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Side Lines 3/22/17

Men’s Lacrosse: The men’s lacrosse team recorded their fourth win of the season and opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with an 8-7 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac in New Haven, CT on Saturday, Mar. 18. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman was assisted by junior midfielder Chandler Vanderbeek on the game-winning goal after senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko’s 12th save of the night. Hreshko was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Mar. 20. The Hawks snapped the Bobcats’ nine-game conference regular season winning streak, dating back to last season.

“It feels good to be on the right side of an overtime game and start off conference play with a win,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Tonight was as good as it gets in terms of a total team win.”

Monmouth will continue conference play on Saturday, Mar. 25 when it will host Siena on Hesse Field on The Great Lawn at 1 p.m. It will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Upcoming Games 3/22/17

Wednesday, Mar. 22

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 2:00 p.m.

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 4:00 p.m.


Friday, Mar. 24

Outdoor Track & Field

Monmouth Season Opener

West Long Branch, NJ TBA

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 1:00 p.m.

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 3:00 p.m. 

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Women’s Basketball Reaches Quarterfinals in MAAC Tournament

WBB MAAC TournamentAfter an opening round victory over Manhattan, the women’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament to Rider, 67-51, Friday, Mar. 3 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Freshman guard Rosa Graham led the Hawks with nine points, and freshman guard Alaina Jarnot added eight. No Hawk scored in double figures for the game.

“I just didn’t feel like we had our best game today,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “A lot of credit goes to Rider because they had a great defensive game plan.”

Rider jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes, and Monmouth responded with five straight points of their own to tie the game at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter. The teams traded baskets, as a three from senior guard Tyese Purvis gave Monmouth its first lead of the game at 8-7. The Broncs and Hawks traded baskets again throughout the remainder of the first quarter, as Rider held a 13-12 lead after ten minutes.

Rider started the second quarter strong, as they opened a 22-17 lead with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Broncs then embarked on a 13-2 scoring run to blow the game open, as it was 35-22 with just over three minutes to go in the half. Monmouth was able to close the gap to eight, a small push that was capped off by a three-point shot from sophomore guard McKinzee Barker, which made the score 38-30 at half.

The Hawks continued to cut into the deficit in the second half, as two free throws from freshman forward Taylor Nason made it a six-point margin. Monmouth would not score for the remainder of the quarter, as Rider went on a 16-0 run over the final 7:36 of the quarter to make the score 54-32 after 30 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Monmouth came as close as 16, but could not overcome the large deficit, falling 67-51 to their in-state rival.

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Sharp Shooting Stuns Men’s Basketball in MAAC Semifinal

MBB Sharp Shooting Stuns MAACIt was far from a perfect ending at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament for the men’s basketball team this weekend.

After falling three points shy to Iona in the championship game a season ago, the top-seeded Hawks were not able to get back to that stage as they fell to number four seed Siena, 89-85, in the semifinal on Sunday, Mar. 5 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“I truly give Siena all the credit,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Their kids kept fighting and fighting and that was an incredible college basketball game. We are really, really crushed about it. But as I told our kids in the locker room, we had a lot of things go our way this season. Tonight, we got caught by a team that outplayed us for 20 minutes. No one has outplayed us for a long time. But today, we got outplayed by Siena, and I give those kids all the credit in the world.”

Leading by 14 points at halftime, things seemed to be going right for Monmouth. But Siena sophomore guard Nico Clareth put on a performance for the ages in his first game coming off an ankle injury. Clareth scored 27 points in only 19 minutes and shot an absurd 7-9 from three-point range. Every point he scored came in the second half.

“I’ve seen a lot of pro and college basketball and a lot of different things, but what Nico did today was unbelievable,” Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “In person, seeing Larry Bird and Kirk Gibson’s home run – gutty performances. He couldn’t walk two days ago and to come back with that was unbelievable. Congratulations Nico, but we have to get one more.”

“I got angry at halftime with the score and the way we were playing,” Clareth said. “I can’t let this team lose. I needed to do everything to help this team win.”

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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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