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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Football Finishes Year with Blue/White Game

2014-Spring-Game_TJThe Hawks' football team wrapped up their spring practices with their annual Blue/White scrimmage on Sunday afternoon.

The star of the scrimmage was Lavon Chaney, a sophomore running back from Edgewater, Maryland. Chaney churned out 103-yards on 20-carries as the offense managed to accumulate 490-yards on the day. MU will need that sort of contribution from Chaney since last season's leading rusher, Julian Hayes, was dismissed from the team because of a violation of University and team rules. On the other hand, KB Asante, who rushed for 1,080-yards with eight scores, will return to the Hawks roster. Asante did not play in Sunday's scrimmage.

"He's a guy that we knew last fall that he was going to be a dynamic back for us," head coach Kevin Callahan said of Chaney. "Our objective today was to get him about 20-carries, and that's right where he was, just to see how far we could push him. I thought he handled it very well, he did a good job with it and he showed that he's somebody we can rely on in a game-situation."

Chaney, who played in 12 games during the 2013 season, felt his true potential was finally tapped on during the Sunday's game.

"I feel like I definitely made the most out of my opportunity," Chaney said. "Transitioning from the winter, doing all these hard workouts and finally getting out here, I think I was able to really show the coaching staff what I've been working towards. Coming in here, even though Julian was gone, I still had to go out every day and earn my position as that second running back."

One of the main objectives this spring besides replacing Hayes's production of 1,111-yards and seven touchdowns, was installing a new offense and replacing three starters along the offensive line. The Hawks are faced with the task of finding alternatives for Mike Hunchak, Josh Patterson, and Brandon Maxwell; but do return Reece Johnston and Peter Ireland. While the offensive line is still a work in progress, there is a lot of optimism looking forward with the addition of guys such as Rotchill Medor, a 6'6"/325-pound behemoth from ASA College, a junior college in NY.

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A JOURNEY IN WILSON AUDITORIUM

A near full house gathered in the Wilson Auditorium on Nov. 14 to welcome the poet Anna Journey to our campus. She was the last writer in the Fall component of the Visiting Writer’s series, though there will be two more speakers this Spring.

Michael Waters, Ph.D and professor of English, thinks these events are an instrumental part of our campus environment and create a well-rounded education. “I’ve attended all the VWS events since coming to MU in 2008,” he said. “The turnout is always strong.

Associate Dean [of the school of humanities and social sciences] Michael Thomas has done a terrific job of creating and publicizing the series, attracting not only students and faculty, but members of the community. We’re lucky to have such a series.”

The night began with Thomas’s introduction. “Some people have accused me of loving power,” he said as he neared the microphone, “but I really don’t. I just love the feeling of approaching the podium and everything gets quiet.”

This comedic greeting set the tone for what would turn out to be a night equally funny, dark and sexual as Journey’s work brought the audience from one roller coaster turn to the next.

“Anna Journey’s work is as exciting as any work being written by any poet of her generation,” Waters said. “Her poems are smart, funny, erotic, and moving. She writes out of all aspects of her personality.”

Thomas captured the essence of poetry, and the attention of the audience, soon into his opening. He said, “We build our identities from the stories we hear the stories we tell and from what we read. Imagine for a moment where we might be headed when we read the title ‘The Spirit of the Hour Visits Big Pappa’s Barbeque Joint’ a poem by Anna Journey from her second book, Vulgar Remedies.”

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Four Athletes Transfer from University

As another school year ends at Monmouth, students look on to the year to follow, however, next year men's basketball team will look relatively different.

On April 3, the University announced that four student-athletes will transfer the college and thus, will not return for the 2014-2015 season. Among the four are sophomores forward Tyrone O'Garro, guard Christian White, guard Jalen Palm, and freshman center Marcelo Ruediger who will not return for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season.

"Any time you have kids leave your program, it hurts. They are a part of your family and you help them grow," head coach King Rice said. "Sometimes, people have to go different directions and we are prepared and excited about the group of young men that will take us into next season."

While the decision was not easy for the student-athletes, some felt it was necessary for their future success.

"It was a very tough decision. I feel like I have built very strong and close relationships with my teammates and coaches," White said. "When I made the decision to transfer, I told my teammates that I would not be coming back next year and this is was an extremely tough decision but it was the best thing for me."

During his time at the University, White played in 44 games, compiled a .391 percentage for field goals and .359 percentage in three-pointers. His sank 17 out of 28 free-throw opportunities and closes his Monmouth career at 112 points. White played 16 games this season.

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Men’s LAX End Inaugural Season Winless

On Saturday, April 26, the men's lacrosse team fell to the Detroit Titans, 11-6, in their final game of 2014. With the loss, the blue and white end their inaugural season at 0-13 (0-6 MAAC).

Leading the way for MU were freshmen Chris Daly and Eric Berger. Daly scored a team-high three goals and added an assist. Berger posted his third two-goal game in the last four games.

Detroit opened up the scoring with a goal from Shayne Adams at the 11:49 mark in the first. Two minutes later, the blue and white responded with a goal from Berger off a feed from Daly. MU took a 2-1 lead with 5:21 left in the first quarter off of a rocket shot by Daly with the assist credited to freshman Kevin Osback.

The Titans, however, answered back with two consecutive goals in the final three minutes to jump back in front 3-2. The second quarter was all Detroit as Adams scored four goals to increase the Titans lead to 7-2 at the half.

The Hawks outscored the Titans 3-1 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 8-5. Berger started the rally scoring an unassisted goal. Daly notched his second goal of the contest off of an assist from freshman Colin Reilly, which was his first career point for MU. Daly then scored his third goal, which was unassisted, to end the quarter.

However, Detroit responded with three straight goals in the final frame to jump out to an 11-5 lead with 5:31 left in the game. Freshman Dan Bloodgood responded with his twelfth goal of the season.

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Women’s LAX Finish 2014 Under .500

In the 2014 regular season finale the blue and white (8-9; 5-3 MACC) stunned the Marist Red Foxes (13-3; 7-1 MAAC) as they handed them their first conference loss on Saturday by the final score of 12-11.

The Hawks never trailed in this contest and received goals from eight different players. Leading the way for MU was freshman midfielder Kendall Lutts who scored a career-high four goals including the game winner.

Lutts began the game scoring two goals in the first three minutes. The Red Foxes answered back to cut the Hawks lead to one. Sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales put the blue and white back up a pair.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, MU increased their lead to 6-2. During that stretch, Lutts netted her third goal and senior attacker Danielle Rakowitz added a pair of her own.

Marist responded quickly to cut the lead to 6-3. Shortly after that, junior midfielder Allison Stathius scored to put the Hawks up by four. The Red Foxed ended the half by scoring three straight goals to trail 7-6.

Senior midfielder Kaliegh Gibbons scored at the 22:31 mark to increase MU's lead to 8-6. However, Marist's Jamie Romano answered less than a minute later. The two teams traded goals over the next three minutes in this closely contested matchup.

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Softball Improves to 18-18

The softball team traveled to NY last weekend to face off against Niagara University and Canisius College. The Hawks recorded only one loss in the four games played on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 improving their overall record to .500.

In the first game of a doubleheader against the Purple Eagles, the Hawks fell 2-1 and posted their only loss of the series. Niagara scored single runs in the third and fifth after Chanelle Ward hit a RBI double and Brittany Richberg stole home. MU countered in the sixth when senior Alicia DeSanto led off the inning with a home run to center.

The remainder of the game was scoreless, and the Hawks dropped to 15-18 while the Purple Eagles advanced to 14-27.

The second game in the series saw an explosion of offense by the Hawks, ending in an 11-3 win against Niagara. The Purple Eagles scored early in the bottom of the first, with RBI singles by Desarae Maldonado and Amanda Werth.

MU scored five runs in the third inning. Freshman Lauren Howard walked and stole second; an error during DeSanto's at bat allowed her to score. Runners were on first and second when freshman Justene Reyes doubled to score DeSanto. Niagara committed another error on an at-bat by freshman Rachel Shotzbarger, allowing junior Vanessa Cardoza to score. With two outs in the inning, sophomore Raelynn Galindo doubled to drive in both Reyes and Shotzbarger.

Niagara retaliated in the bottom of the fourth with Richberg's RBI single, but MU dominated the offense again in the fifth. Shotzbarger hit a home run with one out in the inning, and Flores tripled to left center. Galindo, Meagan Newton-Pender, and Howard all contributed singles that advanced the Hawks to an 8-3 lead.

MU posted three more runs in the sixth. Reyes and Shotzbarger kicked off the inning with two doubles to give the Hawks a 9-3 lead. Junior Kayleena Flores singled to score Shotzbarger, and Galindo singled to put runners on the corners. A single by Howard brought Flores home, and the Hawks soared to 11-3 by the end of the inning.

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SIDELINES: 04/30/2014

The baseball team had a three game sweep over the Temple Owls this past weekend. Winning pitchers were sophomore Frank Trimarco, junior TJ Hunt, and junior Jeff Paglione.

Offense was led by junior center fielder Steve Wilgus who went 7-for-14, contributed four runs and had one RBI.


On Friday, April 25, senior second baseman Jake Gronsky became the 14th player in program history to reach 200 hits.


The women's golf team finished fourth while the men's golf team placed second in the MAAC Championships. The women were led by senior Michelle Rosenhouse who had a career-best finish at a conference tournament with a second place title. The men were led by junior Brady Goodling who placed second overall in competition.


The men's soccer team has announced additional commitments for 2014. The men who are coming off their first MAAC Regular Season Championship title will add eight new Hawks to their roster.

These include midfielder/forward from Newark, NJ Miguel Alves; midfielder from Cranford, NJ Andrew Gee; goalkeeper of Ocean Township Chris Seager; midfielder Chris Nash from Franklin Lakes; midfielder from Westfield, NJ Leo O'Haus; forward Daniel Reilly from Denver, CO; midfielder from East Bruinswick Joey Gudzak; and midfielder/forward from Toms River Lorenzo Scala.


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Craig Sweeney: The Power Behind the Bat

craig-sweeneyLike many athletes, Craig Sweeney, an outfielder for the University's baseball team, has been playing the game since he could only hit the ball off of a tee. However, as a senior in his fourth season with the Hawks, Sweeney has far surpassed his little league level skills.

"I've played baseball ever since I was five years old when my dad got me into it and I just loved the game right away," said Sweeney. "Once I got to about middle school, that's when I knew I wanted to continue playing in college."

Dean Ehehalt, head coach of the University's baseball team, said that Sweeney's greatest strength is his offensive skills. He added that his experience as a ballplayer has contributed to not only his success, but the team's success. "He's a hungry player, a very good offensive player, an explosive player; He has the potential to be a game changer," Ehehalt said.

Unlike many students, Sweeney did not have a difficult decision with choosing a college. Deciding to be a Hawk seemed like an obvious choice to him. From Middletown, NJ, he said that the location and close proximity of the University were ideal. Sweeney added that he was familiar with some of the players on the team before his freshman year as well. However, Sweeney said the ultimate reason he decided to play at MU was, "because they definitely gave me the best opportunity to play and they have a winning tradition here."

Sweeney's career thus far at the University can best described as a an upwards line.

In 2012, he hit .288 with four RBI's in 28 games, 17 of which he started. In 2013, his average was .284 with 29 RBI's in 48 games, 47 of which he started. This season has produced Sweeney's highest batting average in his collegiate career thus far at .343 in 28 games, all of which he started.

Not only does he lead the team in batting average, but he also holds the number one spot in slugging percentage (.505), on base percentage (.409), RBI's (21), home runs (3), and total bases (50).

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Baseball Loses Series to Fairfield, 6-7 MAAC Record

After coming off a 10-0 win over Farleigh Dickinson on April 16, the baseball team lost their three game series to conference opponent, the Fairfield Stags, at Alumni Diamond in Fairfield, CT.

MU fell in the first game, 10-3, but initially held the upper hand after a three run first inning.

The first run was scored by freshman Grant Lamberton who, after hitting a double, was sent home by a double from Craig Sweeney. Senior Jake Gronsky was the next Hawk who crossed home, courtesy of senior Danny Avella who singled up the middle. The final run of the inning came off freshman Chris Gaetano's sacrifice fly to bring in Sweeney from third.

MU held this three run advantage over the Stags until the fourth inning when Fairfield was able to plate two. Billy Zolga hit an RBI triple to center bringing home Jack Giannini from first and Rob LoPinto from third.

Fairfield evened the game at three in the fifth inning when Alex Witkus scored an unearned run on a passed ball.

One inning later, the Stags pulled ahead with a six run inning. Dean Sadik was the first to notch two RBI's, plating Giannini from third and Zolga from second, off his single to left field.

Head coach Dean Ehehalt then pulled starting pitcher senior Andy McGee from the mound and replaced him with southpaw sophomore Frank Trimarco. McGee's line ended at 5.1 innings pitched, with six earned runs on 10 hits. He was handed his fifth loss of the season.

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Men’s Lax: Winless

The men's lacrosse team lost to visiting Marist College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown on Saturday, April 19 by a final score of 12-9.

With the loss, the blue and white fall to 0-12 overall with an 0-5 mark in the MAAC during their first season, while Marist improves to 4-8 overall including a 2-3 record in conference play.

Leading the way for MU was freshman attacker Chris Daly who posted his first career four-goal game and totaled a season-high six points. Daly currently leads the Hawks with 14 goals and 22 points on the season.

For his efforts against Marist, Daly was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

The blue and white jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. With an unassisted goal at the 12:59 mark, Daly was the first Hawk to score in the contest. The next goal for the Hawks was scored by freshman midfielder Kevin Osback off of a feed from freshman midfielder Eric Berger.

The Red Foxes answered right back with two goals from Joseph Radin to end the quarter with the score tied at two goals apiece. Marist scored the only goals of the second quarter as they took a 5-2 lead into the break.

The second half began like the first, with an unassisted goal by Daly just 57 seconds into the third quarter to cut the lead to 5-3. However, the Red Foxes responded with four straight goals to extend their lead to 9-3 with only 49 seconds remaining in the third period.

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Men’s Tennis No. 2

The men's tennis team finished its regular season by defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats 6-1 on Friday, April 18. With the win, the Hawks finished the year with a 15-7 overall record while going 6-1 in MAAC play.

MU began the day by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles competition point. Junior Victor Pugliese and freshman Christian Vieira earned an 8-4 win at the number one doubles spot to start the match, and the freshmen duo of Przemyslaw Filipek and Bee Kumthonkittikul sealed the doubles competition victory with an 8-1 win of their own at the number three spot. In the two slot, junior Freddy Marcinkowski and sophomore Ramy Bekhiet fell 8-6.

Pugliese continued his solid season at the number one spot in singles play and moved to 6-0 in conference matches, by beating QU's Kei Ezaka in a tough three set contest: 6-1, 4-6, and 7-6. The win was Pugliese's 13th straight on the season and moved him to 15-1 overall for the spring.

Filipek was the only Hawk to lose in singles competition for the match as he fell in straight sets at the number two spot with both sets ending 6-4.

The men were able to sweep the rest of singles play, including straight set wins at the number four, five, and six spots from Marcinkowski, freshman Luke Adamus, and Vieira respectively. Marcinkowski won his sets 7-5, 6-2 while Adamus posted 6-3, 6-4 victories. Vieira capped it off with wins of 6-3, 7-5.

Kumthonkittikul had a bit tougher time at the number three spot after losing the first set 6-4, nonetheless, he battled back to take the second and third sets 6-4, 7-6.

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Softball Goes 3-1 Over Weekend Stint

The University's softball team won three of their four games this past weekend against conference rivals Saint Peter's Peacocks and Quinnipiac Bobcats. With the weekend results, MU now has a 14-17 overall record, including a 6-6 mark in MAAC play.

The Hawks opened the weekend by sweeping a doubleheader against the Peacocks on Saturday, April 19. Senior left fielder Alicia DeSanto was big for the Hawks as she went 4-7 with five RBIs total on the day. Freshman Sydney Underhill picked up both victories for the Hawks, including a complete game shutout.

The first game was a pitchers' duel as neither team was able to push across a run through the first four innings. After Underhill kept the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, the blue and white were finally able to break through in the bottom half of the inning and built a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth frame.

Senior first baseman Kaitie Schumacher got the rally started when she was hit by a pitch, and two batters later sophomore Nikki Sandelier singled to left to give MU two base runners. Both runners advanced into scoring position on an MU groundout before DeSanto delivered a two-out base hit to right to put the Hawks ahead.

"I was just going into that at-bat thinking we haven't scored yet, and really need these runs," said DeSanto about the hit. "The pitcher was throwing me the same pitch all day, and I just jumped on it and it worked out that at-bat."

Saint Peter's put pressure on MU in the top half of the sixth by loading the bases, but Underhill worked out of the jam to maintain the two run lead. The Hawks added some insurance runs in their next at-bat when sophomore Raelynn Galindo came through with a two-run pinch hit single to increase the Hawk's lead to 4-0. Underhill then set the Peacocks down 1-2-3 in the seventh to seal the Hawks' victory.

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MAAC HONORS

The baseball team picked up two MAAC weekly awards officials announced on Tuesday.

Junior southpaw Jeff Singer was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week for his seven perfect innings and five strikeouts against Farleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, April 16.

Freshman third baseman Grant Lamberton was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. Lamberton's week included an average of .417, had two three-hit games, and committed no errors.


Softball players junior Kayleena Flores and freshman Sydney Underhill were both given MAAC weekly honors. Flores was named MAAC Player of the Week as she hit for .500, had three doubles, two triples, eight RBI's and five runs scored over the week span.

Underhill was on the mound for all of MU's four wins during the week and in that week, she posted a 3.39 ERA and struck out 26 batters. She was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.


Sophomore javelin thrower McLean Lipschutz was named the MAAC Track and Field Performer of the Week for his accomplishments at the Greyhound Invitational. He out-threw the competition by 24 feet with a toss of 238'. 


Freshman attackman Chris Daly was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for men's lacrosse. Daly had four goals in his season high six-point game against Marist. He leads the Hawks in goals and points. 


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Baseball Lose Series to Manhattan College

kyle-perry_baseballThe baseball team lost a three game series to conference opponent, the Manhattan Jaspers, over the weekend. The Hawks are now 9-17 (5-5 MAAC) while the Jaspers improved to 7-23 (4-8 MAAC).

MU began the weekend by splitting a double header on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.

Senior southpaw Andrew McGee was featured in the first game which turned into an extra inning conquest.

Game one did not see any runs until the fourth inning when senior Jon Guida knocked in freshman Grant Lamberton. The Jaspers responded with a run of their own knotting the game at 1-1. Manhattan scored again in the fifth as Shawn Kalousdian singled to plate Jose Carerra from second.

The blue and white then took a brief lead by scoring two runs in sixth. On the first pitch thrown in the inning, senior first baseman Danny Avella tied the game with a solo shot to right field. The home run counted for Avella's first on the season. The Hawks then jumped ahead of the Jaspers when junior Steve Wilgus hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2.

Manhattan took the lead in the seventh after sophomore southpaw Anthony Ciavarella came in to pitch for McGee. Ciavarella allowed one run in one inning pitched pushing the game to a tie.

As neither team was able to score again in regular play, the game was sent into extra innings. The tenth saw no action on either side of the bench, however, the Hawks were able to plate a run in the top of the eleventh.

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Golf Teams Head to Florida

The University golf teams began their seasons on Sunday, March 16 with the men competing in Port St. Lucie, FL while the women took to Williamsburg, VA. Since the beginning of their spring schedule, both teams post high individual marks in nearly every tournament played.

The men have participated in the Villanova Invitational at the White Manor Country Club, the Lafayette Invitational at the Silver Creek Country Club and most recently the FDU Invitational at the Crystal Spring Golf Resort.

Paced by junior Brady Goodling, the men's team finished 13th out of 16 teams at the Villanova Invitational. Goodling finished the first round at 73, the second round at 77, and the third round at 72, just one over par. He placed tenth overall.

Senior Corey Carrick posted the next best MU finish at 235 with rounds of 77, 81, and 77. In his second tournament, freshman Tommy Whelan completed four strokes behind Carrick with rounds of 79, 77, and 83. Sophomore Kyle Deisher was one stroke behind Whelan at 240 while junior Colin Buckley finished at 248.

During the first weekend of April, the men's team traveled to Lafayette where they shared eighth place with Colgate University, out of 18 competitors.

The Hawks were once again paced by Goodling who shot 150 on the total 36-hole course. Brady, who recorded one of the four eagles registered (a score of two under par for a given hole), finished with rounds of 76-74 and ended the tournament 8+.

Carrick tied for 43rd with his first round at 81 and his second round at 75. Deisher, Buckley, and Whelan shared 50th in the tournament. Deisher finished at 81-76; Buckley showed 78-79, and Whelan, registered as an individual, fired 77-80. Freshman Jesse Hazam completed the event at 160 playing back-to-back rounds at 80 strokes.

Over the weekend on the par-71, 6,734-yard Crystal Springs Country Club course, the Hawks finished eighth out of 14 teams.

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Track and Field Take Princeton

Teams Break Four School Records

The track and field team set four new school records and had many athletes meet ECAC/IC4A qualification times at the Princeton Quadrangular Meet which they participated in on Saturday, April 12.

All but one school record was set by the women's team. Junior Kate Frye broke the previous 400 meter school record with her time of 53.86 while senior Lucia Montefusco also broke a school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finishing at 11:00.78. Frye won her event and Montefusco finished second. The women's 4x100 relay team also set a new school record at 46.06 seconds and finished first for the event.

The men's school record came from freshman Dylan Capwell in the 800 meter. Capwell finished with a time of 1:49.57, which was good enough for first place in the event.

All four records qualified for the ECAC/IC4A's. Other qualifications for the IC4A included the men's 4x100 relay at 42.06, the men's 4x400 relay at 3:16.64, junior Ben Boyd in the 400 meter with 48.44, and sophomores Ahmier Dupree and Eric Kahana both qualified for the 100 meter with finish times of 10.74 and 10.85, respectively.

ECAC qualifiers also included the women's 4x400 relay at 3:44.47, senior Laura Williams with a time of 59.21 in the 400 hurdles, senior Mariah Toussaint in the 200 at 24.74.

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LAX Cannot Overcome Deficit

The women's lacrosse team rallied from a seven point deficit, but ultimately lost to the Drexel University Dragons 9-6, on Saturday, April 12 in their final non-conference game of the season. With the loss, MU falls to 6-7 (3-1 MAAC) as Drexel improves to 6-7 (1-1 CAA.)

The beginning of the game was all Drexel as they scored seven goals in the first 14 minutes of the play. During that span, the Dragons scored on seven of eight shots attempted. Drexel's Emily Duffey and Joelle Hartke both contributed a pair of goals during the rally. While allowing seven goals, the Hawks were only able to earn two shots.

Freshman attacker Olivia Higson finally broke the spell and put the blue and white on the board with 5:31 left in the opening frame. This was Higson's second consecutive game with a goal from a free-position shot.

Three minutes later, junior midfielder Allison Stathius scored to cut the Dragons lead to five making the scoreboard read 7-2 going into halftime.

Less than five minutes into the second half, senior attacker Stephanie Anderson scored a goal off an impressive feed from senior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons. Drexel answered back as Kelly Palace scored on a free position shot to extend the lead back to five at 8-3.

However, Anderson and freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca each scored a goal to bring the Hawks within 3; 8-5 with 14:26 remaining. MU only had two shots over the next 13 minutes before Duffey scored another goal and put an end to the blue and white's comeback bid. Sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales scored the final goal of the game with just 36 seconds left as the team fell, 9-6.

"It took us a while to get used to their level," said Hawks head coach Denise Wescott. "In the second half we showed that we could play with a team of that caliber but we need to start the game off like that. I thought our bench did a great job including Kristina (Vangeli) who did some solid things defensively and helped us get the draw more than Drexel. It was good to see the team not fold and come back and out score them in the second half. Hopefully that will give us some confidence heading in to the end of our conference play."

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The Global Understanding Convention Welcomed The Nation’s Sports Editor

The University hosted the sports editor of The Nation, Mr. David Zirin, during its 13th annual Global Understanding Convention last week.

Zirin's lecture, "Talk Sports and Resistance in the United States," was focused around the idea that sports and politics coincide. The event took place in a very crowded Wilson Hall auditorium and provided a chance for students, faculty and the community alike to hear Zirin's thoughts on the subject.

Zirin first became interested in sports and politics in 1996 when a basketball player for the Nuggets, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, refused to be on the court during the nation's national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

"After this moment, I started to learn about activist athletes. I would be in the basement of the library at school digging for this information," said Zirin. He explained that in order to find out what the influence of politics was on sports, you had to do your research and look back at history.

Zirin brought up many different examples of how key players in sports had used their position to try and make a change. Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and John Carlos were among the names mentioned during the lecture.

"Jackie Robinson was the most requested speaker at events because he would always say 'I would rather choose full citizenship than the Baseball Hall of Fame any day,'" said Zirin. Robinson was considered to be a leader in many anti-segregation movements in the 1930's, added Zirin.

In 1960, Muhammad Ali won his first gold medal at the Olympics in Rome, Italy. "Ali's dream was to bring the sportsmanship of wrestling to the sport of boxing," said Zirin. Ali, who was very opposed to the Vietnam War, felt that he could use the war as a way to try and bring equality among men. He stated that soldiers should not have to fight a war abroad when Americans are fighting a war on their homeland.

Throughout his various examples, Zirin continued to prove to the crowd that politics do hold a place in sports, both professional and amateur.

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SIDELINES: 04/16/2014

The softball team was swept by Fairfield University in a double header Sunday afternoon with final scores of 10-2 and 9-8. The Hawks now have a 10-15 record (2-4 MAAC).

Despite the score, senior Kaitie Schumacher and freshman Rachel Shotzbarger both went 4-for-6 and a RBI for the day.


The men's tennis team finished their season undefeated at home as they won their final match, 4-0, against Hofstra.

Sophomore Ramy Bekhiet, and freshmen Luke Adamus and Christian Vieira each won in their singles match.

Freshmen Przemyslaw Filipek and Bee Kumthonkittikul won their doubles match, 8-4. Junior Victor Pugliese and Vieira also won their doubles, 8-4. At No. 2, junior Freddy Marcinkowski and Bekhiet won their doubles contest, 8-5.


The women's tennis team was swept by Towson, 7-0, this past Sunday at the Towson Center Tennis Courts. Brooke Verdiglione and Chioma Gabriel both went the distance in their individual matches, but each fell in the third set.

The team travels to Quinnipiac on Thursday, April 17.


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Baseball Loses Series to MAAC Opponent

chris-mckennaThe University baseball team dropped a three game series to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Saint Peter's Peacocks, at Jersey City, NJ this past weekend.

The Hawks now stand at 7-15, 4-3 in the MAAC while SPU improved to 7-20, 2-6 in league play.

The series began with a double header thrown by senior left hander Andrew McGee and junior righty TJ Hunt.

Twelve hits from the offense and McGee's strong arm secured MU the first game.

McGee completed 8.2 innings allowing six runs, one of which was earned, on nine hits and striking out eight. Junior Jeff Paglione picked up his third save of the season. Receiving the loss was SPU's Zach Hopf who worked 6.2 innings giving up two runs, one which was earned, on six hits.

Leading MU's offense in the game was senior second baseman Jake Gronsky who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Freshman designated hitter Grant Lamberton and senior first baseman Danny Avella each had two hits in the game and two RBI's.

The scoring began in the third when the teams exchanged a pair of runs making the score 1-1. SPU then pulled ahead in the fifth courtesy of Sean Henry hitting a double and then scoring on an error.

Avella reciprocated with an RBI single in the top of the sixth to plate Gronsky and tie the game at two.

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Softball Splits Doubleheader

softballAfter inclement field conditions postponed an MU softball doubleheader last Saturday, the girls traveled to Hackensack to face Siena College on Sunday, April 6. Monmouth split the games and their record to now sits at 9-11.

The Hawks won their first game against the Siena Saints with a score of 4-2. Freshman Sydney Underhill and the Hawks' defense held Siena until the third inning, when Alyssa Lancaster batted in a run. In the top of the fourth, the Saints increased their lead to 2-0 after Abby Carpenter hit a solo home run to left field.

MU battled back in the fifth inning. Sophomore Nikki Sandelier was walked, and a Saints' error put runners on the corners. Senior Shannon Fitzgerald stole second, and both she and Sandelier scored after a double to right center by junior Vanessa Cardoza.

Freshman Justene Reyes then came up to the plate, hammering a two-run home run to left field. Reyes' impressive hit led the Hawks to a 4-2 lead by the bottom of the fifth.

Both teams had hits in the sixth, but were unable to score for the remainder of the game. Monmouth earned the win, increasing their record to 9-10, while the Saints dropped to 13-15.

The Hawks went down in the second game, despite getting off to a good start. Underhill was able to retire the first six Saints batters before giving up runs in the third. Lauren Milligan kicked off the inning with an infield single, ultimately reaching third after a hit to right field by Paige Lloyd.

Lloyd stole second on the next play, putting runners on second and third. Mikayla Powlowsky stepped up to the plate and hit a grounder to third, allowing Milligan to take off for home, beating Cardoza's throw and scoring the first run of the game.

Before MU could close out the inning, Stephanie Viggiano doubled to score Lloyd, and Lancaster hit a two-run single to give the Saints a 4-0 lead.

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Hawks Fall to Niagara, 12-8

Lacrosse Teams Still Look For Wins

On Saturday, April 5, the women's lacrosse team snapped their winning streak at four game overall and two in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The loss was handed to them by the Niagara University Purple Eagles with a final score of 12-8 on Kessler Field.

The Hawks blew their early lead in the first half as Niagara was able to overcome the deficit late in the game by going on a 6-3 run. With the loss, the blue and white fall to (5-6, 2-1 MAAC) while the Purple Eagles improve to (5-5, 1-1 MAAC).

Junior midfielder Allison Stathius led the way for MU by compiling three goals. Senior attacker Danielle Rakowitz added a pair of goals in a losing effort. As for the Purple Eagles, the duo of Maria Battista and Carrie-Jo Farrugia combined for eight of the 12 total goals in the victory.

The game began with Niagara jumping out to an early two-goal lead. After a stalemate for a few minutes, the Hawks soared back and scored the next four goals in just a five minute span. However, the Purple Eagles answered back and scored two goals in 37 seconds to tie up the game.

Senior attacker Cassie Campasano scored to give the blue and white the lead 5-4 with 8:18 remaining in the first frame. Battista contributed her second goal of the game and Kristen Winter added another goal in the final 7:11 of the half as Niagara took a 7-5 lead into the break.

In the majority of the second half, the teams traded goals in this back and forth affair. After the first 17 minutes of the second half, Stathius scored her second goal of the contest to cut the Purple Eagles lead to 8-7 with 13:31 left in the game.

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Men Suffer 10 Straight Losses

Lacrosse Teams Still Look For Wins

The men's lacrosse team fell, 17-9, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) contest to the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, April 5 at Kessler Field. With the loss, the men's record drops to 0-10, 0-3 within the MAAC, while the Bobcats improved to 5-4, 3-1 within the MAAC.

The Bobcats pulled ahead early with a 3-0 lead, each goal coming from a different athlete. MU was able to put themselves on the board before the first quarter was over courtesy of freshman Eric Berger's unassisted goal made with 1:49 left to play. Bobcat Ryan Keenan reciprocated the mark with his second straight goal making the game 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter opened with an unassisted goal from MU freshman Chris Daly, however, QU's Dylan Webster found the back of the net twice bringing the score to a four goal margin at 6-2.

The Hawks answered with a pair of goals as Daly connected with the net once more off an assist from freshman Dan Bloodgood. Freshman Kevin Murphy accounted for the second goal, which was unassisted, with seven minutes to play in the second.

The Bobcats increased the scoring gap from two to five within three minutes. Dylan Webster was responsible for two of the goals while Pat Corcoran was credited with the other.

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SIDELINES: 04/09/2014

The track and field teams competed in three meets this weekend with multiple relay teams breaking school records.

Many athletes also qualified for ECAC's and IC4A's such as: the women's 4x800, the women's 4x400, the men's 4x400, senior Rachel Aliotta, junior Kelsey Reese, senior Errol Jeffrey, junior Taylor Bernstein, sophomore Tevin Kirby-Stewart, graduate student Shane Carle, and junior Zach Torrell.

Sophomore javelin thrower, McLean Lipschutz, was named MAAC Male Performer of the Week. He is the first Hawk ever to win weekly honors in outdoor track and field.


The men's tennis team looked strong this past weekend as they shutout both St. Francis and Sienna 7-0 at home.

In their first matchup, all three MU doubles teams picked up wins to earn the point. The singles matchups were just as impressive with each MU player winning their first set in route to the 6-0 sweep.

MU continued to roll the following day with another dominating performance that increased their winning streak to eight games.

The Hawks are now 10-6 (3-0) for the season. The team next faces Fairfield Wednesday, April 9 at the MU Tennis Courts.


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Baseball No Longer Number One in America’s Eyes

fangraphsWith football finished until fall and baseball just beginning, one can make an argument that America is transitioning from one beloved sport to the next beloved sport, but the question is which is America's favorite?

According to a poll taken by CBS Sports in the beginning of 2013, football is more popular in America than baseball by 16 percent. Most have begun to believe that the reason for football's supremacy over baseball is due to college football.

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports said, "According to a study by Scarborough Research, 109.3 million people, or 48% of U.S. adults over 18 years of age, watched, attended or listened to an MLB game from February 2011 through March 2012. That compares to 92.6 million, or 39% of adults, who watched, attended or listened to a college-football game during the same period."

Even with this said, is it really factual to say baseball is dying? Major League Baseball has been around since the 1800's and the actual of game of baseball has been around even longer. There have even been accounts of President George Washington participating in many games similar to the modern day version of baseball. So let's rethink if baseball is dying or are the people who are watching the game changing their preference.

With this modern age of technology, people all over the world get what they want when they want it making our attention span shorter. If you want to listen to music, you do not have to find a radio anymore, just look it up on your phone. If you want to find out what the temperature is going to be that day, you do not have to watch the weather channel on TV, but instead, just look it up on your phone. With such a high demand for instant action in this day and age, it is only logical that football would become the preferred sport of Americans.

On every play, football has a visible element. There is a catch, a crash, a run, a fumble; there is something that everyone can see and understand whether they are a fan or not. In baseball, there is a thinking element to every play. If a pitcher throws a ball and the batter does not swing, it looks like nothing happened on the play. Only baseball would understand that either the batter was waiting for his pitch or the pitcher intentionally is trying to force the batter into a certain situation. For this reason alone, football is more comprehensible to the nation.

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Baseball Splits Weekend

The baseball team recorded one win and one loss this weekend against the Niagara Purple Eagles and the Wagner Seahawks this weekend.

MU registered their first MAAC loss on Friday, March 28 in the series opener. On the mound for the Hawks was senior southpaw Andy McGee who picked up his fourth loss of the season. After 2.1 innings and five earned runs, head coach Dean Ehehalt replaced McGee with sophomore lefty Frank Trimarco.

Niagara pulled ahead quickly as they scored four runs in the first inning. McGee surrendered a walk to the Purple Eagles first batter to start their rally. Niagara's left fielder, Kevin Paulsen, then reached first on a muffed throw putting two runners on. Third baseman Greg Rodgers then sent a triple out to left center scoring both men on base. The following batter singled which scored Rodgers from third. McGee was able to strike out the next batter, but then allowed a double to right center which plated Niagara's fourth run of the inning.

MU chipped away Niagara's led with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first when Craig Sweeney hit a home run to score junior Steve Wilgus and brought the game to a two run margin.

Niagara furthered their lead back to four as they scored two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an MU error and a single from Rodgers. The Hawks scored another run in the bottom of the second when junior catcher Kyle Perry was brought home off Wilgus's sacrifice fly bringing the score to 6-3.

Unfortunately for the blue and white, Niagara continued their scoring streak in the third. Outfielder Taylor Hackett, who went 2-for-3 for the day, singled to right field on an 0-2 count. He was then brought home by shortstop Geoff Seto who singled to center.

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Sweeney and McGee Earn NJCBA Honors

Outfielder Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) and pitcher Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) have earned weekly honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association after their performances last week that included a sweep over Marist. McGee was named NJ Pitcher of the Week, while Sweeney picked up New Jersey Player of the Week accolades.

Sweeney hit a whopping .600 on the week in five games, helping Monmouth to a series sweep in the first weekend of MAAC play over Marist. He hit in all five games, including multi-hit games in four of the five. At Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, Sweeney hit a double to the wall in dead center field to score a run, and came home to score on a wild pitch. He got the Hawks on the board early at Towson on Thursday, lacing a two-run double to left center.

On the weekend, he was on base all three times in Game One including two hits, and drove home a big insurance run in the fifth with a base hit back through the middle. Finally, on Sunday, his line drive single up the middle gave MU a 4-1 lead that would be all Monmouth needed. All told, Sweeney went 9-for-15 in five games, including a run scored and five RBI's. He was also a part of a Monmouth defense that did not record an error all week, notching 10 putouts in right field.

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Toussaint Leaps into Record Books

When Mariah Toussaint, a senior multi-position Track and Field star, made the decision to transfer to Monmouth for her junior year, she naturally experienced some apprehension and anxiety.

"When I first transferred I was a little shy and nervous," explained Toussaint. "I had never been to such a big school and I didn't know where I would belong."

Coming from her hometown of Tulsa, OK, Toussaint spent her first two college years at Midland University in Freemont, NB, and before that attended Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA. Midland's enrollment averages just over 1,100 students while slightly over 1,700 students attend Brooke Point annually. When you compare this to the nearly 7,000 students at Monmouth, and take into account the vast difference in location, it is easy to see why Toussaint felt some uneasiness.

Despite her initial trepidation of meeting new people, finding her place and getting accustomed to a new area and culture, there was one place that always felt like home, and took no getting used to: the track.

"Track and Field is just something that makes me happy," said Toussaint. "It is just something I really enjoy, and I always go out there and have fun."

Toussaint's comfort in all areas of track and field was evident from her first day at MU, as she found immediate success at her new school. In her first year as a Hawk, Toussaint was named the 2013 Northeastern Conferences Indoor Women's Most Valuable Performer, and also earned spots on the NEC's Indoor Women's All Conference First Team for the 200 meter and long jump. To finish out her first year, Toussaint was named to the NEC's Outdoor All Conference First Team for long jump.

Now in her second year at the University, Toussaint has continued to thrive. She has earned multiple Performer of the Week Awards, was a 2014 All-East selection for the long jump, and recorded a personal best 20' 8" mark in the long jump at the Blue/White Invitational.

In addition to being a career best, this jump turned out to be truly special for Toussaint because it was the 10th longest jump in the nation, and, as a result, Toussaint became the first MU athlete to qualify for the NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. Toussaint didn't stop at just qualifying; however, as her 19'8" long jump at the event was good enough to earn her a spot as a second team All-American.

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Women’s Lax Win First MAAC Match

On Saturday, March 29 the women's lacrosse team defeated the Siena Saints by the final score of 16-9. With the victory, the blue and white improved to 4-5 overall, and are now 1-0 in the MAAC, while Siena fell to 2-8 with an 0-1 MAAC conference record. This game marked the women's lacrosse team's inaugural appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Leading the way for the Hawks was junior midfielder Allison Stathius. Stathius tallied six totals points for the game, including a career-high five assists. Senior attacker Stephanie Anderson added three goals in a season-high four point effort.

Junior midfielder Danielle Rakowitz scored three goals, while senior attacker Cassie Campasano and sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales each contributed a pair of goals.

Freshman attacker Julia Schrof also contributed with one goal for the Hawks. The score was Schrof's first on her young career.

As a team, the blue and white shot 3-for-4 on free position shots.

Katie Donohoe got the win for the Hawks as the junior goalkeeper saved a total of eight shots, and sophomore goalie Caroline Huelster also got on the books with a save in the final minute.

As for the Saints, Alyssa Treanor and Maddie Devine led their team with two goals each. Samantha DePasquale played just under 40 minutes in net for the Saints, and recorded four saves. Ashley Holdridge replaced DePasquale for the final 20 plus minutes, and finished with two saves on the game.

The first 12 minutes of the match went back and forth as both teams traded goals and kept it close. However, the Hawks then broke the game open on an 8-0 run which was sparked by Rakowitz' s game-tying goal with 16:33 left in first half.

That run gave MU a 13-4 lead halfway through the second frame. Anderson highlighted the run with a season-high three goals, and Rakowitz added two of her own.

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SIDELINES: 04/02/2014

"When the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can unionize, it drew even more attention to the dichotomy on display during March Madness between colleges and universities with athletics programs based on a professional model and those based on an amateur model. From my perspective, as president of Monmouth University, the gulf between the two competing models continues to widen."

- President Paul Brown



The men's tennis team secured their fourth straight victory behind the racket of senior Victor Pugliese on Saturday, March 29. With the 4-3 win over MAAC conference rival, the Niagara Purple Eagles, them team reached .500 overall with a record of 6-6 (2-0 MAAC).

Prior to Pugliese's match on Saturday, the teams were evenly tied at 3-3.

Fortunately for MU, the french born athlete was able to win provide the winning point via his seventh straight No. 1 singles match.

The Hawks will open their seven game home stand with Villanova on Wednesday, April 2. First serve is set for 2 pm.
 


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Baseball Sweeps Marist in First MAAC Series

tj-huntFor most students, spring break means relaxing, going on vacation, and getting away from all things related to school. For the University baseball team, springreakantplaying against the George Washing-ton Colonials, Saint Joseph's Hawks, Towson Tigers, and Marist Red Foxes.

The Hawks started their break with a three game series against George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Senior southpaw Andrew McGee fell in a pitchers' duel to GW starter Jacob Williams in the series opener, 1-0. McGee tossed eight innings allowing only one run off of five hits. The Colonials' shortstop Kevin Mahala scored the only run in the game when teammate Colin Gibbons-Fly placed a sacrifice fly into shallow right field.

With two men on base in the bottom of the ninth, MU was given a chance to tie, however, shortstop Jon Guida hit into a double play and finalized the loss at 1-0.

The Hawks wasted no time gaining ground as they beat the Colonials the follwing day, 6-5.

Junior TJ Hunt picked up his first win of the season for the Hawks as he threw the first 5.2 innings and held the Colonials to three runs off of eight hits. Junior Jeff Paglione finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save this season.

Senior outfielder Joe Bamford went 4-for-5 and scored three runs. Senior first baseman Danny Avella batted 3-for-4 and notched three RBI's in the contest.

The Hawks lost the series to the Colonials as they fell in the final game, 1-0. Junior Chris McKenna had a strong showing on the mound for the Hawks tossing 7.1 innings and allowing only one run off three hits. MU's offense provided McKenna with only one hit off GW's sophomore ace Bobby LeWarne who threw a complete game shutout striking out seven in the process.

The sole hit came off the bat of freshman Grant Lamberton who ended LeWarne's perfect game gamble with a leadoff single in the sixth. Lamberton advanced to second on junior Kyle Perry's sac bunt, however, the Hawks were unable to bring him home.

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Women’s Lacrosse 0-3 on the Road

The women's lacrosse team went 1-2 in the three games they played over spring break. They first lost to the Towson University Tigers and the University of Delaware Blue Hens respectively, but then picked up a win over former Northeast Conference rival, the Sacred Heart Pioneers. MU currently holds a 2-5 record on the year.

Coming off their first win of the season against Wagner, MU first traveled to MD for a tough matchup against the 11th ranked Towson, where they fell 13-5.

"I thought we played well, especially in the first half," said MU head coach Denise Wescott. "The team stuck to our game plan and the attack worked the ball to create some good shots. Our biggest problem was too many turnovers which created some goals for Towson."

Fifth-year seniors Cassie Campasano and Stephanie Anderson led the Hawks with two goals a piece while junior Emily Barbieri added a goal of her own. Towson's Ashleigh Rohrback led all scorers with five goals, and Andi Raymond had a game high of three assists for the Tigers.

In addition to the turnover issue mentioned by Wescott, shots on net were also an issue for the team, with Towson recording 37 compared to only 19 from the Hawks.

The blue and white showed a lot of fight and determination during the first half of play as they twice battled back from multiple goal deficits to get within one.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, the Hawks cut the lead in half when Campasano scored her first goal of the game, and season, with 14:49 remaining in the period. Two more Towson scores then extended the lead to three, but back-to-back goals from Campasano and Anderson made the score 4-3 with a little over two minutes to go in the first half. Unfortunately for MU, they could not quite get over the hump, and the Tigers managed to find the back of the net once more with 20 seconds left. Towson led by two heading into halftime.

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Softball Posts 7-10 Record After Break

The Monmouth softball team traveled to CA over spring break posting a 3-5 record and concluded the week with an overall season record of 7-10. In the final three games of the week, the Hawks fell to both San Diego State and UC Riverside, but achieved a come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth, adding one win and two losses to their record.

After five games played in Santa Barbara, CA, the Hawks traveled to face the San Diego Aztecs on Tuesday, March 18 ending in a 1-5 loss. The Aztecs kicked things off in the bottom of the first, when a double down the right field line by Hayley Miles allowed Leia Ruiz, a walked batter, to score. The Hawks countered in the fourth inning, when a single by senior Alicia DeSanto turned into an unearned run after an error by the Aztecs.

Freshman pitcher Sydney Underhill held San Diego State at a tie until the fifth inning, when a single by Dominique Dinner earned an RBI, giving the Aztecs the lead. In the sixth, a triple by Jaylene Ignacio and a single by Dinner helped score three more runs, which Monmouth was unable to answer in the seventh. After this game, the Hawks dropped to 6-9 and the Aztecs improved to 22-8.

The Hawks concluded the week with a double-header on Thursday, March 20 against Dartmouth and UC Riverside. MU split the double-header, with a 6-5 comeback win against Dartmouth and a 3-5 loss against UC Riverside.

Game two of the doubleheader was dominated early by Dartmouth, whose Big Green offense was up by four runs by the third inning, courtesy of RBI's by Katie McEachern, Kristen Rumley, and Kelsey Miller. They shut out the Hawks until the fourth inning, when the bases became loaded with no outs. Freshman Justene Reyes contributed a RBI to make the score 1-4 before freshman Rachel Shotzbarger hit an impressive grand slam to left field, her first ever home run with the team. A double in the seventh by senior Katie Schumacher pushed in another run, improving the score to 6-4 in favor of Monmouth.

The Big Green threatened a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases and scoring a run on a groundout, but the Hawks were able to hold off Dartmouth for a final score of 6-5. Both Monmouth and Dartmouth posted a 7-9 record after the game.

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SIDELINES: 03/26/2014

The men's tennis team defeated Coppin State, 7-0, and Morgan State, 4-0, on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21. The team only dropped two seats in the matches.

Against CSU, junior Victor Pugliese and freshman Bee Kumthonkittikul registered 6-4, 6-2 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectfully.

While versing Morgan State, Pugliese notched a 6-1, 7-5 win in the number one seed.

The doubles saw Pugliese and freshman Christian Vieira defeat their opponents, 8-6 in the number one seed. The number two seed featured an 8-2 win from junior Freddy Marcinkowski and sophomore Ramy Bekhiet.

The men now improve to 4-6 for the season. 


On Saturday, March 22 the men's lacrosse team furthered their losing streak to seven games after an 8-3 loss to Siena. The men will next face Lehigh University (6-3) at Bethlehem, PA. The Mountain Hawks are 3-1 at home this season. 


MU field hockey was named the National Academic Team Award recipient for the fifth-straight year by the National Field Hock­ey Coaches Association (NFH­CA). In addition, five Hawks were recognized as members of the NFHCA National Academic Squad: Amanda Schoenfeld, Trish O’Dwyer, Lauren Horner, Melanie Dawson, Casey Hanna.


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MU Baseball Ends 1-2 in Navy Tournament

robbieThe baseball team traveled to Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland for a tournament against Towson University, Navy, and University of Pennsylvania this past weekend. With the two losses and one tournament win, the men currently post a 2-7 record.

The Hawks began the tournament with a loss to the Towson University Tigers on Friday, March 7. Starting pitcher senior Andrew McGee was able to hold the Tigers' offense to four hits and no runs until the fifth inning. Towson broke the scoreless game when junior Peter Bowles doubled down the left field line and drove in two runners. Senior Dominic Fratantuono continued the streak with a single to center field plating Bowles.

MU had a decent chance to earn some runs in the third inning when senior Joe Bamford tripled to right center. However, sophomore Robbie Alessandrine then grounded out to first while junior Steve Wilgus grounded out to short. With two outs, senior Jon Guida grounded out to third.

"We did strand some opportunities," head coach Dean Ehehalt said. "I think as we start to practice more and get outside more that will kind of take care of itself."

The Hawks were given another prime opportunity to advance their runner in the fourth when senior Jake Gronsky doubled down the line to start the inning. Sophomore Danny Shea followed with a deep fly to center which was caught by Towson. Senior Danny Avella advanced Grosnky to third on a sacrifice bunt which brought junior Craig Sweeney to bat. Sweeney was able to connect and send the ball out to left field, but it was caught by Towson. The blue and white left a total of six runners on base during the game.

With the loss, MU fell to 1-6 while Towson improved to 7-3. This now marks Towson's best opening record since 2001. The Tigers' win also propels their starting pitcher, junior righthander Chris Acker to 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings. McGee is now 1-2 for the season.

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Track and Field Post Strong Finishes at ECAC/IC4A

The men and women's track and field teams both had record finishes in the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Boston University this past weekend. The men placed fifth out of 100 teams and the women placed eighth out of 86 teams. These are the highest finishes at the ECAC/IC4As by both MU's men and women in program history, marking a major milestone for the athletes, and the program.

Competing against some of the most competitive athletes and institutions in the north east, MU managed to produce All-East Honorees in 12 events.

"Finishing among the top teams at this championship has always been a big goal for our program, and this team made some history this weekend," head coach Joe Compagni said.

In the IC4A's, freshman Dylan Capwell had one of the most impressive finishes of the year as he won the 800 meter run with a time of 1:50.16. To qualify for a regional event as a freshman is rare, and to win is nearly impossible.

Capwell had yet another strong showing when he, along with junior Andrew Langille, sophomore Domenick D'Agostino, and junior Alex Leight ran a 4x800 meter relay time of 7:23.75, good enough for second place in the event and an MU school record. This was the second time the men's 4x800 broke a school record. The first was on Saturday, March 8 when the men ran 7:28 to qualify for the finals.

Aside from the middle distance events, Jalen Walker also posted an impressive finish in the sprints, placing fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.03 seconds. All of the mentioned received All-East Honors.

For the men's field, it was senior Errol Jeffrey once again, who won the weight throw with a distance of 65 feet, 6 ¼ inches setting not only a school record but securing him an All-East honor as well. Jeffrey also placed third in the shot put. Junior

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MU Women Make it to Second Round of Playoffs

The women's basketball team soared past no. 8 Niagara by the final score of 66-62, in the first round of the MAAC Championships on Thursday, March 7. With the win, the Hawks were set to face top-seeded Iona on Friday, March 8. The Purple Eagles ended their season at 10-20.

Freshman forward Christina Mitchell led the way for the blue and white, posting a double-double of a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. Among those was a pivotal rebound and put-back in the closing minute of the game.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast compiled 12 points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Helena Kurt added 11 points and four assists. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker and freshman guard Mia Hopkins both chipped in with eight points.

As for Niagara, Chanel Johnson had 14 points and six rebounds. Meghan McGuinness posted 13 points, while Taylor McKay and Val McQuade contributed 11 points apiece. Kelly Van Leeuwen dished out a game-high nine assists.

The Purple Eagles scored the game's first four points. They then added to the lead off of a transition turnover, holding a six point lead with 12:18 remaining in the first. With MU still trailing by four, freshman center Sophie Beaudry hit a free-throw that started a 10-0 run for the Hawks.

Sophomore guard Kasey Chambers knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key to tie up the game at 21-21 with just over five minutes before halftime. With 3:35 left in the half, the blue and white gained their first lead of the game thanks to senior forward Shira Shecht's two free-throws. Kurt added a lay-up to complete the 10-0 run increasing MU's lead to 27-21 with 1:43 left in the first.

Johnson scored the final three points of the half to chip into the Hawks lead. At the break, the blue and white led 27-24.

The Purple Eagles started off the second half with a three-pointer to tie the game. This half had a lot of back and forth until Niagara jumped out to an 8-0 run and led MU by the score of 57-49.

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Hawks Eliminated from MAAC Championships

The men's basketball team was eliminated from the MAAC Conference Tournament this past Thursday, March 6, when they fell to Rider University 71-60 in the tournament's first round. With the loss the Hawks 2013-2014 season officially comes to an end.

MU ended their season with an overall record of 11-21, and a 5-15 conference record in their inaugural season in the MAAC.

"This league is an every day, every play league," said head coach King Rice when asked about the season. "We had some very very exciting nights, and I think we learned some valuable lessons. Tonight we just got beat by a better Rider team."

Despite the loss, three Hawks managed to notch double-digit points on the night. Junior guard Deon Jones led the way with 18 points on 5-8 shooting on the game. Jones was also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Freshman point-guard Josh James chipped in with 11, and junior guard Andrew "Red" Nicholas was right behind him with 10 of his own. James also led the Hawks with six assists while Nicholas grabbed a team high six rebounds.

The Hawks started the game off well with a quick run that put the team up 6-0 with just three minutes gone by, but Rider answered right back with ten points in less than a minute and a half to go ahead 10-6 at the 15:30 mark of the first half.

Play then evened out for the next ten minutes with both teams trading baskets. Trailing by three junior guard, and team captain, Max DiLeo knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to bring MU even with Rider at 19, and three more baskets then gave the Hawks a 25-21 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half.

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Men Lose 20-4 Against RU

Lacrosse Off to a Rocky Start

The men's lacrosse program has started off their inaugural season 0-4 as the Hawks fell 20-4 against Rutgers University at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, March 8.

"Rutgers came out of the gates fast and made some nice plays early on that, combined with some simple fundamental mistakes on our end, put is in a hole," said head coach Brian Fisher. "They are a very good team and certainly made us pay for those mistakes throughout the game."

Rutgers pulled ahead early in the match with a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Scarlet Knights scored two more goals before MU got on the board. With 11:56 left in the first half, freshman Kevin Murphy made an unassisted goal, his third of the season. The Hawks were down 11-1 at halftime.

The Scarlet Knights furthered their lead as they scored six more goals in the third period. Before the third ended, MU's freshman Tim Kemner answered with an unassisted goal of his own making the score 17-2. Freshman Eric Berger opened the fourth period with another score pulling the Hawks to a 14 point margin at 17-3. The blue and white's final goal came from freshman Tyler Keen. The game ended at 20-4 in Rutgers' favor.

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Women Earn First Win

Lacrosse Off to a Rocky Start

The women's lacrosse team overpowered the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday, March 8 at Kessler Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 1-3 while Wagner falls to 2-3.

MU controlled the game from start to finish. Senior attackers Stephanie AndersonDanielle Rakowitz and junior midfielder Allison Stathius each scored three goals to lead the Hawks to their first win. MU is now 18-0 all-time against their former Northeast conference rivals.

The blue and white jumped out of the gate by scoring four goals in the first five minutes of action, including two goals from Anderson. Rakowitz scored the first goal of the game at the 28:35 minute mark off an assist from junior midfielder Emily Barbieri.

Freshman attacker Alexandra Stambaugh put the Hawks up 5-0 when she scored her first career collegiate goal. MU would tally three more goals in the first to go into the half with an 8-0 lead.

The Hawks were not done yet; their lead expanded to 10-0 after freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca scored her second goal of the game. Sophomore midfielder Marial Pierce scored on a free-position shot with 22:50 remaining in the game.

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SIDELINES: 03/12/2014

The women’s bowling team finished 20 out of 29 teams this at the Music City Classic hosted in Nashville, TN this past weekend. The Hawks were led by sophomore Kaitlyn Reth who finished 16th overall with a 201.3 average. 


Softball split their weekend with an 8-7 loss against Cornell and a 3-0 win against George Mason all while playing in the Mason Invitational.

Junior Breanna Sniffen threw five innings against Cornell allowing three runs off seven hits and two walks.

Freshman Sydney Underhill pitched the final two innings and gave up five runs on four hits. Sophomore catcher Jill Freese led the Hawks offensively with a grand slam.

While Underhill was attributed with the loss against Cornell, she bounced back and helped defeat George Mason.

Pitching a complete game shut out, Underhill struck out five during the contest.

After the weekend, the teams record stands at 4-5. 


Freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week after MU's 13-4 win over the Wagner Seahawks.

LaMarca scored on two of her three attempts in Saturday's game. The pair of goals moved her to fourth on the Hawks top scorers this season.


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Men’s Basketball Splits Weekend

mens-basketball-backpage2The University men's basketball team snapped a nine game losing streak by besting the Purple Eagles of Niagara University at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), 75 - 50 on Friday, Feb 28 only to enter another losing streak as they fell to Siena College, 70 - 54 on Sunday, March 2.

When asked about putting a halt on the losing streak, one that spanned over 35 days, head coach King Rice said, "Someone said, 'Yeah, the monkeys' off your back.' It wasn't a monkey. It was a gorilla, a giraffe, an elephant, a pelican, a zebra and anything you see at the zoo. A hippopotamus, they were all on my neck and mainly because I felt like we have a solid team and we were so close in so many games and when you don't win the close ones, it could've kept going the long way."

The Hawks received a very strong performance from junior guard, Andrew 'Red' Nicholas, who scored 27-points on 10-for-13 shooting. Nicholas also contributing to holding Antoine Mason, one of the nation's leading scorers, to 15-points while shooting 6-for-13.

MU also got a strong showing from junior guard, Deon Jones, who 16-points on 5-for-10 shooting. Free throw shooting, which has been somewhat of an Achilles' heel for the Hawks, was also strong with an overall effort of 17-for-23 shooting.

"We just settled down on offense and moved the ball better than we have in the past," Nicholas said. "The way we were getting the ball inside early, it spread them out and they were just having trouble keeping with us. I just tried to take the right shots today. If you take the right shots, they have a better chance of going in."

Rice jokingly added, "Red just said, 'If you take the right shots, they have a better chance of going in.' He said it without me even saying it. Thank you, Jesus."

The night also showcased the return of junior guard, Max DiLeo, to the lineup. DiLeo, the vocal leader and heart of the team, has sat out the last five games while nursing an ankle injury. Though he was not much of an offensive factor, his defensive presence was felt by drawing two charging fouls and dishing out two assists while energizing the Hawks' defensive efforts.

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Track and Field Wins First MAAC Title

jeffreyThe men's and women's track and field squads finished their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) by winning the MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday, Feb. 21. The championship meet was held at the New York Armory, a familiar territory for the Hawks this season, which is located in Manhattan, NY. The men's side scored an overall 169 points while the women scored 215.50 points during the meet.

The women's team took the championship by storm, with the second place team, Rider University, trailing by more than 100 points. MU's women were seen as the top three finishers in nearly every event. One of the most impressive victories came from the weight throw as senior Tilah Young set a MAAC record at 59 feet 9 ½ inches. Senior Rachel Aliotta claimed first in the shot put while Young came in third.

The women set two more MAAC records with senior Mariah Toussaint besting the competition in the long jump at 20 feet and 3 ½ and junior Lauren McDonald hit 12 feet 5 ½ inches in the pole vault.

The women were just as strong on the track, with Toussaint and graduate student Lachelle Wallace taking first and second in the 60 meter dash. Toussaint also set a MAAC record in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash with a finish time of 7.64 seconds.

Toussaint participated in the 200 meter dash as she yet again set a MAAC record at 24.30 seconds for the race. Directly behind Toussaint in second place was senior teammate Laura Williams at 24.61 seconds. In the distance events, freshmen Zoya Naumov and Jenna Cupp finished first and second in the 800 meter at 2:12.38 and 2:14.44 respectively. Coming in fourth for the event was MU sophomore Kendal Hand at 2:15.82, just .62 of a third place finish.

Senior Danielle Branco and freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson also earned MU points in the 5000 meter run. Branco placed sixth at 18:26.75 while Erickson had an eighth place finish at 18:40.46. Senior Lucia Montefusco also had a sixth place finish in the women's 3000 meter run with a time of 10:30.31 rounding out the women's side of competition.

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Women’s Basketball Finish Season, 7-24

womens-bball-picThe women's basketball team split their weekend as they fell to the Marist Red Foxes by the final score of 83-52 on Friday, Feb 28 and defeated the Siena Saints in their final home game of the season on Sunday, March 2. The Hawks regular season record is now solidified at 7-24 (6-14 MAAC).

The loss against the Red Foxes secured the Hawks' ninth seed position in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships while the win decreed Marist as the number two seed in the tournament.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast made the biggest impact against the Red Foxes as she scored a team-high 14 points on Friday night. She also finished with eight rebounds, and four assists. Freshman forward Christina Mitchell tallied a season-high eight points and four assists.

Freshman guard Helena Kurt added nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown while freshman forward Jenny Horvatinovic contributed with five points and eight rebounds.

The Red Foxes saw all five of their starters finish in double-digits. Emma O'Connor's led the way with 16 points while Sydney Coffey had 14 points, and Leanne Ockenden scored 13 points. Casey Dulin had 10 points and a game-high seven assists, whereas Madeline Blais finished with 10 points.

The first 10 minutes of play saw a constant back-and-forth competition until the Red Foxes went on a 10-0 run and eventually led by as many as 24 points. They went into the half leading 52-28.

The second half saw more of the same, as the closest the Hawks would trail was by 21 points with the score reading 62-41 and less than 12 minutes left to play. However, Marist would push the lead back up to as many as 33 points and win the game by the score of 83-52.

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Women’s Lacrosse Have a Rough Start

lacrosseThe women's lacrosse team lost their second home game of the season, 12-6, to the Lafayette Leopards on Wed., Feb. 26. With the loss, the Hawks decline to 0-3 while the Leopards improve to 2-2.

Leading the blue and white were junior midfielder Allison Stathius, junior attacker Emily Barbieri, and sophomore midfielder Marial Pierce, all of whom finished with two points.

Lafayette was led by Laura Klieber and Carlianne McCabe's who scored three goals apiece in the contest.

The Leopards pulled away with an early lead as they scored three goals in the first six minutes of play. Klieber started off the game with an unassisted goal at the 26:28 mark in the first. She then followed up with another goal just 36 seconds later, to increase the Leopards lead to 2-0. Shortly after that, Lafayette scored again on a free-position shot from McCabe with 24:01 left in the half.

However, the Hawks would make it interesting climbing to within one in the first half but would not be able to tie it up over the final 30 minutes.

MU put one away with a goal from Barbieri with an assist from senior and captain of the team, Cassie Campasano. Klieber, however, scored her third goal of the game to increase their lead to 4-1 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first half.

Pierce and junior attacker Meaghan Hess scored back-to-back goals to bring the blue and white to within one as the scoreboard read 8:31 left in the first half. The Leopards added two goals in the final three minutes to go into halftime with a 6-3 lead.

The second half began with a fast pace as McCabe scored just 90 seconds into the frame. Barbieri responded with a goal of her own less than a minute later to keep the margin at three.

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SIDELINES: 03/05/2014

Senior Chevannah Paalvast and freshman Helena Kurt were both named to All-MAAC women's basketball teams for their play this season. Paalvast received third-team All-MAAC honors while Kurt received a spot on the All-Rookie team.

Paalvast led the Hawks, and ranked eighth in the MAAC, with an average of 13.3 points per game this year. She also ranked eighth in the conference with 1.5 steals per game. Kurt averaged 5.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in her first season at MU. 


The baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader against the #1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers this past weekend.

Junior outfielder Steve Wilgus had three hits in both games while going 6-8 on the day. Senior shortstop Jon Guida contributed with three hits the first game, and batted 3-7 in the series.

The team next takes the field this Friday, March 7 when they take on Towson at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. 


Monmouth's softball team lost two games Sunday morning, March 2 to the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Delaware.

Kayleena Flores went 3-4 on the day with an RBI and run scored. The Hawks next play this Friday, March 7 in the George Mason Invitational. 


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MU Retires Miles Austin’s Jersey at Saturday’s Game

miles-austin-ceremonyFormer University football player and current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin became the first athlete to ever have his jersey retired by the University on Saturday, Feb. 22.

"It's an unbelievably humbling experience, it is such an honor," Austin said. "I wish I could verbalize it better, because it feels great."

Austin's journey first began at the University nearly 12 years ago in the fall of 2002. Since then, his athletic career has been a series of firsts. When he graduated from MU in 2006, he finished as the most decorated receiver in school history. He set Hawk records for receptions (150), reception yardage (2,867), touchdowns (33) and scoring (216 points).

This all led to Austin becoming the first player from MU to be invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine, which he parlayed into a contract with the Dallas Cowboys. This also marked another MU feat as he was the first player to reach the NFL from the University. With these accomplishments, it becomes understandable why Austin was chosen as the first Hawk to have his jersey retired.

"I think it is fitting and appropriate that Miles Austin's jersey is the first in program history to be retired," Kevin Callahan, head football coach, said. "Miles has made significant contributions to the program, he set a standard for a level of performance at Monmouth and has continued to that in the NFL."

Callahan is not only speaking as an everyday football coach, but as Austin's former collegiate football coach. "Miles has remained very close to the Monmouth program and frequently returns to campus to interact with our players. He has been and continues to be a great ambassador of not just the football team but also the entire Monmouth University community," he said.

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Men’s Basketball Still Winless in February

dion-jonesIt's has now been over a month since the men's basketball team last won a game as the Hawks' losing streak extended to nine after home losses to the Manhattan Jaspers and Saint Peter's Peacocks last week.

The nine-game skid is the longest in head coach King Rice's three years at Monmouth, and MU now sits at ninth in the MAAC conference standings with a 4-14 record. Overall the team is 10-19 on the season.

For the first six and half minutes of the first half neither team gained control with the Jaspers never leading by fewer than seven, but never leading by more than 13.

"I feel bad for our kids because we are fighting tremendously hard and just haven't been able to get over the top," said Rice after the team's loss to Saint Peter's. "But I truly believe we are getting better daily and we will get over the top."

MU first went down to Manhattan Wednesday, Feb. 19 by a final score of 75-61. The Jaspers' superior shooting was a big part of the outcome as they shot 51.9 percent from the field on the night, including a 42.9 percent effort from the three point line, while the Hawks managed to shoot only 39.3 percent overall from the floor, with a 30 percent mark from beyond the arc.

Freshman guard Josh James was the Hawks' leading scorer with 15 points on 6-10 shooting, and he also grabbed five rebounds for the game. Junior guards Deon Jones and Andrew Nicholas were the only other Hawks to put up double-digit points with Jones collecting 14 and Nicholas 11. Jones led the team with nine rebounds on the night.

Manhattan's George Beamon scored 31 points on 10-19 shooting to lead both teams. Beamon scored 18 of his 31 from the three-point line with six makes on eight attempts, and also recorded three steals. All six of Beamon's threes came in the first half of play. Rhamel Brown and Emmy Andujar added 12 points apiece for Manhattan with Brown also pulling down 8 rebounds to lead his team.

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Women’s Basketball Loses Sixth Straight

The women's basketball team lost to rival Rider on Feb. 19 and Niagra on Feb. 22. With the losses, the blue and white fall to 6-23 (5-13 MAAC). The Hawks currently stand at ninth in the division.

Although MU lost against Rider, the game featured a stand out performance. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker led the way for MU as she tallied a career-high 20 points and 13 rebounds in her second career double-double. Walker was deadly from the floor as she converted 6-of-11, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Her other double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) also came against Rider on Jan. 5.

Junior forward Sara English added 10 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Chevannah Paalvast contributed nine points, five rebounds, and three steals. Freshman Jenny Horvatinovic and sophomore Danica Dragicevic both added six points apiece, and freshman guard Helena Kurt tallied five points and a career-high five assists.

As for the Broncs, MyNeshia McKenzie had a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikal Johnson added 13 points and four assists. Kornelija Valiuskyte added nine points and five assists, and Manon Pellet had eight points and four assists.

Rider began the game on a 10-3 run with four different players burying field goals. However, the Hawks scored eight of the next 10 to close the gap. Horvatinovic started the run with a three-pointer, followed by a lay-up from Walker.

The Broncs rallied back ahead by five points on two separate occasions, as the blue and white scored five-straight points on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Kasey Chambers, and a lay-in by Paalvast to give MU their first lead of the game 24-23 with 7:45 left in the first quarter.

The game was back and forth at the end of the first half until Rider scored five-straight points to go into halftime with a 36-32 lead.

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SIDELINES: 02/26/2014

MU’s baseball team played in their first series this season against Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL. The team came out strong in the first game pulling away a 5-1 victory but fell in the final two games, 4-0 and 6-5. They will next travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to face no. 1  University of Virginia. 


The men's lacrosse team lost to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for the first game in program history.

During halftime, the Hawks were tied 4-4 but eventually fell 10-8. Freshman attacker Dan Bloodgood led the Hawks with three goals and one assist. 


Softball senior first baseman Kaitie Schumacher was named the University's New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Woman of the Year honoree.

The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of female collegiate athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service

She was honored in a state wide ceremony on Feb. 9 at Seton Hall. She was also honored this past Saturday during Monmouth's National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Some of Schmacher's honors include two time All-NEC First Team, 2012 NEC Player of the Year and 2012 NEC Most Improved Player. 


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Men’s Basketball’s Skid Reaches Seven Straight

Deon-Jones-GSThe men's basketball team lost their seventh straight game this Sunday, Feb. 16 when they fell to the Marist College Red Foxes in a double-overtime thriller here at the MAC. The loss came just two days after the team fell to the Iona College Gaels at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle, NY.

With the weekend results , MU now finds themselves seven games below five hundred with a 10-17 overall record. The team also sits at ninth in the MAAC with a 4-12 record in conference play.

For the first game of the weekend the Hawks fell to the first-place Gaels by a final score of 89-70 on Friday, Feb.14.

"I take my hat off to Iona because they are a tough team to match up with," head coach King Rice said after the game. "There is still a lot of basketball to be played and we just have to get going the right way before the tournament."

Junior guard Deon Jones paced MU with 16 points on 7-9 shooting, and also grabbed seven rebounds for the game. Freshman center Chris Brady also had a solid all-around game as he grabbed a career high 12 rebounds and added 8 points. Junior forward Khalil Brown was the second highest Hawk scorer with 13 points on 6-8 shooting.

Iona had two players score more than any Hawk player on the night, and also had five players finish with double-digit points. Tre Bowman scored a game high 23 on 8-15 shooting while A.J. English finished with a double-double of 21 points and 13 assists. Sean Armand, Isaiah Williams, and Mike Poole finished with 13, 13, and 11 points respectively.

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Max DiLeo: The Heart of the Hawks


max-dileoIf you attend a men's basketball game, you may be wondering who the extremely zealous player is at the end of the starting line up's roll call; the one who has dedicated a special handshake for every teammate and who gets riled up during the actual game. That student athlete is junior Maximilian DiLeo, more commonly called Max.

DiLeo began his athletic career in Cinnaminson, NJ as he lettered in basketball, soccer, and track and field. Although he excelled in each individual sport and earned many awards in soccer, he chose to play basketball in college because of his family roots.

"My whole family does basketball. My mom was professional, my dad played in college, coached in Europe and the NBA, he was with the 76ers at the time when I made the decision to come here and my brother played at Temple," DiLeo said. "It was just always my dream to be a D1 basketball player."

DiLeo pursued his dream at the University as a walk on during his freshman year. In his view, he thought MU gave him the best chance to see playing time and be receptive to a walk on.

"We had very good feelings about Max when we first met him. Coach Larry Brown (head coach at SMU) brought him to our attention," head coach King Rice recalled. "His father was the GM of the 76ers, so we knew he grew up around the game. We really didn't have an understanding that he would be this good but we knew his family and that his brother had done well at Temple. We thought he would be a kid that could really help our program, and he has by far exceeded expectations."

During his freshman year, he appeared in 25 games for the Hawks. DiLeo improved over the summer and saw 30 games his sophomore year. As a junior, DiLeo has seen playing time in nearly every game MU has played this season.

Although he worked very hard as a walk on for his playing time, he does credit some of his drive to his big brother and role model, TJ DiLeo.

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Track & Field Race at the NY Armory

track-and-fieldThe men and women's track and field teams competed in the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games and the 107th Millrose Games this past weekend.

The teams first participated in the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games on Friday, Feb. 14. Sophomore Eric Kahana placed eighth overall in the men's 60 dash with a seven second finish. Kahana also competed in the men's 200 dash and placed ninth overall with his 22 seconds time.

Freshman Dylan Capwell took eighth overall in the men's 400 dash with a time of 48.92. Junior Ben Boyd also had a top ten finish in the men's 500 run where he took fourth place with a time of 1:03.95.

Junior Alex Leight was a sixth place finisher in the men's 800 run at 1:53.94. Junior Khari Bowen took fifth place in the men's 1000 run with a time of 2:31.38.

The men's 60 meter hurdles invitational saw a top three finish by MU athletes junior Jalen Walker, sophomore Geordan Ferguson, and Kahana. Walker finished with a time of 8.05 while Ferguson and Kahana were tied at 8.16.

Junior Joey Marini tied for fourth in the high jump, third in the long jump and took fourth in the triple jump at 48 feet three inches.

Senior Errol Jeffrey placed first in the men's shot put 18.07 meters while junior teammate Taylor Bernstein finished third at 16.43 meters.

The women's side included a fifth place, 7.78 seconds finish in the 60 meter dash by senior Lachelle Wallace. Other highlights came from freshmen Jessica Ball and Abby Baker in the women's 1000 meter run. Ball placed sixth at 3:00.18 while Baker finished eighth at 3:00.97. Junior Kate Frye also had a top ten finish for the Hawks in the 60 meter hurdles where she took fifth place with a time of 8.75. Sophomore Michaela Read finished fourth overall in the high jump at 1.60 meters while junior Lauren McDonald took third place in the pole vault at 3.60 meters. Other third place finishes include senior Mariah Toussaint in the long jump with a distance of 6.00 meters and senior Rachel Aliotta in shot put with a distance of 13.99 meters.

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Quinnipiac Dominates Women’s Basketball

On Sunday afternoon, the Women's Basketball team traveled to Quinnipiac University and lost by the final score of 83-50. With the loss the blue and white fell to 6-21 on the year, with a 5-11 record in MAAC conference play, while the Bobcats improved to 16-10 overall, including an 11-5 mark in the MAAC

Freshman guard Helena Kurt led the way for MU with 11 points, while senior forward Chevannah Paalvast added nine points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Jenny Horvatinovic came off the bench and contributed seven points. Junior forward Sara English tallied six points and a career-high 16 rebounds in only 19 minutes of playing time

Brittany McQuain led a balanced attack for Quinnipiac with a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists. Jasmine Martin contributed with 11 points, and Nikoline Ostergaard had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off of the bench

Quinnipiac started off the game hot by scoring the first nine points, and jumped out to and early 14 point lead by the 9:11 mark. However, the blue and white chipped away at the lead, and, after four straight points from Kurt off of a Bobcat technical and common foul, trailed 21-17 at the 5:39 mark of the first half

However, Quinnipiac followed the Hawks comeback with nine straight points to regain a comfortable lead, 30-17 before Horvatinovic drained a contested jumper with 34 seconds left in the half to trim their deficit to 30-19 going into halftime

The second half was similar to the first; the Bobcats controlled the tempo of the game. At one point, the Hawks found themselves within 10, but they would not get any closer than that

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SIDELINES: 02/19/2014

Monmouth's women's lacrosse team lost their home-opener and first game of the season Sunday, Feb. 16 by a score of 8-6 to the Fresno State University Bulldogs.

The Hawks started the game strong, and held a 4-1 lead, but were outscored 7-2 in a rough second half as the Bulldogs came back to win.

Fifth-year senior Stephanie Anderson led MU with 2 goals scored on three shot attempts while four other Hawks also found the back of the net. 


Both the Monmouth men's and women's cross country teams were named All-Academic teams by they U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It was the 13th straight season the women were honored with the title, and the 16th time the past 17 years, as well as the ninth straight time for the men. 


The women's bowling team finished 12th out of 19 teams this past weekend when they competed in the third annual Track Kat Klash held at Sam Houston State University.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Reth had a 199 game average on the weekend, and finished 20th overall individually to lead MU. 


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Hawks Announce Recruiting Football Class for 2014

marcus-leslieOn Wednesday, Feb. 5, the University's football team announced their recruiting class for the 2014 season. The class consists of 20 student-athletes from eight states, including the football program's first signee from the state of Florida.

"This is our first recruiting class as a member of the Big South Conference and the quality of the players that make up this class is outstanding," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "Our recruiting philosophy is to work from the inside out and this group contains seven players from NJ including a number of local players. Additionally, joining the Big South has allowed us to extend our geographic footprint from Massachusetts to Florida while continuing to be successful recruiting the players from the Mid-Atlantic region."

Since the Hawks are joining the Big South conference this upcoming fall, Callahan had more bullets to work with this offseason in regards to how many scholarships they could offer. As a former member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), the football programs were only allowed to issue 40-scholarships. With the move to the new conference, the Hawks are able to issue ten additional scholarships, bringing the number from 40 to 50. Furthermore, plans for a $15-million upgrade to Kessler Field have been planned to increase the program's desirability and creditability. With a new conference, stadium upgrades, and more scholarships to offer, the Hawks can take more approaches to recruiting.

Callahan and the Hawks' coaching staff managed to sign seven players from NJ, four from PA, two from MD, two from VA, one from NY, one from MA, and one from IL while managing to sign two from the state of FL.

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Men’s Basketball in Mid-Season Slump

Mens-BBall-picMen's basketball continued to struggle this past weekend as the team fell twice to the Fairfield University Stags and St. Peter's University Peacocks respectively. With the losses the blue and white now find themselves in the midst of a five game losing streak, and are currently ninth overall in the MAAC with a 4-10 conference record. MU posts a 10-15 overall record on the season.

While the Hawks have been exciting to watch, and shown flashes of greatness this season, their youth has been evident as they continue to have a hard time winning away from home. MU now has a 1-7 road record in MAAC conference play and a 3-9 road record overall.

The Hawks first fell to Fairfield 60-56 on Friday, February 7th in a tight knit, low-scoring contest. Junior guards Andrew Nicholas and Deon Jones were the only two Hawk players to score double digit points on the night. Nicholas was the game's high scorer with 16 points on 6-16 shooting from the field, and also hit two three point shots, while Jones shot 4-12 overall which was good for ten points. Sophomore forward Tyrone O'Garro continued to rebound the ball well, and led the team with 11 boards.

MU started off the game on the right foot when they jumped out to an early 10-2 lead with Nicholas and, freshman guard, Josh James combining for all ten points. The blue and white maintained a steady lead throughout much of the first half, and led by six points with 6:17 remaining. However, the final five minutes of the half saw the Stags gain some momentum and, with just under three minutes left, a pair of Marcus Gilbert free-throws gave Fairfield its first lead of the game at 23-22.

Fairfield didn't hold the lead for long, however. Just over a minute later, freshman center, Zac Tillman hit two free throws of his own to help MU retake the lead. A three from freshmen Justin Robinson extended the Hawks lead, but a last minute layup from K.J. Rose sent both teams to the locker room with the Hawks holding a slim 28-27 advantage.

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Hawks Lose Lead Late to Quinnipiac

Womens-BBall-picThe Women's Basketball team led Quinnipiac on Friday night for most of first 32 minutes of the game. However, the Bobcats fired past the blue white by outscoring them 25-5 in the last eight minutes of the game to beat the Hawks by final score of 83-67.

With the loss, MU fell to 6-19 overall, with a 5-9 MAAC record, while Quinnipiac improved to 14-9 on the season, including a 9-4 record in the MAAC.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led the way for the Hawks, as she tied her season high 23 points. Freshman guard Mia Hopkins contributed nine points and five rebounds, while junior forward Sara English had six points, and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Samantha Guastella led the Bobcats with a game-high 24 points, while Jasmine Martin scored 16 points. Brittany McQuain chipped in with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Gillian Abshire dished out a game-high 10 assists.

The game began with the Bobcats jumping ahead 6-0 after hitting back to back three's. However, the blue and white scored the next seven points, five of them coming from Paalvast, take the lead. After a Quinnipiac basket kept the game within a point at 17-16 the Hawks went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to eight points with 9:31 remaining in the first half.

The Bobcats slowly decreased MU's lead to go into halftime tied at 35 a piece off of a three-pointer from Adily Martucci from the corner with 29 seconds left.

The Hawks began the second half scoring eight of the first ten points to retake the lead 43-37. The lead stayed steady at six up until the 15:05 mark when the Bobcats began to cut into it.

Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game since the five minute mark when Abshire hit a three with 11:52 remaining. The Hawks regained the lead when Paalvast converted a three-point lay in with 10:20 left to play.

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Pugliese Serves as MU’s Tennis Addition

victor-page-23For many high school graduates, college means going a little further away from home. For Victor Pugliese, college meant going 5,681 miles away from home.

"I came to America to study, to learn English, and to play tennis," Pugliese said.

Originally from Paris, France, Pugliese began his journey as a tennis player thanks to a close family member. "What got me into tennis? My uncle, he was very good," the Monmouth Hawk said.

Now a junior studying finance and business at Monmouth University, Pugliese initially began his college career in San Diego.

"I wanted to go to California," he explained. During his time in San Diego, Pugliese faced high levels of competition including UCLA, USC, Alabama and Malibu.

While he felt comfortable on the tennis courts, Pugliese loved California for the climate as well. "In France, the coldest it gets is 35 degrees, 40 degrees. We play indoors [in NJ], but it's still pretty hard adjusting," he said.

Pugliese would have liked to remain in California, but was forced to leave due to conflicts with coaching. Due to tennis regulations, he could not transfer into a university that plays in the same conference as San Diego leaving many top Californian tennis schools out of the equation.

Pugliese said that MU's head tennis coach, Cory Hubbard, had contacted him through a mutual friend; one of Pugliese's ex-teammates from San Diego who now plays at Fordham University in NY. Having coached at Fordham, Hubbard heard of Pugliese's story.

"Victor was thinking of transferring schools so I brought him in during the summer. He wanted to play number one for a school," Hubbard said. "He played for a top 20 program at San Diego. With our young team, he provides that experience and leadership."

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Track and Field Continue Hot Streak

kate-fryeDespite the challenging weather over the past two weeks, MU's Indoor Track & Field squads have not floundered and have continued to produce impressive results. On Friday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, the Hawks competed in a pair of meets: The Bison Open Invitational at Bucknell University and the Columbia Lion's Invitational. Both meets were not scored on a team basis, however, both the men and the women performed exceptionally well and broke some school records in the process.

At the Bison Invitational, the Hawks focused on jumping events as well as the pentathlon. Sophomore Michaela Read took first place amongst some of the top schools in the region with a score of 3,300 points. Her performance in the pentathlon included a time of 9.34 in the 60 meter hurdles, as well as jumps of 5 ft. ¾ inches and 17 ft. in the high jump and long jump respectively.

She also tossed the shot put to the 33 foot mark, the second furthest of the day. On the men's side, sophomore Liam Vogt jumped 22 ft. 2 ½ inches, leaping himself to a third place finish overall.

The following day, the Hawks competed in the Columbia Invitational. Freshman Dylan Capwell placed third overall in the 800 meter run with an unbelievable time of 1:50.81. His time counts as the second fastest 800 meter time ran in school history. Capwell competed again later that day, teaming up with juniors Andrew Langille, Alex Leight, and Khari Bowen in the 4x800 meter relay. The four ran a time of 7:36.89, winning the event at the meet, as well as shattering another school record that has been upheld since 2005.

The Hawks came close to breaking one more school record at the meet when sophomore Domenick D'Agostino ran the second fastest time in school history for the 3,000 meter run. He crossed the finish line in 8:22.62. Wrapping up the highlights for the men was senior Errol Jeffrey, who placed second overall with a career best throw in the shot put of 63 ft. 9 ¾ inches.

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Manning Didn’t Have a Chance

In a contest that pitted the NFL's best defense against the best offense in NFL history, defense prevailed as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in a rout, 43-8.

Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback in NFL history, but he was no match for the Seahawks' defense in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos' record-setting offense, which generated 606-points and 77-touchdowns during the regular season, was held to merely 306-yards for the contest. That may seem like a good day's work, but they lacked any type of fight against a Seahawks' defense that held its opponents to 14-points per game and forced 39-turnovers during the regular season. In this game, the Seahawks forced 4-turnovers, including three crucial ones in the first half to set the stage.

On the first play of the game, an errant snap sailed by Manning's head and was recovered by Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety, the second time in three years that the Super Bowl started with one. Two series later, with the Broncos in an 8-0 hole after two Steven Hauschka, Manning overthrew Julius Thomas and fell into the lap of Kam Chancellor. The second turnover led to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Marshawn Lynch, who generated a lot of publicity this week for his reluctance for not wanting to talk to the media.

"Our defense is one of the best that has ever played," Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. "We just have so many great players. I can't believe the NFL even lets us all play on the same defense. Guys like me, Earl Thomas and Cliff Avril. It's just unfair."

The next possession did not help any future comeback efforts made by the Broncos. Manning, under duress, was hit in mid-throwing motion and the wild heave was picked off by Malcolm Smith, the game's MVP who also intercepted Colin Kaepernick two weeks ago, and returned 69-yards for the Seahawks' touchdown. Smith was the first defensive player to win it since Tampa Bay's Dexter Jackson in 2003. However, the MVP could have been rewarded to the entire defense for their stellar play from the opening whistle to the Gatorade bath for head coach Pete Carroll. On the stat sheet, it says that Manning was sacked once, but what it doesn't show is much heat he was under throughout the game.

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MU’s New Stadium

The University recently announced they will be constructuing a new home for Monmouth's football team, men's and women's lacrosse team, and men's and women's track and field teams.

The tentative name of the project is 'Monmouth Stadium.' The Stadium will include new chair-back seating, a high-tech multimedia center, ticket sales windows along with customer service windows, concession stands with a large variety, and permanent restrooms. The stadium will be able to sit 4,000 fans comfortably.

Season ticket holders will have seats on the second floor of the new Monmouth Stadium. Their floor will include concessions stands, merchandise stands and a 50-yard line view of the field.

With the new multimedia center, MU fans will be able to access more games on HawkVision. The new technology will also bring a higher quality to the broadcast.

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SIDELINES: 02/12/2014

The women's bowling team placed ninth out of twelve teams this past weekend at the Wildcat Invitational. They were led by junior Valerie Bermudez who finished eighth overall individually. 


The men's lacrosse team was recently ranked seventh in the MAAC preseason poll. The lacrosse team enters their inaugural season under head coach Brian Fisher


The baseball team was picked to finish second behind Canisius College in the MAAC by the league's coaches in a preseason poll.

The Hawks are returning 22 letterwinners from last years 30-win team as they look forward to their inaugural season in the MAAC conference.

Senior second baseman Jake Gronsky was also selected to the Preseason All-MAAC team. Gronsky started 54 games last season and hit .302 on the year.

The team will open up their season with a doubleheader this Friday when they travel to Cary, N.C. They will play Michigan State and UMass Lowell. 


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Preview of Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver vs. Seattle

peyton-manningWhen the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle at MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII, it will be a "Clash of the Titans." The game will take place this Sunday, Feb. 2, with kickoff set for 6:37 pm.

The Seahawks (13-3), the champions of the NFC by way of the NFC West after defeating their inner-division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, have the NFL's top-rated defense. Led by a ferocious front-seven that can apply controlled chaos upon the opposition's backfield, they managed to hold their opponents to 102-yards rushing per game while collecting 44-sacks.

Even though the Seahawks' front seven is star-studded and very talented, led by Bobby Wagner's 120-tackles and KJ Wright's run-stuffing 80-tackles, the bunch that steals the headlines and draws the notoriety is the Legion of Boom, featuring the brash Richard Sherman and his band of terrors Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, and company. Their no fly zone, led by Sherman's eight interceptions, have held their opponents to 172-yards per game.

A lot has been made of Sherman's post game antics following their victory in the NFC Championship Game over their divisional rivals 49ers, but he's the kind of athlete who talks a big game and backs it up with his on-field play. The third-year player out of Stanford has been tabbed with covering the opposition's top receiver and has done what has been asked of him. In three seasons, the Compton native has collected 20-interceptions while getting his hands on 57-deflections. Despite his stellar play, which has got him named to the All-Pro team with another on the way, his talk has overshadowed. He first made a name for himself by chewing out Tom Brady following a Seahawks victory. He then drew more praise and notoriety after being mic'd up by NFL Network during Seattles' playoff contest against the Washington Redskins last season and famously being punched in the mouth by Redskins' offensive tackle, Trent Williams, following another victory from the upstart from the Pacific Northwest.

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Men’s Basketball Plays Two Thrillers

backpageThe men's basketball team found themselves on the right and wrong side of two nail-biting contests this past week as the defeated the Fairfield University Stags Thursday, Jan. 23, but then fell to intrastate rival Rider University on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The Hawks first overcame an eight point second half deficit to beat the Stags 63-60 on Thursday night in the MAC. Junior forward Andrew Nicholas led the team with 19 points while freshman guard Josh James chipped in with 15 points of his own on 5-7 shooting from the field. James also led the team with six assists.

"I take my hat off to Fairfield," said head coach King Rice after the win. "They had a great plan coming in here. Sometimes in these games you have to be fortunate to get a win and I think we were fortunate tonight, but we made it happen because our kids kept believing."

Fairfield got off to a quick start as they took advantage of two MU turnovers and gained an 8-2 lead behind three point baskets from Sean Grennan and Marcus Gilbert. The blue and white would battle right back, however, and two James free throws knotted the game at ten with 13:14 remaining in the half.

As the half went on the Stags continued to stay hot from deep and eventually took a 23-14 lead behind three point makes from Gilbert, Maurice Barrow, and Steve Smith.

Despite the barrage of threes, MU stayed aggressive. With just over two minutes left in the half James took over for MU as he scored seven consecutive Hawk points to give them the lead 29-28. However, another three from Gilbert with just seconds remaining gave Fairfield a 31-29 advantage as both teams headed into the half.

Neither team was able to gain a substantial lead through the first portion of the second half as the Stags still held a slim two point lead with 13:37 remaining in the game. Fairfield then began to control play over the next three and a half minutes as they went on a 9-3 run highlighted by yet another three point make, this time from K.J. Rose. This run gave the Stags a 54-46 lead halfway through the second period.

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Track and Field Place Top 10 in Events

The University's track and field squads competed in the 2014 BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational held in Boston, Mass as well as the NYU Team Challenge at the New York Armory this past weekend. The Invitationals split up most of the events with the majority of the women's events on Friday and then men's primarily on Saturday.

The NYU Team Challenge featured performances from freshman Steph Sparacino as she placed 14th in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 28.01. Freshman Noel Labb competed in the women's 400 meter dash where she took 17th place finishing at 1:02.65. Sophomore teammate Chelsea Penn was close behind placing 22nd with a time of 1:03.48. Freshman Melissa Ganz participated in the women's 500 meter dash for MU placing 18th at 1:24.05.

Sparacino and Labb finishd 11th and 13th respectively in the women's 60 meter hurdles with times of 9.91 and 10.02.

On the men's side of NYU Team Challenge, sophomore Stephen Adkisson finished eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78 seconds marking a personal best. Junior Luis Reyes competed in the 500m and placed seventh at 1:06.78. MU also recorded a top ten 60 meter dash finish a senior crossed the line at 7.09 seconds earning him ninth.

The women had a rather busy Friday as they also competed in the Terrier Invitational which featured over 20 colleges. Senior Mariah Toussaint was one of MU's top finishers in the women's 60 meter dash as she completed the race at 7.74 landing her in the 13th. Graduate student Lachelle Wallace was not far behind as she crossed at 7.81 giving her 15th place.

Junior Mel Lewis was the Hawks top finisher in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 25.90 earning her 47th place.

The women's 400 meter dash featured back to back finishes by junior Kate Frye and senior Laura Williams in 16th and 17th at 56.50 and 56.55 respectively.

Freshman Jenna Cupp finished seventh out of 89 in the 800 meter run with a final time of 2:12.47. Freshman teammate Zoya Naumov finished two spots behind her with a time of 2:13.27.

Freshman Jessica Ball also finished in ninth place for the Hawks, but in the 1000 meter run where she recorded a 2:58.38 time.

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Women’s Basketball Splits Weekend Games

The women's basketball team split their weekend as they fell to the Iona Gaels Friday, Jan. 24, but came back to beat the Manhattan Jaspers on Sunday, Jan. 26.

On Friday night, senior center Sara English lead the way for MU by compiling her fourth career double-double. In the game she tallied a career-high 19 points and contributed 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Jenny Horvatinovic contributed a season-high 13 points while shooting 5-of-6 from the floor. Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast also scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

As for the Gaels, junior guard Damika Martinez scored a game high 28 points. She is the MAAC's leading scorer averaging 24.2 points per game. Sophomore forward Joy Adams also added a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Early on in the game Iona jumped out to a 9-4 lead before English added a three-point play followed by a jumper to tie up the game. Then Martinez scored on consecutive three-pointers to increase the Gaels' lead to 17-11.

The Hawks kept it to within five points until Iona scored the last 14 of 18 points in the half to increase their lead to 44-29.

The second half began much like the first one ended. Martinez knocked down a pair of threes to increase Iona's lead by 21 points. However, MU trimmed the deficit to 13 points after English scored on a bucket in the post.

The Gaels increased their lead to as many as 24 points when freshman guard Christina Rubin hit a three-pointer with 9:22 remaining in the game. Less than a minute later, the Hawks were trailing 70-53. MU then gained some momentum and went on a 15-0 run, and scored 23 of the next 26 points in the game, to trail by only three points.

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SIDELINES: 01/29/2014

Freshman guard Mia Hopkins was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for her performance this past weekend.

Hopkins averaged 9.5 points and five rebounds in the Hawks two contests against Iona and Manhattan.

Hopkins is now the second Hawk to be named Rookie of the Week. Helena Kurt was given the honor on Nov. 25.


The Monmouth Bowling Team placed 11th in the Kutztown Invitational Event this past weekend. Sophomore Kaitlyn Reth led the team with a pinfall of 1,265 and finished eighth overall. Reth was named to the Second Team All- Tournament for her efforts.

After going 2-3 in matches Saturday the Hawks finished strong by going 3-0 Sunday afternoon. The team next travels to Ormond, Fla to compete in the Wildcat Invitational from Feb. 7-9.


Freshman goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, has been named the 2013 NCCA Division I statistical champion for goals-against average. Klenofsky allowed just 0.22 goals per 90 minutes and also had a 0.914 save percentage this season. Both of which were MAAC single season records.


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Alumni Goes Professional

Former Monmouth University men's soccer star goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has signed with the San Jose Earthquakes, the team recently announced. The goalkeeper from Scotch Plains, NJ, joins the Major League Soccer (MLS) club following recent stints with Seattle Sounders FC, IK Brage (Sweden), and the New York Cosmos.

Meredith claimed a pair of all-region first team honors earned two All-Northeast Conference honors at Monmouth. A captain as a senior, he led the NEC in goals against average (0.70), save percentage (84.2%) and shutouts (11) in 2010. Meredith, who was named the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player in helping the Hawks advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, ended his stellar collegiate career with 36 shutouts and a 44-7-10 record.

Meredith helped Monmouth to four-straight Northeast Conference Regular Season Titles and back-to-back league tournament crowns.

The Hawks were ranked in the NSCAA National Rankings for the entirety of his senior season.

Men’s Basketball 0-2 in first MAAC Games of Season

Men's basketball lost two tight-knit games this past week after falling to the Rider University Broncs 89-83 on Thursday, Dec. 5 and the Manhattan College Jaspers 75-66 on Sunday, Dec. 8.

MU first played host to their in-state rival Rider in a high-scoring and exciting contest that marked MU's debut in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. "It is great to be in the MAAC conference," said head coach King Rice. "The intensity of that game and everything about it was great. Two teams fought as hard as they could and it was a great atmosphere to be in."

The Hawks came out fast and built a 15-3 lead just three minutes into the game. After falling behind 2-0 in the beginning seconds junior guard Andrew Nicholas hit a three to put the Hawks on the board and help start a 15-1 run for the blue and white. Junior guard Deon Jones highlighted the run by scoring five points and dishing out two assists over the three minutes stretch.

Rider's Zedric Sadler helped stop the momentum when he hit a three pointer from the wing with 15:54 remaining in the first half. The game then began to swing in the Broncs favor and three point shots from Anthony Myles, Tommy Pereira, and Shawn Valentine capped a 20-2 RU run to give them a 23-17 lead half way through the first period.

MU battled back and with four more points from Jones, along with a pretty coast-to-coast layup from freshman Justin Robinson, gave the Hawks back the lead 24-23 at the 8:35 mark. Neither team was able to get momentum completely back on their side after that and each traded baskets over a six-minute stretch with the Broncs gaining a one point advantage with two minutes left in the half.

RU was able to control the final two minutes, however, they scored eight straight points to increase their lead to 42-33 with only 25 seconds before the half. The Hawks then held the ball for the final shot and cut the lead to seven when Robinson made a reverse layup that just beat the buzzer to send both teams into halftime.

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Game On: The Eddy Occhipinti Play

Every day the title of Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing for Monmouth Athletics sends the ball into Eddy Occhipinti's court.

Originally a student enrolled at Monmouth in 2002, Occhipinti graduated with a degree in communication with concentrations in public relations and journalism, as well as television and radio. Upon graduation, Occhipinti was hired in 2006 as an Athletics Communications Assistant in the Communications office at Monmouth University.

"I interviewed for jobs at ESPN and CBS, but I didn't want to leave MU. I wanted to further my education and pursue a Master's degree, which I received in 2009, while working for the Athletics Department," said Occhipinti.

While managing his role of Athletics Communications Assistant, Occhipinti worked on pursuing his Master's degree in communication. Around the same time that he achieved his goal of obtaining his highest degree, Occhipinti was promoted to the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. The Athletic Department kept him under that title until the 2010-2011 school year when he was once again moved.

"For the 2011-12 school year, I was into the role of Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, where I have served since. I take pride in the fact, and am very fortunate, that I was able to work my way up while staying at Monmouth," said Occhipinti.

Despite being a communication major initially, Occhipinti found himself in the new waters of marketing with his most recent job. "Monmouth made the decision for me to venture into marketing, and it has been great," he continued. "I have been learning new stuff every year and I really enjoy what I do."

Despite being in his current position for about two years, Occhipinti says that there is no such thing as a consistent daily routine. "The best part about working in college athletics is that 'a typical day' doesn't exist. Some days start very early and go very late, other days are dedicated to traveling and others include a bit of everything. This isn't a nine to five job, and I love that part about it. Our schedule will change depending if we have a game, or how many games we have in a given day, and if we are traveling or not," Occhipinti stated.

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Ice Hockey Struggles Against Rowan University

The University's men's hockey club team was defeated by the American Collegiate Hockey Association's (ACHA) No. 4 ranked Rowan University Profs on Friday, Dec. 6 in their fourth match up at home. The men were coming off a huge win in a tournament held by Liberty University two weekends ago, and with ambition, attempted to keep their winning streak alive.

MU was outmanned 14:21 due to injuries but they were determined to not go down without a fight. Eleven seconds into the game, the Profs scored on their first shot on goal to gain an early 1-0 lead. The Hawks retailiated with a score of their own as sophomore center, Kyle Blazier, scored an unassisted goal to put MU on the board and tie the game at 1-1.

The momentum did not stop there as the Hawks forechecked and kept the puck moving towards the net. A bad bounce by the Hawks led Rowan to score their second goal of the game. MU rallied and attacked the net every chance they had, but they just could not get bounces to go their way. Rowan cashed in on a few more goals to end the first period at 5-1.

In the second period, MU decided to change their game plan as they started out very defensively minded with lots of backchecking. This tactic seemed to work for the first five minutes of the period, until Rowan got lucky with a deflection shot that swept right past MU goaltender Stephen Bonora to make the game 6-1.

Even though they were down, the Hawks were not quite out. With two minutes left in the second period, the Hawks made a goalie change and brought in graduate student, Chris Liljstrand. In his first action of the day, he was able to make a nearly impossible glove save on Rowan.

"Chris came into the game and really settled thing down from the back end," MU junior center Steven Romano stated. "He made several nice saves to start the third period."

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Track & Field Place First in the MAC Classic

The men's and women's track and field teams both finished in first place during the Fifth Annual MAC Classic on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Classic marked the beginning of their indoor seasons and the first season the team will appear in the Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference. The men and women's track and field team remains undefeated in The MAC since its doors opened in 2009.

The Hawks swept the women's top five in the pole vault with junior Lauren McDonald leading the way as she cleared a height of 11 feet, 6 ¼ inches. Sophomore Brittany Papa placed second to McDonald while freshman Casey Sturts followed. Sophomore Tracey Masterson and freshman Danielle Cruickshank completed the women's top five. The men's pole vault left the spotlight on sophomore Colton Lambert who recorded a height of 14 feet, 2 ¾ inches to take second place in the competition. Sophomore teammate Tyler Poland finished in third place.

Freshman Anastasia Atkinson and sophomore Rayn Moses earned second and third place respectively in the women's long jump event. The men's long jump saw two MU freshmen, George Alexandris and Austin Merritt, finish in first and second place respectively.

MU sealed the top four finishes in the women's triple jump as junior Kim Price placed first with a jump of 37 feet, 4 ½ inches. Atkinson took second, Moses took third and freshman Victoria Miskel finished fourth. MU's Liam Vogt placed second in the triple jump.

The high jump featured sophomore Michaela Read who jumped 5'5 to secure a third place finish for the women's side. Senior Ed Kramer was the top finisher for MU's men's high jumpers as he cleared 6 feet, 4 ¼ inches.

MU placed first in both the men's and women's shot put. Senior Errol Jeffrey threw 59 feet, 10 ¼ inches to take first overall out of 21 competitors. The distance also qualified him for the IC4A's. Sophomore Tevin Kirby-Stewart placed third overall for the men.

The women's shot put was won by senior Rachel Aliotta who threw 46 feet, 3 ¼ inches. The distance also qualified her for the ECAC's. MU captured third place as well in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 8 ¾ inches from senior Tilah Young.

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SIDELINES: 12/11/2013

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced that three women's soccer players were named to 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Northeast Region Teams.

Senior forward Dana Costello was named toe the All-Northeast Region Second Team for the second year in a row.

Both junior back Alexa Freguletti and freshman forward Alexis McTamney were named to the third-team all-region. 


Senior throwers Errol Jeffrey and Rachel Aliotta were named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Performers of the Week. This title came after their performance at the MAC Classic on Saturday, Dec 7 where Jeffrey won the shot put and the weight throw. Aliotta won the shot put and placed second in the weight throw. 


The women's basketball team won their first game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 3 when they took on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Senior Chevannah Paalvast scored 20 points on the night and added a career high three blocks.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Tournament

The men's basketball team (3-4) gained momentum at home over the weekend, winning the championship of the Barclays Center Classic with a dramatic 81-79 victory over Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils and a convincing 76-61 win over North Carolina A&T Aggies. Juniors Dion Jones and Andrew Nicholas were co-MVP's of the tournament.

The Hawks were up 79-75 after a driving layup from Jones with 29 seconds to go, but the Devils' James Currington was able to score quickly to close the gap to two. After two missed MU free throws, by sophomore Christian White, the Devils were able to find Currington again for the game tying lay in with six seconds remaining. After a timeout from the Hawks, Jones took it upon himself to go coast to coast, weaving through all MVSU defenders, and finished with an acrobatic layup as the buzzer sounded to give the Hawks their second victory of the young season.

"It was just a great feeling," said Jones. "All my teammates came up to me and it was just awesome."

In the first half of the game against MVSU, the Hawks looked to still be reeling from their previous losses shooting 9-22 from the field and 2-7 from deep and went in to half trailing by eight. "It was hard matching up with what they were doing," said head coach King Rice.

To begin the second half, the Devils built a 13 point lead with 16:00 left in the game. The momentum of the game did not start to sway in MU's favor until junior Andrew Nicholas got hot from long distance. In a three minute span, Nicholas netted four three's.

The Hawks went off on a 17-4 run to tie the game and took their first lead of the game on a three pointer from junior Max Dileo. In the second half, MU shot 58 percent from the field and only missed one of their seven attempts from three point range.

"They outplayed us for most of that game," Rice continued. "I'm so proud of our guys because we didn't play our best game today. But the thing that we showed is that we fight."

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Football Defeated in Final Game of Season

kb-asanteThe University football team was defeated by co-Northeast Conference Champion, the Duquesne Dukes, 33-23 in the final game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 23.

"We had an opportunity going into today's game to finish with seven wins," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "I don't think we played well enough, particularly in the first half, to come away with a victory. When you play against a good team, a conference champion, it makes it very difficult. I was happy with the way we rebounded in the second half to get the score even. We were looking to get another stop and get the go ahead score but we were unable to do that. I feel badly for the seniors who are leaving the program, in that we were unable to get them a win in their last game."

The Hawks offense was able to move the ball on a stellar Duquesne defense. Leading the way was junior quarterback Brandon Hill and senior running back KB Asante. Hill completed 18 of 31 passes for 273 yards while adding three touchdown passes. Asante added 124 rushing yards on 27 carries.

With his 124 yards on the ground, Asante eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau. Junior running back Julian Hayes was able to achieve that feat the previous week against the Bryant Bulldogs. Asante and Hayes' impressive seasons, mark the first time the Hawks have had two 1,000-yard rushers in one season. The Hawks are also the only Football Championship Subdivision team to have two running backs pass the 1,000-yard mark.

Coach Callahan recognized the excellence of his potent running back duo. "Having two backs over 1,000 yards is a tremendous accomplishment both for KB and Julian," maintained Coach Callahan. "I think you need to give a lot of credit to the work our offensive line did throughout the year, providing the holes and the blocking for them to run. They are both two very hard workers and they are back next year. I know that while they are disappointed with the outcome of today's game and possibly overall record of the season, they are happy and they should be about their individual accomplishments."

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Beyond the Football Field with Running Back Julian Hayes

The sun began to set on a beautiful New Jersey November day as the sweat trickled down Julian Hayes' forehead. Out of breath he began to mutter, "I can't quit, not yet, not now." There was no crowd, no coaches, no other players. As the 5'11 215 lb. running back picked up his head and started running towards the opposite goal line, someone might ask why he was doing so, only days after the twelve game grueling season which saw him rush for a new career high with arguably the toughest schedule that the Monmouth University football team had ever seen.

Hayes grew up in Middletown, Connecticut and was raised in a single parent household with his mother Jessica Hayes. When he turned seven, he found football. "I felt at peace ever since I started playing. It's a great game and I fell in love instantly," Hayes said.

Jessica Hayes added that her son was always drawn to football. "I could see it in his eyes. It was his love, his passion, from the very beginning," Jessica Hayes continued. "I knew he was destined for great things. The day he started playing football, everything changed for him and I told myself he had found his niche."

Hayes attended Xavier High School. He helped lead the Falcons to a 9-2 record and a Southern Connecticut Conference Championship as a senior. In his senior year, he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns. After high school, he decided to take his talents to the Hun School to do a post-grad year in order to get a scholarship offer.

"I knew that I needed a scholarship in order to pay for college," said Hayes. "I was willing to do anything I had to do in order to get to the next level."

At the Hun School, he made even more progress as a player and was named to the Star Ledger First Team All-Prep. Even then, it was not until the following June (five months after National Signing Day) when MU came to visit him at the Hun School and offered him a scholarship.

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Cross Country Finishes Their Season at ECAC/IC4A

The Monmouth cross country team completed their final meet of the season as they raced in the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday, Nov. 23. The men placed second in the IC4A Championship meet while the women finished fifth in the ECAC Championship meet.

The men's second place title is the best finish in the University's history at the event while the women's finish was the third best finish in school history at the event.

Senior Amanda Eller completed her cross country career with a solid 19th place finish leading the women's side. Eller finished the 5k at 18:54.7 while her average 1k was 3:47.0. She was six seconds shy of earning All-East Honors.

On the men's side, junior Khari Bowen led the way finishing fourth overall. Bowen finished his 10k race with a time of 25:54.0 while his average 1k was marked at 3:13.2.

"We really focused early in the season just on training and not racing too early or too much and it worked out very well because of the work that he put in, the competitor that he is and he was a great leader for us all year" head coach Joe Compagni said of Bowen's accomplishments. "The only thing he didn't do was qualify for NCAA's but he had a tremendous season. Probably one of the best if not the best in school history."

Crossing the finish line after Bowen was junior Alex Leight who finished 31 seconds later at 26:27.0 with an average 1k of 3:17.3. Leight placed 15th overall in the race. With their finish times, Bowen and Leight both earned All-East honors. This marks Bowen's third straight year as an All-East runner and Leight's first.

The next Hawk to finish the 10k course was sophomore Domenick D'Agostino who finished at 26:40 placing 27th overall. Senior Anthony Branco crossed next with a time of 26:44 earning him 31st overall. Senior Pat Ryan was the next MU runner to finish as he crossed the line at 27:03 landing him the 54th overall spot. The men's top seven was closed out by 78th place freshman Kevin Summonte and 79th place junior Tommy Darlington with times of 27:27 and 27:28 respectively.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to 0-7

On Sunday Dec. 1, the University's women's basketball team lost to Bowling Green University by a final score of 71-48. This was the final round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge at the MassMutual Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-7 on the season, whereas the Falcons improve to 7-1.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led the way for the blue and white with 18 points. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added a career-high 13 points, six rebounds and two steals, and sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune also contributed a career-high with seven points in the loss.

The Falcons, on the other hand were led by Deborah Hoekstra, who scored 18 points, while shooting 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from the beyond the arc. Miriam Justinger added 16 points and five rebounds while Erica Donovan added 11 points. Jull Stein scored five points and contributed a game-high eight rebounds and four assists.

In the early stages of the game, both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm. Missed opportunities plagued both sides, but Bowling Green's second-chance points enabled the Falcons to build a 12-6 lead, which included six points from Alexis Rogers.

The Hawks clawed their way back, lowering the deficit to two points. However, defense took over as the game remained 15-12 for nearly six and a half minutes. Hoekstra hit a three to end the scoring drought with 6:32 remaining in the first.

MU continued to battle, and with 1:56 left in the first half Walker landed a three to bring the Hawks within one. The Falcons scored the final five points of the half to enter halftime with a 30-24 lead. Paalvast led MU in the first with 10 points, with Walker adding eight points.

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SIDELINES: 12/04/2013

Denise Wescott, the Monmouth University women’s lacrosse coach, was named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate  Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Entering her fifth year of coaching the Hawks, Wescott has an overall 41-34 record. Wescott and the Hawks open their season on Feb. 15, 2014 as they host Fresno State. 


The University’s women’s soccer team was named a 2013 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winner for the 16th consecutive year. The women recorded an overall grade point average of 3.45. 


For the fifth straight year, the University’s men’s soccer team was named an NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winner. The men logged a 3.12 grade point average. 


Freshman guard Josh James was named the MAAC Roookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday Dec. 2nd. James averaged 9.3 points per game and also dealt out 14 assists over the course of the week, and helped lead the Hawks to a 2-1 mark during the stretch. 


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Women’s Basketball Drops to 0-2 on Season

womens-basketballOn Thursday Nov. 14, the University's women's basketball team lost to the Wagner Seahawks, 70-57 in the Multipurpose Activity Center. The loss moves the Hawks to 0-2 for the season while Wagner breaks even at 1-1. Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led MU in scoring with a double-double compiling 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added a career-high 12 points, and six rebounds. Fellow sophomore guard, Kasey Chambers also added a career-high with 10 points.

As for Wagner, Jordyn Peck delivered 21 points and seven rebounds, while guard Jasmine Nwajei added 20 points and six rebounds. Lyndsay Rowe scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, while Ugo Nwaigwe compiled a game-high 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

This was a game full of streaks for both squads. In the first half, the Hawks soared to an early 6-2 lead on four points from Paalvast and a transition basket from Walker. However, Wagner responded on an 8-0 run to gain a 10-6 lead. During that streak, Nwajei led the Seahawks with four points.

The game was tied up at 14-14 after Paalvast added a pair of transition buckets, The blue and white then held the lead until Nwajei delivered an off-balanced basket in traffic to put the Seahawks up 25-24 with 2:45 left in the first.

To close the half, MU went on an 8-1 run highlighted by Chambers sinking a three-pointer before the buzzer. The Hawks entered halftime with a 32-26 lead. At half, Paalvast was leading all scorers with 16 points and five rebounds.

The blue and white opened up the second half with a basket by Paalvast to extend their lead to eight. However, Wagner scored the next seven points to bring the game within one. After the Seahawks tied it up at 40-40, the Hawks went back ahead by four when senior forward Sara English converted back to back buckets from the paint.

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Football Withstands Late Bryant Rally

footballThe Hawks' football team managed to fend off a late second half rally to defeat the Bulldogs of Bryant University, 21-18 for their last away game of the season. Fifth year senior tight end Michael McLafferty and junior running back Julian Hayes each scored touchdowns for the Hawks who improved their record to 6-5.

Bryant came onto the field strong as they took over after a partially blocked punt on MU's first possession and sustained a short drive that got the ball down the Hawk's 17-yard-line. The defense held in the rezone, forcing Bryant to take a 38-yard field goal with 5:47 to play in the first quarter. Bulldog Tom Alberti's kick split the uprights and gave his team a 3-0 lead.

On the Hawks' ensuing possession, the offense showed signs of life after a 'roughing the punter' call extended the drive, allowing junior quarterback Brandon Hill to find McLafferty for a 52-yard catch-and-run on the next play, setting up a first down on the 11-yard-line. Following a timeout, McLafferty was rewarded by hauling in a touchdown pass to put the Hawks up 7-3.

The Bulldogs' suffered on their next drive as senior defensive back Tevrin Brandon furthered the Hawks lead to 14-3. After coming clean on a punt, blocking it and then scooping it up, Brandon scored from 18-yards out with 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The next scoring play occurred with 3:48 left in the second quarter; Hayes' 23-yard touchdown run gave the Hawks a 21-3 cushion heading into halftime. The run came one play after the junior became the third MU back in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing milestone.

"As a player, it's always really gratifying to be able to set milestones in your career, but first and foremost, all props go to the line," Hayes said. "I feel like it's their 1,000-yards just as much as me and everyone else who is blocking and doing a great job."

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Men’s Basketball Suffers Growing Pains

Men's basketball fell to 1-2 on the season after losing to the University of Pennsylvania Quakers and in-state rival, the Seton Hall University Pirates this past week. As a young team, the Hawks showed promise in both games, but inexperience eventually caught up with them.

"The mistakes we made tonight were young mistakes," said head coach King Rice after the first loss. "Now we have two games under our belt. I think this is a team that is going to continue to get better, and I'm extremely proud of them."

MU first fell to the Quakers 79-73 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the team's home opener at the Multipurpose Activity Center. Junior guard Andrew Nicholas led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points while fellow junior guard Deon Jones chipped in with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. Penn's guard Miles Cartwright led all scorers with 25 points on the night.

The Hawks got off to a fast start in the game, and jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind three pointers from Nicholas and Jones. The Quakers battled right back, and went on a 20-1 run to take the lead 22-13 with 10:23 remaining in the first period. Penn was able to maintain its lead for the rest of the half, and a late three from Patrick Lucas-Perry sent the Quakers into the half up 41-33.

The second half began with eight straight points from Cartwright followed by two consecutive buckets from teammate Henry Brooks. This helped the Quakers build their largest lead of the game to 11 points at 54-43. Thanks to key scores from freshman guards Justin Robinson and Josh James, the blue and white managed to come back and tie the game at 59 with 8:48 remaining,

Cartwright made the most significant play of the contest just before the two minute mark. The Penn senior had the ball at the top of the key when his teammate Darien Henry-Nelson came and set a screen to give him some room. Nicholas tried to get under the screen to block the shot, but Cartwright was open for a split second and nailed a three pointer to put his team up by 6 with 2:05 left to play.

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CC Meet

Compete in Championships

The men and women's cross country teams finished 15th and 19th respectively at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships in Bethlehem, Pa this past weekend. The field included Regional Champion Villanova, as well as other powers such as Georgetown and Princeton.

Junior Khari Bowen led the men, placing 25th in the region with a time of 30:45 for the 10,000 meter course. Bowen's time is a record for the 10k race at Lehigh University.

Junior Alex Leight, sophomore Domenick D'Agostino, and senior Pat Ryan all finished close together in the 32nd minute. Rounding out the men's top five with a time of 33:06 was freshman Kevin Summonte. The finish time for Summonte marks an MU freshman best at Lehigh, breaking the previous 1995 record.

The men's top five averaged 32:10, over a minute faster than last year's average.

On the women's side, senior Amanda Eller was the first Hawk to finish clocking in at 21:17 for the 6,000 meter course. Eller finished 41st overall in the meet. Senior Lucia Montefusco, freshman Lennon Cooper, and freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson all finished close together in the 22nd minute. Sophomore Nina Poccia rounded out the women's top five at exactly 23 minutes. The women's top five averaged at 22:28, about a minute faster than last year's time as well.

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Women Lose to PSU in NCAA Tournament

Soccer Teams Falter in Postseason Play

The University's women's soccer team lost 3-0 to Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field on Friday, Nov. 15. The nationally ranked No. 24 Nittany Lions improved to 15-6-1 for the season while the Hawks fell to 17-2-2. This was only the second time all season the blue and white were shutout.

Penn State opened up the game with a goal from senior forward Tani Costa in the seventh minute. On the play, Costa received a cross directly in front of the goal from sophomore Mallory Weber, and placed herself in the prime spot to place the ball on net.

The Hawks looked to answer in the 19th minute when freshman forward Alexis McTamney struck a ball from just inside the 18 yard box, but the Nittany Lions' goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom made a diving save to keep the lead. The half ended with the Hawks losing 1-0.

The start of the second half was similar to the first; PSU continued to take shots and MU was poised to counter-attack. In the 51st minute however, Costa scored her second goal of the game to extend the Nitanny Lions' lead to 2-0.

The blue and white looked to spark a comeback in the 61st minute of play as junior midfielder Breynn Collazo took a shot that sailed just over the cross bar. Three minutes later, MU's senior forward Monique Plescia made another attempt at the net which went wide.

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Men’s Soccer Defeated By Quinnipiac

Soccer Teams Falter in Postseason Play

The University's men's soccer team tied the No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the 2013 MAAC Championship Game, but eventually lost 4-3 on a penalty kick shoot-out.

The Hawks began their post season journey with a game against Manhattan which also ended in a 0-0 tie, but MU advanced after winning the PK's, 3-0.

The loss against the Bobcats marked an end to the men's season cementing their 2013 record at 8-6-6. For their diligent work in tournament play, senior Joseph Schmid, junior Matt Jeffery, and sophomore David Acuna Camacho were named to the All-MAAC Championship Team.

The Hawks had various moments to score in the game against Quinnipiac, with one of the best opportunities coming in the 80th minute of play. Junior defender Derek Luke took a shot from 20 yards out but Bobcat Borja Angoitia, the MAAC Championship MVP, was there to make the save.

With a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation, the game was sent into a PK shoot-out.

Angoitia took the first shot for the Bobcats and beat MU's freshman goalie Eric Klenofsky giving Quinnipiac an early advantage. The first Hawk to face Angoitia was sophomore forward Tomas Penfold who sent the ball high over the net. The second round began with QU's Simon Hinde scoring against Klenofsky. Camacho answered with a goal of his own bringing the score to 2-1 at the end of the second round.

Bobcat Brandon Strain-Goode connected with the crossbar while MU's Schmid found the net, tying the score 2-2 in the third round. QU's Tobias Esche scored and so did Luke in the fourth round of play keeping the score at an even 3-3.

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SIDELINES: 11/20/2013

Fifth year senior goalie, Ashley Lewis, was named the ECAC Division I Defensive Player of the Week on Thursday, Nov. 14. Lewis posted three straight shutouts to help lead the Hawks to the MAAC Tournament Championship. She was in net for 13 out of 16 shutouts the Hawks recorded this season. 


Junior Brady Goodling was named the MAAC Men’s Golfer of the Month for the second time this season. Over nine total rounds this fall, he has an average of 74.8 strokes. Goodling also earned two medal honors at the Iona Quad Match and ECAC Championships. 


On Nov. 14, the Men’s Soccer Championship Awards Show announced six men’s soccer players from MU were named to the All-MAAC teams. In addition, seven Hawks were named to the MAAC Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team. Furthermore, junior back Matt Jeffery was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. 


MU bowling placed 13th at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawk Classic this past weekend. Sophomore Kaitlyn Reth was named to the all-tournament team, while the Hawks went 5-8 overall. 


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Dana Costello: Soaring Through the Record Books

dana-costello-jim-remeBeing an athlete is difficult in itself; however to play consistently at a high level is what separates the good players from the great ones. It is very rare when a player can leave their mark on a program's athletic history at any level. Yet, that is exactly what senior forward Dana Costello has done over her illustrious career as a women's soccer player at Monmouth.

She has 27 goals and 28 assists for her collegiate soccer career as a Hawk. Her efforts total up to 82 points. This lands Costello 8th all-time in points for the MU women's soccer program. Dana is second all-time in assists with the 28, trailing only Christie Pierce.

"I think it is unbelievable because if you look at the names that are on top of the list with Christie Pierce and Amy DeValue, they were unbelievable athletes here. To know that for a long time that when you say those names, I'll be there too, it's a very humbling feeling," explained Dana.

Dana traces her soccer roots to her hometown of Jackson, NJ, a short drive away from Monmouth. While living in Jackson, she played club soccer for the Toms River Hurricanes until she attended Jackson Memorial High School. Dana has always been an athletic woman; in high school she started as a forward for soccer and point guard for basketball.

"It was just something about soccer. I couldn't find anything else that gave me as much joy then running around a field and kicking a ball," Dana continued. "I love basketball, and I was recruited to play basketball here before I was recruited for soccer. Soccer was always in my heart, it's my passion."

Dana played several sports as she grew up, but she was able to follow her passion with support from her role model. Her father really guided her along the way to narrow down her choices, and ultimately choose soccer for her collegiate athletic career.

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Women Cagers Drop Season Opener to Yale

womens-bball-jim-remeThe Hawks fell to the Yale Bulldogs 64-55 in the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 9 at home. Senior forward Shira Shecht scored a career high 13 points while freshman guard Mia Hopkins dropped seven points to go along with nine rebounds in her first college game.

Junior forward Sara English matched her career-high with 12 total rebounds. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added eight points during her 24 minutes of action.

Within 16 minutes of the opening tip-off, the Hawks led the Bulldogs, 19-13. Yale then went on a run and scored five consecutive points bringing the game to a 19-19 tie. This back and forth pattern was reflected throughout the first half of play; MU would take a lead which Yale would then match, Yale would take a lead which MU would then match. With 20 seconds left in the first half, the score was tied at 29-29.

Shecht was able to break the tie as she landed a three point shot with three seconds left in the half. Heading into halftime, the Hawks led the Bulldogs, 32-29.

MU had their biggest lead of the game come during the second half when they lead the Bulldogs by 13. The lead was quickly cut by Yale as they came storming back and had four players who scored in double figures. Bulldog Hayden Latham led the charge with 14 points followed by 10 point performances by teammate Meredith Boardman, who was one board shy of a double-double. Yale's Janna Graf and Katie Werner combined for 20 points and 12 rebounds. To further Yale's comeback, the Bulldogs scored 12 points from beyond the arc in the second half.

Fuerhering Yale's lead were the Hawks who turned the ball over 19 times in the loss, most of which came in the second half.

"We can't afford making the little mistakes," Hopkins said of the Hawks defeat. She is one of five freshmen who joined the team this season.

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Hawks Use Fast Start to Down Wagner, 23-6

All it took was five plays for the Hawks football team to take a two score lead. With the fast start, the defense ratcheted the pressure and shut down the Wagner Seahawks en route to a 23-6 MU victory. The win brings the Hawks record to an even 5-5, while Wagner falls to 2-8 this season.

"Our objective today was to get off to a fast start and, we planned all week to run a reverse on the opening kickoff if we were to receive," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "That jumpstarted us and gave us great starting field position. The offense then took the field and put that ball in the end-zone. From the point on our defense played outstanding football. They did a good job on third down, kept Wagner out of the end-zone, and forced turnovers. Offensively we sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters but then got some things going again in the fourth quarter."

MU jumped to a two touchdown lead being guided by the churning legs of junior running back Julian Hayes while the defense held Wagner to two field goals and an abysmal 3-of-17 on third down. With the win, MU takes an 11-10 edge in the all-time series, including an 8-3 mark in Staten Island.

The blue and white opened the game with some fireworks, a big reverse on the opening kickoff. Freshman running back Lavon Chaney took the kickoff, then handed it to fellow freshman wide receiver Darren Ambush who took the ball up the right side for 56-yards out to the Wagner 30-yard-line. Two plays later, the Hawks went up 6-0 on a 29-yard touchdown run from Hayes. Wagner countered with a good kickoff return of their own and worked its way down to the MU's 31-yard-line, but junior lineman Andrew Jurczynski batted the ball away on fourth down and the Hawks took over.

The next play was a career-long 65 yard one-handed catch by fifth year senior tight end Mike McLafferty off a pass that got the Hawks to Wagner's 5-yard-line. Two plays later, Hayes walked into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the day, putting the Hawks up 13-0 with 9:37 to play in the first quarter.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Season Opener, 88-84

The University's men's basketball team started its season strong as they went on the road and took down the Hofstra Pride 88-84 on Friday, Nov. 8. Junior transfer Deon Jones led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points and added nine rebounds and two assists.

"I think our kids believed and kept fighting," said third year head coach King Rice. "They stayed together even when we got down, and our young boys really stepped up at critical times tonight."

Hofstra took an early lead when freshman Jamall Robinson made a layup that ignited a 9-4 run for his team, and gave them a 13-9 lead just under six minutes into the game. The Pride maintained their lead as both teams traded baskets through the first part of the half. After MU sophomore forward Tyrone O'Garro scored on a dunk to bring the Hawks back within four points, Hofstra went on another short run, 10-2, to extend their lead to 31-19 with 5:53 remaining in the half.

With just over two minutes left in the first, a three-pointer from Jones cut the Hawks deficit to five, but two more Hofstra buckets increased the lead to 45-36 as the teams headed into halftime.

Two quick scores by the Pride opened the second half and had MU facing its largest deficit of the game with a 49-36 score. However, momentum began to swing in the Hawks favor as 4 straight points from Jones kick started the team, and began a 15-5 run that brought the score to 54-51 at the 12:48 mark. Junior guard Max DiLeo's pair of three point shots and another O'Garro dunk highlighted the run.

After eight straight points, Hofstra managed to increase the lead one more time to 62-51 with ten minutes remaining in the game. The Hawks continued to battle back and scores from Jones, DiLeo, and freshman guard Josh James eventually pulled MU even with the Pride at 63 with 7:36 remaining in the game.

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SIDELINES: 11/13/2013

Men's soccer lost their final regular season game of the year on Saturday, Nov. 9 to Canisius Golden Griffins in double overtime.The final score was 1-0.

The team will look to bounce back as they now head into MAAC tournament play this coming Friday, Nov. 15. 


Senior defender, Alex Carroll, was named the MAAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year for field hockey. The award is voted on by all head coaches in the conference. Carroll finished her career with 31 goals, 20 assists, and 82 overall points. All of these rank in the top 5 of MU field hockey history. 


Men’s lacrosse released their inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The team will be competiting in Division I lacrosse for the first time, and their schedule features six home games along with 3 opponents who played in last years NCAA tournament. 


Monmouth University will serve as host for the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Championship which will be held May 21-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Commissioner of the MAAC, Richard J. Ensor, will feature a six-team bracket for the first time in history.

FirstEnergy Park,home of the minor league Lakewood BlueClaws, seats 6,588 fans and includes 20 luxury suites. The park also features a 23-foot by 23-foot video scoreboard. 


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Women’s Soccer Wins MAAC Championship Title

perhaps-insiderAll weekend, the Hawks have been competing as the top seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament in Orlando, FL. For the first time in University history, the Hawks became MAAC Champions when they defeated the Fairfield University Stags on Monday, Nov. 4.

With the win, the Hawks improved to an overall record of 17-1-2 and extended their winning streak to 14 games.

The Hawks journey at the MAAC Championship began on Friday, Nov 1. as the women took on their first challenge, seed Canisius Golden Griffins, the No. 9 seed. In their first meeting of the 2013 season, the Hawks defeated their opponents 2-1. The Hawks proved victorious once more as they shutout the Golden Griffins, 1-0.

The Hawks scored in the 68th minute of play as senior forward Karly Tolentino passed a ball from the Griffins end line to senior forward Monique Plescia who found the back of the net and sent MU onward in the tournament. The assist accounted for Tolentino's first of her collegiate career while the goal made for Pleascia's sixth of the season and 18th of her career.

The Hawks out shot Canisius, 13-7, and gained four more corner-kicks in the match.

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis made four saves for the Hawks.

The win moved MU to the MAAC Semifinals where they defeated No. 5 seed Rider, 3-0, on Sunday, Nov. 3. Plescia, freshman forward Erica Murphy, and junior defender Alexa Freguletti compiled the goals to solidify MU's win.

Murphy scored the Hawks first goal with 2:58 remaining in the first half. The unassisted goal marked Murphy's second of the season. The second goal against Rider was scored in the 61st minute of play when Plescia kicked in a rebound shot off of teammate senior forward Dana Costello's original shot. The goal was Plescia's seventh of the season and second of the postseason. Costello's assist marked her 10th of the season and 28th of her collegiate career, placing her second all-time at MU. The final goal was made when Freguletti took a free kick in the 69th minute for the third goal of the game and her fifth goal of the season.

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Soccer Clinches MAAC Conference Title

goalieThe men's soccer team clinched at least a share of the regular season MAAC conference title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAAC championships, this past week with a scoreless tie against the Manhattan Jaspers and a 2-0 win over the Niagara Purple Eagles.

"It feels fantastic," said head coach Robert McCourt after the win. "We talked about that (winning the regular season title) being our first goal of the year. We had a little bit of a tough go in the non-conference schedule, but the guys stayed tough, and were resilient, and they proved that they are champions."

The Hawks started the week when they traveled to Riverdale, NY to take on the Jaspers. Freshman goalkeeper Erik Klenofsky was tested early in the game as Manhattan came out firing. In the 9th minute the freshman made a leaping save to push the shot from Manhattan's Dominic Chavez just over the crossbar. Less than five minutes later Klenofsky stepped up again when he blocked another Jasper shot to keep the game scoreless.

MU did not generate much offense to start the first half, but with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half they finally started to build some momentum. Senior forward, Francois "Paco" Navarro, had the first quality scoring chance for the Hawks in the 36th minute when he found himself behind the Manhattan defense with only the goalkeeper to beat. Navarro was unable to make anything of the opportunity, however, as the keeper put pressure on the ball and Navarro's shot went wide.

The Hawks kept the pressure on to close out the first half, and had a great chance to score in the final two minutes. Freshman forward Dave Nigro got the opportunity started with his free kick from just outside the box. The Jasper keeper was able to stop Nigro's attempt to score off the free kick, but he could not control the rebound. After the ball was deflected by a few different players MU was able to regain possession and sent it back in the box. Senior forward Jacob Rubinstein received the ball in the box, and fired a shot at the upper right corner of the net. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Manhattan keeper fully extended to make the save, and the game remained a 0-0 tie heading into the half.

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Cross Country Finishes in the Top Five

The MU cross country teams competed in their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY this past Friday, Nov. 1. In their first MAAC Championship meet, the women's and men's teams placed fourth and fifth respectively.

With a total of 133 points, the men clinched a top five finish, just 14 points behind Fairfield, who placed fourth. Rider and Canisius took third and second behind the conference champion Iona, whose squad cleared the finish line with just 15 points. Junior Khari Bowen was once again the first Hawk to finish for the men in 25:51 for the 8,000 meter course. He placed eighth out of a field of 153 runners.

Junior Alex Leight and senior Pat Ryan were the next to finish for the Hawks, coming in back-to-back at 27:03 and 27:08. Senior Anthony Branco and sophomore Domenick D'Agostino both finished in the 27th minute as well, placing 39th and 41st. They along with Bowen, Leight, and Ryan rounded out the men's top five with a team average of 27:02 for the course.

On the women's side, the team finished in 4th with 110 points. They were just one point shy of edging out Marist for third place in the meet. Quinnipiac nabbed second place behind Iona, who was the conference champion for the women as well. Freshman Lennon Cooper was towards the front yet again leading the women with a time of 23:19 for the 6,000 meter course. She crossed the line 13th overall in a field of 145 runners.

Senior Amanda Eller was not far behind, finishing 16th overall in 23:27. Next to finish for the women was freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson, who clocked in just under 24 minutes. Rounding out the women's top five were senior Lucia Montefusco and freshman Jenna Cupp, who placed close together in the 24th minute. They, along with Cooper, Eller, and Rodgers-Erickson averaged 23:49 for the course.

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Football’s Rally Falls Short; Lose to Sacred Heart

The Hawks football team's fourth quarter rally fell just short as they lost to the Pioneers of Sacred Heart 24-21 on Saturday, Nov. 2. With the loss, the Hawks fell to 4-5 on the season while the Pioneers improved to 8-2.

After facing a halftime deficit of 24-7, the Hawks' defense managed to shut out the Pioneers' offense in the second half, and held them to 117-yards rushing total, 130-yards off their season average. After allowing scores on Sacred Heart's first three possessions, the Hawk defenders forced eight punts and two turnovers, while allowing just one more score.

"You have to give this Sacred Heart team credit, they are a very opportunistic group," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "We put ourselves into a big hole in the first half, struggling on both sides of the ball. In the second half I thought we played pretty well, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. We were able to get the ball back to our offense, but unfortunately we weren't able to finish off some of the drives. We had three turnovers in the second half that killed opportunities that we otherwise would have had."

Sacred Heart opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by RJ Noel with 10:37 left in the first quarter. Junior running back Julian Hayes tied the game with a 58-yard touchdown run made just three minutes later before the Pioneers scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.

After MU junior quarterback Brandon Hill found senior wide receiver Thaddeus Richards for a 19-yard touchdown late in the third, Kwabena Asante's 2-yard score brought MU within three with 6:25 remaining.

The most-talked-about play of the game occurred during the Pioneers' final scoring drive in the first half when SHU Moses Webb caught a wide-open pass from teammate RJ Noel at midfield and was flagged down and stripped of possession of the football by junior safety Pat Gray.

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SIDELINES: 11/06/2013

Sophomore Tyrone O'Garro led the Hawks in both scoring and rebounding with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the men's basketball team fell to Leymone College in an exhibition game held in the MAC on Sunday, Nov. 3.

MU starts the regular season this Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 pm as they travel to Hempstead, NY to take on the Hofstra Pride. 


 Field Hockey fell just short in their comeback bid against Robert Morris University on Sunday, Nov. 3. The loss marks the end of their season, thus finalizing their overall record at 6-12, and MAAC record at 3-3. 


Women’s soccer dominated the MAAC regular season awards as four members gained individual honors. Head coach Krissy Turner was named MAAC Coach of the Year while seniors Dana Costello, Ashley Lewis, and freshman Alexis McTamney were named offensive player, defensive player, and rookie of the year respectively. The Hawks also dominated the All-MAAC teams as 10 players earned a spot on the first, second, or all rookie team. 


MU’s Bowling Team placed 13th out of 19 teams at the FDU Jamboree this past weekend. The team next plays in a three day tournament on Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17. 


Freshman goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) player of the week for the week of Oct. 20-Oct. 26. In that time frame, the freshman recorded two shutouts and had six total saves as the Hawks went 2-0 for the stretch and stayed unbeaten in conference play. 


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MU Mob Packs the MAC During MAC Madness

pack-the-macBasketball games are won and lost on the hardwood floor between the players but there is more that goes on behind-the-scenes than most people would think. The coaches and athletes prepare both physically and mentally for the game ahead while they endure tough practices in hopes to win. However, the crowd and loyal fans also prepare and brace themselves for the game.

To show thanks to those fans who do pack the University's Multi-purpose Activity Center and bring an undeniable factor to the event, Monmouth Athletics hosted their annual free MAC Madness pep-rally on Friday, Oct. 25. The pep-rally is to honor the upcoming basketball season for the men's and women's teams and ready the fans for one of their favorite sports.

The event was well attended with nearly 400 fans in the stands, but it grew rather obvious who was part of the well known fan group called the Monmouth Mob. At nearly every home basketball game for the past two years, the Monmouth Mob has been able to not only intimidate the opposing team, but really feed energy into their hometown Hawks.

At Mac Madness, both squads were asked how much of a factor fan attendance and fan participation is. As expected, each player rose their hand when asked if they feed off of the cheers and chants of their fellow students.

"I think it is a huge factor," said Joseph Irace, an MU basketball season ticket holder of the fans' presence. "You can at times actually see the players feeding off the crowd and vice-versa. I can remember the Sacred Heart game and the LIU game last season where the players stormed the crowd instead of the other way around after big Monmouth wins."

This upcoming season's rally cry for the Mob has been decreed "Pack the MAC," a slogan coined by Eddy Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Advertising and Promotions.

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Men’s Soccer Improves to 6-0-1 in MAAC

The men's soccer team continued their hot streak this past week as they beat the Saint Peter's Peacocks and Quinnipiac Bobcats on Wednesday, Oct 23 and Saturday, Oct 26.

MU was able to overcome the tough weather elements posed during Wednesday's match when they beat Saint Peters 2-0 on The Great Lawn. Sophomore midfielder, Tomas Penfold, scored his second goal of the season for the Hawks and added an assist, also his second of the year.

"The guys are feeling really good about themselves right now," said head coach Robert McCourt. "In the beginning of the year, we were struggling to get some results, and they didn't have a lot of confidence. Now their confidence is changing and it's great."

As the game started, both teams were aggressive and each saw scoring opportunities within the first 15 minutes. Both goal keepers were up to the early challenge, each recording two saves, and neither team was able to find the back of the net.

The rest of the first half saw MU take control and gain advantage in time of possession. With 15 minutes left in the first half, the blue and white began to put the pressure on as they generated several scoring chances. Senior forward, Francois "Paco" Navarro, began the barrage by firing a shot that rang off the left post. MU quickly got the ball back, and less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder, David Acuna Camacho, let loose a shot that sailed just over the crossbar.

Shortly after Camacho's blast, Penfold unleashed a shot from 20 yards out that found its way through the Saint Peter's defenders, but the Peacock's goalie was there to make the save.

MU broke the scoreless tie with less than a minute remaining in the half. Penfold created the opportunity when he took the ball at midfield and played it ahead to senior forward Jacob Rubinstein. The Peacock keeper came out from the net to try and meet Rubinstein, but he was unable to as the senior put the ball in the open net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead heading into half.

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Field Hockey Splits Weekend Games at Home

The Hawks field hockey team split their conference home games this week, beating the Sacred Heart University Pioneers, but falling to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in the following game. This week's games pushed the Hawk's record to 6-10 overall and 3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

On Friday, the Hawks dominated the Pioneers by defeating them 5-0 at So Sweet a Cat Field. "We had a lot of scoring opportunities from a lot of different people which is huge for us," explained head coach Carli Figlio. "I think a couple of people really stepped up big time today."

Junior midfielder Hannah Loux and senior defender Alex Carroll led the Hawk's attack. Loux scored two goals and garnered praise from her coach for her stellar play and offensive creativity. "Hannah had a fantastic game today," said Figlio. "There was a ton of attacks created from her."

Carroll continued her impressive season by scoring two goals, which extended her team leading goal output to 9. Carroll has led the Hawks the entire season and her extraordinary play and hard work has not gone unnoticed. "Alex is really on a hot streak as far as scoring is concerned. She is one of our deepest defenders. She is a captain and a senior and I think were all super proud of her because she really did what she had to do over the summer to get her in this position where she is playing the best hockey she has ever played before," said Figlio.

Although it is obvious that Carroll is having a great season, she credits the success of her season to her teammates. "All of my goals have come off of corners," said Carroll. "So it's really the team that is setting me up for them."

Carroll gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty stroke which was awarded after Pioneer's goalkeeper Mary Altepeter played the ball with the back of her stick in front of the net.

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Women’s Soccer are No. 1 Seed in MAAC

The women's soccer team went 1-0-1 for the weekend as they defeated the St. Peter's Peacocks on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a final score of 3-0 and tied in double overtime against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 26. As the Hawks completed their final regular season games, their overall record is secured at 14-1-2 while their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record stands at 8-0-2.

The women began their week's challenge with a drive to Jersey City, NJ to face St. Peter's. The blue and white were led by freshman midfielder Julie Spracklin and sophomore midfielder Brianne Boyle, as they both contributed a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Jocelyn McCoy made her first start of the season and earned her first shutout of the season as well.

"We received excellent contributions from our midfield as far as the scoring column goes and our entire roster secured the No. 1 seed for us," said head coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, as Spracklin earned her fourth goal of the season off an assist from senior forward Dana Costello just 25 seconds into the match. Spracklin's goal was the fastest to open up a game for MU since 2002, when Erin Bayley scored 41 seconds into the first half.

The blue and white continued to add pressure on Saint Peter's when Boyle scored in the 25th minute to increase their lead to 2-0. MU dominated possession and moved the ball until the half was over.

The Hawks kept their foot on the pedal as they started the second half with a quick goal. Junior midfielder Breynn Collazo scored 41 seconds into the second frame and increased their lead to 3-0. The assist was credited to both Spracklin and Boyle.

St Peter's were given few chances to tie or even score during the game as MU heavily outshot their opponent, 15-0. With the win, McCoy gained her 12th career shutout.

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SIDELINES: 10/30/2013

Senior forward Dana Costello was named to the women's CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers List for Week 9. Costello was also awarded the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Costello has started in all 17 games this season for the Hawks and is second on the team for total points at 21. She has six goals in the season thus far and has nine assists. 


Women’s tennis fell to Drexel, 7-0, on  Wednesday, Oct. 23. With the match, the Hawks concluded their fall season at 3-6 and 1-2 in the MAAC. They will begin their spring season against Marist on Wednesday, March 26. 


Junior Victor Pugliese advanced to the third round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships last weekend at Yale University. The Championships marked the end of the men's tennis team's fall season.

They will be back on the courts Sunday, Jan. 19 for a scrimmage against Columbia. Their spring season will officially begin at Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 26.


MU’s bowling team placed second at the Hampton Roads Collegiate Bowling Invitational this past weekend. Junior Valerie Bermudez and sophomore Kaitlyn Reth were both named to the All-Tournament team. 


The men's soccer freshman goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, has been named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week. His save average is .875 for the season and goals-against average is at 0.26. Since he has been a starter, the Hawks have been undefeated in the MAAC and have recorded five shutouts. 


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Football Gets Back to .500 with Homecoming Win

football-1The Hawks (4-4) defeated the Cornell Big Red (1-4) on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19 afternoon at Kessler Field by the final score of 48-23. Junior quarterback Brandon Hill led the way with 308 passing yards, and four touchdowns. Senior running back Kwabena Asante also helped the team as he ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hawks defense challenged, but they managed to contain highly scouted Cornell quarterback, Jeff Mathews.

The first quarter was dominated by MU, as they controlled time possession and moved the ball efficiently. The blue and white started off the game with a 25-yard field goal from senior kicker Eric Spillane with 10:32 remaining in the first quarter. The lead increased to 10-0 after senior wide receiver Thaddeus Richards caught his first career touchdown reception from Hill, with 2:07 left in the first quarter.

The beginning of the second quarter carried on with the Hawks controlling the field and furthered the scoring. The team extended their lead to 17-0 when Hill found senior wide receiver Neal Stearling in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:37 left in the half.

With 5:44 left, momentum shifted in favor of Cornell when the Hawks went three and out on their possession and were forced to punt deep in their own territory. The ball was snapped high over senior punter Eric Spillane's head, and he was forced to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety. The safety marked Cornell's first score of the game, and cut Monmouth's lead to 17-2.

Big Red's Ben Rodgers ran the free kick back to the Hawks 43-yard line, giving his team great field position. Mathews ran it in for a one yard touchdown to decrease the blue and white's lead to 17-9 with 3:50 left in the half.

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Women’s Soccer Perfect at Home

womens-soccerMU women's soccer defeated Rider University Broncs on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at The Great Lawn with a final score of 3-0. With the win, the blue and white improve to 12-1-1 in the season, 6-0-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 8-0 at home.

Freshman forward Julie Spracklin led the way for the Hawks with one goal and one assist. Senior forward Dana Costello and freshman forward Alexis McTamney also contributed with one goal each.

MU started off the game by controlling the tempo as they held possession for the first 20 minutes of the game. In the ninth minute, sophomore defender Colleen Howard drew a penalty in the box. Costello stood at the six and took a calm, confident shot that soared into the left upper corner for a 1-0 lead.

The second half began with Rider trying to find an equalizer. In the 50th minute, a Bronc took a shot that curled to the upper post, but Hawks senior net-minder Ashley Lewis got her fingertips on the ball to force a corner kick.

Five minutes later, the Broncs had another opportunity to score when they took a free kick from about 30 yards out; the ball curved up and over the defensive wall, landing right into the hands of Lewis. In the 59th minute, the blue and white were looking to increase their lead as Spracklin fired a line drive from about 20 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.

The second half had many missed opportunities for both teams, as it was constant back and forth play. The Hawks got close to gaining their second goal in the 70th minute of play as McTamney crossed the ball from the left flank into the box toward freshman forward Erica Murphy. Murphy could not capitalize on the play as she stumbled and lost the ball to a Rider defender.

Rider then cleared the ball, but MU junior defender Alexa Freguletti quickly gained possession and dribbled it up the field to fire a shot from about 25 yards out. The shot went past the left post giving Rider the ball.

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Bowen and Eller Lead Team in Princeton Invitational

The men and women's cross country teams fought hard in the annual Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19 placing sixteenth and eleventh respectively. It was the fifth and final regular season meet for both squads, who now have officially completed their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The Hawks will build off of this final race to prepare for the championship meets ahead as the Invitational marked one of their tougher meets of the season,

With a total of 494 points, the men fell just shy of a top 15 finish, coming in 16th right behind Penn and Fordham. Villanova took first with 23 points, La Salle placed second with 94 points and Princeton finished third with 135 points.

Junior Khari Bowen was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the men at 24:42, landing him in 34th place for the 8,000 meter course at West Windsor. Junior Alex Leight and senior Pat Ryan were the next to finish for MU at 25:10 and 25:26 respectively. Senior Anthony Branco and freshman Matt Nelson both finished in the 25th minute as well, rounding out the men's top five. They, along with Bowen, Leight, and Ryan averaged 25:24 for the race.

The women finished 11th with 328 points, just 10 points shy of UMBC and a top ten finish. Duquesne placed first for the women's side with 47 points, Columbia finished second with 90 points, and La Salle landed third with 144 points.

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Soccer Stays Undefeated in Conference Play

The men's soccer team continued their strong play in the MAAC this week with road victories over Rider University and Marist University.

"Against Rider and Marist it was key to get that [one] goal and limit our mistakes defensively," said head coach McCourt. "We have put major focus into forcing teams to really earn scoring opportunities and goals."

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Wednesday, Oct. 16 when they traveled to Lawrenceville and defeated Rider 1-0.

"It is difficult to win on the road, especially in conference play," said McCourt. "Getting points away from home really enhances our chance of making the conference tournament."

Senior Jacob Rubenstein scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the second half of the match on a cross from freshman Colin Stripling which Rubenstein was able to head in to net. "Jacob stepped up and continues to contribute," said McCourt. "He's been dealing with injuries all year and when he's on the field, I feel we're a different team."

The Hawks edged the Broncos in shots 7-6 and in corners 4-3. MU was able to put five of their seven shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky put together a solid performance behind great defense that only forced Klenofsky to make one save. Klenofsky now has two shut-outs in his four career starts and the Hawks are 3-0-1 with him in net.

Rider goalkeeper David Pastuna kept the Broncos in the game with four saves, but his effort came up short without any help from the offense as they were off target on four of their six attempted shots.

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SIDELINES: 10/23/2013

The field hockey team was led to victory by senior Alex Carroll who recorded her first career hat trick in the 4-0 win against Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 20. Carroll is only the eighth member of MU's field hockey team to score a hat trick.

Junior Melanie Dawson accounted for MU's remaining goal. With the win, the Hawks improve to 5-9 overall and 2-0 for inter-league play. 


Ron Kornegay and Joan Martin, who both are members of MU's Athletics Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll.

Former MU guard, Kornegay stands as the men's basketball all-time leading scorer with 2,526 points.

The Hawks posted a 112-17 record while Kornegay was a member of the team. After his playing career ended, he took on the head coach position for men's basketball at the University for ten years. In 1998, his number, 22, was retired. Kornegay is currently the Director of Athletics at Manasquan High School.

Joan Martin was an active member in Monmouth Athletics for 33 years as a coach, assistant and associate athletics director, senior women's administrator and compliance director.

Martin coached the women's basketball team for 13 years, was softball coach for 11 years and field hockey coach for eight years. 


The women’s tennis team defeated Wagner, 4-3, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the MU Tennis Courts. The Hawks improve to 2-5 in the season. 


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Breaking Out of the Shadow

MU Defensive Lineman Opens up on Life with an NBA Brother

smithBeing the younger brother of a professional athlete can be difficult to handle. There are numerous expectations and pressures that stem from an older brother who has reached the pinnacle of his game. A person burdened with these pressures can either use them as a crutch to concede that they will never be as successful as their sibling or use them as inspiration to improve their skill in order to pursue their dream. Dimitrius Smith has decided to use his brother's stardom as incentive to reach his goals.

Many people at Monmouth University know Dimitrius Smith as the 6' 2", 295 pound defensive lineman from Millstone, NJ who saw action in all ten games of his sophomore year compiling 18 tackles to go along with a sack. What people are unaware of is that Dimitrius' older brother is none other than JR Smith, the New York Knicks star shooting guard and last year's NBA sixth man of the year.

Despite having a brother that is a famous athlete, Dimitrius' friendly and humble demeanor would never give that fact away. Dimitrius does not view his older brother as anything other than a role model.

"JR and I talk every day," said Dimitrius. "I try to tell people if you have a sibling like that, he is just famous. Our family bond is great".

Although JR has a busy schedule, according to Dimitrius, JR makes it a point to keep in contact with his younger brother via phone calls. Additionally, JR attends almost every Monmouth Football home game where he supports his brother and the Hawks.

JR attempts to help Dimitrius in sports by revealing the importance of work ethic. "I've helped Dimitrius by showing him what hard work is," said JR. "Work ethic is everything. We work hard cause it's in our blood." JR recognizes the passion that Dimitrius has for football. "Football is Dimitrius' life. I know that when Dimitrius is on the field he always gives it his all," said JR.

JR's success at the highest level of basketball has encouraged Dimitrius to improve his game. He acknowledges that there is some pressure to become a successful athlete.

"It is mostly motivation that comes from the pressure," said Dimitrius. "Since he made it to the NBA; now I feel like I have to make it to the NFL. It pushes me to strive for that goal."

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Field Hockey Pushes Losing Streak to Three Games

The Hawks field hockey team (3-9) struggled to gather momentum heading into conference play with losses in both games this week at the hands of Rutgers University Scarlet Knights and St. Francis University Flash.

"I think it's really important going into our conference play and now it's important for us to really figure out what intensity level we want to play at," said Head Coach Carli Figlio. "If we can figure that out, we'll do really well in the conference, but that has to be our first priority now."

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Wednesday at Rutgers and lost a heartbreaking game to the Scarlet Knights 4-3 in overtime.

Junior Hannah Loux had a three-point performance on the day including the first goal for the Hawks on the afternoon to tie the game early after a Rutgers goal from Sophie Wright. The game then remained scoreless until there was one minute left in the first half, and Loux was able to connect with junior Amanda Schoenfeld for a tip in goal that gave the Hawks the lead. The lead was not safe for long as Rutgers was able to respond within the minute when Katie Champion got a shot past junior goalie Amanda Westerweller to send it into half tied 2-2.

After half, Rutgers Rachel Yaney was able to break the tie just two minutes in when she fired a shot past Westerweller. It wasn't until there were only ten minutes left on the clock when freshman Alyssa Ercolino made a pass to senior Alex Carroll that tied the game back up and eventually sent it to overtime.

Yaney was able to get the Scarlet Knights the victory in overtime when she gathered the ball in the circle and fired it in to give MU their eighth loss of the season.

"We have a ton of talented players," said Coach Figlio. "It's just more about the mindset that we have to figure out right now."

Unlike the early offensive success the Hawks found against Rutgers, MU couldn't put together any consistent offense in a 3-0 loss in their final non-conference game against Saint Francis.

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Men’s Soccer Finds Early Success in MAAC

For the first time this season the men's soccer team won back-to-back games as they defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents Iona and Siena. With the wins, the Hawks improved their overall record to 3-5-3.

MU got past Iona on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win. Freshman forward Dave Nigro scored the lone goal of the night in the 79th minute, and fellow freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky had his first career shutout in helping the Hawks get their first conference win as new members of the MAAC.

"It was a particularly big win because there is a little bit of a transition for us going into the MAAC," said Head Coach Robert McCourt. "Iona is a very good team so I thought it was a good confidence booster with a lot of MAAC games remaining."

The Hawks kept pressure on the Iona defense all game by dominating time of possession and keeping the ball on the Iona end of the field the majority of the game. MU started off hot and had several scoring chances to start the game.

Perhaps their best opportunity came in the final minute of the first half when senior forward, Jacob Rubinstein, put a shot on net that got past the keeper. Unfortunately, for the Hawks, an Iona defender sprinted back and cleared the ball just before it crossed the goal line, ending the half in a scoreless tie.

As the second half began, the blue and white continued to stay on the offensive and attack the Iona defense. After more than three quarters of the match had gone by the Hawks were finally able to find the back of the net with Nigro's goal.

Francois "Paco" Navarro got the attack started when he put a shot on net. The Iona keeper was able to block the shot, and the ball was deflected out by a defender. Sophomore defender John Egan gained control and sent the ball to Nigro in the box who received the pass and rifled a shot by the keeper for the game-winning goal.

"Egan played a great ball in, and I saw I had time to take a touch so I did and then just hit it lefty and it was in," said Nigro. "It felt great."

Monmouth kept the pressure on the rest of the game and Iona never had a great chance draw even. For the game, the Hawks had a 14-7 advantage in shots, and a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

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Hawks Drop Contest to NEC Rival St. Francis, 28-10

The Hawks football team dropped their contest to the Red Flash of St. Francis after having a hard time capitalizing on their two first half turnovers. With a final score of 28-10, MU falls to 3-4 while their former Northeast Conference foe improves to 2-4 for the season.

The Red Flash took a quick handle on the game as they scored on the opening kickoff after returning a blue and white fumble. St. Francis then followed the play with a pick six that pushed the lead to three scores all in the first quarter. The Hawks never had a chance to get the running game going against a suffocating St. Francis defense that had six sacks and two interceptions.

St. Francis managed to outgain the Hawks, 234 yards to 191 yards, as Hawk quarterbacks junior Brandon Hill and senior Greg DePugh combined for just 10-of-28 passing for 81-yards. Hill completed 44 of those yards while DePugh accounted for 37 yards.

MU's defense held the Red Flash's running back, Kyle Harbridge, to under 100-yards for the first time all season, as he finished with 94-yards on 26-carries with a lone touchdown.

"St. Francis is a well-coached, physical football team," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "When you get behind early, like we did today, it becomes very difficult to win. St. Francis was able to control the line of scrimmage against our offense and they challenged every throw. Defensively, I thought we did a pretty nice job. We limited [Kyle] Harbridge to under 100-yards for the first time all season and only allowed one play over 20 yards all afternoon."

The Red Flash jumped out of the gate when Hawks' return man, senior Tevrin Brandon, was hit and lost control of the football which led to St Francis's Bishop Neal scooping up the loose ball and returning it 8-yards.

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SIDELINES: 10/16/2013

Junior Khari Bowen has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Cross Country Runner of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Cross Country Runner of the Week for his first place performance at the Paul Short Run on Saturday, Oct 5.

Bowen bested nearly 400 participants to become the first Hawk ever to finish in first place at the Paul Short Run. He completed the 8k course in 25:04. 


Women’s soccer improves to 11-1-1 in the season and 5-0-1 for interleague play as they defeated MAAC competitor Siena, 2-0, on Saturday, October 12. Scoring the two goals for MU was senior Dana Costello


 Senior Michelle Rosenhouse scored her career best 18 hole round at 72 strokes, erasing her previous best of 73 at the  St. John’s Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 8. She finished in 11th place for the tournament with a two round score of 158. 


 Freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky has been named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Week. He has a .778 saves percentage in the season. 


 The men’s tennis team faired well at the Columbia Classic as Freshman Christian Vieria completed the tournament clinched the singles victory, Vieria joined sophomore Brant Switzler to down Fairfield in a doubles match. 


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Hawks Soar to Fifth Straight Victory

WSOC-vs-DelawareThe Hawks (10-1; 4-0) dominated the Manhattan Jaspers (3-8-1; 0-3-1) and won with a final score of 6-0 on Wednesday, Oct 2 at The Great Lawn. Freshman forward Alexis McTamney tallied one goal and three assists, senior midfielder Dana Costello contributed one goal and two assists, while senior forward Monique Plescia added two goals in the victory.

The Hawks scored early and often in the first half of the game. The first goal came in the fifth minute when McTamney took a shot that was originally saved by Jaspers keeper Maria Sanzari, but Plescia scored off of the rebound.

The blue and white continued to put pressure on Manhattan, and in the 12th minute, Costello played a ball back to freshman forward Julie Spracklin in the box. She collected it and drilled it past the keeper for a 2-0 lead. "I knew Julie was behind me and I saw the defender was going to come and get it so I kind of stepped in front of the defender and played it backwards and she placed it right into the back of the net," Costello said.

In the 17th minute, McTamney was dribbling down the left wing and sent a low cross towards Costello. She flicked the ball with her back heel to score the third goal of the game and her third of the season.

"We were getting a lot of end line services this game which is something we've been practicing a lot," Costello continued. "I have so much confidence in our freshman [Alexis] McTamney, I knew she was going to beat her girl and she did, so I sprinted near post and I just chipped it past the goalie."

In the 29th minute of play, McTamney was bringing the ball down the wing and then sent the ball into the box where Plescia finished it by sending the ball to the bottom corner of the goal.

"Tammey made a run with the ball down the end line and she held it until the pressure came onto her and I ran into the box and finished it into the corner," Plescia explained.

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Football Downs Colonials for Third Consecutive Win

footballThe Monmouth Hawks' football team (3-3) defeated the Robert Morris University Colonials (2-3) by a score of 35-9 at Kessler Field on Friday, Oct 4. With the victory, MU continues their three game winning streak and improves their record to 3-3.

"I thought in the first half, we left some opportunities out there on the field and didn't always take advantage of some excellent field position," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "In the second half, we came out and I think we continued to play very solid defense. We were able to get the ball back to our offense with good field position and capitalize on those opportunities with points."

In the fourth quarter, following a third quarter that took 24 minutes to play, the Hawks put the game away for good by riding the legs of senior running back Kwabena Asante. With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Asante got into the end zone on a 10-yard run following a turnover on downs for the Colonials' offense.

"I think we're building a lot of chemistry. Down the stretch, we wanted to build an identity and become more of a team," fifth year defense back Clark Coe said. Coe, when asked about the play that led to his interception, said, "The call was to the left and the play went to the right. I just went under it, and sure enough, he threw it my way and I was able to pick it."

Following the interception by Coe, Asante dashed down the Hawks' sideline for a 55-yard touchdown run. Junior Julian Hayes, the other half of the running back duo, led the Hawks with 104-yards on the ground on 26-carries while Asante chipped in with 103-yards on 15-carries and two scores. For the fourth consecutive week, the Hawks were able to field two 100-yard rushers in a game.

"Our O-Line does a great job of opening the running lanes for us. They do their job and it just makes things easy," Asante continued. "We [he and Hayes] like to believe that we run the ball really hard, so we won't let the first man tackle us. With that, mixed with our O-Line, I feel like it makes us really successful."

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Golf Looking for a Breakout Season this Fall

The University's golf team has been competing valiantly, and keeping busy, as they took part in the Rutgers Invitational, the Iona Quad Match and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all in the month of September.

They began their season at Rutgers Invitational where they placed ninth out of 17 teams, four of which are Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rivals.

Sophomore Kyle Deisher showcased his best performance with a total of 219 for 54 holes earning him 15th place overall.

The golfers next competed in the Iona Quad Match on Monday, Sept 16. The team captured a third place victory and notched a score of 311 for the 54 hole course.

Junior Brady Goodling took his first career medal as he shot two-over-par with a score of 72. Even though the team performed well, Shea believed that there was room for improvement.

"We can get better," head coach Dennis Shea continued. "We're headed in the right direction."

Shea's notion held true as the men took first place in the ECAC Tournament at the Twisted Dune Country Club in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday, Sept 29 and Monday, Sept 30.

"The wind was howling on the first day. The second day, the wind was a little calmer but the pin placements were tough," Shea said of the environment.

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Soccer Ties Fairfield in Conference Opener

The men's soccer team tied the Fairfield University Stags by a score of 1-1 this past Saturday, October 5th. With the tie Monmouth is now 1-5-3 on the year, while the Stags moved to 3-2-2. The game was the Hawks' fifth overtime game of the season, and the fourth that went into two overtimes.

"I thought the guys responded well to a difficult game," said Head Coach Robert McCourt. We had a soft penalty kick called against us, and the reaction wasn't one where they put their heads down, and moped about it. I actually thought we were stronger after the penalty kick than before it."

Play was pretty even through the first half of the match as neither team was able to control time of possession or generate any great scoring opportunities.

This changed in the second half as both teams began to pick up the pace and generate more scoring chances. Fairfield was able to break the scoreless tie in the 57th minute of the game when senior forward, Jon Clements, was awarded a penalty kick. Clements was able to sneak the ball into the top corner of the goal to give his team the 1-0 lead.

With less than 20 minutes remaining in the match Monmouth was able to battle back, and went on the offensive, when senior forward Jacob Rubinstein gained control of the ball and crossed it through the box. Freshman forward, Dave Nigro, was on the receiving end of the pass and put it past the Fairfield goalie to knot the score at 1.

"I certainly feel the guys have been showing character," said McCourt. "There have been a couple of times this year where we've been up against it, and have shown character by coming back and tying up games. Their ability to stay on course and stay positive and focused has been fantastic all year."

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SIDELINES: 10/09/2013

Former MU goalkeeper, Bryan Meredith, has signed to play professional soccer with the New York Cosmos. While at MU, he helped the Hawks capture four-straight Northeast Conference Regular Season Titles. Originally from Scotch Plains, NJ, Meredith finished his collegiate career with 36 shutouts and a 44-7-10 record.


The men and women's cross country team recorded an MU history's best at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on Saturday, Oct 5.

Junior Khari Bowen led the men's side with a first place finish assisting the team to third place overall ranking. Bowen became the first MU runner to ever take first place in the race.

The women were steered by freshman Lennon Cooper and notched a sixth place victory. This is Cooper's second consecutive race in which she led the women's team.


The University's field hockey team lost to No. 5 Syracuse Orange on Sunday, Oct 6 at Coyne Stadium. With the 8-1 loss, MU falls to 3-7 for the year while Orange improves to 10-1. MU scored their lone goal in the 51st minute of play when junior midfielder Melanie Dawson had her shot deflected in by a Syracuse defender. Syracuse marks the third nationally ranked team that the Hawks have faced this season.


The women's tennis team fell to Sacred Heart University on Wednesday, Oct 2. With the loss, the women's record drops to 1-3 for the season. Freshman Robyn Belen scored the Hawks lone point in the 6-1 defeat.


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Football Tramples Columbia for Second Win of Season

football_tramples_columbiaThe Monmouth University Football team continued their stellar play when they defeated the Columbia University Lions, 37-14, at Wien Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Hawk's win improves their record to 2-3 while the loss drops the Lions to 0-2.

"I thought we played very well," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "It was as close to a complete game as we have played yet this season."

The Hawks dominated almost every aspect of the game as they collected 461 total yards to the Lions 226 yards. "Offensively and defensively, we complimented ourselves very well," Callahan said. The Hawks more than doubled the Lion's time of possession.

MU defense was stifling as they held Columbia to only 108 passing yards while also creating three turnovers, two fumbles, an interception, and giving the offense an advantage in field position.

The defense was driven by their defensive ends. Junior Pat O'Hara had five tackles accompanied by two sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery while redshirt freshman, Darnell Leslie, had four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Callahan commended his defense's play, "Defensively when you're able to get some turnovers you provide the offense with good field position. Although it took us a little while to get going on offense, I think once we did, we were able to turn those opportunities into points."

Once again the dynamic running back tandem of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante led the Hawk's offense. Hayes finished with 34 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. Asante added a career-high 132 yards, on 15 carries, and a touchdown. For the third consecutive week, the potent duo each eclipsed the 100-yard mark.

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FH Dominates Nationally Ranked Delaware

field-hockey_dominates_delawareThe Hawks' field hockey team pulled off their most notable win of the season on Sunday, Sept. 29 in a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens on So Sweet A Cat field.

"It was really important for us to win today, but it was more important for us to actually work hard for the 70 minutes just to prove that we can do it as a team," said MU head coach Carli Figlio. "If we just listen to the small things and organize our self on the field, we can do anything we want this season."

MU moved to 3-6 on the year with the win, while the Blue Hens fall to 6-3. Delaware had been ranked as highly as 16th nationally in the Penn Monto/NFHCA polls. Their two previous losses were to ranked opponents (No.4 Penn State and No. 13 Boston).

"We knew we had tough competition in front of us, so we knew we had to come out harder than we ever have," said junior Amanda Schoenfeld.

The Hawks notched the first goal of the game 20 minutes in when freshman Alyssa Ercolino sent in a corner that connected with the stick of senior Alex Carroll. Carroll then sent the ball to fellow senior Trish O'Dwyer who fired a shot past Delaware goalie Sarah Scher. MU was able to hold onto the lead going into half with the help of a great sliding save by junior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller that redirected the shot off the left frame of the goal.

MU held the lead until five minutes into the second half when Delaware's Kasey Prettyman delivered a pass to Esmee Peet. Peet was able to get her shot just above the outstretched right leg of MU's Westerweller to bring the game to a tie.

The Hawks and Blue Hens then traded possession continuously until the 46th minute of the game when the Hawks started to apply pressure with multiple shot attempts. MU was able to force back-to-back corners, but was not able to pull ahead after a couple of beautiful saves by Delaware's Sarah Scher.

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Soccer Defeated, Lose to CCSU Second Consecutive Year

Men's soccer lost to the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Hawks dominated the entire game with an advantage on corner kicks, 10-2, and outshot the Blue Devils 13-4.

"We're struggling. The record is a reflection of some things we need to correct and we need to grow as a program," Head Coach Robert McCourt said of his 2013 Hawks.

MU controlled the first half with five shots to CCSU's two shots, but the Blue Devils managed to score a goal early on in the game.

During the sixth minute of play, CCSU's Keir Hannity passed the ball from the sideline into the box where teammate Eddy Bogle was able to jump a little higher than the MU defender and put the ball past Hawks junior goalkeeper Stephen Graziani to give his team the 1-0 advantage.

One of MU's best chances to score came in the second half when senior forward Francois "Paco" Navarro was given a direct kick after freshmen forward Dave Nigro was fouled outside the box. Navarro struck the ball straight for the goal, but MU's offense did not get to the net in time to head it in as CCSU goalie, Josef Abele, recorded his third save of the game.

"We definitely need to step it up," said freshman foward Dave Nigro. "We're coming out slow in the start, we need to be acting like we are down a goal the entire time because that's when we start to play. When our heads are down,"

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Women’s Soccer Scores Another Win

The women’s soccer team defeated conference rival, the Canisius College Golden Griffins with a score of 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Great Lawn. The Hawks improve to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Griffins fall to 3-8-1 for the season and 1-2 in the conference. With the win, the Hawks remain in first place for the MAAC women’s soccer standings.

The Hawks opened the game in dominating fashion with MU senior forward Monique Plescia scoring the game’s first goal in the 17th minute of play. Plescia had four shots, two of which were on goal, in the match. The goal marks her second of the season.

“Dana (Costello) passed it towards the line with a nice flick and I put a touch in and just crossed it and Mo (Plesica) followed it in and scored,” freshman forward Alexis McTamney explained. McTamney was awarded the assist.

The blue and white then suffered a defensive breakdown as Canisius tied it up in the 28th minute. Canisius seized the opportunity as Brianna Smith scored an unassisted goal marking her seventh of the season for the Golden Griffins.

MU had a chance to gain the lead at the end of the first half after they were granted a free kick., Senior forward Dana Costello took the kick for MU from roughly 30 yards out, and sent a line drive toward the net. However, several Golden Griffins defenders jumped up to deflect the shot and denied the goal. The game went into halftime tied at 1-1.

“Our message at halftime was that we created so many chances, we just have to finish them,” said head coach Krissy Turner. “There were point blank shots from inside the eight yard line, we were either hitting everything right at the keeper or not getting a shot off.”

The Hawks reflected Turner’s message in the second half as they quickly scored to regain the lead. As the clock read, 46:23, McTamney netted her sixth goal of the season. Junior back Alexa Freguletti was given the assist on the play.

“Alexa kicked it over to me, and I just one touched it,” McTamney continued. “The goalie hit it off her hand and it went in.”

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SIDELINES: 10/02/2013

The University’s men’s tennis team competed in the Men’s Invitational at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 22. MU sent five players to the semi-finals.

Junior Victor Pugliese, sophomore Brant Switzler, and junior Freddy Marcinkowski advanced for the men’s singles. Freshmen Bee Kumthonkittikul and Christian Vieria represent MU for doubles in the semi-finals.

Pugliese fell to Bucknell’s Nick Bybel in the semi-finals, 6-4, 6-4.

Switzler and Marcinkowski were both defeated by Boston College after making it to the quarterfinals.

Kumthonkittikul and Viera bested Saint Francis and Saint Peter’s, but eventually fell to Fairfield University.

The men will next compete Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Columbia Invitational in New York, NY. 


 The men’s cross country team remains nationally ranked at 14th for the second consecutive week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional polls.

Although they did not compete the weekend of this past weekend of Sept. 27, the men will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 5 as they compete in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University. The race will begin at 12:15 pm. 


Former MU basketball guard, Alysha Womack signed to play professional ball with Eintracht Braunschweig of Germany’s Damen Basketball Bundesliga second division. She made her professional debut on Saturday, Sept. 21. 


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Football Drops Holy Cross for First Win of Season

football4For the second straight week, MU rode the legs of the running back combination of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante as they held off the Holy Cross Crusaders, 21-14.

The Hawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Asante’s 14-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, and then the Crusaders made it a game with two late scores. Though, the defense bent, they did not break and preserved their first victory.

With the win, the Hawks improved to 1-3 and Holy Cross now mimics MU’s record.

“I thought it was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, I was very happy with the way we played,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “This was a team that ran for 420-yards last week and they finished with 55-yards on 25 or so attempts. They never really got anything going until late in the fourth quarter. I thought we played dominant defensively.”

MU Junior quarterback Brandon Hill completed 12 of 22 passes for 139-yards and tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Lamar Davenport to break the scoreless tie just before the half. However, the rushing attack of Hayes and Asante stole the show.

Hayes took 28 carries for 131-yards and a 12-yard scamper into the end zone to put the Hawks up by two touchdowns. Asante carried the ball 24 times for 118-yards and a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal before the Crusader’s late attempt at a comeback.

Through the air, Davenport led the way for the Hawks with 3 catches for 42-yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. Senior receiver Thaddeus Richards went 29-yards off three receptions, while teammate senior receiver Neal Sterling had 27-yards off two catches. Fellow senior receiver Elijah Phillips, gained 15 yards for the Hawks off two catches.

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Despite Dominating Regulation, Hawks Tie Albany 1-1

mens-soccerThe men’s soccer team came away with a “disappointing” 1-1 tie when they played the University of Albany Great Danes on the Great Lawn on Friday, September 20. The Hawks dominated time of possession, as well as shots on goal, but could not capitalize enough to come away with a victory.

“It’s very disappointing,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I thought we really dominated the game and created a lot of scoring chances, but we just weren’t good enough in the final third to put the game away.”

As the first half began, the Hawks wasted no time trying and get the scoring started. With just about five minutes gone from the clock, MU freshman forward, Dave Nigro, gave a pass to senior forward, Francois “Paco” Navarro, that led him into the box. Navarro tried to cross the ball to a teammate, but an Albany defender was able to deflect the cross and clear it out of harm’s way.

Only a few moments later, in the 11th minute of play, the Hawks put more pressure on the Great Danes defense. Captain and senior midfielder, Joseph Schmid, started the attack when he stole possession from an Albany defender just outside the 16 yard line. Schmid sent a pass through the box that was knocked away by a Great Dane defender.

After the deflection MU junior defender, Derek Luke, was able to gain possession back for his team. Luke put another ball close to the net, but again, an Albany player deflected the ball and cleared it out of immediate danger.

The Hawks had another opportuninty chance to score in the 38th minute when Schmid gave a skillful lead pass to senior forward, Jacob Rubinstein. Rubinstein controlled the ball in the box, but the Albany back made a nice play with a slide tackle to dismiss the opportunity.

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Cross Country Dominates Race

Earns First and Second in MU’s 19th Annual Invitational

cross_countryThe University’s men and women cross country teams placed first and second respectively at the 19th Annual Monmouth Invitational on Saturday. The meet took place at MU’s home venue, Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ.

Holmdel is known by runners as one of the most difficult courses in the state due to the hills included in the race. As it acts as the Hawks home cross country track, the teams were fully prepared for the battle.

Totaling 41 points, the men were able to edge out Rider University, who totaled 42 points, for their first win at the meet since 2006. Junior Khari Bowen was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the men, placing second overall with a school record time of 26:20.70 for the five mile race.

“Khari still competed despite being sick all week,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “It was his first race since March and he broke a school record. That is a tremendous start for him and I’m excited to see what he can do when he is at 100 percent.”

Junior Alex Leight was not far behind Bowen, placing fifth overall with a time of 26:56.31. Sophomore Domenick D’Agostino, senior Anthony Branco, and junior Tommy Darlington all finished in the top 15 to round out the men’s top five. The top five for the men posted a 27:06 average for the race.

With the win, the men’s cross country team moved into the top-15 in the Mid-Atlantic region as they rank 14th in the region. This was announced on Monday, September 23 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation (USTFCCCA). MU is one of three New Jersey schools ranked and one of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schools ranked.

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SIDELINES: 9/25/2013

The University’s women’s soccer team improved their record to 7-1 as they topped the Niagra University Purple Eagles, 1-0 on Saturday, September 21.

The contest marked the women’s soccer team’s first game in their new conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Con­ference (MAAC).

Helping MU win their first encounter with a MAAC competi­tor was freshman Julie Spracklin who scored her first collegiate goal and the only goal in the game. Spracklin was fed by junior Breynn Collazo. MU outshot the Purple Eagles 19-4 and had an advantage for corner kicks, 12-3. The women next play against MAAC’s Canisius College on The Great Lawn at 1 pm. on Satur­day, September 28.

Field Hockey split their weekend with an 0-1 loss to Liberty University on Friday, September 20 and a 4-0 win over Towson University on Sunday, September 22. With the split, the team’s record stands at 2-5.

One positive note to come out of the Liberty loss was MU junior goalkeeper, Amanda Westerweller, recorded a career high 10 saves. MU was outshot 21-8 in the game and had four less corners than their opponent.

The team did not let the loss ruin their spirits, but instead let the loss act as motivation to get back on the field and dominate against the Towson Tigers. The Hawks outshot Towson 26-5 with four different players scoring each goal.

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Sailing Team Continues to Grow and Improve

When stranded at sea, most feel scared and nervous, but for Monmouth University’s sailing team, that is where they feel most at home.

“I just like being out on the water,” senior co-captain Matt Marciano explained. Marciano, a four year member of the sailing team, leads the team with fellow senior captain, Paul Stevens.

“My favorite part of being on the sailing team is that my best friends are on it too,” Stevens said. “I definitely prefer to sail with a teammate versus being alone. It’s nice to have someone to discuss tactics with, as well as chat with on those days of little to no wind.”

Coaching the team for the second consecutive year is Lee DiRubbio, an MU alumnus from the class of 1975.

“I have been sailing since I was a teen growing up on the Shrewsbury River. After retiring, this seemed like the perfect part time job for me,” Di Rubbio said. “I also belong to a yacht club where I race on offshore boats and am currently the Vice Commodore of the club.”

When Di Rubbio was an undergraduate student at the University, he was also part of the sailing program. He explained when he was a student, the sailing program was poorly developed and the team did not even have any boats. Even though the sailing program has improved much since those years, they have not met the varsity level requirements and are still declared as a club. Yet, Marciano does not feel the club label takes away from the team’s professionalism.

“It would be cool to have sailing become a varsity team but I like the club atmosphere. It’s not as regimented. There’s a lot of other stuff that comes with being a varsity team that we aren’t really into. The way we have it is more relaxed and more fun,” Marciano said.

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Football Can’t Get Over the Hill, Lose to Lehigh 28-25

football_cant_get_over_the_hillIn a game that had several lead changes and some late-game dramatics, Monmouth University’s football team lost their home opener, 28-25, to NCAA #19 Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Saturday, September 14. MU falls to 0-3 with the loss while Lehigh improves to 2-0.

“I thought what you saw was kind of a crazy game,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “The game had swings to it where both defenses were playing very well and then you had times where both offenses played extremely well.”

The Hawks’ offense provided a stellar performance with junior quarterback Brandon Hill completing 29-of-41 pass attempts for 316-yards and a touchdown.

Senior receiver Neal Sterling posted three career highs for receptions in a game (13), yards in a game (126-yards) and his longest catch from scrimmage with a 64 yard catch-and-run from Hill in the third quarter.

The running back duo of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante each rushed for +100 yards, led by Hayes’ 106-yard performance on 24 carries. Asante added 103-yards and a score on 7-carries. Junior receiver Eric Sumlin also contributed with 6 catches for 71 yards, as well as a run on a two-point conversion to pull the Hawks within 3 points in the third quarter.

The rushing performances of Hayes and Asante marks the first time since 2007 that the Hawks had two players surpass the 100 yard mark in a game, when alum Dave Sinisi (200) and Bobby Giles (119) did so against Sacred Heart.

While the team calculated for a total of 220 yards in the contest, only 53 yards came from the first half. At half time, the Hawks were losing, 14-10.

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Men’s Soccer 1-1 for the Weekend

Competes in third overtime game and gains first victory

mens_soccer_1-1_for_the_weekendThe Hawks earned their first win against the Villanova Wildcats at the Great Lawn on Wednesday, September 11. Sophomore midfielder Tomas Penfold scored within the first minute of overtime to finish the game with a score of 2-1.

In the first half, Villanova made the initial goal off a ball sent into the box by Wildcat Adetomiwa Adewole which found Wildcat, Oscar Umar, who was able to head the ball into the net.

MU came back to tie the game by the end of the first half in an unusual fashion. Sophomore midfielder, David Acuna Camacho kicked the ball towards the Villanova net from just about the midfield line. Wildcat goalie, Andrew Weakly, read the ball poorly and it bounced right over his head marking Camacho’s first collegiate goal.

“Scoring was pretty lucky,” Camacho said in regards to his tying goal. “Sometimes you just get luck but we needed the goal so I am very happy about it.”

Camacho acted as captain for the game after senior midfielder Joseph Schmid had to sit due to a red card in a previous match. Aware of the big responsibility which being captain entails, Camacho does not feel too much added pressure with his duty. Instead, he just hoped to lead his team in what he believes to be a great program.

As the first half came to a close, the Hawks were mostly on the offensive side with ten attempted shots made on Weakly. Villanova totaled one shot which also accounted for the only goal they scored.

The second half began and ended with the scoreboard reading the same numbers, 1-1. Villanova shot five times and Monmouth made six attempts in the half while Weakly made two saves on net. The Hawks junior goalkeeper, Stephen Graziani, made one save in the second half.

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Field Hockey Wins Home Opener Over Lehigh, 4-2

After a tough loss to nationally ranked #11 Temple University, the field hockey team concluded their four game road trip by competing in their home opener on Sunday, September 16. Taking on the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks at “So Sweet A Cat Field,” the MU Hawks claimed their first win of the season.

MU dominated the field in the first half, putting seven shots on goal. Senior defender Alex Carroll got the ball rolling as she scored the first goal off of a corner play fifteen minutes into the game. Shortly after, Lehigh forward Lindsey Schott got herself a two minute penalty putting the Mountain Hawks down a player on the field.

With good drive going, and a one player advantage, the Hawks scored again after Carroll passed the ball off to senior midfielder Trish O’Dwyer on another corner play. This gave MU a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half the Hawks got right back to work earning their third goal of the game after a Lehigh defender knocked the ball into her own goal. A yellow card on Mountain Hawks forward Caitlyn Mitchell gave the MU their second one player advantage which led to another goal by forward Chelsea Mann.  This was Mann’s first goal of the season putting the team up 4-0.

As the game began to come to a close, Lehigh got themselves back in the competition scoring two goals back to back with around ten minutes left on the clock.

The first was scored by Lehigh freshman Marissa Glatt after she deflected the ball in mid-air. Shortly after, MU fouled in the box setting up the penalty shot that would give Lehigh their second goal. With things getting a little too close for comfort, MU head coach Carli Figlio called a time-out to regroup. The Hawks were able to hold off the Mountain Hawks for the remainder of the game earning them their very first win of 2013. Their record stands at 1-4.

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Women’s Soccer Improves to 6-1

On Sunday night at 6 pm, the Hawks defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University by a score of 1-0. The contest not only marked the women’s soccer teams sixth win, but it also noted their final non-conference game of the season. The lone goal was scored in the 80th minute of play by senior forward Monique Plescia. With the win, the blue and white post their fifth shutout of the season.

The first half saw a lot of possession for the Hawks, despite their sluggish play. With a lot of the game being played at the midfield, both teams became rather frustrated.

“You just need to keep your head in the game,” Plescia said. “At the end of the day, champions find a way to win”.

The Hawks had an opportunity at the end of the first half to take the lead, with a penalty kick. However, FDU goalkeeper Sage DoVale made a sprawling save to her left keeping the game scoreless. Both teams could not connect on their final passes to gain an advantage and because of that the score was tied at 0-0 going at half. 

MU’s head coach Krissy Turner said, “At halftime I wasn’t very pleased, because I thought we were playing too slow. FDU was sitting back and giving us space and I think when teams do that you have to attack the spaces faster. I thought we were just too slow in our decision making.”

The second half began with MU pushing the tempo and making more appearances near the Knights’ net, but they could not yet score.

 With the end of the game in sight, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis collected the ball and punted it down the field towards senior midfielder Dana Costello. The ball bounced as Costello flicked a pass over her head and towards Plescia who was making a run to goal.

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USA Soccer Gaining Popularity

One Player Has Close Ties to MU

In America, the four big sports have always been baseball, football, hockey and basketball. As of recent, another sport has come into the picture. Led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, the United States Men’s Soccer team has seen unprecedented success in international play over the last six months.

“American players are continuing to compete with the best competition in the world. I think it’s pretty awesome how the U.S. team just qualified for the World Cup and are ranked 13th in the world. It shows that Soccer is on the rise in the United States,” Derek Luke, a defender for Monmouth University’s men’s soccer team said.

On August 14, the U.S. Men’s Soccer team won arguably their most impressive game when they defeated the 18th best team in world rankings, Bosnia and Herzegovina by a score of 4-3. The United States fell behind early in the game trailing 2-0 entering halftime.

In the second half, the United States overcame both the early deficit and a hostile environment in Sarajevo to score four straight goals while stifling Bosnia and Herzegovina’s potent attack.

Forward Jozy Alitdore led the U.S., scoring three goals and adding an assist to continue his rising status in the     soccer world. Altidore’s goal increased his goal-scoring streak to five games, which is a new United States Men’s Soccer record.

The win over Bosnia and Herzegovina extended the U.S. team’s winning streak to 12 games, which is a team record.

Also starring in the game was New Jersey native Michael Bradley who has become an integral piece of the United States’ roster. Bradley, who controls the pace of play from his center mid-field position, got the assist on Altidore’s game winning goal.

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Monmouth XC Makes Top Ten in Two Consecutive Races

mu_xc_makes_top_ten_two_racesThe Monmouth University’s men’s and women’s cross coun­try team began their season with high hopes and so far they have been answered. Competing in two races thus far, both the men and women have secured spots in the top five.

“I think with cross country, a big part of improving is looking at what kind of work the runners did in the summer,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said of his team’s success. “If they did their work in the summer, that can give them a chance to start off very well and that’s what we hope for. We have this mix of some great veterans like Amanda Eller and others and some freshmen who are making an impact right away.”

The team began their season on August 31 as they hosted the 10th annual Monmouth XC Kick-Off at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ. With six colleges in the contest, the women were assigned to the 4k while the men raced in the 6k.

Amanda Eller finished in first for the overall race, making this the third consecutive year she has placed in the top ten for the 4k women’s race at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off event. Five other teammates joined her in the top ten for women, all of which were freshmen.

“Bringing in a strong freshmen class was definitely a focus for us,” Compagni said of his young runners success thus far. “We want to do that in every area but especially on the women’s side.”

Senior captain Anthony Bran­co led the race for Monmouth’s men at the XC Kick-Off race as he took eighth place at the event as he crossed at 19:47.70. Close behind was junior Tommy Dar­lington who placed ninth over­all at 19:52.20 while junior Alex Leight took twelfth with a time of 19:57.5. Freshman Matt Nel­son came in 20th at 20:14.5. Rounding out MU’s top five men was sophomore Domenick D’Agostino who placed 23rd fin­ishing at 20:19.70.

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Men’s Soccer Ties Seton Hall in Double Overtime Thriller

mens_soccer_ties_seton_hallMonmouth University’s men’s soccer team tied their in-state rival Seton Hall University 1-1 in the Hawks home opener Fri­day night on the Great Lawn. Ju­nior defender Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang netted the Hawks lone goal while Mateusz Brela scored the lone goal for SHU. The two teams competed in front of 4,042 fans marking a new school record.

“I thought it was an interest­ing and exciting game,” said Monmouth Head Coach Rob­ert McCourt. “We still haven’t gotten our legs back from the (North) Carolina and Wake For­est trip so I thought we were a little flat at moments, but credit to Seton Hall they’re a good team and the made us look a lit­tle flat.”

The fast-paced first half saw several scoring chances for both sides, but neither team was able to score. Monmouth put pressure on Seton Hall early when senior forward Francois Navarro got a good look at the net with just under 38 minutes left in the half, but his shot went wide left and the score stayed even at 0-0.

MU’s best scoring opportunity came ten minutes later when the SHU goalkeeper saved a shot by Navarro, but senior forward Jacob Rubinstein recovered the rebound and put a shot on net. However, an SHU defender blocked the shot and cleared it out of immediate danger to keep the score knotted at zero.

Seton Hall had their best op­portunity to score with under a minute left in the half when an MU foul resulted in a free kick just outside of the box. The Hawks defense clamped down and was able to deflect the ball wide of the net to keep the game scoreless at halftime.

Things began to slow down at the beginning of the second half as both teams saw fewer scor­ing opportunities. The game remained 0-0 until the Pirates were finally able to break the scoreless tie in the 72nd minute when SHU’s Victor Manosalvas played a corner into the box that Brela was able to deflect on net.

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Football Adjusts to New Roster, New Schedule

football_adjusts_to_new_roster_new_scheduleWith a summer of off-season workouts and training camp over, the Hawks are finally back on the football field for the start of the 2013 season. However, this season will have a different feel and look to the schedule.

The Hawks are no longer a member of the Northeast Con­ference (NEC) for the first time since 1996. They declared their independence before resum­ing conference play in 2014 as a member of the Big South Con­ference.

Even though the players will have to adjustment to new op­ponents, no one will have a more difficult transition than Head Coach Kevin Callahan.

Entering his 21st season as head coach of the Hawks, Cal­lahan and his team will swap their Wagner and Robert Morris rivalry to those such as Coastal Carolina and Liberty.

“The program, since 1993, has come a long way since Eastern Massachusetts and Stonehill College and I think what we’ve seen over the first 20 years is steady growth and periods of growth,” Callahan said.

Familiar Hawks such as four year quarterback Kyle Frazier have departed due to graduation, so the Hawks will have a different look in terms of players. After none of the four potential quarterbacks took hold of the vacancy as the new signal-caller, the job was seized by Brandon Hill, a transfer QB from University of Massachusetts.

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Hawks Lose Second Straight, Fall to Liberty 45-15

football_adjusts_to_new_roster_new_scheduleThe University’s football team continued their losing streak this weekend at Lynchburg, VA as they fell to the Big South’s Lib­erty Flames, 45-15.

MU’s starting quarterback for the game was a newcomer from the University of Massachusetts, Brandon Hill. “This is kind of a different offense than what I’m used to,” Hill said. “It’s pretty much the same plays; they just have different terminologies.”

The Flames took advantage of Hill’s adjusting period by tak­ing hold of the game early on as they jumped ahead of the Hawks, 9-0. The Flames first scored via a safety within the first two min­utes of the game. They followed the safety with a five play, 56-yard touchdown after a failed attempt by MU to blitz.

MU reciprocated the gesture as Liberty attempted an onside kick which was picked up by sophomore tight end, Zach Fabel. Ultimately fifth year senior tight end for MU, Mike McLafferty, was able to find the end zone marking the clos­est MU would be to touching the Flames at 9-6.

Liberty displayed their talent under pressure to MU as they tal­lied 22 points by half time. Start­ing off the rally was a 28 yard pass followed by a 29 yard interception return and a 85 yard touchdown.

Although MU defense did not prevail in the game, they did not go unnoticed.

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