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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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