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match-ups. On Wednesday night, the Hawks traveled to Lawrenceville and played Rider on Ben Cohen Field. MU carried their energy from last week’s 8-0 win over Saint Peter’s into the match, scoring within the first five minutes. Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki scored at 4:10 into the game after being assisted by senior forward Alexis McTamney. Roughly 12 minutes later, sophomore forward/midfielder Alli DeLuca scored to make the score 2-0.

The Hawks didn’t score again until the second half, also holding the Broncs to a total of zero shots. The blue and white entered the second half with the same energy and game plan, scoring another fast goal. Junior midfielder Sophie Centi fired a ball into the net after being assisted by Ivanicki. Senior Captain Defender Julie Spracklin quickly scored after Centi’s goal, making the score 4-0. Redshirt freshman and junior forwards Madie Gibson and Rachelle Ross both scored later on in the game, making the final score 6-0 over the Broncs.

“We executed our game plan to perfection,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “We continue to get better each game and that is an important quality in a team. As a coaching staff we are very pleased with where the team is at this point in the season.”

The team quickly rallied together and prepared to compete against Niagara on Saturday, dedicating the game to Breast Cancer Awareness at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn. The last time the Hawks played on their home turf, they shut out Saint Peters 8-0. Not much changed this time, as the Hawks shut out Niagara 5-0 in front of a home crowd.

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Field Hockey Records Two Shutout Victories

Madie GibsonMonmouth University Field Hockey commenced Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with a strong shutout victory over the Siena Saints, 5-0, on Friday afternoon and an overpowering win over Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn on Sunday morning blanking the Blackbirds 9-0. With the wins, Monmouth is now 2-0 in conference play this season.

Monmouth went into the weekend play ranked 15th overall in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and comes into conference play with high expectations.

“I think it puts a little added pressure, but we try to not focus on that kind of stuff and focus and things we can control,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “For us, we have something to prove. Last year we hosted (the MAAC tournament) but we were not in that championship game. We got a little chip on our shoulder, and I am hoping that motives us every game.”

The game against Siena was tightly contested at first with both teams moving the ball but having difficulty getting quality shots on net. The two teams were scoreless until the sixth minute when Monmouth’s sophomore forward Kelly Hanna scored off of one of six assists from junior midfielder Meg Donahue.

“I think it is really important because it gets our momentum going, and we are a team that does really well when we score first because it gives us a lot of confidence,” said Hanna on what scoring first means for the team.

The game would continue its fast-paced theme with both teams exchanging shots and chances. The Hawks broke through again a little past the midway mark in the first half. This time it was junior defender Julie Laszlo who ripped a shot on a corner to score her seventh goal of the season. Laszlo played a pivotal role in the win and was credited with a total of nine shots in the game with the majority coming off of corners.

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Football Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate with Win Over Howard

Michael JollyThe Monmouth offense exploded for 572 total yards in their 59-27 victory over Howard on Saturday afternoon. Three hundred fourty-three of those yards came on the ground and four running backs combined to score six of the offense’s eight touchdowns.

“Today was a day when you saw our explosiveness as an offense, the ability to score long touchdowns and put the ball in the end zone,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “We were able to get some quick score points and that is always good as well.”

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Williams only played the first half but had one of his best games to date, completing a season-high 17 passes on 20 attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought Cody did a tremendous job. He got out to a great start and we jumped out to a big lead,” Callahan said. “An outstanding effort on his part.”

With a 31-14 halftime lead. Callahan felt comfortable with using different quarterbacks in the second half. Redshirt freshman Kenji Bahar finished 4-5 for 28 yards and senior Devin Ray also saw action in the fourth quarter, completing one of two passes for three yards.

“It was a game where we felt comfortable with the lead. We decided to get Kenji in there and then Devin in the fourth quarter,” Callahan said. “It was a game where we could play a lot of different people and were able to do that today.”

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Men’s Soccer Avenges MAAC Championship Loss Versus Rider

Dave NigroMonmouth men’s soccer defeated hOURglass rivals Rider in a rematch of last year’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship by a score of 1-0 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn last Wednesday night.

“I’m just happy for the boys to get the three points. We’ve all been working so hard and it’s just great for everybody to put in ninety minutes and get what we deserve, to be honest,” said senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky, who made seven saves en route to a clean sheet versus Rider.

Both sides exchanged scoring chances within the first 10 minutes of the match. Monmouth junior midfielder Jake Areman sent in a corner kick, but sophomore defender Daniel Figarella’s header flew wide past the left side of the goal. Shortly after, Rider senior midfielder Adrien Huss saw his shot land wide left of the net as well. Additionally, senior midfielder Colin Stripling saw one of his headers miss the target and one of them saved for the Hawks in the first period.

In the second half, both sides went shot-for-shot creating chances, yet were unable to take an advantage over the other. Overall, both Monmouth and Rider registered thirteen shots, Rider having one more than the hosts with eight.

Monmouth turned up the pressure in the last ten minutes with plenty of possession around the penalty area, seeing a shot saved and another Stripling header go wide. The Hawks were rewarded for their efforts with less than three minutes to go in the match.

After a cross into the box was cleared by the Rider defense, the hosts sent another ball into area in which senior forward David Nigro connected with, but his shot was right at junior goalkeeper Ryan Baird. Baird was unable to corral the shot, which leaked out in front of him. Figarella was there to pounce on the loose ball, emphatically smashing it into the back of the net from point-blank range to give the Hawks the lead.

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Men’s Soccer Opens Conference Play with Win Over Manhattan

MS Colin Stripling v ManhattanMonmouth men’s soccer began the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) portion of their fall 2016 schedule with a win over the Manhattan Jaspers last Wednesday night, 2-1, at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

“We’re fighting some adversity with sickness and injury so I have to give the guys a lot of credit that they went out there and got the three points,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt after the win.

The action began just five minutes into the match when Manhattan senior midfielder Andrew Melitsanopoulos was shown a yellow card for a foul in the box. Junior midfielder Jake Areman stepped up to the penalty spot, but his shot was parried by the goalkeeper into the path of senior midfielder Colin Stripling, who put the rebound into the back of the net to give Monmouth a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first half, the Hawks doubled their advantage. Senior forward David Nigro, who had won MAAC Offensive Player of the Week a week earlier, teed up a shot just outside of the box for Stripling. With his first touch, the midfielder side-footed the ball into the top right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

“Colin [Stripling] has been absolutely fantastic all season. He’s been one of the guys that’s kind of carrying us,” McCourt said. “He’s the heart and soul of the team, so I’m not surprised. He earns everything that he gets. Hopefully he can keep building on it, too.”

Meanwhile, after recovering from injury, senior goalkeeper and Captain Eric Klenofsky made his return to the pitch for the first time in over a month en route to his 32nd career win.

With just fifteen minutes to go in the match, the visitors pulled one back through junior defender Joe Hulme. The referee brandished a yellow card for Stripling for a foul in the box. Hulme stepped up and converted his penalty kick, putting Manhattan on the board.

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Women’s Soccer Scores Eight Goals Against Saint Peter’s, Remain Unbeaten in MAAC Play

WS Maddie Gibson v Saint Peters The Monmouth University women’s soccer team booted a total of eight goals against rival Saint Peter’s Saturday night in their first home conference game of the season. Seven different Hawks scored in the shut out at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

Although there was a constant mist in the air, the atmosphere was still electrifying as the women remains undefeated in conference play. The Hawks were on fire from the start as they put away three goals within the first ten minutes of play and another four goals before the half.

“I think it was a great team win and team effort all around. It’s great when we can put teams away early and when we are able to get contributions from everyone,” said junior defender Miranda Konstantinides.

A team effort it was as seven different Hawks scored on the night while playing smoothly.

Senior forward Alexis McTamney sparked off the night at 6:20 in regulation as she carried through the midfield, shooting through the left post. The lady Hawks were amped up and quickly got the ball rolling. Shortly after McTamney’s Goal, senior defender Julie Spracklin and Konstantinides connected for a goal at 8:27 in regulation to put the Hawks up 2-0 early.

Spracklin carried to the end line and crossed the ball to Konstantinides as she finessed into the net. The Hawks still weren’t content yet, as they netted yet another goal only 43 seconds later.

McTamney assisted redshirt freshman Madie Gibson at the 9:10 mark, as Gibson scored for the third consecutive game. But Gibson wasn’t done as she assisted Konstantinide’s second goal off a corner kick, putting the Hawks up 4-0 at 13:22 into the game.

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Football Stuns Fordham 42-41 in Overtime

Reggie White Fordham 42 41The Hawks overcame a two touchdown halftime deficit and forced overtime on Saturday afternoon, where they defeated the Fordham Rams 42-41 on a two-point conversion.

Regulation ended with the game tied at 34. Fordham began the extra time with the ball and relied on junior running back Chase Edmonds, who ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns on the day, to take a 41-34 lead. MU needed to find the end zone to keep the game going.

They did just that as senior running back Ed Royds powered in from four yards out for his second touchdown of the afternoon. An extra point would have tied the game, but Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan decided that it was time to go for the win.

“We said before we even snapped the ball on the first play that we are going for two after we score here,” Callahan said. “That was our mindset going in and it didn’t get communicated to the entire bench and the placekick team started to go out on the field, that’s why we took the timeout just to settle everyone down. We have practiced this situation before. Take a deep breath and run the play, execute it and we’re going to win the game right here.”

Sophomore quarterback Cody Williams found a wide-open sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr. in the back of the end zone to complete the conversion. Players and coaches stormed the field to celebrate the come from behind victory.

“When he told me that we were going for two I said, ‘You’re joking, right?’ He said, ‘No, I’m totally serious and I knew what was coming,’” Williams said. “Like Coach said, we practiced it. (Senior wide receiver) Darren Ambush had an under and Reggie had a fade, back in restart and (senior wide receiver Matt) Choi had a dig. I snapped the ball, Reggie just beat the guy so I just gave him a shot. I didn’t even see him catch the ball, I just came down and heard the crowd go crazy so I got up and went nuts.”

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Men’s Lacrosse has International Friendly Against Japan

MLAX v Tokyo FalconsThe Monmouth men’s lacrosse team hosted an international scrimmage against the Tokyo Falcons Lacrosse Club from Japan on Friday, Sept. 23. The Hawks won the friendly scrimmage 11-5 at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

The Falcons Lacrosse Club consists of national team players and previous national team players. They are all post-graduates and only practice on the weekends because they’re busy with work and their families during the weekdays. Many of the Japanese players said the biggest struggle they face is finding a field to practice on.

This was the first time the Hawks have played a team from Japan, and Monmouth Head Coach Brian Fisher was just looking to see where his team stood at this point in the fall.

“It was a great scrimmage because we got to play under the lights at Hesse Field and it was our first opportunity to play against another team this fall,” Fisher said. “It was only our 10th day on the field so we had nine practices prior and it was fun to go out and see where we were as a team after less than two weeks of play.”

There was a chilling moment before the first whistle even blew, that everyone on the field and stands could feel. University event staff members were having technical difficulties with the playing of Japan’s national anthem. After several minutes of silence went by, the Falcons decided to sing their national anthem themselves. It was a memorable experience and a great way to get the energy flowing before the game.

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Women’s Soccer Opens up MAAC Conference Play 2-0

Rachel IvanickiThe women’s soccer team began their MAAC Conference play and are off to a 2-0 start after defeating Marist 3-2 on Sept. 17 and Manhattan 3-0 on Sept. 24.

A pair of seniors led the Hawks in their first conference game of the season, a 2-1 road victory over Marist. Defender Julie Spracklin and forward Rachael Ivanicki both scored in the first 16 minutes of the game to give the blue and white an early 2-0 lead. Senior goal keeper Sydney Lavan recorded four saves en route to her first victory of the season in goal.

“That win was very, very important,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “It’s hard to get points at home, let alone on the road and I think that we played extremely well. We created a lot of good chances and I was pleased with getting the three points on the road.”

The Hawks are now 8-0 all-time against the Red Foxes and are unbeaten in their last 12 conference openers (10-0-2).

Monmouth continued conference play on Sept. 24 when they traveled to Riverdale, NY to take on the Manhattan Jaspers. Both teams played a scoreless first half, but the offense woke up in the second half for the blue and white, scoring three goals in the final 45 minutes.

Redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson scored her first career goal from 20 yards out off of a pass from junior forward Rachelle Ross to open the scoring. That was followed eight minutes later with a goal by senior forward and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Alexis McTamney.

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Field Hockey Defeats Bucknell, Improves to 8-2

Laszlo JulieThe Hawks entered the week ranked as the number 14 team in the country in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which measures a team based on wins and losses and its strength of schedule. Once again Monmouth was home to the MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the week with junior forward Meg Donahue and junior defender Julie Laszlo earning the rewards respectively.

The Monmouth University field hockey team continued to impress as they improved this weekend to a record of 8-2 and hold on to their lead in the MAAC. The Hawks went 1-1 overall with a loss to Drexel on Friday and a victory over Bucknell on Sunday. 

Drexel got off to a hot start in the game burying a goal within the first two minutes. Monmouth was able to answer with a goal by freshman forward Josephine van der Hoop, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, when she tied up the game six minutes later. From there the game would continue as a stalemate until the Dragons were able to score on a corner shot right as time expired before the half.

Coming out of the half Drexel added another goal, again within two minutes of the start and extended their lead by two. Sophomore mid-fielder Gab Girardi scored her first goal of the season at the 44:29 mark making it 3-2. However it was all Drexel from there and they would tally the final two goals of the game and walk off the field with the 5-2 win.

“Drexel came out with a fantastic game plan,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “They outplayed us to every ball. We are going to look to regroup and clean up some things as we get ready for Sunday.”

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Football Falls to No. 11 Charleston Southern in Home Opener

Reggie WhiteIn the 24th and final home opener at Kessler Field for the Monmouth football program, the Hawks saw firsthand the gap that stands between them and the defending Big South champions.

MU held Charleston Southern to just seven first half points, but the No. 11 team in the country showed why they are one of the top teams in the nation as the Buccaneers topped the Hawks 35-7 on Saturday afternoon.

“We had opportunities early in the game, but we hurt ourselves with some penalties. Against a team like that, you’re only going to get so many opportunities so you have to make sure you maximize them and make the most of them,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said.

The blue and white held the Bucs offense to just seven first half points, a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Robert Mitchell to redshirt freshman wide receiver Kameron Brown with 7:40 in the second quarter.

But on the first play from scrimmage out of the locker room, senior running back Mike Holloway sprinted down the far sideline for a 75-yard touchdown run, putting Monmouth in a hole they would be unable to climb out of.

“In the second half, we came out and gave up a long score on the first play. It put us in a situation where we had to play from behind at that point,” Callahan said. “One of the things we said going in is we didn’t want to give up big plays to them, and we gave up too many big plays today.”

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Men’s and Women’s Golf Tee off Fall Season

Garcia FaithThe Monmouth University men’s and women’s golf teams have teed off their fall seasons. The men have competed in one event so far, while the women have competed in two.

The men placed 12th out of 14 teams in their opening tournament of the fall campaign, the Central Connecticut Invitational in Simsbury, CT. The Hawks carded back-to-back rounds of 310 in the two-round event that took place at Meadow Country Club, which is a par-72, 6,915-yard course.

“We were only in school for two days before we had to go and make that trip so I took most of the veterans who have some experience,” men’s Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “We went up there and we had seven rounds out of the ten that were in the 70s, but nobody went low. 310 is fair for our first tournament, but we have to shoot 300 or better in order to be competitive.”

Senior Tommy Whelan led the Hawks in an event for the first time in his career with rounds of 75 and 77 for a total of 152, finishing tied for 29th overall in the 36-hole event. Sophomore Drake Ferriter finished three strokes behind Whalen, posting rounds of 75 and 78 to card 155.

With the little time the team has together before going out to the first tournament, players need to make sure they are preparing throughout the summer.

“Most of us play in quite a few tournaments during the summer so we can stay sharp and in the weeks leading up to school, you start to really grind and get your game in shape and hopefully you come in playing well,” Whalen said.

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W Tennis:

The women’s tennis team fell 6-1 to Wagner on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the MU Outdoor Tennis Complex. Freshman Victoria Nugent earned a three-set victory as the fourth player (6-0, 4-6, 6-1), but The Hawks return to the court on Thursday, Sept. 29 when Sacred Heart visits West Long Branch. First serve from the MU Outdoor Tennis Complex is slated for 3:30 pm.

M Tennis:

Sophomores Nicola Pipoli and Alberto Giuffrida and senior Christian Vieira all finished third in their singles flights in the Joe Hunt Invitational this weekend..

“It was great to see the guys compete and get our feet wet with the first competition of the fall season,” said first-year Monmouth Head Coach Alex Kasarov. “We have a good group of talented guys and we as coaches are looking forward to working with them.”

Their next invite will be the Farnsworth Invitational, which will take place from Oct. 7-9 at Princeton.

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W Soccer:

The women’s soccer team began MAAC conference play with a 2-1 victory against Marist on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Early first half goals by seniors Julie Spracklin and Rachael Ivanicki each found the net in the game’s first 16 minutes.

“Today’s result was a terrific team win,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “We had significant contributions from many players and to start MAAC play with three points is fantastic.”

MU has now defeated Marist in each of their first eight matchups and have are unbeaten in their last 12 conference openers (10-0-2). They return to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 24 as they travel to Riverdale, NY to take on Manhattan.

W Golf:

The Monmouth University women’s golf team finished tied for ninth at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational in Phoenix, MD over the weekend. Junior Faith Garcia posted rounds of 77 and 79 to card a 156 while junior Erin DiDonato recorded rounds of 79 and 78, carding a 157 over two rounds.

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Men’s Soccer Downed by Columbia, but Records First Win Against Howard

Dave Nigro 4 3Monmouth University’s men’s soccer suffered its fourth defeat of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the hands of Columbia with a score of 4-3 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn in West Long Branch.

“There’s a lot of disappointment that we’re not winning games, but it’s a good group of guys so they’re working hard together,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “They haven’t lost faith in the process, so no pressure.”

The first strike of the seven goal thriller came just over five minutes in when junior midfielder Jake Areman finished from inside of the box to give the Hawks the lead. Senior forward Dave Nigro assisted the goal, but there was much more to come from him as the game wore on.

About 20 minutes later, Columbia drew even when junior forward Arthur Bosua scored his first goal of the season with a close range header from a corner kick. But less than 60 seconds later, the Hawks took the lead back when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul that took place in the box. Nigro stepped up and rolled the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 2-1 in favor of the hosts.

Just before the end of the first half, Monmouth won a free kick in a good position outside of the box. Senior midfielder Colin Stripling’s low drive was easily claimed by junior Columbia keeper Zach Adler, though.

The second half saw a quick flurry of goals in which both sides went back and forth. After a foul in the box, the Lions had a penalty kick of their own, which junior defender Alex Bangerl converted.

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Strong Start to New Season for Cross Country

Cross Country HolmdelBoth the men’s and women’s cross country teams have started the new season on the right track, with both teams finishing first in the Monmouth XC Kick-Off at Thompson Park on Sept. 3.

“I think that we saw the potential for a really great group,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “They executed the plan that we gave them for that day really well. We had them run together for a good chunk off the race so they did a good job of executing that. They showed that they can be a good group if we take care of things and keep doing the work that we have to do the rest of the fall.”

The men were led by senior Graham Huggins-Filozof, who placed first in the 6K run with a time of 19:17.42. Compagni feels that his runners prepare more for the season as a whole during the summer rather than have their sights set on the first race of the season, which benefits the team over the long run.

“(Assistant) Coach Chris Tarello and I are in touch with them all summer long and they’re all getting a training plan from us every couple weeks. For the most part, I would say that they’re good at following it as far as progressing with their mileage and starting to do some workouts, depending on what we want them to do,” Compagni said.

Sophomore Matt Farrell finished 15th at Thompson Park with a time of 20:11.40, and he talked about how he went about preparing for the season.

“Throughout the summer, we just trusted our training. We moved to heart rate training and it’s just about trusting that, getting our recovery and making sure that we are fresh for the rest of the week and fresh for meets on Saturdays,” Farrell said.

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Football Falls to Kent State in Program’s Second FBS Game

Zach Welch 27 7There was plenty of build-up in the days prior to Monmouth’s match-up with the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-Amer­ican Conference in the program’s second game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) oppo­nent in as many years.

But the gap between FBS and Football Championship Subdivi­sion (FCS) football was evident in the Hawks’ 27-7 defeat at the hands of Kent State, their first of the season.

“I thought our players played hard. We were able to get them in third down situations on defense, but were unable to get off the field,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said.

Kent State redshirt fresh­man quarterback Mylik Mitch­ell proved to be too much for the Monmouth defense as a dual threat. He finished 14-18 for 106 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but also ran for an additional 77 yards on 14 carries.

“Their quarterback hurt us in the first half, pulling the ball down and running on pass plays. We weren’t as effective with our pressures as we needed to be. Our defense was on the field a lot in the first half and we never had the time to catch our breath, so to speak. Once we got into a situation where we had to throw the ball, they were able to just lay back and come after us and it was difficult to do anything from a protection standpoint,” Callahan said.

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Field Hockey Records Two Victories, Improve to 7-1

Alyssa Ercolino 7 1The Monmouth University field hockey team has had a successful start to the 2016 season. They cur­rently stand atop the MAAC with a 7-1 record after coming away with victories against Saint Joseph’s and Temple over the last week.

It was Hawks vs. Hawks on Fri­day, Sept. 16 as the Monmouth University Hawks took on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks at “So Sweet A Cat” Field. MU’s defense was on full display as they were able to record their fourth shutout of the season by a score of 3-0.

“It was a great victory against a very talented Saint Joseph’s team,” Carli Figlio said. “One of the biggest fo­cuses was protecting the middle of the field and having our recovery runs back to the middle because they are very good in moving the ball. Another focus was being able to finish in live play and finishing on the cage. I think we did a good job in both of those areas.”

Monmouth scored in the middle of the first half in this defensive battle when sophomore forward Kelly Hanna scored her first career goal off a rebound. The goal was clearly a game changer. According to Hanna, the goal was key to “get­ting some momentum building for us.”

From there, the Monmouth Hawks went into halftime with a 1-0 lead in a closely matched game.

MU came out of the intermission strong and - within two minutes - junior midfielder Rachel Konowal buried a one timer off a crossing pass from junior forward Meg Do­nahue. This was Konowal’s second goal of the season and it came at a crucial time in the game.

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The Monmouth field hockey team is off to a strong start in 2016, going 5-1 in their first six games. They won their first five games, including a 3-2 victory over Kent State, before dropping a 4-0 contest against No. 19 Iowa in the first meeting between the two programs. Alyssa Ercolino and Julie Laszlo were named offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, by the MAAC.


The Monmouth University women’s golf team opened up its 2016 fall campaign with a 10th place finish out of 16 teams at the 36-hole Navy Fall Invitational. The Hawks opened the event shooting 321 in Saturday’s first round before carding 327 in the second round to finish the event with 648. Junior Faith Garcia led MU, carding a 160 after rounds of 81 and 79.


Monmouth University’s women’s cross country team finished second overall at the Ed Joyce Fordham Invitational. The Hawks registered 57 points, topping host Fordham, Manhattan, St. John’s, NJIT, St. Francis (NY), and Farleigh Dickinson. Only nationally ranked Yale finished ahead of Monmouth.

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Football Opens Season 2-0 for Second Time in Three Years

Reggie White Delaware State 9 10After going 5-6 a season ago in their second season in the Big South and finishing in third place in the conference with a 3-3 record, the Hawks opened up the 2016 campaign in a place they will have to get used to: on the road.

With construction of Monmouth Stadium ongoing behind the current Kessler Field, the blue and white will play eight of their 11 contests this season away from West Long Branch.

MU is coming off a 34-20 win against Delaware State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Sept. 10, improving to 2-0 on the season. The Hawks never trailed in the contest.

The blue and white opened the scoring when sophomore quarterback Cody Williams completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Devin Phelps-his first career score-with 4:23 in the first quarter.

Junior kicker Matt White converted a 28-yard field goal and redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar, who was named the Crons Big South Freshman of the Week, scored his first career touchdown-an eight-yard run-giving the Hawks a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Another White field goal and the first of two touchdowns for senior running back Ed Royds increased the MU lead to 27-0, but Delaware State responded with 20 unanswered points, cutting the deficit to 27-20.

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Hawks Look to Make History Against Golden Flashes

Lavon Chaney Lehigh 9 3A season ago, the Monmouth University football team made history when they traveled to Mount Pleasant, Michigan for their first ever game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school.

Even though they fell 31-10 to Central Michigan on Sept. 12, 2015, there were positives to take away as Kevin Callahan’s team saw how they competed against that level of competition for the first time.

“Going into that game, I didn’t know how we would fare. I came away from that game knowing that we absolutely do stack up well and probably the biggest difference in that game was that they had some more veteran players than we did,” Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan said during the football program’s media day in August.

“Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools have a maximum of 63 scholarships that we can have, while FBS schools have 85. They were deeper, that had more depth and they had the luxury to play two and three deep at every position, because they have that type of depth. I think that’s the biggest difference that I saw is that they were deeper.”

One positive that Monmouth was able to take away from last season’s game is that the blue and white kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard and limited their offense to 100 yards in the second half.

“We just really settled down and had a greater focus on our execution,” Callahan said last season after the Central Michigan game.

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Women’s Soccer gets Season Underway

Rachelle Ross Princeton 9 11The women’s soccer team is off to a 2-3-1 start to begin their 2016 season.

The MAAC preseason favorites as voted on by the league’s coaches, MU fell to Bucknell, 3-1, on Aug. 19 before playing Lehigh to a scoreless tie in double overtime in the home opener on Aug. 22. Since then, the Hawks fell to Drexel, 1-0 on Aug. 28 and picked up two wins on the road, shutting out American (4-0) and Seton Hall (1-0).

Senior forward Alexis McTamney, voted as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s eleven head coaches, recorded the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in regulation against Seton Hall on Sept. 4.

“It was a challenging weekend and our team responded in a very positive way. To be on the road for two games and to get two shutouts is a credit to the resiliency of our team,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “Alexis scored a terrific goal to win the game and finish off a great team victory.”

The goal was McTamney’s first of the season, 26th of her career and 12th game-winning goal with the blue and white.

In their first win of the season against American on Sept. 2, Monmouth was led on offense by junior defender Miranda Konstantinides, who picked up her first two colligate goals. She scored in the 19th minute and again in the 67th minute. Sophomore forward/midfield Alli DeLuca and freshman defender Jessica Johnson also recorded their first colligate goals for the blue and white. MU outshot American, 16-1, in the contest.

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Men’s Soccer Fights Back, but Falls to UMBC

Dave Nigro UMBC 9 10After coming from two goals down to draw level on 54 minutes, Monmouth men’s soccer was defeated by UMBC at the Retriever Soccer Park in Baltimore, Maryland by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night.

“The guys showed a lot of character bouncing back against a team that made the Final Four two years ago and creating a lot of chances in the second half,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “We made two mistakes early and UMBC punished us on both mistakes.”

It took just two minutes for the hosts to open the scoring after freshman forward Tre Pulliam ran onto a long through ball and held off Hawks junior defender Joey Gudzak before slotting past junior goalkeeper Chris Seager.

The Retrievers doubled their lead a little over fifteen minutes later when junior midfielder Sammy Kahsai bent a free kick into the top left corner of the net from twenty yards, leaving Seager with no chance.

Early on in the second half, Monmouth found their feet with a pair of goals from senior forward Dave Nigro and junior midfielder Colin Stripling; the latter’s headed finish spurred from a corner kick.

Nearly sixty seconds later however, UMBC took their lead back through senior midfielder Christian Morales. A quick combination of passes saw Morales with his back to goal within the penalty area before turning and using his right foot to swing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

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Softball Stays Atop MAAC with Manhattan Sweep

WSB 4 20Behind an offensive onslaught of five homeruns, the MU softball team swept the Manhattan Jaspers on Sunday by scores of 8-0, and 10-7.

With the victory, the Hawks improve to 9-1 in conference play, and maintain their spot perched at the top of the MAAC.

“It’s extremely important,” junior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger, who added seven RBIs on the day, said of the win. “Manhattan is a good competitor and are always willing to fight.”

To add to her seven RBIs, Shotzbarger contributed three hits on the day, including a grand slam in the second inning of game two. In addition, senior catcher Jill Freese also recorded three hits in the Hawks’ sweep, adding a grand slam of her own and two runs scored.

After edging a run in the second inning of game one, the Hawks went off for five runs in the third. Sophomore outfielder Katie Baron led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior outfielder Emma Hill. Baron scored from second when sophomore outfielder Chloe Howerth, who had a team-high four hits on the day, singled to the pitcher who errantly threw the ball into right field. A walk and a fielder’s choice would load the bases for Freese, who sent a grand slam to left to put the Hawks ahead 6-0.

“When we’re aggressive and attack every strike in the zone, good things happen,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said.

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Baseball Drops Two of Three to Siena

MB 4 20The MU baseball team struggled over the past week, losing three of their four contests. MU fell 7-3 to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, Apr. 13 and won the first game 10-4 over Siena before falling 6-2 and 6-4 in the final two games of the conference series this past weekend.

The lone victory of the week for the Hawks came in game one of the Siena series and they scored all 10 runs of that game in the fourth inning. Junior catcher Ryan Bailey laced a one out single into right and advanced to third on two errors. He scored on a single by senior shortstop Robbie Alessandrine who advanced to third on sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano’s double. Junior third baseman Grant Lamberton was hit by a pitch to load up the bases for sophomore first baseman Shaine Hughes, who drove a sacrifice fly to center that plated Bailey.

Senior left fielder Dan Shea followed that up with a two run single and advanced to second on a bunt single by senior center fielder Cary Jacobson. Junior right fielder Chris Gaetano followed up with an RBI double that scored Shea and sent Jacobson from first to third. Senior outfielder Christian Holland walked to re-load the bases and bring up Bailey for the second time in the inning who singled into right that brought home two more runs, extending the MU lead to 7-1. Alessandrine doubled into left that plated two more runs and he would score on an error by Siena sophomore second baseman Jordan Bishop, plating the tenth run of the inning.

Senior left hander Frank Trimarco recorded his third win by going seven innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven on 122 pitches. Freshman southpaw Kyle Ajjan recorded the final six outs, three coming via strikeout.

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Detroit, 9-8

MLAX 4 20The men’s lacrosse team fell short to the University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday, losing the conference battle 9-8 on Kessler Field.

MU surrendered a four-goal lead heading into the second half, while Detroit scored five in the fourth quarter.  Five different hawks scored in this contest, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

 “We came out to a strong start but Detroit was able to respond and beat us in the second half,” MU junior midfielder and captain Eric Berger said. “We will focus on us and the little things to prepare for our next two conference games.”

It was a tough loss for the Hawks, who currently sit at 2-2 in the MAAC and 6-5 overall.  MU has their first winning record in program history since it started in 2014. 

Junior Midfielder Dylan Schulte began the game by driving down the right alley and scoring a right-handed goal in the middle of the first quarter to put MU ahead 1-0.  This would prove to be the only goal by either team in the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter, junior attackers Dan Bloodgood and Eamon Campbell each added a goal as MU extended their lead to 3-0. Freshman attacker Eamon Campbell then scored a man-up goal on man up to put the score at 4-0 halfway through the second quarter. However, Detroit answered with two goals to cut the MU lead down to two heading into the half.

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Women’s Lacrosse Suffers First MAAC LossThe

WLAX 4 20The women’s lacrosse team had their undefeated conference record snapped on Saturday when they fell to the Canisius Golden Griffins by a score of 19-6 in Buffalo, NY.

The story of the day came from Canisuis’ sophomore midfielder Erica Evans, who netted eight goals in the Griffins victory.  In addition, Griffins senior attacker Taylor Giglio was good for six goals on the day, giving the two players over half of the offense for the visiting team.

With the win, Canisius stays at an undefeated 5-0 in the MAAC, while the Hawks drop to 5-1.

The start of the game was a little unusual for MU.  When it has regularly been the Hawks setting the tone early with marks in the first few minutes, it was Canisius who had control from the get-go.  The Golden Griffins came out of the gates on a 4-0 run within the first six minutes.

After MU senior attacker Michelle Gonzales’s goal made the game 4-1, the next six marks would belong to Canisius.  Three of those six goals were scored by Evans and Giglio.

Down 10-1, sophomore midfielder Kate Ryan connected off a feed from senior attacker Marial Pierce, putting the Hawks down by eight.  However, Giglio would answer one last time for Canisius before the half, sending a deflated MU into halftime down 11-2.

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Women’s Lacrosse Beats Quinnipiac on Senior Day, 15-6

WLAX 4 13It was bitterly cold and consistently raining for the women’s lacrosse team’s senior day on Saturday, however that did not stop their offensive onslaught of conference rivals Quinnipiac, as the Hawks took down the Bobcats by a score of 15-6.

Seven seniors were honored with a halftime ceremony, those players including, attacker Molly Arnette, defender Nicole Duca, attacker Michelle Gonzales, goalie Caroline Huelster, attacker Marial Pierce, defender Taryn Schweizer, and midfielder Kristina Vangeli.

“They’ve all done a great job and all bring something different to the table,” head coach Eileen Ghent said of her senior class. “Coach Wescott (Former Monmouth head Coach Denise Wescott) recruited them all, I was able to take over with them in leadership positions and I want to give her credit for bringing them here. The seniors have done a great job of evolving as leaders to bring our team where we want to be.”

MU set the tone for the game early when junior attacker Olivia Higson netted an unassisted goal within the first minute of regulation. The Hawks would then go on to score three unanswered goals, back-to-back marks by sophomore attacker Alexa Smith and one to follow by senior midfielder Marial Pierce. Quinnipiac finally bounced back with a man-up goal at the 21:26 mark by junior midfielder Alex Hlesciak, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Hawks.

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Baseball Takes Two of Three From St. Peter’s

MB 4 13The MU baseball team defeated Princeton and won two out of three in a weekend series against MAAC opponent Saint Peter’s, improving to 17-14 (7-2 MAAC) on the season.

The two teams split a Sunday doubleheader, with the blue and white taking game one by a score of 4-1 behind a complete game by junior right hander Ricky Dennis. Saint Peter’s only recorded two hits and one run off of the 6’8” right hander, who struck out seven and walked none. The Hawks scored a run in the first on an RBI double by senior left fielder Dan Shea, driving in sophomore first baseman Shaine Hughes who walked and stole second.

Shea drove in three more runs in the sixth with a three-run home run, his fourth long ball of the season. Junior third baseman Grant Lamberton was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Hughes’ single to right. That brought Shea to the plate, who lifted an 0-1 pitch over the center field fence giving the Hawks a 4-1 lead.

Saint Peter’s came back in the finale and won 8-7. MU had a 7-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, but Saint Peter’s scored one in the seventh and four in the eighth to secure their first conference win of the season.

Senior left hander Anthony Ciavarella started for the Hawks, going six innings allowing three runs [one earned] on five hits and six strikeouts. Freshman right hander Jordan McCrum came on for the seventh and gave up one run on two hits.

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Softball Wins 5 of 6 MAAC Road Games

WS 4 13The MU softball team finished up a demanding week on the road on Sunday when they split with the Fairfield Stags after previously sweeping both Quinnipiac and Iona, putting them at the top of the MAAC with a 7-1 conference record.

“It was a grind,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “We have to be smart utilizing practice time, because on game day they’re always ready.”

MU beat the Stags in game one, 6-2, behind a five-run fifth inning after falling behind 2-0 after three innings. The fifth was led off with back-to-back singles by sophomore pitcher Amanda Riley and sophomore utility Katie Baron, respectively. After Riley scored due to a Fairfield error on senior catcher Jill Freese’s bunt, the Stags retired the next two batters. However, the Hawks would plate four more runs thanks to a junior outfielder Justene Reyes double, another Fairfield error and a freshman infielder Nicole Wieczorek single.

MU would tack on one more run in the sixth inning when senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger scored on a senior third baseman Ashalynn Umiamaka double to left-center. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill would earn the win for the Hawks, getting her 11th win on the season.

However, game two belonged to defending MAAC Champions Fairfield, as they shutout the Hawks in a 5-0 victory. The Stags got on the board in the third inning when senior outfielder Lauren Filicia singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from freshman infielder Alisha Marshall. Scoring two more insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings would give Fairfield pitcher Lauren Falkanger the cushion she needed, as she kept the Hawks to no runs and earned the win over Riley.

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Men’s Tennis Cruises for Two MAAC Wins

MT 4 13The men’s tennis team took home two conference wins this past weekend, defeating the Siena Saints, 6-1 on Saturday, Apr. 9 and Fairfield, 7-0 on Sunday, Apr. 10.

Junior Przemyslaw Filipek, freshman Nicola Pipoli, and freshman Alberto Giuffrida all earned wins at singles and doubles in MU’s defeat of Fairfield. With the win, the Hawks are now 4-0 in the MAAC Conference.

Wins by Filipek and Pipoli at No. 2 and junior Christian Vieira and Giuffrida at No. 3 gave the Hawks the doubles point on the day. MU then went on to win five of six singles matches to give them the final score of 6-1 on the day.

In singles, sophomore Gomez Estrada won 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4, while Giuffrida dominated at the No. 6 spot, winning 6-3, 6-1. After a Pipoli, 6-2, 7-5, win at No. 3, Filipek took home the No. 2 match, winning 6-4, 6-3. MU’s sixth point of the day came at No. 1, junior Vidit Veghala taking that match, 7-5, 6-2. Fairfield’s only singles win came at the No. 5 spot, as Fairfield’s Anthony Caputo took the match from Vieira, 7-5, 6-1.

“It was nice to see us get in some tough spots today and compete with poise,” MU head coach Kyle Bailey said. “We talk a lot about focusing on what you can control and I thought the guys did that well today.”

On Saturday, MU won in dominating fashion over the Siena Saints in a contest where the Hawks did not surrender over two games in any set of any match on the day.

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Riley K’s 10, Homers in Softball’s Win

WSB 4 6The MU softball team defeated its hOURglass rivals, Rider, in back-to-back games on Saturday afternoon at MU Softball Park. 

Both games ended in mercy-rule finishes in the 5th inning, as the Hawks were able to tally nine and 11 runs in each game respectively without letting up a single run in either.  Senior catcher Jill Freese hit two home runs and had three RBI. Sophomore utility Katie Baron also homered, doubled twice and had three RBI for the offense of the Hawks. 

MU pitchers Amanda Riley and Sydney Underhill each had complete game shutouts, with strikeout totals of ten and six respectively.  Riley’s 10 K’s were good for a career-high as a Hawk, MU is now 13-11 (2-0 MAAC), as Rider falls to 3-21 (0-2 MAAC).

Baron finished the day 4-4, scoring every time she got on base.  Sophomore outfielder Chloe Howerth, junior outfielder Justene Reyes, sophomore pitcher Amanda Riley, senior third baseman Ashalynn Umiamak, and Freese stacked up three hits each.  Riley hit a homer, doubled twice, drove in three RBI and scored three runs.  Reyes hit two doubles and scored twice, and senior utility Emma Hill had an RBI triple and scored three runs.  Junior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger also drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double. 

In game one, Riley struck out 10 out of 17 batters she faced.  She let up one hit, and one hit-by-pitch in a complete game shutout.  In the latter contest, Underhill allowed five hits and a walk in her outing, striking out six.

“It was great to come out in our first MAAC series and take two,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It really sets the tone for what we need to do throughout the entire conference season.”

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Daly Leads MU Over Caniusius, 11-6

MLAX 4 6

Coming off back-to-back road games, the men’s lacrosse team defeated the Canisius Griffins 11-6 Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Heading into Saturday’s game, both teams were 1-1 in conference play, but MU’s recent 10-5 win over Manhattan propelled them forward into with a positive attitude, and the win against Canisius puts them at an undefeated 5-0 on the road.

“As a staff, it felt great to see our guys take a big step forward today in our development,” head coach Brian Fisher said. “We really emphasized doing the little things this week and it really showed up today. Our veterans and leaders really stepped up, played well and set the tone with our focus all day.”

Canisius and Monmouth are the highest scoring teams in the conference. One factor going against another high scoring team is setting the pace of the game early and stand out defense – both of which the Hawks accomplished against the Griffins.

“On the defensive end it was a total team effort,” Fisher said. “Our close defenders and defensive midfielders were all tough on the ball, which set the tone while [junior goalkeeper] Nick Hreshko played his best game this year and was excellent at the last line of defense.”

MU’s defense locked down Canisius’ top attackman Vince Gravino [who was recently drafted in the Major League Lacrosse by the Ohio Machine], holding him to one goal for the first half of the game.

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Five Smith Goals Propel Women’s Lacrosse Past Niagra

WLAX 4 6Behind five goals netted by sophomore attacker Alexa Smith, the MU women’s lacrosse team defeated Niagra University 15-11 at Kessler field on Sunday, improving to 6-5 on the season and 2-0 in MAAC play.

“It’s important to get a good start, and being 2-0 puts us in a good position,” MU head coach Eileen Ghent said.  “This conference is so competitive; it’s really anyone’s game, no matter who or where you’re playing.”

After going into the half down 7-6, the Hawks berated Niagra’s defense for nine goals in the second period.  Before this game, Niagra’s defense was averaging 9.6 goals allowed per contest for the 2016 season.

“We just wanted to get pumped up at halftime,” said Smith, who scored four of her game-high five goals in the second half.  “We knew that we could come out on top.”

The game began with a goal by Niagra leading scorer and freshman attacker Caroline Crump, which was quickly answered by a 3-0 Hawk run, containing goals by Smith, sophomore midfielder Caroline Corbliss, and senior midfielder Michelle Gonzales.  However, the Purple Eagles would answer with a three-goal stint of their own, and after a senior attacker Marial Pierce goal at the 12:17 mark tied the game at four, Niagra would bounce back with three more unanswered goals, putting them up 7-4.

With just over two minutes to play in the first half, senior midfielder Kristina Vangeli scored an unassisted goal after winning a draw that would come to be a major momentum shifter for the Hawks in their victory.

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Baseball Takes Two of Three from Manhattan

MBB 4 6The MU baseball team split two games against in-state rival Rutgers and took two out of three against MAAC conference opponent Manhattan last week.

MU traveled to Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY to take on Manhattan in a weekend series. The two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 2.

Senior southpaw Frank Trimarco got the ball in game one and gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings, but left the game with his team up by a run.  Freshman Joe Molettiere came in the game in the seventh and pitched into the ninth, when he gave up two runs on a Jose Carrera double to tie the game at five and an RBI single by Fabian Pena gave the Jaspers game one.

“They’re always tough,” head coach Dean Ehehalt said about Manhattan. “They’re kind of like we are. They’re a scrappy team, they throw strikes and are tough outs at the plate and they have some guys who can really run. They had some injuries last year and their season didn’t go quite as well as they wanted it to. They’re a very talented team that is well coached.”

The Hawks bounced back in game two defeating Manhattan 5-4 behind junior right hander Ricky Dennis, who allowed four runs [one earned] in five innings on six hits and five strikeouts. The Blue and White scored all five of their runs in the fifth. Freshman catcher Clay Koniencki led off with a single and advanced to third on singles by senior shortstop  Robbie Alessandrine and sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano to load the bases. Back-to-back walks plated two run and cut the deficit in half and senior left fielder Dan Shea singled home two more runs to tie the game at four. Senior center fielder Cary Jacobson’s sacrifice fly gave the Hawks a 5-4 lead they would not give up.

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Baseball Sweeps Rider in First MAAC Series

MB Beats Rider

In their opening series against a MAAC opponent and the first home series of the season, the Hawks baseball team swept the Rider Broncs (3-17, 0-3) in a three game series at MU Baseball Field.

MU trailed Rider 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning in the home opener on Friday, Mar. 25. Junior right fielder Chris Gaetano led off with a walk and stole second. He came around to score on an RBI single by junior catcher Ryan Bailey, who advanced to second on an error by the Rider right fielder. With the game tied at four, sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Bailey to third with one out.

After senior shortstop Robbie Alessandrine struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, leadoff man and junior third baseman Grant Lamberton picked up his fourth hit of the day, an infield single in between home and third base, giving the Hawks runners on the corners with two out. After Lamberton advanced to second on a wild pitch, Rider decided to walk sophomore first baseman and reigning MAAC Player of the week Shaine Hughes to load the bases and set up a force at any base.

Senior left fielder Dan Shea came to the plate and worked the count full before sending the 3-2 offering over the right-center field wall for a grand slam. Shea’s third homer of the season gave MU an 8-4 lead that they held onto after sophomore left hander Justin Andrews worked around a leadoff single and ended the game with only four pitches by inducing a 4-6-3 double play, giving the Hawks a victory in their first home and conference game of the season.

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Men’s Tennis Defeat Niagra 6-1 in MAAC Opener

MT Beats NiagraThe MU men’s tennis team opened MAAC Conference play with a win against the Niagra Purple Eagles on Saturday by a score of 6-1.

The victory for the Hawks comes after a challenging pre-conference schedule, competing with opponents such as Boston College and Yale University.

This season marks the first year in the MAAC Conference for Head Coach Kyle Bailey, coming to MU after coaching at the University of Maryland.  He is impressed with what he has seen so far from the MAAC, and believes an early win is great for a team in such a competitive atmosphere.

“Niagara came out strong in the doubles, playing with good energy,” said MU head coach Kyle Bailey. “It was good to see our guys step up to the challenge and hold their ground.”

Freshman Nicola Pipoli, junior Christian Vieira and freshman Alberto Giuffrida each claimed wins at both singles and doubles as the Hawks improved their overall record to 4-7.

Pipoli paired with junior Przemyslaw Filipek at No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-2 to start the winning ways for the Hawks.

However, the Purple Eagles tied the score with junior Felipe Fuentes and junior Francis Nadeau’s 6-4 victory over MU junior Vidit Vaghela and sophomore Ale Gomez Estrada at No. 1. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Battles Siena, Wins 16-15

WL Beats SienaThe women’s lacrosse team started their 2016 conference play by battling for a victory over the Siena Saints 16-15 on Saturday at the Siena Turf Field in Loudonville, NY.

In a game where six different Hawks scored goals, junior attacker Marial Pierce and junior attacker Olivia Higson combined for 11 points.

“Starting 1-0 in MAAC play is very important,” said Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent. “This league is competitive and every win will be earned, which makes this win even more significant. Today was an exciting, hard fought game. Siena is an explosive offensive team and one that will surely find success.”

The Hawks hit the ground running in the first half when senior attacker Michelle Gonzales netted a goal 43 seconds into regulation, setting the tone for a half which contained 22 combined goals by both teams.  After a 3-0 run by Siena, MU answered with a sophomore midfielder Kate Ryan goal at the 23:48 minute mark, bringing the Blue and White within one.

After a two-goal stint with 15:48 remaining in the half gave Siena an 8-6 lead, MU would score the next five goals in just over five minutes.  Siena stopped the bleeding with a goal by senior attacker Sarah Croutier which was followed by Higson’s third goal of the game with 2:28 left on the clock, putting MU ahead 12-9. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Tops Manhattan, 10-5

ML Beats ManhattanThe MU men’s lacrosse team dominated Manhattan College for their first MAAC victory in the 2016 season Saturday, winning 10-5 in a game in which they never trailed.

Four of MU’s ten goals came from the stick of junior attacker Chris Daly, in an effort where eight different Hawks registered a point.

“The staff and I are proud of how hard we played this afternoon,” MU head coach Brian Fisher said. “The effort, energy and excitement was contagious and once we settled into the game we began to play well.”

MU immediately took charge of the first half when reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week and freshman attacker Eamon Campbell set Daly up for one of his three goals of the half within the first two minutes of regulation, and they never looked back.  After Manhattan freshman attacker Parker Giarrantana answered with a goal on the following faceoff, MU sophomore attacker Bryce Wasserman scored with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, sparking a five-goal run for the Hawks.

Entering the second quarter leading 3-1, MU increased its lead behind a pair of goals from Daly and a marker from redshirt sophomore midfielder Dylan Schulte before Manhattan halted the run with a goal from junior midfielder Alex Abiog at the 4:31 minute mark.  The Hawks headed into halftime with a 6-2 lead. 

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Men’s Basketball Defeated in Second Round of NIT

MBB Loss Second RoundA season to remember came to an end for the men’s basketball team at the hands of an 87-71 defeat by the George Washington Colonials in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Mar. 21.

The Colonials had the lead from the first basket on, not trailing once all game. MU head coach King Rice gives them all the credit.

“We didn’t play our best basketball but that was because of their physicality and their size, so give George Washington a lot of credit,” Rice said. “We need to hold our heads high. A lot of firsts happened for these guys this year and at some point we will look back and know it was a pretty good year.”

GW contained junior guard Justin Robinson to just six points on 2-16 shooting. Colonials head coach Mike Lonergan had 6’8” sophomore guard Yuta Watanabe guard Robinson for the entire game. However, Robinson does not think the mismatch effected his performance.

“I’ve seen longer defenders all season,” Robinson said. “Drexel threw a 6-7 defender on me. When we play pickup in the summertime, I’m going against Micah [Seaborn], who’s 6-5, or Deon [Jones], who’s 6-6. Seeing a longer defender is not anything different. I just wasn’t hitting shots tonight.”

That could be said for the entire team, who only shot 34.2% (25-73) from the floor compared to 51.9% (28-54) from George Washington.

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Marist in First MAAC Game

ML Loss MaristThe MU lacrosse team faced Marist College in their 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener, a thriller that featured seven ties and eight lead changes.

The Hawks (4-3, 0-1 MAAC) went behind 9-8 on a late goal with 2:36 on the clock, which proved to be too little time to equalize.  MU’s squad had six different players score a goal, including two by redshirt sophomore midfielder Dylan Schulte and freshman attacker Eamon Campbell.

Marist goalkeeper Brian Corrigan held off Monmouth’s last efforts to tie with key last minute saves of Schulte and Chris Daly.  

“After the game around the locker room was mostly anger and disappointment because we knew we had the opportunity to win the game,” junior midfielder Kevin Murphy said. “I think we showed that we’re going to compete for a MAAC championship and we need to follow this loss up with a hard week of practice and a win this weekend against Manhattan.”

Marist (2-4, 1-0 MAAC) senior attacker Joeseph Radin tallied the first two goals of the contest with back-to-back goals.  MU answered with 4:26 to go in the first quarter as sophomore attacker Bryce Wasserman assisted junior midfielder Eric Berger for his fourth goal of the season. Not long after, Campbell fed junior attacker Dan Bloodgood for a man-up goal to even the score at two. Marist answered with a goal of their own to take a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.

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Men’s Baseball Beats Number 17 ECU

BB Beats No17Coming off the program’s first ever victory against a top-10 program against the University of Virginia on Mar. 6, the MU baseball team went 4-4 over spring break.

The Hawks took one out of three against George Washington, defeated James Madison and VCU and won one game against an East Carolina team that is ranked 17th in the country.

Junior RHP Ricky Dennis took a no-hitter into the eighth for Monmouth against ECU on Mar. 20, which was broken up by a single. But the next batter lined into a 3-3-6 triple play to end the inning and the day for the 6’8” right hander. He threw eight innings, allowed the one hit, walked and hit a batter while striking out six.

“Ricky Dennis was the story of the day,” said head coach Dean Ehehalt. “He got into a great rhythm early and took it from there.”

The Hawks scored a run in four straight innings starting in the first when junior right fielder Chris Gaetano drove in junior third baseman Grant Lamberton, who led off the game with a walk. Back to back doubles by sophomore first baseman Sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano’s first home run of the season in the fourth made it 3-0 and redshirt freshman outfielder Ryan Byrd pinch ran in the eighth and scored on junior catcher Ryan Bailey’s RBI single.

Dennis was perfect through 6 1/3 until a hit batsman broke that up, but a groundout and a fly out kept the no-hitter in tact through seven.

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Softball Goes 5-4 Over Spring Break

The MU softball team had a successful spring break this past week, going 5-4 with one rainout in ten games while taking multiple trips across the country.

The Hawks (9-8) traveled thousands of miles playing in three different locations, with games in Los Angeles, CA and DeLand and Jacksonville, FL.

“The preseason is great, especially for our sport,” head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It gives us a chance to grow together and figure out what we need to work on, while also building a team chemistry.”

MU kicked off the break in Los Angeles with a 12-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Blue and White were led offensively by junior outfielder Justene Reyes, who crushed two home runs and drove in four RBI, and freshman infielder Nicole Wieczorek, who recorded three hits and also added four RBI. Junior Sydney Underhill took home the win, throwing four scoreless innings.

After a pair of one-run losses to Harvard and Loyola Marymount University, the Hawks battled back to finish the tournament with two wins, beating FDU 11-2 and Harvard 6-5.

“The competition we faced this break was great,” Salsburg said. “There were three teams there that can win their division—LMU, Harvard and us.”

MU recorded a six-run sixth inning to secure their second win against FDU and walked-off on Harvard on a throwing error by the Ivy League university in the bottom of the seventh. Underhill earned wins in both games, hurling four innings and giving up no runs in each contest.

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Men’s Basketball Suffers Heartbreaking Loss to Iona in MAAC Championship Game

MBB Iona LossIt came right down to the wire, but the men’s basketball team fell short in their quest for a MAAC Championship as they were defeated by the Iona Gaels 79-76 on Monday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

The Hawks, who played this game in front of 3,115 fans, had an opportunity to tie the game with 13 seconds left. Junior guard Je’lon Hornbeak inbounded the ball to senior guard Deon Jones who gave it off to junior guard and MAAC Player of the Year Justin Robinson, who looked for a lane to the rim. Instead, he handed the ball off to an open Deon Jones who had it taken away and the Gaels escaped with the victory and their ticket to the big dance punched.

“The play was to come off the double ball-screen and throw it back to a shooter and that wasn’t open,” Robinson said postgame. “I heard Coach Rice say to go get one. I made a play to the middle of the court. Deon stepped up, so I dumped it off to him for an easy bucket and the defense made a good play.”

The game was the best in an MU uniform for Hornbeak, who finished with 20 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the floor, including 5-5 from three. Robinson finished with 14 points while freshman guard and MAAC Rookie of the Year Micah Seaborn had ten. This was the first loss all season for the Hawks when they had a lead at halftime (22-1). Both of the losses for MU over their last 15 games have come against Iona, after the Hawks defeated the Gaels 110-102 in New Rochelle on Jan. 15.

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Women’s Basketball Drops MAAC Semifinal to Fairfield, 66-59

WBB Semi FairfieldThe fifth-seeded MU women’s basketball team fell to number one-seed Quinnipiac 66-59 in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament Sunday afternoon at the Times Union Center.

Senior guard Sarah Olson scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, and senior guard Jasmine Walker was the only other Hawk to reach double figures, scoring 11 points and collecting seven rebounds.

“We’re disappointed that we lost this game, but we leave the locker room with our heads held high,” head coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “I felt like we played as hard as we possibly could. Everyone left everything out there and in the end, that’s all you can ask for.”

It was a tight game from the start, the two teams trading four point leads in the first quarter, with MU claiming a one-point advantage after one. The teams continued to play each other close in the second quarter, as no lead exceeded one possession. There was no separation after one half of play, as the teams went into the locker room with the score tied at 28 apiece.

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Men’s and Women’s Track Place in Top-Twelve at ICA4/ECAC Championships

Track Top 12The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track teams went to Boston University this weekend to compete for the ICA4/ECAC Championships.  The women took 9th place with their third straight season in the top-10.  The men finished in 11th place, which was the fourth best in school history.

Junior Tionna Garner took home the gold in the 500m, running a time of 1:10:31, which bested her own previous school record.  This was the first ECAC gold medal for the event in school history.  The men’s team also represented five out of the Hawk’s total eight All-East members. 

“After winning conferences and going after a big race last weekend I was excited about ECACs,” Garner said.  “I knew running a fast time should come from the weekend, but I wasn’t really expecting for the results to be that great.”

Garner also participated in the 4x800 relay along with Jenna Cupp, Lindsey Bellaran and Kendal Hand, taking home second place with a time of 8:44.08.  This mark was also an MU record.  Bellaran and Cupp took fourth and fifth respectively in the mile with times of 4.51.31 and 4:52.25, earning them both All-East Honors.

“Boston’s atmosphere is always high intensity and being able to be in that atmosphere with my teammates only made the weekend better,” Cupp said.

Also earning All-East honors were the distance medley relay team of Allie Wilson, Andrea Olsen, Brianna Stratz and Molly McKeon as the squad ran to a time of 11:45.80 to claim eighth.

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Baseball Beats No. 8 Ranked UVA

BB Beats No8The MU baseball team (3-7) came away with a victory against top-ten nationally ranked program the University of Virginia (7-4) on Sunday, beating the Cavaliers 6-4.

The victory against number eight seed UVA is the first top-ten defeat in program history for the Hawks, and the first win against a nationally ranked opponent since they beat sixteenth ranked East Carolina University in 2010. 

Coming off of an eleven-inning 11-10 loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday, MU started junior pitcher Ricky Dennis on the mound, and the 6’9” right-hander held UVA to two runs in six innings, giving him his first win of the season.  Left-handed redshirt sophomore Justin Andrews tossed three innings in relief to seal the victory and earn the save.

“Our team really battled today and showed a great deal of resiliency, especially after yesterday,” head coach Dean Ehehalt said. “We answered the bell today. Ricky Dennis was excellent and of course Justin Andrews was solid.”

MU’s offense was led by junior outfielder Chris Gaetano and junior infielder Grant Lamberton, both recording three hits on the day. 

UVA struck first blood in the bottom half of the second when freshman infielder Ryan Karstetter doubled down the left field line and later scored on freshman infielder Nate Eikoff’s single. 

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Men’s Basketball Clinches Top Seed in Tournament

MBB Micah SeabornThe men’s basketball team concluded their regular season over the weekend and clinched the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament with their 79-58 victory against the Rider Broncs on Friday, Feb. 26 on ESPN2.

Monmouth came out fast against the Broncs as they jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead with a jumper by junior center Chris Brady and two layups by junior guard Josh James and never looked back.

“I think tonight was an amazing night,” MU head coach King Rice said. “I’m the luckiest coach to be able to coach the young men in that locker room. It was way too long for Monmouth to be the champs. We got the first one but we’re not done.”

The Hawks did not trail once all game and had four players in double figures. MU was led by freshman guard Micah Seaborn, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds.

Junior center Zac Tillman added 12 points while junior guard Justin Robinson and sophomore guard Austin Tilghman put up 10 points each. The blue and white shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the floor while holding the Broncs to just 37.9 percent (22-58) on the night.

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Softball Begins Season with New Head Coach

WSB Sydney UnderhillThe University’s softball team opened the 2016 season by participating in the Lancer Lead-Off Tournament this past weekend.

The new season welcomes new challenges and two new coaches for the blue and white, assistant coach Jayme O’Bryant and head coach Shannon Salsburg.

O’ Bryant will be joining the Hawks after being a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015, while Salsburg comes to West Long Branch after a nine-year career as head coach at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“I’m excited to draw on things that I used to do at Bowling Green and bring them into a fun, new environment,” said Salsburg, who’s MU team finished 1-3 in their opening weekend.  “It’s been interesting to learn some new ways [of living] and figure out the Northeast area.”

Salsburg, who posted an overall record of 196-232-1 at BGSU, was named head coach of MU softball in September and will be replacing six-year head coach Louie Berndt. She was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and will bring a power-hitting approach to MU, as she was the only BGSU coach to have her team reach 30-plus homers in consecutive seasons.

“I definitely preach power hitting,” Salsburg said.  “But in this conference, our team will have to be more balanced.  We won’t be able to rely on power alone.”

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King Rice Signs Five-Year Deal with MU

MBB King RiceThe top sports story on campus this year has been the success of the men’s basketball team. The Hawks wrapped up their season with a 77-68 win against Niagara on Senior Day and secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.

It is undeniable that the expertise of King Rice, who is in his fifth season as head coach, has been a key to the team’s success.

“I always wanted to be a pro basketball player,” Rice said. “I worked hard to get to the NBA but I fell a little short. My second thing was coaching. I get to do that at a great school with great people and I couldn’t be happier.”

Prior to his coaching days, Rice played collegiate ball under the legendary Dean Smith at The University of North Carolina. Rice was recruited to Chapel Hill by current Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams when he was an assistant under Smith before he took the head coaching position at the University of Kansas in 1988.

As of Friday, Feb. 26, Rice prolonged his collegiate coaching career with a five-year contract that will keep him in West Long Branch through the 2020-21 season.

“King’s success as a head coach at Monmouth is not surprising me at all,” Williams said in an email. “He is extremely intelligent, very competitive and truly loves being a coach. He cares about his players a great deal and pushes them to reach their potential. He sees the big picture and is able to get his players to see it as well. Monmouth Basketball is one of the great stories of the season and he is the driver of that ship. I know the entire University will benefit a great deal.”

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