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Upcoming Games: 4/5/17

Wednesday, April 5

Softball vs. Wagner

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

 

Softball vs. Wagner

West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

 

M Tennis at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 2:00 p.m.

 

W Lacrosse at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 3:00 p.m.

 

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Upcoming Games 3/29/17

Wednesday, March 29

Baseball at Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Saint Joseph’s

West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.

 

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Side Lines 3/29/17

Outdoor Track: The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams placed first at the 22nd annual Monmouth Season Opener. The men totaled 335.5 points, which was 215.5 points ahead of the next closest team, which was Manhattan at 120. The women scored 266 points, which was 104 more than Sacred Heart, who scored 162.

“We appreciate everyone who came out to support us at home, everyone who worked to make the meet happen, and the 25 visiting teams who all made the meet a great competition,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “We also owe a big thank you to the staff at Georgian Court for graciously hosting the long throws for us yesterday while we are under construction here.”

The teams will compete in the Colonial relays in Williamsburg, VA from Mar. 30-Apr. 1.

Baseball Sweeps Quinnipiac to Open MAAC Play

BB Sweeps Quinnipiac Open MACCThe bats woke up for the baseball team as they scored 38 runs on 36 hits in three games to sweep Quinnipiac over the weekend to open up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play at MU Baseball Field.

“We work hard on our offensive approach. We spent a lot of time in practice this week tracking pitches and we did a good job of jumping on good pitches to hit this weekend,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “We had some big two strike hits and two out RBI (runs batted in). But lost in all of that was great pitching by three guys that have never started a conference game before, so tip your cap to them. They really competed and gave us the chance to relax offensively.”

The Hawks shut out the Bobcats in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 12-0. Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun had a career day at the plate, going 3-5 with six RBI, including a monstrous three-run home run to left field in the fifth inning that landed on a lawn across Larchwood Ave. It was the first time a Hawk drove in six runs in a game since Cary Jacobson did it at Hofstra on Apr. 29, 2014.

Monmouth scored three runs in the first on Papcun’s RBI double and senior right fielder Chris Gaetano’s two-run home run to right. A fielder’s choice in the second plated another run. The Hawks scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Papcun drove in two runs with a single which was followed by an RBI single by Gaetano. In the fifth, senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski drove in a run with a single which set up Papcun’s three-run blast, giving MU their 12th run of the game.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler Ksiazek took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up throwing seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight. He threw 96 pitches and 63 strikes.

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Men’s Lacrosse Downs Siena, Quinnipiac

MLAX Downs Siena QuinnipiacThe men’s lacrosse team has opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play 2-0 for the first time in program history after they overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down Siena 17-9 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn on Saturday, Mar. 25.

“Siena came out firing and we were a little slow to get started and adjust to their style of play,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Despite the slow start, we were proud that the guys kept their poise and battled through some adversity in the first quarter before we settled in and got going in the second. Once we picked up the pace and started to play our way, the game turned in our favor as we made the plays to get some separation down the stretch.”

Monmouth responded with a 9-1 run beginning at 2:44 in the first period, when senior midfielder Tyler Keen scored his first of three goals on the day. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman, who finished with five goals on the day, scored with 54 seconds remaining, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Keen opened the scoring in the second period and Wasserman added two more. His second at 8:13 gave Monmouth a 5-4 lead. Siena responded to tie the game, but the Hawks scored four unanswered – one from Keen, two from Wasserman and one from senior midfielder Eric Berger – that extended Monmouth’s lead to 9-5.

Monmouth outscored Siena 8-4 for the remainder of the game. Freshman attacker Anthony Sardo and sophomore attacker Hunter Jones each scored two goals for the Hawks for the remainder of the game. It was their first career multi-goal games.

Wasserman’s five goals ties a career high and he is the only Hawk to score five goals in a game. Wasserman also had an assist and his six-point game ranks second all-time for points in a game. He has 13 goals this season and 49 for his career and was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

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Women’s Lacrosse Downs Quinnipiac

WLAX Downs QuinnipiacThe women’s lacrosse team broke a three game losing skid on Saturday, Mar. 25 defeating conference rival Quinnipiac 12-8 at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Monmouth was able to prevail in a closely contested match by scoring five goals in the final 17 minutes while holding Quinnipiac to none in the same timeframe to achieve victory. The Hawks improved to 3-7 on the season with the win and 1-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Play.

“The start of the MAAC season was exactly what we expected: highly competitive and exciting,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said.

Monmouth jumped out to a quick lead in thanks to standout freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso who scored in the 27th minute. The Hawks would bolster that lead over the course of the next three minutes by burying three more goals, all unassisted, from senior attacker Olivia Higson, senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca and Ceraso to take a 4-0 lead.

The Bobcats were able to get on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute and another goal would not be scored for 10 minutes. Monmouth senior attacker Alexandra Stambaugh restored the Hawks to a four goal lead, converting her free position opportunity. But Quinnipiac was responsible for the next two goals and before halftime was reached, the Hawks had a 6-3 lead.

Quinnipiac was the first to score coming out of the half, reducing the lead to two. However, Higson answered with her second of the day to put the Hawks up three. Quinnipiac did not go down so easily as the Bobcats scored four unanswered goals over a period of eight minutes to tie and then take the lead. With 19:15 left on the clock, the Hawks, for the first time in the game, found themselves trailing 8-7.

The Monmouth offense proceeded to answer the call as junior mid-fielder Kate Ryan netted her first of the day, assisted by LaMarca at the 17:20 mark. At this point both teams would stifle each other’s offense until Higson was able to break through and tally her third of the game to give the Hawks the 9-8 lead with 8:40 to go. Monmouth would not look back at this juncture and over the remainder of the game, they were able to score three more goals to achieve a 12-8 win.

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Bright Future for Women’s Basketball

WBB Bright FutureDespite a 67-51 loss to in-state rival Rider in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament, there is still a lot to look forward to for the women’s basketball team.

The Hawks finished the season with a record of 15-16, winning 10 games in conference play, including an opening round victory versus Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament. This was an improvement over last year’s record, as Monmouth went 14-17 in the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming into this season, the Hawks were looking to replace seven players, four of which played integral roles in their rotation the year prior. As a result, Monmouth welcomed in seven new players, including six freshmen.

The young Monmouth team struggled out of the gate, losing five of their first seven games. The Hawks quickly turned things around, winning eight out of their next 12 to jump one game above the .500 mark. As the month turned to February, however, the Hawks hit another rough patch in which they lost five out of seven games for the second time during the season. They finished the year strong, winning three in a row, including the 62-46 triumph over the 10-seed Manhattan, before falling to Rider the following day.

“I was pleased, we did a lot of really good things,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We were really competitive and we had some big wins. More importantly, however, I thought that our players got a lot of valuable experience, and I think that will help us the most going forward.”

The Hawks had to say goodbye to three seniors who greatly contributed to the development of Palmateer’s team. Helena Kurt, a senior guard who saw action in 91 games over a three-year span, played a key role as a veteran towards the end of the year. Kurt’s career was interrupted by a knee injury before her junior season, forcing her to miss the entire year.

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Softball Looks to Rebound After Spring Break

Softball Rebound Spring BreakThe softball team competed in two tournaments over spring break, playing 13 games over a 10 day span in the Under Armour Showcase and the Clearwater Parks & Rec/Michele Smith Spring Break Invitational in Clearwater, FL.

The team won four games including a shutout win against Army on Wednesday, Mar. 15. This was the second game of a doubleheader for the Hawks, who dropped the first game to Indiana State, 6-5.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill threw all seven innings against Army, allowing seven hits and striking out three. She threw 138 pitches and 81 strikes. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior outfielder Katie Baron each drove in two runs. Barron and freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez recorded two hits in the win.

Reyes was also successful at the plate against Indiana State, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run that gave Monmouth a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. But junior right-hander Amanda Riley allowed four runs in the sixth inning, giving the Sycamores a lead they would not relinquish. Junior catcher Alex Holzman also homered, a two-run shot in the first to give the blue and white a 2-0 lead at the time.

“We played and won 13 innings today. When we play 14, we will be a dangerous team,” Monmouth Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It was great to see a lot of different people step up today. Sydney pitched outstanding and did a great job of working out of jams. We continue to focus on us and being better in all facets of the game.”

The blue and white picked up two more victories on Friday, Mar. 17 sweeping a doubleheader from Tennessee at Chattanooga (9-6) and Bethune-Cookman (9-8).

Senior shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger led the way against Chattanooga, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored. She drove in two in the first with a double that gave Monmouth a 2-0 lead and drove in her third run with a single in the third, with the Hawks down 4-3.

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Women's Lacrosse Looks Forward to Conference Play

WLAX Conference PlayThe women’s lacrosse team was defeated in all three of their matchups over spring break. They competed against three highly talented teams in Delaware, Boston College (BC) and Towson. Monmouth now has a season record of 2-7 and have concluded non-conference play.

The Hawks faced off against the Blue Hens on Wednesday, Mar. 8 under the lights at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn. A closely contested first half ended up meaning nothing as Delaware dominated the second half to easily triumph 19-9 in the end.

Monmouth once again scored first, registering a goal within the game’s first three minutes. Delaware recorded back-to-back goals to gain to the lead, but Monmouth answered with a goal of their own to tie the contest.

Delaware took the lead in the 17th minute and carried that lead into half in a close 6-4 game. But the Blue Hens took control in the second half scoring 13 goals on 20 shots to win handily, 19-9.

“Delaware took advantage of their opportunities on the draw, which led to many more opportunities on offense, especially in the second half,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said after the game. The Blue Hens controlled 23 of 30 draws and with 16 of those coming in their second half explosion.

The Hawks next opponent was Boston College and that game took place on Wednesday, Mar. 15 in Chestnut Hill, MA. Monmouth once again kept the first half close but eventually succumbed to a talented Boston College team.

The Eagles struck first in the initial minute but the Hawks retorted with a goal of their own three minutes later. BC netted back-to-back goals but Monmouth scored right before half to make the score 3-2.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Ole Miss in NIT

MB Falls to Ole MissThe season came to an end for men’s basketball in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on Tuesday, Mar. 14 as the fourth-seeded Hawks fell to fifth-seeded Ole Miss, 91-83 at OceanFirst Bank Center.

“It was a big honor for our program to be in the NIT and get a home game,” Head Coach King Rice said. “What we have accomplished as a group with (Vice President/Director of Athletics) Dr. (Marilyn) McNeil at the head has been amazing.”

Monmouth had a 42-39 halftime lead but were outperformed by the Rebels in the second half, who shot 65.4 percent from the floor and 7-11 from deep. It was only the second time this season Monmouth lost when having a halftime lead – the other game being the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament semifinal game against Siena on Sunday, Mar. 5.

Senior point guard Justin Robinson scored his 2000th career point on a three-pointer with 4:33 to play in the second half that cut the Ole Miss lead to 76-73. He became the second Hawk ever to score 2,000 points, joining Ron Kornegay (1966-69).

“It stings to lose your last game in your home building, but it’s hard to be down when you realize what we’ve done in our careers,” said Robinson, who will end his career with 2,003 points. “Now is the time when we can take a step back and look at what we’ve done. We couldn’t do that throughout the season until that final buzzer went off. It hurts but it’s hard to be down about it.”

Robinson and senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak combined to make 13 three-pointers. Hornbeak finished with 18 points on 6-for-13 from deep and Robinson had 23 on seven three-pointers and two free throws. Junior guard Austin Tilghman, who made his first career start, and sophomore forward Diago Quinn also scored in double-figures.

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Baseball Wraps up Spring Break Trip

Baseball Wrap Spring BreakThe baseball team recorded wins over Wofford on Saturday, Mar. 11 and another against George Washington on Sunday, Mar. 19 over spring break.

The Hawks scored four of their six runs in the top of the ninth inning against Wofford, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Senior outfielder Ryan Crowley came up with the bases loaded and hit a fly ball to left field, which was dropped and allowed freshman catcher Zach Schild to score the go-ahead run from third base. Senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski then hit a three-run home run to right that gave the Hawks a 6-2 lead.

Wofford scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth but sophomore right-handed pitcher Joe Molettiere secured the win with a strikeout securing their 6-4 victory. Junior infielder Aidan Favia finished the game going 4-for-5 and Crowley finished with an RBI and two runs scored.

Pitching was the key for the Hawks. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Ksiazek pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing only three hits and two earned runs. Molettiere tossed 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs and recording six strikeouts.

“It is nice to get back that W (win) that has been somewhat elusive,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “Ksiazek and Molettiere pitched excellent. Joe definitely gave us a lift with some late inning energy. Zach Schild was a huge contributor both on offense and defense. Of course, Tommy (Tom Jakubowski) had the big blow, which was nice to see. I hope that gets him jumpstarted.”

MU won their second game against George Washington 3-1 on Friday, Mar. 17.

“We played with some toughness today and the result was a solid team win.” Ehehalt said. “We played with some purpose today and it is encouraging to see.”

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Monmouth University
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