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Swimming Update

The men’s and women’s swimming teams are gearing up for the MAAC Championships, which will take place on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in Buffalo, NY.

The women kicked off their season with a victory against Saint Peter’s on Saturday, Jan. 21, finishing ahead of the Peacocks in 11 of the 13 events. It was the second season in a row in which the women defeated Saint Peter's.

“It was exciting to see the women’s team get their first win of the season,” Monmouth Head Coach Matt Nunnally said. “Coming off of winter training is always a challenge. The team raced well and is heading in the right direction with the MAAC Championships only a few weeks away.”

While the men fell to Saint Peter's, they did claim the top three spots in the men’s 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Billy Lyons, junior Michael Lanigan and freshman Frank Nicola finished in that order.

The top women’s performer this season has been Junior Anne Skimmons, who was victorious in the women’s 200-yard IM also won the 100-yard butterfly against Sacred Heart on Friday, Jan. 27.

“[There were] strong performances by Anne Skimmons today in both of her individual events and the medley relay,” Nunnally said. “It was good to see the team trending in the right direction and the outlook is positive heading towards the MAAC Championships.”

Another junior has paced the men heading into the conference championships in Mitch Simmer, who won the 100-yard butterfly against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This is the second year for both swimming programs after they were revitalized last year after a 32-year hiatus. Both teams finished ninth in 2016 and were also picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Former Hawk Soars

Former Hawk Chris Hogan

Former Monmouth wide reciever/defensive back Chris Hogan celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady after the New England Patriots' 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (51). Hogan became the first Hawk to win a major pro championship.

PHOTO COURTESY of Mark J. Rebiilas/USA TODAY Sports

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Side Lines 2/8/17

Men's Tennis: The University men's tennis team dropped two matches against DePaul (6-1) and Notre Dame (7-0) over the weekend. Senior Przemyslaw Filipek picked up the lone win for the Hawks on the weekend, a singles matchup against DePaul’s Alex Galoustian, 6-4 and 7-6. Senior Christian Viera (1-6, 6-2, 6-3) and freshman Vikrant Dahiya (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) went to a third set after winning the first, but both came up short. Monmouth dropped all six of the doubles matches on the weekend. The blue and white will head to Washington, DC for a pair of matches against Georgetown on Saturday and George Washington on Sunday. Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m start, while Sunday’s match will begin at noon.

Upcoming Games 2/8/17

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Men’s & Women’s Swimming*

MAAC Championship

Buffalo, NY 8:00 a.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 10

Indoor Track & Field

Winter Collegiate Invitational

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ

WBB at Saint Peter's*

Yanitelli Center

Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

MBB at Manhattan*

Draddy Gymnasium

Riverdale, NY 9:00 p.m.

 

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Robinson Becomes Men’s Basketball Leading Scorer

MB Justin Robinson Lead ScorerAll senior point guard Justin Robinson has ever cared about was winning. That approach to his game has led him to become the D1 scoring leader for Monmouth men’s basketball.

Robinson eclipsed the mark at the 13:39 mark in the second half with a three-pointer that gave the blue and white a five-point lead in the Hawks 83-71 win over Marist on Monday night, surpassing Alex Blackwell (1989-92) and John Giraldo (1992-96), who were tied at 1,749 points.

“I got an open look, knocked it down, trotted back on defense a little bit and I realized, ‘Man, that’s the one,’” Robinson said. “You don’t get to think about it in the heat of the game because you want to keep playing and doing the right things but once that final sub came in for me I said, ‘Man, I’m not supposed to be here, but I am,’ and that’s cool.”

The Lake Katrine, NY native accomplished the feat about 30 minutes south of his hometown. The fact that he got the record so close to home was just coincidence, but he relishes every opportunity he gets to play in front of his family and friends back home.

“It was special because I don’t get to come home too often,” Robinson said. “When I do, it’s always a good time with the people I get to be around. I had a lot of family, friends, guidance counselors, some of my favorite teachers from middle school, elementary school, and high school here and having them in the building is a great feeling.”

Marist held the Hawks to just 27 first half points and had a seven-point lead going into halftime, but MU came storming out of the locker room on a 19-9 run leading up to Robinson’s first of three consecutive triples.

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Men’s Soccer Alumnus Klenofsky Drafted by D.C. United

Alumnus Kenofsky Drafted MLSMonmouth men’s soccer alumnus Eric Klenofsky has officially become a professional after being drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit D.C. United with the 34th overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

“D.C. United is an historic club with multiple MLS Cups, a knowledgeable technical staff, and a front office that cares. It’s truly a blessing to have been drafted by D.C. and I can’t wait to play in front of the incredible fans at RFK [Robert F. Kennedy Stadium],” Klenofsky said.

“Eric is a competitor. He has soft hands and good feet,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He’s still a touch raw and we have a lot of faith in (Director of Goalkeeping and assistant coach) Zach Thornton to move him along quickly to make him better. He’s another guy that has a bunch of tools that suit the position and suit our league.”

The goalkeeper was recently invited to participate in the 2017 MLS Player Combine in Los Angeles, CA, which took place throughout the days leading up to the draft. Klenofsky’s selection makes him the eighth ever Monmouth student-athlete to make the step up to Major League Soccer.

“I’d definitely say there was a touch of nerves while I was there [at the combine]. I’ve worked for an opportunity to play pro for as long as I can remember and when that opportunity is staring you in the face, it’s normal to be nervous,” Klenofsky said.

“I’m proud to represent Monmouth in Major League Soccer,” Klenofsky added. “We have a few guys like Bryan [Meredith], RJ [Allen], and Derek [Luke] who are all great Monmouth soccer ambassadors in the professional game currently that I’ve learned a lot from. The knowledge I’ve gotten from them will be so important as I make the transition.”

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Off Big Win, Ice Hockey Eyes Postseason Birth

IH Allen Zak Win Rutgers CamdenThe University’s ice hockey team picked up their tenth victory of the season against Rutgers-Camden by a score of 4-3 on Friday night.

Junior forward Allen Zak, junior defensemen Jordan Shelepak, senior center and captain Kyle Blazier and junior left wing Erik Smith provided the offense for the Hawks, while senior goalkeeper Stephen Bonora had 35 saves on 38 shots.

“Our last game was a huge win for our team,” Zak said. “We have a great group of guys and a great senior core to lead the way and we’re heading into the final stretch of the season with great confidence. Our ultimate goal this season is to win playoffs and move on to regionals and I believe we have the group of guys to do it. We are all a tight knit group and get along great and that is the key to our success.”

The team is now 10-11-1-1 on the season and seek to make the postseason for the second consecutive year. The team plays in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference and are currently in sixth place in the 10 team conference. The top six teams make the playoffs, with the top two seeds getting a first-round bye.

“Our captain, Kyle Blazier, has been here with me for five years,” Bonora said. “He’s a great guy and is always clutch when you need a goal. Anthony DeFede is a senior and our assistant captain. He works his butt off nonstop and is always giving 120 percent. Our other alternate captain, Talon Ribsam, is my best friend on the team. We played together in high school and I know everything I am going to get from him in a game and I love him to death.”

Bonora also mentioned senior defenseman Nick Tarquini as a player who always comes ready to play and has been one of the team’s best players since his freshman year. “It’s been a pleasure playing alongside all four of these guys,” he added.

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Women’s Basketball Collects Win at Fairfield

WB Kayla Shaw Win FairfieldThe women’s basketball team defeated Fairfield 60-53 in overtime Thursday night at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, CT.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw hit a three-point shot with less than a second remaining to tie the game at 50, sending the game to overtime. The Hawks would dominate the overtime period, leading them to their fifth conference victory of the season.

“Kayla Shaw is usually our go-to scorer, but she hadn’t hit a shot all day,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “She buried the one that means the most.”

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points, with no other Hawk reaching double figures in scoring for the game. Freshman forward Alexa Middleton grabbed 16 rebounds in the game, a career-high.

“For us to get our conference road win against a team like Fairfield is a great victory for us,” Palmateer said. “I think it shows our team is maturing, especially since we didn’t shoot the ball well. To still be able to gut that one out and pull through in the end was huge.”

Fairfield led by as many as 13, coming with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter. Monmouth closed the gap by going on a 12-0 run to go into the fourth quarter down by just one point. Battling back-and-forth in the final ten minutes, it was Shaw’s three that kept Monmouth’s hopes alive and sent the game into overtime. The Hawks outscored the Stags 10-3 during overtime.

With the victory, the Hawks improved to 10-9 on the season, with a 5-5 MAAC record. They hoped to continue their success on Saturday, but they fell to Siena 91-86 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

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Side Lines 2/1/17

Softball: The softball team was selected to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced on Monday. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior pitcher Amanda Riley were named to the  Preseason All-MAAC First Team. The blue and white made it to the MAAC Championship a season ago, but fell to Marist, who garnered 10 of the 11 first place votes,  by a run. Monmouth recieved the other first place vote. Fairfield came in third followed by Canisius, Manhattan, Quinnipiac, and Iona. Siena placed eighth in the poll, while Niagara, Rider, and Saint Peter’s round out the final three.

Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team competed against three schools at the NJIT Invitational over the weekend and picked up doubles wins over Binghamton and New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday and recieved singles wins from Przemyslaw Filipek, Sam Bellersen, and Nicola Pipoli, while Alberto Giuffrida earned two singles wins on Saturday. MU recorded four more doubles matches on Sunday and picked up singles victories from Pipoli, Filipek, Vikrant Dahiya, Ale Gomez Estrada, and Richard Chen. The Hawks will next hit the court when they travel to Chicago, IL on Feb. 3 to take on DePaul. The first match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Games 2/1/17

Thursday, Feb. 2

WBB vs. Rider*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 3

MBB vs. Saint Peter’s*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

M Tennis at DePaul

Chicago, IL 7:00 p.m.

 

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Side Lines 1/25/17

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, defeating Manhattan 82-71 on Friday night and Fairfield 91-49 on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks improved to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

“That might have been our best defensive effort since I’ve been here,” Rice said after the Fairfield game. “Defensively we’ve had some pretty good efforts, but that was pretty incredible today.”

Senior point guard Justin Robinson was named MAAC Players of the Week for the first time this season, scoring 22.7 points per game with 14 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals over three games. Robinson became just the third Hawk in the D1 era to reach 1,700 career points. He is just 33 points away from the Monmouth D1 all-time scoring record of 1,749 points. The Hawks return to action on Friday, Jan. 27 when they welcome Quinnipiac to the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tip-off will be at 7:00 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.

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