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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

We Have A Lot Of Story Yet To Tell | Maggie Zelinka's Senior Goodbye

robin williamsMy life has been nothing but an oxymoron. My name is Margaret Mary Zelinka and I grew up on Church Road in Cinnaminson, NJ. My name suggests I am a 92-year-old nun, but I am a 21-year-old college student. 

Although I pride myself on the fact that I am young, come graduation, I am going to feel like the 92-year-old my name suggests. My absolute greatest fear is growing up; I realize that this fear is merely wasted energy seeing as you cannot stop the aging process, but it is a fear nonetheless. I try to remind myself that even though you get older each day, you also get wiser, expand your horizon, and have fun.

With this said, I have met many people throughout college who have influenced me in those three fields. This next part is dedicated to them.

The Outlook: This is my fourth year with The Outlook and no group of editors comes close to this year’s. From IBDonJulio to Stinky, we have had a fair share of strange moments. Fab, we will never be on par with Vanilla Ice, but do we really want to be? I will miss eating the pizza toppings with you. Erin, you brighten my life with your sass and your love for 1D. Victoria, you are bitter and I actually find it very refreshing. Bri, the designs have changed so drastically and it is all because of you. Sandy, you are the best listener. Kyle, I couldn’t have made it without you. Bye Bubba. 

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And with this, I bid you adieu | Kyle Walter's Senior Goodbye

familyIn my three years writing for The Outlook I always thought this would be the easiest article for me to write. That definitely is not the case. My time at Monmouth has given me so much to be grateful for and so many people to thank that there’s no way I could fit it all into one story, but I’ll try my best here.

Mom and Dad: What can I say? I couldn’t imagine having better parents. Your love, support, and wisdom has guided me throughout my life and helped me more than I can put into words. Simply knowing you guys are here for me has given me more strength and confidence than you could imagine. From the time you were my age until now both of you have done whatever it takes to give me, Andrew, and Jenna the opportunity to pursue our dreams, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. Whether it was getting up early every Sunday and heading to the baseball field with dad or watching unlimited movies and eating way to much candy at Blockbuster with mom you guys have given me memories I’ll cherish forever. When I grow old and have children of my own I can only hope they’ll have as much love, admiration, and appreciation for me as I have for you.

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Track and Field Make Strides in Three-Day Weekend

taylor johnsonThe Monmouth track and field team ran at the Penn Relays and the Lehigh Games, with many Hawks winning events throughout the three days.

On the first day of Penn Relays senior captain Taylor Johnson won the college women’s discus with a throw of 170’9.25”. Her throw breaks the school record of 167’9.75” which she set by winning the Northeast Conference Championships in 2013, and is one of the top throws in the East this year. 

“It felt great to hit a season best and solidify a spot for NCAAs,” Johnson said “There were a lot of girls in my flight who’ve hit great marks in the past, I was excited to compete against such tough competition.” 

Johnson moved into the lead on her fifth throw, winning the event by seven inches. Johnson’s day was not done as she went on to finish 11th in the college women’s hammer with a 167’1” throw, and also hit 42’6” in the college women’s shot put.

“We had a few events where we didn’t execute as well as we should have, but Taylor had a tremendous day and our women’s 4x400 did an excellent job as well,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni on MU’s opening day at the Penn Relays.

The women’s 4x400 team also were heat winners, with sophomore Tionna Garner, sophomore Antoinette Isekenegbe, sophomore Nia Driver and senior Kate Frye winning their section in a time of 3:53.89. This marks the seventh time since 2006 that the Monmouth women have won their section of the 4x400 relay. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Clinch Spot in MAAC Tournament

zachWith their 14-5 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday, April 25 the men’s lacrosse team clinched the four seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament in just their second season at the varsity level. 

“I am proud of my staff and guys for the effort today in getting a win and securing our first conference tournament berth,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher. “I couldn’t be more excited for our guys, and happy for our senior that we had the opportunity to extend our season and get another game.” 

Sophomore Chris Daly scored two goals and also recorded three assists for a team high five-points on the contest. Daly is currently second on the Hawks in goals scored (11) assists (8), and total points (19) this season. Senior Ryan Schwartz led MU with three goals for the game on five shot attempts. 

Freshman Bryce Wasserman had one assist in the win, and that pushed his team leading point total to 31 on the season. Wasserman leads the Hawks in both goals and assists this year with 21 and ten respectively. 

Things were quiet early as neither team was able to score through the first nine minutes of play. Daly finally broke the scoreless tie with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter when he took a pass from Wasserman and beat the Manhattan keeper to give MU a 1-0 lead.

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Profile: John Jack(ed)man

jackIf you have ever have been at the University’s fitness center, you definitely know who John Jackman is.

Born in Keansburg, NJ, Jackman is more commonly known around the University as Jack. It comes as no surprise that Jack is a fitness enthusiast as he is the Director of the University’s Fitness Center; however, most students do not realize just how much he cares about fitness.

“I competed in body building for 10 years,” Jackman said. “I wasn’t much in to team sports, so at 11-years-old, I decided to become a body builder.”

The year was 1976 and an 11-year-old Jackman was determined to mimic the physique of the Hulk. He began by lifting in his friend’s house for the next three years before he took to the Flamingo Gym.

“Gyms were Rocky type gyms and kids were not expected to just walk in, but I eventually did.” Jackman continued. “It was all men, girls did not work out then. They probably weren’t comfortable; I wasn’t even comfortable at first.”

The Flamingo Gym was by no means a typical modern day gym. The gym where Jackman planted his roots was located in the back of a bar and filled with intimidating bulked-up men.

It was at this gym where Jackman met his weight training mentor Tom Bizocco, a man who won the Mr. New Jersey title in 1975.

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MU Builds Intriguing ‘Mob’ Affiliation

The Monmouth Mob has been revamped from head to toe. Due to recent changes, the University’s official athletic support team is poised for an interesting 2015-2016 season. 

In traditional “Mob” form, this coming year, you have to give a little to get a little. In the past, there was no sign up fee and no substantial benefits for students in the MU fan section. Come fall, that will all change. 

“We’re trying to build a connection between athletics and the student body to increase attendance at games, increase awareness, and to basically help our student body be more involved with our athletic programs on campus,” said Assistant Athletics Director and head of ticketing, Tony White.  

Beginning immediately, prospective Monmouth Mob members will be asked to pay a $20 fee to join the supporters section which will last straight through the 2015-2016 seasons. 

Yes, it’s going to cost you this year, and you may very well have wrote off getting involved with the Mob already. But there are two sides to every story and the benefits from becoming a member might just be all too enticing to pass up. 

For starters, each Monmouth Mob member will get two tickets to any men’s/women’s basketball game along with lower bowl seating in exclusive Mob sanctioned seating for both basketball and football games. Each member will also receive a Monmouth Mob tee shirt and a Blue and White Club window decal. Fan busses to select MU games will be provided for Mob members as well. 

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SIDE LINES: 4/29/15

For the third time this season, junior Kristina Vangeli has been named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week. Vangeli played a key role in the Hawks’ two wins over Iona and Niagara this past week. 

The junior led the team with four turnovers, five ground balls, and seven draw controls in the two wins to help MU advance to the semi-finals of this years MAAC Tournament where they will take on second-seeded Fairfield Friday, May 1. 

Sophomore Chris Daly was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for his five-point effort in the Hawk’s 14-5 win over Manhattan this past Saturday, April 25. 

Daly recorded two goals and three assists in the victory, and helped MU clinch a postseason birth in their second season at the varsity level. The sophomore is currently second on the team in points, goals, and assists with 19, 11, and 8 respectively.  

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Track & Field Divide Team to Compete in Three Meets

track grahamThe Monmouth track and field team competed at the Moravian Greyhound Invitational Saturday, with a small group competing at the University of Virginia, and a group at the Larry Ellis Invite hosted by Princeton University.

Junior Ahmier Dupree won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.55 seconds a personal best and a school. Freshman Bryan Sosoo came in third with a personal best of 10.69 to qualify for IC4A’s, with junior Eric Kahana in fourth. Sosoo was also sixth in the 200, with Kahana eighth. Sophomore Malcolm Chavis qualified for IC4A’s with his first place finish in the 400, running a personal best of 47.55 seconds. Junior John Malespina took fifth in the 400 running 49.02 a season personal best. 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.45 seconds, while junior Stephen Adkisson took fourth after a shaky start. Ferguson also took a second place finish in the 400 hurdles, running 53.64 seconds. 

“It was a great day at a great track and it really showed in the team performances with the sprinters alone having 32 personal or season bests, it shows that we are ready for MAAC championship meet in two weeks,” Ferguson said.

Junior Conner Fuller won the 3k Steeple, finishing in 9:28.59 with teammate Tommy Darlington taking sixth, after a slip into the water.

In the field events, senior Erik Anderson won the high jump with a mark of 6’8”, with sophomore Daniel Jefferson in sixth. Junior Liam Vogt finished third in the long jump with a jump of 23’3.50” and placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 45’1.50”, with Sosoo in sixth. 

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Softball Splits Conference Doubleheader

softball picThe University’s softball team split a conference doubleheader with the Fairfield Stags on Sunday, April 19 at MU Softball Park. 

Game 1 saw MU enjoy a 8-0 victory while the Stags got their revenge in Game 2 with a 10-2 win. The split moves the Hawks’ record to 11-19 (7-5 MAAC).

Freshman Amanda Riley started for the Hawks in Game 1 and limited the Stags to three hits in her complete game victory. The Californian native has the lowest ERA on her team at 4.58 and is tied with senior Breanna Sniffen for most wins with four.

Freshman Chloe Howerth led the team offensively in Game 1 batting 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, and a walk. All but three starters had hits for the Hawks. 

MU helped Riley early in the game with a one run first inning to get on the board. Howerth drew a walk to get on the base path and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior Ashalynn Umiamaka singled to right to bring Howerth home.

The Hawks furthered their lead to six in the second inning. Senior Vanessa Cardoza started the rally with a solo shot to left field. With one out and the bases loaded, Umiamaka walked to score junior Nikki Sandelier. Sophomore Justene Reyes doubled to center to clear the bases.

The Hawks scored their eighth run of the game in the following inning. Howerth doubled down the left field line to bring home Redmond.

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The Three Highest Revenue Making Leagues


The sports industry is one of the largest growing and most entertaining business endeavors across the globe. As a multi-billion dollar business, professional sports have also become on of the most stable businesses known to current times. Athletes, members of the front office, and other franchise workers get paid through memorabilia, ticket sales, and sponsorships to create an endless cycle of financial transactions.

With all the fans’ attention focused on the talent, one can often forget what lies beyond this statistics. Which professional American sports league pays their athletes the most money? Which generates the most revenue?

It comes as no surprise that the National Football League generates the most money. During 2013, the NFL received $1.07 billion from sponsorship deals alone. This marked a 5.7 percent increase from the previous 2012 season. Eric Chemi of Bloomberg magazine reported that the NFL made more than $9 billion during the 2014 season.

NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has presided over the league since 2006 and since then, has overcome many trials such as the newly found research on concussions. Despite these obstacles, Goodell went on record and said that by 2027, the NFL will post a revenue of $25 billion per year.

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Sharknado: The Real Deal

Surf PictureTrends reoccur and history repeats itself. Have you heard that before? Sure you have. The fact of the matter is that Kelly Slater will surely win another world title and the fish tail will never die. So why do we ignore history? If something has happened before, is it not bound to happen once again?

The year was 1916. Long before Jaws would ever air on the big screen, a briny man-eater lurked along the coast of NJ. The start of the summer season also signified the launch of a series of bloody shark attacks. Beaches were crowded, children played and laughter filled the salty air on the day the monster chose his first victim. 

It all started in the coastal town of Beach Haven, a young Penn graduate by the name of Charles E. Vansant was violently attacked and killed on July 1, 1916. Reports were filed and the mourning began to commemorate this young man and his freak accident. However, a mere five days later and 45 miles north, the killer claimed his second victim. There was cause for alarm, but no one expected where the deadly shark would strike next.

A retired fishing boat captain by the name of Thomas Cattrell spotted the beast swimming inland toward the Matawan creek. Quickly, he ran into the nearby town to warn them of impending doom.  His cries for action were dismissed.

On July 12, 11-year-old Lester Stillwell was attacked in the Matawan creek.  The boy had no chance, and when an unassuming passerby heard Stillwell’s blood-curdling shrieks for assistance the man dove right in.

“Stanley Fischer attempted to pull the bloody body away from the shark and was also attacked. He died a few hours later at Monmouth Hospital in Long Branch,” according to

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Men’s Lacrosse lose to QU; One Game Left

 The Hawks lost by a mere goal against conference opponent Quinnipiac of Saturday, April 18. MU senior Ryan Schwartz was the Hawks main scorer contributing two goals and an assist. Sophomore Zack Schliecher also made his presence on the field known with one goal and an assist. A late rally by the Bobcats had the Hawks see a final score as a 9-8 loss. This marks the Hawks fifth goal of the season that has been decided by one goal. 

QU outscored MU 6-1 in the second half, who at one point during plays led 7-3 before intermission. The two teams were rather even offensively with QU only outshooting MU by one.

The Hawks appeared well prepared for the match and soon had a 2-0 lead with unassisted goals from Schliecher and Schwartz. The Bobcats then saw an unassisted goal of their own from Steve Bryant to make it a 2-1 game. Sophomore Eric Berger brought the difference back to two by means of unassisted score with 2:55 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats retaliated and got within one, but prior to halftime, the Hawks scored four goals of their own. 

During this streak, freshman Bryce Wasserman scored his 21st goal of the year while Schwartz assisted on sophomore Chris Daly’s ninth goal. Sophomore Jayson Bevacqua’s had his second career assist on Kevin Murphy’s goal while Schwartz found the net with 59 seconds remaining to pull the Hawks ahead, 7-3, at the end of the half.

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SIDE LINES: 4/22/15

After sweeping in-state rivals St. Peter’s and Rider 7-0 and 6-0 respectively, the men’s tennis team clinched the number one seed in the upcoming MAAC Championship. With the victories MU finished undefeated at home for the second straight season. The Hawks then claimed the MAAC regular eason title with another shutout win over Fairfield on Monday, April 20. 

The men’s golf team earned a fourth place finish at La Salle’s Finegan Invitation. Kyle Deisher was four over par for the tournament to lead the Hawks. The junior shot rounds of 73 and 71, which was good enough for a top ten overall finish. MU has it hits stride recently, and heads into the MAAC Championships coming off six-consecutive rounds shooting 300 or better. 

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Monmouth Versus Rutgers: Who Really Runs NJ Athletics?

baseball for page 22Rutgers University has consistently set the bar for division one collegiate athletics in NJ. Whether it be because of its involvement in a nationally recognized conference like the BIG 10 or their countless championships from their time in the Big East, Rutgers has been the standard. As the lone NJ. representative in FBS football, the Scarlet Knights have cast a shadow over most other in state division one schools. 

But could the tides be turning? Could Rutgers be stepping aside to a greater collegiate power in NJ? You be the judge. 

MU has given Rutgers a run for their money as of late. Over the course of the 2014-2015 collegiate season, the Hawks have come out on top in the majority of the meetings between the two universities. MU has gotten the better of the Scarlet Knights in, baseball, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and field hockey.

The Hawks were narrowly denied another win over Rutgers in a tightly contested men’s basketball game in West Long Branch, NJ. In front of a sell-out crowd at the Multi-purpose Activities Center, the Hawks led for over 30 minutes only to be ousted by a last second shot which gave the Scarlet Knights a dramatic come from behind win. 

“We’ve had a great amount of success against Rutgers,” said Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Dr. Marilyn McNeil. “I think it’s a very good in-state rival, I think it makes sense to have the big public school and the little private school match up, and for us to come out on top is really sweet.” 

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Track and Field Looks Strong at Princeton

track and fieldThe University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at Princeton University on Saturday where both teams finished second to Princeton, with many Hawks having strong races.

Junior Connor Fuller won the steeplechase with a time of 9:36.17, as senior Tommy Darlington took third. Junior Graham Huggins-Filozof  finished second in the 1500 with a time of 3:57.31. Senior Andrew Langille scored in the 800.  Senior Jalen Walker took third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.52. 

The Hawks took the top three spots in the 400, with sophomore Malcolm Chavis taking first running 48.62 seconds a personal best. Sophomore Dylan Capwell and senior captain Ben Boyd finished second and third. Junior Ahmier Dupree won the 100 with a time of 10.72 seconds. Dupree also won the 200 with a time of 21.70, while junior Eric Kahana also scored. MU’s men’s 4x400 relay won the event with a time of 3:16.72.

Sophmore Troy Andretta came in third in the hammer throw with a distance of 177’1”. Senior Taylor Bernstein took second with a shot put of 56’10.25”, with junior Tevin Kirby-Stewart taking fourth with a throw of 54’8.75 

Two Hawks scored in the javelin, with senior Zach Torrell taking second with 193’2” and  freshman William Civatte coming in fourth. Three Hawks placed in the discus, as Bernstein and Kirby-Stewart went two-three and freshman Corey Murphy finished fourth.

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Sterling Impresses NFL Recruits at Pro Day

NealSterling2Miles Austin, Jose Gumbs, Chris Hogan: all former Hawks who continued to make names for themselves in the game of football. Since former Monmouth star Miles Austin found his way from the Jersey Shore to Dallas, TX, the NFL Draft process has found its way to West Long Branch, NJ. 

Last year, the turnout for Monmouth’s Pro Day was not as extreme, but did feature cornerback Tevrin Brandon who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and went on  to land himself a deal with the Denver Broncos. This year has been a record- breaking year for MU with NFL representatives, 19 to be exact, making their way to Wall, NJ to watch 11 of the small school’s athletes show what they can do. 

Neal Sterling, 6’3” and 238 pounds, was this year’s headliner. 

A fifth-year senior wide receiver and a star player for the Hawks’ offense, it didn’t take long for Sterling to realize what more can come to him from the game. With this year’s season ending, Sterling went out catching 55 passes for 905 yards and six touchdowns, helping the team finish 6-5 in their first season as members of the Big South Conference. Once the season came to an end it was time for Sterling’s next step for a career to begin. 

Sterling set out and looked for an agent, who he had a difficult time choosing at first because of all the offers and promises of what they can do for him. He decided on agent Dave Butz, who then sent Sterling down to begin training at a multipurpose facility in Pensacola, FL called EXOS which specializes in performance assessment training. Sterling kicked off the new year with training beginning on Jan. 3 and work outs six days a week and double sessions which continued up to just the weekend before Monmouth’s Pro Day on Tuesday, March 10.

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MU Appoints Swim Teams’ Head Coach

In November, Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil, after consulting with the University’s Trustees, announced that the men’s and women’s swimming programs would be reintroduced as NCAA Division I sports at the school. Today, Monmouth has announced that Monmouth County native Matt Nunnally, who has coached at the Division I level for 20 years, has been appointed the head coach of the reintroduced men’s and women’s swimming programs.

McNeil stated, “We are excited to have Matt join the Monmouth family. He has wonderful Shore roots, plus the excellent Division I experience to allow him to lead our swimming program into its successful future.”

A native of Avon by the Sea, Nunnally comes to Monmouth after spending 15 seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s swim teams at his alma mater, La Salle University. After a distinguished career as a student-athlete at La Salle, Nunnally returned to his alma mater in 1999 after serving five years as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University.

During the 2008-09 season, Nunnally coached the men’s and women’s teams to a No. 21 ranking in the Mid-Major Division I polls. Three years prior, during the 2005-06 season, he led the men’s team to a No. 25 national ranking in the final polls, climbing as high as number 13. In 2010, the men’s team was ranked as high as 12 in the CSCAA Mid-Major Poll. Aside from keeping his teams competitive in the pool, Nunnally has also coached numerous Academic All-America teams while at La Salle.

Since 2010, 30 school records have fallen at La Salle and 10 Atlantic 10 champions have been crowned under Nunnally’s command, while he was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women’s Coach of the Year. At the 2012 Atlantic 10 Champs, Nunnally produced gold medal winners in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, the 1650, and the men’s 200 medley relay which was also an NCAA “B” cut.

Since his graduation from La Salle, Nunnally, a 27-year veteran lifeguard at Bradley Beach, captured his third National Lifeguarding Championship high point award in Cape May. His previous titles were captured in San Diego (2000) and Cape May (1999).

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SIDE LINES: 4/15/15

The women’s tennis team moved to 2-13 on the season after splitting this past weekends matches against George Mason and Manhattan. MU first fell to George Mason 6-1 on Saturday, April 11 before bouncing back and beating MAAC foe Manhattan 5-2 the very next day. The Hawks will host Quinnipiac this Saturday, April 18 in another conference showdown set for 11:00 am

The men’s tennis team had its five game winning streak snapped after falling to Penn State 6-1 this past Sunday, April 12. With the loss MU falls to 9-8 overall on the season. Senior Victor Pugliese captured the Hawks only match win with his straight set victory in the number one singles position. MU next hosts Marist on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:30 pm. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Remain Undefeated in Conference

Olivia HigsonThe women’s lacrosse team extended their winning streak to five games this past week to improve to 8-3 overall on the season, and are currently tied with Fairfield and Canisius for first place in the MAAC at 3-0.

MU first overcame an early four goal deficit on the road at Quinnipiac to earn a thrilling 11-10 overtime win over the Bobcats. Sophomore Olivia Higson and junior Marial Pierce led the Hawks’ attack with three goals apiece, and Higson added an assist as well. Senior midfielder Allison Stathius also scored multiple goals with two and added an assist of her own. 

“I was very proud of how we came back,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “Once we started to come back, we worked hard to get the draw and then made some great plays to get possession back and tie it. I was really pleased in overtime that we were composed, got the draw and maintained possession long enough to make a couple of big plays when we needed to.”  

Trailing 5-1 with just under ten minutes to play in the first period the Hawks were able to stay composed and battle their way back. Behind two goals from Stathius MU outscored the Bobcats 4-1 over the remaining of the period, and headed into the half trailing by only one. 

The contest remained close throughout the second period. Quinnipiac briefly increased their lead to two with 25 minutes remaining in regulation, but just over a minute later sophomore Claudia LaMarca responded with a score to cut the lead back to one. 

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Baseball Loses Series to Quinnipiac Bobcats

TJ Hunt james remeThe baseball team lost two out of three games to conference rivals, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, this past weekend. The Hawks started their weekend by splitting a doubleheader on Saturday and losing their final game, 5-3, on Monday. 

Saturday began with a 9-0 loss to the Bobcats. In unusual fashion, senior right hander Chris McKenna went five innings allowing six runs, three of which were earned, off 11 hits. After facing 27 batters, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt replaced McKenna with senior righthander Adam Yunginger. Yunginger pitched the following three innings permitting three earned runs on five hits. Senior right hander Charlie Battis shut down the Bobcats’ offense with a solid ninth inning appearance. QU’s starter Thomas Jankins and reliever Taylor Luciani held the Hawks to two hits, one from junior Christian Holland and the other from sophomore Grant Lamberton.

The Bobcats saw four starters go 3-for-5 and accumulate a total of six runs. Batting clean-up for the Bobcats was Vincent Guglietti who contributed for four RBI’s and hit a double. QU’s Scott Donaghue also hit a double and scored three runs.

QU took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first and furthered their lead by another run in the top of the second. The Bobcats broke the game open in the third when they scored three more runs to make the score 6-0. With one out in the inning, John Bodenhamer started the rally when he reached first on an error. Two consecutive singles from Matt Oestreicher and Ben Gibson loaded the bases. Bodenhamer reached home on a sacrifice fly; Gibson and Oestreicher moved second and third base, respectively. With two on, Mike Palladino ripped a single down the left field line to plate both Gibson and Oestreicher.

MU was able to hold the QU offense for the next two innings, but by the top of the sixth, the score was 7-0. The final runs of the game came in the eighth inning courtesy of Guglietti’s two-RBI double. 

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Track and Field Competes in Two Events

track and field picColonial Relays

The Monmouth University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams were at two different meets this weekend, with half the team competing at the Colonial Relays for track events and the Liberty Collegiate Invitational for field events.

At the Colonial Relays competing in just track events while the field event athletes were at Liberty, the women finished 11th and the men 12th of more than 50 colleges. The men’s 4x800 group of Senior Andrew Langille, senior Alex Leight, junior Domenick D’Agostino, and sophmore Dylan Capwell ran a IC4A qualifying time of 7:32 to win.

Also qualifying for IC4A’s was the men’s 4x100 team of senior Jalen, freshman Bryan Sosoo, junior Eric Kahana, and junior Ahmier Dupree finishing fifth with a time of 41.97. The men’s spring medley relay of Dupree, Kahana, junior John Malespina and senior captain Ben Boyd ran 3:28.84 for third. Walker took third in the 110 hurdles with a personal best of 14.36 seconds.

“This weekend was a great experience to compete with good competition, allowing me to see where I am at this point in the season, and what I need to improve on going forward,” Walker said.

Running one of the top times in Monmouth history was the 4x1500 team of junior Graham Huggins-Filozof, senior Khari Bowen, junior Kevin French and junior Zach Iannarelli took eighth in 16:22.22. Langille also took sixth in the 800 at 1:53, and D’Agostino was seventh in the 1500 with a time of 3:52. Huggins-Filozof also finished 10th in the steeple in his first time in the event.

For the women, the 4x1500 won for the first time in school history, with the second best time in school history of 19:17, was the relay team of sophomore Molly McKeon, freshman Danielle Leavitt, junior Sydney Engelberger and senior Mackenzie. The 4x800 of freshman Allie Wilson, junior Kendal Hand, sophomore Jenna Cupp, and sophomore Tionna Garner took second overall with an ECAC qualifying time of 8:57.63, the second fastest time in school history. 

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Wasserman Sets Record in Hawks Win

bryce wassermanFreshman Bryce Wasserman made six goals to help the men’s lacrosse team see a 10-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) win over the Canisius Golden Griffs on Saturday afternoon at Monmouth Stadium. Three of Wasserman’s six goals were scored in the fourth quarter giving the freshman a new career high. 

Not only had Wasserman set personal records, but he also set program records while facing Canisius. Wasserman, who has scored at least a point in all ten games so far this season, set a new program-record for the Hawks’ with his six goals and seven points in a single-game against Canisius. Wasserman has accumulated 12 points in the last two games, and is leading MU with 19 goals and 26 points. With the win, the Hawks now move to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the MAAC conference. 

“I am proud of the guys and the way in which we prepared this week after a tough loss on Tuesday night, to come back and earn the victory today,” stated head coach Brian Fisher

Canisius came out at the start of the game strong, scoring the first goal in the contest and led the Hawks throughout most of the first quarter.

Sophomore Chris Daly  helped the Hawks take back the game as he turned a pass from Wasserman into a goal with 2:31 left in the quarter. 

Wasserman, senior Zach Johannes, and senior Ryan Schwartz all contributed to the Hawks’ score and held a one-goal advantage until Wasserman scored with 2:11 remaining in the seven-goal second period. With Wasserman’s goal, MU secured a 5-3 edge over the Golden griggs. The Hawks eventually led 5-4 at half. 

Wasserman came out ready again at the beginning of the third quarter, with an unassisted goal for the Hawks. Canisius answered back as Tim Edwards assisted an Adam Huber tally to cut his team’s deficit. 

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Hawks lead 6-5 before senior John Castellano and Wasserman each scored unassisted goals to put MU ahead 8-5 with 10:08 remaining. 

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SIDE LINES: 4/8/15

Junior Marial Pierce was named the MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. In the Hawks’ overtime win over Quinnipiac Pierce scored three goals, including the game winner with just over five minutes to play. Pierce led MU in goals, total points, groundballs, draw controls, and caused turnovers over the course of the week.

Bryce Wasserman has been named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Hawks two games last week. The freshman recorded 12 total points, including nine goals, during the stretch to help the Hawks move to five and five overall and 2-1 in conference play. He has at least one point in every game this season, and currently leads the team with 19 goals, seven assists, and 26 total points. 

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Softball Team Splits Series at Rider

pitcher syndey softballAfter Monmouth’s first loss against the Broncs Sunday afternoon, junior Jill Freese hit a home run, two doubles, three RBI’s and three runs in Game 2 securing the Hawks’ second win at Herb and Joan Young Field. 

Rider brought in three runs during the bottom of the sixth inning to win Game 1 with a score of 3-1. The Hawks then came back with a 12-9 win. With the split on Sunday, MU now stands 5-12 overall and 1-1 in the conference. 

Senior Vanessa Cardoza, senior Kayleena Flores and junior Emma Hill all added three hits each during the doubleheader. Hill also saw the plate twice and added an additional stolen base as well as an RBI. Freshman Ashalynn Umiamaka added two hits as well as doubling, driving in two and scoring once. Sophomore Rachel Shotzbarger also had two hits, an RBI and one run scored. 

Freshman Chloe Howerth doubled, drove in two and scored a run while sophomore Justine Reyes added a base hit, two RBI’s and a run of her own. Junior Raelynn Galindo helped the cause with a two-run single.

Sophomore southpaw Sydney Underhill pitched eight innings throughout the two games. During Game 1, she allowed three unearned runs, however, she was awarded the save in Game 2 with a bases loaded, no outs situation during the sixth inning. Overall, she gave up four runs. Game 1 saw the Hawks pull ahead of Rider in the top of the first with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Hill’s movement on the base path. The junior from Montana singled, stole second base, took third then found home plate with a RBI from Umiamaka. The game was at a standstill until the Broncs plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Rider’s Gina McCool tied the game with a single to right field. With two outs, Rider’s Allysen Breeden hit a two-run single up the middle which brought in the Broncs’ victory. 

It was the Broncs who gained an early lead in Game 2 thanks to Emily Cottrell’s two-out RBI single to left field. MU kept silent until the top of the third when they brought home four runs. 

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Baseball Wins First Conference Series of the Year

chris mckenna backpageThe University’s baseball team took two of three from Manhattan over the weekend to improve to 5-12 overall (2-1 in the MAAC) on the season. 

MU first got an extra-inning win over the Jaspers on Saturday, March 28. The Hawks came away with a 5-4 win in thirteen innings, and the victory was also Head Coach Dean Ehehalt’s 600th of his career. 

However, Ehehalt, currently in his 22nd season at Monmouth, wasn’t too focused on the milestone. 

“600 is great and I’ll talk about that in a couple years, but I don’t get caught up in all that stuff,” Ehehalt said. “Right now I’m happy for our guys. They battled, and that was a wild game with great plays made on both sides.”

The Hawks’ pitching was very impressive for the game, but their defense was sloppy at points. All four of Manhattan’s runs were unearned as the Hawks committed three errors for the game.

Senior Chris McKenna got the start for MU and allowed only three hits over eight innings of work, including six strikeouts, while freshman Justin Andrews pitched in with four innings of work in relief. Andrews struck out two and allowed one unearned run on two hits. Freshman Mike Brambilla was the third MU pitcher used, and managed to get the win after one scoreless inning in which he allowed one hit.  

Leading the way offensively for MU was junior DH Cary Jacobson. Jacobson was three for six with one RBI, and also scored two runs for the Hawks. Dan Shea and Shaine Hughes each chipped in with two hits on the afternoon. 

Heading into the bottom of the third the Hawks found themselves down 2-1 before taking the lead in the inning. Seniors Steve Wilgus and Kyle Perry got things started for MU when they reached base on errors. Hughes then advanced the two runners into scoring position where Wilgus eventually scored on a Chris Gaetano groundout and Perry on an infield hit from Jacobson to put MU in front 3-2. 

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Track and Field Begin Outdoor Season

geordan ferguson winning the 400 hurdleThe Monmouth University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams hosted the 20th Annual Monmouth Season Opener on Saturday, March 28. Several Hawks displayed good performances, as the men won the overall event and the women finished in second.

The men went 11-0 in dual meet scoring to extend their home win streak that started in 1996. The women finished 10-1 in the dual meet scoring, falling only to Bucknell.

“This was a great early season test where we had to deal with the elements as we always do outdoors,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “The times and marks will improve a lot in the weeks ahead, but in most places our team competed with the intensity that we need.” 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 400 meter hurdles on the men’s side in 55.43 seconds. “This was a great opportunity being at home. Even with not so ideal weather conditions the team tried their best as a whole which shows a lot about us,” Ferguson said. 

He then went one-two with senior teammate Jalen Walker in the 110 hurdles, as the pair finished in 14.59 and 14.81 seconds consecutively. 

Senior captain Ben Boyd took first in the 400m in 48.70 seconds, with freshman teammate Malcolm Chavis in third. The top three finishers in the 100m were all Hawks, led by junior Ahmier Dupree running 10.85, freshman Bryan Sosoo in second at 10.91, and junior Eric Kahana at 10.94. Dupree and Kahana placed first and second again in the 200m, finishing in 21.88 and 22.16 seconds.

Sophomore Matt Nelson helped MU stay dominant in the meet as he took first place in the 10,000 meter run at 32:29.47. Junior Domenick D’Agostino won the 3,000 meter in 8:45.12. In the 1500 meter run, junior Graham Huggins-Filozof came in fourth with 4:02.27, while senior Khari Bowen placed seventh. 

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MU Surfers Hit Florida Over Break

surfingSpring has sprung here in the Garden State.  Yes, the greens are greener, the sun is sunnier and the snow is just as cold…  While most of our friends at Monmouth University ushered in the new season with an unwelcomed snowstorm, the lucky ones headed south in search of board short weather. 

“Spring break led us to Florida, where we met up with the boys from Jersey who spend their time studying at Flagler college,” said freshman Andrew Moon as he recapped his journey. “We got super lucky and had a long period swell come through while we were there which allowed us to enjoy warm water accompanied by waves.”

Moon travelled with a close friend and fellow Monmouth surfer, sophomore Tyler Sankey, who was just as excited about their experience.

“We surfed, hung out on the beach, and surfed some more.  Overall good vibes, and good food there too, it was pretty cool seeing that part of Florida for the first time,” said Sankey.  

Despite leaving home for spring break, Jersey kept on doing its thing. While Moon and Sankey enjoyed themselves in the sun, freshman Paul Kelly reaped the rewards of the final winter swells of the year.

“Luckily enough I found [some waves], and surfed all day with my brother and a few of my friends. For me it was easily the best swell of the year, it was so good at home, I still can’t get over it,” said Kelly.

The stories continue and school starts back up for the final stretch of spring semester .

So what? It was a good spring break for those that travelled; it was good for those that stayed home in NJ, but what’s next?

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SIDE LINES: 4/1/15

Former Hawk, Miles Austin agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Moday, March 30. 

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Austin will receive $2.3 million in base salary with another $700,000 in incentives.

The men’s tennis team recorded their third straight shut-out on Sunday afternoon at the Hofstra Outdoor Tennis Center. The 4-0 victory against Hofstra brings the team to an even 7-7 record.

Junior Ramy Bekhiet and freshman Ale Gomez Estrada secured an 8-2 win at No. 2, while sophomores Christian Vieira and Luke Adamus also had an 8-2 win at No. 3. Bekhiet pushed the Hawks to a 2-0 lead with his singles victory at No. 6. Sophomore Vidit Vaghela had a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4. Gomez Estrada clinched finished Hofstra off with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3.

Sophomore guard Justin Robinson was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District I Second Team on Friday, March 27.

Robinson had reached double-digits in scoring 24 times this season, had 120 assists and 56 steals. He averaged 32.2 minutes per game.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins 2 of 3 Over Break

WLax2The women’s lacrosse team spent their spring break unlike typical college students as they versed three difficult teams across the country. 

The team sparked their three game excursion with a 14-11 loss to Saint Joseph’s University on Saturday, March 14. SJU got off to an early start courtesy of Nora McCallion who had two goals within the first five minutes of play. Within ten minutes of the opening whistle, SJU was winning 3-0.

Junior attackman Marial Pierce put MU on the board with 19:37 remaining in the first half, but SJU responded with two goals of their own from Maura Monti. 

MU senior Emily Barbieri and sophomore Olivia Higson each added a mark of their own to cut the lead to two. Shortly after Barbieri’s goal, SJU pulled ahead by one more score courtesy of Julia Falcone. 

MU showed a burst of energy, scoring three consecutive goals over the span of seven minutes. 

With the score at an even 6-6 and less than a minute in the first half, SJU lengthened their lead to two once more.

Pierce gave MU hope at a victory by tying the game once again at 9-9 with 17:26 left to play. Unfortunately, SJU crushed any hope with four consecutive goals making it a 13-9 game. With five minutes remaining, MU’s back-to-back effort was not enough and with a second left in the game, SJU’s McCallion secured her team’s win.

MU goalkeeper, senior Katie Donohoe, made five saves during the game. SJU’s Sarah Smith lead the game with five goals while Higson lead MU with three goals. The Hawks outshot SJU 26-22 and had 18 more fouls. Each team had 20 turnovers.

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Men’s Lacrosse Hit .500 at Half-Way Mark

berger gsThe men’s lacrosse team improved its record to 4-4 overall this season, including a 1-1 mark in the MAAC, with consecutive wins over NJIT and Siena this past week. 

MU first took down the Highlanders of NJIT 6-3 on Tuesday, March 17 in Newark. Six different Hawks scored goals for the game, and senior goalkeeper Garrett Conaway saved three of six shots to earn his third win of the season. With the loss NJIT fell to 0-6 for the year. 

Trailing by one with fewer than two minutes to play in the first period MU senior John Castellano found the back of the net and tied the game at one with his first career goal. The game stayed even at one over the next 13 plus minutes of play before sophomore Eric Berger scored an unassisted goal to give the Hawks the lead with only 3:07 remaining before halftime. 

Berger’s goal kick started an offensive explosion as NJIT’s Joe Lomeli netted his second goal of the game just 11 seconds later to tie the game back up. Less than a minute later, however, the Hawks found themselves back in front when senior Ryan Schwartz took a pass from teammate Zak Reed and got it past the keeper for his first goal on the year. 

With just two seconds left to play in the first half the Hawks recorded their second consecutive goal when freshman Bryce Wasserman scored his team leading ninth goal of the season. The score gave MU a 4-2 lead as both teams headed into the locker rooms.

The Hawks continued their hot play in the second half as they extended their scoring streak to four consecutive goals. Sophomore Zack Schleicher first found the back of the net with just under four minutes remaining in the third period to move MU’s lead to 5-2. Just 40 seconds later senior Zach Johannes scored MU’s sixth goal of the game to increase the lead to four off of an assist from Schleicher. 

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Dylan Capwell Is Re-Writing the Record Books

dylan capwell pictureIf you have followed Monmouth Track and Field over the past two years, then you have followed sophomore, Dylan Capwell

Capwell etched his name in MU history two weeks ago at the NCAA Finals finishing second in the 800. After coming in at 1:48.23 in his initial heat and second overall, Capwell qualified for the finals. The Lake Hopatcong, NJ native faced stiff competition in the championship and would eventually be edged out by talented Iowa State senior, Edward Kemboi of Kenya. 

“The goal is always to take first in any race I go to but just being able to run the way I did was incredible,” said Capwell. “As a sophomore qualifying as the fastest American and getting flown out to Arkansas for five days was amazing, it means everything to me.”

But the story goes much further than second place; Capwell set a new personal best and school record at 1:46.70, solidifying a First Team All-American selection. Not only did he venture into uncharted territory for MU athletes, but Capwell’s record breaking time made him the fastest collegiate American 800 meter runner in the country. However, that only scratches the surface of what Capwell has achieved in his first two years for the Hawks. 

The accomplished MU Indoor Track and Field team won their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship earlier this year, and Capwell certainly left his mark on the competition. On his way to the fastest time ever for a collegiate athlete at the historic New York Armory, Capwell broke both the MAAC and school record in the 800. His performance at the MAAC Championship earned him Mid-Atlantic Regional Track Athlete of the Year honors, determined by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. 

With two years left in his collegiate career, such accolades tend to beg the question, could Capwell be considered the greatest West Long Branch has ever seen? 

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Track and Field Begin Outdoor Season

Monmouth’s track and field opened their 2015 outdoor season this past weekend  at Wake Forest University on Friday and Saturday. The meet was considered a success as several Hawks posting qualifying marks for ECAC/IC4A.

We know we have a lot to work on in the next few weeks, but this was a great start for the group who competed this weekend,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni.

For the men, Jalen Walker and Ahmier Dupree took fifth in the preliminaries in their events before upping their finish to third in the finals. Walker ran the 110 hurdles in 14.69 seconds in the prelims, lowering that to 14.43 to come in third in the finals. Dupree ran 10.89 in the prelims in the 100 before dropping that to 10.87 for third place in finals later that day. Both Walker and Dupree qualified for IC4A’s. “Even though it was the first meet, we were more than prepared.” Dupree said.

The men’s 4x100 group of Walker, junior Eric Kahana, freshman Bryan Sosoo and Dupree also posted an IC4A time of 42.28 to take fourth. Kahana also ran 22.14 in the 200.

Junior Geordan Ferguson finished third in the 400 hurdles in 53.86 seconds, also an IC4A qualifying time. “It felt good running a very close time to where I left off last year,” Ferguson said. “I expect big things for myself and the team this outdoor season, and today was a great start to achieving that.” 

Senior captain Ben Boyd took fifth in the 400 with a time of 48.07 seconds, Boyd also ran the 800 running a 1:55. Sosoo took ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 45’3.5”. 

MU had three top-10 finishers in the shot put, first by senior captain Taylor Bernstein, who took fourth with a shot of 53’5.75”. Junior Tevin Kirby-Stewart took ninth at 51’7.25”, and freshman Corey Murphy was 10th, throwing 49’6.5”. Bernstein also took fourth at 163’6” in the discus to qualify for IC4A’s. In the javelin, Senior Zach Torrell finished third with a throw of 209’10”, and freshman William Civatte was ninth at 183’11”. Torrell’s mark was an IC4A qualifying standard.

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SIDE LINES: 3/25/15

After taking down second-seeded Stephen F. Austin in the first round, the women’s bowling team fell to Vanderbilt and Valparaiso in consecutive matches and was eliminated from the first ever Soutland Bowling League Championships. The Hawks first beat SFA four games to one before falling to Vanderbilt 4-1 and being swept 4-0 by Valparaiso. 

 Senior goalkeeper Garrett Conaway was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The award comes after the team’s two consecutive victories against NJIT and Siena last week. 

Conaway is second in the nation in save percentage (.647) and goals-against-average (6.03). 

In their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest of the season, the men’s tennis team beat Siena to improve to 6-7 overall on the season. With a 7-0 sweep over Siena, the Hawks recorded their fourth shutout of the year. MU was victorious in every singles set and took the doubles point as well.  

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Men’s Track and Field are IC4A Champions

pic for track ic4aThe Monmouth University men’s track and field team finished first at the 94th IC4A Indoor Championships for the first time in school history on Sunday at Boston University, with 58 points to place first out of 100 total schools. The MU women took 10th of 86 schools at the ECAC Championships.

“For our men to put the Monmouth name in the record books along with some of the best teams in the history of collegiate track and field is pretty special,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni.

The MU men defeated Georgetown, the second place finisher, by a 58-51 and had in total 10 All-East performers in eight different events to earn the first IC4A title in school history. The women claimed 10th of 86 schools, the second-best finish in school history. Four Hawks on the women’s side earned All-East finished in four individual events and two relays. The women’s team had a combined 25.5 points.

Senior Jalen Walker became the eighth IC4A indoor champion in school history, winning the 60 hurdles with a personal best and school record time of 7.90 seconds. “It was awesome to win the IC4A 60h and break the school record, but I am most happy for being able to make Monmouth history with my teammates,” Walker said.

He was joined by junior Geordan Ferguson, an All-East honoree, who finished eighth. Senior captain Ben Boyd lowered his own school record in the 400, running 47.45 to finish third with All-East honors. Freshman Bryan Sosoo finished fourth in the 60m dash running 6.89, while junior Ahmier Dupree finished seventh in 6.96. Dupree ran the 200 meter the previous day breaking the school record.  “Breaking the 200 record shows how hard I trained all year,” Dupree said “Yes it feels good to win but making history as a team to win IC4A’s is even better. I’m just glad to be apart of history.”

Sophomore Dylan Capwell earned All-east honors finishing second, lowering his own school record that he set the previous day in the trials in the 500, running 1:01.87. Senior Andrew Langille earned an IC4A silver medal, taking second in the 800 running 1:50.46. Senior Khari Bowen ran 14:34.53 in the 5k, the second best indoor time in school history.

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Baseball Can’t Snap Nine Game Losing Streak

chris mckenna2Monmouth University’s baseball team still looks for their first win of the season as they dropped a three game series to the East Carolina Pirates this past weekend. 

The team opened the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, falling 2-0 in game one and 9-0 in game two. 

The first game featured a pitching duel between senior Chris McKenna and ECU’s Evan Kruczynski. McKenna pitched a scoreless 7.1 innings in first game, but allowed two runs before he was replaced by senior TJ Hunt who finished the game. McKenna was able to hold ECU to nine hits while Kruczynski held the Hawks to two hits, striking out seven in the process. Senior first baseman Dave Moreno and sophomore outfielder Chris Gaetano were the only Hawks to hit off Kruczynski.

The second game of the doubleheader featured junior southpaw Frank Trimarco. Trimarco allowed six runs on seven hits in just one inning of work.

ECU’s Reid Love got to Trimarco early as he hit a home run in the lead off position. Back-to-back base hits put Eric Tyler and Bryce Harman on base for ECU. Batting clean up was Travis Watkins, who connected for an RBI single. Jackson Mims, Charlie Yorgen, and Garrett Brooks each contributed an RBI in the inning.

Head Coach Dean Ehehalt pulled Trimarco and replaced him with freshman Matt Littrell. In three innings, Littrell allowed three runs on six hits while striking out one batter. In relief for Littrell was freshman Justin Andrews, who recorded three scoreless innings. Sophomore Ricky Dennis was sent out for the final inning of the game. MU’s four pitchers allowed 15 hits while ECU’s pitching staff held the Hawks to three hits in the game.

The two teams met again on Sunday for the the final game of the series which featured another pitching duel between ECU’s David Lucroy and MU’s junior southpaw Anthony Ciavarella. There was no real action for either team until the bottom of the third when ECU hit back-to-back singles and then scored a run courtesy of a sacrifice fly.

MU scored their first run of the series in the top of the fourth. With bases loaded, Gaetano knocked in freshman Shaine Hughes.

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Men’s Basketball Falls in MAAC Semi-Finals

MBBThe men’s basketball team was eliminated from this year’s MAAC Championship Tournament after falling to top-seeded Iona in the semi-finals at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY this past Sunday, March 8.

One day after beating Canisius in the tournaments quarterfinal round, the Hawks could not overcome Iona’s record breaking performance from the three-point line and fell by a final score of 95-77. The Gaels knocked down a MAAC Tournament record 19 three, four more than the previous high of 15 made by La Salle in 1990. 

“Our kids gave us everything,” said Head Coach King Rice following the loss. “Nobody thought we’d be here. I truly thought, and I told my kids all day, that we were going to win this game, but Iona was the better team. A lot of credit to them.”

Senior captain Max DiLeo went five for seven from behind the three-point line and hit six of his seven free throws in route to a career high 21 points to lead the Hawks. Junior guard Deon Jones went 8-14 from the floor and finished just behind DiLeo with 18 points, while senior forward Brice Kofane also reach double figures on the night with 10 points and also recorded a team high seven rebounds.

Iona star A.J. English led all scorers on the night with 29 points. English went 11-16 from the floor and made seven of his ten attempts from the three-point line. Isaiah Williams finished right behind English with 27 points, and set an individual MAAC Tournament record by draining nine trifectas.  

Despite shooting over 60 percent from the field, including a 54.5 percent mark from three-point range, in the first half, the barrage of Iona threes was too much for MU, who trailed 57-45 heading into the half. 

The Hawks only lead of the game came just four minutes into the contest when a layup from sophomore point guard Justin Robinson made the score 6-5. 

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Women’s Basketball Lose to QU; End of Season

The Monmouth women’s basketball season came to an end Friday at the Times Union Center after an 82-61 quarterfinal loss to the No. 1 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats.

MU entered the MAAC Tournament, which was hosted in Albany, NY, as the No. 9 seed and as a result, they were slated to play in the first game of the weekend against the No. 8 seed, the Canisius Golden Griffins. The Hawks began their MAAC Tournament ride early on Thursday morning. 

Sophomore guard Helena Kurt led all scorers with 22 points as the Hawks defeated No. 8 seed Canisius 68-56 in the MAAC Championship First Round. 

Junior guard Jasmine Walker notched her fifth-career double-double, dropping 14 points and grabbing ten rebounds. Sophomore forward Christina Mitchell added 14 points of her own and contributed on the boards corralling five rebounds. NJIT transfer Sarah Olson shot three of ten from beyond the arc finishing with nine points.

Kayla Hoohuli, Canisius’ leading scorer and 2014-15 Preseason All-MAAC Second Team selection, finished with a team-high 18 points. Crystal Porter added 12 points and six rebounds.

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer knew her team had to execute the plan she installed in order to win the first round game. 

“I thought the team played really well today. We stuck with our game plan,” Palmateer said. “We changed a couple things for this game from the first two times we played them. They were minor adjustments, but our execution of those things were what really helped us pull this out. Overall, we had some great individual performances. I can’t say enough about Helena, Jas Walker and Chris Mitchell. I think they all brought something slightly different at certain times that were critical for us.”

Canisius led 24-23 at the half, but Kurt and Olson ignited a Hawks 13-1 run about half way through the second half, each hitting a three. After the run, the Hawks never trailed. 

Canisius managed to get the lead down to five with just over seven minutes remaining in the game but were unable to overcome the deficit. An Olson three aided the Hawks. 

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SIDE LINES: 3/11/15

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has included the University’s field hockey team in its 2014 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award.

The MU field hockey yeam posted a 3.37 overall GPA this past fall. This is the sixth consecutive year they have earned this honor and the seventh time in the past eight years.

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Monmouth Lacrosse Programs in Safe Hands

womens lax number27The Monmouth University lacrosse teams have no shortage of quality goalkeepers. With both the men’s and women’s programs in the early stage of their seasons, a common theme has emerged within the teams: goalkeeping prowess.  

Senior goalkeeper, Garrett Conaway and sophomore goalkeeper, Nick Hreshko are battling it out on the men’s side while senior goalkeeper, Katie Donohoe and junior goalkeeper, Caroline Huelster provide the competition on the women’s side.

During their inaugural season last spring, the starting goalkeeper for the men’s lacrosse team was in constant fluctuation. Although Hreshko started the most games, Conaway led the team in minutes played. 

As preseason in 2015 began, the fight for the starting spot also commenced. After scrimmages against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart, the call was made. Conaway would get the start for the Hawks as they faced UMBC in West Long Branch for the season’s opener. 

“Even through the fall and into the preseason it was a very good competition between Nick and Garrett, and Grant Gillan as a freshman is very talented as well and played very well in the fall,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher. “But Nick and Garrett were neck and neck for long stretches and Garrett just does some things a little bit better, in particular, saving the ball. But we are confident that we have two very good division one goalkeepers in our program and feel good about either of those two guys.”

The Hawks would reluctantly fall to UMBC in a tight contest and a low scoring game, but Conaway would not disappoint. The Maryland native broke up countless scoring opportunities launched by the Retrievers and would ultimately record 10 saves for MU in defeat. 

Following the home opener, the Hawks traveled to Piscataway for a match up with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 28. Not only would MU go on to record their first ever win as a program, but Conaway would also tie his career high with 14 saves earning him his first ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Week selection. 

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Baseball Searches for First Win of Season

bballThe University baseball team was swept by Florida Atlantic University in a three game series to in Boca Raton, FL this past weekend. The Hawks are now 0-6, while the Owls improved 9-2 on the season. 

Friday night’s opener was dominated by MU for the first six innings; however, FAU scored runs in their final three at-bats to overcome MU’s lead and win the game 9-5.

Offensively, MU was led by senior Steve Wilgus, who scored a run from the leadoff spot and went three-for-five with two RBI’s. Senior catcher Kyle Perry hit a pair of doubles and senior Adam Yunginger went two-for-three with an RBI, his first career run driven in.

MU started off strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. Wilgus was the first to get home, after reaching on an infield single to the right and Perry following with an RBI double to left center. Two batters later, senior Dave Moreno hit a ball that was booted into left field and ruled an error, allowing Perry to score the second run of the inning.  

Senior Chris McKenna, who was featured on the mound, allowed a mere three hits during his five-inning stint. McKenna held strong until the third inning, when FAU put themselves on the board to cut MU’s lead to 2-1.

The Hawks returned strong in the third, scoring three runs. Junior Dan Shea was hit by a pitch and awarded first base. Moreno connected for a double to place two on base for sophomore Chris Gaetano. FAU’s Kyle Miller, who has hit seven batters in his collegiate career, hit his second of the game with Gaetano at the plate. The bases were loaded with no outs when Yunginger stepped up to the plate. A single back to the mound was able to plate Shea and give MU a three run lead. Two batters later, Wilgus hit a two-run single through the right side. 

McKenna allowed one base runner over the next two innings; however, he started off the sixth by surrendering a leadoff walk and double to FAU. Junior Frank Trimarco replaced McKenna, but ended the sixth by giving up a two-run double to FAU.  

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Men’s Lacrosse Wins First Game in Program History

Hawks Embark on a Two Game Winning Streak after Rutgers and Wagner

After 14 games over two seasons, the men’s lacrosse program earned its first win on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. they then faced Wagner on Tuesday afternoon and earned their second win.

“It was certainly fun and exciting for our guys to get our first victory, and to come against Rutgers was extra sweet because we played in their football stadium and it was a game last year where they got the better of us,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “To compete in the manner in which we did, and to make the plays late in the game to win was very exciting for the development of our program.”

Fisher, a graduate of Rutgers, led his team to a 10-9 victory against his alma mater.

Rutgers got on the board less than a minute into the game, courtesy of an unassisted mark by Chad Toliver. Five minutes later, the Scarlet Knights increased their lead to two. 

Freshman Bryce Wasserman started MU’s scoring rally eight minutes, but Rutgers quickly gained another two goal lead. With two evenly matched teams, the end of the first quarter gave an expected 3-2 score, Rutgers favor.

Wasserman opened up the second quarter with a quick goal assisted by sophomore Chris Daly. MU went to score the next three out of four goals and leading 6-4 at half.

The third quarter was dominated by the Scarlet Knights as they opened the second half with three consecutive goals. Fortunately, MU sophomore Zack Schleicher was able to find the net and knot the game at 7-7.

The fourth quarter proved the most intense of the game as it was a constant one-point battle. With less than 13 minutes remaining, MU pulled ahead courtesy of an unassisted goal from sophomore Tyler Keen. About six minutes later, Rutgers retaliated with an unassisted goal from Jeff George.

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Basketball Earns No. 4 Seed in Tournament

Teddy Okereafor and Xavier Lundy combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds as the Rider Broncs outlasted the Hawks in a MAAC game that came down to the wire. 

The contest featured unlikely heroes with Rider playing without leading scorer and rebounder senior Matt Lopez who was lost for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury. 

Okereafor, who scored 21 points while adding eight rebounds, picked up the slack and was joined by Xavier Lundy who notched a career-high 17 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

It was a purple out in the University’s Multipurpose Activity Center when the Hawks fell to the Broncs 63-60. 

“Not very happy at all, I apologize to the fans, our kids decided today was the day they didn’t have to play” said Head Coach King Rice. “Lack of respect for the game today, lack of respect for your fans and it was our seniors who decided today was the day to do it.” 

The three seniors who King Rice said wanted to play “hero basketball” were Max DiLeoAndrew Nicholas and Brice Kofane.

Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 15 points and three assists, but the Hawks, who were tied 25-25 at the half with Rider, could not secure the win.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with the Hawks shooting 32 percent and the Broncs 35 percent. 

Kofane went one for six from the field and picked up three personal fouls to earn himself a spot on the bench for the second half with Coach Rice disappointed in the senior transfers performance.

Rider came out in the second half and went on a 9-0 run in the early going, led by Okereafor and Lundy contributing 14 points in the first 4:19. Rider led this contest by as many as 12 with 10:10 remaining in the game, but the Hawks managed to get the score within 58-56 with 1:59 left.

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SIDE LINES: 3/4/15

As it was announced on Monday afternoon, sophomore Justin Robinson was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team and junior Deon Jones was named to the All-MAAC Third Team. 

Robinson currently leads his team in points-per-game averaging at 13.4 which also puts him 12th in the conference. Jones is second on the team with 12.7 points-per-game. 

Robinson and Jones are the first in program history to be selected to All-MAAC teams. Robinson is also the program’s first all-conference first-team selection since Blake Hamilton in 2005.

Senior goalie Garrett Conaway was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the men’s lacrosse win over Rutgers Saturday, Feb. 28. Conaway made 14 saves on 23 shots in the teams first win at the Varsity level. 

The University’s bowling team finished second behind Franklin Pierce at the Hawk Flight Invite this past weekend. 

Junior Kaitlyn Reth led the Hawks with an average pincount of 206.2, and her high of 226 led all bowlers. She was also the only player to reach a 1,000 pin count for the tournament. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Lose Home Opener to UMBC

mens laxDespite senior goalkeeper, Garrett Conaway’s, exemplary performance in the cage with 10 saves, the Hawks could not catch the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Feb. 21. The final score of the game was 4-2 in the Retrievers favor.

The loss aside, the confidence Conaway has in his team is unmatched. “The defense played a phenomenal game, they gave me shots I could really save. To hold a team like UMBC, who has been consistently good over the years, to only four goals is an achievement in itself.”

The Hawks began their 2013-2014 inaugural season in similar fashion as they suffered a 10-8 loss against UMBC. Unlike last season, the Hawks have a much more experienced squad and a very talented freshmen class.

In an interview earlier this month, senior co-captain Ryan Horsch said, “We have a lot of young guys that are maturing and getting older. On top of that, we have a good group of freshmen that came in and I think a bunch of them will actually see time and give us some depth we didn’t have last year.”

Horsch had three groundballs and caused a turnover during the contest. 

In untypical lacrosse fashion, the contest provided hardly any scoring. In such a low scoring game, possession often determines the winner. Unfortunately for MU, their 13 first half turnovers gave UMBC too many opportunities.

 “As a team, when you hold a team to four goals you should be running it. A couple less mistakes on offense and it could have very easily gone the other way,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said.

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Men’s Basketball Clinches First-Round Bye

old mens bball picThe men’s basketball team clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming MAAC tournament when they took down the Peacocks of St. Peter’s University 63-58 this past Thursday, Feb. 19 in Jersey City. 

One year removed from being eliminated by Rider in the first-round of the tournament as the ninth seed, the Hawks have now secured a top five seed in their second season as members of the MAAC. 

“I’m so excited for our kids,” said head coach King Rice. “These kids have been believing all along and good things happened for us tonight.” 

Junior guard Deon Jones shot an efficient 7-12 from the field on his way to a game high 23 points, including a perfect 9-9 performance from the free throw line. “I was just being aggressive,” said Jones on his performance. “My teammates were finding me and I was able to hit open shots.”

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson and senior guard and captain Max DiLeo also broke double-digits for the contest. Robinson notched 11 points on the night, while DiLeo was right behind him with 10 of his own including two makes from behind the arc. 

Jones was firing on all cylinders out of the gate, as the redshirt junior hit four of his first five shots to help give MU a 13-2 lead through eight minutes of play. 

St. Peter’s managed to trim the lead down to six at the five and a half minute mark of the first period, but Robinson quickly made it a three possession game with a jumper in the paint that pushed the Hawks’ lead to eight. 

The Peacocks were finally able to slow down the Hawks over the last five minutes of the first, and eventually used a 12-4 run to come all the way back and tie the game at 23 with only thirty seconds to go before the half. 

However, MU would not be denied a halftime lead. It was Jones who again came up big for his team when, in the final seconds, he grabbed an offensive rebound off a DiLeo missed three and put it in to give the blue and white a slim 25-23 lead heading into the half. The second chance opportunity was a theme for MU throughout the game, as they turned nine offensive rebounds into 15 points.

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Track and Field Reign as MAAC Champions

The Monmouth University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams won the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at The Armory, repeating as conference champions.

The men posted 220 points to claim victory, while the women totaled 166.50 points to win. Sophomore Dylan Capwell was named MAAC Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Head Coach Joe Compagni was named both men’s and women’s MAAC Coach of the Year.

“I know it’s a cliché to say this was a total team effort, but this was absolutely a total team effort,” Compagni said. “Our men and women scored in virtually every event. We had 30 men and 32 women score for us, and our team brought some great energy that was crucial to our success.”

On the men’s side, Capwell broke a MAAC record, and ran the fourth fastest time in the nation in the 800, running 1:46.82 to win the event with ease. Senior Andrew Langille took fourth in the 800 running 1:51.45.

Senior captain Ben Boyd won the 400 in 47.91 seconds breaking the MAAC Championships record set in 2007, and was joined by sophomore Malcolm Chavis who took fifth with a time of 49.43. Boyd also won the 200, finishing in 21.81 seconds. 

Junior Eric Kahana took second at 22.10 seconds, and junior Ahmier Dupree placed fifth at 22.42 seconds. Dupree won the 60 meter dash, running 6.84, a new meet record. He was trailed by freshman Bryan Sosoo, who took third at 6.92. Kahana scored in both the 60 meter dash and hurdles. 

“We’ve felt all season that we were going to be a great team. This weekend, we took a massive step towards accomplishing the goals we set at the beginning of the season, showing that we are and will continue to be a great team moving forward.” Boyd said.

MU had three scores in the 60 hurdles, including a second place finish from junior Geordan Ferguson and third place from senior Jalen Walker, who ran in 8.00 and 8.01 respectively.

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Women’s Basketball Splits NY Road Trip

The Hawks cold Western, NY road trip started with a passionate double overtime win against the Purple Eagles of Niagara. An overall team effort boosted the Hawks to a 81-69 victory at the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center. MU had five players post double figures. Sophomore guard Helena Kurt lead the charge with 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while sophomore forward Christina Mitchell posted her team leading fifth double-double of the season by knocking down 13 points, and posting 10 boards. The game’s five players in double figures marked the first time MU has reached that feat all year.

Joining Kurt and Mitchell in double digits was sophomore center Sophie Beaudry who shot 6-7 from the field resulting in 12 points. She also added five rebounds and four blocks. Off the bench, sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune scored a dozen points, six of them coming off two big threes. Junior guard Jasmine Walker was the last to reach double digits late in the second overtime compiling a total of 10 points.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead; by the 10:28 mark the Hawks led by one and did not relinquish the lead until the last minute of regulation. The Hawks played great interior defense late in the game as the combination of Beaudry and Mitchell combined for eight blocks and six offensive rebounds to give MU 13 second chance points. 

MU loves the three ball, and no Hawk was more effective than Kurt. “All credit goes to my teammates who got me open looks, and I was able to knock them down,” Kurt said. 

MU dished out 21 assists, which is a season high for the team. The team chemistry was at an all time high and it showed in the stat sheet as the Hawks shot 40.5 percent as a team and shot an impressive 53.8 percent in two overtimes where MU shined.

Niagara clawed back late in the game behind 19 points from Taylor McKay. Their effort was not enough; during overtime number two, Niagara put up low-percentage shots causing MU to take advantage and convert on back-to-back three balls by Mitchell and Walker. Courtesy of the Purple Eagles, the Hawks picked up their second win in a row.

After Friday night’s emotional double-OT victory, the Hawks tried to make a clean sweep at Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. MU was cold early as their counterparts were on fire. 

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SIDE LINES: 2/25/15

Senior goalkeep Katie Donohoe was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after last Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Drexel Dragons. Donohoe made five saves in the game, three of which came in the second half.

This is MU’s second MAAC Defensive Player of the Week this season; junior Kristina Vangeli was bestowed the  honor after the 10-3 win over Lafayette.

The women’s lacrosse team captured their second win of the 2015 season as they defeated Drexel, 5-2, on Feb. 18.

Olivia Higson led the Hawks in scoring with two goals during the game. Emily BarbieriAllison Stathius and Marial Pierce each contributed a goal of their own. 

This is the Hawks’ first win over a Colonial Athletic Association team since 2008.

The University’s bowling team finished second behind Franklin Pierce at the Hawk Flight Invite this past weekend. 

Junior Kaitlyn Reth led the Hawks with an average pincount of 206.2, and her high of 226 led all bowlers. She was also the only player to reach a 1,000 pin count for the tournament. 

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Men’s Basketball Edges MAAC Opponent Marist, 69-65

bball2The Hawks have taken sole possession of third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) improving to 11-5 in conference play, 15-12 overall, with a 69-65 win over the tenth place Marist Red Foxes on Monday night in the Multipurpose Activity Center.

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson led MU scorers with 20 points, all coming in the second half of this MAAC contest. Junior guard Deon Jones added 18 points, while sophomore guard Colin Stewart followed up his career-high 21-point performance against Siena with nine points of his own. 

Austin Tilghman contributed with a seven points, five rebounds and seven assists, a career-high for the freshman guard. 

Senior Brice Kofane, the 6’ 8’’ transfer from Providence, continued to carry the Hawks on the glass collecting 12 rebounds, as well as six points and three blocks. Senior guard Max DiLeo tallied three points. 

The Marist Red Foxes have been battling injuries throughout the entire 2014-15 season only putting their opening day lineup on the court nine times so far. 

With their opening day lineup, the Red Foxes managed a 4-5 record against a 1-15 record without. 

When the Hawks and Red Foxes squared off in Dec., MU came away with a 57-50 victory. However, Chavaughn Lewis, a second team All-MAAC preseason selection, left the contest with a sprained ankle only 1:42 during that game. 

Currently, Lewis sits as the nation’s tenth leading scorer. He came into Monday night’s averaging 20.5 PPG. During the contest, Lewis scored a total of 15 points while teammate sophomore guard Khalid Lewis, another second team All-MAAC preseason selection, dropped 21 points.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener Over Lafayette

Claudia Dan StambaughThe University’s women’s lacrosse team faced off against the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday, Feb. 14 and ended up taking the day with a sweeping 10-3 victory.

Despite the bitter cold conditions of 11 degrees, the Hawks approached the game prepared for anything.

“We’ve been outside just about everyday” said senior midfielder and co-captain Allison Stathius. “No matter how cold, we’re out here running. And the days we couldn’t be outside because of the snow, we prepared inside.”

Well prepared for the weather, the Hawks were able to overcome the chill and be aggresive on the field.

“We really dominated the day because every unit really did what they needed to do,” said Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Early in the game we were getting good opportunities, but didn’t take good shots. When we did finally take better shots, it gave us more confidence.”

After the offensive line started to heat up and pulled the Hawks ahead by two, the team  added four more unanswered goals.

Possession really contributed to MU’s success throughout the day. Westcott said, “We controlled the ball off the faceoff too, which was key.”

The Hawks won nine out of the 15 faceoffs, giving the offense an abundant amount of opportunities. MU took advantage of this fact and outshot their opponent, 20-14.

“I don’t think it could have been any better. It all clicked today between the attack, midfield and defense,” Stathius said. The senior went four-for-four on the day making her the game’s leading scorer.

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Track & Field Host Largest Meet in MAC History

sports track and fieldThe Monmouth University men’s track and field team won the MU Winter Collegiate Invitational, and the women’s team finished second this weekend in the biggest meet ever hosted at the University.

On the men’s side, junior Ahmier Dupree was the winner out of the University’s runners in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87, an IC4A time and a personal best. MU finished strong in the 60 hurdles, taking the top three and five of the top seven spots. 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.08, with teammates senior Jalen Walker and junior Eric Kahana close behind.

“This was good preparation for conference championships next weekend,” Ferguson said. “Me and Jalen always go one and two. Hopefully we can keep that going and do the same next weekend.” 

Three of the top four finishers in the 400 were MU athletes; the winner was senior captain Ben Boyd. Boyd, who finished in 49.00 seconds, was followed by junior John Malespina in third, and senior Andrew Langille in fourth in a very tight race. Freshman Jack Grace claimed second in the 500 with a time of 1:07.72. 

Senior Tommy Darlington took third in the 3k, which is 19 laps around the MAC’s indoor track. Monmouth’s men took the top two spots and four of the top six competitors in the mile. Junior Domenick D’Agostino was the winner of the event in 4:17.57, while teammate junior Graham Huggins-Filozof took close second at 4:18.72. Senior Khari Bowen came in third in the 800 while teammate senior Chris Solda placed sixth with times of 1:56.39 and 1:59.28.

MU’s DMR (distance medley relay) team of Huggins-Filozof, junior Rob Staskowski, Bowen and D’Agostino won the event with a time of 10:33.84.

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Surf Club Dives in on Unexpected Session

SurfSurf is fast. Swell can pop up or die down in hours, while catching waves requires a quick reaction. Although this is the nature of surfing, a surfer’s best quality is not his or her speed, but an awareness to respond to what is in front of them.

In front of us was potential.  The forecast did not call for ideal conditions, but the surf said otherwise.

Some will say that winter weather is too harsh and that getting out there is unnecessary unless it is firing overhead. However, I thank those surfers, for my friends and I had the entire beach to ourselves during this unexpected session.

On Saturday afternoon, the Monmouth Surf Club boys were out and about. The cruel, white brick walls of New Hall forced bored surfers to the beach. Usually, random beach trips end as just that, a beach trip. However, this time Ty was stoked about more than just his Snapchat story.

“Yo, it’s like kind of good right now,” said Tyler Sankey as he sent his last selfie of the day.

It did not take much more than that to get us out there.  We knew the drill. It was back to campus, rubber up, and get out before the sun went down.  

We did just that. As our crew tossed gear in the back of Connor Perzely’s car it began to snow. 

At first a few sprinkles, but worsened, as we grew closer to the beach.

People honked while we dodged rush hour traffic on Ocean Boulevard to get to the beach. Once we got another look at the surf, no amount of snow or traffic could keep us away. The tide was dropping, the swell seemed to be building and it was ours for the taking. A cacophony of gull songs and our shrieks filled the windy, winter air as we plunged into the ocean. 

The sea yielded perfect, peaky waves that filled our hearts with joy and our suits with cold saltwater.

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SIDE LINES: 2/18/15

The men’s tennis team dropped both their matches in the ECAC Tournament this past weekend. The Hawks first fell 4-0 to St. John’s on Friday, Feb. 13 in the tournament’s opening round, and then fell again 4-2 at the hands of George Washington in Saturday’s consolation match. 

Senior Allison Stathius and junior Kristina Vangeli were named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and MAAC Defensive Player of the Week respectively on Monday Feb. 16.

Stathius recorded four goals on a perfect four of four shooting in the teams’ 10-3 win over Lafayette on her way to the award, while Vangeli caused four turnovers  and collected four ground balls in the victory. 

The University’s baseball team dropped to 0-3 on the young season with their third straight loss to Dallas Babtist on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Hawks scored two runs and managed only four hits for the contest, while Dallas Babtist pushed acrossed seven runs on eight hits. 

With the first series of the season under their belts, MU will look to rebound and get their first win when they take on James Madison this coming Friday in the first of three games. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Enters Year Two in West Long Branch

MLAX vs Marist 20140419 JR 157Preseason for the Monmouth University men’s lacrosse program is in full swing with the first whistle less than a week away. The boys in blue are coming off their inaugural season where they finished with a humbling record of 0-13. But don’t let their record from last year write the story, MU holds an attribute few can bolster. The MU lacrosse program returns a staggering 27 letter-winners from last year’s squad; senior defender and co-captain Ryan Horsch couldn’t be more thrilled. 

“I don’t have to worry about the small things as much anymore, the younger guys know what to do on their own, they’ve stepped up to be leaders in their own right and they’ve lightened my load,” said Horsch, a 21-year-old Rahway resident. “We’re hungry, we want wins, we want to show everybody what we got, we want to bounce back from last year and show people what we have.”  

Last spring the Hawks opened up the campaign away in heart-breaking fashion falling to UMBC, 10-8. 

Following their trip to Maryland, MU headed to Staten Island where they would take the Wagner Seahawks to four overtime periods only to fall, 7-6. A year removed and the tables have turned. Both Wagner and UMBC will make the trek to West Long Branch to face a motivated group of experienced Hawks. 

“It’s pretty clear to us there’s just a determination and a sense of excitement within this group,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher, a former Assistant Coach at the University of Notre Dame. “The difference is we’re all sophomores, even though we have a couple juniors and five seniors; the core of the group is sophomores. We’re hungry to get that first win but more than anything to compete and that’s why this group has been a pleasure to coach. We’re really just excited to get this season going and looking forward to turning that corner.” 

The Hawks attack is led by current sophomore Chris Daly. A MAAC All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman, Daly was the team’s leading scorer a season ago collecting 26 points off of 17 goals and nine assists. Daly will be joined by a slew of attackmen up top. 

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Track and Field Sets Multiple MU Records at Boston University

ben boydThis past weekend, Monmouth University set five school records and posted multiple top finishes as the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University.

“We really wanted to take a big step forward this weekend and in many areas, we did that very well,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “The team brought some great energy to the meet and we need to keep building on that.”

On the men’s team, senior captain Ben Boyd set a new school record in the 400, finishing third with a time of 47.64 breaking the old record of 47.83 set in 2004 by David Wiley. 

“This has been a career goal of mine since freshman year, to break the 400 school record. I’ve had my eye on it for a while. It is extremely gratifying to finally get it, but at the same time I still need to get faster,” Boyd said. 

Sophomore All-American Dylan Capwell also set a school record, winning the 500 with a time of 1:02.54 beating the previous 2007 record set by Chris Vuono of 1:03.45. Senior Andrew Langille took first place in the 1000 meter run, running a 2:24.65, to win the 18 person field and run an IC4A qualifying time. 

IC4A for the men and ECAC for women will be held back at Boston University March 6-8 where the top competitors in each field from the region compete. 

MU’s 4x400 group of Capwell, Boyd, junior Geordan Ferguson, and sophomore Malcolm Chavis took third in the relay with a time of 3:13.61, creating another new MU school record.

Junior Ahmier Dupree and sophomore Eric Kahana finished in the top five of the 60 meter dash, with Dupree in third and Kahana in fifth. Senior Jalen Walker took third in the 60 hurdles.

For the men’s field events, senior Joey Marini won the triple jump with a leap of 15.05m, breaking his own school record. Junior Liam Vogt took fourth in the triple jump, and went on to win the long jump with a jump of 6.93m. Sophomore Bobby Fisher claimed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.35m. Senior Erik Anderson came in fourth in the high jump with a jump of 2.04m. 

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Men’s Basketball Tied for Third in MAAC

MBBThe men’s basketball team is now tied with Manhattan for third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 9-5 conference record after splitting their previous two games against the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Canisius Golden Griffins. 

In their second season as members of the MAAC, the team is only one conference win away from doubling their conference wins from last season. Furthermore, their 12 overall victories have already surpassed their wins from last season.

The Hawks first travelled to the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, CT for a matchup with the fifth place Bobcats on Thursday, Feb. 5. After a slow start, the blue and white could not quite get back within striking distance, and ultimately fell 72-52. It was MU’s second loss to Quinnipiac this season, and the 20 point difference was the second largest margin of defeat for the Hawks this season.

“We were totally outplayed and outclassed by Quinnipiac today,” said Head Coach King Rice. “Our group is feeling pretty sorry for themselves right now and we have to get that turned around pretty quickly.”

Junior guard Deon Jones was the Hawks’ leading scorer on the night with 12, while sophomore point guard Justin Robinson chipped in with 11 points and dished out nine assists. Freshman guard Austin Tilghman added 11 points of his own. 

MU managed to jump out to an early lead behind a layup from senior guard Max DiLeo, but it would be the only lead they had on the night. 

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Women’s Basketball Can’t Catch Siena, Fall 65-58

Despite receiving 22 points from junior guard Sarah Olson, the women’s basketball team fell to the Siena Saints, 65-58, Saturday, Feb. 7.

Olson lit it up from beyond the arc in the second half, when she knocked down five triples after only hitting one in the first 20 minutes of play. 

Her second half barrage was a high point for the Hawks, but Head Coach Jenny Palmateer sees more in Olson than just her shooting ability. “She’s showed up for us every single game,” said Palmateer. “I think her value, as great as it is in the scoring column, is just as valuable in all the other areas.”

The Hawks jumped out to an early nine-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, with the big key being the full court press defense for MU causing multiple turnovers, which lead to points on the offensive end. The Hawks finished the game with eleven steals and six blocks, which lead to 17 points. 

MU continues to yield three-point shots no matter the situation. Shooting 10-31 from deep helped them stay in the game at crucial moments and their three point performance almost brought them victory 

That tide quickly changed as Siena started causing the Hawks to commit turnovers. The Saints started knocking down shots as leading scorers Margot Hetzke and Tehresa Coles respectively had 16 apiece. Despite going 4-14 from three point territory, the Saints hit two big three’s during the heart of the game which shifted the momentum.

Sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune went 6-8 from the foul line giving the Hawks easy points from the charity stipe. Junior forward Amanda Offenback was impressive in her fifth straight start, as she knocked in two three’s and finished with 12 total points. 

Siena felt the comeback in the works, but quickly answered with two clutch three balls from Ida Krogh, who finished with 10 points, five assists and three steals. 

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SIDE LINES: 2/11/15

On Friday night, the men’s tennis team hosted and defeated former league rival, Sacred Heart, with a final score of 7-0.

This was the Hawks’ last chance to perfect their game with the upcoming ECAC Championship set for Friday and Saturday morning. 

The victory provided the team with their third win of the season improving their record to 3-1. 

The women’s lacrosse team will begin their season at home on Saturday, Feb. 14 against Lafayette. MU went 5-3 in conference play last season and qualified as the fourth seed in the MAAC Tournament. 

The Hawks, who were ranked fourth in the pre-season poll, return eight of 12 starters from last year’s squad.

Senior captain Allison Stathius has also been named to the 14-player Preseason All-MAAC team.

The University’s bowling team will travel to Houston, TX this weekend to take part in the SFA Invitational. The team is currently coming off a 15th place finish at the Kutztown Invitational in late Jan. Leading the team in that tournament was senior Valerie Bermudez who placed 35th with a 198.50 pin average.

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Women’s Basketball Splits with Fairfield, Falls to Canisius

helena kurtThe University women’s basketball team broke Fairfield University’s two game winning streak last week with a convincing 59-33 win at home on Sunday, Jan. 25. 

The Stags were flying high after two straight conference wins against Rider and St. Peter’s, but were welcomed into West Long Branch by a motivated Hawks team. MU was led by sophomore guard Helena Kurt, who finished with a game high 15 points. 

“I think it was a team effort today, everyone was extremely focused and knew the player personal well,” said Kurt, a former U20 Swedish National team player. “We moved the ball well and created for each other which opened up opportunities for me and the rest of my teammates.” 

The Hawks jumped out to an 18-7 lead after ten minutes of play, earmarked by two long range triples by sophomore forward Christina Mitchell

Although MU certainly displayed their scoring capabilities, the true story of the contest lies within the defense. This was the first time all season the Hawks held their opponent under 40 points. 

With just under nine minutes left in the first half, MU stifled the Stags for six straight possessions pushing them into half time with a 28-16 lead and momentum undoubtedly in the Hawks favor. 

“I think we played awesome today,” said senior forward Sara English. “Everyone was focused on our game plan, and we had high energy throughout the entire game. We executed our game plan perfectly, and played great defense to keep Fairfield from scoring. It was an overall great team win and we’re excited to keep building off this win.” 

The Stags finished the game with a 20 percent field-goal percentage, while the Hawks shot 36.5 percent from the floor. MU capitalized on Fairfield’s off night with 27 second-half points to close out the game and secure the win. 

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Matt Jeffery Selected by the Colorado Rapids

matt jeffreyDreams were made two weeks ago as 84 student-athletes were chosen in the 19th Annual Major League Soccer Superdraft. 

The fourth round of the draft kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Monmouth University senior, Matt Jeffery, was selected by the Colorado Rapids. Jeffery was taken 16th in the round and 78th overall. The decorated MU central defender has been a main stay for the Hawks over the past four years. He becomes the seventh Hawk taken in the draft over the history of the program. After Jeffery landed in Colorado Wednesday, Jan. 21, the now ex-Hawk defender discussed how he was dealing with the transition from the college game into the professional ranks. 

“My first reaction when I saw my name come across the draft board was pure excitement,” said Jeffery, a 21-year-old Freehold native. “It’s an unbelievable feeling when you find out a team has drafted you and given you the opportunity to take your game to the professional level. It took a couple hours for everything to really sink in but once it all did, I couldn’t have been more thankful to be in this position. It was a dream come true type moment for me and certainly a moment I will never forget.”

Contrary to common belief, being drafted by an MLS team does not guarantee they will offer a contract. Although a handful of players who sign with the league before the draft do in fact secure professional contracts, the vast majority will have to prove their worth in preseason. This makes the next few weeks for these aspiring young professionals the most significant of their careers. Jeffery, a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year selection, is a part of that vast majority. 

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Surfers Travel More Than Just Currents

Surf ColorThe last week of the fall semester, students at MU ignored the onset of cold, while thoughts of finals consumed them. As break began, a harsh reality sank in: winter in this state can get to you. Bitter cold, and when the waves are flat, surfers begin to go stir crazy.  For most students, a month reprieved from school means long Netflix sessions, clocking a few hours at an old job, or reconnecting with high school friends.  For the few lucky surfers, winter break is not characterized by icy water and a five-millimeter wetsuit, but rather white, hot sand and bright board shorts.

Travelling is any surfer’s dream. An escape from the frozen tundra which encaptures NJ to far-away warm lands is every surfer’s ideal winter break. 

Just as a surfer must fully commit to a wave, he must fully commit the same way to a trip. The outcome is totally unknown, yet in that statement lies the true beauty of a surf excursion.  Strange people, strange culture, and hopefully, stellar surf. 

The first sliver of warm sun peaks through a thin, lightly colored curtain, and before you realize you had fallen asleep, you are up again ready to take on the day. You can taste the salt in the air and start to hear the first noise of motion around you. The sound of waves crashing is distant, but audible, as you throw on a pair of sunglasses still sporting the board shorts you slept in. 

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Super Bowl XLIX: One of the Most Costly Games

infographicBetween advertisements, team salaries, and the halftime show, it should be no surprise that the Super Bowl XLIX was one of the most financially invested Super Bowls of all time.

It also should come as no surprise that it was the most watched television event in US history. Was it Tom Brady’s good looks, the fact we could see Marshawn Lynch diss every major journalist in the country, or was it because of deflategate? Whatever the reason, the Super Bowl was watched by 114 million viewers which beat the previous year’s record of 112.2 million set by the Seahawks and Broncos. NBC Sports reported that Super Bowl XLIX’s 49.7 rating also exceeded any previous matchups.

With such high viewership numbers, the Super Bowl is considered the honey hole for those in marketing. It is estimated that half of the Super Bowl’s viewers tune into the event simply to see amusing advertisements, however, this year provided very grim commercials.

“I definitely expected the commercials to be funnier since they always have a such a high expectation for everyone to be excited about since the Super Bowl is such a highly watched and publicized even,” said Ashley Sandler, a senior communication major.

Forbes reported that on average, a Super Bowl commercial costs $1 million to produce while this year’s Super Bowl commercials were booked at $4.5 million for a 30 second spot. This surpasses last year’s 30-second cost of $4 million.

The high note of the commercials was, of course, Budweiser’s Clydesdale-Puppy. In brief, a puppy gets lost and finds its way back to its adopted family of Clydesdale horses. What most don’t know is Don Jeanes, the featured actor, made his third consecutive appearance in these Budweiser Super Bowl ads. The 34-year-old actor from Texas has appeared in ‘Brotherhood,’ ‘Puppy Love,’ and now ‘Lost Dog.’

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SIDE LINES: 2/4/15

The men’s tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-2 road victory over Lehigh this past Sunday, Feb. 1. After losing the doubles point 2-1, the Hawks bounced back and won five of six singles matches to get the win.

Victor PugliesePrzemyslaw FilipekAle Gomez EstradaBee Kumthonkittikul, and Luke Adamus were the five Hawks to win their individual match at the number one, two, three, five, and six spots respectively. The team next faces NJIT on Thursday, Feb. 13.

The mens basketball team fell to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the MAAC after an 87-76 home loss to the Manhattan Jaspers. Despite scoring an impressive 52 points in the second half, the Hawks could not overcome an 18 point halftime deficit.

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson led MU with 19 points, while Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar was dominant, scoring a game high 27 points on 8-10 shooting. MU is currently tied with the Jaspers in conference standings, and will look to jump ahead this Thursday, Feb. 5 when they travel to Quinnipiac. 

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Student Hits $10,000 Shot, Called for ‘Violation’

During halftime at a women’s basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 7, University student Robbie Panasuk, a junior English major, completed the $10,000 half-court challenge in less than 25 seconds, but was later denied the prize money by the Athletics Department due to having prior experience as a high school Varsity basketball player.

Panasuk unknowingly violated the participation contract that all contestants are required to sign prior to competing which stipulates the terms and conditions of the challenge. The contract states in section 9-D that the participant agrees to not being a, “Current or former high school basketball player or coach who has played or coached at that level anywhere in the world within the past five (5) years.”

Panasuk said that he hadn’t known about the condition upon signing the form prior to competing in the 25 second shoot-out. “I was not aware of the rule. I skimmed the contract, but they did say to read it,” Panasuk said. “I just assumed there was not going to be a rule that said I was not allowed to play any high school sports.”

According to regulations provided by the Monmouth University Athletics Department, the challenge gives a randomly selected participant 25 seconds to make four shots in sequence: a lay-up, a shot from behind the free throw line, a shot from behind the three-point line, and a shot from behind the half court line. This feat has never been completed prior to Sunday’s game, when Panasuk finished the challenge with just two seconds to spare.

After the challenge was completed, Panasuk was informed by the Athletics Department that he was not eligible to claim the prize due to his previous affiliation with his high school basketball team. “I’m not sure of their (Athletics representatives’) names, but they came down and told me I was ineligible due to the fact I had played Varsity basketball,” he said.

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Women’s Basketball Snaps Two Game Skid

After falling to Marist two days earlier, the women’s basketball team picked up their first MAAC victory on Sunday, Dec. 7 when they outlasted the Iona Gaels for a 75-74 victory in double overtime.

The win ended a two game losing streak for the Hawks, and improved their record to 4-3 overall with a 1-1 mark in conference play.

“I’m so excited and proud of our kids for being able to pull that one out,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer. “It was a game where points didn’t come easy for us. I felt that we got the looks we wanted, but there was a lid on the rim for a while, really on both ends.”

Sophomore forwards Jenny Horvatinovic and Christina Mitchell led the way for MU with 18 and 15 points respectively, and Mitchell also grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Horvatinovic nearly recorded a double-double of her own, but fell one rebound short with nine. Sophomore guard Helena Kurt was the only other Hawk to score in double figures with 11 points, and she also led the team with five assists.

Iona’s Aaliyah Robinson led all scorers with 25 points, and was also one of three Gael players to record double-doubles. The other two were Joy Adams, who had 15 points and an impressive 25 rebounds, and Damika Martinez who chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Despite her double-double, Martinez was mostly held in check by the Hawks, as her 11 points were less than half of her MAAC leading 25.7 points per game average. “I’m just really proud of the way our girls were able to stick with it, and get down on the defensive end,” explained Palmateer. “To hold Martinez like we did was a huge key for us.”

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Career High For Robinson Leads Hawks Past Gaels

Dec. 7, 2014 marked the first ever win in MU Men’s Basketball history against the preseason favorites, the Gales of Iona. Credit for the big win goes to the play of sophomore guard Justin Robinson. With a career-high of 25 points, Robinson helped his team come away with the 92-89 win to secure their fourth victory of the season.

The back and fourth contest saw a number of lead changes. The Hawks kept their hot shooting season alive by firing 33-63. This completes the third contest this year of over 50 percent for the Hawks. Four players had double-digits in their scoring, one being Justin Robinson with 25. The others were junior guard Deon Jones at 18, senior guard and captain Max DiLeo with 12, and senior guard and captain Andrew Nicholas with 11.

The game began with Robinson sinking a basket to put his team up 2-0. A few seconds later, senior forward Brice Kofane swayed the confidence towards the Hawks bench early with two blocks.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half as they were tied four different times. The Hawks were able to pull away with three minutes until halftime when Robinson made a three pointer; the assist was awarded to sophomore guard Collin Stewart. With a second remaining in the first half, DiLeo secured the Hawks two points bringing the score to 48-40 in MU’s favor.

The Hawks lost the lead three times in the second half, however, they were never trailing by more than three points. MU secured the victory as Jones made both free throws with a minute and a half left in the game. A missed three pointer by Schadrac Casimir allowed the Hawks to gain control of the ball which resulted in two points from Robinson. The Hawks’ final six points came from Robinson.

“The team may be young, but I know if I’m out there, I have to do whatever it takes to make sure we secure the win.” Robinson said. JRob, as his teammates refer to him, is following in DiLeo’s steps as the vocal leader of the Hawks.

“I feel like I have a lot of pressure on me this year, but with that pressure I continue to better myself to relieve that pressure,” Robinson said.

For his recent efforts against Iona and Marist, Robinson was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The Hawks defeated Marist on Thursday, Dec. 4 with a final score of 57-50. The Marist win, which accounted for the first MAAC victory of the season, was also MU’s first conference opening win since the 2005-06 season. 

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Thanksgiving: You Say Turkey, I Say Surf

Thanksgiving break.  Food, family, and waves that will leave you smiling.

Not many people think of surfing when they are home stuffing their faces with turkey, mashed potatoes, and mom’s latest dessert.  As it occurred, the week of Thanksgiving was a week chock full of early-winter tubes.

Tuesday before Turkey Day was shaping up to be very promising. Monday yielded unorganized and choppy surf.  Those who went out found it to be a short and tiresome experience although the beating was lessened by an unseasonal 60-degree day.

Anyone who went out on Monday was experiencing full-fledged post-traumatic stress after their session.  For most, it was a short, maddening surf.  A disheartening Monday created high expetiations for Tuesday’s surf.

I woke awaiting the arrival of friends who were driving to Monmouth University that morning. Brendan had skinned his head since the last time I had seen him and Sean was shaking in his booties, too cold for all of our optimism.  Our band of ugly, frothing dudes pulled up to our first spot to analyze the waves. It turned out that our first stop also ended up being our last. It looked good… really good.  How could we resist?

Rather than drive around, we changed into our winter gear as fast as we could. Sean was in a 3/2 wetsuit and detachable hood, his neck skin screaming through the uncovered space where his suit met the hood.  He managed to crack a smile through his discomfort.

The paddle out to the lineup is always a nerve-racking one, completely silent and characterized by the hand that Mother Nature deals you as you enter the impact zone. For the lucky ones, it takes a few strong paddles and maybe a dive or two. For others, they may end up in the wash for a few minutes.  But of course, that is all part of the fun.

As surfers know, every takeoff is an investment. You have to be all-in; visualizing the grey, cloudy promise land at the end of the black hole you have found yourself tucked into. The idea is simple, yet every movement and thought is heightened to a new level of importance. Life in a barrel: slow, motionless bliss until the light is gone or you are at the end of the line, blinded by spray, but content.

For MU students, it is not much of a struggle getting to the beach.  When there is swell, we usually know, and if we do not like what we see, the ride back to campus is no more than ten minutes.

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SIDE LINES: 12/10/14

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 8. Robinson averaged 18.5 points per game to help lead the Hawks to back-to-back conference victories over Marist and Iona. In the win over Iona, Robinson scored a career high 25 points.

Robinson currently leads the team in assists, and is also second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points per game this season.

After taking home the title in their first year as members of the MAAC, both the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams were picked to finish first in the MAAC Preseason Poll.

The Hawks were dominant in last year’s championships as they won a total of 13 events. Because of these feats, the Hawks are expected to perform with high intensity in this upcoming season.

The Preseason Coaches’ Poll gave the men’s squad 46 total points while the women received 63 points.

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Return of Swim Team Makes a ‘Splash’ at University

The University announced that they will be adding swim teams for men and women beginning fall 2015. The additions were made official on Nov. 20.

“I can say that I am very excited about bringing swimming back to Monmouth,” said President Paul Brown.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Marilyn McNeil highlighted the reasons why swimming was reinstated at Monmouth. “Because we have the pool. Because we are on the shore. Because we’ve had a fabulous swimming program in the past, it just made sense that swimming was the sport that we should go back to. We need to pull our alumni back and pull our friends back,” said McNeil.

A central reason why the University decided to add more sports teams was the “core sports requirement” that the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) institutes. The MAAC requires that members of their conference have at least seven men’s and women’s teams.

Jeff Stapleton, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations, said, “One of the big reasons we’re adding swimming on the women’s side was we were missing a core sport on that side and one of the two core sports that we were missing, that we would have to add, was either volleyball or swimming.”

McNeil explained, “We actually did some due diligence, we studied it for over a year trying to figure out what would be the best thing that we could do. We also looked at the requirement and sort of thought about the sports that we were short of and what does it mean for the Jersey Shore. Swimming was the one that came forward and we really only had to add women’s swimming. It ended up that we wanted to add a sport.”

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Men’s Basketball Upset Attempt Falls Short

In one of their toughest stretches of schedule this season, the men’s basketball team suffered back-to-back hard fought losses to the University of Maryland Terrapins and Southern Methodist University Mustangs respectively.

Although the results weren’t there, the Hawks showed just how talented they are by nearly upsetting UM and hanging tough with SMU. Both teams are members of top tier conferences, as the Terrapins are now apart of The Big 10, after competing in the perennial power Atlantic Coast Conference for years, while the Mustangs are part of the relatively new American Athletic Conference that features last year’s National Champion UConn Huskies.

“I think this team is growing and we have to continue to get better every day,” said head coach King Rice after the Maryland loss. “I think great things are in the near future.”

The Hawks first fell to the Terrapins 61-56 on Friday, Nov. 28 at the XFINITY Center. Junior guard Deon Jones and fellow guard and senior Max DiLeo led the way for MU with 11 points apiece. Each also added a pair of assists. Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson chipped in with nine points, while also dishing out a team high five assists and grabbing a team high five rebounds.

UM’s star freshman and five-star recruit, Melo Trimble, had a game high 24 points, and also led his team with three assists. The freshman shot an impressive 13-14 from the free throw line for the game, while also going 3-5 from three point range.

Both young point guards made their presence felt early, as Trimble opened the scoring with his first three of the night just 30 seconds into the game, only to have Robinson answer right back seconds later with a triple of his own.

After a pair of free throws from MU sophomore center Zac Tillman tied the contest at five, the Terrapins took control of the game with a 23-9 run over the course of the next 12 plus minutes of play.

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Men’s Soccer Falls in Double Overtime

After winning the MAAC title, the University’s men’s soccer team concluded their season falling 2-1 in double overtime to Xavier University during the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, Nov. 20 in Cincinnati.

MU beat Fairfield 2-1 in double overtime in the MAAC Championship to earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament this year. Upon the win, senior central defender and team captain Matt Jeffery told the Asbury Park Press, “It’s great to be going back, to finish my college career in the NCAA Tournament. It’s kind of a dream come true for me, having missed out the last two seasons and to be able to go back is a great feeling.”

The game marked MU’s fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in nine seasons.

Prior to the game, head coach Rob McCourt told the Asbury Park Press, “We believe. The one thing I kept saying to the guys when we had the injuries and a tough spell is that I believed in the group, and they believed in each other and just kept fighting. There’s no reason to think we can’t go get a result at Xavier.”

The Hawks (11-4-6) entered the game ready to fight for a win, only beaten one time in their last 13 games despite four starters being sidelined in late Sept. due to injuries. Xavier (14-5-2) had lost to Providence in the Big East final on Sunday, but came in determined as well.

In the 15th minute of the game, the blue and white lost the ball at the midfield, where Xavier took advantage and moved down the right side of the field towards goal.

A cross was sent to center field, where a Xavier forward collected the ball and sent a shot from ten yards out past MU’s sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky to the left side of the net.

The Hawks did not let up and dominated possession of the ball, evening the game in the 39th minute. Junior defender Derek Luke shot a corner towards the left side of the goal, where Jeffery flicked the ball on with his left heel to senior central defender Emmanuel Agyemang, whose shot the ball low towards the right post and in to the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

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Women’s Basketball Gains Ground in MAAC

The University’s women’s basketball team picked up their third victory of the season as they defeated former conference foe, the Wagner Seahawks, 82-59 on Friday, Nov. 28 at the Spiro Sports Center. Sophomore guard Helena Kurt paved the way for the Hawks by scoring 14 points and earning the game-high assists with six. All 12 Hawks who made an appearance on the floor scored during the match up. With the win, the Hawks improved their record to 3-1 while the Seahawks fell to 0-4.

Wagner’s Ugo Nwaigwe led her team with 12 points and 10 rebounds while teammates Lyndsay Rowe and Tanasia Russell each contributed 10 points. Their collective effort, while impressive, did not stand par to MU’s individual efforts. Sophomore forward Christina Mitchell posted her second-career double-double game as she collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jasmine Walker posted 13 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks while sophomore Jenny Horvatinovic had 12 points for the night.

The game’s scoring began when sophomore center Sophie Beaudry made a basket to put the Hawks ahead 2-0. Within the first four minutes of play, Mitchell and Horvatinovic each made a three pointer to further the Hawks lead. Less than five minutes into the game, the Hawks were up 12-4.

MU’s lead started to diminish after multiple opportunities were squandered. A missed layup from senior forward Sara English, a missed jumper from sophomore guard Mia Hopkins and missed three pointers from junior guard Sara Olson, Kurt, and Horvatinovic allowed Wagner to pull ahead, 17-16. Without securing a single point for two minutes of play, it looked as if MU’s momentum shifted in the Seahawks favor.

Although Wagner’s lead increased to four at a point, MU was able to chase their opponent and bring the game to an even 20-20 with eight minutes left in the first half. The Hawks tried to pull away with a layup from Mitchell, however, the Seahawks’s Nwaigwe evened the score with a layup of her own.

The teams exchanged two more points and the Hawks attempted to lead once again as Mitchell made another basket. Junior guard Jamiyah Bethune increased the lead to four via two free throws. Unfortunately for MU, a missed three pointer from Hopkins allowed Wagner to gain possession, a chance they utilized. With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Wagner was leading 30-28. Scoring halted for the following minute and thirty seconds until Kurt made a basket to tie the game. Heading into half, the score was an even 30-30. 

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SIDE LINES: 12/3/14

Senior forward Trish O’Dwyer was named to the 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Third Team this past Monday Dec, 1. O’Dwyer, who was also named the MAAC Player and Offensive Player of the year, is the first field hockey player to be named an All-American in MU history.

She led the Hawks in goals scored, assists, and total points on the season with 18, 17, and 53 respectively. Her efforts helped lead the team to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance.

Senior guard Andrew Nicholas surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career in MU’s overtime loss to Towson on Sunday, Nov. 23. Nicholas led the team with 24 points for the contest, and tied a career high with six three point makes.

“Red” was the 20th Hawk to reach the 1,000 point mark at the Division I level. He currently has 1,020 points for his career, and is tenth on MU’s all time list for three pointers made with 136.

Freshman safety Mike Basile was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. Basile led MU with 59 solo tackles and four interceptions this past season. Basile was also named to the All-Big South First team for his efforts, along with senior wide receiver Neal Sterling who led Hawk receivers with 55 receptions, 905 yards, and six touchdowns.

Five other Hawks also earned All-Big South honors, with Lavon Chaney, Reece Johnston, Darnell Leslie, Ryan Mohr, and John Sieczkowski all being named to the Second Team.

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Athletics Moves Towards New ‘Brand Identity'

logoThe University's recent move to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Big South Conference for football, the announcement of a partnership with ESPN3, and revamped logos and letter marks are several of the actions that are intended to move the Monmouth University Athletic Department towards a new identity.

"I think things are happening for all the right reasons and it's not because there hasn't been a lot of hard work behind the scenes because there has been, but now you're starting to see the fruits of some of that labor. We have a lot more work to do though," said Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics.

Monmouth's transfer from the Northeast Conference to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for the 2013-14 academic year was the first move towards an attempt for greater exposure of the University.

"Any time you make those jumps to a new league, you do it to better your visibility and your chances of competition," said Greg Viscomi, Assistant Athletics Director for Communication and New Media.

The added exposure is generated by an increase in televised sporting events, such as four or more broadcastings of the Monmouth men's basketball team on ESPN3 this season.

According to Eddy Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director, the ESPN3 broadcasts are a major way to boost visibility, as they will reach approximately 95 million homes. "Through our broadcast, we'll be able to publicize all of our teams and all of our student athletes and different things on campus too. The ESPN3 deal is definitely the most tangible way that we've expanded our brand and our identity across the country," said Occhipinti.

The ESPN3 programming will be produced by a collaboration of staff from the Department of Communication, Athletics Department staff, alumni, and students. Todd Myers, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN, said, "ESPN3 is excited to have Monmouth University join the school production initiative. Monmouth will be the first school from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to produce and deliver live events on their own for distribution on ESPN3. It's a tremendous opportunity to showcase Monmouth's athletic programs to college sports fans across the country."

Additionally, the transfer to the Big South Conference for football garners visibility from conference games aired on American Sports Network, one of the largest and most diversified TV broadcasting companies in the country.

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Men’s Soccer Win First MAAC Championship

Mens-SoccerThe men's soccer team won the MAAC Championship in comeback fashion this past Sunday, Nov. 16, with a 2-1 victory in a double-overtime thriller against Fairfield. It is the Hawks first MAAC Championship in only their second year as members of the conference after falling to Quinnipiac in last year's title game.

"It's absolutely special," said head coach Robert McCourt after the game. "We talked all year about sticking with the game plan and getting through these tough moments with the injuries we had, especially today. No matter who has to step in a get the job done for us, they will."

Before the final against Fairfield, MU still had to get by Iona in the tournaments semifinal, and they did just that. The Hawks came away with a 2-1 victory in a fast-paced contest where the two teams combined for 40 total shots.

After a scoreless first half, the blue and white finally pushed across the game's first goal off of a corner kick in the 47th minute of play. Junior defender Derek Luke took the corner for the Hawks, and delivered a beautiful ball into the box just about ten yards from the net. Fellow defender, and senior, Matt Jeffery found himself on the receiving end of the cross, and headed the ball just inside the post and past the Iona keeper to put the Hawks on top 1-0.

Over the next 20 minutes both teams saw legitimate scoring opportunities, but it was MU who again capitalized on one of these chances when freshman midfielder Andrew Gee took pass from senior midfielder Bryant Avalos and found the back of the net to increase the Hawks lead to two in the 65th minute.

Gee's goal ultimately proved to be the game winner, as the Gaels finally got on the scoreboard in the 78th minute when Iona's Teddy Forson rocketed a shot past MU sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky. Things only got tougher for the Hawks from that point as Iona continued to put pressure on MU's defense. It appeared the Gaels pressure would pay off just seven minutes later when Forson had an open net after controlling the rebound from a Klenofsky save, but luck was on the Hawks side as Forson's shot sailed high over the crossbar. With just five minutes remaining that would be the last chance for Iona to get the equalizer, and the blue and white held on to advance to the championship final.

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Field Hockey Falls in NCAA Play-In Game

amanda-schoenfieldThe University's field hockey team concluded their season after the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Play-In game, falling 4-3 to the Princeton University Tigers on Wednesday, Nov. 12. at So Sweet A Cat Field.

Head coach Carli Figlio said that a great challenge of this game was prepping the team mentally to play an NCAA game, especially because they only had two days to do so.

"Making it to the next level by winning the MAAC, we've never done that before. I think the biggest thing was being able to move the ball through the midfield, that would have helped us a lot," said Figlio. "But throughout the season the girls have been just absolutely brilliant. They're a tough, great group and it's sad that it's over because you can't replicate the same group that you have, but it was a really special year for us."

Within the first ten minutes of the game, Princeton worked for three corner opportunities, capitalizing on the final corner with a goal. The goal was a rebound after freshman goalkeeper Christen Piersanti, deflected the first shot.

MU persisted, holding Princeton at midfield and advancing into their half towards the goal. The Hawks tied up the game in the 21st minute when senior forward, Trish O'Dwyer, crossed a ball from the back line to the front of the goal where freshman forward Meg Donahue was able to shoot it past the Princeton goalkeeper, earning her 11th goal of the season.

MU obtained a penalty corner eight minutes later. O'Dwyer passed the ball to freshman defender Julie Laszlo, who secured another goal for the Hawks with an outside shot and brought them to a 2-1 advantage.

With less than two minutes left in the half, Princeton received another penalty corner and capitalized it with a goal from an outside shot.

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Football Loses Fourth Straight

The Hawks' football team fell victim of defeat by the hands of the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, the newly-crowned top team of FCS play in the country, by a score of 52-21. MU's record is now even at 5-5, 0-4 in Big South play, while Coastal Carolina improves to 11-0.

"We knew coming into the game that we were going to have to play mistake free and execute at a high level," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "Early on we had some breakdowns on the defensive side and spotted them a lead. That's a situation that we knew we did not want to get in, playing from behind. I thought our kids played hard and battled to get back in it but in the end, they were able to make a lot more plays than we were."

Coastal Carolina's explosive offense was on display after the opening kickoff, as the Chanticleers jumped out to a comfortable 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. It wasn't until early in the second quarter, after the Chanticleers added another score, that the Hawks showed any life. Fifth year senior Greg DePugh made his first collegiate start at quarterback since first string quarterback, senior Brandon Hill, was sidelined due to turf toe. DePugh tossed a deep strike to senior wide receiver Neal Sterling who outran a Coastal defender en route of a 73-yard touchdown. With that touchdown grab, Sterling surpassed Adam San Miguel as the all-time leader in receptions in the University's football program's history. Sterling, who finished the contest with eight receptions for 136-yards and two touchdowns, needs 302-yards to pass Miles Austin as the all-time leader in receiving yardage.

Facing a 28-7 deficit at halftime, the Hawks managed to march down the field on the opening second half possession when sophomore running back Lavon Chaney rumbled into the end zone for a two yard score. Chaney would finish the contest with 60-yards on 12-carries while adding 43-yards on 4-receptions. Despite throwing three interceptions, DePugh finished the day completing 22-of-38 pass attempts for 258-yards and 2-touchdowns, ending with a 7-yard throw to Sterling in the fourth quarter. The Hawks' offense also received contributions from senior tight end Hakeem Valles (24-yards on 3-catches), sophomore wide receiver Darren Ambush (20-yards on 3-catches), sophomore running back Zach Welch (2-catches for 17-yards), sophomore wide receiver Romeo Harris (a catch for 11-yards), and fifth year wide receiver Thaddeus Richards (a catch for 7-yards).

"I thought Greg did a good job for his first full collegiate football game stepping in for Brandon," Callahan said. "Coastal is a good defensive unit that comes with a lot of pressure and has a lot of speed. I thought he performed at a pretty good level, I was happy with his play but we weren't able to do a lot of things around him, enough to help him out."

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Surf Club Introduced to University Campus

The University has recently recognized a new club on campus — Surf Club.  On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Monmouth's SGA approved the club after one final presentation given by Surf Club President, sophomore Tyler Sankey and Surf Club Vice President, sophomore Connor Perzely.

MU's location on the Jersey shore makes it a destination school for many surfers and beach people across the United States. Jersey surfers especially flock to MU's campus as they begin their college search. As a result, the community of surfers at the University is on the rise.

Many people may think that this would be a seasonal club, but that thought hasn't crossed the minds of anyone involved. The club is scheduled to get rolling as soon as possible.

"Our first point of action as a club will be a beach clean-up next week. Anyone who is interested in helping out and joining is more than welcome," said Sankey, when asked about the first course of action for the new Surf Club.

The club plans on making sure anyone who is interested can get involved.

"Basically anyone with an interest in surfing can join. We will hold meetings, surf sessions, and beach clean-ups." Sankey continued. "For the future, I really want a core group of people who share the same passion as we do to be able to come together and use our skills. Whether it be surfing, photography, media, anything is good."

So it is apparent that while Surf Club will be about surfing, the guys in charge want as many people involved as possible.

A clear example of the diversity in the club comes straight from the people in charge, from a president who is an avid surfer to a vice president who bodyboards.

"I bodyboard.  I love the beach and the ocean, which is all that counts. Surfer or bodyboarder, I'll be out riding with them regardless so it doesn't really matter much to me," Perzely said.

The news of Surf Club's approval spread quickly and soon, everyone joined in on the excitement.

"When I heard the Surf Club got approved I was so happy. We have a good group of guys here to get this thing rolling, I really think we can make something big out of this opportunity," said freshman Paul Kelly.

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SIDE LINES: 11/19/14

The women's basketball team opened their season this past weekend as they hosted Lehigh University in the MAC. Playing with home court advantage, the Hawks were unable to secure their first victory as they fell to Lehigh, 82-70.

Despite the score, many individual efforts were noteworthy. Junior guard Sarah Olson had a game-high of 18 points and made six three-pointers in the process. Sophomore forward Christina Mitchell matched her career high had eigh rebounds and 14 points, junior guard Jasmine Walker had nine points, junior guard Jamiyah Bethune had a team-high nine rebounds and contributed six points, and sophomore Jenny Horvatinovic scored 11 points and made three steals. The team will next travel to Brooklyn, NY to play against LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The men's basketball team was handed their first loss of the season this past Friday courtesy of West Virginia University. Although the Hawks led most of the second hald, they were unable to hault WVU's late run and the final score was 64-54.

Junior guard Deon Jones tallied 14 points for the Hawks while senior guard Andrew Nicholas also posted a double digit game with 10 points. Sophomore guard Justin Robinson had nine points on the night and three steals.

Collectively, the Hawks went 18-for-22 from the free three line while their opponent went 22-for-34.

The Hawks look for redemption as they prepare for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, a three game stint held at the MAC this weekend.

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Field Hockey Wins MAAC Title for First Time

Will Host Princeton on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1 pm for NCAA Tournament

Field-Hockey2Among one of field hockey's largest audiences at So Sweet A Cat Field, the Hawks made history over the weekend. The blue and white defeated Sacred Heart University, 2-1, in the semi-finals and Rider University in the finals, 6-1, to become the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions.

Friday's 2-1 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers kicked off the weekend quest. The fourth- seeded Pioneers reached the semi-finals with a MAAC record of 3-2, while the first seed Hawks had a record of 4-1.

The Hawks brought momentum from the first whistle, outshooting Sacred Heart 6-2. It was in the 16th minute that MU lit up the scoreboard. Senior forward Trish O'Dwyer crossed the ball into the circle to fellow senior forward Amanda Schoenfeld for her 13th goal of the year.

Just eight minutes later, MU sophomore Alyssa Ercolino connected with freshman Julie Laszlo on an insert play. Laszlo's shot deflected off of the stick of Sacred Heart's defense and into cage. As the clock winded down, SHU midfielder Liz Bergman rebounded a loose ball at MU goalkeeper Christen Piersanti but was denied in a diving save. The Hawks finished the half with a 2-0 lead.

The second half was a back and forth battle between both teams. Both offenses attempted three corners but could not capitalize. It was in the 67th minute that the Pioneers drew a foul in the MU defensive circle. Liz Bergman fired in a penalty stroke to make the final score. The Hawks walked away with the victory, leading into Sunday's championship final.

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The March to Madness Begins this Friday

deon-jones-st-peters-jim-remeThe men's basketball team is set to tip-off their season on Friday, Nov. 14, at West Virginia. The team is coming off an 11-21 season last year, which includes a conference record of 5-15. That placed them ninth out of eleven teams in their first season as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The MAAC was won by Iona during the regular season, while Manhattan won the conference tournament to move on to the NCAA tournament. MU lost to Rider in the first round of the MAAC tournament to finish their season.

This season looks to be a more promising one for the Hawks, who hope to make it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. They will be lead by fourth year head coach King Rice. Four of five starters will return as the team is filled with experience; something that many collegiate teams do not have the luxury of. The team will be led by junior guard, and All-MAAC preseason third teamer Deon Jones.

Jones was the Hawks leading scorer (15.1 ppg), rebounder (6.9 rpg) and free throw shooter (.772) a season ago. He will be joined in the backcourt by senior guard Andrew Nicholas. Nicholas was the team's second leading scorer (14.3 ppg) a season ago, and a key contributor behind the three point line. The pair will be joined by Max DiLeo, a senior guard who shot 48.2 percent from behind the three point arc last season.

Alexis Knowles, a sophomore economics and finance major who attended the majority of the men's home games last season, loves what Dileo brings to the team. When asked who her favorite player was, Knowles responded, "It's hard to pick a favorite because each of them played such an instrumental role in the teams' success last year. If I did have to pick one, Max DiLeo would be my pick because of the nonstop energy he brings to the court."

DiLeo, Jones and Nicholas will be joined by sophomore Josh James, senior Brice Kofane, sophomore Greg Noack, freshman Micah Seaborn, sophomore Justin Robinson, freshman Austin Tilghman, and sophomores Collin Stewart, Zac Tillman and Chris Brady. Junior transfer Je'lon Hornbeak will sit this season out and freshman Ba'shawn Mickens will redshirt. The Hawks have some encouraging stats to build off from last year, with a positive rebounding margin of +.9 and positive turnover margin of +.5. If the Hawks can build on this +1.4 possession margin, the wins should follow.

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Surfers “Drop-In” Despite Drop in Temperature

Surf-Pic-GSCold. It's starting to become a part of our lives again. As much as we've blocked it out of our minds, it is upon us. As the fall season grows old and winter creeps in, surfing will not (can not) stop. The days that end at five o clock, the days that happiness seems impossible, the days that we hate to get out of bed, can very well be transformed by pumping surf.

On the first day of the new month of November the sun was shining, the swell was there.

"A definite 3/2 wetsuit day," I thought.

The sun had me fooled. I stepped outside ready to surf and immediately knew I would be missing my 5/4. With howling winds and temperatures in the 40s, this session would mark the beginning of what we'd all been blocking out of our minds since the year prior.

The destination was Belmar. Hunter Rainis was driving Tyler and I that day. The car ride felt anxious. Tyler was wrapped up in a detailed conversation, trying to give directions to Hunter who seemed dumbfounded. At the same time, Hunter and I were just as confused, hitting every red light on the way to the beach.

It was big. We stepped out of the car and saw nothing but barrels as far as the eye could see. Big, frothy barrels, catching every bit of the blustery wind.

Chilled to the bone, we sprinted down the beach, trying to get a slight sweat up before plunging into the bitter ocean.

The waves were consistent and the current was ripping. Every wave forced one knee to the board, a crouched stance and an unending effort to make it out of the dark, foamy pits.

Brain freeze was common, especially after a big set of waves and nowhere to go but underneath the looming surf. Hunter got barreled, Tyler got pitted and Andrew got "chubed" if I heard correctly. All the same, we had a great time.

"It was the first northeast storm to come up the coast," said sophomore Hunter Rainis. "It brought the waves, but definitely also brought the cold and gave us a little taste of what winter will be like."

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Men’s Soccer Advances to Semifinals

After clinching a birth in the MAAC Championship Tournament with a 2-0 win over rival St. Peter's, the men's soccer team stayed hot and advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament with a 3-0 win over the Sienna Saints.

Before they could focus on tournament play, the Hawks had to take care of business when they traveled to St. Peter's with their playoff hopes still in question. The blue and white did just that, putting on an impressive performance against the Peacocks, and grabbing the fourth seed in the MAAC tournament.

Sophomore forward Dave Nigro led the way for MU, as he assisted on fellow sophomore, Brandon McCarthy's, opening goal in the 14th minute, and then added a goal of his own in the 27th minute of play. Eric Klenofsky, the Hawks' sophomore goalie, also played a key role in the victory with his 11th shutout of the season. Klenofsky made four total saves on the night, including two in the final seconds of the game that took away any hope the Peacocks had of a late comeback.

"It was a convincing performance today at a very difficult place to play," said head coach Robert McCourt. "This group has so much character, and we are excited to get the tourney started."

That excitement was evident three days later when the Hawks welcomed fifth seeded Sienna to Hesse Field at The Great Lawn for the quarterfinal round of the MAAC Championships. Despite being outshot 13-9 by the Saints, MU took advantage of the opportunities they did have and came away with a relatively easy victory.

After a quiet start to the contest, the Hawks began to pick things up and got off three shots while dominating possession for a span of about 13 minutes. Unfortunately, for the blue and white, freshman midfielder, Andrew Gee's, shot was blocked by a Saint defender, and junior defender Derek Luke had his attempt saved by the Sienna goalkeeper, while his second attempt went wide of the net in the 27th minute.

MU was finally able to break through just two minutes later when sophomore midfielder Miguel Alves was on the receiving end of senior forward, Dom Sarle's, cross, and headed it past the keeper to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.

Just a little more than ten minutes later, the Hawks increased their lead when Gee and Luke were able to finally find the back of the net. In a play similar to the first goal, Gee received a cross into the box from Luke, and headed it in to make the score 2-0.

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Hawks Hang Tough, But Fall Late to Liberty

The Hawks' football team's pursuit of their first Big South win will have to wait another week after falling to the Liberty Flames, 34-24. With their third straight loss, the Hawks' record drops to 5-4 (0-3 in Big South) while the Flames improve to 7-3 (3-0 in Big South).

"I was really proud of the way our team played today," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "They put forth a great effort and made some difficult plays in critical situations. Unfortunately, we were not able to pull the game out in the fourth quarter. I felt that we went into the game with a great plan on both sides of the ball and our players did a good job of executing it."

Playing without six notable contributors, the Hawks stood tall and hung tough with the Flames, matching their each and every move with a big play of their own. However, the Hawks were unable to sustain momentum by yielding 10-points over the final 10-minutes of the contest. Senior quarterback Brandon Hill connected on 18-of-28 pass attempts for 189-yards and two scores despite not having two of his top targets, fifth year wide receiver Neal Sterling and senior wide receiver Eric Sumlin.

Both of his touchdown passes, a three yard dump-off to senior fullback Jake Mauro and a 37-yard rainbow to sophomore receiver Darren Ambush, tied the ballgame following Liberty scoring drives. Sophomore running back Lavon Chaney also contributed with 92-yards on the ground and 125-all-purpose yardage on 20-touches.

With the Hawks trailing early in the first quarter, the offense turned to a little trickery early when sophomore wide receiver Matt Choi took a reverse handoff and tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Valles to even the score at seven. Choi's touchdown pass was the second such touchdown this season tossed by a non-quarterback, the first was Chaney who threw two against Columbia on Oct. 11.

Liberty's offense secured 407-yards in the game while MU's offense was able to pick up 344-yards. However, the Hawks were a lot better in sustaining drives this week, going 6-of-12 on third downs, as opposed to last week against Charleston Southern, where MU was 1-for-13 on third down conversions.

Fifth year defensive lineman John Sieczjkowski led all Hawk defenders with 13-tackles, a new career high, while junior linebacker Tyler Thompson finished the day with 11-tackles, two for a loss and a fumble recovery. Sophomore Darnell Leslie and freshman Mike Basile each contributed with eight tackles a piece. The Hawks also had two sacks in the game, one by Thompson and another by Basile, doubling their sack total in the last three games.

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SIDE LINES: 11/12/14

The men's basketball team kicked off their season with a 84-72 win over Wesley College in an exhibition contest.

Sophomore's Collin Stewart and Chris Brady led the Hawks with 14 points a piece, while the blue and white spread the ball around effectively with seven players scoring at least eight points. Senior forward Brice Kofane had a solid debut for the Hawks, with eight points on 3-5 shooting as well as a team leading six rebounds.

After leading by two at the half, MU went on a 31-14 run to start the second half and put the game away. The Hawks face a tough task when they open their regular this Friday, Nov. 14, as they travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers, a member of the Big 12 Conference. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.

The men's soccer team had two players receive weekly honors this past Monday. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, and freshman midfielder Andrew Gee was voted as the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Klenofsky posted two shutouts in the Hawks wins over St. Peter's and Sienna, while Gee recorded his first career goal and assist in the teams quarterfinal win. This is familiar territory for Klenofsky, as it is his sixth time receiving the honor, but new for Gee, who was given the honor for the first time in his career.  

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Field Hockey Wins League Title: First Time Since 2000

trish_o_dwyer_gsThe field hockey team had a weekend for the books on So Sweet A Cat Field. The Hawks faced two conference contenders, Siena College and Bryant University, both crucial games needed to solidify first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). On Friday, the Hawks defeated the Siena Saints 9-1 and on Sunday, they topped the Bryant Bulldogs 4-0 to celebrate 'senior day.' The victories put them at a new MAAC record of 4-1, making them the 2014 regular season MAAC champions.

With the final two regular season games at their fingertips, the Hawks went into the weekend level-headed.

"Our mindset going into the weekend was to take one game at a time. We knew that being co-regular season champions meant that we had to win both games, so we took it each game at a time. This week we really worked on stringing passes together and executing on all of our attacking opportunities," said senior forward and captain Amanda Schoenfeld.

Friday's first half consisted of plenty of attacking opportunities. The Hawks had a comfortable four-goal lead, one that began just two minutes into the game. Senior midfielder Trish O'Dwyer found the cage off of a give-and-go from Schoenfeld. Five minutes later, freshman forward Meg Donahue capitalized on the rebound of Siena goalkeeper Mary Drabich. With a two-goal lead the Hawks never lost momentum.

In the 15th minute of play, junior midfielder and captain Cori Allen powered through the circle and fired a shot past the Siena goalkeeper. With ten minutes remaining in the first half, O'Dwyer dribbled to the corner and connected with Schoenfeld again. Schoenfeld received the cross and put it away to make the score 4-0. The Saints found few opportunities for their offense, but put themselves on the board in the last five minutes of the half. Senior midfielder Callie Weise fired a shot into the far right corner for the Saints, making the score 4-1.

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Football Still Seeks First Big South Win

football_11.05.14The Hawk's football team was shutout by the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 27-0, on Saturday at a rain soaked Kessler Field. With the loss, MU drops to 5-3 (0-2 in the Big South) while Charleston Southern improves to 6-3 (1-2 in the Big South).

"Obviously we didn't play very well today," said Hawks head coach Kevin Callahan. "When you play against a good team and you don't play your best football, the result we had today is what is going to happen. Early in the game we had some tough field positions on defense and never really got into sync in defending the option until the second half. Even then at 14-0 at the half I thought we had an opportunity to get some things going but we really needed to stay on the field on offense and get some production there but it was difficult for us today. I don't think the weather had anything to do with the play today, we just played a good football team and they did a better job than we did."

The Hawks' defense was unable to contain the Buccaneer's triple option rushing attack. They gashed the MU defense, rushing for 338-yards. The rushing attack was led by sophomore running backs Ben Robinson and Mike Holloway who each recorded 91-yards on the ground. Robinson also added a touchdown. Charleston Southern junior quarterback Austin Brown added to the total with 54 rushing yards and throwing for 74-yards. Brown also ran for two touchdowns.

"They were just running the triple option that we were practicing," said senior defensive end Pat O'Hara. "They were just getting outside some of our force looks that we were working on. We really weren't able to settle in, like coach said, until the second half."

MU's offense was highlighted by sophomore running back Lavon Chaney. Chaney had 43 rushing yards while hauling in five receptions. Senior quarterback Brandon Hill was held in check completing 14 of 28 passes for only 97-yards while also being intercepted twice by the stingy Buccaneers defense.

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Surfers Know the True Meaning of Wanderlust

Surfers are a spontaneous breed. The thrill of travel and the excitement of a new surf break spark anxious joy in surfers wherever they are. Two weekends ago, my friends and I succumbed to the lure of wanderlust.

I boarded my first bus at 1:40 pm on Thursday in hopes of arriving in Atlantic City, NJ before 5:30 pm. My friend Shane would be waiting, outside the terminal wondering if I bailed on him or was stopped, completely baffled by the NJ Transit system.

The plan, on paper, was to take as many busses as necessary to get to Atlantic City. From there, Shane would drive to Philadelphia, PA to pick up two other stragglers, Bill and Brendan, and finally take the whole squad to Avon, NC.

More of our friends were already in Avon waiting for our arrival. We had eight hours of driving, standing between us and this upcoming weekend filled with friends and froth.

As skeptics do, we doubted the surf for our weekend in NC. The previous weekend consisted of overhead barrels supplied by Hurricane Gonzalo. We were kicking ourselves for not going the week prior. On the way down we checked reports and debated about our forecasts. Question still remained about what we would receive this weekend and the perilous drive ahead did not make us much more confident.

As we exited McDonald's with the entire group, squished in between board bags, guys at the house who surfed all day called us to check in. Bragging over the phone made us mad at first for not being down there with them, but in the end helped morale throughout the car. The guys told us that they had two fun sessions that Thursday after they arrived at the house. The forecast looked as if it would be more of the same or even better the next day. Needless to say, we were pumped.

The car ride was long but filled with stops at Wawa, gas station skate sessions and one unwanted detour. As we arrived, we called our friends to open the door and blasted "Freebird." It was straight to bed after we got into our house, all of us tucked away dreaming of surf.

I was awoken the next morning by a shining sun and loud music around 7:30 am. Breakfast consisted of Fruity Pebbles and warm sun on our backs. We packed everything in the cars and shoved off to surf to a spot the rest of the guys surfed the day before. We got there around 9:30 am and there were a bunch of people out right in front, so as we walked down the beach a bit we realized no one was in the water.  We figured we'd take this other spot to avoid the crowds, and it looked as good, maybe even better, than the crowded point break that we saw at first.

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Men’s Soccer Fighting for Playoff Spot

The men's soccer team currently finds themselves in the midst of an extremely close race to qualify for this year's MAAC Championships. After earning one win and one tie this past week, the Hawks currently hold a 7-3-6 overall record, and 3-1-5 record in conference.

MU's 3-1-5 mark in the MAAC gives the team 14 total points on the season, which ties them with Sienna. The two teams currently hold the final two spots for the six team championship.

Things looked good to start the week, as the Hawks came away with a 1-0 win over in-state rival Rider on Wednesday, October 29. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenosfky continued his stellar play this season by making four saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season.

Despite both teams combining for a total of 25 shots, the contest was low-scoring, and not many great balls were put on net.

With less than ten minutes remaining in regulation, MU finally managed to finish one of their opportunities, and found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Junior defender, Derek Luke, got the chance kick started when his shot attempt was blocked out of bounds, and gave the Hawks a corner kick. The corner proved to be the decisive moment of the match, as it resulted in senior forward, Dom Sarle, beating the keeper for his fifth goal of the season in the 83rd minute to give MU a 1-0 lead.

It wasn't easy sailing for the Hawks from there, however, as Rider continued to fight. The Broncs managed to get off three shots in less than minutes, but Klenofsky refused to be beaten and made saves on all three to preserve the win.

In their second game of the week the Hawks showed great toughness and perseverance by coming back to tie Sienna after trailing most of the game.

"Our guys showed tremendous character on the road," said head coach Robert McCourt after the game. "The team rallied up and played very well. We hit the crossbar twice and scored a fantastic goal. In the end, I feel we were unlucky to only get one point out of the game."

It was a bit of a disappointment for the Hawks, who could have almost solidified a playoff spot with a win, as they outshot Sienna 16-10 on the night, including a 12-4 advantage in regulation, but could only manage to equal the Saint Bernard's with one goal.

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Cross Country Hosts MAAC Championship

In their second year as members of the conference, the University's cross country team was host to the MAAC Championships on Friday Oct.31. Fortunately for the Hawks, they faced no hefty travelling as the race was held at their home course in Holmdel, NJ.

The women were able to pull away with a fourth place finish while the men took home a seventh place finish. Although the teams may not have placed as well as they hoped, both squads had strong finishers in a very talented field.

The men ran an 8,000 meter course, and featured a rather competitive field this year. Iona earned 15 points overall, and ultimately the conference title. Next was Canisius was second (66 points), Quinnipiac at third (94 points), Marist took fourth (113 points), and Rider finished fifth (143 points) to round out the top five teams. MU took seventh with 161 points.

Senior Khari Bowen was the first to finish for the men in 25:48.58, which is also a course record for MU at Holmdel Park. Freshman Ben Dillon was next at 26:41.07 and was trailed by sophomore Kevin Summonte who finished at 26:42.27. Juniors Graham Huggins-Filozof and Kevin French rounded out the top five finishing in 26:44.63 and 26:50.88 respectively. The men had a team average of 26:33, which is faster than their previous average for Holmdel Park on Sept. 20.

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SIDE LINES: 11/5/14

The University bowling team began their 2014 season this past weekend at the FDU Jamboree in North Brunswick, NJ. The Hawks finished 17 out of 26 teams with seven wins and seven loses on the tournament.

Senior Valerie Bermudez placed 28th individually overall to lead MU, with an average pin count of 192. Freshman Kim Klinger was the second leading bowler for the Hawks with an average of just over 190, and she also posted the highest overall game for the blue and white with a 264 in a win over UW-Whitewater.

Senior forward, Trish O'Dwyer, was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season this past Tuesday. O'Dwyer recorded ten total points for the Hawks in their two games over the weekend, including a seven point game against Siena where she knotched her third-career hat trick.

The women's soccer team is currently ranked eighth in the Northeast Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The blue and white recently clinched their second straight MAAC regular season title, and are 14-4 overall with a 9-1 record in conference. It is their fourth straight week being ranked regionally.

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Meet Morris

Coach_MorrisThe Hawks' football team, going through somewhat of a re-creation as they enter a new conference, is clicking on all cylinders. Up to this point, the Hawks are 5-2, the first time they have been this successful since 2006 when they were members, and champions, of their recently departed Northeast Conference (NEC).

Through their first six games of the regular season, MU is averaging 39-points-per-game, and racking up 462.3-yards-per-game, as an offensive unit while the defense is holding opponents to 22.7-points-per-game. In their new conference, the Big South, it's enough to make their newfound opponents take notice of their production. Even though fans have come to expect stellar defensive numbers, it's the offensive ingenuity that has opened eyes in West Long Branch.

The offensive mastermind of the University, the man in charge of calling the shots and pushing the pace, is Kevin Morris, first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach. Morris, a NJ native by way of Westfield in Union County, arrived at MU this past spring after holding the same position for two seasons at Yale University, an Ivy League program in New Haven, CT.

"It's the kids. If you get good kids that are willing to work and you get some good players in there that can make plays, and my job is to get them in position to make those plays," said Morris. "I drew it up on paper, but to execute those plays and to make those throws and those catches in the red-zone in a tough situation on third downs, that's all players; guys stepping up and making plays when given the opportunity."

Even though Hawks' fans are used to offensive stars, such as Dan Sabella, Dave Sinisi, Kyle Frazier, and even the great Miles Austin; never has an offense been so strong in Monmouth's football program. Kessler Field's scoreboard has been lighting up since the season debut against Delaware State on Aug. 30 when the Hawks defeated the Hornets en route to a 52-21 victory. This season, the Hawks have scored 50-points or more three times marking a first in the program history. The most recent of these 50 plus games came during MU's Homecoming with the offensive unit scoring 61-points against Columbia University.

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Women’s Soccer Win MAAC Title

womens_soccerThe women's soccer team clinched the regular season MAAC title this past week after improving to 8-1 in conference play with two victories.

The team increased their winning streak to six games against the Iona Gaels Wednesday, Oct. 22 in a wet and rainy battle on Hesse Field. The cold rainy weather made for an entertaining inter-conference match, with the Hawks eventually earning 2-0 win. It was head coach Krissy Turner's 200th career win.

It all started in the first ten minutes of play with instant offensive pressure. The MU offense consistently kept the ball out of the defensive end, even outshooting the Gaels 11-3 but could not capitalize. In the tenth minute of the game, MU had its first chance. Junior back Colleen Howard swept a cross to sophomore forward Alexis McTamney for a clear shot on goal, only to be denied by a header off of Iona's defense. In the 30th minute, the Hawks attempted three more shots off a corner play but were once again blocked by Iona goalkeeper Lauren Ferris. The score sat at 0-0.

Sophomore forward Erica Murphy and freshman forward Rachelle Ross each fired shots but missed just high and wide for the Hawks. With minutes left in the first half, junior midfielder Brianne Boyle and McTamney gave the Iona goalkeeper a little more heat, only to have the clock run out. With the score tied at zero, the second half was a new game, but one just as wet.

"In the second half we needed to finish our opportunities, considering we had more shots in the first half. Iona was playing in the same weather conditions and we couldn't use that as an excuse. We needed to increase our confidence and focus on finishing the job," said junior back Colleen Howard.

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Football Drops First Contest in Big South

It came and it went. All it took was one play to make an early statement in the Hawks' Big South opener, but lightning never strikes twice. MU's football team (5-2, 0-1) dropped its Big South opener at Bailey Stadium in heartbreaking fashion to the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College (5-3, 2-1). The final score read 18-12.

"I thought our guys came out and played hard, it was a very tight game where the outcome was going to be changed on a play or two," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "You have to give Presbyterian credit; they made some key plays at critical points that ended up being the difference in the game. I thought our defense had a great effort. As a unit they did a real good job for the most part but had some lapses towards the end of each half and that proved to be the difference in the game."

After putting on an offensive clinic through the first six games of the season, averaging 39-points-per-game and 462-yards of total offense, the most illustrious season up to this date in the history of MU's football program was a defensive struggle. On the first play for the Hawks, senior quarterback Brandon Hill found a streaking senior wide receiver Neal Sterling deep downfield and hit him in stride for an 81-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but the ensuing extra point attempt failed. From there, it looked as if the Hawks would continue where they left off two weeks ago against Columbia. However, as it turned out, the first half was a battle of the defenses and two of the Big South's best punters.

Through the first half, MU's Ryan Mohr and Presbyterian's Stephen Doar exchanged eight punts. Mohr, who averaged 43-yards per punt, was instrumental in the first half by pinning the Blue Hose deep in their territory. However, the first half was all about the defense that held tough and stern when the Blue Hose were plowing down the field. The Hawks' defense, who averaged 106-yards-per-game on the ground through their first six games, had their hands filled with Presbyterian's rushing attack, one that generated 182-yards on the ground despite being undermanned after losing Demarcus Rouse during their first offensive series.

Every time the Blue Hose offense marched deep into Hawks' territory during the first half, the defense tightened up and held their foes without a score. Presbyterian's lone touchdown in the first half, a 6-yard run by Blake Roberts, came right before halftime after a 10-play drive for 83-yards. Junior linebacker John Sieczkowski had nine solo tackles while freshman defensive back Mike Basile contributed with eight tackles and junior linebacker Tyler Thompson added seven tackles.

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SIDE LINES: 10/29/14

In a comeback overtime victory, MU's field hockey team defeated MAAC rivals, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, in a final score of 4-3. Senior Amanda Schoenfeld scored two goals and had two assists on the night while graduate student Trish O'Dwyer also had two goals including the game winner. The Hawks post a 9-7 record, 2-1 in the MAAC, and the Bobcats fall to 6-10 overall, 2-2 in the MAAC.

The men's soccer team ended their Saturday night home match against Marist in a scoreless tie. The tie moves MU's record to 6-3-5 (2-1-4 MAAC) and the Red Foxes are now 6-5-4 (2-3-2 MAAC).

MU outshot the Red Foxes, 19-14. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky registered seven saves in the game. The Hawks will next play on Wednesday, Oct. 29 against Rider University. The game which acts as MU's senior night, is scheduled for 7 pm.

Sophomore Przemyslaw Filipek and senior Victor Pugliese each won matches at the ITA Regional Championships. The Hawks had five players at the championship; Filipek and Pugliese were chosen for the main draw bracket.

Filipek defeated Freddy Ruiz of St. John's to advance to the second round , however, he then fell to Penn's Jeremy Court. After a first round bye, Pugliese defeated Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka and advanced to the round of 32. He was challanged by Alex Steinroeder of Harvard. Steinroeder took the first set, 7-5, but Pugliese won the second set, 6-3. Pugliese fell to Steinroeder in the third set, 7-5.

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Men’s Soccer Ties Defending Champion Quinnipiac

soccerThe men's soccer team earned one point this past Saturday, Oct. 18, when they came away with a scoreless tie on the road against the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. The contest was a rematch of last year's MAAC Championship game, which the Bobcats took in a penalty kick shootout.

With the tie, the blue and white moved to 6-2-4 for the year, including a 2-0-3 record in the MAAC, while the Bobcats are now 6-4-3 overall and 3-0-2 in conference play. QU currently sits at third place in the MAAC, two spots ahead of the fifth place blue and white.

Behind sophomore goalie, Eric Klenofsky, the Hawks were able to record their fifth straight shutout, and eighth clean sheet on the season. The game marked MU's fifth double overtime game of the year; MU holds a 1-0-4 record in these matches.

"Today was a great game," said head coach Robert McCourt. "Both teams created good chances, and it was two teams playing a good brand of attractive soccer, which is great for a league."

The Bobcats came out aggressive after the opening kick, and generated two scoring chances in the first ten minutes of the game. However, QU's Ashton Pett's shot in the fourth minute went wide of the net, and Machel Baker's attempt in the ninth minute was blocked by an MU defender.

Things quickly changed after the early scare as the Hawks gained some momentum that resulted in two opportunities of their own. Unfortunately for MU, nothing came of the opportunities as senior forward, Dom Sarle, had his 11th minute attempt saved by QU goalie, Borja Angoita. Junior midfielder, Dan Pizzimenti also came close to scoring, however, he saw his shot go wide in the 12th minute of play.

QU was able to gain a bit of an upper hand the rest of the half, as they outshot the Hawks 3-1 over the next 30 plus minutes of play. Despite this shot differential, MU stayed tough and kept the game scoreless heading into the half time.

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Field Hockey Begins Conference Play

fhThe University's field hockey team moved into their conference play this past weekend as they faced the Rider University Broncs and Sacred Heart University.

"What we want to take away every year from our non-conference schedule is to play some really big teams which I think we did that this year," head coach Carli Figlio said. "I think the difference this year is that if we're not winning, we are coming really close to winning."

During the season's non-conference play, the Hawks faced two big opponents: Michigan State and Rutgers University. Against Michigan State, a nationally ranked opponent, MU played a tough game but lost at the last second, 4-3, in overtime. In their final non-conference game, the Hawks were able to defeat Rutgers, 3-2, at So Sweet A Cat Field on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Hawks could not carry this momentum to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season as the team fell 1-0 to Rider on Friday, Oct. 17. With the loss, the Hawks hit the .500 mark at 7-7 (0-1 MAAC) for the year.

"This year more than any other year, our conference is very strong. It's any team's game at any point," Figlio said before the game. "Heading into Rider and Sacred Heart, being not on our field, its a disadvantage to us but I think the girls are really focused in on how we want to play and just focusing on us as opposed to what are they doing and how can we stop it."

The Broncs gained the lead in the ninth minute of play as they earned a penalty corner which resulted in the only goal of the game. Rider placed a shot on net which sophomore defender Casey Hanna was able to clear, however, Rider's Melyssa Alonso received the cleared ball and put it in the back of the cage.

Sophomore Alyssa Ercolino had a team-high three shots on net. Senior Amanda Schoenfeld and graduate student Trish O'Dwyer both registered two shots each. This was the first time in seven games in which O'Dwyer did not score.

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Surfers: You are Among Friends at Monmouth

Fall break allowed students across campus to take a breather from schoolwork and return home for a long weekend.  Monmouth mothers rejoiced to see their loved ones at home under their wing once more, eating home-cooked meals and partaking in family bonding activities.  Mothers of student surfers were distraught however, as their children paddled into heaping, over-head waves this past weekend.  Although it was not ideal that students had to leave MU right before a big swell, it did not stop surfers from attaining a few highly sought after hurricane barrels.

Over the weekend, Hurricane Gonzalo distributed waves all along the east coast.  Friday and Saturday were two days that surfers would be bummed to miss.  Freshman Paul Kelly had some fun over the weekend, and the consensus was that Saturday was the day.

"I saw the swell was coming from the beginning of the week and knew I had fall break. I was excited and a bit skeptical about being home for a groundswell because my home break does not usually hold them well," Kelly said. "I woke up Friday morning and knew it was going to be a great weekend of waves when I paddled out into chest to head high clean conditions, and the swell hadn't even kicked in yet. I woke up early Saturday morning and checked. It was 2-3 feet over head, I sprinted back to my house, got my suit and board, paddled out and shared crazy barrels with some of my best friends from home."

To see more than what you were expecting is truly an amazing site as a surfer.  Nothing is better than the moment you realize you might have one of the best sessions of your life.  That combination of fear and excitement is one that cannot be replicated by any drug or drink.

The amount of people who seek that adrenaline rush, and those that share the love of surfing enough to achieve that rush are two different groups of individuals.  Anyone can talk about wanting to surf and scoring perfect waves, yet none other than that individual can know whether or not they emulate that determination.

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Football Ignites Inaugural Big South Campaign

With the first six games of the Hawks' football season out of the way, this weekend's contest against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College (4-3, 1-1 Big South) will mark a first in the football programs history.

Saturday afternoon's contest, which is slated for a 2 pm kickoff, will be the first football game MU plays as a member of the Big South conference. While the Hawks played against Flames of Liberty University last Sept., a 45-15 defeat in Liberty's favor, they were not a member of the conference yet. Now, with five games remaining in the season, the Hawks will finally be able to flex their muscles and see where they stand amongst their new foes in their new conference.

What do we know about the Big South thus far? First off, it's a step up in competition and in exposure from MU's former conference affiliate, the Northeast Conference (NEC). The conference's top dogs, the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina (7-0, 1-0 Big South), is currently ranked third in the FCS Coaches' polls, according to ESPN, and have been amongst the top-five for most of this season. Arguably the second-best team in the conference, Liberty, is receiving some votes for consideration into the Top 25 despite holding a record of 4-3. For further proof of increased competitive value, look to the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern (5-2, 0-1 Big South).

Despite falling last weekend in a defensive slugfest to Presbyterian, 7-3, the Charleston Southern lost in a nail-biter to the Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), 21-20. Vanderbilt's overall season record of 2-5 does not reflect the team's true talent. Just remember that the Commodores are members of a conference that won six of the past seven national championships.

With Charleston Southern dropping a one-point contest to Vanderbilt only to lose to Presbyterian this past weekend, what can be said about the Blue Hose?

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Cross Country Competes at Princeton

The University's men's and women's cross country teams participated in Princeton University's Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18. Out of 35 teams, the men tied for 15th with 417 points while the women placed 16th out of 37 teams with 481 points.

The 278 women competing in the race were to run a 6.1k course. Winning first overall was Sarah Rapp from Virginia Tech; she finished the race in 21:11.

Sophomore Jenna Cupp was the first Hawk to finish the race at 22:48 earning her 60th overall. Junior Sydney Engelberger finished 13 seconds later earning 82nd place. The third Hawk to complete the race was sophomore Molly McKeon in 23:10 making her 97th overall. MU's fourth runner was freshman Allie Wilson whose time was 23:25 while sophomore Kristen Rodgers-Erickson ran 23:51.

Sophomore Lennon Cooper finished next followed by juniors Kendal Hand and Nina Poccia.

The men, who ran against nearly 250 runners, raced on a 8k course. Senior Khari Bowen crossed the line at 24:54 which made him the first Hawk to finish for the men's side. He finished 33rd overall. Next to cross was junior Graham Huggins-Filozof at 25:22, good enough for 72nd overall. MU's third finisher was junior Domenick D'Agostino at 25:37 for a 96th place finish. Senior Alex Leight came in at 25:41 with freshman Ben Dillon close behind at 25:43. Rounding out the Hawk's top seven was senior Tommy Darlington at 25:44 and junior Kevin French at 26:03.

MU's next feat will be to host the 2014 MAAC Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 at Holmdel Park. The men will begin at 11 am and the women will begin at 12 pm. Admission is free.

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Women’s Soccer Victorious Against QU

MU women's soccer was able to improve their record to 11-4 overall (6-1 MAAC) as they defeated conference rival, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, with a score of 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

Currently, the women are on a five game win streak in conference play and lead the league. The win over QU gave MU its second shutout in a row, bringing the Hawk's total shutouts for the season to eight. The shutout also accounted for head coach Krissy Turner's 199th career win.

Less than 11 minutes into the first half, the Hawks scored the only goal of the game as freshman forward Rachelle Ross found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Alexis McTamney was given the assist, her fifth of the season. As of now, Ross leads the Hawks in goals with seven and has a team-high 17 points.

The Hawks outshot the Bobcats, 14-7, and held an advantage in corner kicks, 5-2. Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino played the entire game for MU and registered two saves.

The Hawks will compete in their final home game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 22 against MAAC opponent Iona at 7 pm. They will then travel to Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY to compete against Marist on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Their final regular season game will be against Rider University on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, NJ.

These final three games will help the Hawks prepare for the 2014 MAAC Women's Soccer Championships which is set to begin on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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SIDE LINES: 10/22/14

The Monmouth University men's golf team finished 11th in the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club's Grace Course, a 7,091-yard par-72. The Hawks were led by senior Brady Goodling who tied for 18th overall with 158 strokes during the two day tournament. This marks his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Junior Kyle Deisher finished second for MU with 163 strokes after the two rounds. Freshman Mariano Medico followed close behind at 165. Sophomore Jesse Hazam had rounds of 84 and 82 to finish at 166. Senior Colin Buckley ended the event at 177.

Earlier this week it was announced that MU's field hockey team received three individual honors. Midfielder Trish O'Dwyer was named this week's Female Student-Athlete of the Week (presented by Crons). O'Dwyer has played and started in all 15 games of this season. She currently leads the team in points (29), goals (10), and assists (9).

Freshman Christen Piersanti was named Defensive Player of the Week as she collected one win and one shutout this weekend. Piersanti has 62 saves in 12 games and a .729 save percentage.

Freshman Meg Donahue was named the Offensive Player of the Week. She scored two goals this past weekend and now has eight goals on the season.

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Hawks Football Steamrolls Robert Morris University

football-pictureIf the Hawks' football team needed to prove that they would be okay without one of their star players, they made a quick statement as they dismantled their former Northeast Conference foe, the Colonials of Robert Morris University by a score of 51-20. The Hawks improve their record to 4-1 for the first time since 2006 while RMU drops to 0-5.

Even though the Hawks' up-tempo offense was in full effect, the defense stole the show by forcing six turnovers. The defense also placed a ton of pressure on Colonial quarterback Derik Abbott, sacking him a season-high seven times as well as accumulating 12 tackles-for-loss. In back-to-back possessions in the second half, the Hawks intercepted errant Abbott passes, one of was by sophomore Kevin Butler for a 40-yard score in the fourth quarter, the Hawks' first pick-six since 2010.

Freshman Mike Basile also continued his stellar play in his rookie campaign by hauling his third interception of the season and returning it 56-yards deep into Robert Morris territory. His forced turnover led to a six yard scoring plunge by sophomore sophomore running back Zach Welch.

"It's a great win on our final trip out here to Robert Morris. I was particularly pleased with the way our offense and defense seemed to feed off each other," said Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan. "I thought the defense made an awful lot of big plays and turned some of them into touchdowns. They gave the ball to our offense in prime field positions and our offense took advantage of that and put points on the board. It was a very good team win collectively."

The Hawks defensive pressure started up front with their defensive front seven, who deliver bone-crushing hits from the opening start until their last. Sophomore outside linebacker Payton Minnich led the way for with the Hawks with 11 tackles while junior linebacker John Sieczkowski contributed with nine tackles of his own. Basile and junior linebacker Tyler Thompson also added to their defensive efforts with eight tackles and several hellacious hits.

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Women’s Soccer Dominates Saint Peter’s

The women's soccer team made a statement on Hesse Field this past Wednesday, Oct. 1 as they conquered the Saint Peter's University Peacocks in a dominant 8-0 victory. This puts MU's record at 2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 7-4 overall. Coming off of a tough conference loss at Canisius on Saturday, the Hawks needed to prove their presence in the MAAC. Fortunately for MU, they did just that, posting their sixth shutout this season amongst five different goal scorers.

"We were coming off a disappointing performance on Saturday in which we didn't deserve to win. The other team wanted it more and that was very disheartening to us," said head coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks came to play from the first whistle. Just 2:28 into the first half, freshman forward Rachelle Ross crossed the ball into the box to find sophomore forward Alexis McTamney ready off of the goalie's deflection. Just moments later, the Hawks struck again. Another underclassmen duo, freshman midfielder Sophia Centi and sophomore forward Julie Spracklin paired up to put another on the board. It was at 19:15 into the game when the Hawks became a triple threat. Senior defender Kristen Brett passed the ball wide to sophomore forward Erica Murphy who touched it into the box and crushed the net. The Hawks had a solid lead of 3-0 less than 19:30 into the first half.

As the clock read 19:58, junior defender Cara Poole found Spracklin for her second of the night and fourth of her career. In the 24th minute Ross took the ball to goal herself earning her sixth career goal. By the 25th minute mark, the Hawks had solidified their lead to 5-0.

With five minutes left in the first half, MU proved they were not yet finished on their offensive attack. Sophomore forward Madi Grieve stood tall in the box awaiting a cross from senior midfielder Breynn Collazo. Grieve headed Collazo's cross to earn her first collegiate goal and the sixth goal of the night.

MU goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino and the Hawks' defense saw little offensive action from Saint Peter's as D'Agostino made just one save. In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Lavan replaced D'Agostino and made her first collegiate appearance.

With the responsibility to maintain the shutout on the team's shoulders, Coach Turner motivated the Hawks to keep their heads in the game, regardless of the score. "I think the approach to the second half was that we needed to keep playing. We needed to get better and I think they responded well. We played a lot of players. Everyone had the opportunity to contribute," she said.

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Field Hockey Edged by No. 20 Michigan State

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the Hawks faced the nationally ranked Spartans of Michigan State on So Sweet A Cat Field to conclude their five game home stand. MU had the momentum early in the 22nd minute as senior forward and team captain Amanda Schoenfeld scored the first goal of the game. Three minutes later, a controversial call gave Michigan State a penalty stroke. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Alli Helwig put it past starting goalie Christen Piersanti to tie the score at one leaving momentum up for grabs.

With the game tied again both teams were looking for that next goal. The Hawks opportunity came in the 31st minute when seniors Schoenfeld and Trish O'Dwyer seemed to be passing the torch to freshman forward Meg Donahue when the two seniors passed it back and forth leaving Donahue open for an easy goal giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead. MU's defense continued to play well holding the Spartans to minimal scoring chances.

With the clock winding down in the first half, junior midfielder Cori Allen set up the two seniors once again as she sent one into the circle. O'Dwyer tipped a pass to Schoenfeld who quickly passed it back to O'Dwyer who had an open net after she faked out the Spartans' goalie and knocked in her fifth goal of the year. The Hawks went into half time up 3-1.

"We had a really balanced first half, from playing good defense to balanced midfielders to great attackers," said head coach Carli Figlio.

In the first half of play, MU outshot the Spartans 13-5, but the second half went in favor of Michigan State. With just over fifteen minutes left in the game, the Hawks were able to maintain the lead. The Spartans then turned things around, scoring two goals at the 10 and five minute marks bringing the game to a tie at 3-3. Late in the second half, the Spartans scored again producing a 4-3 lead, but after a talk between the two officials the goal was called off and the game remained tied.

Still tied at 3-3, the Hawks and Spartans went into overtime. Michigan State scored the decisive goal. With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-4 while the Hawks fall to 4-6.

Coach Figlio believes that if the second half performance could match their first half dominance, the Hawks would have pulled out a win against the nationally ranked no. 20 Michigan State.

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SIDE LINES: 10/8/14

Freshman forward, Rachelle Ross, was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for women's soccer this past Monday, October 6.

Ross had a goal and two assists in the Hawks 8-0 win over St. Peter's Wednesday, October 1, and it is the second time she's received the Rookie of the Week award this season. Ross currently leads the team in total points , with 15, and goals, with six. She also is tied for the team lead with three assists.

Freshman safety Mike Basile was named the Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week for his play against Robert Morris this past Saturday, October 4. It was the third time this season Basile was given the honor.

For the game, Basile recorded eight tackles, and also grabbed an interception that eventually led to an MU score. He currently leads the Big South with three interceptions on the season.

The men's golf team finished 10th out of 16 teams at the Binghamton Invitational this past weekend. Senior Brady Goodling led the way for the Hawks by shooting back to back rounds of 72.

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A Look at Zach Fabel

zach-fabelTypically, shore towns are known to produce surfers and sailors. Junior tight end Zach Fabel is an exception. Originally hailing from Brigantine, NJ, he arrived at the University in 2012, but red-shirted as a freshman and did not see the football field until last season. The true freshman came bursting onto the field last year. Coming in at 6'3" and 265-pounds, Fabel made an impact in his second career game when he caught a 42-yard pass for a touchdown against Liberty University. The Hawks would go on to lose that particular game, however, Fabel was a bright spot and proved his football ability.

Fabel was immediately drawn to MU in 2012 before he officially committed. "I chose MU because it was close to home, and the coaches and veteran players really bonded with me," Fabel said. "It made me feel this was the right place for me, plus it's by the beach." Not only did Fabel connect with coaches and players at the University, he also had support from home. Throughout his football career, his parents were there for him, whether it was peewee, his four years at Holy Spirit High School (where he won back-to-back state championships), or his seasons at MU, he has always had a backbone. "My parents instilled the words 'never give up' into me as a kid, and it made me strive to be the best player I could be, not only for myself, but for them as well," said Fabel.

Young athletes not only seek guidance from home, they look towards their role models. "For me, I liked watching Jeremy Shockey play," Fabel said. "Even though I am an Eagles fan I loved how Shockey played the game with a lot of heart and determination, and I try to mimic that when I step onto the turf."

It very quickly became apparent that Fabel would surely live up to his role model's determination and dedication during his career as a Hawk. In his first year, No. 85 played all 12 games for the blue and white catching nine receptions for 19 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Unfortunately, all of Fabel's accomplishments came at a price. Throughout the 2012 season, Fabel battled hip pains and eventually had to undergo offseason surgery. "I had been battling all year, but that was not going to stop me from playing," he said. "I had my surgery after the season was over and worked every day to get back to 100 percent."

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Hawks Defeat Lehigh for Third Win

brandon-hillThe Hawks' football team edged the Leigh University Mountain Hawks 28-21, on Sept. 27 at Goodman Stadium. The win pushes MU's record to 3-1 while Lehigh falls to 0-4 for the season.

"We knew it was going to be tough game, a game that would go the full 60 minutes and it was, coming right down to the final seconds," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "Our defense got a stop when it needed to and ended up blocking a field goal which was huge. Then our offense took the field and put on a very impressive 74-yard drive to go down the field and score a touchdown. It was a game in which our guys showed a lot of heart, a lot of desire and made plays when we had to."

With the score tied 21-21 and only 3:49 remaining in the game, Lehigh lined up to attempt a 32-yard field goal, but redshirt freshman DJ Martin blocked the kick giving the ball back to the Hawks' offense.

The offense proceeded to move quickly down the field, highlighted by a 15-yard late hit penalty on Lehigh, and a 15-yard reception by senior wider receiver Neal Sterling. The drive culminated with senior quarterback Brandon Hill's 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Eric Sumlin with only 12 seconds left in the game.

"We were just running the plays that we were running all game. We knew the matchups we had," explained Hill. "We knew we had that play in the arsenal so we just waited on it and at the end of the game it was there."

MU was led by their tandem of seniors Hill and Sterling, who both had career days. Hill completed 33 of 44 passes for a career-high 390 yards while also adding three passing touchdowns. His 33 completions and 44 attempts were both also career highs. Sterling completed his day with 11 receptions for a career-high 183 yards and a touchdown.

The Hawks started the game quickly, scoring on their first possession. Just 1:47 into the game, Hill hit Sterling with a pass that he quickly turned up field for a 59-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

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Freshman Leads Golf

The men's golf team finished sixth overall, in a nine team field, at the Tuxedo Autumn Invitational hosted by Columbia University this past weekend.

On a difficult course that consisted of very firm and fast greens, the Hawks shot 80 over par as a team, with a total score of 932. The 932 score was only eight strokes behind the third place finisher of the tournament, Lehigh University.

Head Coach Dennis Shea thought his team played well, but realized they have the potential to play even better. "Overall, I think we played relatively well. The course played a little tough, especially around the greens, and I thought par could have been around 74," said Shea. "Unfortunately, we just aren't consistent enough right now. Everyone's going to have some bad swings and shots, but we need to cut out some of the mental mistakes."

Despite the sixth place finish, MU did have several strong moments, including shooting a 297 in the second round of the tournament. The score was the lowest round of any team, and only one of two sub-300 rounds at the Invitational. Central Connecticut State, who finished fourth and were seven strokes better than the Hawks, had the other sub-300 at 298, which also came in the second round of the tournament.

"I was very happy with the 297," said Shea. "We had already played 18 holes earlier in the day, and I think those first 18 helped everyone get a feel of the course, and they really took advantage of that experience in the second round."

Freshman Mariano Medico was another bright spot for the Hawks. Medico shot a 229 on the weekend, which was good enough for 14th overall individually. It was Medico's first top-20 finish on his young career.

Shea was excited about the success the freshman had in what was only his second collegiate tournament. "I was pleased with the way he (Medico) played," Shea said. "It's obviously a good thing for the future of this program, and I think he has a very promising career ahead of him."

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Surfing is Not Just a Hobby; It’s a Lifestyle

We left off last time hoping for waves during the upcoming week, as usual. This week, Mother Ocean delivered. On Sunday the swell was building, from early morning to the sun's last rays, surfers found some clean three to four footers.  Although, no one was satisfied, the prediction for the next day was even better. When Monday rolled around there was excitement in the air. I woke and went to my first class hoping that it would go fast.

As I sat in class, I felt a buzz in my pocket; I swiped right to a text from my friend Andrew that read and I quote, "It's sick, I just got best barrel of life." A small, solitary tear ran down my face as I sat in my 8:30 am class, knowing that I had another class waiting for me afterwards. When I finally went out, I got the notorious, "Shoulda been here earlier dude!"

Personally, I had a great time, but I could not help but think about Andrew's text and what the waves were like while I was in class. Either way, we all scored early in the week.

On paper, surfing seems like a hobby, maybe a sport, yet there is a certain culture that surrounds it. Surfing and being a surfer are two very different things. One is an action and one is an encompassing idea. What does it really mean to be a surfer in NJ?  From the clothes you wear and the music you enjoy, to your personal characteristics and interests, being a surfer defines a person.

Surfers are all similar in some ways, yet in other ways, they are rather different. There is a real fine line in surfing where you want do what the other guys are doing and be like them but you also want to strive to have your own style. Your head is constantly filled with thoughts about, your next wave.

How am I going to surf it? What if I do this, how can I branch off from it and do something new or something I saw in that last video I watched?

There is a constant intra-self-battle between being someone totally different and being like that guy you just surfed with who killed the session.

A big part of this battle has to do with the reason you surf. In other destination surf areas, the surfers are looking for instant satisfaction from the multitude of cameras that are always rolling. In NJ, no one cares. There is a tight-knit surfing community who are interested, but other than that, NJ is filled with fake New Yorkers and people who aren't even associated with the beach. Because of this, NJ surfers don't surf for fame, but for the love of surfing. For this reason, NJ is totally different from anywhere else in the world.

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SIDELINES: 10/01/2014

Women's soccer suffered their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defeat this past Saturday. The team was edged 3-2 by the Canisius Golden Griffins at the Demske Sports Complex.

MU's goals came from senior Alexa Freguletti and sophomore Julie Spracklin.

Although MU outshot their opponent 19-16, the Golden Griffins were able to put one past graduate student goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino in the 53rd minute to secure the win.

The Hawks return to the field on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Hesse Field. They will be facing the 1-9 Saint Peter's Peacocks.

The field hockey team fell to Cornell 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at So Sweet A Cat Field. The Hawks were given an opportunity to score with 15 seconds left in the game, but were unable to capitalize on their penalty corner giving Cornell their sixth consecutive win. Freshman Meg Donahue and senior Trish O'Dwyer each scored a goal for the Hawks. goals for the Hawks, who are now 4-5 for the season.

MU plays their final game in their five game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 pm against nationally ranked Michigan State.

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Monmouth Shines at Annual Invitational

allie-wilsonAside from the Annual XC Kickoff, Monmouth's Cross Country program hosts an additional annual meet early in the season. After giving an exceptional performance at the XC-Kickoff at Thompson Park two weeks ago, the Hawks performed admirably once again at the Monmouth Invitational on Sept. 20. This second invitational is held at the challenging course of Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ. The hilly course is feared by high school and collegian runners alike for its signature, 180 meter steep incline known as "the bowl."

Despite the challenges posed, the men's squad placed first overall with a score of 28 points. Marist (66), Siena (98), Rider (100), and Quinnipiac (116) trailed the Hawks to create the top five. Junior Domenick D'Agostino was the first overall finish as he completed the 8,000 meter course in 26:18.6 in a field of 156 athletes.

Right behind D'Agostino was established senior Khari Bowen, who placed third overall with a time of 26:28.1. MU's men's top five was rounded out by Graham Huggins-Filozof, Ben Dillon, and Kevin Summonte. The three finished seventh, eighth, and ninth with times of 26:49.6, 26:50.2, and 26:55.8 respectively.

In the women's race, MU placed fourth with 95 points, just shy of Rutgers (93). Ahead of them were Marist (71), and finally Quinnipiac who won with 31 points.

In the fairly competitive 5,000 meter race, sophomore Jenna Cupp was the first lady hawk to cross the line in 18:57.4 – she placed 12th out of a field of 171 runners. Close behind Cupp was freshman Allie Wilson who placed 14th with a time of 19:00.6. Sophomore Molly McKeon was next to finish in 19:38.8, followed closely behind senior Mackenzie Roche and sophomore Lennon Cooper who ran times of 19:43.0, and 19:51.0 respectively.

Although the women may not have performed as well as they had hoped, head coach Joe Compagni stresses how the Monmouth XC-Kickoff as well as the Monmouth Invitational serve as great gauges and barometers for the runners in preparing for future, more important meets.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Don’t Deny a Good Wave



1.) When there is swell predicted for a certain date or time, and a surfer goes to the beach and there is little to no swell.

We got skunked.

This past week, any surfer in the Monmouth area could tell you this was the case. With Hurricane Eduard directly off of the east coast, everyone was preparing for some mid-September tubes. Instead, spots in South Jersey, North Jersey and parts of NY were given better waves. People in Central Jersey were dumbfounded. Why would the rest of NJ catch waves and not us? Well, when Eduard came up our coast, he drifted further east than anyone had guessed. As a result, any part of our coast that juts out to the east received better waves simply because of the proximity to the storm.

All summer, when swell was predicted, it always seemed like Long Branch was getting the worthy waves while my friends and I were getting the scraps. This week it was reversed completely; the spot I surf in Wildwood Crest was going off, while Long Branch looked like a wave pool.

As a surfer, you feel as though you have the worst luck. I can guarantee that you are not alone. Everyone gets the, "should've been here earlier man," when they are about to start a session. Even more often it is, "I'm surfing later, it won't be any good till then." Meanwhile you have all afternoon classes. It is really hard to not dwell on those facts and just reject being a surfer all together. To counter the love/hate relationship that many of us have with surfing, it is better to focus on one day where it all worked out.

For me, that one day was August 13. There was not a high chance for many great waves that day, but the forecast did show a little bump on Wednesday of that week. Naturally, I did not expect much, but Tuesday night I set my alarm for 8:00 am. As I arose from my slumber, I contemplated shutting my eyes figuring that there would be an absence of surf. I justified it in my head; it was my day off, and my only day to sleep in until the weekend. Slowly, the idea of a few more hours in my cocoon of warmth sounded better and better. As I began to drift off into a short hibernation, another side of me awakened.

I'll sleep when I'm dead.

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Soccer is Domininant

Men's soccer improved its record to 4-1-1 this past week, when they shutout in-state rival Rutgers 3-0, and then tied Villanova 1-1 in the team's second double-overtime contest of the season.

The Hawks' are currently in the middle of what may be the most difficult part of their regular season schedule, as the team played both games on the road against larger conference schools in Rutgers and Villanova. Despite the tough stretch in their schedule, head coach Robert McCourt expected nothing less than the usual from his players.

"I'm looking for the same thing I've seen so far from our guys," said McCourt about the matchups. "It's always difficult playing on the road in college soccer, and the fact that we're playing some local rivals makes it even more of a challenge, but ultimately we want to go out there, keep playing well, and pick up some wins."

MU was more than up to the challenge when they travelled to Rutgers on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to take on the Scarlet Knights. After 30 scoreless minutes of play, MU's senior forward, Dom Sarle, was able to register the game's first goal in the 32nd minute when he found the back of the net from the left edge of the box. Sarle's goal would ultimately prove to be the game winner.

Sophomore goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, and the rest of the Hawks defense was the story the rest of the day as they were able to shutdown Rutgers the entire second half to preserve the win and shutout. Klenofsky made five saves on the night, three of which came in the second half. The Hawks managed to push across two more goals in the second half with sophomore Dave Nigro adding a score of his own in the 64th minute and senior midfielder Bryant Avalos extending the lead in the 78th minute of play.

The blue and white found themselves in a more highly contested matchup when they took on the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 20. After a scoreless 43 plus minutes of play, it appeared that both teams would head into the locker room tied at 0. However, Villanova's Aaron Dennis beat Klenofsky late in the 44th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the half.

Villanova continued to apply pressure early in the second period, but Klenofsky bounced back from the first half goal, and shutdown the Wildcats, with four of his six total saves coming in the second half.

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Field Hockey Relies on Offense

Lose to Northeastern, Bounce Back to Defeat Davidson

The women's field hockey team had a trying weekend beginning this past Friday. The Hawks faced Northeastern University on Friday, Sept. 19 where they fell short 2-0, but made a statement on Sunday, Sept. 21 when they defeated the Davidson University Wildcats 3-1.

After coming off of a loss on Sept. 14 at the hands of Old Dominion, the Hawks were determined to make a statement.

Although Northeastern walked away with the win on Friday, the Hawks beat the Huskies in saves while two freshmen, goalkeeper Tanja Kloock and midfielder Lauren Fried, made their collegiate debuts.

While MU did not execute on goal, there were many exciting opportunities. Freshman forward Meg Donahue came close to cage when Northeastern goalkeeper, Becky Garner, saved the ball at the baseline just ten minutes into the first half.

Junior midfielder Cori Allen powered through the circle during a first half. However, she was also denied by Garner.

The last hope for the Hawks during the first half came from midfielder grad student Trish O'Dwyer, but her shot was blocked once again. MU senior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller outsaved the Huskies goaltender, 7-5, allowing the offensive various opportunities. Even though Westerweller attempted to give her team an edge, Northeastern's defense held the Hawks for 35 minutes without giving them a corner in the second half. With only three shots on goal in the second half, the Hawks were outnumbered and outscored 2-0.

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Football Second Half Comeback Falls Short

The University's football team's second half rally against the Dukes of Duquesne University came up short resulting in a 30-21 loss to their former Northeast Conference foe. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-1 while the Dukes improve to 2-2.

The Hawks fell behind at halftime, 24-7, and had to fight and claw their way back into the game in order to make a respectable showing. In most sports, you never want to fall behind because then you have to put forth extra effort and energy to escape with a win. This was no exception. In the second half, the Hawks outscored the Dukes, 14-6, but it just wasn't enough in the end.

"I didn't think we played well enough in the first half to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "In the second half I was happy the way our players fought back and got themselves back in it. We put ourselves in the position that it was a one score game and we had the ball. If we could have been able to get on the board at that point I think it could have changed the outcome. We didn't have the ability to make plays when we really needed to today. Duquesne did a good job along the defensive line and we made it difficult for us to find any consistency in the run game. Without being able to run the ball, it made throwing the ball all the more difficult."

MU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on their first drive of the contest, an 11-play drive that took almost five minutes off of the game clock, when senior quarterback Brandon Hill found senior receiver Neal Sterling for a 17-yard scoring strike. However, things went downhill for the Hawks from there, as Duquesne scored 24-unanswered-points before returning to the locker room for halftime. In an effort to get back into the game during the second half, the Hawks leaned heavily on their passing attack, putting the game in the hands of Hill and their wide receivers, a position that is a strong point of the MU attack due to the amount of playmakers and overall depth.

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SIDE LINES: 9/24/14

Sophomore goalie, Eric Klenofsky, was named the Wilson MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play during men's soccers last two games. Klenofsky first shutout in-state rival Rutgers on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in a 3-0 Hawks win, and he followed up that performance with six saves against Villanova in what ended up being a 1-1 tie. This is the fifth time Klenofsky has received the award in his career.

The women's golf team finished 10th at Navy's Chesapeake Bay Invitational this past Saturday and Sunday. Two freshmen led the Hawks to their top ten finish as the Blue and White scored 983 collectively.

Freshman Faith Garcia had the best finish for the Hawks as she placed 17th overall with rounds of 77, 81, and 80. Freshman Erin DiDonato placed 27th overall with rounds of 75, 85, and 81.

They will compete again on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the FDU Quad Match at Franklin Lakes, NJ.

The women's soccer team lost their final non-conference game of the season, 4-1, to Hofstra University. MU's sole goal was from sophomore forward Erica Murphy at the 55 minute mark. Junior Monique Goncalves received the assist.

The Hawks now move into conference play on Sept. 24 at 7 pm when they host Siena College.

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Basile’s Interception Seals Wagner Nail-Biter

footballIn a tough fought game, the Monmouth Hawks' football team was able to close the deal on a victory over former Northeast Conference rival, the Wagner Seahawks with a final score of 21-16 thanks to the late-game heroics of freshman Mike Basile. With the victory, the Hawks improved to 2-0 for the season while the Seahawks fall to 1-2. The Hawks have now won three consecutive games against the rival from Staten Island.

"First of all I have to congratulate our team," said MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan. "I thought that they did a great job. We knew that this game was going to be one that would go down to the wire. Every game against Wagner seems to have done that. It's always a full four-quarter football game. It's always back and forth and you've got to take advantage of opportunities and I thought that our team did an excellent job on both sides of the ball of taking advantage of opportunities, of coming up big in some tough situations and overcoming some adverse situations."

Two weeks after showcasing an offensive clinic in the season opener against Delaware State, a game in which the Hawks accumulated 553-yards on 92-plays in a 52-21 victory over the Hornets, this football contest against a familiar foe was dominated by the defense. Both teams delivered bone-crushing hits and made huge impact plays for the full 60-minutes. When it came to who would make the big play to seal the fate of the game, an unlikely hero emerged in freshman safety Mike Basile.

With a little more than a minute remaining in the game after a failed fake punt attempt by the Hawks and the Seahawks driving for the go-ahead score, Basile intercepted Brian Gehring's pass to the left corner of the end zone to seal the victory for the Hawks. Basile, who was nominated as the Big South conference's Defensive Player of the Week and Big South Freshman of the Week, also contributed four tackles to go along with the game-clinching pick. It is worth noting that the Brick native now has two interceptions in the first two games of his collegiate career.

"We were playing man-to-man and it was a tight end matchup," said Basile. "I just tried going up there and attacking the ball."

"It was a big play. It was a big play in a pressure moment with the game on the line. Mike's played two college football games and he's made some big plays," Callahan added. "Looking at it from where I was on the sideline, it looked like Mike was in a good position as the ball was thrown. It's going to be in the corner of the end zone, there's two guys going up for it and I'm hoping our guy comes down with it, that's for sure."

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R.I.P. to the Pit

tysankeysurfpicWith our ocean resembling a lake for the first week of school, the predicted swell for this past week had MU's surfers frothing. High winds, a ripping current and massive Monday and Tuesday waves saddened surfers across the board.

Wednesday morning, as I found my way to an 8:30 am class, the sun was shining and the wind was nothing more than a soft reminder of the previous days. I smiled to myself as my professor let us out ten minutes early and immediately notified others who like to surf of the day's conditions.

Wednesday ended up delivering chest high barrels to local surf spots. Surfers beamed as they walked down to the beach, nothing but board shorts and a surfboard under their arm. A warm September sun shone in their eyes as surfer by surfer paddled out to the lineup. All day, surfer's schedules consisted of surfing, eating and more surfing. On Thursday morning, the waves lasted for only a short period but surfers on dawn patrol rejoiced to find clean, sizeable waves during that time. Conclusively from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, there were waist to chest high waves at most spots around our area.

One spot in particular has been very quiet this year after it was recently dredged. Before it was dredged, the Pit, was a go-to spot for many surfers last year.

"Dredging is the process of removing bottom sediment in the ocean for several different purposes. navigable waterways must constantly be maintained at a certain depth to allow for passage and must be dredged to do so," senior marine and environmental biology and policy major Amanda Billotti said. "In addition dredged material is used to replenish beaches that are eroded. The problem with dredging is it disturbs the benthic ecosystem and the sediment may contain toxic chemicals and metals that have previously settled."

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Lady Hawks Win Four in a Row

W-Soccer-1The Hawks took on the Leopards of Lafayette on a cool night at The Great Lawn on Sunday, Sept. 14. MU controlled the game as they recorded their fifth shutout of the year with a final score of 3-0. Sharing the ball was key in MU's victory as three separate Hawks scored. Goals were made by freshman forward Rachelle Ross, sophomore forward Alexis McTamney, and junior Monique Goncalves.

The Hawks gained an early lead thanks to one of their rookies. At the 16th minute mark, Ross sent a shot toward the Lafayette goal and connected with the net. "[Erica] Murphy took a touch in, and I just trailed her. With her great pass, I was able to finish," Ross said. The goal counted for Ross's fourth of the season and her third goal in three games.

Ross currently leads the Hawks in scoring at four goals and points at nine.

McTamney gained her second goal of the season towards the end of the first half. She was able to control a flying ball off the foot of senior back Kristen Brett by heading it into the back of the net giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead. McTamney, no stranger to scoring, punched in eleven goals over the course of twenty-one games during the 2013 season.

The Hawks continued to pile on the goals; in the second half, Goncalves relieved forward Murphy from the game and wasted no time as she scored a goal off her back heel. The ball which trickled into the net counted as her first goal of the year.

Teamwork was a big part of the Hawks' offense on Sunday night. Murphy picked up an assist by sending a precise pass in the box that Ross finished off. Brett and Goncalves both picked up assists on the McTamney goal during the 36th minute. Ross got back into the action with her first assist of the year in the second half, when she played the ball into the goal line where she crossed it over to Goncalves who placed it in the net.

Recording the shutout was senior goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy who also picked up her first win of the season. McCoy started over transfer graduate student Nicole D'Agostino.

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Soccer Posts Second Shutout

The University's men's soccer team improved their record to 3-1-0 this past Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders who now post a 0-2-1 record.

The Hawks capitalized the second half as senior Dom Sarle put the blue and white on the board in the 61st minute of play while senior Bryant Avalos furthered the score in the 81st minute. Eric Klenofsky recorded his second shutout of the season.

"Our defense played very well overall, but we did a great job possessing the ball, and as a result, we were able to keep the ball away from our end of the field which really helped limit their opportunities," Head Coach Robert McCourt said. "By possessing and keeping control of the ball well, we forced their defense to step up and get out of posture which gave us a lot of chances on the offensive end."

The Hawks dominated their opponent in the first half as they outshot Holy Cross, 5-0. MU applied the pressure around the 20th minute of first half play. Within a three minute span, the Hawks had four shots on goal and two corners kicks.

"Not every chance turns into a goal," McCourt said of the many opportunities his team had. "We may not have registered too many shots on goal, but we had a lot of crosses into good positions. It's nice to score goals, but I was happy overall with how we played offensively."

Four minutes into the second half, the Hawks already had a corner kick and a shot on goal. The Crusaders bounced back as they took three corner kicks in a five minute span. Junior captain David Acuna-Camacho was handed a yellow card in the 58th minute of play; however, this only built the Hawks' momentum.

With 60 minutes on the board, Sarle was able to find the net and give his team the advantage. Sarle currently leads the Hawks with three goals for the season.

Around 20 minutes into the second half, MU's offense was on the frontline. Junior Dan Pizzimenti began the charge with a shot on net at 65:18. At 67:28, Acuna-Camacho sent in a corner kick followed by a shot from Sarle. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Crusaders' goalkeeper was able to find the ball.

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SIDE LINES: 9/17/14

The field hockey team was shutout 3-0 by Old Dominion, who is ranked 17th, this past Sunday, Sept. 14. With the loss MU falls to 2-3 on the young season. Old Dominion managed to score more goals than the Hawks got off shots, as the blue and white registered only two total shot attempts for the contest.

MU looks to bounce back this coming Friday, Sept. 19, when they return home to host Northeastern. 

Freshman safety Mike Basile was named the Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week this past Monday, Sept. 15, for his performance in the teams win over Wagner. Basile made the play of the game for the Hawks when he intercepted a potential go-ahead pass from the Wanger quarterback in the endzone to seal the victory. He also recorded four total tackles in his second career game. 

Freshman forward Rachelle Ross was named the MAAC Wilson Offensive Player of the Week this past Monday after recording 7 total points in two games for the women’s soccer team. Ross scored two goals in a Hawks win over Farleigh Dickinson, and added one more score and an assist in a win over Lafayette. 


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Cross Country Begins with Annual MU Kick-Off

Kevin-FrenchThe men's and women's cross country teams started off their season with a bang, both winning their first meet, the Monmouth XC Kick-Off on Saturday, Aug. 30. This annual competition is hosted by Monmouth as the first meet of the season. Held at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ, the meet allowed schools to gauge their performances for the future, while incorporating some friendly competition in the process.

Both the men's and women's teams showed their strengths as they defeated their competitors by large margins. The men's squad finished with a team score of 17 points, far ahead of competitors Lafayette at 65 points, Seton Hall at 75 points, Wagner at 100 points, and St. Francis (N.Y) at 135 points.

Senior runner Alex Leight and juniors Domenick D'Agostino and Kevin French were the first three to finish in a field of 76 runners. Their times for the hilly Thompson Park course were 19:09.7, 19:11.4, and 19:16.4 respectively.

Sophomore Kevin Summonte and freshman Ben Dillon rounded out MU's top five finishing in 19:23.2 and 19:29.7. Thomas Day of Lafayette was the lone runner to separate MU's top five. Head coach Joe Compagni explained the importance of this early meet as he said, "We don't focus too much on preparing for the MUXC Kick-Off itself, but it is an early season barometer for us. After a summer of training and a week of heavy volume during our pre-season camp, a low-key meet lets us see where we stand as a team."

The women's team performed exceptionally as well. Compiling a score of 26 points, the women's squad was trailed by Seton Hall who had 52 points, Lafayette with 75 points, Wagner at 81 points, and St. Francis (N.Y.) with 150 points. Freshman Danielle Leavitt was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the women, completing the course in 14:59.8.

Sophomore Jenna Cupp was right behind Leavitt with a time of 15:02.1. The two placed third and fourth respectively in a field of 81 runners.

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Men’s Soccer Rallies to Beat Albany

Soccer4The men's soccer team came away with a come-from-behind road win over the University of Albany Great Danes this past Sunday, Sept. 7 by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.

After coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of Lehigh and falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Hawks showed their toughness and determination by battling back to get the win with a late second half goal from junior defender Derek Luke, and overtime game winner from junior forward Jelani Williams. With the win, MU moved to 2-1 on the season while the Great Danes fell to 1-1-2.

"I'm really proud of these guys," said MU head coach Robert McCourt after the game. "I thought we deserved the game today so I was really proud of their performance. It was a complete team effort."

Albany got off to a quick start to open the contest, as the Danes were able to get two shots in the first ten minutes of play. However, they were unable to capitalize on either opportunity, with both of the attempts sailing high over the goal.

The Hawks luck ran out, however, when Albany's Bernardo Mattos took a ball in from teammate Philip Persson, and headed it into the top left corner of the net in the game's 21st minute.

Things did not get any better for the Hawks following the goal as the Great Danes continued to pressure MU's defense. In the 26th minute, Albany's Martin Gorrie nearly increased his team's lead by two, but Hawk sophomore goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, made the save to keep the lead at one.

Neither team had many great chances to score the rest of the half, and the two teams went into their respective locker rooms with the Great Danes still leading 1-0.

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What It Means to be a Student-Athlete

Many people perceive that a college athlete's sole responsibility is to perform well on the field. While there is undoubtedly pressure to maintain a certain level of performance in their respective sports, there are several off the field obligations that athletes must fulfill. In addition to coping with the rigors of their playing schedule, athletes are expected to perform academically and act in a respectful manner while representing their University off the field. College athletes must handle all of these expectations in order to embrace the role of being a student-athlete.

"First and foremost as an athlete you have a bit of a burden," said Tom Bieber, Director of Athletics Academic Support. "You take the burden of representing Monmouth University as a whole; on campus, off campus, when you compete away, and when you compete at home. Athletes are an extension of the University."

A central objective for college athletes is to perform well academically. "We certainly want athletes to put academics in the forefront. As much as I understand athletics is a big piece of what athletes do here and in a lot of instances athletes are obligated to perform and perform well because of athletic scholarships, from my departments area we want athletes to take academics as serious as possible," explained Bieber.

The National Collegiate Athletics Association or NCAA institutes several academic requirements that athletes must pass in order to be eligible for their season. According to the NCAA, athletes must have a full-time schedule which is a minimum of 12 credits every semester, they have to pass at least six credits every semester, they are required to pass 18 credits each academic year, and they must have at least a 2.10 GPA in their major after completing 80 credits. In addition to the rules imposed by the NCAA, Monmouth University has a policy that it's athletes complete five hours of study hall every week that class is in session.

While these restrictions may not seem difficult, the amount of time that athletes work on refining their playing skills can negatively impact their school work. "Sometimes the athletic competition, particularly when they're in season, the demands of it throws that academic and athletic balance out of whack," said Claude Taylor, Athletics Professor in Residence.

"There are days where you have no time," said Steve Wilgus, centerfielder for the University baseball team. "You have practice in the middle of the day. You have class all day. Sometimes you have class after practice and then you have to find time to do school work. It is a lot of pressure especially when you get down to this time of year near finals."

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Surf Conditions for Upcoming Week

With the new school year knocking on our door, the time comes to wave goodbye to the soft sand, warm summer breeze and ocean scent. While the lives of most college students will change drastically, those who attend the University will endure new levels of stress trying to balance beach time and academics. For surfers this means early sessions before that 8:30 am class or catching the last sliver of sunlight after a 4:30 pm course.

Surfers at the University are coming into this semester after some of the best waves a summer has yet to offer. Historically, summer is a time of long, sand-filled days, late, warm nights and an absence of surf. Many people assume the opposite, after movies like "Endless Summer" have glorified surfing in the summer time.

Contrary to popular belief, the real surf season starts when the hot summer ends and the leaves begin to fall. With anticipation building from last swell, the beginning of the fall season is one of the most exciting times for a surfer. With hurricane season at its absolute height, every surfer is frothing for that next paddle out, that next wave, and that sweet satisfaction.

I was able to catch up with my good friend Tyler Sankey when I got back to campus on move-in day. Our first topic of conversation: Hurricane Cristobal. Little Cristobal was born right off the coast of Africa and started out as a strong tropical wave. Cristobal began to work its way north toward our great country.

On its way up it gained more power and on August 24, the system was named Tropical Storm Cristobal. As Cristobal sustained its Atlantic coast track it strengthened to a category one hurricane as it went up the American east coast.

Sankey was able to surf in Ocean City, NJ when the storm moved past our region.

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SIDE LINES: 9/10/14

The women's soccer team gained thier second consecutive road win as they defeated NJIT, 2-0, on Thursday, Sept. 4. Freshman Rachelle Ross scored her first career goal for the blue and white while senior Alexa Freguletti scored her third goal of the season. Sophomore Alexis McTamney had the assist on both goals.

The Hawks outshot their opponent 25-5 and had three more cornerkicks than NJIT.

With the win, the team improves to 3-2 and records their third shutout of the season.

In their first game on the road, the University's field hockey team defeated Lehigh University, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Hawks improve to a 2-2 record. The women will return to action on Sunday, September 14 as they travel to Norfolk, VA to face the 1-3 Old Dominon team.

Senior running back Kwabena Asante and junior kicker Lucas Santangelo were awarded Big South Player of the Week honors for their assistance in the 52-21 win over Delaware State on Saturday, August 30. Asante scored four touchdowns; Santangelo kicked three field goals and five extra points in his first appearance.

MU Golf alumni, Ian Thimble, received his first professional victory by winning the 105th Massachusetts Open this past summer.

At the tournament's end, Thimble was in a four-man tie which called for a three-hole playoff. Thimble bested his opponents as he birdied the 16th hole and saved par on the final two holes.

Thimble graduated from the University in 2013 with a degree from the Buisness School.

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