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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Don’t You (Forget About Me) | Ed Morlock's Senior Goodbye

ed_outlooksuitesWhen I first arrived at MU in September 2009, I wasn’t happy. Just about every weekend included a 75-minute drive to Maple Shade Friday afternoon, and a 75-minute drive to West Long Branch Sunday night.

It wasn’t until I joined The Outlook in the beginning of my sophomore year that I really started to enjoy the University.

I still remember the sunny day that I walked up to the newspaper’s table at the involvement fair and started asking questions. The next Monday I attended my first writers’ meeting and was assigned a story. Ever since that men’s soccer article, I’ve written nearly every issue.

The weekends no longer included a drive to South Jersey and I started meeting people; first my suite-mates, then their friends, and their friends, and so on. Before long, I had a solid group to hang out with and the “college experience” that I had been dreaming of all through high school was coming true.

Since that time, college has been the best years of my life. Every day is filled with fun and I can’t believe there was a time that I considered transferring to Rowan. Without The Outlook, I may have switched schools.

The last three years have been nothing short of amazing, and there are a number of people who I need to thank.

My Family

Undoubtedly, I would have transferred if it weren’t for my family. My sisters told me to stick it out and my parents told me they would support any decision I made, but they wanted me to give MU another chance. Thankfully, I listened.

I also never would have joined the paper if my dad didn’t push me towards it. The conversation went something like, “You’re going to school for journalism. Join the paper or find a new major.” This was the best advice I ever received.

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Baseball Takes Three of Four From Sacred Heart

BaseballsacredheartThe baseball team won three games out of four against Northeast Conference opponent the Sacred Heart Pioneers in West Long Branch this past weekend. The team collectively scored 37 runs off 50 hits in the series.

Southpaw junior Andrew McGee began the series with a 3-2 loss in a 12-inning game this past Friday. After a 10-inning effort, and two earned runs, McGee was replaced by the sophomore submarine righty, Jeff Paglione. The Pioneers scored the winning run off Paglione in the twelfth after a debatable stolen base call was made in Sacred Heart’s favor, placing a base runner in scoring position.

McGee’s talent was evenly matched by Sacred Heart’s starting pitcher, Troy Scribner. Prior to the ninth inning, there was a mere ten hits in the game. Both McGee and Scribner pitched ten frames and surrendered two runs.

As the contest was mainly dominated by the pitchers, the Hawks’ runs did not come easy. It was not until the ninth inning that MU scored their first run. Senior first baseman Chris Perret homered down the right field line for his fourth home run of the season and tied the game at 1-1.

Sacred Heart responded with a run of their own in the top of the tenth, giving them a 2-1 lead. MU quickly retaliated in the bottom of the tenth with the hero once again being Perret. With sophomore catcher Kyle Perry on third, Perret sent a ball between the gap at first and second to earn his second RBI of the game.

MU was back in their usual form for Saturday’s double header where they won both games, 6-3 and 18-4. Earning the start in game one was sophomore righty T.J. Hunt.

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Softball Finishes Regular Season With Sweep of SFU

softballSFUThe Hawks ended their final Northeast Conference regular season on Sunday by sweeping the home double-header against the Saint Francis University Red Flash, blanking them 6-0 and 7-0 respectively; going into the playoffs on a three-game win streak. Pitchers Lauren Sulick and Jordan Barnett pitched complete game shutouts earning them both their eleventh wins of the season.

While senior day took place during the double-header festivities honoring the six graduating seniors, Jordan Barnett, Tish Derer, Kate Kuzma, Christine Scherr, Lauren Sulick, and Kayla Weiser.  “It was a great way to end a regular season, with two wins on Senior Day,” Head Coach Louie Berndt said. “I was very proud for all the seniors because they’ve contributed for the last four years and actually made the program move forward. I’m excited that everybody had a hand on both wins today.” That was not all of the celebrating MU had done that day.

The Hawks got things started in the bottom of the third in game one, where Kathleen Flores led off the inning with a bloop infield single to third base, followed by a single to right from Derer.  After a walk to Alicia DeSanto and Katie Schmacher reaching base on a fielder’s choice to get the runner out at home, senior Scherr hit a two-run single to center to put the blue and white’s first two runs on the board.   With runners on second and third, with two outs in the inning, Kuzma brought the runners home with a two-run double to left.

That wasn’t all for MU. Two innings later, with two on and two out, Shannon Fitzgerald drilled a line drive to left, adding on one run to their already four-run lead.  The Hawks tried to add a few more runs later in the inning when a dropped ball by the Red Flash third baseman allowed the inning to continue with the bases loaded, however, Kayleena Flores couldn’t connect and struck out looking to end the inning.  

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Second Straight NEC Crown for Women’s Lacrosse

NECcrownlaxThe top-seeded Hawks won their second consecutive Northeast Conference (NEC) title over the weekend with wins against Mount St. Mary’s and Bryant. Senior defender Gianna D’Urso was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, leading a defense that allowed 8.5 goals over the weekend and she cause three turnovers.

D’Urso was shocked that she won the MVP award. She explained, “I was really shocked honestly, it’s great but to be honest, I felt that our whole team deserved it. I truly believe that every single person on our team could have gotten it.”

The Hawks held on to defeat fourth-seeded Mount Saint Mary’s in the NEC Semifinal Friday afternoon on Kessler field by the final score of 12-9. MU was led offensively by the NEC Offensive Player of the Year, junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons.  She had six points on three goals and three assists. Senior attacker Cassie Campasano found the back of the net three times, while sophomore midfielder Karlee Dean registered a pair of goals off the bench.

The blue and white wasted little time to score as they won the first four draws of the game, which all led to goals. NEC Rookie of the Year, freshman midfielder Marial Pierce, scored the first goal for MU, as she cut across the crease and ripped a shot past Mountaineers net minder Sarah Jane Leder.

After that, Campasano scored off of a feed from Gibbons. Dean scored back-to-back goals to force Mount to take a timeout. After the time out, Mount’s Lindsay Diaz scored off a free position shot with 22 minutes remaining in the first frame.

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Jesse Steele Signs Pro Deal

SteeleSenior basketball star Jesse Steele is adding his name to a growing list of athletes making it to the big leagues. Steele has recently signed a professional contract to play in his native Dominican Republic.

Leaving on May 1 for San Lazaro, he has come a long way since leaving Army to come play for the Hawks. Steele detailed how hard he worked in the offseason and all summer long, shooting and making 500 shots everyday. With that kind of hard work and dedication, it is no wonder why he has just signed a professional contract for a sport that he has had continued success in.

Throughout his time with the Hawks, Steele has left his mark on the University. The All-Star went from being a walk on sophomore to a senior captain on scholarship. Through all of his accomplishments, he has ranked 9th all-time in career three pointers, 10th in assists with 286, 14th in steals with 110, and has ranked amid the league leaders in minutes played throughout his two full seasons on the team. Along with ranking across the board, Steele has also netted 939 points and 286 assists within two and half seasons, and hit 157 out of 187 free throw attempts.

Within the past season, Steele took his training and his hard work to the next level. However, aside from his strong athletic abilities, Steele is also very modest in how he describes his work ethic. “My shot was struggling a lot in the beginning of the season and Coach Rice gave me some drills to stay close to the basket,” explained Steele. “It got my shot and my confidence up.” Not being afraid to ask for help has clearly worked in his favor.

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Baseball Stands at 14-6, Second in NEC

MU Baseball split a four-game series this weekend as they were hosted by Northeast Conference rivals Farleigh Dickinson. MU compiled 26 runs off 35 hits in the series and currently post a 23-16 record (14-6 NEC).

The Hawks were able to take the first game of the series, which was played on Friday, 8-2. On the mound for MU was southpaw junior, Andrew McGee, who pitched his sixth complete game of the year and improved his record to 7-1. McGee struck out nine and allowed seven hits in his appearance.

In regards to his pitcher, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said, “I think one of the attributes is that a guy like Andy McGee, a guy that wins conference recognition, has that ability to be special every weekend. Every weekend is a different challenge to him.”

The offense gave McGee support early on as they were able to score six of their eight runs in the first inning. Sophomore center fielder Steve Wilgus led off for the Hawks and with a 2-2 count, he hit a home run down the right field line. The men were also able to bat a round before junior second baseman Jake Gronsky grounded to shortstop, ending the scoring streak. Wilgus also led the team in hits with three and RBI with four in the game.

On Saturday, the Hawks played the Knights for a double header with both games lasting seven frames.

Sophomore right hander TJ Hunt began the Saturday stretch and picked up his second loss of the season as MU fell to the Knights, 7-5. Hunt ended his day one out shy of throwing two complete innings.

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Softball Splits with Temple, Sweeps Mount St. Mary’s

The softball team went 3-1 last week against the Temple Owls and Mount St. Mary’s.

The team started last Wednesday’s game 23-12, looking to keep their six-game winning streak going when Temple came to West Long Branch, N.J.

Defensively, the Hawks got off to a great start. Third baseman, sophomore Vanessa Cardoza, made a nice grab on a line drive to third base, then doubled up the runner who was looking to score the Owls’ early first inning run. The Hawks, however, could not get anything going as they failed to bring home any of the runners who got on base.

Senior Lauren Sulick was on the mound for the Hawks. Sulick started off hot, getting out of the first two innings without giving up any runs. However, in the top of the third inning with the game still tied at zero, Sulick was looking to get out the inning with runners on second and third with two outs. The Owls’ Stephanie Pasquale knocked a double over the head of the right fielder to drive home the first two runs of the game for the owls.

MU was able to make it interesting in the bottom of the third inning with a runner on second, but again failed to bring home the run.

Sulick ran into trouble in the top half of the fourth inning, when she allowed five runs scored for the Owls. Sulick was missing her spots and with the infield not at its best, MU trailed 7-0 at the end of four.

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Ed Waite Takes His Talents to Kessler Field

From the court to the gridiron, MU senior Ed Waite has begun his transition from power forward to wide receiver. After spring practices had already begun for MU football, Waite decided he’d like to try his hand at football, a sport he hasn’t played since his sophomore year of high school.

Set to graduate from the university in May, Waite played four seasons of basketball, and has one year of eligibility left if he plays a different sport, per NCAA rules. He will still be enrolled in classes and he’s weighing the possibilities of a graduate program.

“I really didn’t know what I was going to do after graduating here, so I just thought about my options,” Waite said. With a stat line of 50 catches, 1,059 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in his one season of football at Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., football was one of those options.

The decision was endorsed by his former basketball coach, King Rice. “It was something that had been in his mind since I’ve been here,” Rice said. “I didn’t know if it would work out here at Monmouth. I didn’t know if he would get a chance just to do the combine, or if he would go to another school to try it. Ed was a high-level guy in high school, so I thought after college it might be something he should try.”

His time away from football hasn’t stopped scouts from coming to see him. According to Rice, he had an opportunity to meet with a person affiliated with the NFL before the basketball season started.

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Women’s Lacrosse Goes 9-0 in NEC Regular Season

The Hawks (11-6; 9-0) came back from a five goal deficit and defeated Bryant (8-7; 5-3) on Friday night by the score of 12-8.

The game began with Bryant dominating the first 15 minutes as they gained a 5-0 lead with a pair goals from Lisa Vendel and Kimberley Sniffen.  With 13:50 left to play in the first half, the blue and white were finally on the board with a goal from sophomore midfielder Emily Barbieri.

Sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius scored two consecutive goals in the next three minutes to cut the Bulldogs lead to 5-3. However, Bryant answered right back with a goal at the 8:43 minute mark.

Sophomore Karlee Dean wasted little time to respond for MU to cut the lead to 6-4.  Stathius scored her third goal of the game with 4:37 left in the first frame.  Dean scored again to tie the game up going into halftime at 6-6.

The Hawks carried their momentum from the end of the first into the second half, with Dean scoring her third goal just 49 seconds into the frame.  She scored on a free position shot and gave the blue and white their first lead of the game.

Three minutes later, Dean scored again, and increased MU’s lead to 8-6.  Vendel scored her third goal of the afternoon to cut the Hawks lead to one.  The Hawks then scored four unanswered goals, including another one from Stathius, one from senior attacker Cassie Campasano, and two from senior midfielder Sam Savona.

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Men’s Tennis Tops Sacred Heart

The men’s tennis team beat visiting Sacred Heart (SHU) 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Hawks overall record to 6-7 and evened their conference record at 3-3. Sacred Heart fell to 3-12 on the season with a conference record of 2-4.

“Our guys have improved a lot individually and we’ve improved overall as a team,” said first year Head Coach Cory Hubbard. “It was nice to put it all together today and get a victory over a quality team.”

Partners Ramy Bekhiet and Freddy Marcinkowski got MU off to a good start when they won their doubles match by a score of 8-3, but SHU then responded with an 8-1 victory over Joe Talafous and Eric Pierce in the No. 3 doubles section. In the deciding match for the doubles session, Jason Prezant and Jason Rothstein earned a hard-fought 8-4 victory and gave the first point of the match to the Hawks.

In the singles portion of play, John Lopresti of SHU shutout Talafous, 6-0, 6-0, to even the match at 1-1. MU then responded with two straight points when Rothstein beat Kevin Budrawich, 6-2, 6-2, and Marcinkowski defeated James Barnhart, 6-3, 6-3. The Pioneers then cut the lead to 3-2 after Matt Dean beat Prezant, 6-2, 6-2.

However, Bekhiet was able to clinch the match for the Hawks when he defeated Justin Pagan, 7-6, 6-1. In the final matchup of the day, Pierce extended the margin of victory for MU as he beat Brian Power in a tiebreaker, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

Pierce’s match was a grueling one that saw the freshman take the first set, but then drop the second and fall behind early in the tiebreak only to win seven straight points and earn the victory.

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Baseball Improves to 12-4, Second in NEC

The baseball team hosted this weekend’s series against Northeast Conference Rival, the Wagner Seahawks, as they won three of four games. The Hawks faced the Seahawks in two double headers, with Saturday’s first game being nine innings and the second being seven innings. On Sunday, the first game was seven innings long while the second game went nine frames.

Opening the series for the Hawks was junior southpaw Andrew McGee. McGee pitched all nine innings earning his fifth complete game, thus tying his five complete game record from last season. With the win over Wagner, McGee boosted his record to 6-1 and yet, McGee felt beating Wagner as a team was more important than any personal record.

“Wagner is our biggest rival. I don’t really know why but for some reason, whenever we play them, we just always get amped up to play,” McGee said. “When I came in as a freshman, everyone wanted to beat Wagner. It’s not personal, we just get amped to play them.”

McGee surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, in the contest and struck out five batters.

MU’s offense had a tough battle against Wagner ace Ryan Casey. Collectively, the team connected for six hits, two of which came off senior third baseman Owen Stewart’s bat.

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Softball Sweeps La Salle and Central Connecticut

The softball team is starting to build momentum as they notched wins in all four games they played this week at home in double headers against La Salle University and conference foe Central Connecticut State University.

“I think they like their own facilities,” said Head Coach Louie Berndt. “They’re accustom to the routine, but once that first pitch is thrown and the game starts it’s all about playing the game.”

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Tuesday at home against the La Salle Explorers and their bats set the tone, scoring seven runs in the first game to win 7-0.

Sophomore Vanessa Cardoza went 2-3 on the day, including a team high two RBI.

Senior Lauren Sulick, this week’s NEC Pitcher of the Week, threw an absolute gem, commanding the strike zone throughout the contest leading to a complete game seven strikeout outing.

The Hawks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when junior Shannon Fitzgerald was able to score on a passed ball.  The offense picked back up in the fifth inning for MU when senior Tish Derer brought in freshman Nikki Sandelier on a fielder’s choice reach with the bases loaded. With the bases still loaded, junior Alicia Desanto was able to draw a walk to extend the lead to three.

Another fielder’s choice brought the lead to four for the Hawks before Cardoza blasted a two-out, two-run triple to right-center giving the Hawks a six run lead.  Sophomore Kayleena Flores ended the scoring for the day when she brought in Cardoza with a double. Sulick closed the game just as strong as she started it, making it a 7-0 victory for the Hawks.

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Seven Straight Wins for Women’s Lacrosse

The Hawks (9-6; 7-0) came back and defeated Quinnipiac (5-8; 3-3) on Friday afternoon at Kessler Field.  The final score was 11-7.  Senior midfielder Sam Savona led the way for MU, tying a career-high with four goals on the day, including three in the second half. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons also had four points on three goals and an assist.

The blue and white took the early lead on a goal from senior midfielder Erica Abendschoen.  The Bobcats answered quickly and scored four unanswered goals to take the lead 4-1.

The Hawks responded by going on a run of their own to tie the game. Sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius and Gibbons scored within a minute of each other to cut the deficit to 4-3.  Savona scored her first goal of the match with an assist to sophomore Emily Barbieri, to tie the game.  The Bobcats scored a late goal on a free position shot to bring a 5-4 lead into halftime.

MU started off the second half hot, scoring two quick goals to take the lead 6-5.  Sophomore attacker Meaghan Hess scored the first, and less than a minute later, Savona scored her second of the game.

With just over 24 minutes to play, Quinnipiac’s Lianne Toomey tied the game at six.  After that it was all Hawks.  At the 19:09 mark, Savona scored her third goal of the game and put MU in front for good.

Gibbons scored two straight goals during a 5-0 stretch by the blue and white.  Savona put away her fourth goal and junior attacker Danielle Rakowitz scored the final goal for the Hawks to win 11-7.

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Campus Reacts to Coaching Violence

Each and every day, educa­tional institutions have been working to put a stop to child­hood bullying across the world. From a young age, children and young adults have been exposed to a variety of anti-bullying cam­paigns, videos, and assemblies, all with the intent of protecting students while they’re in school.

While students are learning about peer bullying, who’s pro­tecting them against the adult bullies of the world?

Rutgers University fired men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Rice on Wednesday, April 3, af­ter a video aired on ESPN’s “Out­side the Lines” of him hitting, shoving and berating his players. Ever since the video went viral, it has prompted scores of reactions across the country.

Professor Claude Taylor of the communication department and athletics professor in residence, said, “This is definitely a sad sto­ry. I think that those in positions of authority at Rutgers University lost sight of student well-being.” He continued, “People should have turned their attention to this situa­tion much sooner and it would have not been as complex as it is now.”

Taylor explained, “Schools are supposed to prepare kids for the world, protect them, and keep them safe – not let things like this hap­pen.”

He believes that the firing of Rice and the coaching staff will be a temporary setback for Rutgers bas­ketball, but feels that if they hire the right coach, it could put the school’s head back in the game. “There is a distinct line between motivation and abuse,” he said.

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Lacrosse Stays Perfect, 5-0 in NEC

WLAXThe Hawks (6-6; 5-0) won their fourth straight Northeast Conference game Friday night by dominating Robert Morris (7-6; 3-3) 14-3.

The blue and white were led by freshman midfielder Marial Pierce who led all scorers with a career-high five points, including four goals and an assist. Pierce attributes her success this season to her teammates. “I think it’s just working with different teammates and  knowing what they’re going to do and working on our chemistry and then how we’ve been scoring,” Pierce said.

Sophomore goalie Katie Donohoe had a season-high 13 saves as the Hawks defense only allowed three goals; the lowest margin of the season.

MU started the game off in control when senior attacker Cassie Campasano scored just 19 seconds into the game.  Pierce added a goal two minutes later which increased MU’s lead to 2-0. 

Then the Hawks scored three goals in a three minute span including another from Pierce and Campasano and one from sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius. She also had a big day finishing with two goals and an assist.

The blue and white scored seven unanswered goals until Robert Morris answered back with a goal from Talia Waskowicz who scored at the 7:14 minute mark. 

The Hawks ended the half scoring a goal with just 1:57 left to play. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons assisted freshman midfielder Michelle Gonzales on the goal. MU took an 8-1 lead going into halftime.

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From the Bullpen to NEC’s Finest: Andrew McGee

mcgeeAndrew “Maniac” McGee has become a name much feared amongst the Northeast Conference baseball teams. As MU’s starting pitcher, McGee has a 5-1 record, four complete games, and 38 strikeouts. Not to mention he was named New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Pitcher of the Week on March 25.

McGee’s baseball roots trace back to age eight when he began at a much less competitive level. “My dad really loves baseball so he got me into it. He signed me up for t-ball, said have fun and I ended up really enjoying it.”

A few years down the road, McGee landed a spot as a starting pitcher for Toms River South under legendary coach, Ken Frank. McGee’s talent shined his senior year of high school as he set a Toms River South record for becoming the first pitcher to have an undefeated season with more than 10 decisions. McGee’s overall high school career finished at 20-4, 12 of those wins came from his senior year.

As he moved past the high school level and came to play under Head Coach Dean Ehehalt at MU, McGee also moved from a starting pitcher to the bullpen.“When I was coming out of the bullpen, I would pitch one day and then the next you may have to come out and pitch again,” McGee said. “It’s a little more stressful coming out of the bullpen [than starting] because you never know when you’re going to get in the game.”

As a sophomore at MU, McGee landed a spot in the starting rotation, a role he felt much more comfortable with. “I enjoy starting just because you can get into a routine and it’s just easier to know your day. For example, if you pitch Friday, then Saturday and Sunday you can relax,” he said.

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Softball Drops Two to RMU, Takes Two From Wagner

SoftballThe softball team returned to conference play over the weekend, dropping two games in a double header to Robert Morris University before rebounding to sweep Wagner University in a double header on Sunday. 

The Hawks pushed their overall record to 19-12 on the season and 8-4 in conference after the weekend, solidifying their position as third in the NEC. 

The weekend started with MU hosting preseason favorite Robert Morris University in a double header. The Hawks didn’t see much success on Saturday, only totaling two runs between the games, as they dropped both games by scores of 4-0 and 6-2. 

“I want to see more consistency, not making the mental mistakes we’ve made in the past,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “It’s all about scoring runs, and that’s what we have to do to win ball games.”

Game one saw senior Lauren Sulick take the mound for MU. She tallied four strikeouts and allowed four runs in her complete game effort. The Hawks were not able to provide any run support for Sulick. RMU sophomore Nicole Sleith pitched a gem for the Pioneers, only giving up four hits to the Hawks and she also added four strikeouts. 

RMU was able to get on the scoreboard early with a first inning soaring solo home run from sophomore Tess Apke. Sulick was then able to keep the Pioneer bats relatively quiet until the fourth inning when junior Chelsea Siar extended the lead with a two run deep ball for the Pioneers.  The Pioneers then further secured their lead with the third home run of the day in the fifth inning when freshman Haileigh Stocks hit a solo shot lengthening the lead to 4-0. The Hawks bats were unable to produce any runs and the Pioneers captured game one. 

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Baseball Wins Four Straight Over Mount St. Mary’s

BaseballThe baseball team scored 48 runs in a four game sweep against Northeast Conference rival, Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers(MSM) this past weekend.

Even though MSM had a losing record entering the series, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt still considered them a threat. “Anybody can beat anybody. You look at the scores of their games and look at the scores of our games and there is very little margin for error,” Ehehalt said. “In the sport of baseball you throw records out the window, records are not very vindictive on who’s going to win.”

Junior southpaw Andrew McGee pitched the series opener picking up his fifth win of the season as the Hawks won the game 13-7. McGee tossed eight innings surrendering two runs off five hits. He also struck out a career-high 12 batters in the game and threw a total of 96 pitches, 72 of which were strikes, before being replaced by sophomore righty Chris McKenna in the ninth.

McKenna threw two-thirds of an inning where he issued two walks and allowed three runs off five hits. Relieving McKenna for the final out in the ninth was freshman lefty Frank Trimarco.

Leading the Hawks offensively was the recently honored New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Player of the Week, senior third baseman Owen Stewart. Going six-for-six in the game, Stewart accounted for two RBI and four out of MU’s 13 runs. Junior second baseman Jake Gronsky, senior first baseman Chris Perret and senior left fielder Joe Bamford each had three hits in the contest.

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Baseball Takes Three of Four from Central Connecticut

Junior Pitcher Andrew McGee Threw His Fourth Complete Game of the Season

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The baseball team held their first home series of the season as they won three out of four games against the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils this weekend.

Opening the first game of the series on Thursday at 3:00 pm was junior lefty Andrew McGee. Despite the challenge of 50 degree weather, McGee was able to pick up his fourth win and his fourth complete game, all of which have been victories. In the process, McGee gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six, improving his personal record to 4-1. McGee was also named NEC Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive week. He is the first NEC pitcher to do so since 1998.

MU gave McGee the support he needed for the 3-0 win in the third inning when sophomore right fielder Craig Sweeney pushed a line drive past CCSU’s shortstop.

“It was a great feeling,” Sweeney said of his three run RBI single. “My first couple swings were bad, so I wanted to keep it short at that at-bat. I kept it simple, got a pitch, and put a swing on it.”

Sweeney plated sophomore catcher Kyle Perry, junior second baseman Jake Gronsky, and senior first baseman Chris Perret. Gronsky and Perry lead the team with two hits a piece.

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Women’s Lacrosse Remains Unbeaten in NEC

The Hawks (5-6, 3-0) defeated Mount Saint Mary’s (3-8, 2-1) Friday 8-5 to remain unbeaten in Northeast Conference (NEC) play. MU, who led the entire game, had a balanced attack and a strong defensive effort to win their third straight game.

The Hawks received a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Marial Pierce and senior attacker Cassie Campasano. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons, sophomore Allison Stathius and sophomore midfielder Emily Barbieri tallied a goal and an assist each.

Pierce put the Hawks on the board at the 22:17 mark of the first half.  MU held that lead for the next 20 minutes until Campasano scored off an assist from Gibbons with 2:17 left to play in the first frame. 

The blue and white controlled the first half and took a 2-0 lead going into halftime.  The Hawks had 15 shots but Mount goalie Sarah Leder stopped seven to keep her squad in the game.

Just 1:21 into the second half, MU increased their lead when Stathius scored.  She assisted on the next goal, which came 31 seconds later from Barbieri. 

The Hawks scored two more goals in the next 34-second span to lead 6-0, but after 40 scoreless minutes, Mount answered back with a free position goal from Kaitlyn Larrimore. Gibbons responded two minutes later to increase MU’s lead 7-1. 

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Hawks Host 18th Annual Monmouth Season Opener

MU Captures Six of the Top 10 Spots in the Men’s Shot Put Competition

The Hawks Track and Field opened their spring season with the 18th Annual Monmouth Season Opener. The two-day meet included 20 teams and 1,038 athletes.

“The meet last year got almost too big so we really wanted to see only 20 teams this year,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “There’s a few less teams, but those teams are strong teams. Less quantity, more quality.”

Competition began on Friday with the open mile and the hammer throw.

Sophomore runner Khari Bowen placed fourth in the open mile as he crossed the finish line at 4:21.32. Freshman Domenick D’Agostino shortly followed Bowen as he completed the race at 4:23.54.

On the field side of Friday’s events, MU placed fourth, fifth, and sixth in the men’s hammer throw. Junior Errol Jeffrey, senior Ryan Snyder, and sophomore Wulf Sutcliffe tossed a distance of 49.24 meters, 48.86 meters, and 47.73 meters, respectively.

MU placed third, fourth, and fifth in the women’s hammer throw as junior Qiyana Hill threw 50.86 meters, senior Symmone Fisher tossed 50.86 meters, and junior Rachel Aliotta threw 48.08 meters.

Hill also finished second in the discus with a distance of 42.96 later in the competition.

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Softball Rises to Third in NEC

SoftballGreyThe softball team picked up three wins over the weekend in double headers against Quinnipiac University Friday and Sacred Heart University Saturday, pushing the Hawks to 15-10 on the season and 6-2 in the NEC.

Sophomore Kayleena Flores said, “Playing back-to-back double headers is definitely physically and mentally draining.  But, we’ve done a lot of conditioning and worked hard as a team, so double headers aren’t as stressful as they used to be.”

The Hawks took the trip to Hamden, Connecticut on Friday to take on Quinnipiac in a double header. The Hawks didn’t see much success offensively on the day, only totaling four runs between the games, but they were able to split the games with the Bobcats, losing the first 8-1 but came back strong to take the second 3-0.

“We’re all really determined. We all have the same goal and we all just want to get where we need to go together as a team,” added Flores. “I think the team atmosphere is really good right now because we’re all working together as a team to get what we need to done.”

The only game MU dropped over the weekend road trip came at the hands of Quinnipiac in the first game on Friday, 8-1.

The Bobcats bats got hot early scoring four runs in the first inning off senior Lauren Sulick.  The Hawks then answered with a run in the second inning when sophomore Vanessa Cardoza brought in senior Weiser on a single, cutting the deficit to three runs. Quinnipiac didn’t waste any time extending their lead as they added two more in the bottom of the second pushing the score to 6-1.  

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Behind the Mic with Matt Harmon

harmonMany people who attend the University say once he/she grad­uate, they want to get away and start their lives as well as their careers. This was not the case for communication professor Matt Harmon.

Harmon attended MU as an undergrad student from 1993- 1996. MU started their football program in the same year of Har­mon’s arrival and he was sure to take advantage of the oppor­tunity. In his first year, Harmon played running back.

He remembers one game in particular standing out above all the rest. “It was a crazy back and forth game against St. Peter’s,” Harmon said as he spoke of the Hawks’ very first football win. “It was just fun to be there and be a part of.”

Harmon’s football career was cut short when he suffered an in­jury to his back, sidelining him for the rest of his college career. When a tragedy such as his oc­curs, it tends to make one reeval­uate what is important, which is what Harmon did. He was forced to reconsider his entire future at the University and figure out his purpose of earning a degree.

“I started as a business ma­jor. I took a couple classes but it didn’t grab me, so I looked for something else and communica­tion seemed to be something of in­terest to me.”

In his eyes, the injury was a bless­ing in disguise. “Getting hurt and not playing foot­ball led me to be more involved with the commu­nication aspect of sports because I had more time,” Harmon said.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Three of Four

Hawks Start Northeast Conference Season 2-0

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On Wednesday March 13 the Hawks (4-6, 2-0) defeated St. Jo­seph’s University (5-2) in over­time by the final score of 9-8 at Kessler Field. Freshmen midfield­er Marial Pierce led the way with four goals and a career-high five points.

These teams battled back and forth all game long with the larg­est lead being two by St. Joe’s coming right before the end of the first half. With a 4-2 SJU lead senior midfielder Erica Abend­schoen and Pierce scored back to back goals to tie the game with 7:49 remaining in the first half.

The blue and white scored three minutes into the second half to cut the lead to one when senior midfielder Sam Savona scored at the 27:40 mark. Only 15 seconds later, Pierce scored to tie the game up at six. MU took its first lead of the game when sophomore mid­fielder Emily Barbieri scored off an assist from Abendschoen with 19:12 left in regulation.

St. Joe’s answered right back to tie the game up 7-7 with a goal from Abby Ananian. She scored again to put SJU up 8-7 with 2:58 to play. Pierce answered back to tie it with just under two min­utes left. With 10 seconds left in regulation St. Joe’s had a chance to win it, but a save by MU net minder Katie Donohoe forced OT.

Early on in OT, SJU had a shot de­flected by MU’s defense, and then Donohoe picked up the ball and fed it up field where the Hawks called a time­out. Pierce scored coming out of the timeout with 2:01 remaining. With 40 seconds on the clock, St. Joe’s had a chance to tie the game with a free position shot that sailed wide.

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Baseball Wins Five of Eight During Break

The baseball team went 5-3 over spring break as they com­peted in a series against Virginia Commonwealth University and Northeast Conference opponent Quinnipiac University.

Virginia hosted the first of the two series. Danny Avella said the team wasn’t intimidated by playing teams from the south. “There isn’t an intimidation fac­tor,” Avella said. He finds support for his statement in a game from earlier this season. “We played Vanderbilt, number two in the na­tion; we played a good game the first time and were able to keep up with them.”

Avella’s creed must lie true in junior southpaw Andrew Mc­Gee’s mind as he opened the VCU series with a 3-1 win on Friday, March 15. McGee hurled his second complete game of the season and fanned five batters. Senior left fielder Joe Bamford and junior second baseman Jake Gronsky contributed three hits a piece in the victory. Sophomore designated hitter Craig Sweeney touched home twice and went two for four while senior infield­er Owen Stewart also notched two hits and one RBI. Bamford scored the final run in the sixth as freshman Robbie Alessandrine squeezed him home.

Senior lefty Dan Smith was handed the ball in game two, but could not find his niche as the Hawks fell 8-3. Even though Smith was credited the loss, MU’s downfall was not his to claim. An error in the third cost the team five unearned runs, and the Hawks could not recover. The bullpen came in strong pitching 4.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Sophomore outfielder Steve Wilgus led the offense in the game as he connected three times and provided one RBI. Senior designated hitter Chris Perret and junior shortstop Jon Guida each had one hit and one RBI for the day.

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Softball Opens NEC Play 3-1

The softball team opened their Northeast Conference (NEC) and home schedule last weekend with double-headers against Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant.

The Hawks split with Fairleigh Dickinson and swept Bryant.

MU won the opening game against FDU 1-0 on Saturday. Senior Lauren Sulick pitched a complete game three-hitter. She walked one and struck out three in the win.

The blue and white’s only run came in the first inning. Senior Tish Derer opened the game with a triple. Two batters later, sopho­more Kayleena Flores knocked her in for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Senior pitcher Jordan Barnett started the second game of the double-header. She pitched three innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits. She had no walks or strikeouts.

The Knights took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning. MU an­swered in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own.

Senior Kate Kuzma reached base on a fielding error. Derer moved Kuzma up and reached base with a bunt. Flores knocked both of them in with a single and a throwing error.

Senior Kayla Weiser was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a throwing error when junior Katie Schumacher put the ball in play. Flores scored on the error to make it a 4-3 game.

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Women’s Basketball Knocked Out by Mount St. Mary’s

The Hawks Lose in Final Seconds of Overtime, Eliminated From NEC Tournament

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The women’s basketball season came to an end Sunday in the quar­terfinals of the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament when MU suf­fered a 59-57 overtime loss to Mount St. Mary’s in the third meeting be­tween the two teams this season.

Mount St. Mary’s guard Ashley Christie hit the game winning lay-up with eight seconds left to stun the Hawks, who took a 54-49 lead with 3:42 remaining in the overtime pe­riod. MU senior guard Gabby Singer failed to connect on an off-balance, contested shot at the buzzer.

Mountaineers guard Sydney Hen­derson scored a game high 17 points. Jacqueline Brewer added 12 in the win.

Sara English paced the Hawks with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Alysha Womack scored 12 and Abby Martin chipped in 11.

“I’ve been a little speechless since the end of that one,” MU head coach Jenny Palmateer said. “Hats off to Mount St. Mary’s, I thought they played a great game. I’m really proud of our team and the way we fought back.”

MU got off to a slow start, falling behind 16-2 after scoring the first basket of the game. They used offen­sive rebounds and size advantage to get back into the game. The Hawks had 12 offensive boards in the half, including five by English.

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Women’s LAX Falls to Rutgers & Lafayette, Tops Siena

WLAXThe women’s lacrosse team lost to Rutgers on Saturday March 2, by the score of 11-8. The Hawks record falls to 0-4. The Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Freshman MU mid­fielder Marial Pierce scored off an assist from junior midfielder, Ka­leigh Gibbons, to make the score 3-1 shortly after.

Senior midfielder Sam Savona kept the momentum going by scoring and closing the gap on the Scarlet K nights lead. At the 13:34 mark of the first period, the blue and white would score on a free position shot from sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius to tie the game up at three.

Rutgers would again take the lead on another goal from Aman­da Trandell. But, as time was ex­piring, the Hawks tied the game yet again when sophomore mid­fielder Karlee Dean scored on a free position shot. MU would start the second half off with Gibbons scoring forty seconds in to take a 5-4 lead.

The Scarlet Knights took a 7-5 lead after scoring three straight goals, including a pair from Me­gan Clements. Pierce would cut the deficit to one when she scored off of a pass from Gibbons with 17:46 left to play in the game.

Rutgers answered back again with two goals from Clements to increase their lead to three. G ib­bons scored again with 8:14 left, but quickly after that, Trandell scored again. Gibbons and Tran­dell traded goals over the last four plus minutes as the Hawks fell 11- 8.

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Track & Field Finishes First in ECAC and IC4A

Eight Hawks Received All East Honors for their Performances

TrackThe men’s and women’s track teams took home two first place prizes in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Inter­collegiate Association of Ama­teur Athletics the first weekend of March.

The men’s distance medley relay (DMR) team took home a huge win. Racing against 30 teams on Saturday in order to qualify for the finals on Sunday were sophomores Andrew Lang­ille and Alex Leight as well as freshmen John Malespina and Graham Huggins-Filozof. Re­placing Malespina and Huggins- Filozof in the finals on Sunday were senior captains Ford Palm­er and sophomore Ben Boyd.

According to Palmer, the rea­son behind a six-man squad was because the competition lasted two days.

When asked if he was ner­vous that his squad would be at a disadvantage because of their youth, Palmer said, “No, not at all. We were working day in and day out throughout the year, so it was only a matter of time for their time to shine.”

Head Coach Joe Compagni agrees with Palmer’s opinion when it comes to the young team. “It’s great to get them [un­derclassmen] the experience of not just being there, but being there and competing with the best folks of the east.”

With the DMR win, this be­came Palmer’s second IC4A victory in his career at MU. “Palmer actually won the thou­sand last year,” Compagni said. “He was the first person to win a track event [in the IC4A]. We had other people win field events but we never had anybody win a track event.”

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Softball Wins Three of Four at George Mason

SoftballThe softball team continued their stretch on the road at the George Mason University Tourna­ment and picked up three wins in four games to move the Hawks to 7-3 on the season.

The Hawks opened up the tour­nament with a grueling extra-in­ning battle with host George Ma­son that ended with a 6-5 victory for MU. Senior Jordan Barnett threw a ten-inning complete game, totaling six strikeouts and allow­ing three runs on seven hits.

Head coach Louie Berndt said, “You can just see it, I think the determination, the energy, and en­thusiasm is there, where in the past I didn’t see it.”

George Mason took an early lead in the game posting two runs in the first, while the MU bats were relatively quiet as they weren’t able to score a run until the fourth. In the fourth, sophomore Kayleena Flores was able to explode into a pitch that resulted in a triple and brought in a run. Flores was also able to score on an error on the throw home which tied the game.

Neither team found any more success at the plate until Flores brought in two more runs on a dou­ble to left-center in the eighth in­ning. George Mason then was able to knot things up when Brooke Blankenship brought in a run and then was brought home by a Me­gan Blank triple.

The teams then were at a stale­mate until the tenth, when senior Kayla Weiser brought home the go-ahead run to give the Hawks the lead. The lead was then extended to 6-4 when senior Christina Scherr brought in Weiser on a sacrifice fly. Due to errors in the bottom of the inning, George Mason was able to cut the lead to one run. The Hawks were able to end the comeback as they put together a double play to finally close the game.

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Baseball Opens the Season 2-5

BaseballThe baseball team started their 2013 season participating in the Ron Fraser Classic in Cary, North Carolina the second week of February.

Their first opponent of the season and the tournament was Villanova, a team who finished 28-27 in the 2012 season. The beginning of baseball was ac­companied by the beginning of a new ace for Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. Looking to replace last year’s go-to guy, Pat Light, Ehe­halt awarded senior southpaw Dan Smith this year’s opening day start.

“He [Smith] is going to have to learn to take over for Pat. He will have to figure out a way to be in that role, something he didn’t have to do in the past,” Ehehalt said. “Dan is kind of the go-to guy. If he pitches like he has in the past, we will be fine.”

Light finished his junior year before he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox as the thirty-seventh overall pick in Major League Baseball.

Led by Smith, the Hawks edged Nova 7-6 in their first tourna­ment match up. Smith lasted four innings allowing three runs, two earned, and fanning three bat­ters. Relieving Smith in the fifth was sophomore righty TJ Hunt who provided the team with three innings of work and also picked up the win.

“TJ has really made a lot of progress this year. In the fall he threw well and he has been throwing well in the pre-season. TJ has taken advantage of the opportunities he got,” Ehehalt said. Hunt has recently been named as NEC Pitcher of the week for his early season efforts. Senior righty Neil Harm pitched 1.1 innings against Nova while junior lefty Stephen Frey closed the game.

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Men’s Basketball Drops Final Two Games

MensbballThe men’s basketball team lost their final two games of the season this weekend after falling to Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner. The Hawks ended their season with a 10-21 re­cord while going 5-13 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play.

Mount St. Mary’s (16-13, 11-7) (MSM) defeated the Hawks 77-63 Thursday night as Shivaughn Wig­gins scored a game-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.

“I take my hat off to Jamion (Chris­tian) and the Mount team,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We were able to play with them for twenty minutes and then they just totally manhandled us, wore us down, and did everything they wanted to do in the second half.”

The Mountaineers took the lead early in the game with a quick 8-0 run in the first few minutes, and eventual­ly led 25-16 midway through the first half. MU then went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead 25-23 with a three-point basket from Christian White followed by back-to-back buckets from Tyron O’Garro. The Hawks were able to tie the game at 26 when senior guard Ste­phen Spinella converted a three-point play with 8:45 remaining in the half.

Four quick points from Raven Bar­ber and Wiggins allowed Mount St. Mary’s to retake the lead, but a three-pointer from Jesse Steele and a driv­ing score from Dion Nesmith gave the Hawks their first lead of the game 31- 30 with just over five minutes remain­ing. The two teams eventually headed into the half knotted up at 35 a piece.

The Hawks were able to gain an early advantage 38-37 in the second half with a layup from Ed Waite, but the Mountaineers answered with an 8-0 run in less than two minutes of play to take a 45-38 lead.

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Softball Wins Four of Five Behind Strong Pitching

SoftballThe softball team started off the season by picking up wins in four out of five games on the road behind shut-down pitching and a powerful lineup.

The Hawks started their road trip at the Norfolk State University Tour­nament and won all three of their matchups. The margin of victory in each game for MU was no less than four runs. The opening game saw the Hawks take a 10-0 victory over host Norfolk State. Senior Lauren Sulick pitched a five-inning no-hitter, tally­ing six strikeouts and two walks.

“It set the tone for the season for me and the other pitchers,” Sulick said. “We know what we can do after putting all the work in with Coach. It’s just about putting it into action.”

The Hawks got off to a fast start offensively, bringing in two in the first inning. The bats then were rela­tively quiet as they managed only one more run until a seven run fifth-inning, which included a three-run homerun by senior Kate Kuzma.

Senior Jordan Barnett pitched a gem in the second game of the day, a 5-1 victory over Delaware State. Barnett allowed only four hits on the day. MU took an early 2-0 lead, but a fourth inning homerun from DSU’s Kelsey Doherty brought the Hornets within one run. It took a sixth-inning three run homerun from sophomore Vanessa Cardoza to put the Hawks securely in the lead.

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Women’s Basketball Closes Regular Season on a High Note

Hawks Clinch Third Seed in NEC and Will Host First Tournament Game

WomensBBallThe women’s basketball team won both their games this weekend on their way to securing the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament, and more im­portantly, a home game in the con­ference tournament. Their record improved to 15-14, 12-6 in the NEC.

Senior Day ceremonies gave the team extra energy on Saturday, March 2, as they provided the crowd of 1,031 with plenty to cheer about. MU led by as many as 41 points en route to an 85-57 victory over Wag­ner.

The six seniors for the Hawks each contributed to a true team win. Alysha Womack paced the team with 19 points, adding seven assists. Carly Thibault, Abby Martin and sophomore Sara English chipped in 14 points apiece as MU shot 54.7 percent from the field. Seniors Adri­ana Allen totaled seven points and Betsy Gadziala scored four.

“It’s been a great ride,” said Mar­tin. “It’s been incredible. We went through a lot; it’s been a great four years to play with these girls.”

Thibault grabbed a team high eight boards, had a career high six assists and led the team with four steals.

Four seniors, Womack, Thibault, Allen and Gabby Singer, converted from beyond the arc as MU shot 53.8 percent (7-13) from long range.

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Women’s Lacrosse Opens the Season 0-3

WLAXOn Saturday February 16, the Hawks lost their season opener to Fairfield 14-7.

The Hawks started off slow losing 7-2 at halftime. The Fairfield Stags then opened the second half on a 12-2 run. MU closed out the game going on a 5-2 run in the final 10 minutes.

After being down 3-0 in the first eight minutes of the game, sophomore midfielder Emily Barbieri netted her first career goal for MU. Fairfield scored three more goals before Barbieri tallied her second goal of the game. The Stags added one more before halftime to make it 7-2.

To start the second half, MU gave up five consecutive goals. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons stopped the drought and scored for the Hawks to make it 12-3. In the game, sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius had two assists, four ground balls, and caused two turnovers.

Despite the loss, the Blue and White had control of the draws 13-10, but, committed seven more turnovers having a total of 19 in the loss. Hawks’ keeper Katie Donohoe made nine saves, and the Hawks were outshot 30-17.

MU fell to the Delaware Blue Hens on Friday afternoon with the final score of 14-6, bringing their record to 0-2. Head Coach Denise Wescott explained that she liked the effort on the offensive side because they took good shots, and moved the ball around. “We worked the ball well and when we got shots off we were hitting,” Wescott said.

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two of Three

WomensBBallSenior guard Gabby Singer hit seven three-pointers en route to helping the Hawks get a victory before heading home from Western Pennsylvania after defeating Robert Morris 60-48 Monday night.

After dropping from third to fourth place in the Northeast Conference standings, the women’s basketball team traveled to Connecticut and Western Pennsylvania winning only their final game during the three game road contests. The Blue and White dropped the first two games to Quinnipiac University and Saint Francis Pennsylvania, and defeated Robert Morris Monday night finishing off the rough five games in 10 day swing going 3-2.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “This was the gutsiest performance of the five. For it to come on the fifth one, to see what we had in us and how hard we played was a real gut check.”

Last Wednesday, February 20, the Hawks were unable to handle the undefeated Quinnipiac Bobcats losing 72-45, snapping their four-game winning streak. Chevannah Paalvast led the team with 10 points along with eight rebounds as Abigail Martin pulled down 10 rebounds along with scoring eight. Betsy Gadziala also added eight rebounds of her own.

The Hawks opened the game with a 9-4 run. QU went on a 8-0 run immediately after and didn’t allow the Hawks to get within five. In the second half, Quinnipiac went on a 16-2 run including three straight three-pointers by three different Bobcats to help them cruise to a 27-point victory.

“They (Quinnipiac) were very physical with us, I thought they did a really good job attacking and capitalizing on some of our early mistakes,” said Palmateer on QU’s performance.

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Players Talk Big South

BigSouthThe football team will be playing in the Big South Conference in 2014 and the players are excited about it.

“It’s better competition,” sophomore defensive back Pat Gray said. “We get to travel more and face different opponents. It’s almost like we don’t know what to expect.”

“I’m ready to move on,” sophomore running back Julian Hayes said. “I’m ready to get as good of competition as we can put on the schedule. I’m excited about it and I just think it’s a great opportunity.”

The new conference makes the University even more desirable for recruits coming out of high school, according to the players.

“Bigger opportunities are going to be able to come from this,” junior defensive lineman Pat O’Hara said. “It would have been an even bigger plus if I was coming out of high school and knowing that then too.”

“I feel this is even more incentive (to come to the University),” Hayes said. “You get to travel around the country, you get to play some of the top teams in the country. I think this is even more incentive and would have been even more reason to come to Monmouth, other than already having a good program and being a fantastic school.”

The players have different feelings on the longer road trips they will be taking as members of the Big South. O’Hara and Hayes look forward to seeing more of the country and flying to games, while Gray sees difficulty in trying to play in front of his parents.

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Moonlight at the MAC

TrackThe track and field team recently competed in their final regular season NEC meet this past Wednesday as they hosted Moonlight at the MAC.

Head Coach Joe Compagni said the meet is not a win or loss situation per say, but is actually a chance for many to extend their indoor season.

“Wednesday night was a final chance to compete indoors and qualify for some people,” Compagni said. “It was low key. We didn’t have a team score and everybody just had part of their team there.”

Along with MU, nine other schools competed on Wednesday night, three of which were Division II colleges.

Sophomore Kate Frye broke a MAC record at the meet as she finished with a time of 58.18 in the women’s 400 meter dash. Senior distance runner Kelsey Maher broke a MAC record as well in the women’s 5000 meter run with a time of 18:33.03. Senior Sean Hartnett also broke a MAC record in the men’s one mile as he completed the race at 4:17.58.

Sophomore pole vaulter Lauren McDonald set a MAC record on Wednesday with a height of 3.5 meters (11 feet five inches) and set a University record last weekend at the NYU Fastrack meet with a height of 3.66 meters (12 feet).

Senior distance runner Amanda Eller surpassed a decade old record while in New York as she finished the 1000 meter race at 2:52.55.

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Men’s Basketball Out of NEC Race

MensBBallThe men’s basketball team has been eliminated from Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament contention after losing to Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) this weekend.

Robert Morris beat the Hawks (10-19, 5-11) 77-65 on Thursday as Russell Johnson scored a game-high 20 points for the Colonials (20-9, 12-4).

“Robert Morris is a tough team to play,” Head Coach King Rice said. “You have to give them a lot of credit. We fought as hard as we have in a long time tonight, and put 40 minutes together.”

MU never led in the game and trailed by 10, 24-14, halfway through the first half. They went on a 6-0 run from there, with baskets made by Dion Nesmith, Ed Waite and Khalil Brown, but four points would be the closest they were for the remainder of the half.

The Hawks got within one point a few times in the second half, but were never able to tie or take the lead.

Tyrone O’Garro brought MU within a single point twice halfway through the second frame. He made a basket and was fouled with 10:14 left in the game to make it 53-52. Another layup 29 seconds later put the Hawks behind 55-54.

The game remained close until Karvel Anderson made a three-pointer to put the Colonials ahead 67-61 with 3:10 on the clock. That’s the closest the Hawks would be for the remainder of the game, as the lead ballooned to 12 at the final whistle.

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The Gun Show || Waite Scores 1,000th Point in Win Over St. Francis

BasketballThe men’s basketball team split their games this weekend, losing to Long Island University Brook­lyn (LIU) and beating St. Fran­cis Brooklyn. The Hawks (10-17, 5-9) are a game and a half behind Central Connecticut for the eigth and final Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament spot.

In the two games this weekend, senior forward Ed Waite averaged 23.5 points per game and reached 1,000 points in his career against St. Francis.

MU lost to LIU on Thursday 80-66. Seniors Jamal Olasewere scored 23 points and C.J. Garner tallied 20 points to lead the Black­birds (15-11, 10-4) to victory.

“I take my hat off to LIU,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Right now they’re a little better than us. I thought we played them well for about 28-30 minutes and then their main guys just kind of took over and were a little bit too much for us. I’m proud of my kids tonight, we just got beat by a bet­ter team.”

LIU jumped out to a 9-3 lead and five new Hawks were brought into the game at 17:01 in the first half. The lead grew to 20-11 be­fore MU was able to put some­thing together.

A Jesse Steele basket gave the Hawks their first lead at 6:38 in the first half, and two points from Stephen Spinella completed a 16-4 run that put MU ahead 27- 24.

The game went to halftime after Olasewere made a three-pointer at the buzzer and cut the Hawks’ lead to 38-35.

Olasewere left the game with three fouls with 12:53 to play and his Blackbirds trailing 48-46. He came back, a minute and 47 sec­onds later, trailing 52-51, and LIU would never be behind again. He scored the next five points to put his team ahead 56-51.

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Thibault’s Journey to the Starting Lineup

ThibaultSenior guard Carly Thibault’s life revolves around basketball. At 5’5” she may not be the big­gest player on the court, but she has the biggest passion and has emerged as a leader of the wom­en’s basketball team.

No matter her role, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, she goes all out each and every game. Her long range jumpers are what she’s known for. To date, Thibault has 154 three-point field goals in her college career.

“A three-point shot for us, that’s our dunk,” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s hit some really big (shots) where the game has been touch-and-go or it’s been close and the threes can be such back-breakers.”

Thibault comes from a basket­ball family. Her father, Mike, is a long time basketball coach, both in the NBA and WNBA. He’s cur­rently the head coach and general manager of the Washington Mys­tics. However, it would be unfair to assume he’s the reason Carly got into playing basketball.

“He was never the type to force me into playing,” said Thibault. “I did a lot of sports growing up. I actually was a gymnast for a long time, but it turned out that I loved basketball best and he made a rule with me at a young age that if I wanted to work out with him then I had to go to him; he wasn’t going to come to me and push me if I didn’t want to do it.”

Coming from East Lyme, Con­necticut, Thibault won a Con­necticut State Championship as a junior in high school and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team in 2009. Continuing her basketball career, she found her way to MU.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Four Straight

WBBThe women’s basketball team is riding a four-game winning streak as their record improved to 12-12, 9-4 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). They won both their games this weekend, and are currently third in the NEC with five games to play.

Playing in their annual Play 4Kay game on Saturday, February 16, they beat St. Francis Brooklyn 51-47 behind 14 points from Chevannah Paalvast. The Play 4Kay game is in honor of the late North Carolina State coach Kay Yow who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2009. The players have been raising money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the color pink was seen throughout the arena on Saturday.

“A game like today is really more about the survivors and the cause than anything else,” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer who coached alongside Yow at N.C. State. “I think for us to be able to do our part, to help raise awareness and try to help raise some funds in the fight, we’re more than happy to do it.”

The game was back and forth throughout. St. Francis Brooklyn ended the first half on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 21 and started the sec­ond half on a 14-5 run to take a nine point lead. Palmateer took a timeout and the momentum immediately shifted in the Hawks’ favor.

“We talked a lot about getting over the hump,” Palmateer said. “They looked more tired than we did. We were able to limit our mistakes and wear them down.”

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Eller’s Career Comes to a Close

While many see running as a bur­den, senior distance runner Amanda Eller finds it nothing but a pure de­light. Approaching graduation from the University, Eller has competed in numerous events in not only cross country for the Hawks, but indoor and outdoor track as well.

Over the past four years, Eller has set a multitude of records at MU. Eller set a Multi-purpose Activ­ity Center (MAC) record in 2010 for her 4x1600 relay in the MAC Clas­sic. She also has a second and third place indoor record in the 800 meter run which set in 2012 with times of 2:13.01 and 2:13.32. She is second in the mile for indoor track with a time of 4:58.57 which she also set in 2012. In the indoor 4x800 meter relay, Eller has both first and second place with 9:02.34 and 9:03.88.

Eller’s expertise in the 4x800 me­ter relay do not yield at the indoor track, but carry over to the outdoor track as she holds first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place in the school record book.

Eller will graduate with school records in the 800, 1000, 1500, mile, 4x800, distance medley relay and others and a number of NEC Cham­pionships.

Head coach of track & field as well as cross country, Joe Compagni, commented on Eller’s work ethic.

“Her greatest accomplishment, though, is simply how far she has come since high school, going from 2:27 in the 800 to 2:10; and from 21 minutes to under 18 minutes for a 5K this year,” Compagni said. “She is the perfect example of what some­one can do if they focus on it, work at it, take care of themselves away from the track, and don’t put limits on what can be achieved.”

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Waite Scores 1,000th Point in Win Over St. Francis

BasketballThe men’s basketball team split their games this weekend, losing to Long Island University Brook­lyn (LIU) and beating St. Fran­cis Brooklyn. The Hawks (10-17, 5-9) are a game and a half behind Central Connecticut for the eigth and final Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament spot.

In the two games this weekend, senior forward Ed Waite averaged 23.5 points per game and reached 1,000 points in his career against St. Francis.

MU lost to LIU on Thursday 80-66. Seniors Jamal Olasewere scored 23 points and C.J. Garner tallied 20 points to lead the Black­birds (15-11, 10-4) to victory.

“I take my hat off to LIU,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Right now they’re a little better than us. I thought we played them well for about 28-30 minutes and then their main guys just kind of took over and were a little bit too much for us. I’m proud of my kids tonight, we just got beat by a bet­ter team.”

LIU jumped out to a 9-3 lead and five new Hawks were brought into the game at 17:01 in the first half. The lead grew to 20-11 be­fore MU was able to put some­thing together.

A Jesse Steele basket gave the Hawks their first lead at 6:38 in the first half, and two points from Stephen Spinella completed a 16-4 run that put MU ahead 27- 24.

The game went to halftime after Olasewere made a three-pointer at the buzzer and cut the Hawks’ lead to 38-35.

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Football Team Joins Big South Conference

Big-SouthThe University has accepted an invitation to become an associate member of the Big South Confer­ence for football beginning in the 2014 season.

“We like the opportunities of the Big South and the challenges that come from this new football confer­ence and these new friends,” Presi­dent Paul G. Gaffney II said.

The Hawks left the Northeast Conference (NEC) in December 2012 to move to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The MAAC, however, does not sponsor football.

“Our first inclination was to apply for associate membership [with the NEC], which we did,” head football coach Kevin Callahan said. “But we knew that, going through the pro­cess, that they may not welcome us in as an associate member.”

Twenty-one days after being de­nied associate membership for foot­ball in the NEC, MU announced that they will be joining the Big South Conference.

The University contacted the Big South about a potential partnership last fall. The conference decided to do some research to find out about the University.

“As we looked, and as we studied, and as we evaluated, we just became more and more impressed with the University, and with the leadership,” Big South Conference Commission­er Kyle Kallander said. “Then we came up here last week on our visit, and became very impressed with the commitment to FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) foot­ball. So it was a very easy decision for our presidents.”

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Jesse Steele Sets Career-Highs

JesseSteeleComing off yet another suc­cessful game this past Sunday, senior basketball player Jesse Steele is continuing to stand-out on the court. Hitting two ca­reer highs within the past three games, Steele shows that all of his hard work is truly paying off.

The University’s star picked up his first basketball in the third grade. After trying plenty of other sports he realized what his true calling was. “My Dad just put me into a lot of rec sports like football, basketball, soccer,” explained Steele. “And I just re­ally liked bas­ketball.”

Thankfully, basketball was where Steele felt the most com­fortable. He has worked nonstop to become the player that he is today. After playing for one season at Army he realized that the ‘wake up at 5 am’ lifestyle was not what he wanted. Coming to Monmouth for the young athlete “felt like a great situation at the time.”

Steele, however, wasted no time making his mark on the team. Although he sat out the fall semester of his sophomore year because of his transfer, Steele came back playing the final 18 games stronger than ever. He fin­ished off the year ranked third in scoring and hit the second most three pointers on the team.

“I put in a lot of work dur­ing the off-season before I even came to Monmouth and it felt good that all of my hard work paid off,” described Steele. This type of training and dedication never slowed down either. It was only the beginning.

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Women’s Basketball Completes Sweep Over FDU

WomensBballThe women’s basketball team played just one game this past weekend after Winter Storm Nemo hit the northeast.

MU was able to bounce back from a seven- point deficit at half and score 50 in the second half to top in-state rival Fairleigh Dickinson, 76-71. This keeps the Hawks in fourth place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with a 7-4 record in conference play and a 10-4 record overall.

The Hawks matchup was moved from Saturday February 9 to Sunday February 10 at 12 pm, where the blue and white would try and bring the Codey Cup back to West Long Branch. The Codey Cup is won by which­ever school is able to win the combined four game series that takes place between these teams on both the men’s and women’s side. Each Hawks’ team won their first matchup against the Knights, so all that was needed was one victory in Sunday’s dou­ble header for MU to retain the cup. This would also be the fi­nal time these two schools would meet as NEC Rivals.

The Hawks started out slow in the first half, trailing the Knights 20-6 at the 11:29 mark and shot just 25.7 percent from the floor while the Knights put up a 42.9 field goal percentage. FDU lead at half by a score of 33-26.

A big part of the Knights lead was thanks to their stand­out guard Stephanie Issacs. In the first half, Issacs dropped 16 points going five of eight with four of her shots from three-point range. Brianna Thomas added seven for the Knights and senior Alysha Womack also totaled sev­en which lead the Hawks in the first half.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Two NEC Games

MensBballThe men’s basketball team lost to Quinnipiac on Thursday, defeated Farleigh Dickinson on Sunday, and are now 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Northeast Confer­ence (NEC).

The Bobcats (10-13, 6-5) beat the Hawks 79-63 behind 18 points from both Ike Azotam and Shaq Shannon.

Quinnipiac opened the game with an 11-0 run in 3:09. MU scored its first points on a layup by Jesse Steele, but the Bobcats answered immediately with a couple of baskets to take a 15-2 lead.

“They started the game seven for seven from the field and we couldn’t recover from that,” head coach King Rice said. “I feel bad for our kids because they have been working hard, but just haven’t been able to get over the hump. But we are going to con­tinue to work and continue to try to get better.”

The blue and white narrowed the lead to seven at 15-8, but they never got any closer the rest of the night. A dunk by Stephen Spinella, free throws by Marcus Ware and a layup by Ed Waite accounted for their 6-0 run, but they couldn’t put anything to­gether after that.

The Bobcat lead ballooned to 27 points with 11:21 remaining in the game. From there, the Hawks outscored Quinnipiac 24-13, but it was a little too little, a little too late.

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Track & Field Dominates NEC Championships

TrackThe track and field team contin­ued their ongoing success as they competed in the Boston Universi­ty Terrier Classic, Yale’s Giegen­gack Invitational, and the NEC Championships this most recent weekend in Landover, Maryland.

One of the best meets of the season for the Hawks is the Ter­rier Classic. “We had a lot of great performance up there (Boston),” head coach Joe Compagni re­called. “The Terrier Classic is one of our favorite meets that we go to every year.”

One of the stronger perfor­mances was by distance runner senior Ford Palmer as he set a Northeast Conference season re­cord of completing the men’s mile at 4:01.90.

Compagni said, “It was great to see his hard work pay off in his junior year and clearly he is at an­other level this year as a senior.” Palmer’s record time beats his own personal best by about eight seconds.

Senior sprinter Chris Ruther­ford was amazed by Palmer’s Ter­rier Classic performance. “He ran a breathtaking 4:01 mile which is something that I have never seen on this team,” Rutherford said. “He works hard year round and it has paid off.”

Rutherford currently ranks sev­enth in the NEC for the 500 me­ter sprint with his Terrier Classic time of 1:04.87, just .58 behind teammate and second place NEC record holder junior Bayaan Oluyadi.

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Women’s Basketball Prepares for Life Without Seniors

womensrecruitsThe women’s basketball team announced the signing of three players for the 2013-2014 season. Mia Hopkins, Jenny Horvatinovic and Christina Mitchell have signed National Letters of Intent to play at MU for the next four seasons.

“I feel that our incoming freshmen will compliment the people that we have right now really well and be a really good unit that will be able to feed off each other,” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer.

Freshmen guards Kasey Chambers and Jasmine Walker have both also heard about this new class and how they can help this Hawks squad.  “I have heard about Jenny (Horvatinovic), she is a very nice player and will do a lot of the little things and is willing to work hard, so that is very promising,” said Chambers.

“I heard Mia (Hopkins) scored her 1000 point as a junior and averaged around 21 points and 17 rebounds,”  said Walker.

At season’s end, the Hawks will be losing almost half of their team as six seniors on the squad will be graduating.  Because of this, the freshmen this year and incoming freshmen next season are going to have to take on bigger roles.

“It’s a good position to come into because so many of us are leaving and it is a good opportunity for all of them (freshmen) to get time next year as long as they work hard this year. They can definitely fill our shoes next year,” said Betsy Gadziala, starting senior forward the Hawks.

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Hawks Split NEC Games, Martin Scores 1,000th Point

womensbballThe women’s basketball team played two games this weekend, losing on Saturday and winning on Monday. Their record sits at 9-12, 6-4 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). Senior forward Abby Martin needed two points to reach 1,000 for her career entering Monday’s game against Central Connecticut State.

About two and a half minutes in, she made a shot from point black range to become the 16th woman in MU history to net 1,000 points.

“We’re really happy for (Martin),” said head coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s such a workhorse for us and to be so undersized and to do what she’s done over the last four years is really a tribute to her. She’s a big piece of what we do.”

In practice last week, Chevannah Paalvast, the leading scorer in conference games this season, sprained her ankle. She missed both games, but Palmateer is hopeful she will be ready for next weekend.

On Saturday, the Hawks fell to Bryant 58-55 as they watched a furious comeback fall short. Down three with 3.8 seconds left, MU was unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.

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NEC Dreams Fading Away

mensbball2The men’s basketball team lost both games this weekend to fall to 8-15 on the season, and more importantly, 3-7 in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

On Thursday, the Hawks lost to Central Connecticut 78-58. Kyle Vinales scored 24 points for the Blue Devils (10-11, 6-4) and Adonis Burbage added 21.

“I take my hat off to Central Connecticut,” head coach King Rice said. “We got totally out-classed tonight. Got out-coached, out-played in every aspect of the game. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The Blue and White fell behind 15-5 in the first five minutes of the game.

“We got dominated right from the beginning when our shots were getting blocked around the rim,” Rice said. “That set the tone for us and we could not guard them at all. We couldn’t guard any of them. And when you can’t guard anybody on the other team then you end up losing by 20.” 

“We let them get their heads up,” Marcus Ware said. “They got that confidence and they were just making every shot. We weren’t guarding hard enough. They were getting open shots. We weren’t putting our will on them.”

The Hawks clawed back and trailed 24-21 after an Ed Waite layup with 8:27 remaining in the first half. That’s the closest they would be for the rest of the game. Central Connecticut went on an 8-0 run to take a 32-21 lead, finished with a layup and foul by Vinales.

Vinales, who averages more than 22 points a game, was 10 of 21 from the field. He played the entire game and tallied five assists and four rebounds to go with his game-high 24 points.

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Red Bulls Give Clark’s Career Wings

soccerIt has been a roller coaster ride for MU alum Ryan Clark. After a stellar career for the Hawks that included four All-NEC nominations, three Regional All-American selections and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Clark was drafted with the first overall pick of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls.

“I’m very excited to get drafted by my home town team, the New York Red Bulls,” Clark said. “They were my absolute first choice of teams I wanted to go to.”

He was initially named an alternate to participate in the MLS Combine, just missing out on the 54 invitees. However, soon before Christmas Clark received a phone call from a representative of the MLS and was formally invited to the combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He immediately made an impact and began turning some heads while his draft stock skyrocketed.

“Once I found out I got invited, I worked out twice a day, probably around four hours a day, trying to get my fitness back because I knew it was a great opportunity for me and I wanted to make sure I took full advantage of it,” Clark said.

There were three matches at the combine, where Clark was on the pitch with some of the nation’s top prospects. Graduating from a small school, many of the scouts, coaches, and general managers hadn’t seen Clark play in person. This was his chance to show everyone the type of player he was.

Coming off the bench in the first match, he nearly scored the game winner by curling a left-footed ball off the crossbar and over the net. He would go on to play the full 90 minutes in the next two matches.

Clark learned to play quicker and realized there wasn’t much time to relax when on the field. The games were played at such a fast pace, Clark said he had to step up his game but didn’t feel any pressure that would normally come from being in that situation.

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Hawks Fly to the MAAC Starting 2013-2014

The University will leave the Northeast Conference (NEC) and become a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on July 1, 2013. The MAAC Council of Presidents invited MU to join the league after a meeting on Friday, December 14, 2013.

“Monmouth is flattered by the invitation to join the MAAC,” President Paul Gaffney said. “I thank the Council of Presidents for having confidence in us. While we have enjoyed our relationships with the Northeast Conference member institutions and our successes on the field, Monmouth is pleased with the opportunity to aim for new goals.”

The MAAC, founded in 1980, has the strongest television coverage of any mid-major conference in the country after partnering with ESPN to develop a league-wide national broadcast package for the next four and a half seasons. The MAAC broadcasts over 40 events annually, with a majority airing on ESPN3 as well as two regular season basketball games on ESPN or ESPN2. Eight regular season basketball games air on ESPNU. The Men’s Basketball Championship Final airs on ESPN2 and the Women’s Basketball Championship Final airs on ESPNU.

“In evaluating potential new member schools, the MAAC membership has sought to maintain a brand that stresses excellence in academics and athletics, and Monmouth University fully meets that criteria,” Richard J. Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC, said. “The MAAC will be a great home for the Monmouth athletic program and the conference looks forward to its participation with the start of the 2013-14 academic year.”

The other schools in the MAAC are Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University (also joining in 2013), Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College.

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Men’s Basketball Rolls FDU, Ninth in NEC

mensbasketballThe men’s basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 73-54 Thursday night due to excellent play from their starting guards. Dion Nesmith, Christian White and Jesse Steele combined for 51 points and 11 assists.

“When you have Dion and Jesse and now you add Christian to the mix, that’s a lot of guys that can put points on the board in a lot of different ways,” head coach King Rice said. “So I like that rotation.”

Coming into the game, both teams were tied for eighth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with 2-4 records against conference opponents.

“Every game is important,” White said. “It’s conference play. Every home game, every away game, everything means something. To win this one was important.”

The Hawks (8-13, 3-5) led 38-34 at halftime and took over from there.

MU went on a 17-5 run in the opening 7:04 of the second half. Steele led the run with seven points, followed by White who scored six on two three-pointers.

White, a freshman, set career highs for both points and assists against the Knights, scoring 18 and dishing out four assists. He also set career highs in field goals made and three-pointers made. He was six of 11 from the floor and four of six from beyond the arc. His high-arcing three-point shot seemed to be falling all night.

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NEC Denies Associate Membership for Football

The Northeast Conference (NEC) Council of Presidents voted and did not allow the University to be an associate member for football and bowling.

“I’m not sure I was surprised [by the decision],” University Athletic Director Marilyn McNeil said. “I was disappointed. I thought that we had done all of the right things in terms of being a good member of Northeast Conference football and bowling. So I was disappointed. I thought we were given a little bit of a short trift on that one.”

“I think it did surprise me a little bit,” football head coach Kevin Callahan said. “I think Monmouth had been a long-standing and good member of the NEC since its inception.”

McNeil has her opinion as to why the NEC did not let MU become an associate member for football.

“I believe the conference felt that, or believed that, if they allowed a university to leave the conference as a full member and come back in football that that would perhaps spur other instutitions to do the same,” McNeil said.

With the NEC now in its past, the MU football program has to look towards it future.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Five of Seven, Third in NEC

While there was break from classes, there was no break from basketball. The women’s basketball team played eleven games in the past month, going 6-5 over that span. They stand at 8-11 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

On Monday night, the Hawks played host to in-state rival Fairleigh Dickinson where they came out with a 61-53 victory. Sara English recorded her first career double-double, with 10 rebounds and 12 points. Gabby Singer led all scorers with 15 points.

“We definitely had a size advantage,” said the six-foot four-inch English. “I know I have to be more aggressive, especially on the offensive boards. They didn’t box out sometimes and it was just easy to get in position.”

 “I thought our team really improved with our energy level and being able to play defense as a team,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer. “I think we’re a work in progress and we have to continue to play as a team, get stronger as a team, minimize mistakes; keep working towards improvement each and every day.”

Going all the way back to December 22 against Delaware, leading scorer Alysha Womack was sidelined with injury. She missed four games, but has since returned to the lineup.

In the time Womack missed, the Hawks turned to Chevannah Paalvast to be the scorer. She averaged 14.3 points in the games without Womack. In an 81-64 win over Wagner, Paalvast scored a career-high 24 points and matched a career-high with eight rebounds.

“When (Womack) went out with the injury, (Paalvast) was able to kind of step in and fill the scoring role for us,” said Palmateer. “She’s done a great job with that and I think she’s kind of carried that. She continues to grow and improve and has proven that she can be a scorer for us.”

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Men’s Basketball Loses to Navy and Syracuse

sports-loses-to-navy-mensbasketballHead Coach King Rice Ejected From Navy Game and Suspended Against Syracuse

The  men’s basketball team fell far from the pedestal of glory this past week as they endured a tough 85-66 loss against Navy and a 108-56 loss to the Syracuse Orange.

Head coach King Rice was ejected from the Navy game after receiving his second technical foul and criticized the officials in the post-game press conference, resulting in a suspension for the Syracuse game. 

The last time MU played Navy was almost a year ago, when the Hawks won 69-67. This time, looking for redemption and a chance to reach .500, Navy gained the early lead.

Within the first seven minutes of play, Navy was ahead by seven points with a score of 16-9.

The Hawks gained their first lead with 12:30 left in the half when senior forward Stephen Spinella dunked the ball to take a 20-19 lead. This basket sparked MU as they were able to dominate the rest of the half. Within the last ten minutes of play, both freshman guard Christian White, Spinella and sophomore guard Andrew Nicholas each sank a three pointer giving the Hawks a 37-32 lead at half.

Winning the first half battle was largely due to their persistent defense. Sophomore Max DiLeo said,“They got some fast breaks and we were trying to get back,” DiLeo said. “Fortunately, our teammates bought each other enough time so one of us could get back to block.”

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Hoyas Top the Hawks 61-48

sports-hoyas-womensbasketballIn the final game of the fall semester, the women’s basketball team fell 61-48  to the Georgetown Hoyas on December 4. Georgetown has been in and out of the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Alysha Womack led the Hawks with 14 points while Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 30 points.

Georgetown was able to get off to a 6-0 lead before the Hawks stormed back on a 15-4 run to take the lead behind three 3-point plays. Womack and Carly Thibault connected from long range and Sara English converted a free throw after being fouled on a layup.

Scoring went back and forth for the duration of the first half, and the Hoyas took a 23-22 lead into the break.

The defensive effort for the Hawks allowed them to keep the game within reach. Chevannah Paalvast was able to get herself in good position on the boards, grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots in the first half. Abby Martin played tight, quality defense the entire game, forcing three of the team’s seven steals. English led the team with six blocks, three in each half.

“I thought Abby (Martin), Sara (English), and DD (Danica Dragicevic) were a great threesome in there,” said Coach Jenny Palmateer. “When those guards got the ball inside and we were able to get over there and help, Sara’s tough to shoot over and DD is physical enough to be able to bang with the big girls. So I thought the three of them in particular did a really good job battling on the inside.”

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Track & Field Shines at Princeton

Coming off a strong performance in the MAC’s Fourth Annual Classic, the track & field team traveled to Princeton this past Sunday with their heads held high for two reasons.

Errol Jeffrey was named the NEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week because he was one out of three male throwers in the entire nation to exceed 57 feet in Track & Field’s opening weekend. “Jeffrey the Giant” threw for a total of 17.41 meters (57’ 1.5”). When asked if all this recognition adds to the pressure of success, Jeffrey said. “I do not feel any extra pressure to perform at that same or a higher level in this week’s Princeton meet because I know that I am capable of performing at a higher level based on what I see at practice and what I threw last year.”

The Princeton New Year Invitational consisted of fourteen total teams. Both the men and the women prevailed in nearly every competition they faced.

The men’s achievements came from the 60 meter hurdles as MU sent three of their men to the finals. Freshman Geordon Ferguson finished first with a time of 8.25, junior Jalen Walker who was close behind with a time of 8.29 landing in second, and senior Chris Rutherford who crossed the line at 8.45 took sixth place.

Other highlights from the men included the men’s relay team placing fourth with a time of 3:25.91. Participating in the 4x400 relay for MU were Ferguson, sophomore Ben Boyd, freshman Eric Kahana and junior Bayaan Oluyadi.

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Hawks’ Frazier Snubbed From All-NEC Teams

sports-kyle-frazierCongratulations to the Hawks, who were selected by Northeast Conference (NEC) coaches to be members of the All-NEC teams. Tight end Tyler George, guard Mike Hunchak and linebacker Dan Sullivan were all voted to the First Team All-NEC. Wide receiver Tristan Roberts, guard Dino Molina and defensive lineman Chris Luma were each named to the Second Team All-NEC.

One notable name was missing: fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier.

The two quarterbacks chosen ahead of Frazier were Wagner’s Nick Doscher and Duquesne’s Sean Patterson.

Usually passing yards, passing touchdowns, interceptions and completion percentage are a good way to measure a quarterback’s play.

Doscher threw for 1,669 yards, 13 touchdowns, one interception and completed 54.5% of his passes. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is very impressive. However, he completed just over half of his passes. That’s the best quarterback in the NEC? Ehh…

Patterson amassed 2,359 yards, 17 touchdowns, 10 picks and completed 58.1% of his throws. The yardage and touchdowns make a strong case for Patterson to make one of the All-NEC teams. Ten interceptions isn’t bad, but isn’t great either. A completion percentage of 58.1 is an improvement over Doscher, but still is not top of the line.

 Now, lets take a look at MU’s man under center. Frazier threw for 2,431 yards, 17 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a completion percentage of 67.4.

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Students Sport Their Colors on Campus

sports-fansupportCollege is a time for people to discover themselves. They put significant amounts of time into classes, socializing with friends, and possibly building a resume to help find a job following graduation.  In addition to all of this, some could even make the argument that the college years are the peak of ones sports fandom.

People decorate their dorms and bedrooms with posters, banners, and other memorabilia of their favorite sports teams. On any given day, one can see students walking around campus supporting their teams by wearing a jersey, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, etc.

“I think it might be the time to be most passionate about my favorite sports teams,” said junior Kyle Evans. “I’m young and don’t have things to worry about like a real job or raising a family.” 

Not only is this a reason why people are passionate about sports at this age, but there is also the idea of sports rivalries, which could make things even more interesting.

“I think most people my age will be more into it now than ever because of the numerous different rivalries teams have with the New York/Metropolitan area,” said junior Gregg Cambareri.

A few of these rivalries, he notes, are New York teams versus Boston teams and New York versus Philadelphia.

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Track & Field Hosts Fourth Annual MAC Classic

track1MU’s track and field season began this past weekend as the team hosted both conference rival Wagner College and Division III Stevens Institute of Technology in Monmouth’s Fourth Annual MAC Classic.

The men and women’s teams participated in thirteen events each.

The men won nine of their events while the women won a total of eight events. Overall, the men scored 150 points while the women were not far behind with 131 points. Head coach Joe Compagni is proud of his team’s great start to the season.

“I think we were pleased with it for our first meet of the year,” Compagni said. “It’s important for us to measure where we are at early in the season.”

Highlights on the women’s side came from senior jumper Rachel Watkins.

Watkins won the high jump with a height of 1.78 meters (5 feet and 10 inches). With her 1.78 meter accomplishment, Watkins broke the school record, the meet record, and the MAC record. “Rachel Watkins has the best jump in the country so far this year,” Compagni praised. “She was very good last year but has continued to improve every year.”

“Coach Dev, my high jump coach, had high expectations but I didn’t think twice about them,” Watkins said.

She also does not believe that her latest achievement will add pressure in her next meet.

“It’s a relief to qualify for ECAC’s my first meet and to know I’m ahead of my expectations for this season.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Fourth Straight

The men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Monday night with a 77-65 win over Binghamton.

Ed Waite led the Hawks (5-3) in scoring with a career-high 23 points.

Sophomore Andrew Nicholas wasn’t far behind, scoring 19 points on seven of 14 shooting from the field.

Waite and Nicholas also had big games on the boards. Waite had nine rebounds and Nicholas grabbed eight, all of them coming on the defensive side of the ball.

Nicholas had a game-high five steals as well.

The Hawks changed the game right before halftime. The 5:15 remaining in the half, the teams were tied at 26. The Blue and White went on a 12-2 run, capped by a Jesse Steele threepointer, to take a 10-point lead into the half.

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Women’s Hoops Falls to 2-5

womensbball1The women’s basketball Team went 0-2 last weekend in the Navy Classic. After losing 81-74 against High Point on Friday, MU fell to East Carolina in the consolation round on Saturday 64-49 as their record dropped to 2-5.

Against High Point, the Hawks found themselves down early, turning the ball over six times in the first 6 minutes. They were down by as many as 13 points in the first half, but were able to get within 7 by halftime, trailing 35-28.

“We had stretches where we played really well and did some really good things and then we had stretches where we got a little tired and lost track of our fundamentals a little bit and it wound up hurting us on the defensive end,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer.

The Hawks were able to take the lead 43-39, thanks to nine straight points from Abigail Martin after the half. High Point then went on a 15-1 run and MU was never able to get the lead back. They shot 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field and were out rebounded 49-37.

“We were down both games at halftime and we knew we had to come out strong and we knew we had to cut into the lead,” said Martin.

“Whenever Abby gets on a roll like that, it’s an added bonus for us,” said Palmateer. “When she’s playing like she did against High Point, she’s a force to be reckoned with on the inside. We were able to get her some one on one opportunities in the paint and she’s tough to handle down there.”

Chevannah Paalvast had a game high 22 points, while Alysha Womack scored 19 and Martin added 15 of her own, all in the second half. Paalvast and Martin each had a team high eight rebounds.

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Coach Rice Challenges Team Early

The men’s basketball team opens their 2012-2013 season with non-conference play against some of the top collegiate basketball teams in the nation.

The Hawks will face teams from six different conferences, including the Big East, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Atlantic 10 (A-10), Patriot League and America East.  Of these teams, seven qualified for NCAA postseason games last season. 

Head coach King Rice, who is in his second season with the team, is not picking easy teams for the Blue and White to square up against in non conference play. “When I got here, I said I was going to change things. First thing I thought about was the schedule. I want Monmouth to be one of the best, most respected teams in the Northeast Conference, and the way to do it is to challenge teams that are better then you,” said Rice.

The players on the team feel the same way, like the rest of the coaching staff, about scheduling tough opponents in the beginning of the season to get them ready for NEC play. “It gets us ready because we know if we can hang tough against these bigger schools then we can beat anyone in our conference.” said senior guard Jesse Steele.  “Also, being from a small conference, games aren’t as hostile as some of those big arenas so it gives us experience in playing big in conference games.”

 MU, who started last season on the road for the first nine games, opened up their season in the Multipurpose Activity Center with a 91-62 win against Hofstra on November 9, starting the season 1-0 for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.

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Men’s Basketball Competes in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

sports-coachesvscancer1The men’s basketball team competed in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic last week with three games last week at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks lost their first game against Georgia State and then went on to beat South Alabama and Tennessee State.

MU was competitive for a half against Georgia State, trailing by seven at the break, but the Panthers opened up a double-digit lead in the second half and won handily, 62-49.

“I thought our kids handled it well for about 20 minutes,” head coach King Rice said. “But once again, we are not playing 40 minutes of basketball. The other part is, I have to get these guys to relax and get our best guys to play like themselves.”

Andrew Nicholas led the team in scoring against Georgia State with 10 points, shooting only four of 13 from the field. Dion Nesmith added eight points as the Hawks only managed 49 in the game.

The Blue and White shot only 27.8% from the field. That’s not going to get the job done when they allow the Panthers to connect on 51.2% of their shots.

Guards Devonta White and R.J. Hunter combined for 30 points to lead Georgia State to victory.

The next day, MU took the court again to face South Alabama.

Senior Jesse Steele had the ball in his hands during crunch time and won the game, 73-71. Steele raced up the court, trailing 71-70, with 3.5 seconds remaining in the game. He was fouled shooting a three-pointer and went to the line with 1.3 showing on the big board. He made all three and the Hawks claimed victory.

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Follow The Hawks with NEC Front Row

sports-necfrontrow1NEC Front Row was designed for the Northeast Conference this past year in order to obtain a centralized viewing for all of the conference games for easy access.

NEC Front Row was created by both Ron Ratner, an Associate Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, and KJ Cardinal, one of the Co-Founders of the Pack Network.  The two have been working on the website for the past two years and have been able to get just about all of the twelve teams in the conference to hop aboard and work with NEC Front Row to stream the broadcasts for free through www.necfrontrow.com.

“I look at this as the 1.0 version of NEC Front Row,” said Ratner. “I think anything that we can do to put us (as a conference) on the map is good for us.”

So far, ten out of the twelve Northeast Conference schools are working with NEC Front Row.

The two schools still in contracts with their current online streams are Robert Morris University with RoMo TV and Monmouth University via HawkVision which are powered by the company NeuLion. However, MU students will still be able to see the Hawks road games through NEC Front Row via streams of the home team that they visit, unless the game takes place at Robert Morris. 

Cardinal commented, “We are really eager to get Monmouth and all their live events onto the site because we know that they are doing a great job… they are really trying to put forth the most professional product on the board.”  Cardinal also stated that this a great thing for this website overall, since other schools will strive to be like Monmouth and help create a better product that will make NEC Front Row look that much better.  Currently the price to view games on HawkVision ranges from $7.95 per month to $69.95 for an athletic year and a single game can be purchased at $6.95. 

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Men’s Basketball Grinds Out Win Over Lafayette

sports-mensbball1The men’s basketball team beat Lafayette 65-60 on Monday behind 18 points from Jesse Steele and Andrew Nicholas.

“They gave us everything we could handle today,” head coach King Rice said. “First off I want to say that my kids have grown up a whole bunch. This team last year really put it on us over at Lafayette. We talked about it all week, the opportunity to maybe have a win over a team that beat us last year. I’m just proud of my kids, it wasn’t easy.”

“It feels great (to get this win),” Steele said. “They really kicked our butt last year when we went there. So it feels really good to get this win and puts us over .500 and we’re on a streak right now, three in a row. Just need to keep going.”

In the second half, the Hawks (4-3) led 42-35. Over the next 2:45, a 9-1 run put MU ahead by 14 with 10 minutes left to play.

The Leopards (1-6) scratched and clawed their way back into the game, but never got within one possession.

The Blue and White closed out the game thanks to a steal and dunk from Nesmith and a dagger three from Steele with less than a minute to go.

MU’s up-pace defense played a big roll in the win. Lafayette had 27 turnover, with 19 Hawk steals.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Two After 0-3 Start

sports-womensbball1The women’s basketball team has started its season with a 2-3 record. After going winless in their first three games on the road, the Hawks were able to win two straight games over the holiday weekend.

Opening the season in Baltimore on November 11, MU fell to UMBC 71-68 despite a 21-point effort by Alysha Womack.

Traveling cross country to Washington on Friday, November 16, the Hawks came up short of a victory, losing 79-69 to Washington State.

Womack led the Hawks with 25 points and Abigail Martin added 8 rebounds. The Blue and White lost their third straight to Gonzaga 77-51 on Sunday, November 18.

“Our west coast trip we were playing really well, unfortunately the scoreboard wasn’t showing it but we were doing some really good things,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer.

The Hawks returned to the MAC on Friday for the second annual Thanksgiving Challenge, where they defeated the Lafayette Leopards 62-43.

Womack led the scoring attack with 20 points, adding 8 assists. The performance marked Womack’s fourth straight game to start the season with 20 or more points. Martin added 12 points and Betsy Gadziala led the team with 9 rebounds.

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Football Survives Colonial Comeback To Win Finale

sports-football1The football team ended the 2012 season with a win over Northeast Conference rival Robet Morris 26-21.

“I’m very happy for our seniors to finish the season off with a win,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “I’m happy for all of the players on the team, I’m proud of the way they battled in that game. They continued to play hard all the way to the end. It’s an excellent way for our seniors to end their careers.”

Julian Hayes led the Hawks (5-5, 4-3) to their second win in Pittsburgh this season (The other came against Duquesne). Hayes carried the ball 22 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

The Blue and White took a 17-0 lead in first quarter and carried it into halftime. Hayes scored from two yards away, Eric Spillane connected on a 21-yard field goal and Tristan Roberts caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Frazier to build the three-possession lead.

The Colonials (4-7, 3-5) made it a tight game with two touchdowns early in the second half. Deontae Howard scored on a 20-yard run to give Robert Morris their first points of the day. Less than four minutes later, Jeff Sinclair found Duane Mitchell for a 39-yard touchdown and the extra point cut MU’s lead to three.

Spillane added a 43-yard field goal later in the third quarter to put the Hawks ahead by six.

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Men’s Basketball Opens the Season in Style

sports_basketballThe men’s basketball team opened the season with a 91-62 win over Hofstra on Friday night as Andrew Nicholas scored a career-high 28 points.

“If I get the first shot to go in, I feel pretty comfortable for the rest of the game,” Nicholas said. “Coach just tells me to keep shooting it because I’m a shooter. Even if I miss two or three in a row, which I do sometimes, he just tells me to keep shooting.”

“Red (Nicholas) could leave here the all-time leading scorer,” head coach King Rice said. “He can just score the ball, it’s easy for him. He just makes shots.”

The Hawks (1-0, 0-0) opened the game with a 15-3 run and never relinquished the lead. They trailed 3-2 early in the game, but a Nicholas three-pointer put them ahead for good.

The Pride (0-1) responded with a 14-4 run to make it a 19-17 game halfway through the first half.

Dion Nesmith was fouled and made one of his free throws, putting MU ahead 20-17. The next trip down the floor, Ed Waite made a layup and was fouled. After connecting on the foul shot, the Hawks led 23-17. It was time for Nicholas to take over and put the Blue and White comfortably ahead of their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent.

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Hurricane Sandy Slows the Cross Country Team

As the fall sports are coming to an end, they are also preparing for the biggest stages of their seasons thus far and MU’s cross country team is no exception. These past, as well as upcoming, weeks provide many challenges for both the men and women’s teams as they have had to deal with minimal preparation for their meets due to Hurricane Sandy.

“I think that the biggest challenge for us is that we have not been together because of the storm,” head coach Joe Compagni stated. “We were excited and glad to get back to school but we are not yet in sync, maybe because of the storm or because of other reasons.”

The team recently competed in two grand scale events these past weekends. The first of which was the Northeast Conference Championships which hosted a total of 11 schools. There, the team showed their skills with highlights coming from sophomore Khari Bowen, freshman Domenick D’Agostino and fellow freshman Graham Huggins-Filozof for the men. Highlights on the women’s side were from seniors Amanda Eller and Kelsey Maher.

Bowen finished his 8k race with a time of 25:18.76 and crossed the finish line first for the Hawks. Shortly after was D’Agostino who posted a time of 25:48.53 followed by Huggins-Filozof who crossed at 25:57.23. These times could not earn the men a victory, but coach Compagni does not look at it as a defeat. “We were six points away, and six points in a cross country meet means there are three people stepping in front of three people,” Compagni said. “Our entire top five were freshmen and sophomores. Of course we would have liked to have those six points, but I was really proud of how they competed.” Bowen placed fourth, D’Agostino placed 12th, and Huggins-Filozof placed 14th. The three men received All-NEC honors.

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Field Hockey Reaches NEC Championship, Falls to Rider

The field hockey team proved all of its doubters wrong and finished the season on a very strong note by making it to the Northeast Conference Championship where they fell to the top seed Rider University.

The Hawks finished up the regular season with a visit to Rider. MU lost 5-2. Rider got on the board first with a goal within the first ten minutes. Both teams then exchanged goals for a bit, leaving it at a 3-2 lead for Rider at the end of the first half.

Rider was able to contain MU for the entire second half, scoring two goals and holding the Hawks to no goals. 

Overall, Rider dominated the matchup, leading in shots 15-9 and leading in penalty corners 23-5.

Despite the loss in the regular season finale, the Hawks qualified for the NEC Tournament. The Hawks were awarded the third seed, and faced off against St. Francis (PA) in the first round of the tournament.

It was St. Francis who struck first, with a goal in the 15th minute to take the early lead. After that, it was all MU. The Hawks scored three goals in the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break. The second half would end up being scoreless as the Hawks held on for a 3-1 victory.

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Saint Francis (Pa.) Spoils Senior Day at Kessler Field

sports_footballlThe football team lost to Saint Francis (PA) on Senior Day 45-31. The Red Flash (4-6, 3-4) racked up 482 total yards on offense, including 119 on the ground from running back Anthony Abeid.

The Hawks (4-5, 3-3) struggled on defense throughout the game, forcing Saint Francis to punt only one time. MU couldn’t stop the Red Flash in the first half, allowing 38 points before heading into the locker room.

The Blue and White’s slow start got them into a 31-7 hole halfway through the second quarter, a deficit that they could never rebound from.

“We came out and we didn’t get things going right away,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We didn’t have the energy that you need to have to start a football game.”

“We didn’t start fast on either side of the ball which doesn’t help us out at all,” fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “It’s something that we preach, that we have to start out fast, and we make sure that we go ahead and put points on the board fast and stop them on defense.”

K.B. Asante tied the game at seven for the Hawks with a 37-yard touchdown run with 7:54 left in the first quarter. The MU celebration, however, would be short lived.

Dane Domonkos returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and gave the Red Flash a lead that they would never lose.

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Head and Neck Injuries Hurting College Athletes

Is football a safe sport to play? John Lockwood, a former defensive lineman for the Hawks’ football team, was told by the school’s training staff last season that he wouldn’t be able to play anymore due to too many concussions.

When asked what the cause for his concussions were, he said that he led with his head to try and make the big hit. “When I look back on it, there are so many instances that I can remember leading with my head. Whether it were on a tackle, block, etc., there were many occurrences and I started to realize it more and more after my fifth concussion,” he said. “Your head has no physical capabilities; can’t catch, wrap up and throw. It’s meant to think, not to be used as an object,” he continued.

Studies have shown that the fear of head and neck injuries in the sport of football are at an all-time high over the last eight years. In 2004, a study found that there were roughly 175 reported concussions. In 2012, about 342 have been reported thus far. All players involved were screened for evidence of: past history of head and neck injuries and abnormalities of the cervical spine on physical examination and x-ray film.

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Women’s Soccer Ends Season Against LIU Brooklyn

sports_womenssoccerThe second-seeded Blue and White women’s soccer team lost to third-seeded LIU Brooklyn 1-0.  This matchup was the Northeast Conference (NEC) semifinal which was played on DeGol Field in Loretto, P.A. on Friday November 4. The Hawks ended their season with this loss and with an overall record of 10-7-2; this was MU’s seventh straight season with double-digit victories.

The Hawks fell behind in the game early after conceding a goal in the fifth minute, in this rematch of last year’s semifinal in the NEC.  As the second half began, the Blue and White were putting the pressure on LIU Brooklyn by dominating the half.  But their efforts would fall just short as they lost 1-0.  MU played in their league-leading 15th tournament game and they outshot the Blackbirds by 8-5 overall, with a staggering 7-2 advantage in the second half.

In the beginning of the season, MU was faced with some difficult times.  They had some injuries and had brought in a new rotation of players, but head coach Krissy Turner knew exactly what to do and how to spark her team. Even with the lack of familiarity and their inexperience, the Blue and White still had an excellent season. “We have a fairly young team in the back, we are starting basically two freshmen and three sophomores, as far as our goalkeeper and our backs.  We’ve been switching a lot of things, I think this is maybe our third match in a row with the same starting lineup.” Turner explained. 

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Men’s Soccer Season Ends In Penalty Kicks

sports_menssoccerThe men’s soccer team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University in penalty kicks on Sunday and were eliminated in the semifinals of the NEC tournament. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-4-4 record.

After winning their final regular season game at home on November 4 against Sacred Heart, the Hawks were unable to advance in the conference tournament, ending their hopes for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

The Hawks handled the Sacred Heart Pioneers 1-0 behind a 67th minute goal scored by first team All-NEC selection Joseph Schmid. The game was played six days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore.

“It was a tough week for them because half the team had been without power for the entire week,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I thought that they rallied up really well and showed their character come game time.”

“So many people were affected during this time period,” senior captain Ryan Clark said.

With the win, MU locked up the number three seed in the NEC tournament, behind first seeded Quinnipiac and second seeded Fairleigh Dickinson. The tournament was held at the location of the top seed, Quinnipiac.

“We knew FDU was a pretty good defensive team and our game plan was to see if we could get in wide spots and try to score some goals early,” said McCourt.

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Bryant Spoils Homecoming at Kessler Field

sports-footballThe football team found a way to spoil the Homecoming celebration on Saturday at Kessler Field. The sun was shining, more than 4,000 fans were tailgating and the 1-6 Bryant team stood across the field. When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs (2-6, 2-4) had won 27-24.

“We started a little slow,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We weren’t playing the way we had in previous weeks.”

“We started way too slow,” senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “We can’t do that. There was no intensity out there. We weren’t executing what we had.”

Jordan Brown and Jordan Harris are two of the most explosive players in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and they both brought their A-game to West Long Branch.

Jordan Brown carried the ball 23 times for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His biggest run of the game came with six minutes remaining in the game. Bryant faced a fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line. Brown received the handoff, cut left and found daylight. Forty-five yards later, he was taken down at the Hawks’ 15-yard line. This led to a missed field goal by Dom Kozlowski, but it had taken a lot of energy out of the Blue and White.

Jordan Harris had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came late in the first half and his other came halfway through the third quarter. Both touchdowns resulted in 11-point Bulldog leads.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Saint Francis 3-2

The women’s soccer team lost a tough game to Saint Francis on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 3-2, on the Great Lawn.  It was a battle late in the season for first place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings. The Blue and White now post a record of 9-6-1 overall and a 6-2-1 record in conference action. 

Despite starting off the game slowly, head coach Krissy Turner’s Hawks were up for the challenge against the unbeaten Red Flash.  The Hawks gave up two early goals in the first half, but they would bounce back to tie it up before halftime. “We played pretty well in the first half, despite going down two to zero, we dug ourselves back into the game and I thought that we were passionate and that we played good soccer, and created some good chances,” stated Turner.

During this heated battle the Hawks would give up the first goal in the 13th minute.  They began to play better and started to dominate possession.  However, the Blue and White would give up another goal in the 20th minute.  Staring at a 2-0 deficit the Hawks would scratch and claw their way back into the game.

In the 23rd minute the Hawks would answer with a goal which was scored by senior forward Claudia Vazquez.  It was her first goal of the season.  On the play, junior forward Dana Costello struck a beautiful corner kick from the right side of the goalie.  As the ball was coming down onto the ground, Vazquez lined it up and delivered a gorgeous shot into the back of the net.  That play trimmed the Hawks deficit by 2-1.

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Men’s Soccer Remains Undefeated at Home

The men’s soccer team managed to stay undefeated at home this season after a win against Robert Morris and a tie versus St. Francis of Pennsylvania. The team currently sits 9-3-3 overall with a 4-1-2 record in the Northeast Conference.

On Friday night, MU played host to Robert Morris and took control early. In the 9th minute, Ryan Clark sent a free kick into the box where Tomas Penfold flicked his head toward the goalkeeper and the ball found the back left corner of the net.

In the second half, the Hawks kept up the pressure and tallied another goal in the 52nd minute to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Francois “Paco” Navarro made a move into the box and shot the ball low and hard. The shot was saved and the rebound fell right to midfielder Joseph Schmid who scored his third goal in the past four games. 

“The last couple of games I’ve been in a more forward role, so naturally I’m going to be more up the field to make more offensive plays,” said Schmid. “Whatever the team needs me to do, I’ll do it.”

The lead was trimmed to 2-1 when Robert Morris scored on a free kick just outside the 18 yard goalie box. The shot avoided the wall of white shirts for MU and found the bottom right corner of the net just beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Alex Blackburn. Minutes later, with Robert Morris threatening on a one-on-one, Blackburn was able to make a kick save to preserve the lead. The Hawks would go on to win 2-1. Blackburn finished the game with four saves.

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Field Hockey Wins Four Straight

sports-field-hockeyThe field hockey team is making big strides late in the season to prove that they are worthy of contending for the Northeast Conference title. Riding on a two-game winning streak, the Hawks played host to Bryant on Friday.

MU came out on top once again with a 3-1 victory over Bryant to extend their win streak. The Hawks got on the board early with a goal from Michelle Pieczynski in the 13th minute. Then in the 29th minute, Jill Vogl struck for the Hawks this time with an assist from Tara Brown. The game was quiet for the rest of the first half as MU held a 2-0 lead.

The second half proved to be quiet as well. It wasn’t until the 61st minute that the Hawks put another goal on the board. This time, Orla Macken blasted a shot into the back of the net off a corner from Trish O’Dwyer.

Bryant finally scored their first goal of the game less than ten minutes later, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback.

MU improved to 5-11 overall and 3-1 in the conference. 

Goalie Teresa Mathews and the defensive unit were stellar once again, giving up only one goal. MU dominated in shot attempts, 18-8 and took control of penalty corners, 14-5. The victory was the Hawks’ first home victory of the season.

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Women’s Basketball to Play4Kay in 2012-13

The women’s basketball team has recently announced that this season they will Play4Kay and raise as much money as they can to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The Play4Kay foundation is in memory of the legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009 due to the illness.  According to the official Play4Kay website (play4kay.org), it states that they are a 501 charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

A big reason why the Blue and White are so involved in this is because of the personal impact coach Yow had on the MU coaching staff.  Head coach Jenny Palmateer played for and coached alongside Yow for a combined 14 years.  “I learned a lot of lessons as a player and as a coach from coach Yow,” Palmateer said. “To play for her, she was always the kind of coach to empower you and encourage you to do things.  There are a lot of different coaching styles out there, but her’s was always one for encouragement.  I try to carry that over because it’s a great way to do it and gets the most out of people. I learned you got to believe in people, I probably accomplished more than I thought I ever could on the court because I knew she believed that I could do it.” 

Over the years, Palmateer grew very close to Yow on and off the court.  “She was my coach, my mentor, and my friend for a long time,” Palmateer said. “She was somebody I could always rely on for anything that I needed, advice with basketball and life, all of it, She was just unbelievable, very close relationship.”

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Club Ice Hockey Team Starts Season 4-0-1

IceHockeyThe MU Hockey team beat the Seton Hall Pirates 5-4 in an overtime game on October 7. The winning goal was scored by Hawks’ captain Kyle McKenna.

Freshman San Monak started the game with a shot on goal, which was saved by the Seton Hall goalie.

Although the Pirates came out dominant in the first period with three goals, MU did not get discouraged.

The Hawks came out in the second period very confident and determined and scored their first goal, put in by Devon Ribsam.

Tempers began to flare in the second period following a shove to Anthony DiVincent causing him to fall on top of Seton Hall goalie. More trash talking was done throughout the second and third periods but that did not throw off the Hawk’s focus. Not only was trash talking being done on the ice, but in the stands as well. Arguments broke out amongst fans and family members of both teams. But MU kept their composure and put their energy into cheering on their Hawks.

Seton Hall players started getting rowdy, which led to players sitting in the box. The Hawks’ McKenna, DiVincent and Eric Folker were pressuring the Pirates causing them to lose concentration, which allowed DiVincent to score and tie the game 3-3.

The Hawks scored another goal shortly after to take a 4-3 lead.

The Pirates scored with two minutes left in the second period to tie the game 4-4.

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Brian Fisher Named Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

MensLacrosseThe University has now added another sports team to the list. A men’s lacrosse team will be added to the roster for the 2013 season. The University has just named Rutgers graduate, Brian Fisher, as the head coach of the first Hawks’ men’s lacrosse team.

Excited to be coaching back in New Jersey, Fisher has definitely felt the support from the University and the community already. After graduating from Rutgers, he coached their men’s lacrosse team for six years. From Rutgers, Fisher took his talents to Notre Dame where he coached before being named head coach for the Hawk’s team. “Monmouth has really gotten behind the program!” exclaimed Fisher.

Joining Fisher on the coaching staff is Andrew Geison, who graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his master’s degree at Rutgers.

After college Geison had a lot of collegiate coaching experience starting off at Rutgers. Next, he coached at Lafayette. From there, he spent four years as the head coach of DeSales University. Following that, Geison was named the first-ever head coach at Elmhurst College.

“Many coaches say that this is an ambitious endeavor that you have to have a lot of energy to do,” described Geison. “But at the same time it’s pretty fun and not a lot of people get the chance to build something from the ground up.” This mentality sums up the positive outlook that the coaching staff already has in place for the upcoming season.

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Field Hockey Wins Two in a Row

The field hockey team fell last weekend to St. Francis (PA), but picked up two wins over this past weekend.

The team currently sits at 4-11. They are 2-1 in conference play so far. Despite the fact that the overall record on paper isn’t great, it is the NEC record which will decide if they qualify for the postseason conference tournament or not. So, head coach Figlio and the team are determined to continue to add conference wins to their resume.

On October 7 in Loretto, Pennsylvania against St. Francis (PA), the Hawks fell in the conference matchup. St. Francis got on the board twice within the first 20 minutes of the game before Monmouth could score. Within the 23rd minute, Amanda Schoenfeld found Trish O’Dwyer, who struck for MU’s first goal. Shortly before the end of the first half, St. Francis scored again to make it a 3-1 game at the half.

St. Francis continued to dominate in the second half, not giving up any goals to the Hawks and adding one more of their own. St. Francis struck for the final time on a penalty corner at the 44th minute, preserving a 4-1 victory over the Hawks. St. Francis forward Autumn Pellman only scored one goal, but she was still a dominant offensive threat. She attempted 11 shots, with six of them on goal. The Monmouth defense struggled containing her on the offensive end, allowing Pellman to create numerous scoring opportunities.

St. Francis led in shots 20-11 over the Hawks and dominated in penalty corners, 8-1.

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Football Team Falls to Cornell

The football team lost 41-38 against Cornell on Saturday.

The Hawks (3-3, 2-1) allowed 21 points in the fourth quarter that enabled Cornell to come away with the win.

The Blue and White’s offense out-gained Cornell’s 602-581. Kyle Frazier threw for 451 yards for MU, completing 35 of 45 passes. He threw four touchdown and zero interceptions in a losing effort.

Tristan Roberts was Frazier’s top target in the game. Roberts hauled in seven passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, including an 85-yard score in the second quarter.

Neal Sterling was another reliable target, grabbing five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Frazier also led the team running the ball. He carried the ball nine times for 62 yards. Julian Hayes had 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Pat Gray, Dave Damirgian and Dan Sullivan led the MU defense with 10 tackles each. Sullivan and Dan O’hara combined for the team’s only sack.

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Men’s Soccer Teams’ Offense Comes Alive

MensSoccerAfter going 1-3 in their previous four games and scoring only two goals, the Hawks have finally started to click on offense. Tallying eight goals in the last three games, MU finds itself at 8-3-2 and in the hunt for the Northeast Conference title with five games to play.

On Friday, October 5, the Hawks hosted rival Fairleigh Dickinson. Controlling the tempo for much of the game, MU out shot the Knights 9-5 in regulation. Although failing to score, Monmouth settled for a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.

“The FDU games every year are very tight, it’s two different styles of teams,” said Coach McCourt. “We go out and attack and we try to make the game, and they go out and defend and try to catch you on the break.”

Fairleigh Dickinson came out strong in overtime, getting off six shots in the first overtime period while Monmouth had zero shots, giving goalkeeper Alex Blackburn some work.

“Obviously when you let teams hang around like we did, eventually they’re going to start making opportunities, and that’s exactly what they did,” said Blackburn. “I wouldn’t say that I had anything that was like, looking back on it, I really needed to make that save. I just made the saves that I was supposed to make.”

Despite the tie, Monmouth earned one point in the standings and were able to put the game behind them, looking to Sunday, October 7, when they hosted Bryant at 1 pm.

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Albany Hands MU First NEC Loss

sports-footballThe football team’s threegame winning streak came to an end Saturday when they lost 55- 24 to Albany.

“I think Albany proved they are an outstanding football team and they proved why they are getting votes for the top 25,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “This game was completely onesided, they were in control of the game from the start.”

Kyle Frazier completed 33 of 51 passes for 289 yards including two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Hawks (3-2, 2-1) were never able to establish a running game. Julian Hayes was the team’s leading rusher. The sophomore running back carried the ball 12 times for 23 yards and a touchdown. As a team, MU ran the ball 27 times for 51 yards.

Tyler George led the receiving group with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. George has 111 career receptions, which places him fourth all-time in the University’s history.

Neal Sterling caught MU’s other touchdown. He had three catches for 48 yards. 

Lamar Davenport tallied five catches for 30 yards. Tristan Roberts added four catches for 55 yards.

The defense was able to bring down Will Flacchi for one sack. Eric Macik dropped him for a 15-yard loss.

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Mens Soccer Falls From Top 25

sports-soccerThe Hawks soccer team lost their place in the NSCAA/Conti­nental Tire Top 25 last week, but continues to receive votes in the rankings. In the Top Drawer Soc­cer Tournament 48, the Hawks were number 42 as they opened up Northeast Conference play last weekend.

The Blue and White spent the week preparing for a Friday af­ternoon match against Quinni­piac, and arrived in Connecticut only to see the weather cause a postponement.

“When you travel on the road like that and you’re trying to get prepared for a game, it’s disap­pointing when it gets cancelled,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “But it was certainly the right decision because they had flash floods up there and really heavy rain.”

A makeup date is in progress, but has yet to be determined. 

Staying in a hotel for the week­end, the team was able to practice on Central Connecticut State’s football field Saturday. On Sun­day afternoon, they were ready for a 3:30 pm match against CCSU.

Getting out shot 10-4 and whis­tled for seven fouls, Monmouth fell to CCSU by a score of 1-0, putting their record at 5-2-1. CCSU’s Jesse Menzies scored on a penalty kick in the 38th min­ute in what eventually was the game winner. Hawks midfielder Francois “Paco” Navarro tal­lied 2 shots and goalkeeper Alex Blackburn had 4 saves in the de­feat. The team, overall, played quite well and didn’t stray away from their game plan, they simply didn’t execute on their chances.

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Field Hockey Beats Georgetown, Falls to American

The field hockey team continued their road trip this weekend, picking up their second win of the season.

The Hawks squared off against Georgetown University on Saturday at a neutral site in College Park, Maryland. The very next day, they headed over to Washington D.C. to take on American University.

On Saturday, Georgetown got off to a quick start with a goal early in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Michelle Pieczynski scored off of a rebound to tie the game up. A bit later in the first half, Amanda Schoenfeld struck for a goal, giving MU a 2-1 lead.

With the lead at halftime, the Blue and White had plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but a lot of work still had to be done on both sides of the ball. 

At the 46th minute, Trish O’Dwyer found Pieczynski cutting up the middle, and dished it to her as she broke away and found the back of the net for the second time of the day. MU held a 3-1 lead with about 25 minutes left in the game, and were able to contain the Georgetown Hoyas for the remainder of the half, holding them scoreless and preserving a big 3-1 win.

“We meshed together really well in the win, from the seniors to the freshman,” said senior forward Kimmy Baligian.

At goalie, Teresa Mathews was near perfect, only allowing one goal, which was in the first half, and racking up seven saves total. Even though Georgetown held an advantage in penalty corners 12-6, they weren’t able to get the ball by Mathews more than once. MU outshot Georgetown 18-13 in the match.

“We focused more on the team as a whole and less on the tactical stuff. We played a lot better as a cohesive unit, and have been progressing in a forward movement. We have been peaking at the right time as a group,” head coach Carli Figlio explained.

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School Spirit on the Rise at MU?

sports-homefieldWhen you go to a Division I school, one thing that is expected of the students is to go to home sporting events to show your fan support.

During the fall season, MU is home to four teams that are held here on campus in West Long Branch. If you look up in the stands at any game, you will no­tice a mix of students and people from the community in atten­dance cheering on the Hawks.

Yes, the University is consid­ered a suitcase school for the underclassman, but students still take time out of their day and night to go to home games. Showing fan support at the Uni­versity is a must, and if the visit­ing team comes in here knowing we have the best student sections in the NEC, they will be scared. 

The four teams that have games on campus are football, men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey. Between the four teams, no team ranks lower then fourth in the conference in home at­tendance. People want to go to games at home simply because it is a great place to be and see friends and classmates.

Not only does the attendance at games make the game expe­rience fun for the fans, it also helps the teams play better and get pumped dur­ing big plays.

“Energy level becomes much higher, athletes really appreci­ate them being there whether it’s friends or classmates or if they have no idea who they are, it just gives them a whole other layer of fandom for the students when they come out on campus,” Matt Harmon, a communication professor and sports broadcaster explains.

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Football Wins Third Straight, Tops Sacred Heart 27-14

sports-footballThe football team won its third consecutive game on Saturday, defeating Sacred Heart 27-14 at Kessler Field. “We’re happy to get the second win in Northeast Conference (NEC) play, that puts us at 2-0,” said head coach Kevin Callahan. “It puts us in control of our own fate in terms of the conference race.”

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier completed 32 of 43 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He spread the ball around well, completing passes to 10 different receivers.

Lamar Davenport led the Hawks (3-1, 2-0) in receiving. He caught nine passes for 105 yards, including a few circus catches to bring the crowd to its feet. 

“We were just taking what they gave us,” said Davenport. “Short routes, just taking what they gave us.” Tristan Roberts wasn’t far behind, catching six passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roberts’ first touchdown gave MU a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. His second score put the Hawks ahead by 10 late in the third.

The Pioneers (0-3, 0-1) did a good job of shutting down the Hawks’ running game. MU ran the ball 34 times for 71 yards, a mere 2.1 yards per carry. Justin Pandorf led the way with 32 yards, all coming on a timely fake punt. Julian Hayes carried the ball 11 times for 24 yards.

The Blue and White’s defense continued its strong play. The unit didn’t allow any points in the second half of the game. This season, the defense has allowed a total of three second half points.

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Field Hockey Wins First Game of Season

sports-fieldhockeyOn Friday, the field hockey team came out victorious for the first time this season with a 5-1 win over Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The victory came with the first game of a seven-game road trip.

It was MU who got on the board first with a goal from Nicole Manziano with a rebound off of a corner. Just minutes later, Alex Carroll struck for the Hawks as she hit an unassisted shot attempt through a scrum of defenders. Up by two at the half, the Hawks had something to be optimistic about. 

Saint Joseph’s struck early in the second half to cut the MU lead to two goals, but at the 45th minute, Trish O’Dwyer scored for the Hawks on a tipped ball. Just one minute later, O’Dwyer scored again, giving Monmouth a comfortable 4-1 lead. Less than ten minutes later, MU scored for a final time to seal it when Chelsea Mann was assisted by Mi-­make it a 5-1 game.

The first win for the team was great, but in the long run, it won’t mean much. Coach Figlio and the girls used ­play Lehigh University on Sunday. In the victory, goalie Teresa Mathews and the rest of the defense ­up one goal, and had four saves. Monmouth outshot Saint Joseph’s 22- 12 in the matchup.

On Sunday, MU matched up against ­-high. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell by a score of 2-1. It was a close one, as Lehigh got on the board early into the game. In the 15th minute, O’Dwyer continued her hot streak as she scored ­ten minutes later, Lehigh struck again, making it a 2-1 game at the half. The ­first half, as no team scored in the sec-­and turn out to be the final score.

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Captain Ryan Clark Looks to Finish His Career Strong

sports-soccerFor senior midfielder Ryan Clark, it’s business as usual. Ar­riving to practice early and being the last one on the field is becom­ing a daily routine for the Hawks’ captain. A true workhorse, Clark has the hardware to show for it.

“He’s a traditional box-to-box midfielder who does a lot of things for the team,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “It’s a treat when you get kids that are so dedicated to their craft and are so coachable. He’s kind of like the heart and soul of this team.”

A three time All-NEC First Team selection, first team All- Region his sophomore and junior year and Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year last year; Clark now holds preseason All-America honors this year and was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List last month.

“They are all really well de­served and I hope this can trans­late into a solid career after his Monmouth career is done,” said McCourt.Clark is a humble person and credits his teammates for the recognition he has gotten. One award or honor is no different than the next for Clark, who says they all come from hard work and getting team wins.

“I’m very serious about what I do, soccer is what I want to do with my future,” says Clark. “I basically dedicate all my time and focus on soccer.”

In the offseason, he is train­ing all the time. Three times a day, whether it is cross fit train­ing, soccer, weight room or yoga, Clark is getting ready for the up­coming season. Clark says yoga helps his endurance.

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Cross Country Team Runs Well in Holmdel

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The cross country team finished third out of seven schools compet­ing in the 9th Annual Kickoff Meet at Thompson Park in their first meet of the season.

The men ran a 6k while the wom­en competed in a 4k. Senior Aman­da Eller prevailed as the women’s top runner finishing eighth in her race with a time of 14:57 while the men’s top runner, freshman Do­menick D’Agostino, also finished a mere 19 seconds behind first place securing an eighth place spot in his race with a time of 19:47.4. Graham Huggins-Folizof finished in tenth place with a time of 19:54.5.

In their second race, the men’s cross country team took on an 8k between 15 schools while the wom­en ran a 5k between 17 schools. Leading MU’s men’s cross country team to third place were sophomore Khari Bowen and D’Agostino who finished in seventh and tenth over­all. Even though the men earned third place in the overall run, they finished in first between all North­east Conference (NEC) opponents. 

The women were not as fortunate as they placed ninth in the overall meet and fourth between NEC ri­vals. Once again, Eller scored as MU’s top runner placing 18th over­all and having a time of 18:51.

For the team’s third meet, they traveled down the road for Mon­mouth’s 18th Holmdel Invitational. Eller was the first MU woman to cross the finish line placing fifth overall at 18:53.8. Although many may feel rather proud finishing at 18:53.8, Eller considers another ac­complishment her greatest achieve­ment of the race.

“I am certainly proud to be the third ever of Monmouth women to finish under 19 minutes at Hol­mdel and I would have to say that I am more proud of that,” Eller goes on, “But I also am happy with my Holmdel time because it is a course best for me there.”

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Pieczynski First Field Hockey Player to Reach 100 Points

Field hockey’s senior forward Michelle Pieczynski became the first player in school history to surpass the 100-point mark for her career. She achieved the milestone earlier in the month in a loss to Fairfield University.
In the matchup against Fairfield, Pieczynski struck for her first goal of the game. Later in the game, she struck again, giving herself 101 points overall, and setting a new Monmouth University field hockey milestone. So far this season, Piec- zynski has 13 points total, includ- ing six goals and one assist. She currently sits at 108 points for her career. Her 47 goals are the most all-time in Monmouth’s field hockey history. Also, she is tied for second on the all-time assists list. She trails 2011 graduate Morganne Firmstone, who holds the record with 16 career assists.

Based on her statistics and leadership qualities, Pieczynski is looked up to as a model player for the field hockey program. Her leadership both on and off the field has aided to her success as a player and as a person.
“I knew I was close to it, so I knew I could probably do it, but it does take the whole team to get up the field. It was a good accomplishment. I was happy about it. We just worked really hard together. It really helps our team out for sure,” Pieczynski explained.

In the 2011 season, she also led the team in points with 45, including 19 goals and seven assists. She also led the way during her sophomore season in 2010, with 31 points, including 14 goals and three assists.
Focusing on the team’s recent games, the Hawks fell to the University of Delaware last Wednesday by a score of 3-1. Tara Brown scored early for Monmouth, but after that it was all Delaware. They scored the final three goals to seal it, holding the Hawks scoreless for the remainder of the match. In the net, Teresa Mathews let up three goals, but did have seven saves. Both teams matched up well regarding shot attempts, but Delaware executed and hit more of their shots. Both teams also won eight penalty corners each.

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France’s “Paco” Navarro Starts Fast With Hawks

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A player with an excellent track record has found his way to the men’s soccer program. Former member of the France U17 National team, midfielder/forward Francois “Paco” Navarro is fitting in quite well with his new team and has helped lead the Hawks to a 5-1-1 start.

The Hawks now have a player with the capability of adding a whole new dimension to the team. Navarro plays the wing and that is something that the Hawks have lacked in previous years. He is currently leading the team in points with two goals and three assists.

“When I have the ball, the first thing is like ‘I need to go forward,’” said Navarro. “I want to score goals, but I want my teammates to score goals too.”

“He’s a true winger; he’s really good going forward and that’s not something we’ve had a lot of before in the past,” said teammate Joseph Schmid.

At age 12, Navarro enrolled in the Clairefontaine Academy in France, a prestigious soccer academy which he attended from 12-15 years old. One of the best academies in all of Europe, Clairefontaine is known for its extensive training and getting their players ready for the future.

“It prepares you to go to the next level,” said Navarro. “School is real important and then you have a two and a half hour training session every day during the three years.”

Paco then became a member of the French U17 National team. He had to follow strict rules there, such as what to eat, keeping his body fit and restrictions on going out. Paco says it was a really good experience being part of a club where he learned how to prepare himself to think like a professional.

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Field Hockey Starts Season 0-6

sports_fieldhockeyThe University field hockey team has started the season slowly, but head coach Carli Figlio and her girls know what it takes to get back on track. Figlio is in her sixth year as the head coach, so she has plenty of experience going through ups and downs in a season.

The team has started the season 0-6, but they are headed to Newark, Del. today to take on the University of Delaware in a nonconference matchup.

The Hawks began the season with a tough loss to Syracuse University, ranked seventh in the nation at the time. Monmouth hosted Syracuse with expectations for a tough game, but also an opportunity to prove something big. Unfortunately, they fell short by a score of 8-1. Despite what the final score said, having the opportunity to match up against a powerful squad like Syracuse is only good for the Monmouth field hockey program. Playing up against tough opponents will only make them better.

Three days later, Monmouth traveled to Long Island to take on Hofstra University. It was another tough one, as the Hawks were held without a goal in the 6-0 loss. The Hawks wrapped up the month of August with an opportunity to host Rutgers University and add to the hype of the in-state rivalry. It was also the third year that the two schools have participated in the “Stick it To Cancer Game,” where both teams play to support and fund cancer research. The past two years, the two schools raised over $3,000. Rutgers came out on top with a 4-1 win.

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Hawks Fly Passed Rhode Island 41-6

sports_footballThe Football team dominated Rhode Island on Saturday 41-6 to improve their record to 1-1 on the season.

Kyle Frazier had one of the best games of his career. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He took control of the game with his feet as well, rushing seven times for 57 yards. Frazier didn’t even play in the fourth quarter.

On the Hawks’ first possession, Frazier led a 13-play, 85-yard drive for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The fifth year senior quarterback was six of seven passing for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball once for ten yards.

The Blue and White had lost their previous eight games at home, so starting strong got the crowd involved and confident for the first time in a while at Kessler Field.

Monmouth’s offense was able to do whatever they wanted against the Rams (0-1) for the entire game. Everyone was involved and the team was clicking on all cylinders.

The Hawks totaled 539 yards of offense, with 272 coming on the ground.

Pete Nagy led MU with 82 yards rushing on eight carries, despite losing a fumble at his own 12-yard line on the team’s second possession. K.B. Asante carried 14 times for 64 yards, a healthy 4.6-yard average. Sophomore Julian

Hayes took the ball 12 times for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his second and third scores of the season.

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Men’s Soccer Undefeated Through Five Games

sports_menssoccerIt’s been a great start to the 2012 season for the Hawks men’s soccer team. Yet to be defeated, they are 4-0-1 and currently sitting second in the Northeast Conference. Coming off three straight NEC tournament titles and seven straight NEC regular season championships, Coach Robert McCourt’s team is eager to continue their success this year.

“Our goals every year are to set ourselves up to get an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, to win the NEC regular season and to win the NEC tournament. Those are our three main goals,” said Coach McCourt. “We always feel that, as a program, anything less than that is a failure for us.”

Many changes have occurred since last season ended with a defeat to UCONN in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Hawks welcome four international players who have all earned starting spots on the team and are already making a huge impact. Junior transfer Francois “Paco” Navarro, originally from Paris, France, leads the team in points this year, recording two goals and three assists in the five games.

“Coach McCourt has done a great job putting in a lot of new pieces,” said junior Jacob Rubinstein. “We have a lot of new people this year, a lot of new faces getting a lot of playing time, so he’s definitely done a great job putting everything together.”

Early on, the Hawks have been getting recognition for their play from the Northeast Conference. Two weeks into the season, a Monmouth player has been named NEC Player of the Week as well as NEC Rookie of the Week each week.

The honors of Player of the Week went to Jacob Rubinstein for the week of August 27. Rubinstein scored the lone goal in the season opener at Towson University. A corner kick gave Paco Navarro the assist as Rubinstein put the ball in the back of the net. The goal was Rubinstein’s first since he netted the game winner against Saint Francis (PA.) in the 2010 NEC Championship game.

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A Look Back At The Spring Season

sports_springsportsMany students left the University in the middle of May after finals to return home for summer vacation. The spring sports teams, however, still needed to conclude their seasons and try to win championships.

Starting with the baseball team, Monmouth came up just short of winning the Northeast Conference (NEC) crown. The secondseeded Pioneers of Sacred Heart defeated the Hawks 5-1 in the conference championship game.

Hawks’ baseball won 35 games on the season, eclipsing 30 wins for the second consecutive year and eighth time under the direction of Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. Pat Light and Jake Gronsky were both named to the NEC All-Tournament team.

Light was drafted into Major League Baseball by the Boston Red Sox.

The softball team lost its only two games in the NEC tournament to Robert Morris and Quinnipiac to finish the season with a record of 24-20.

Chelsea Paprocki was named to the NEC All-Tournament for her efforts. She knocked in all of Monmouth’s three runs in the post season. She scorched a double down the left field line in the second inning against Robert Morris to plate a pair of runs. Against Quinnipiac, her RBI came on a single to left field in the fourth inning to cut the Bobcats’ lead in half and make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Softball won its final seven games of the regular season to finish fourth in the NEC and beat out Central Connecticut State and Bryant by one game for the final seed in the conference tournament.

Women’s lacrosse won the NEC tournament for the first time since 2007. The third-seeded Hawks defeated Mount St. Mary’s 11- 3. The Blue and White’s defense allowed the fewest goals in the history of the NEC tournament, allowing only seven goals in its two games. The previous record was nine.

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