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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Drexel, Downs Villanova

WLAX Falls to DrexelThe women’s lacrosse team took home one out of two games this past week, winning on Saturday against Villanova and losing Wednesday against Drexel. Monmouth put up a strong performance in both games and now their record stands at 2-4 on the season.

Wednesday’s matchup against Drexel resulted in a 11-9 loss that extended the losing streak to four. Monmouth scored first in the tilt with a goal by junior mid-fielder Caroline Corbliss, assisted by senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca, four minutes into the game.

Seven minutes later, Drexel tied and then subsequently took the lead scoring twice in a short time frame. Monmouth’s senior attacker Olivia Higson answered a minute later knotting the game at 2. Over the remainder of the half both Drexel and Monmouth would register two more goals apiece resulting in a 4-4 tie at the halfway mark.

Drexel was first to strike in the second half, but Monmouth was quick to answer as junior mid-fielder Kate Ryan netted back-to-back goals to tie and give Monmouth the lead. Drexel responded swiftly, both teams exchanged goals over the next 10 minutes, and with 8:55 left on the clock the game was tied 8-8.

Drexel broke the tie and then proceeded to extend their lead with two quick goals and the Hawks found themselves down by two with seven minutes remaining. Monmouth senior attacker Alexandra Stambaugh cut that lead in half, but Drexel retorted with goal of their own to establish another two-point differential and the ultimate outcome.

Monmouth’s defense shined in this one with a notable performance from sophomore goaltender Riley Brager. She made 10 saves on 32 shot attempts and did not allow Drexel to score on any of their five free position shots.

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Women’s Indoor Track and Field Takes Home MAAC Title

WIT Takes MACC TitleThe women’s indoor track & field team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship for the fourth year in a row on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in New York, NY. Monmouth has won seven consecutive conferences title every year since 2012 and have won all four years since joining the MAAC in the summer of 2013.

“It’s nice to build on that tradition, but it’s also important to focus on the one that’s in front of us, because that is the only one we can control,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “I like the pride that our kids have in our program and how they support each other and work together to be special and accomplish something big. The most fun part about this is seeing them really accept the challenge of being a great group.”

The women secured the victory by a wide margin, scoring 208.50 points while Rider finished second with 137 points. No other team in the event registered more than 100 points.

Senior Casey Sturts was named women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer while freshman thrower Jordan Wildermuth earned women’s Rookie Field Performer of the Meet. Junior sprinter/jumper Bryan Sosoo was named men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer while freshman thrower Daniel Gilligan earned men’s Rookie Field Performer of the Meet honors. Compagni was named Women’s Coach of the Year for the indoor season.

Sturts won the pole vault by clearing 3.75 meters and received bronze in the high jump with a score of 1.70 meters. Wildermuth, who has excelled in many events as a freshman, won the weight throw with a distance of 17.57 meters. Soto took home the gold in two events – the 200 meter run with a time of 22.12 and the 60 meter dash in 6.77 seconds – while Gilligan placed second in the shot put with a toss of 16.83 meters.

Both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay teams secured victories. The women’s team consisted of seniors Antoniette Isekenegbe, Nia Driver, Tionna Garner, and sophomore Chandi Piiru, who ran an overall time of 3:50.10. The men consisted of junior Jack Grace, sophomores Greg Stickle and Bryan Cabral, and senior Malcom Chavis, who crossed the finish line at 3:20.52.

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Men’s Basketball Continues Program Record Winning Streak

MB Record Winning StreakThe men’s basketball team extended their program record winning streak to 16 games as Monmouth defeated Siena 77-73 on Friday night and Iona 79-73 on Sunday night.

A sell-out crowd of 4,172 packed OceanFirst Bank Center for senior night. Seven seniors were honored after the game including centers Zac Tillman and Chris Brady, forward Greg Noack, and guards Collin Stewart, Je’lon Hornbeak, Josh James, and Justin Robinson.

Monmouth led from 5:38 in the first half until Siena tied the game at 14:01 in the second half on a layup by Khali Richard. The lead changed six times from that point on and no team led by more than three points over that span until a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Diago Quinn at 6:02 gave the Hawks a lead they held onto for the rest of the game.

Siena cut the lead to two on a Lavon Long jumper with 41 seconds to go, but Robinson secured the win with a step-back jumper with 12 seconds remaining, making it a two-possession game.

“These families chose our school with their pride and joy, their sons,” Head Coach King Rice said. “They chose us when we weren’t very good, and my record was awful and for some reason, their families thought I was the right guy to turn their kids into men.”

“Everybody believed in Coach Rice and he believed in us, so that allowed us to propel this program in the right direction,” Robinson said. “We have high-level kids committing here to come play, so I want to see this program keep going in the right direction. I know what’s going to happen with a guy like Coach Rice. He’s bringing in the right kids and he’s got the right people on the coaching staff.”

Monmouth also became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) team since the league went to a 20 game conference schedule to win 18 games after besting Iona at Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, NY on Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 2,611.

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Women’s Basketball Heads to MAAC Tournament on High Note

WB MAAC TournamentThe women’s basketball team defeated Niagara 68-62 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw led the Hawks in scoring with 14 points, and senior guard Helena Kurt had 12. Senior center Christina Mitchell added nine points and 14 rebounds.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter, as the score was 6-6 at the first media timeout. Niagara took an 11-9 lead with 3:21 remaining in the first, but Monmouth responded with a 7-0 run to close the quarter strong. The run included five points from freshman forward Alexa Middleton, as the score was 16-11 after ten minutes.

The Hawks continued their strong play into the second quarter, as a three from senior guard Tyese Purvis gave the Hawks a double-digit lead, 24-13. Mitchell followed up with a layup to give the Hawks their largest lead of the half, at 13 points. Niagara hit a few shots to stay in the game, as the two teams went into halftime with the score 37-26 in favor of the Hawks.

The Purple Eagles scored five straight points to open up the second half, forcing Monmouth to take a timeout. The Hawks opened their lead back to 10 with 7:09 remaining in the third, but once again Niagara scored five straight, making the score 43-38 with 5:32 remaining in the third. A Shaw three opened the game back up, as the Hawks finished the quarter strong, with the score being 51-43 after thirty minutes of play.

Niagara opened the fourth on a strong 6-0 run to make it a two-point game, 51-49, with 7:27 remaining in the game. Monmouth received a layup from Shaw, a three from freshman guard Rosa Graham, and another three from Shaw to open a 59-51 lead halfway through the quarter. The Purple Eagles made things close once again, as they cut the game to 60-56 with 2:29 remaining. Kurt, on Senior Day, connected on a deep three-point shot with 1:07 remaining to extend the lead to seven. The Hawks never looked back from there, as Kurt sank three free throws late to make the final score 68-62.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Bucknell

WLAX Falls BucknellThe women’s lacrosse team failed to defeat the Bucknell Bison on Wednesday, Feb. 22 as they dropped their first home game of the season at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn 14-10.

The game was held scoreless until the ninth minute, with both teams exchanging chances but no goals to show for them. Bucknell was first to open up scoring and subsequently added three more with rapid fashion. For the first time this season, Monmouth did not score the first goal and were immediately in need of a comeback.

Head Coach Eileen Ghent acted to the scoring barrage by calling a timeout and the team responded with a quick goal by senior attacker Oliva Higson to make it 4-1. Both teams alternated goals from here and by the time the first half concluded, the score stood at 9-4 Bucknell.

Ghent acknowledged she changed her team’s offense approach for the second half.

“We started attacking from different points and had movements down low instead of up-top, and that worked for a little while,” Ghent said.

Coming out of the half, the Bison were first to score adding to their lead to make it 10-4. Freshman attacker Allison Turturro quickly retorted for the Hawks by converting on free position shot narrowing the lead to five.

The next goal, scored three minutes later by Bucknell, resulted in Ghent switching goalies, pulling sophomore Riley Brager for sophomore Stephanie Delliturri in the 23rd minute.

Monmouth struggled to reduce the deficit as both teams once again began to trade goals over the next 16 minutes. The Bison held their largest lead with 7:27 left on the clock, with the score standing at 14-7.

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Side Lines 3/1/17

Baseball: The baseball team picked up their first win of the 2017 season behind senior right hander Ricky Dennis, who allowed two runs over six innings. Senior first baseman Shaine Hughes led the offense with three hits and scoring two runs. Senior southpaw Justin Andrews hurled the final three innings and allowed only two hits. The blue and white return to the diamond in the Notre Dame Irish Classic on Friday afternoon in Cary, NC at 1:00 p.m. vs. William and Mary.

Upcoming Games 3/1/17

Wednesday, March 1

WLAX vs. Drexel

Hesse Field at the Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 2

WBB vs. Manhattan*

MAAC Tournament First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY 11:30 a.m.

 

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Baseball Opens New Season Against Florida Atlantic

MB New Season Florida AtlanticComing off a season where they finished 30-27 overall and tied for second in the conference with a 16-8 mark, the baseball team was picked to finished third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

As they do every year, the team opened up their season with a trip down south. This enables the team to get some games in under their belt while playing some good competition in some good weather.

“We are going to challenge our guys right away,” said Dean Ehehalt, who is entering his 24th year as the team’s head coach. “We’re going to play some teams that have winning traditions and play in some good venues. That is something we have done for a long time. We are behind the eight-ball when it comes to being game-ready, but so is every other team in the northeast. We just go down there and play and see where we are at.”

“It’s great to be outside and play in some warm weather, but this is going to be a test for us,” said senior third baseman Grant Lamberton. “Those guys down south have been practicing outside all winter and we are excited to compete with them.”

Lamberton is one of four players who were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team along with seniors outfielder Dan Shea, first baseman Shaine Hughes and right-handed pitcher Ricky Dennis, who was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2016. All four players were First Team All-Conference players last season.

“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the MAAC,” Lamberton said. “Preseason stuff is something to be proud of, but we still need to come out and prove it during the season.”

Having those players back this season will be important, as they will be relied on as a part of a veteran core that the team has coming back.

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Back-to-Back Regular Season Titles for Men’s Basketball

MB Regular Season Titles 1Already up by fifteen points, junior guard Austin Tilghman put up a prayer from about 75 feet just before the halftime buzzer sounded. The ball smacked the middle of the backboard and fell through the net, sending OceanFirst Bank Center into a frenzy.

It was that kind of night for the men’s basketball team as they overwhelmed Niagara 93-75 on Friday night. Monmouth secured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title for the second straight year with the win and also secured the top seed in the MAAC Tournament, which takes place from March 2-6 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Any time you win the league, that’s pretty cool and that says a lot for these young men right here to come every night and in a tough league like the MAAC, to win the championship and be up four games,” Head Coach King Rice said.

Monmouth also became the first team in D1 basketball to secure a postseason berth. By claiming the regular season title, MU has guaranteed themselves another trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Last season, they advanced to the second round and fell to George Washington, who went onto win the tournament.

When Monmouth won the regular season title last season, most of the sellout crowd of 4,194 stayed for a post-game speech from Rice. Neither occurred this time, as this group has their sights set on higher expectations. They want to become the fifth team in program D1 history to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We are happy about it because this was one of our goals, but it wasn’t the main goal,” senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak said. “We just kind of check this and keep moving forward.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Setback After Opening Win

WLAX Setback After Opening WinThe women’s lacrosse team suffered two closely contested losses losing to Temple University 18-16 last Wednesday and Rutgers University 12-11 on Saturday morning.

Wednesday’s slate against the Owls saw the Hawks take the late lead only to have it erased and given up by a Temple 5-0 scoring run. Saturday’s game featured Monmouth attempting the late game comeback by registering the final five goals, but falling short in the end.

The Hawks scored first against Temple thanks to freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso, who followed up her eight-point performance last week with a seven-point game against the Owls. Both teams proceeded to exchange goals until Temple pulled ahead by scoring three unanswered goals. Monmouth eventually reclaimed the lead when senior captain mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca scored her second goal of the game putting the Hawks up 9-8. Temple, however, would not go into the half quietly as they tied the game with 27 seconds remaining.

Temple broke the tie within three minutes coming out of the half taking a 10-9 lead only to see it vanish by senior attacker Olivia Higson, who scored her fourth and subsequently fifth goals of the game to give Monmouth the lead. The Hawks tallied three more goals to give themselves a 15-12 advantage with 9:26 to go.

The Owls proceeded to stage the comeback this time scoring six goals to Monmouth’s one over the game’s final nine minutes to win the game in the end 18-16. Temple held the advantage in the shots overall, taking 40 to Monmouth’s 27. Twenty-two of those 40 shots for Temple came in the second half, compared to Monmouth’s nine.

“I was proud of our effort today despite the outcome,” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We improved since Saturday and look to continue to improve even more for our upcoming game. We’re back to work tomorrow with Saturday’s game on our mind.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two Games

WB Drop Two GamesThe women’s basketball team fell to Marist 76-66 Saturday night in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Sophomore guard McKinzee Barker led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points and senior center Christina Mitchell had a double-double with 12 and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Rosa Graham was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11.

The game was tightly contested in the opening minutes, as both teams traded baskets, making the score 12-10 at the first media timeout. Monmouth took the lead on a Barker three, and she hit another to give the Hawks a 16-12 lead with 1:41 left in the first. Marist went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes.

The Red Foxes hit a three early in the second to open a 22-16 lead, but both teams would continue to trade baskets, with the score 30-23 at the 4:56 mark of the second quarter. Monmouth got within four, but Marist once again found a response, opening their lead up to 36-28 with 2:42 remaining in the half. Freshman guard Kayla Shaw connected on a three to cut the deficit to five, and then senior guard Tyese Purvis drove inside and finished on a layup to make the score 36-33. Marist rattled off the last five points of the half to make the score 40-33 after 20 minutes of play.

The teams traded baskets early in the third, and it was a layup from Mitchell that made it a one possession game, 42-39, with 7:27 left in the quarter. About a minute later, after the teams exchanged scores, Shaw hit one of her own, being fouled in the process. She hit the resulting free throw, making the score 47-44 at the 6:07 mark. That would be the closest the Hawks would get for the rest of the game. The Red Foxes closed the quarter strong, holding a seven point lead after three quarters.

Monmouth got within five on a Barker jumper, but Marist once again found a response, opening up a 65-58 lead at the final media timeout. Monmouth could not climb back in it, as Marist sealed the game late on five free throws, making the final score 76-66.

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