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Men’s and Women’s Track Teams Post Record Setting Weekend

Both the University men’s and women’s track and field team’s were dominant over the championship weekend, but the men broke a memorable record. The men’s team totaled 27 points, the most ever at the IC4A’s by Monmouth. It was good enough for a ninth place finish. It is Monmouth’s best finish at the event since their 11th place finish in 2002. The Hawks also had five team members take All-East honors at the event.

The women’s team finished in 17th place at the ECAC Championships. It is their second straight season finishing in the top 20. Their 17th place finish is their best in the event in school history. The women’s team also added two more All-East members.

“We were pleased to get the men into the top ten and the women into the top 20 at a high caliber meet like this. We competed very well against the best schools from the Ivy League, Patriot League, Big East and other major conferences. Both teams did a great job this indoor season and we are excited about the opportunities we will have outdoors in a few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni explained in a press release. 

For the men’s side, Ford Palmer ran the 1,000 meter run in 2:25.09, good enough for first place and to become the school’s first individual champion at the event. Palmer also joined the distance medley team to an AllEast finish along with Mark Bernardo, Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez, and Garth Di- Blasio. They finished in seventh place overall. Vince Elardo earned All-East Honors on the first day of the meet in the weight throw, and on the second day as well in the shotput, claiming second overall in the event. Errol Jeffery earned his first All-East honor as he finished fifth in the shot put. Shane Carle finished ninth in the shot put.

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Softball Team Knocks Off Delaware, but Falls to Army

The softball team opened the season in Norfolk, Virginia in the 2012 Spartan Classic and won three of its four games.

The Hawks (3-1) defeated Norfolk State 10-4 in the season opener. Kayla Weiser went two for three from the plate, knocking in four runs. Kate Kuzma and Shannon Fitzgerald also knocked in t wo r uns each.

The Spartans led 3-0 halfway through the fourth inning. The Blue and White exploded in the bottom of the inning for eight runs. Alicia Desanto started the inning off with a walk and stole second base. Weiser singled to knock in the Hawks’ first run. Kuzma came up next and singled. Vanessa Cardoza stepped up next with a single to knock in Weiser. Fitzgerald kept the flood gates open when she stepped up next, batting in Cardoza and Kuzma with a single. Two batters later, Chelsea Paprocki got a base hit up the middle, and Fitzgerald scored. Jenna Jaquish and Christine Scherr reached base to load them up with only one out. Two batters later, Weiser doubled to clear the bases and give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.

Alissa Schoelkopf pitched four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out eight. Jordan Barnett threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits. Barnett struck out four.

In the second game of the double-header, MU defeated Delaware 6 -3.

Scherr was two for two from the plate, knocking in four runs and walking twice. Katie Schumaker and Paprocki each had an RBI as well.

Lauren Sulick pitched four innings, striking out three, allowing four hits and two runs. Barnett threw another three innings, giving up one run and five hits.

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The Gun Show || “Country Roads” Elicits Near Riot and Unfolds the Power of the Student Section

YouTube phenomenon and Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly brought on a full-fledged riot at West Virginia Coliseum on February 24th after pantomiming a ballroom dance to John Denver on WVU’s home court. The action greatly angered the West Virginia student section, who gave Williams a piece of their mind during an ESPN interview conducted shortly after.

Here, the power of a college fan-base was unfolded. They are without a doubt comparable to the three-headed monster, as seen when numerous security guards struggled to hold WVU students back from physically approaching the head coach.

The dance came after Marquette beat West Virginia 61-60 and greatly hampered the Mountaineers’ shot at the NCAA tournament. Already a YouTube sensation, Williams, who danced “Walk it out” two years ago on the court, offered a sarcastic apology for the event.

He stated that he liked John Denver’s rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and was so amped after the game that it was just natural. Later that night he offered a more extensive apology but still, West Virginia students and fans of all ages are not very fond of Williams.

YouTube users have taken pleasure in watching the coach glide across Mountaineer mid-court, but while doing so, ask whether the move was professional or a display of poor sportsmanship. Should a college coach blatantly poke fun at a song that is so dear to the hearts of the home team’s fans? Then, should he deny its impact?

From an outsider’s standpoint, this move is irresponsible and a lack of judgment. Sure, you may be excited after a huge win for your program, but that should not result in you sarcastically grooving to the other team’s alma matter-like song. Show some dignity and respect for the opposing program, shake the other coach’s hand and head into the lockerroom to begin your celebration. This move, Coach Williams, is just unnecessary.


Clearly, I am not the only one to think so lowly of the move, as students were clearly frustrated beyond belief as Williams approached his ESPN interviewers. Footage highlights security guards struggling to hold back angered students while showing some blatantly yelling profanity at the man. Like it was nothing, the coach continued the interview and stormed off in excitement.

A college student section is no force to be reckoned with. To anger them is to “awaken the beast.” The Mountaineers displayed this and showed their frustration. As rowdy as they may be, they promote sportsmanship and respect. This goes a long way for the sport, which can take pride in the fact that the fans uphold forms of morals and values. Buzz Williams, in his “two-step,” stabbed at the heart of these morals.

Just as the Monmouth Mob has had an increase in followers and dedication this season, (as pointed out in a recent Outlook article on the matter), other student sections take pride in their program and team. And as sometimes learned in a worst-case scenario, they will stop at nothing to show their perspective. As a head coach, Williams should have known the repercussions of his actions before making a mockery of himself and eliciting fury.

Maybe he really shows no remorse, as he has already “walked it out” on the sidelines in a game two years ago. Following an emphatic dunk by one of his players, he threw his arms up in the air and awkwardly stampeded down his own sideline. From that point on, he was an internet icon, but again, an example of an untamed, demeaning figure.

Clearly this Marquette coach, who is leading his tenth-ranked squad to a fantastic season, is keen with on-the-court issues, but needs a little reality check with sportsmanship. You may be overly- excited about a win, but it’s different when you degrade others while showing that excitement.

Maybe Williams, in need of this reality check, should have his squad take a stroll up to the MAC to take on the Hawks. Here, I can almost guarantee, you will find a student section riled up enough to set the man straight.

Whether your squad is ranked #10 or not, a few New Jersey basketball fans will definitely set you straight. We can guarantee you will not see Buzz stroll around at midcourt at the MAC dancing to the pep band…because if so he might find a sea of fans in blue and white, who want to throw in their two cents.

Women’s Basketball Team Clinches NEC Berth

Alysha Womack Scores 1,000 Career Point in Victory over Wagner


With the playoffs beginning in only a week, the Hawks have secured their position in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament. Using their final games as practice for the tournament, the team had the pleasure of versing two conference opponents this past weekend.

On Saturday, the women traveled to Staten Island to compete against the Wagner Seahawks. MU was able to notch a win improving their record to 15-11 as well as improving their NEC record to 10-5 keeping them at third place in the conference. The game began with the Seahawks quickly taking charge over the Hawks’ defense.

The Hawks failed to take the lead until the scoreboard’s time showed 9:12 was left in the first half. Junior Chevannah Paalvast’s three pointer was the key for the lead change making it a 10-9 game. The Seahawks managed to stay in the competition and by 6:20 they had successfully taken the two-point lead with a score of 19-17. But Monmouth did not fall far behind and when there was 1:25 left in the first half, the two teams had evened it up at 24-24 which is where the score would remain until both reentered after halftime.

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Attendance on the Rise for Home Basketball Games

Basketball season is coming to an end, but that does not stop the sudden increase in attendance to the men’s home games.

2000 students, families, faculty, alumni, and community members came out to support the University’s men’s basketball team at their last home game. The rapid improvement is overall exciting for both the team and the crowd that come out to cheer on the team.

“When we see the crowd hyped, we get hyped,” stated junior player Jesse Steele. The energy that the crowd produces for the team is contagious and it’s evident how the excitement level at the games is increasing each week with fans coming out.

What brought on this sudden increase in game attendance? There are numerous answers for this question, because with a new team, new program, and new coaches, many people are curious how the team will respond to all of these changes. At each of the games it seems as if there is always something going on. Between the cheerleaders and dance team performing in between plays to the announcers that keep the crowd intrigued, there is no shortage of entertainment.

According to junior Brittany Herrmann, there is definitely a major difference between the games last year and this year. “The atmosphere is very different compared to last year, more upbeat, exciting, and fans are behind the team percent,” described Herrmann.. “There’s an obvious increase in supporters from last year because the games are always crowded now.”

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Men’s Basketball Team Qualifies For NEC Tournament

The men’s basketball lost to Wagner Thursday night 74-67. They bounced back on Saturday and defeated Mount St. Mary’s 68-66 to secure a spot in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament in a couple weeks.

The Hawks (10-19, 8-8) are tied for fifth in the NEC with Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

Thursday night, Tyler Murray scored 20 points for Wagner (23-4, 14-2). Latif Rivers added 13 points and four assists.

Four players scored in double figures for MU, but it wasn’t enough to get passed one of the NEC’s top teams. Phil Wait, Jesse Steele, Andre Nicholas, Austin Tillotson and Dion Nesmith combined for 56 of the team’s 67 points. Steele led the team with four assists.

Free throw and three-point shooting hurt the Blue and White in this one. The team made only 55.6 percent of its free throws. Nesmith and Steele each made a three, as the team shot only two of 10 from beyond the arc. Wagner was 21 of 26 from the charity stripe, and 11 of 28 from three-point land.

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