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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Softball Stays Atop MAAC with Manhattan Sweep

WSB 4 20Behind an offensive onslaught of five homeruns, the MU softball team swept the Manhattan Jaspers on Sunday by scores of 8-0, and 10-7.

With the victory, the Hawks improve to 9-1 in conference play, and maintain their spot perched at the top of the MAAC.

“It’s extremely important,” junior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger, who added seven RBIs on the day, said of the win. “Manhattan is a good competitor and are always willing to fight.”

To add to her seven RBIs, Shotzbarger contributed three hits on the day, including a grand slam in the second inning of game two. In addition, senior catcher Jill Freese also recorded three hits in the Hawks’ sweep, adding a grand slam of her own and two runs scored.

After edging a run in the second inning of game one, the Hawks went off for five runs in the third. Sophomore outfielder Katie Baron led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior outfielder Emma Hill. Baron scored from second when sophomore outfielder Chloe Howerth, who had a team-high four hits on the day, singled to the pitcher who errantly threw the ball into right field. A walk and a fielder’s choice would load the bases for Freese, who sent a grand slam to left to put the Hawks ahead 6-0.

“When we’re aggressive and attack every strike in the zone, good things happen,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said.

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Baseball Drops Two of Three to Siena

MB 4 20The MU baseball team struggled over the past week, losing three of their four contests. MU fell 7-3 to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, Apr. 13 and won the first game 10-4 over Siena before falling 6-2 and 6-4 in the final two games of the conference series this past weekend.

The lone victory of the week for the Hawks came in game one of the Siena series and they scored all 10 runs of that game in the fourth inning. Junior catcher Ryan Bailey laced a one out single into right and advanced to third on two errors. He scored on a single by senior shortstop Robbie Alessandrine who advanced to third on sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano’s double. Junior third baseman Grant Lamberton was hit by a pitch to load up the bases for sophomore first baseman Shaine Hughes, who drove a sacrifice fly to center that plated Bailey.

Senior left fielder Dan Shea followed that up with a two run single and advanced to second on a bunt single by senior center fielder Cary Jacobson. Junior right fielder Chris Gaetano followed up with an RBI double that scored Shea and sent Jacobson from first to third. Senior outfielder Christian Holland walked to re-load the bases and bring up Bailey for the second time in the inning who singled into right that brought home two more runs, extending the MU lead to 7-1. Alessandrine doubled into left that plated two more runs and he would score on an error by Siena sophomore second baseman Jordan Bishop, plating the tenth run of the inning.

Senior left hander Frank Trimarco recorded his third win by going seven innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven on 122 pitches. Freshman southpaw Kyle Ajjan recorded the final six outs, three coming via strikeout.

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Detroit, 9-8

MLAX 4 20The men’s lacrosse team fell short to the University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday, losing the conference battle 9-8 on Kessler Field.

MU surrendered a four-goal lead heading into the second half, while Detroit scored five in the fourth quarter.  Five different hawks scored in this contest, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

 “We came out to a strong start but Detroit was able to respond and beat us in the second half,” MU junior midfielder and captain Eric Berger said. “We will focus on us and the little things to prepare for our next two conference games.”

It was a tough loss for the Hawks, who currently sit at 2-2 in the MAAC and 6-5 overall.  MU has their first winning record in program history since it started in 2014. 

Junior Midfielder Dylan Schulte began the game by driving down the right alley and scoring a right-handed goal in the middle of the first quarter to put MU ahead 1-0.  This would prove to be the only goal by either team in the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter, junior attackers Dan Bloodgood and Eamon Campbell each added a goal as MU extended their lead to 3-0. Freshman attacker Eamon Campbell then scored a man-up goal on man up to put the score at 4-0 halfway through the second quarter. However, Detroit answered with two goals to cut the MU lead down to two heading into the half.

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Women’s Lacrosse Suffers First MAAC LossThe

WLAX 4 20The women’s lacrosse team had their undefeated conference record snapped on Saturday when they fell to the Canisius Golden Griffins by a score of 19-6 in Buffalo, NY.

The story of the day came from Canisuis’ sophomore midfielder Erica Evans, who netted eight goals in the Griffins victory.  In addition, Griffins senior attacker Taylor Giglio was good for six goals on the day, giving the two players over half of the offense for the visiting team.

With the win, Canisius stays at an undefeated 5-0 in the MAAC, while the Hawks drop to 5-1.

The start of the game was a little unusual for MU.  When it has regularly been the Hawks setting the tone early with marks in the first few minutes, it was Canisius who had control from the get-go.  The Golden Griffins came out of the gates on a 4-0 run within the first six minutes.

After MU senior attacker Michelle Gonzales’s goal made the game 4-1, the next six marks would belong to Canisius.  Three of those six goals were scored by Evans and Giglio.

Down 10-1, sophomore midfielder Kate Ryan connected off a feed from senior attacker Marial Pierce, putting the Hawks down by eight.  However, Giglio would answer one last time for Canisius before the half, sending a deflated MU into halftime down 11-2.

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Women’s Lacrosse Beats Quinnipiac on Senior Day, 15-6

WLAX 4 13It was bitterly cold and consistently raining for the women’s lacrosse team’s senior day on Saturday, however that did not stop their offensive onslaught of conference rivals Quinnipiac, as the Hawks took down the Bobcats by a score of 15-6.

Seven seniors were honored with a halftime ceremony, those players including, attacker Molly Arnette, defender Nicole Duca, attacker Michelle Gonzales, goalie Caroline Huelster, attacker Marial Pierce, defender Taryn Schweizer, and midfielder Kristina Vangeli.

“They’ve all done a great job and all bring something different to the table,” head coach Eileen Ghent said of her senior class. “Coach Wescott (Former Monmouth head Coach Denise Wescott) recruited them all, I was able to take over with them in leadership positions and I want to give her credit for bringing them here. The seniors have done a great job of evolving as leaders to bring our team where we want to be.”

MU set the tone for the game early when junior attacker Olivia Higson netted an unassisted goal within the first minute of regulation. The Hawks would then go on to score three unanswered goals, back-to-back marks by sophomore attacker Alexa Smith and one to follow by senior midfielder Marial Pierce. Quinnipiac finally bounced back with a man-up goal at the 21:26 mark by junior midfielder Alex Hlesciak, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Hawks.

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Baseball Takes Two of Three From St. Peter’s

MB 4 13The MU baseball team defeated Princeton and won two out of three in a weekend series against MAAC opponent Saint Peter’s, improving to 17-14 (7-2 MAAC) on the season.

The two teams split a Sunday doubleheader, with the blue and white taking game one by a score of 4-1 behind a complete game by junior right hander Ricky Dennis. Saint Peter’s only recorded two hits and one run off of the 6’8” right hander, who struck out seven and walked none. The Hawks scored a run in the first on an RBI double by senior left fielder Dan Shea, driving in sophomore first baseman Shaine Hughes who walked and stole second.

Shea drove in three more runs in the sixth with a three-run home run, his fourth long ball of the season. Junior third baseman Grant Lamberton was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Hughes’ single to right. That brought Shea to the plate, who lifted an 0-1 pitch over the center field fence giving the Hawks a 4-1 lead.

Saint Peter’s came back in the finale and won 8-7. MU had a 7-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, but Saint Peter’s scored one in the seventh and four in the eighth to secure their first conference win of the season.

Senior left hander Anthony Ciavarella started for the Hawks, going six innings allowing three runs [one earned] on five hits and six strikeouts. Freshman right hander Jordan McCrum came on for the seventh and gave up one run on two hits.

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Softball Wins 5 of 6 MAAC Road Games

WS 4 13The MU softball team finished up a demanding week on the road on Sunday when they split with the Fairfield Stags after previously sweeping both Quinnipiac and Iona, putting them at the top of the MAAC with a 7-1 conference record.

“It was a grind,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “We have to be smart utilizing practice time, because on game day they’re always ready.”

MU beat the Stags in game one, 6-2, behind a five-run fifth inning after falling behind 2-0 after three innings. The fifth was led off with back-to-back singles by sophomore pitcher Amanda Riley and sophomore utility Katie Baron, respectively. After Riley scored due to a Fairfield error on senior catcher Jill Freese’s bunt, the Stags retired the next two batters. However, the Hawks would plate four more runs thanks to a junior outfielder Justene Reyes double, another Fairfield error and a freshman infielder Nicole Wieczorek single.

MU would tack on one more run in the sixth inning when senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger scored on a senior third baseman Ashalynn Umiamaka double to left-center. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill would earn the win for the Hawks, getting her 11th win on the season.

However, game two belonged to defending MAAC Champions Fairfield, as they shutout the Hawks in a 5-0 victory. The Stags got on the board in the third inning when senior outfielder Lauren Filicia singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from freshman infielder Alisha Marshall. Scoring two more insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings would give Fairfield pitcher Lauren Falkanger the cushion she needed, as she kept the Hawks to no runs and earned the win over Riley.

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Men’s Tennis Cruises for Two MAAC Wins

MT 4 13The men’s tennis team took home two conference wins this past weekend, defeating the Siena Saints, 6-1 on Saturday, Apr. 9 and Fairfield, 7-0 on Sunday, Apr. 10.

Junior Przemyslaw Filipek, freshman Nicola Pipoli, and freshman Alberto Giuffrida all earned wins at singles and doubles in MU’s defeat of Fairfield. With the win, the Hawks are now 4-0 in the MAAC Conference.

Wins by Filipek and Pipoli at No. 2 and junior Christian Vieira and Giuffrida at No. 3 gave the Hawks the doubles point on the day. MU then went on to win five of six singles matches to give them the final score of 6-1 on the day.

In singles, sophomore Gomez Estrada won 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4, while Giuffrida dominated at the No. 6 spot, winning 6-3, 6-1. After a Pipoli, 6-2, 7-5, win at No. 3, Filipek took home the No. 2 match, winning 6-4, 6-3. MU’s sixth point of the day came at No. 1, junior Vidit Veghala taking that match, 7-5, 6-2. Fairfield’s only singles win came at the No. 5 spot, as Fairfield’s Anthony Caputo took the match from Vieira, 7-5, 6-1.

“It was nice to see us get in some tough spots today and compete with poise,” MU head coach Kyle Bailey said. “We talk a lot about focusing on what you can control and I thought the guys did that well today.”

On Saturday, MU won in dominating fashion over the Siena Saints in a contest where the Hawks did not surrender over two games in any set of any match on the day.

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Riley K’s 10, Homers in Softball’s Win

WSB 4 6The MU softball team defeated its hOURglass rivals, Rider, in back-to-back games on Saturday afternoon at MU Softball Park. 

Both games ended in mercy-rule finishes in the 5th inning, as the Hawks were able to tally nine and 11 runs in each game respectively without letting up a single run in either.  Senior catcher Jill Freese hit two home runs and had three RBI. Sophomore utility Katie Baron also homered, doubled twice and had three RBI for the offense of the Hawks. 

MU pitchers Amanda Riley and Sydney Underhill each had complete game shutouts, with strikeout totals of ten and six respectively.  Riley’s 10 K’s were good for a career-high as a Hawk, MU is now 13-11 (2-0 MAAC), as Rider falls to 3-21 (0-2 MAAC).

Baron finished the day 4-4, scoring every time she got on base.  Sophomore outfielder Chloe Howerth, junior outfielder Justene Reyes, sophomore pitcher Amanda Riley, senior third baseman Ashalynn Umiamak, and Freese stacked up three hits each.  Riley hit a homer, doubled twice, drove in three RBI and scored three runs.  Reyes hit two doubles and scored twice, and senior utility Emma Hill had an RBI triple and scored three runs.  Junior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger also drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double. 

In game one, Riley struck out 10 out of 17 batters she faced.  She let up one hit, and one hit-by-pitch in a complete game shutout.  In the latter contest, Underhill allowed five hits and a walk in her outing, striking out six.

“It was great to come out in our first MAAC series and take two,” MU head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It really sets the tone for what we need to do throughout the entire conference season.”

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Daly Leads MU Over Caniusius, 11-6

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Coming off back-to-back road games, the men’s lacrosse team defeated the Canisius Griffins 11-6 Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Heading into Saturday’s game, both teams were 1-1 in conference play, but MU’s recent 10-5 win over Manhattan propelled them forward into with a positive attitude, and the win against Canisius puts them at an undefeated 5-0 on the road.

“As a staff, it felt great to see our guys take a big step forward today in our development,” head coach Brian Fisher said. “We really emphasized doing the little things this week and it really showed up today. Our veterans and leaders really stepped up, played well and set the tone with our focus all day.”

Canisius and Monmouth are the highest scoring teams in the conference. One factor going against another high scoring team is setting the pace of the game early and stand out defense – both of which the Hawks accomplished against the Griffins.

“On the defensive end it was a total team effort,” Fisher said. “Our close defenders and defensive midfielders were all tough on the ball, which set the tone while [junior goalkeeper] Nick Hreshko played his best game this year and was excellent at the last line of defense.”

MU’s defense locked down Canisius’ top attackman Vince Gravino [who was recently drafted in the Major League Lacrosse by the Ohio Machine], holding him to one goal for the first half of the game.

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Five Smith Goals Propel Women’s Lacrosse Past Niagra

WLAX 4 6Behind five goals netted by sophomore attacker Alexa Smith, the MU women’s lacrosse team defeated Niagra University 15-11 at Kessler field on Sunday, improving to 6-5 on the season and 2-0 in MAAC play.

“It’s important to get a good start, and being 2-0 puts us in a good position,” MU head coach Eileen Ghent said.  “This conference is so competitive; it’s really anyone’s game, no matter who or where you’re playing.”

After going into the half down 7-6, the Hawks berated Niagra’s defense for nine goals in the second period.  Before this game, Niagra’s defense was averaging 9.6 goals allowed per contest for the 2016 season.

“We just wanted to get pumped up at halftime,” said Smith, who scored four of her game-high five goals in the second half.  “We knew that we could come out on top.”

The game began with a goal by Niagra leading scorer and freshman attacker Caroline Crump, which was quickly answered by a 3-0 Hawk run, containing goals by Smith, sophomore midfielder Caroline Corbliss, and senior midfielder Michelle Gonzales.  However, the Purple Eagles would answer with a three-goal stint of their own, and after a senior attacker Marial Pierce goal at the 12:17 mark tied the game at four, Niagra would bounce back with three more unanswered goals, putting them up 7-4.

With just over two minutes to play in the first half, senior midfielder Kristina Vangeli scored an unassisted goal after winning a draw that would come to be a major momentum shifter for the Hawks in their victory.

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