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Football Team’s 2012 Schedule is Announced

Monmouth University’s Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan has announced the team’s 2012 schedule.

Monmouth, which will be celebrating the 20th year of Division I FCS football, will take on a non-conference schedule that includes a rematch with NCAA quarterfinalist Lehigh University, a home game against future NEC member University of Rhode Island and the team’s first contest against Ivy League opponent Cornell.

“We are excited for the challenge of the 2012 schedule,” said Callahan. “Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium offers a great atmosphere to start the season. We are looking forward to the rematch with URI and the first ever meeting against Cornell.”

Monmouth opens the season for the second straight season against Lehigh, a team which has won 10 games in back to back years.

The following weekend, MU welcomes future Northeast Conference member University of Rhode Island to Kessler Field for the first time in history. The Rams were 3-8 last season in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Conference but two of those wins came over nationally-ranked Delaware and William & Mary. The Hawks fell to the Rams 27-24 in the 2008 season opener in Kingston.

The quest for Monmouth’s sixth NEC Title begins against conference rival Wagner in Staten Island on September 15. The visiting team has won seven out of the eight contests in the series and it should be noted that MU was a perfect 5-0 on the road in 2011. Monmouth hosts Sacred Heart on September 22, a team which the Hawks have won eight of the last nine meetings against.

Monmouth’s open date comes at the middle of the season before the team plays its final non-league game of the 2012 season against Cornell. The October 13 game will be the first between the Big Red and the Hawks and will be the first time in 20 seasons that MU has faced a team from the Ivy League.

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Carly Thibault Named to Academic All-District 2

Monmouth University junior women’s basketball guard Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 2 Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced. Thibault carries a 4.0 grade-point average as a psychology major, and has averaged 8.0 points per game while shooting a team-best 40.2 percent from three-point range this season.

“I’m just really happy for Carly,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s a hard worker on the basketball court and in the classroom. This is really a tribute to her just being a total student-athlete and really taking pride in that. It’s something that’s really important to her and I’m sure it’s an award that will mean a lot to her.”

This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar athletes honored.

The Gun Show || One Small Step for the NCAA, One Giant Leap to the 35

Being that it is a week after the Super Bowl, we now enter football limbo...a time of months upon months without the game we all love. We can only sit in our dorm rooms or houses and start the countdown until the next kickoff. Luckily, drastic moves take place in the off-season that catch our eye and shed a little light on the game we all miss. Instead of a Saturday afternoon top-ranked matchup or a Sunday Night Football NFL spot, we get a statement from the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

This past week, the NCAA made a striking proposal to its rule book. Like the NFL, the NCAA has asked to revise the kickoff process. The rule-change would involve the ball being spotted at the 35 yard line on the kickoff instead of the 30. Also, touch-backs result in having the ball spotted at the 25 yard line instead of the 20.

This proposal will drastically change the college special teams game, but will (in the committee’s belief) dramatically lessen injury. It was analyzed that a majority of injuries in NCAAF come on kick returns. Now, as kickers boom the ball past the uprights, teams will start at the 25 yard line. There is somewhat of a trade-off in this rule because as the kicking team you lose five yards in field position on a touch-back. And as a receiving team, you might lessen injuries towards your ‘x-factor,’ game-changing kick returner as they may not return the kick as much. Also, another side-note to this proposal is that kicking-team players can be no closer than five yards from the 35 yard line at the time of the kickoff.

Citing safety precautions, if passed, the NCAA could enact this rule before the start of the 2012 season. The committee acted quickly this off-season with the proposal after the NFL limited some of its injuries with a similar move. The NCAA plans to follow in their footsteps and make the game a little safer. But, this could have a deeper effect on the game.

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Running in the Moonlight

Track and Field has Strong Showing in “Moonlight at the MAC” Tournament


running in the moonlight track and fieldThe University track and field team competed twice this past week in anticipation for the upcoming NEC Championships. Last Wednesday, the men’s and women’s teams hosted the “Moonlight in the MAC Classic” in the MAC.

The Hawks were highlighted by some personal records from Tilah Young, Sandra Jean-Romain, and Josh Mann. Mann came up short from qualifying for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump. His mark of 14.25 m/46’9” was not only a personal best mark but was also the fifth best mark in the triple jump for the men in school history.

“We performed to our expectations in about every event,” Coach Compagni said.

Monmouth also featured throwers in the top five finishing for the weight throw. Errol Jeffery’s throw was good enough for first as he was followed by Taylor Bernstein, Dan D’Amato, Ryan Snyder, and Shane Carle. Three Hawks also finished in the top three for shot put, as Shane Carle came in first and was followed by Bernstein and D’Amato.

The Hawks continued to dominate the games. Two Hawks finished in the top two for both the high jump and long jump. Jake Bartlett came in first place in the high jump while Erik Anderson trailed in second. In the long jump, Stevenson Cajuste came in first and Darvin Hendersen finished in second. Cajuste also came in first in the 60 meter hurdle with a time of 8.59 seconds.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to First Place Quinnipiac

wbb falls to first place quinnipiacThis past Saturday, the University’s women basketball team went head to head with a 16-5 Quinnipiac University at the MAC. A solid fan base came to support their third place Hawks take on the second place Bobcats.

With the playoffs approaching and number of games winding down, the Hawks realized how important it was to win this game. “As conference play continues and begins to wind down,” Coach Palmateer states, “Every game becomes exponentially more important. With the structure of our conference tournament, we are playing for home court advantage.”

Quinnipiac quickly took the lead in the first half and within four minutes, they had a five point advantage over the Hawks. With an official time-out called at 15:59, Monmouth was able to take a breath and prepare themselves for the next minutes of play.

The ladies scored the next four points bringing the score to a 7-6 game with 14:47 left on the clock. The Bobcats sunk the next basket but Monmouth retaliated quickly and the game stayed at a close score of 9-8. With a little less then 10 minutes left in the first half, Quinnipiac was to create a 10 point lead against Monmouth as the scoreboard read 22-12. The Bobcats increased their lead to a 14 point advantage over the Hawks within 20 seconds of creating the 10 point lead.

Monmouth slipped far behind Quinnipiac on the scoreboard and with 5:25 remaining, the Hawks were down by a whopping 18 points. But these next five minutes were Monmouth’s most impressive moments of the game. The Hawks scored the next 14 out of18 points with two three-pointers with junior guard Carly Thibault scoring one and junior forward Betsy Gadziala scoring the other. The score read Quinnipiac 38 Monmouth 30 by the half.

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Pat Light Looks to Shine in 2012 Season

pat light looks to shine in 2012 seasonDrafted right out of high school, junior baseball star Pat Light’s dream of playing professionally is becoming a reality once again, being named to Baseball America’s Early 2010 Top College Prospects, and selected at number 25 on the top-100 chart.

Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Light started his baseball career while in kindergarten. “I wanted to be like my Dad,” stated Light. “We’ve always done a lot together.” After trying out soccer and basketball, he realized that baseball was his true calling. When Light first started playing, he started out in the infield. However, as the six foot six athlete began getting taller he went in as a pitcher.

Light attended Christian Brothers Academy, where he collected a 20-0 career record with 1.52 ERA. That record is still the best career record in Shore Conference History. Light was also a two-time 1st team All-Shore selection and 3rd team all state. He was selected 28th in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins coming out of high school. However, he realized that aside from not being completely ready to play professional baseball, Light did not think that it was the best opportunity for him.

Freshman year, Light realized he needed to step his game up if wanted to continue playing baseball at this level. Coming off of what he referred to as his “worst season yet,” Light realized the work that he needed to put into his baseball career. As a sophomore, Light started 13 out of the 14 games he played in racking up 61 strikeouts for the season. Then, this summer Light was offered a prestigious opportunity to play in the Cape Cod summer league. After having much success there, Light is feeling good about his own personal game this year and hoping for a victorious season.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Home Games, Falls to Seventh in NEC

The men’s basketball team split their home games this week. The Hawks defeated Sacred Heart on Thursday 63-56. On Saturday, Quinnipiac handled the Blue and White 71-48.

Monmouth (7-18, 5-7) had a chance to take control of sixth place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with these games and couldn’t take full advantage.

Quinnipiac (13-10, 6-6) is now in sixth place in the conference. The Hawks are tied with Sacred Heart (11-14, 5-7) for seventh.

Thursday night the Hawks faced one of the best scorers in the conference, junior guard Shane Gibson. Gibson averaged 26.1 points a game against conference opponents when they came into West Long Branch. The Blue and White did not allow Gibson to take over the game, but he still managed 22 points, 16 coming in the second half.

Andrew Nicholas kept the Hawks in the game in the first half. He had 11 of Monmouth’s 25 first half points.

“We all started off slow shooting wise. We started shooting too many three’s in the beginning. I just started moving around and my teammates found me. I took open shots,” said Nicholas. “I knocked down some shots. I feel like I got my shot back finally. I struggled the last couple of games.”

With 2:31 remaining in the game, the Pioneers were leading 54-46. The Hawks closed the game out with a 17-2 run.

Junior guard Jesse Steele made a three-pointer at 2:27 to cut the lead to 54-49. An Ed Waite steal at the 2:00 mark led to a Dion Nesmith layup to make it a 54-51 game.

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The Gun Show || #Privacyproblems: A View of Social Media in Sports

In a world where social media can sway presidential elections and world events, surely it can influence sports. This fact has been proven time and time again as professional athletes have demonstrated their two cents on issues on sites such as Twitter and Facebook. But professional athletes aren’t the only ones who are networking online with millions of high school and college athletes alike joining the club. Coaches are taking notice to this as well.

As the social media frenzy grows and tweets are becoming more of our daily language, a look at their effect on the world of sports is our focus this week, especially after a recent scholarship scandal at Michigan University.

Yuri Wright, a four star rated corner back from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, was committed to the University of Michigan to play for head coach Brady Hoke. But after careful consideration and investigation into his character, the school chose to release Wright of his scholarship and right to be a Wolverine. As news broke of this event, sources confirmed that it was mainly in regards to racist and foul language used on the networking site Twitter.

From a top-notch college prospect bound for a successful future to a character tainted high school athlete, Wright has fallen out of the good graces of many. After the events unfolded, Wright narrowed down his choices to his local Rutgers University and Colorado.

After careful consideration, and possibly the mindset to run far away from the problem, Wright chose to play near Denver’s Tebow-country for Colorado University. In my view, he’s lucky to have the chance to suit up again after his filthy comments.

The soon-to-be Colorado Buffalo corner-back brought a huge burden not only on himself but on the issue of morality and whether (seemingly) private information should determine scholarship opportunities. It also begs the question of whether social media makes or breaks our view of athletes.

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Road Warriors

Hawks Win Back-to-Back Games on the Road


road warriors mbbWhile students were away for Winter Break, the Men’s basketball team had a couple of matchups with nationally recognized programs.

The Hawks traveled to North Carolina to face the sixth ranked Tar Heels on New Year’s Day. Freshman Andrew Nicholas was up to the task, as he scored 22 points. Junior Jesse Steele also made an impact, scoring 17 points. MU lost to the Tar Heels 102-65, but not many teams are going to go into Chapel Hill and come away with a win. Head Coach King Rice and some of the other coaches are former players at North Carolina.

“That was a great trip. It was a great trip for our school, it was a great trip for our team to be able to play down in North Carolina,” said Rice. “It was great for our staff, just to go back and be able to see all the people down there. Wish we could have won the game but our kids played really well.”

Monmouth also hosted 25th ranked Harvard on January 10th. With just over six minutes remaining in the game, the Hawks were down 57-56. From here, Harvard took over and won 70-61. Steele led the way with 16 points, Marcus Ware was right behind him with 14.

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Women’s Basketball Winning Streak Stops at Eight

wbb winning streak stops at 8Hard work often leads to success in the sports world. For Lady Hawks basketball team, this old adage rings true. The Hawk cagers started their season poorly struggling through a 3-8 record prior to the long winter break. Regrouping, the team put together a good run and currently stand with an 11-9 record. The women have high hopes of ending the season with a championship trophy sitting on their mantel.

Being able to bounce back from such a poor record truly shows the Hawks are prepared to put up a battle for their title. When asked why she believed the ladies have been playing so well, freshman Danica Dragicevic said “I think that we are winning because our team sticks together.”

The Monmouth Hawks had the chance to improve their winning streak to ten games with this past weekend since they played Bryant University on Saturday and Central Connecticut State on Monday.  They fell to Bryant University this past weekend with a final score of 55-49 snapping their eight-game winning streak.

When asked what sparked the streak to begin with, Coach Palmateer believes, “It was a culmination of the hard work the players have been putting in since the start of the season, the renewed energy the team came back with after Christmas break and great focus and determination. We faced some early season challenges coupled with a very tough non-conference schedule,” Coach Palmateer said, “The result was some tough early season losses but in the long run I feel those challenges have made us stronger as a team.”

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Several Track Athletes Qualify for ECAC and IC4A Championships

several athletes qualify ecac ic4aThe men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Bison Open at Bucknell University while some competed at the Terrier Classic at Boston University.

“At Bucknell, we had the most ECAC qualifiers ever for one meet between the men and the women,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. 14 athletes from both the men’s and women’s team qualified for the ECAC and IC4A Championships. 10 of the qualifiers were from the women’s team, which set a record for the most qualifiers in a single weekend in school history. The Bison Invitational was held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Some of the top finishers in the meet included a first-place finish in the high jump from Ali Day, who posted a mark of 1.70 m/5’7”. In the men’s high jump, Jake Bartlett came in second place with a mark of 1.99 m/6’6.5”.  Also for the men, Ed Kramer tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 1.94 m/6’4.25”. In the long jump, Stevenson Cajuste placed in third with a mark 6.60 m/21’7.75”.

In the Terrier Invitational at Boston University, the distance medley relay team of Amanda Eller, Colleen Rutecki, Emily MacEwen, and Jennifer Nelson finished in second place with a time of 11:54.02, good enough to qualify the group for the ECAC Championships.

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