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Football’s Basile Leads On and Off Gridiron

F Mike Basile On Off GridironSince stepping onto the football field at Monmouth for the first time, it was clear that junior safety Mike Basile was different.

“It was amazing how quickly he was able to make the transition to college football,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “With some players it takes more time. But it was very obvious right away that he has a very high football IQ, a great sense of awareness on the field and his ability to put himself in position to make plays is really uncanny. The combination of all those things made it very clear that he was going to be able to impact the game right away.”

The Brick Memorial product was named the Big South Rookie of the Year in 2014 after starting all 11 games and finishing second on the Hawks with 78 tackles. He followed that up with one of the best seasons in program history as a sophomore, when he set a single season record with 119 tackles and was named First Team All-Big South.

Basile led the Hawks once again in his junior year by recording 110 tackles, which was second in the Big South. He has started all 33 games in his collegiate career.

Coming from a local high school, Callahan wanted to make sure that Basile stayed close to home.

“He was a local player from the Shore Conference whom we had our eye on since his junior year,” Callahan said. “Our philosophy for recruiting has always been working from the inside out which means recruit locally first and then expand into other areas. He was certainly a very talented athlete and somebody that I thought would do very well here at Monmouth.”

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Lehigh

WB Kayla Shaw 73 62The Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated Lehigh 73-62 Sunday afternoon in the third place game of the 2016 Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, PA.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored a team-high 17 points in the game, hitting five three-point shots. Two other Monmouth players reached double figures in the game, with junior guard Kayla Quintana scoring 16 and senior guard Tyese Purvis scoring 11.

“I thought we definitely picked things up in the second half,” Shaw said after the game. “We swung the ball and crashed the boards, and overall it was a huge turnaround and the reason why we won the game.”

Both teams came out of the game hot, as it was a tightly-contested first quarter, as Monmouth led 17-15 after ten minutes, thanks in part to six points from Purvis. The Hawks opened their lead to as high as eight in the second quarter, with the score 31-23 with 3:39 remaining in the half. Lehigh later responded with a 7-0 run to make the score 33-32 in favor of Monmouth at halftime.

Purvis and Shaw each had a team-high of nine points at halftime, as the Hawks shot 33.3 percent from field goal range and 29.2 percent from three-point range. The Hawks did not attempt a free throw in the half, while Lehigh made 11 on 14 attempts.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the Hawks had a quick surge off of a Quintana three-point shot and a layup form freshman guard Alaina Jarnot, which forced Lehigh to call a timeout. The Hawks extended on their lead off of five straight points from Quintana to make the score 55-44. The Mountain Hawks cut into the deficit, making the score 61-57 at the end of three.

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Exciting Start to New Ice Hockey Season

MU Hockey 2016 2017 SeasonThe University’s club ice hockey team is currently 5-8-1-1 in the season with one overtime loss and one overtime tie. The team competes in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference along with The Col-lege of New Jersey, The University of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Millersville, Princeton, Seton Hall, and West Chester.

“The season has been going pretty well so far. We have started out the season with a lot of road games and have played many of the top teams in our conference and region,” senior center and team captain Kyle Blazier said. “We’re a young team and it definitely takes some time to adjust to the speed of the game at this level, and thus far our young guys have been doing a good job of elevating their play under the upperclassmen leadership of alternate captain Anthony DeFede, alternate captain Tal-on Ribsam, senior Nick Tarquini and myself.”

The team plays at Jersey Shore Arena which is located in Wall. The rink is about 15 minutes from cam-pus and their home games are typically played on Friday nights at 8:45.

The tryout process for the team is always open and the team is always looking for interested players.

“The team typically has four skates over the summer starting in August to get everyone on the ice and playing together as much as possible,” Blazier said. “As soon as we get back to school in September, tryouts begin. Over the course of one to two weeks of practice and a practice scrimmage, the coaching staff picks a roster of about 27 skaters. Additionally, we have three solid goaltenders this year, which is very fortunate for us.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Opener Against Drexel

MB Win DrexelThe men’s basketball team, coming off a 28-8 campaign a season ago and their first ever trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), opened up a highly-anticipated season with a 78-65 victory over Drexel on Friday night at OceanFirst Bank Center.

“It was a weird feeling when I went out there tonight. I’m sitting there while the kids are warming up and I felt like we were just doing this a little while ago,” sixth year Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said about taking the court for a game once again. “It was great to come and play our first game at home, which we haven’t done before since I’ve been the coach here, and the buzz and energy that was in the building made it feel like it was an end of the season game. But just getting the first win is awesome and just like last year, now we get to go have some fun on the big boy’s court.”

Redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn and senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak got off to fast starts, each connecting with 3-pointers leading into the first media timeout. Hornbeak drained another deep ball before the next media timeout, but he felt that his fast start did not transition to the remainder of the game.

“I honestly felt like I wasn’t really on today,” Hornbeak said. “A lot of shots that I felt like should have went in didn’t but I have to trust in the work that I put in and just keep playing. There are other things I can do and no matter who’s scoring, I’m happy as long as we win.”

Once Monmouth took the lead after Seaborn’s initial 3-pointer, they never looked back. The blue and white led by 15 at the half and led by as many as 21 in the second half before coming away with the 13 point victory.

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Women’s Basketball Downs Robert Morris

WB Win Robert MorrisThe women’s basketball team defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 69-56 Sunday afternoon in Moon Township, PA during their first game of the season.

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led all players in scoring, finishing with 15 on the afternoon. Freshman guard Rosa Graham scored 14 points off of the bench in her collegiate debut, and senior guard Helena Kurt added 11 points and five assists in her first game since the 2014-15 season.

“We came out strong and worked hard on the defensive end,” Purvis said after the game. “We did what we had to do and stuck together.”

The score was close early on, as both teams jostled for the lead. Monmouth claimed their first lead of the game off of a Graham layup with 7:31 left in the opening quarter, with the score 8-7. The Hawks did not trail the rest of the way, as the blue and white scored eight points in 23 seconds to extend their lead to 20-9 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Monmouth defense held the Colonials to just seven points in the second quarter, as the Hawks went into halftime with a 34-23 lead. Through two quarters, the Hawks shot 36.9 percent from the field, and 35 percent from three-point range.

The Hawks continued their strong play into the second half, as they reached their largest lead of the game with 5:48 left in the third quarter, up by 19 points. Robert Morris was able to cut the Monmouth lead down to nine with one minute remaining in regulation, but that was as close as they would get. The Hawks converted four straight free throws, sealing their win and making the final score 69-56.

“We’re just really excited,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said, “I think we did a lot of really good things today, being able to come out here and beat a really talented Robert Morris team.”

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Field Hockey Drops NCAA Play-In Game

FH Loss UMassThe Monmouth University Field Hockey season came to an end on Nov. 9 with a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the University of Massachusetts in an NCAA tournament play in game at “So Sweet A Cat” Field.

UMass opened up scoring in the 12 minute on a flashy reverse shot goal which was quickly answered by junior defender Julie Laszlo who buried a corner shot a few minutes later. Laszlo added her second goal a minute before the half off of a corner opportunity to put the Hawks up 2-1.

The Minutewomen tied the game and then took the lead scoring twice in 11 minutes after the half. Monmouth knotted the game on a blast by senior defender Casey Hanna that found twine. The game looked to be heading into overtime but with three minutes left, UMass tipped in the eventual game winner.

Monmouth would have two last minute corner opportunities to tie the game. However, the Minutewomen’s defense held steady fending off junior midfielder Rachel Konowal and Laszlo’s last ditch efforts to send the game into overtime.

“Like we saw last weekend, this team was not willing to go down without a fight,” Monmouth Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “The heart and effort they left out on this field was once again phenomenal. You never want it to see it end for your seniors, specifically for these two (Alyssa Ercolino and Casey Hanna). They are the heart and soul of this team and I know there is only two, but it feels like there are ten when they are out there playing. Overall, it was a game that we can be proud of.”

This was tough loss but the season was without question a successful one for the Hawks. They won the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference title and championship and finished with a program record 17 wins.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Virginia in NCAA Tournament

WS Loss VirginiaThe women’s soccer team played the University of Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. The Hawks fell short 4-1 on Nov. 11 at Klockner Stadium but finished their season with a conference championship.

The Hawks clinched their regular season championship and eventually earned their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship. Although they were very excited, they knew it was going to be a tough first round game in the women’s NCAA Division 1 soccer tournament. Monmouth anxiously watched the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, eventually finding out they would be paying at No. 15 Virginia on Friday. Preparation started Monday night, as the Hawks put together a game plan before traveling to Charlottesville Thursday morning.

This was the first time in history Monmouth and Virginia would face off against each other. Although the Hawks have been drawing first blood lately, Virginia jumped on the board first after senior defender Kristen McNabb scored off a header from around the penalty area. A little over a minute later, Virginia pumped in another goal on a penalty kick by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the year, senior midfielder Alexis Shaffer. Shaffer wasn’t done yet as she added her second goal from the top of the box, making the score 3-0 Virginia.

Throughout the whole season, the Hawks played with fire, energy, and heart and they refused to be shut out. Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki scored around the 71st minute to put Monmouth on the board. Ivanicki made program history by becoming the first women’s soccer player to score a goal in the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

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Upcoming Games: 11/16/16

Wednesday, November 16

WBB at St. Francis Brooklyn

Pope Physical Education Center

Brooklyn Heights, NY 7:00 pm

Friday, November 18

Bowling

UMES Hawk Classic

Millsboro Lanes

Millsboro, DE

 

MBB at Syracuse

Carrier Dome

Syracuse, NY 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 19

 

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Side Lines: 11/16/16

Women’s XC:

The University’s women’s cross country team ran to its best point total and top-5 average in program history at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, finishing 12th overall on Nov. 11. Senior Jenna Cupp placed 53rd overall in the field of 198 runners and senior Maggie Hanlon’s time of 22:09 is tied for the fourth best time at the course in program history. After the MAAC Championship, Monmouth’s women’s team was ranked 15th in the Mid-Atlantic Region and they outran that ranking with their 12th place finish. The blue and white will next compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference/ Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (ECAC/IC4A’s) on Nov. 19. Start time is scheduled for 10:15 am at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.

Field Hockey Crowned MAAC Champions

WFH ChampionsThe University’s field hockey team secured the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship. The title did not come easily for the Hawks as it was secured by winning back-to-back double overtime games over the Rider Broncs on Friday afternoon and the Fairfield Stags on Sunday morning.

Friday afternoon’s 3-2 double overtime victory over the Broncs did not come easy. A scoreless first half featured only five shots combined with both teams playing tough defense. Monmouth’s freshman stand out, forward Josephine van der Hoop broke open the scoring two minutes into the second half with a slick reverse shot goal.

Rider swiftly answered with a reverse shot goal of their own about three minutes later and the game was all knotted up. The game would remain tied until the 56th minute when a van der Hoop crossing pass was tipped in by a diving sophomore forward Kelly Hanna. However, a winner would not be decided in regulation as Rider sent the game into overtime on a thrilling corner goal with time expired.

Monmouth ratcheted up their attack in the first overtime, registering 10 shots to Rider’s zero. The Broncs returned the favor in the second overtime, firing off five shots within the first five minutes. However the Hawks were the ones who came up with the winning shot, once again it was the sprawling Hanna scoring off a pass from junior forward Meg Donahue.

“My first thought was to dive, to give everything I have to put that ball in the cage. I really was not thinking too much when it was happening, I just went for it,” Hanna said about the game-winning goal. “We had been working hard all week and knew we had to give it 110 percent this game.”

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Women’s Soccer Wins MAAC Championship

WS ChampionsThe Monmouth University women’s soccer team hosted the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament this past weekend after clinching regular season conference champs. The Hawks brought the same focus, energy and fire from the regular season into the first round of tournament play, beating Marist in the semifinals 4-1.

The Hawks’ leading point scorer, redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson, scored first for Monmouth after drilling the ball into the goal. She was assisted by junior forward Rachelle Ross and sophomore midfielder Alli DeLuca. MU ended up scoring once more in the first half, while Marist remained scoreless.

Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki headed the ball into the net after Gibson crossed it, making the score 2-0. The Hawks were first to strike again in the second half after Ross beat the goaltender one-on-one, advancing Monmouth’s lead to 3-0.  Marist quickly responded by scoring a goal off the cross bar around the 83rd minute, changing the score to 3-1.

But Monmouth wasn’t done yet, Ross scored at 89:43 to make the final score 4-1 and advancing the Hawks into the championship game.

“It was a great team performance tonight. We capitalized on opportunities and defended extremely well. We are looking forward to competing for a MAAC title on Sunday,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner.

On Sunday, the Hawks became MAAC Champions after defeating Quinnipiac 5-2 in front of a large home crowd at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

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