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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Hawks Look to Make History Against Golden Flashes

Lavon Chaney Lehigh 9 3A season ago, the Monmouth University football team made history when they traveled to Mount Pleasant, Michigan for their first ever game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school.

Even though they fell 31-10 to Central Michigan on Sept. 12, 2015, there were positives to take away as Kevin Callahan’s team saw how they competed against that level of competition for the first time.

“Going into that game, I didn’t know how we would fare. I came away from that game knowing that we absolutely do stack up well and probably the biggest difference in that game was that they had some more veteran players than we did,” Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan said during the football program’s media day in August.

“Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools have a maximum of 63 scholarships that we can have, while FBS schools have 85. They were deeper, that had more depth and they had the luxury to play two and three deep at every position, because they have that type of depth. I think that’s the biggest difference that I saw is that they were deeper.”

One positive that Monmouth was able to take away from last season’s game is that the blue and white kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard and limited their offense to 100 yards in the second half.

“We just really settled down and had a greater focus on our execution,” Callahan said last season after the Central Michigan game.

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Women’s Soccer gets Season Underway

Rachelle Ross Princeton 9 11The women’s soccer team is off to a 2-3-1 start to begin their 2016 season.

The MAAC preseason favorites as voted on by the league’s coaches, MU fell to Bucknell, 3-1, on Aug. 19 before playing Lehigh to a scoreless tie in double overtime in the home opener on Aug. 22. Since then, the Hawks fell to Drexel, 1-0 on Aug. 28 and picked up two wins on the road, shutting out American (4-0) and Seton Hall (1-0).

Senior forward Alexis McTamney, voted as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s eleven head coaches, recorded the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in regulation against Seton Hall on Sept. 4.

“It was a challenging weekend and our team responded in a very positive way. To be on the road for two games and to get two shutouts is a credit to the resiliency of our team,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “Alexis scored a terrific goal to win the game and finish off a great team victory.”

The goal was McTamney’s first of the season, 26th of her career and 12th game-winning goal with the blue and white.

In their first win of the season against American on Sept. 2, Monmouth was led on offense by junior defender Miranda Konstantinides, who picked up her first two colligate goals. She scored in the 19th minute and again in the 67th minute. Sophomore forward/midfield Alli DeLuca and freshman defender Jessica Johnson also recorded their first colligate goals for the blue and white. MU outshot American, 16-1, in the contest.

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Men’s Soccer Fights Back, but Falls to UMBC

Dave Nigro UMBC 9 10After coming from two goals down to draw level on 54 minutes, Monmouth men’s soccer was defeated by UMBC at the Retriever Soccer Park in Baltimore, Maryland by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night.

“The guys showed a lot of character bouncing back against a team that made the Final Four two years ago and creating a lot of chances in the second half,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “We made two mistakes early and UMBC punished us on both mistakes.”

It took just two minutes for the hosts to open the scoring after freshman forward Tre Pulliam ran onto a long through ball and held off Hawks junior defender Joey Gudzak before slotting past junior goalkeeper Chris Seager.

The Retrievers doubled their lead a little over fifteen minutes later when junior midfielder Sammy Kahsai bent a free kick into the top left corner of the net from twenty yards, leaving Seager with no chance.

Early on in the second half, Monmouth found their feet with a pair of goals from senior forward Dave Nigro and junior midfielder Colin Stripling; the latter’s headed finish spurred from a corner kick.

Nearly sixty seconds later however, UMBC took their lead back through senior midfielder Christian Morales. A quick combination of passes saw Morales with his back to goal within the penalty area before turning and using his right foot to swing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

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