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Baseball Opens New Season Against Florida Atlantic

MB New Season Florida AtlanticComing off a season where they finished 30-27 overall and tied for second in the conference with a 16-8 mark, the baseball team was picked to finished third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

As they do every year, the team opened up their season with a trip down south. This enables the team to get some games in under their belt while playing some good competition in some good weather.

“We are going to challenge our guys right away,” said Dean Ehehalt, who is entering his 24th year as the team’s head coach. “We’re going to play some teams that have winning traditions and play in some good venues. That is something we have done for a long time. We are behind the eight-ball when it comes to being game-ready, but so is every other team in the northeast. We just go down there and play and see where we are at.”

“It’s great to be outside and play in some warm weather, but this is going to be a test for us,” said senior third baseman Grant Lamberton. “Those guys down south have been practicing outside all winter and we are excited to compete with them.”

Lamberton is one of four players who were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team along with seniors outfielder Dan Shea, first baseman Shaine Hughes and right-handed pitcher Ricky Dennis, who was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2016. All four players were First Team All-Conference players last season.

“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the MAAC,” Lamberton said. “Preseason stuff is something to be proud of, but we still need to come out and prove it during the season.”

Having those players back this season will be important, as they will be relied on as a part of a veteran core that the team has coming back.

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Back-to-Back Regular Season Titles for Men’s Basketball

MB Regular Season Titles 1Already up by fifteen points, junior guard Austin Tilghman put up a prayer from about 75 feet just before the halftime buzzer sounded. The ball smacked the middle of the backboard and fell through the net, sending OceanFirst Bank Center into a frenzy.

It was that kind of night for the men’s basketball team as they overwhelmed Niagara 93-75 on Friday night. Monmouth secured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title for the second straight year with the win and also secured the top seed in the MAAC Tournament, which takes place from March 2-6 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Any time you win the league, that’s pretty cool and that says a lot for these young men right here to come every night and in a tough league like the MAAC, to win the championship and be up four games,” Head Coach King Rice said.

Monmouth also became the first team in D1 basketball to secure a postseason berth. By claiming the regular season title, MU has guaranteed themselves another trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Last season, they advanced to the second round and fell to George Washington, who went onto win the tournament.

When Monmouth won the regular season title last season, most of the sellout crowd of 4,194 stayed for a post-game speech from Rice. Neither occurred this time, as this group has their sights set on higher expectations. They want to become the fifth team in program D1 history to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We are happy about it because this was one of our goals, but it wasn’t the main goal,” senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak said. “We just kind of check this and keep moving forward.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Setback After Opening Win

WLAX Setback After Opening WinThe women’s lacrosse team suffered two closely contested losses losing to Temple University 18-16 last Wednesday and Rutgers University 12-11 on Saturday morning.

Wednesday’s slate against the Owls saw the Hawks take the late lead only to have it erased and given up by a Temple 5-0 scoring run. Saturday’s game featured Monmouth attempting the late game comeback by registering the final five goals, but falling short in the end.

The Hawks scored first against Temple thanks to freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso, who followed up her eight-point performance last week with a seven-point game against the Owls. Both teams proceeded to exchange goals until Temple pulled ahead by scoring three unanswered goals. Monmouth eventually reclaimed the lead when senior captain mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca scored her second goal of the game putting the Hawks up 9-8. Temple, however, would not go into the half quietly as they tied the game with 27 seconds remaining.

Temple broke the tie within three minutes coming out of the half taking a 10-9 lead only to see it vanish by senior attacker Olivia Higson, who scored her fourth and subsequently fifth goals of the game to give Monmouth the lead. The Hawks tallied three more goals to give themselves a 15-12 advantage with 9:26 to go.

The Owls proceeded to stage the comeback this time scoring six goals to Monmouth’s one over the game’s final nine minutes to win the game in the end 18-16. Temple held the advantage in the shots overall, taking 40 to Monmouth’s 27. Twenty-two of those 40 shots for Temple came in the second half, compared to Monmouth’s nine.

“I was proud of our effort today despite the outcome,” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We improved since Saturday and look to continue to improve even more for our upcoming game. We’re back to work tomorrow with Saturday’s game on our mind.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two Games

WB Drop Two GamesThe women’s basketball team fell to Marist 76-66 Saturday night in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Sophomore guard McKinzee Barker led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points and senior center Christina Mitchell had a double-double with 12 and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Rosa Graham was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11.

The game was tightly contested in the opening minutes, as both teams traded baskets, making the score 12-10 at the first media timeout. Monmouth took the lead on a Barker three, and she hit another to give the Hawks a 16-12 lead with 1:41 left in the first. Marist went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes.

The Red Foxes hit a three early in the second to open a 22-16 lead, but both teams would continue to trade baskets, with the score 30-23 at the 4:56 mark of the second quarter. Monmouth got within four, but Marist once again found a response, opening their lead up to 36-28 with 2:42 remaining in the half. Freshman guard Kayla Shaw connected on a three to cut the deficit to five, and then senior guard Tyese Purvis drove inside and finished on a layup to make the score 36-33. Marist rattled off the last five points of the half to make the score 40-33 after 20 minutes of play.

The teams traded baskets early in the third, and it was a layup from Mitchell that made it a one possession game, 42-39, with 7:27 left in the quarter. About a minute later, after the teams exchanged scores, Shaw hit one of her own, being fouled in the process. She hit the resulting free throw, making the score 47-44 at the 6:07 mark. That would be the closest the Hawks would get for the rest of the game. The Red Foxes closed the quarter strong, holding a seven point lead after three quarters.

Monmouth got within five on a Barker jumper, but Marist once again found a response, opening up a 65-58 lead at the final media timeout. Monmouth could not climb back in it, as Marist sealed the game late on five free throws, making the final score 76-66.

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Upcoming Games

Wednesday, Feb. 22

WLAX vs. Bucknell

Hesse Field at the Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 24

Baseball at Furman

Greenville, SC 4:00 p.m.

MBB vs. Siena*

OceanFirst Bank Center

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

WBB at Manhattan*

Draddy Gymnasium

Riverdale, NY 7:00 p.m.

 

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Side Lines 2/8/17

Bowling: The bowling team finished second out of 13 teams at the 2017 James Brown Invitational at over the weekend at Towson Lanes in Towson, MD. Senior Kaitlyn Reth claimed the individual title with games of 204, 228, 248, 180, and 201 over the five-game span, leading to an average score of 212.2. Junior Jackie Evans and sophomore Haley Solberg also finished in the top ten. Evans finished seventh with a 197.4 average while Solberg finished eighth with an average of 196.8. Reth and Evans both earned their fifth top-10 finishes of the season and junior Julie Bianco led MU with a 254 high game in traditional match play. The Hawks went 9-3 as a team during the three-day event. The blue and white return to the lanes on Friday, March 3 when they host the Hawk Flight Invite at King Pin Lanes in Egg Harbor Township. The tournament takes place through Sunday.

Men’s Lacrosse Defeats No. 16 Villanova

MLAX Tyler Keen Defeat VillanovaThe men’s lacrosse team defeated a ranked opponent for the first time in program history as they took down No. 16 Villanova 12-10 on Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

Villanova came out of the gates strong scoring the game’s first three goals, but the Hawks answered back and scored four of the next five goals to tie the game at four midway through the second period.

Monmouth took its first lead in the fourth period when senior midfielder Tyler Keen completed his hat trick. He went on to add another goal with 6:20 to go in the period, which gave Monmouth a 10-7 lead that they would not relinquish. The game was tied at seven heading into the final period and MU outscored the Wildcats 5-3 in that frame. Senior midfielder Zack Schleicher also scored his first career hat trick.

This was the program’s first victory over a current Big East Conference opponent. The team improved to 2-2 all-time in season openers and 3-1 all-time in road opening games.

“That win means a lot to our program, school and fan base,” Keen said. “This kind of win shows our potential and where we can be at. Going into Villanova, we knew their plan and I think it was just overall the effort and our championship mentality that we bring every single day is what won us that game.”

“I remember a couple of years ago where wins were hard to come by and beating a Villanova team that is highly regarded in the lacrosse community,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “They have a very good team this year, especially on the offensive end with a couple of All-Americans. It was a good win for us and to start the season off with a win against a good team is a good springboard for us for this week of practice and has us looking forward to our next opponent.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Program Record 12 Consecutive Games

MB Justin Robinson 12th Straight WinThe men’s basketball team extended a program record by winning their 12th straight game in their 102-82 win over Siena at Times Union Center in Albany, NY on Monday night.

It was the Justin Robinson show once again as the senior point guard scored a career-high 40 points while adding six rebounds and three assists. Robinson became the seventh Hawk to score 40 points in a game, and the first to do so since Rahsaan Johnson scored 40 on Dec. 8, 2001 at Princeton.

“Justin is a dynamic player and I’m glad he’s on our team,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said.

“(Senior center) Chris Brady told me how many points I had after I hit the four-point play,” Robinson said. “Coach Rice pulled me aside when I had 35 points and told me I had one more minute to play until I was done, so I just had fun with that minute.”

Monmouth had a one-point lead at halftime but outscored the Saints 55-36 in the second half. With the game tied at 59, the Hawks went on a 13-1 run to take a 72-60 lead at 10:51, and never looked back.

Robinson netted a layup and followed up with a three-pointer to give him 35 points on the night after the under-four media timeout. Another triple and a transition layup got him to 40 points on the night.

His 40 points are the third most in a single-game in school history while his eight three-pointers are one shy of the program single-game record, set by former Head Coach Dave Calloway. Robinson also became the second Hawk to make eight three-pointers this season after redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn did so against South Carolina State on Nov. 26. Their 38 field goals is a season-high for Monmouth, who also shot a season-high 57.6 percent from the floor.

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Side Lines 2/15/17

Men's Tennis: The University men's tennis team split two matches in Washington DC over the weekend. MU defeated Georgetown 4-3 on Saturday for their first win of the season before they fell to George Washington on Sunday, 7-0. The Hawks earned four consecutive singles wins from Sophomore Nicola Pipoli, Senior Przemyslaw Filipek, Junior Ale Gomez Estrada, Senior Christian Vieira, and also picked up a doubles win from Filipek and Gomez Estrada against Georgetown The blue and white will host their first match of the season on Friday when they welcome Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Saint Peter’s to West Long Branch for a 7:00 p.m. start.

Upcoming Games 2/15/17

Wednesday, Feb. 15

WLAX at Temple

Philadelphia, PA 3:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, Feb. 16

WBB vs Manhattan*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 p.m.

MBB vs Niagara*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 8:00 p.m.

 

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Women's Basketball Picks Up Two Conference Wins

WB Alaina Jarnot 2nd Straight WinThe women’s basketball team defeated the Iona Gaels 75-65 Sunday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Freshman guard Alaina Jarnot led the Hawks with 19 points and five assists, and sophomore guard McKinzee Barker scored 16 with five rebounds. No other Hawk reached double figures in the game.

“I’m really pleased with how we played today,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “I thought it was a great team effort, and we did a really good job of minimizing mistakes.”

After winning the opening tip, the Hawks connected on three 3-point shots to open up a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout. Monmouth continued their hot shooting from beyond the arch, as senior guard Tyese Purvis knocked down their fourth of the quarter coming out of the break. After one quarter of play, the Hawks led 17-9, shooting 57 percent from 3-point range.

Monmouth continued their success into the second quarter, as they went on a 12-4 scoring run, including a 7-0 stretch to force the Gaels to call a timeout with 6:11 remaining in the half. The Monmouth defense had a strong showing in the second quarter, holding Iona scoreless for a stretch of 3:47. Iona did respond, however, embarking on a 10-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to 11. The Hawks closed the half strong, as Purvis hit a three, and then Graham converted on a three-point play, as they went into halftime up 15, 40-25.

For the first half, the Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and 57 percent from three, with Jarnot leading the way, scoring nine points. Purvis had seven, knocking down two 3-point shots. The Monmouth defense also forced 10 turnovers, leading to 11 points on the other end.

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