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Volume 83 (Spring 2012)

The Gun Show || Men’s Tennis Falls to FDU in Championship

With the semester coming to a close, it is only natural to look back at the year that was. To say we had a substantial amount of news in sports would be an understatement. We saw everything from sex scandals to praises on the Cuban dictatorship to different Monmouth athletes coming out of college and entering professional sports.

This week, I will try to narrow down the year’s most impactful stories and sum them up a bit. It is my hope that this sum-up will cause you to reminisce a bit on the school year that was, and even how much sports has influenced the news we remember.

Just attempting to narrow down nearly 30 editions of “The Gun Show” was quite a hard task, but hopefully you have hung on to the hard copies and made some further assumptions yourself.

Before I begin with the summary, I would just like to thank all of you readers for sifting the pages of The Outlook to the back every week just to see what sort of opinion I had that week on the wide world of sports.

Hopefully in the next year, you will see many more opinionated articles that you can agree with me on; or maybe you may come find content that you strongly disagree with. Either way, this has shown the power of op/ed, even in sports. So finally, I would just like to reiterate my appreciation for all of my faithful readers.

So this year in sports, we have had!

1.) The Sandusky Scandal: On November 4, 2011, a scandal that would soon rock the world was unveiled to the public. Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator (and a member of Joe Paterno’s staff for 33 years), Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. This story rocked the whole sports world students rioted, parents cringed and the football world was deeply affected. This was also the final “stamp” to the Joe-Pa era as the elderly man succumbed to cancer a few months later.

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Softball Falls in Three NEC Games Over Weekend

sports-softballThe softball team was swept by Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent Bryant on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Monmouth 7-4 in the first game and 5-4 in the second in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

In game one, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Alicia Desanto singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Desanto advanced to third on another wild pitch. Tish Derer doubled to center, bringing Desanto home. Kaitie Schumacher came up next and singled to knock in Derer.

The Blue and White added another two runs in the fourth. Chelsea Paprocki led the inning off with a solo homerun. After a couple outs, Derer singled to shortstop. Schumacher doubled to center and Derer scored.

Derer and Schumacher combined for six hits, three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kayla Weiser and Desanto added two hits each.

Alissa Schoelkopf took the loss and her record fell to 7-3 in 2012. She pitched five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two. She had five strikeouts.

In game two, the Hawks tied the game at with a four-run sixth inning. Schumacher doubled to start the inning. Weiser singled to put runner on the corners for Vanessa Cardoza. The freshman singled to shortstop and Schumacher scored to give the Hawks their first run of the day. Colleen Kelly flied out next and both runners moved up a base. Kayleena Flores stepped up with runners on second and third and one out. A wild pitch brought Weiser home and moved Cardoza to third. Flores singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, Cardoza scored.

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Baseball Sweeps Four-Game Series Against the Mount

MU faced a tough line up this past week as they competed against the non-conference Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday and competed in two double headers Friday and Saturday against NEC opponent Mount St. Mary’s.

Starting off for the Hawks was right handed pitcher Jon Shippee. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead in the first inning scoring three runs off three hits.

Senior left fielder Ed Martin led off in the first inning by hitting a single. Next was senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who got to first due to catcher interference. Sophomore second baseman, Jake Gronsky, nearly tired the game up by hitting a ball to the fence but it was caught.

Junior third baseman, Danny Avella, came up to bat and hit a sac fly deep to right field advancing both Martin and Rosenkranz. With two outs, senior designated hitter Chris Perret was able to connect for a single scoring Martin from third. Next was senior first baseman Owen Stewart who walked on four pitches bringing sophomore shortstop Jon Guida to the plate with the bases loaded.

Guida hit the ball in front of the home plate forcing a fielder’s choice e nding t he H awks’ t hreat. Monmouth would not get another hit until the seventh when senior center fielder, Josh Boyd, connected for a single.

The scoreboard did not change again until the sixth when Rutgers was able to score making it a 4-1 game. After this run crossed the plate, Shippee was replaced by freshman righty T.J. Hunt. Shippee closed his line with 5.2 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits. Hunt was unable to calm the Rutgers offense as he pitched 1.1 innings serving up two earned runs against seven batters. Relieving Hunt in the eighth was fifth year senior John McDonald who pitched one-third of an inning allowing one earned run. Coming in for McDonald was freshman righty Adam Yunginger who finished off the eighth with only one hit and one walk held to his name. Right-handed freshman, Chris McKenna, pitched in the ninth giving Rutgers their final run off two hits bringing the final score to 8-1 in Rutger’s favor.

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Men and Women’s Track Record First Place Finishes at Rider

On Saturday afternoon, both the Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field squads claimed the team title at the Rider Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J., while a trio of distance runners com­peted at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University, which included ECAC qualifying marks for a pair of Hawks.

On the men’s side at Rider, Monmouth (266) defeated the host Broncs by 115 points to take home the trophy, while the Monmouth women (234) topped NEC foe Sacred Heart by 37 points to claim the top spot.

“We needed to take a step for­ward as a team this weekend, and for the most part we definitely did that,” commented Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We still need to get stronger in some areas, but overall it was a very positive day.”

The Monmouth men scored in 20 of 20 events, winning all three relays, two individual events on the track and six field events to highlight the day. Senior Vincent Elardo won three events - shot put, discus and hammer throw, all with performances that move him up among the top perform­ers in the East.

Junior Ford Palmer qualified for IC4As in the 800, pulling away late in the race to win in 1:51.73, a time that ranks fifth in school history. Palmer came back later to anchor the win­ning 4x800 relay, joining with Colin McDonald, Andrew Langille, and Garth DeBlasio to win in 7:51.50.

The Hawks also won the 4x100 re­lay, with Josh Lewis, Geoff Navarro, Mike Drake and Ben Boyd running 41.78, while the 4x400 team made it a clean sweep of the relays, with Aaron Aquino, Jon Marques, Bayaan Oluy­adi and Joe DiBianca closing out the day with a win in 3:18.35.

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Softball Wins Three of Four, Sweeps Rival FDU

sports-softballpicPHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyThe softball team went 3-1 last week, splitting with Villanova and sweeping a Northeast Con­ference (NEC) double-header against Farleigh Dickinson.

The Hawks (16-14, 7-5) are in fifth place in the NEC. They are two games behind the con­ference leader, Robert Morris. Monmouth also trails Long Is­land University - Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and Central Con­necticut State.

MU defeated their confer­ence rival 6-5 in the first game and 8-0 in game two. Monmouth never trailed in either game.

“These were very big wins for us. We control where we want to be at the end of the season, so if we just go out and take care of our business and not worry about anything else, that’s all we can do,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We need to focus on one NEC game at a time and do what we did against FDU. Ev­eryone needs to focus on their job and their job only and get it done. When we do that you saw against FDU the outcome that we can produce.”

Kate Kuzma led the team over the Knights (23-14, 5-7) with five RBI’s. She went three for eight with a double, triple and homerun. Kuzma also caught both games.

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Baseball Team Splits Four Game Series With CCSU

Monmouth University’s base­ball team had a six game straight stint this past week against three different opponents. While most teams may feel pressured when it comes to playing six games with­in the span of five days late in the season, the Hawks kept their cool. “I don’t think we feel any pressure, we’re 30 on games into the season and we all elected to play this game,” Coach Ehehalt states, “We’re going to deal with the pressure that comes with it.”

With that said, the Hawks opened up their week with a one game series against Temple Uni­versity. This game was meant to be played on Saturday, March 31 but was postponed due to rain. Coach Ehehalt handed right hander Jon Shippee the ball, de­claring him the starter. Shippee went a career best seven innings, fanning five in the process. When asked what he attributes to his daily improvement, Shippee responded “I haven’t started con­sistently in a while. I’m just start­ing to get back into the groove of things.”

MU won the contest, 3-2, but had trouble securing their victory in the ninth. Freshman Charlie Battis relieved Neil Harm and got the first batter to fly out to right field. The next batter got on base due to a fielding er­ror by Battis. he then moved to second on a wild pitch. The next Temple player at bat also reached first base on an error by Guida, moving runners to the corners. At that point, Coach Ehehalt had figured Battis had enough and brought in Joe Loiodice to fin­ish off the Owls. Loiodice struck out the first batter and walked the second. The bases were now loaded and Monmouth was one swing away from losing their lead. Fortunately, Loiodice did not succumb to the pressure and got the last batter of the game to ground out to third.

Scoring runs for the Hawks were Jake Gronsky, Danny Avel­la and Owen Stewart. The RBI’s came off the bats of Avella, Chris Perret and center fielder Josh Boyd.

After this win, the men had no time to relax since they were scheduled to host Rider Univer­sity in non-conference play on Wednesday.

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Ehehalt Wins 500th With Hawks

sports-danny-avellaThe men’s baseball team is currently on a five game winning streak with the addition of this past weekend’s wins over the Lafayette Leopards and sweep over the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

The Hawks opened up their week on Wednesday against nonconference Lafayette. Jon Shippee was deemed starter of the game and pitched a career best 6.1 innings striking out three and allowing two runs off six hits. Replacing Shippee in the seventh was right hander Neil Harm who closed out the game and was awarded his second save of the season. When asked about Shippee’s performance, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said, “He has thrown three real good games for us. He’s not really conditioned to go nine at this point, but he’s thrown real well.” With this win, Shippee has improved his season record to 3-1.

Shippee and Harm had the support they needed from their offense. Scoring seven runs, the Hawks have finally regained their stamina at the plate. Designated hitter, Tim Bickford, knocked in second baseman Jamie Rosenkranz for the Hawk’s first run. Rosenkranz also accounted for the team’s second run in the bottom of the third. Hitting an infield single to get on base, Rosenkranz moved to second on a balk and then to third on a wild pitch. It was Bickford once more who hit the single needed to get Rosenkranz across home plate. Monmouth then changed the score in the fourth off catcher Tom Augustyniak’s and Rosenkranz’s bats. Augustyniak hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI double scoring center fielder Josh Boyd who got on base after being hit. Rosenkranz followed Augustyniak’s lead by hitting an RBI double as well.

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Softball Sweeps Wagner, Kuzma is Hero

sports-kate-kuzmaThe softball team took both games of a double-header in West Long Branch on Saturday against Wagner to reach .500 on the season.

Kate Kuzma was the hero for the Hawks (13-13, 5-5), getting the game-winning hit in both games.

Lauren Sulick was the winning pitcher in each game, improving her record to 8-4 in 2012. She pitched a total of 11 innings, allowing three runs, all coming in the second inning of the second game.

“We have three pitchers that can do their job on any given day, and today Lauren just happened to be on and she stepped up and did a little bit more than what I would have liked,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “But in the situation right now we just need conference wins and she was on, they really weren’t hitting her. So I wanted to stay with her.”

The Blue and White won the first game 4-3.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Monmouth answered right back. Kayla Weiser and Kaitie Schumacher hit back-to-back homeruns to take a 3-2 lead.

Wagner tied it in the top of the second and there was no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh.

Monmouth faced a scare in the fifth inning. Sulick walked the first two batters and coach Berndt headed out to the mound.

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Women's Lacrosse Team Defeats First Place CCSU

sports-katie-donohoeMU women’s lacrosse squad used a total team effort to hand Central Connecticut State their first conference loss of the season, 12-7 on Kessler Field Thursday, April 5.

The Hawks (4-9, 3-2 NEC), which never trailed, opened up an 8-1 lead in the first half. The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-1 NEC), who are off to their best start in program history, scored six second-half goals but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Monmouth offense.

“To me it was a lot about the stats today,” said MU head coach Denise Wescott. We started getting the draw, we got some good looks early. Our defense just shut them down, our assistant coaches’ scouting report was good and that really helped us shut the door. Our offense pressure and ran our ride as well as we have all year. We eased up a little in the second, we felt a little too confident. We gave up the draws and they capitalized.”

Offensively, the Hawks were led by sophomore Kaleigh Gibbons, who had a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists. The MU defense was impressive, forcing CCSU into 14 turnovers. Sabrina Heskins had three ground balls and two caused turnovers while freshman Katie Donohoe backstopped the Hawks with six saves, six ground balls and four caused turnovers.

The Hawks jumped all over the Blue Devils with Gibbons tallying back to back goals in the first 2:38 of the game. Senior Sam Lillo tallied two straight of her own, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead with 14:10 to play. Lynn White added a goal, with Gibbons on the assist before the New Hampshire native scored her third of the first half on a free position goal. Senior Olivia Salata pushed the lead to 7-0 with 12:22 to play before CCSU’s Betsy Vendel got her squad on the board with 10:52 remaining. Monmouth’s Sam Savona put MU up 8-1, scoring with 34 seconds left in the half.

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The Gun Show || Gender Equality in Sports?

Hardly: Analysis of Women’s Sports Coverage Using the Baylor Championship

From net-cutting, to pre-game dunks, national viewers missed out on a memorable women’s basketball championship game this year. Although it has been reported that the game received positive TV ratings (and its best since 2004), it still had a sub-par standing compared to other popular sports. It sure seems like the media just ‘forgot’ to cover Brittney Griner’s pursuit of championship and its aftermath.

A 26 point, 13 rebound, and five block game seems quite memorable, correct? Well if you didn’t log onto Yahoo! Or ESPN.com, chances are you wouldn’t find out about Brittney Griner’s powerful play versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Is this a question of what commercialization and a media marketing stance has done to the sports world? In 2012 it seems that ad revenues drive programming, which ultimately decides what gets national coverage, from live airing to post-game analysis. So, noting how men’s sports and their cult-following drive more viewings and therefore generate better business, programmers decide to cut or limit women’s sports coverage.

Is this analysis controversial, considering you may go online and read a story about how good the championship did with ratings? Well my personal opinion still tends to lean towards “no.” Throughout the season you could have easily found a powerhouse men’s program playing during primetime ESPN or network broadcasting hours. You’d be hard-pressed to find the same for women’s basketball.

While this power struggle continues between men’s and women’s sports…we had history unfolding. Baylor, led by 6’8” Brittney Griner was attempting to conclude a perfect season (40-0) and win its first championship since 2005.

The dazzling play of Griner has led to a season of dunks, numerous blocks, scoring outbreaks, and interesting post-game breakdowns of her drop-step, one-handed put downs. Breezing through the tournament, Baylor beat UCSB, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Stanford to make the championship.

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Track and Field Sets Records in Florida and Princeton

Laura Williams ran .02 shy of a new 400 meter hurdles school record as the Monmouth University women’s and men’s track and field teams opened competition at the Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida, Friday afternoon. Vincent Elardo and Vincent DuVernois paced the men’s squad, landing top-four finishes in the discus and javelin, respectively. At Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational, Qiyana Hill’s mark of 43.11 (141’ 5”) broke her own school record in the discus, while Khari Bowen finished the 5,000 meter run in 14.42 to set the new MU freshman standard.

In a field of 56 sprinters, Williams crossed the finish line in 1:00.03 in the 400 meter hurdles, good for 20th overall. Her time sits second all-time in the Monmouth record books, .02 seconds shy of Latasha Dickson’s 2007 time of 1:00.01. Rachel Watkins ran her personal best of 1:01.02 in the event.

Watkins cleared 1.70m (5’ 7”) in the high jump followed by senior Lindsey Walsh (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape), who landed a jump of 1.65m (5’ 5”).

Jennifer Nelson ran her way to third all-time in program history in the 1,500 meter run, clocking in at 4:36.86 for 25th overall in a field of over 40 competitors

Elardo took third in the discus finals, landing a throw of 50.70m (166’ 4”), while also earning sixth in the hammer throw, hurling for 56.36m (184’ 11”).

DuVernois took fourth overall in the javelin as last season’s All- American launched a mark of 67.02 (219’ 10”).

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Men’s Tennis Team Goes 1-1 Against NEC Opponents

The men’s tennis team went 1-1 on the week, after facing two fellow NEC opponents.

On Thursday, the Hawks fell to Quinnipiac 4-3. Freddy Marcinkowski and Carl Jedlinski both won their singles matches, but Quinnipiac was able to edge out the Hawks in four out of the six singles matches to take the victory. In doubles action, Francis Jedlinski/Laurence Heads and David Sherwood/Tom Kowalski won their matches 8-5 and 8-3 respectively.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks defeated Sacred Heart 5-2 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Francis Jedlinski and Sherwood were both instrumental in the victory, as they both won their singles and doubles matches. Carl Jedlinski and Jason Rothstein were also able to pick up victories in singles matches as well. The win brought the Hawks record to 4-9 overall (1-2 in the NEC).

The Hawks return to West Long Branch on Wednesday afternoon when they face off against Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:00 pm.

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The Gun Show || What a Payne! An Examination of Today’s High Stakes NCAA Hirings

It is one day before a highly anticipated Final Four game. The Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on the Louisville Cardinals. At stake is a trip to the Championship Game and the ability to be the talk-of-thetown. An entrance to college basketball’s biggest game surely must rile the nerves of players, coaches, athletic directors, fans, family, etc. But, what’s really on the minds of the sport’s power-wielders? Business. 

Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin arranged a meeting with Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne last Friday, just 24 hours from Payne’s biggest game during his tenure with the Wildcats. The meeting was to discuss Payne’s basketball credentials and the possibility of him taking over the Mississippi State basketball team, recently left vacant by retired-coach Rick Stansbury. 

Even in the tense heat of the NCAA tournament, programs are on the search for the improvement of their team. Surely this is not a bad thing; we’d all like to see a well-run program. But the timing in some of these coaching searches just seems extremely disagreeable.

Payne was just hours away from helping John Calipari (one of the nation’s most renown coaches) guide his program to the championship game. But instead of X’s and O’s running through his mind, Stricklin got him thinking number of zeros in his paycheck. 

From the dribble-drive motion offense to Mississippi State’s contractual offensive, Kenny Payne was forced to think about outside teams, financial well-being, his future, etc. where he should’ve been fully committed to helping Kentucky advance.

Sure Scott Stricklin acted out of Kentucky’s best interests, right? He claimed to be on the coaching offensive because of the MSU fan-base’s impatience with the search. He told Bulldog fans to be patient, but in this information-driven, tech savvy, media consuming world, fans want answers now. He was just doing his job, right? Getting out there, meeting with arguably the nation’s top assistant coach. 

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Women’s Golf Team Looks to Drive Home an NEC Title

wgolf-teamMost college sporting events are easily accessible to students because they are located right on the campus. This is unfortunately not the case for the women’s golf team. As they kicked off their season this past weekend, these dedicated girls were not there to play in front of their whole university. 

After speaking with different girls from the team, I was able to understand the incredible passion and devotion they all demonstrate for a sport they love to play. 

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, junior Kelsi Kavanagh has been playing golf since she was three-years-old. She has been practicing with him twice a week since she was four. Grateful to play at the division one level, she has spent most of her time at the University focused and dedicated to golf. With such a strong passion for the competitive aspect of collegelevel golf, Kavanagh hopes to take a swing at professional golf after graduation.

Sophomore Michelle Rosenhouse has also been playing since she was three years old, following in the footsteps of her entire family. “It’s a family sport that we all have played together for years,” explained Rosenhouse. She described golf as something that her and her brother have been able to bond over. If not playing golf after college, Rosenhouse hopes to one day broadcast for golf tournaments. 

After spending hours working out in the gym and practicing on the course, the team looks and feels ready to play. As a team, their main goal is to aim high. “This year I think our team can finish in the top three at conference championships in Florida,” stated Kavanagh. 

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Softball Goes 1-3 Over Weekend, Falls to Eighth in NEC

softball-picThe softball team defeated Saint Joseph’s, split with Robert Morris, and was swept by Saint Francis (Pa.) last week and is now 11-11 on the season, 3-5 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). 

The Hawks defeated Saint Joseph’s 3-2 last Wednesday thanks to a Chealsea Paprocki ‘sdouble in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Tish Derer, Kayleena Flores and Alicia Desanto each had two hits for MU, accounting for six of the team’s nine hits. 

Alissa Schoelkopf was the winning pitcher for the Blue and White, improving her record to 3-1. In two innings of work, she allowed one run while striking out four and walking two. Jordan Barnett pitched five innings, allowing one run with one strikeout. 

In the bottom of the sixth, the game was tied at two. Flores walked to start the inning. Kate Kuzma grounded out, moving Flores to second. That’s when Paprocki stepped up and put the Hawks ahead. She doubled to right-center, knocking in Flores and giving MU the 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish. 

Monmouth traveled to Robert Morris for a double-header Saturday. RMU won the first game 5-2. The Hawks took the second game, 3-2. 

Barnett took the loss for Monmouth in game one. In 2.1 innings, she allowed seven hits and four runs. Lauren Sulick pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and a run. She struck out three and walked four.

Christine Scherr and Vanessa Cardoza each had an RBI for the Blue and White. Each of them hit solo homeruns. 

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Baseball Swept by Temple Over Weekend

Baseball-Pitcher-PicPHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyUsually the baseball team plays only conference games on the weekends, but this past weekend proved as a rarity. The Hawks played in a battle of the birds as they took on the non-conference Temple Owls in a two games series. One game was played Friday, at Monmouth while the other was on Sunday at Temple University in Philadelphia. Originally scheduled to be a three game series, the Saturday game was postponed with the anticipation of a heavy rainfall. 

Starting in Friday’s game was Monmouth’s ace, right-handed Pat Light. Light battled through the first two innings allowing three hits and one run. He then pitched a perfect game from the third inning to the sixth inning maintaing a 2-0 lead over Temple. When asked how he felt during those stellar innings, Light commented, “I felt in control. You go four innings not giving up a hit and not letting a runner on base, you can’t not feel in control.” 

It was in the seventh when Light ran into some difficulty against the Owls line-up. Facing the heart of the order, Light walked the first batter, ending his flawless streak. He then allowed the next batter to hit a single, pushing a runner into scoring position. Light managed to get the following batter to hit a the ball right back to the mound creating the first out of the inning. The next batter hit a single scoring both runners on base. “I felt good,” Light continues, “Just kind of left some pitches over the middle in the seventh, can’t win them all.” 

Light walked off the mound after pitching six and a third allowing five runs (three earned) off of six hits. He also struck out five batters while only walking one. Light was throwing heat on Friday’s game was a 92-94 miles per hour consistency and even hit 95 at one point. His pitch count was a good spot with 90 pitches, 58 of those crossing the plate as strikes. Unfortunately, he did not have the support needed and was pinned with the loss. When asked to comment on Light’s game, Coach Ehehalt said, “He pitched good enough for us to win.”

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The Gun Show || Taliban and the Tournament: North Carolina Congressman Makes Controversial Basketball Comments

If you didn’t believe my testament about the powerful nature of the NCAA Basketball tournament, maybe you will when a political figure gets involved. Not only is basketball pride a way of life, but in North Carolina this week it came above national security, in a sense.

Commenting on North Carolina’s trip to the Sweet 16 (and later the Elite 8), U.S. Representative Brad Miller, a Democrat from North Carolina made extremely controversial comments. He noted basketball’s importance into the lives of North Carolina residents and the extreme rivalry present between North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University.

He showed no remorse or political correctness for his (apparent) hatred for Duke University. “I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.”

Miller made it clear that if UNC was placed up against the Blue Devils, then Duke would receive no “Congressional neutrality.” In Miller’s world, the Blue Devils sit at the bottom of the totem pole. Even if North Carolina is divided between Tar Heel and Blue Devil nations, Miller added that he would pull for the Taliban instead of Duke.

Sure the comment was probably made as a playful gesture, but bringing up the Taliban in such controversial times with the War on Terror and continuous threats at out freedom, begs the question of whether this Congressman is completely sane.

”The Dagger” Sports Blog mentions that the Congressman’s comments were a good way to have Homeland Security knock on his door. Plus, bringing up the Taliban in any circumstance is controversial, never mind saying that he’d root for them.

It would be conservative to say that patriotic citizens would like to give the Congressman a piece of their minds. Luckily for Miller, he is not seeking re-election. After that kind of comment, something tells me that he would not sit too comfortably with his colleagues in Washington.

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Softball Doomed by Errors, 2-2 Over Weekend

sportsPHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyThe softball team split a doubleheader Saturday against Sacred Heart. Monmouth won the first game, 2-1. The Pioneers avenged the loss in the second game, 10-6. 

“In my mind we’re better than we performed, but we have to play hard every game,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We can’t keep going up and down, up and down. We have to perform better. We didn’t do our jobs.” 

In the first game, Kayla Weiser was the hero for the Hawks (9-8, 2-2). In the bottom of the third, Weiser homered to right-center, putting MU ahead 2-1. This proved to be the game-winning hit.The Blue and White scored in the opening frame. Tish Derer walked, stole second and scored when Weiser singled to left-center.

The Pioneers tied the game in the top of the third. Liz Tsipouras was hit by a pitch, and Noelle Cahill came in to pinch run. Justine Sibthorp stepped up and doubled down the left field line. Cahill scored on the play. 

Jordan Barnett picked up her first win of the season for the Hawks. She pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits. She struck out four and walked seven in the game.

 “We had too many walks, and too many walks that the umpire took away from us. We struck kids out twice or gave them extra pitches,” said Berndt. “They have to be better. We can’t have the number of walks that we have because we’re giving up way too many walks. Whether the umpire is working for us or against us.” Defensive errors tormented the Hawks in the second game against Sacred Heart. 

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Baseball Team Knocks Off UMass, Splits With Wagner

baseball-picPHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyThe baseball team took on a five game week hosting the University of Massachusetts for a one game series this past Wednesday and traveling to Wagner College over the weekend to play in two doubleheaders. 

As the Hawks were going through their pre-game drills before playing UMass Wednesday, they were confronted with a minor set back. Sophomore shortstop Jon Guida had suffered a hand injury and was benched for the game. 

“Guida got hurt in the pre-game. He got hit in the hand before the Georgia State game and he played through it. The same thing happened today,” Ehehalt stated, “We just sat him as a precaution, he will be good to go for the weekend.” Looking to the bench, Ehehalt decided upon sophomore Jake Gronsky to fill the vacant spot. MU quickly adapted to the change by reconstructing their line-up, and took the field as if this speed bump had never happened.

 The Hawks called on right-hander John Shippee to be the starting pitcher against UMass. Shippee pitched five innings, allowing eight hits, one run, two walks, and striking out four batters. Although eight hits in only five innings of work may appear like a mediocre thrown game on paper, Shippee did very well considering the circumstances. He had not pitched at all in the last year and his last win was back in April of 2010. When asked if he was just running out of steam by that point, Shippee responded, “Yeah probably, I haven’t thrown five innings in a long time.” 

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Women’s Lacrosse Splits Weekend Home Stand

womens-laxPHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyThe women’s lacrosse team opened up NEC play with a win and a loss over the weekend. The Lady Hawks now stand at 2-8, but despite what the record is, they have plenty of optimism and confidence to improve as conference play gets under way. 

On Friday afternoon, they defeated Saint Francis (PA) 11-6. SFU got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0, but Monmouth responded by scoring four consecutive goals in a nine minute span. SFU struck for a second time not too long after the Monmouth run. The Hawks then struck for one last time before halftime, taking a comfortable 5-2 lead at the break. 

SFU began the second half with two straight goals to turn Monmouth’s lead into a one goal ballgame. Less than four minutes later, Alex Marino struck for the second time of the game. The Monmouth lead then disappeared when SFU added two more goals to tie the game up at six goals apiece. 

It was a nail biter with about 13 minutes left in the game, but Monmouth then blew it wide open by scoring five straight goals to seal the victory.

 Marino led the charge with three goals on nine shot attempts. Kayleigh Gibbons compiled two goals and three assists. Sam Lillo and Erica Abenschoen each added two goals apiece. Monmouth dominated in shot attempts, 33- 19. They also only committed a total of nine turnovers, compared to SFU’s 17. 

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University to Add Men’s Lacrosse Team as Division I Sport

ryan-gergelyFollowing three seasons of competing as a club team, Athletic Director Dr. Marilyn McNeil announced on March 8 that men’s lacrosse will now be the University’s 21st NCAA Division I sport with regular season competition starting in the spring of 2014.

“The final decision came about when the University was considering ways to increase male enrollment here on campus. We’ve been talking about trying to change the demographic here for a couple of years and we thought adding a varsity men’s sport was one way to do that,” said McNeil.

Getting the sport to become an official varsity team on campus took a lot of hard work from the team, especially sophomore president Mike Fedele and vice president Ryan Gergely.

“I’m excited to see the growth of the sport on campus. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports and to experience that at the Division 1 level is going to be great for Monmouth University,” said Fedele.

“To me, the feeling is bittersweet. I’m currently a junior and I will graduate in the spring of 2013, one year before the team is actually a Division 1 sport. That being said, I was instrumental in starting the club team here at Monmouth my freshman year so in a way it almost feels like myself and my fellow founders are leaving a legacy here at Monmouth from what we started and the success we have had,” said Gergely.

In their first year of competition as a club sport, there were 16 team members and they competed in eight games, while only winning one.

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The Gun Show || The Bolder the Better: A Look at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

It’s that time of year again. Flip on the TV: brackets. Log onto the Internet: brackets. If you dare turn on an ESPN network, you get bracketology. But what is the rage around these brackets, I mean aren’t they just pieces of paper? Well once March rolls around, NCAA basketball becomes a way of life. Suddenly it rules the lives of millions of fans.

All of these fans will be monitoring each game-break as if it were a drastic world event. And they’ll be on top of the NCAA and its every happening during the tournament. A high-ranked loss in the tournament to the NCAA fan is like the outbreak of a world-war to an average person. There is no other sporting event that carries such excitement, besides (arguably) the Super Bowl. March Madness seems to literally turn some fans mad; for weeks they’ll be glued to every inbounds pass and blown call.

If you need a little brushing up on the subject, here it goes. The NCAA tournament occurs every March when the NCAA selection committee chooses 68 teams (slimmed to 64 teams after play-in games) to compete in the ultimate basketball tournament. This, as you will see in late March, produces the champion of collegiate basketball.

This year, there has been an uncanny anticipation for the start of the tournament. As we’ve encountered scandals, surprises and superiority in the regular season, fans recognize the tournament could contain even more. Starting last weekend, teams began participating in the matchups. In what seemed to be battles to the death, players and coaches gave their all for the chance to represent their University in each succeeding round.

Teams this year seem as ready as ever. Although we seem to go into the tournament every year thinking a UNC, Duke or Big Ten team will win the championship, this year the squads seem strong. Again, it’s highly unlikely that two one seeds will combat all the elements and make it to the final round. Usually, we get some sort of Cinderella Story. In the past, there have been teams like the 2011 VCU squad, who came from a twelfth seed to make the Final Four. We’ve also had teams like the 2006 George Mason Patriots. Both of these squads overcame extreme adversity to earn themselves a spot in the Final Four.

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Baseball Team Wins Three of Four Against FDU Softball

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0001PHOTO COURTESY of MU PhotographyThis past weekend, the Hawks Knights, their first NEC competition this season, in a four game series.

Pitching on a six day rest, righty to open the series against FDU. In Light’s last appearance, he allowed five runs and seven hits in only five innings pitched and recorded the loss against a difficult Troy line up. Fortunately for the Hawks, Light’s game against the Knights provided a much different result. Light pitched all nine innings with great control, keeping his pitch count at 115 with 81 of those deliveries being strikes. He also struck out a career high of 13 batters. When asked what had changed Light’s game, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt responded, “Troy is a lot better than the team we played really good pre-conference schedule so that has a lot to do with it. Pat’s very good... it is not an uncommon thing to see him do that again [in our conference].”

With support from his team, Light was able to keep the Knights off the base path by allowing a mere six hits. Though Light had pitched a the scoreboard in the first off a RBI double to right field. Thankfully, Monmouth quickly retaliated and scored three runs in the bottom half of the first inning making the game 3-1, which would also be the final score.

Highlights from Friday’s game included senior right fielder Ja-against FDU’s pitching staff and also contributed a run. Junior third Hawks as well by batting 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Designated hitter, senior Chris Perret, provided the third RBI and went 1-for-3.

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Softball Team Competes in the Seton Hall Pirate Classic

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0002PHOTO COURTESY OF MU PhotographyThe softball team sits at 7-6 after going 2-3 in the 2012 Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. over the weekend. The Hawks lost to Texas Tech and Seton Hall twice, and defeated Manhattan in two games.

Vanessa Cardoza has the highest batting average through 13 games, batting .415 and leading the team with 17 hits. She also leads the team with 14 RBI’s. Katie Schumacher is right behind her with 12.

Lauren Sulick has pitched in eight games, starting six. She is 5-2 and has a pair of complete games. She pitched 34.1 innings and sports an ERA of 2.24. Alissa Schoelkopf is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Schoelkopf leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

As a team, the Hawks have a .965 fielding percentage. They have committed 14 errors this sea-son, nine less than their opponents.

Cardoza leads the team defensively with 24 assists, followed by Tish Derer with 23.

The Blue and White opened the tournament Friday with a loss to Texas Tech. Despite out-hitting their opponent 11 to six, MU lost 4-2.

Sulick pitched the entire game and took the loss. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked six.

Christine Scherr, Kayleena Flores, and Schumacher each had two hits for the Hawks.

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Women’s Basketball Triumphs Over LIU-Brooklyn

Will Now Face-off Against Quinnipiac in NEC Semifinals

With the regular season over, the Universities women’s basketball team defeated Long Island University-Brooklyn this past Saturday 68-56 in the quarterfinal game for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. Thirdseed Hawks rivaled the number six Blackbirds, beating them for a third time this season.

Together the team worked hard for their defeat. “The game went good,” Junior Abigail Martin stated “The game went good and we played well as a team too.”

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer was excited about the girls win. She explained how the team had a successful first half, hitting three pointers to give them a safe lead. LIU came back wanting revenge for their previous two losses against the Hawks. However, the team did not allow any room for a win.

Junior Alysha Womack played a tough game with 23 points and a strong first half. With her help, they were able to spring ahead from the beginning. Martin had her fourth double-double of the season by scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Junior Chevannah Paalvast scored eight points and had a career high five steals and two blocked shots.

Even with a sprained ankle, senior Alexis Canady was able to triumph over LIU with 13 points. With her first attempt at a threepointer it was obvious that not even her injury could hold her back from pushing herself further along in the game. Wearing her boot during practice and working hard in rehab the week leading up to the game, she felt comfortable and prepared to play. The team felt a spark with her perseverance to come out and play.

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Men’s Basketball Season Comes to a Close Against RMU

The men’s basketball team ended its season Thursday night with a loss against Robert Morris 87-68 in the first round of the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament.

“I can’t say enough about our team, and our kids, and the way they battled. The way they fought through adversity the whole year,” said Head Coach King Rice. “It makes you proud to be a coach and I’m thankful that they allowed me to coach them for this year, especially down to the wire tonight.”

Coron Williams led the Colonials with 25 points, shooting eight of 11 from three-point range. Lucky Jones added 16 points off the bench.

Jones and Lawrence Bridges led the third seed Colonials with seven rebounds each.

The Hawks were able to slow down Velton Jones, holding him to 12 points after he dropped 35 on MU earlier this season. He scored only four points in the final 36 minutes of the game.

Ed Waite led the Hawks with 14 points on six-of-seven shooting. J esse S teele a dded 1 1 a nd Mike Myers Keitt scored 10 off the bench.

Steele led MU in rebounds with five and assists with four. Robert Morris jumped out quickly to an 11-1 lead 3:24 into the game. Velton Jones started hot scoring eight of the opening 11 points.

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Men’s and Women’s Track Teams Post Record Setting Weekend

Both the University men’s and women’s track and field team’s were dominant over the championship weekend, but the men broke a memorable record. The men’s team totaled 27 points, the most ever at the IC4A’s by Monmouth. It was good enough for a ninth place finish. It is Monmouth’s best finish at the event since their 11th place finish in 2002. The Hawks also had five team members take All-East honors at the event.

The women’s team finished in 17th place at the ECAC Championships. It is their second straight season finishing in the top 20. Their 17th place finish is their best in the event in school history. The women’s team also added two more All-East members.

“We were pleased to get the men into the top ten and the women into the top 20 at a high caliber meet like this. We competed very well against the best schools from the Ivy League, Patriot League, Big East and other major conferences. Both teams did a great job this indoor season and we are excited about the opportunities we will have outdoors in a few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni explained in a press release. 

For the men’s side, Ford Palmer ran the 1,000 meter run in 2:25.09, good enough for first place and to become the school’s first individual champion at the event. Palmer also joined the distance medley team to an AllEast finish along with Mark Bernardo, Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez, and Garth Di- Blasio. They finished in seventh place overall. Vince Elardo earned All-East Honors on the first day of the meet in the weight throw, and on the second day as well in the shotput, claiming second overall in the event. Errol Jeffery earned his first All-East honor as he finished fifth in the shot put. Shane Carle finished ninth in the shot put.

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Softball Team Knocks Off Delaware, but Falls to Army

The softball team opened the season in Norfolk, Virginia in the 2012 Spartan Classic and won three of its four games.

The Hawks (3-1) defeated Norfolk State 10-4 in the season opener. Kayla Weiser went two for three from the plate, knocking in four runs. Kate Kuzma and Shannon Fitzgerald also knocked in t wo r uns each.

The Spartans led 3-0 halfway through the fourth inning. The Blue and White exploded in the bottom of the inning for eight runs. Alicia Desanto started the inning off with a walk and stole second base. Weiser singled to knock in the Hawks’ first run. Kuzma came up next and singled. Vanessa Cardoza stepped up next with a single to knock in Weiser. Fitzgerald kept the flood gates open when she stepped up next, batting in Cardoza and Kuzma with a single. Two batters later, Chelsea Paprocki got a base hit up the middle, and Fitzgerald scored. Jenna Jaquish and Christine Scherr reached base to load them up with only one out. Two batters later, Weiser doubled to clear the bases and give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.

Alissa Schoelkopf pitched four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out eight. Jordan Barnett threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits. Barnett struck out four.

In the second game of the double-header, MU defeated Delaware 6 -3.

Scherr was two for two from the plate, knocking in four runs and walking twice. Katie Schumaker and Paprocki each had an RBI as well.

Lauren Sulick pitched four innings, striking out three, allowing four hits and two runs. Barnett threw another three innings, giving up one run and five hits.

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Women’s Basketball Team Clinches NEC Berth

Alysha Womack Scores 1,000 Career Point in Victory over Wagner

With the playoffs beginning in only a week, the Hawks have secured their position in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament. Using their final games as practice for the tournament, the team had the pleasure of versing two conference opponents this past weekend.

On Saturday, the women traveled to Staten Island to compete against the Wagner Seahawks. MU was able to notch a win improving their record to 15-11 as well as improving their NEC record to 10-5 keeping them at third place in the conference. The game began with the Seahawks quickly taking charge over the Hawks’ defense.

The Hawks failed to take the lead until the scoreboard’s time showed 9:12 was left in the first half. Junior Chevannah Paalvast’s three pointer was the key for the lead change making it a 10-9 game. The Seahawks managed to stay in the competition and by 6:20 they had successfully taken the two point lead with a score of 19-17. But Monmouth did not fall far behind and when there was 1:25 left in the first half, the two teams had evened it up at 24-24 which is where the score would remain until both reentered after halftime.

When play resumed in the second half, neither the Hawks or Seahawks seemed to lack endurance. It was not until five minutes into play when the Hawks took a definite lead. At four minutes and 47 seconds, Monmouth had taken a four point lead which increased to a 13 point lead within the next four minutes. As the scoreboard read 10:43, Wagner attempted to make a comeback by scoring two points knocking MU’s lead down to 11 points, but via Womack the Hawks were able to score the next four points making a 15 point gap.

The ladies did not let the Seahawks come anywhere close to their lead throughout the next minutes of play and by 1:55, Monmouth took a 18 point lead over Wagner, 68-50. The Hawks would go on to win the game 70-54.

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The Gun Show || “Country Roads” Elicits Near Riot and Unfolds the Power of the Student Section

YouTube phenomenon and Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly brought on a full-fledged riot at West Virginia Coliseum on February 24th after pantomiming a ballroom dance to John Denver on WVU’s home court. The action greatly angered the West Virginia student section, who gave Williams a piece of their mind during an ESPN interview conducted shortly after.

Here, the power of a college fan-base was unfolded. They are without a doubt comparable to the three-headed monster, as seen when numerous security guards struggled to hold WVU students back from physically approaching the head coach.

The dance came after Marquette beat West Virginia 61-60 and greatly hampered the Mountaineers’ shot at the NCAA tournament. Already a YouTube sensation, Williams, who danced “Walk it out” two years ago on the court, offered a sarcastic apology for the event.

He stated that he liked John Denver’s rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and was so amped after the game that it was just natural. Later that night he offered a more extensive apology but still, West Virginia students and fans of all ages are not very fond of Williams.

YouTube users have taken pleasure in watching the coach glide across Mountaineer mid-court, but while doing so, ask whether the move was professional or a display of poor sportsmanship. Should a college coach blatantly poke fun at a song that is so dear to the hearts of the home team’s fans? Then, should he deny its impact?

From an outsider’s standpoint, this move is irresponsible and a lack of judgment. Sure, you may be excited after a huge win for your program, but that should not result in you sarcastically grooving to the other team’s alma matter-like song. Show some dignity and respect for the opposing program, shake the other coach’s hand and head into the lockerroom to begin your celebration. This move, Coach Williams, is just unnecessary.


Clearly, I am not the only one to think so lowly of the move, as students were clearly frustrated beyond belief as Williams approached his ESPN interviewers. Footage highlights security guards struggling to hold back angered students while showing some blatantly yelling profanity at the man. Like it was nothing, the coach continued the interview and stormed off in excitement.

A college student section is no force to be reckoned with. To anger them is to “awaken the beast.” The Mountaineers displayed this and showed their frustration. As rowdy as they may be, they promote sportsmanship and respect. This goes a long way for the sport, which can take pride in the fact that the fans uphold forms of morals and values. Buzz Williams, in his “two-step,” stabbed at the heart of these morals.

Just as the Monmouth Mob has had an increase in followers and dedication this season, (as pointed out in a recent Outlook article on the matter), other student sections take pride in their program and team. And as sometimes learned in a worst-case scenario, they will stop at nothing to show their perspective. As a head coach, Williams should have known the repercussions of his actions before making a mockery of himself and eliciting fury.

Maybe he really shows no remorse, as he has already “walked it out” on the sidelines in a game two years ago. Following an emphatic dunk by one of his players, he threw his arms up in the air and awkwardly stampeded down his own sideline. From that point on, he was an internet icon, but again, an example of an untamed, demeaning figure.

Clearly this Marquette coach, who is leading his tenth-ranked squad to a fantastic season, is keen with on-the-court issues, but needs a little reality check with sportsmanship. You may be overly- excited about a win, but it’s different when you degrade others while showing that excitement.

Maybe Williams, in need of this reality check, should have his squad take a stroll up to the MAC to take on the Hawks. Here, I can almost guarantee, you will find a student section riled up enough to set the man straight.

Whether your squad is ranked #10 or not, a few New Jersey basketball fans will definitely set you straight. We can guarantee you will not see Buzz stroll around at midcourt at the MAC dancing to the pep band…because if so he might find a sea of fans in blue and white, who want to throw in their two cents.

Attendance on the Rise for Home Basketball Games

Basketball season is coming to an end, but that does not stop the sudden increase in attendance to the men’s home games.

2000 students, families, faculty, alumni, and community members came out to support the University’s men’s basketball team at their last home game. The rapid improvement is overall exciting for both the team and the crowd that come out to cheer on the team.

“When we see the crowd hyped, we get hyped,” stated junior player Jesse Steele. The energy that the crowd produces for the team is contagious and it’s evident how the excitement level at the games is increasing each week with fans coming out.

What brought on this sudden increase in game attendance? There are numerous answers for this question, because with a new team, new program, and new coaches, many people are curious how the team will respond to all of these changes. At each of the games it seems as if there is always something going on. Between the cheerleaders and dance team performing in between plays to the announcers that keep the crowd intrigued, there is no shortage of entertainment.

According to junior Brittany Herrmann, there is definitely a major difference between the games last year and this year. “The atmosphere is very different compared to last year, more upbeat, exciting, and fans are behind the team percent,” described Herrmann.. “There’s an obvious increase in supporters from last year because the games are always crowded now.”

“The more people that come makes you want to play better,” explained senior Mike Meyers Keitt. With the players feeding off the excitement from the crowd, it is becoming obvious that with a little bit of support from the community the Hawks can play an even better game.

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Men’s Basketball Team Qualifies For NEC Tournament

The men’s basketball lost to Wagner Thursday night 74-67. They bounced back on Saturday and defeated Mount St. Mary’s 68-66 to secure a spot in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament in a couple weeks.

The Hawks (10-19, 8-8) are tied for fifth in the NEC with Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

Thursday night, Tyler Murray scored 20 points for Wagner (23-4, 14-2). Latif Rivers added 13 points and four assists.

Four players scored in double figures for MU, but it wasn’t enough to get passed one of the NEC’s top teams. Phil Wait, Jesse Steele, Andre Nicholas, Austin Tillotson and Dion Nesmith combined for 56 of the team’s 67 points. Steele led the team with four assists.

Free throw and three-point shooting hurt the Blue and White in this one. The team made only 55.6 percent of its free throws. Nesmith and Steele each made a three, as the team shot only two of 10 from beyond the arc. Wagner was 21 of 26 from the charity stripe, and 11 of 28 from three-point land.

“You’ve got to take your hat off to Wagner to take a lot of three’s, and to make as many as they did. They shot it better from the free throw line than we did, but I thought it was a very even game,” said Head Coach King Rice. “I thought our kids came out with the right type of attitude, but Wagner is just a little bit better than us right now, so they came out with the win.”

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