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Women's Lacrosse Rallies to Beat George Washington

WLAX Nicole Ceraso Win GWThe women’s lacrosse team is looking to build off of last season’s success in which the team finished 12-8 overall and 6-2 in conference games. The main highlight of last season was their first ever appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game where they suffered a loss to Canisius.

Monmouth was voted as the second best team in the pre-season MAAC women’s lacrosse coaches’ poll with last year’s champion, Canisius, finishing as the unanimous number one ranked team. Hopes are high for the season, according to Head Coach Eileen Ghent.

“Our expectations are very high; we are expecting to do well in the MAAC,” Ghent said. “We have a really competitive out-of-conference schedule that leads up to the MAAC. We are expecting to do well right off the bat, but we will see.”

Ghent, who is entering her second year as head coach, will face the difficult task of replacing six starters, including Marial Pierce, Kristina Vangeli and Caroline Huelster, who were First Team All-MAAC last year. Six starters will return, including pre-season All-MAAC attacker, junior Alexa Smith and 11 newcomers were added in the off-season. The defensive unit took the brunt of the departures as only one player, junior defender Amanda Miller, returns as a starter.  

Senior mid-fielder Ashely Cross, senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca and junior defender Amanda Miller were selected as team captains. LaMarca returns this season after missing all of last year with a knee injury. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team as a freshman and she believes the team is more than primed to take on the new season.

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Track & Field Prepares for MAAC Championship

Track Field Championships Prep 1The men and women’s indoor track teams are only a few weeks away from competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships.

“We have gotten off to a slow start, but I feel like we have gotten better every week the last few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “That’s crucial because the end of the season is what matters the most for us. We are building in a good direction toward the end of the season, but we are not where we want to be yet.”

Redshirt junior thrower Tim Wilson has been one of the top throwers in the conference this season. He has won the weight throw in five of six events this year, and he credits that success to his coaches.

“We’ve had some unbelievable success so far. Abe (Throws Coach Abraham Flores) and I have a plan and we’ve been sticking to it,” Wilson said. “It’s been paying off and right now I’m just trying to hit that mark to get to Nationals. We are just going to take it week by week and we will get there eventually. We just have to trust the process.”

Wilson suffered a setback a few summers ago that caused him to miss his sophomore season, but he has come back and become a better athlete because of it.

“I tore my ACL two years ago playing basketball and I had to redshirt my sophomore season,” said Wilson, who credited Elite Sports Physical Therapy in Tinton Falls for getting him back. “Going through that pushed me more to come back and be a better athlete.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Games to Quinnipiac, Rider

WB Loss QuninnipiacThe women’s basketball team fell to Quinnipiac University 74-54 Saturday afternoon in Hamden, CT.

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks with eight points, and sophomore center Erica Balman added six. The Hawks had four players score five in the game, but no one reached double figures.

Monmouth had a two-point lead with 5:35 remaining in the opening quarter, but a three-point basket from Quinnipiac gave them the lead, one that they never relinquished.

“It was just one of those games where it seemed like we couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said, “They really shot the ball well, especially from the three-point line and we couldn’t withstand that. We didn’t adjust very well to the physicality and the way the game was being called, especially in the first half.”

The Hawks were outscored 39-22 in the first half, only scoring nine points in the first quarter. For the game, the Hawks shot 33.3 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three. The Monmouth bench outscored its opponent for the 20th time out of 22 games this season.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored her 66th three-point shot this season, making a three in 20 of the 22 games this year.

The loss was the third straight for the Hawks, who were looking to rebound from a 71-69 loss to Rider Thursday night at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Purvis led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points, with Shaw scoring 11, connecting on three shots from beyond the arch.

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Men's Basketball Picks up Two Conference Wins

MB Two Conf Wins 1In his first game since becoming the men’s basketball D1 scoring leader, senior point guard Justin Robinson stepped up again when his team needed him and led the Hawks to a 71-70 overtime victory over Saint Peter’s on Friday night at OceanFirst Bank Center.

The two teams were tied at 29 at halftime and at 60 at the end of regulation. After scoring only three points in the first half, Robinson, who was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Monday afternoon, took matters into his own hands as he scored 26 from that point on. He scored 22 of the Hawks’ 31 points in the second half, including their final 14 to send the game into overtime.

“Justin has been everything for our program,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said. “He represents us with the energy that he walks around campus with and the smile he always has on his face. He keeps overcoming everything and he means the world to me.”

“My team looks for me to lead and tonight (Redshirt sophomore guard) Micah (Seaborn) went down, (senior guard) Je’lon (Hornbeak) had foul trouble, and (senior center) Chris (Brady) was a little slow,” Robinson said. “They looked to me to carry the load offensively and they’ve had the confidence in me to do that all season long.”

The Hawks never trailed in overtime and led by as much as four points. Senior guard Collin Stewart hit two free throws that proved to be the difference as Saint Peter’s cut the deficit to one on a three-pointer by senior guard Trevis Wyche with 0.6 seconds remaining, but there was not enough time for them to get the ball back as the blue and white avenged their loss to the Peacocks on Jan. 2.

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Swimming Update

The men’s and women’s swimming teams are gearing up for the MAAC Championships, which will take place on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in Buffalo, NY.

The women kicked off their season with a victory against Saint Peter’s on Saturday, Jan. 21, finishing ahead of the Peacocks in 11 of the 13 events. It was the second season in a row in which the women defeated Saint Peter's.

“It was exciting to see the women’s team get their first win of the season,” Monmouth Head Coach Matt Nunnally said. “Coming off of winter training is always a challenge. The team raced well and is heading in the right direction with the MAAC Championships only a few weeks away.”

While the men fell to Saint Peter's, they did claim the top three spots in the men’s 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Billy Lyons, junior Michael Lanigan and freshman Frank Nicola finished in that order.

The top women’s performer this season has been Junior Anne Skimmons, who was victorious in the women’s 200-yard IM also won the 100-yard butterfly against Sacred Heart on Friday, Jan. 27.

“[There were] strong performances by Anne Skimmons today in both of her individual events and the medley relay,” Nunnally said. “It was good to see the team trending in the right direction and the outlook is positive heading towards the MAAC Championships.”

Another junior has paced the men heading into the conference championships in Mitch Simmer, who won the 100-yard butterfly against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This is the second year for both swimming programs after they were revitalized last year after a 32-year hiatus. Both teams finished ninth in 2016 and were also picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Former Hawk Soars

Former Hawk Chris Hogan

Former Monmouth wide reciever/defensive back Chris Hogan celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady after the New England Patriots' 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (51). Hogan became the first Hawk to win a major pro championship.

PHOTO COURTESY of Mark J. Rebiilas/USA TODAY Sports

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Side Lines 2/8/17

Men's Tennis: The University men's tennis team dropped two matches against DePaul (6-1) and Notre Dame (7-0) over the weekend. Senior Przemyslaw Filipek picked up the lone win for the Hawks on the weekend, a singles matchup against DePaul’s Alex Galoustian, 6-4 and 7-6. Senior Christian Viera (1-6, 6-2, 6-3) and freshman Vikrant Dahiya (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) went to a third set after winning the first, but both came up short. Monmouth dropped all six of the doubles matches on the weekend. The blue and white will head to Washington, DC for a pair of matches against Georgetown on Saturday and George Washington on Sunday. Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m start, while Sunday’s match will begin at noon.

Upcoming Games 2/8/17

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Men’s & Women’s Swimming*

MAAC Championship

Buffalo, NY 8:00 a.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 10

Indoor Track & Field

Winter Collegiate Invitational

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ

WBB at Saint Peter's*

Yanitelli Center

Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

MBB at Manhattan*

Draddy Gymnasium

Riverdale, NY 9:00 p.m.

 

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Robinson Becomes Men’s Basketball Leading Scorer

MB Justin Robinson Lead ScorerAll senior point guard Justin Robinson has ever cared about was winning. That approach to his game has led him to become the D1 scoring leader for Monmouth men’s basketball.

Robinson eclipsed the mark at the 13:39 mark in the second half with a three-pointer that gave the blue and white a five-point lead in the Hawks 83-71 win over Marist on Monday night, surpassing Alex Blackwell (1989-92) and John Giraldo (1992-96), who were tied at 1,749 points.

“I got an open look, knocked it down, trotted back on defense a little bit and I realized, ‘Man, that’s the one,’” Robinson said. “You don’t get to think about it in the heat of the game because you want to keep playing and doing the right things but once that final sub came in for me I said, ‘Man, I’m not supposed to be here, but I am,’ and that’s cool.”

The Lake Katrine, NY native accomplished the feat about 30 minutes south of his hometown. The fact that he got the record so close to home was just coincidence, but he relishes every opportunity he gets to play in front of his family and friends back home.

“It was special because I don’t get to come home too often,” Robinson said. “When I do, it’s always a good time with the people I get to be around. I had a lot of family, friends, guidance counselors, some of my favorite teachers from middle school, elementary school, and high school here and having them in the building is a great feeling.”

Marist held the Hawks to just 27 first half points and had a seven-point lead going into halftime, but MU came storming out of the locker room on a 19-9 run leading up to Robinson’s first of three consecutive triples.

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Men’s Soccer Alumnus Klenofsky Drafted by D.C. United

Alumnus Kenofsky Drafted MLSMonmouth men’s soccer alumnus Eric Klenofsky has officially become a professional after being drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit D.C. United with the 34th overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

“D.C. United is an historic club with multiple MLS Cups, a knowledgeable technical staff, and a front office that cares. It’s truly a blessing to have been drafted by D.C. and I can’t wait to play in front of the incredible fans at RFK [Robert F. Kennedy Stadium],” Klenofsky said.

“Eric is a competitor. He has soft hands and good feet,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He’s still a touch raw and we have a lot of faith in (Director of Goalkeeping and assistant coach) Zach Thornton to move him along quickly to make him better. He’s another guy that has a bunch of tools that suit the position and suit our league.”

The goalkeeper was recently invited to participate in the 2017 MLS Player Combine in Los Angeles, CA, which took place throughout the days leading up to the draft. Klenofsky’s selection makes him the eighth ever Monmouth student-athlete to make the step up to Major League Soccer.

“I’d definitely say there was a touch of nerves while I was there [at the combine]. I’ve worked for an opportunity to play pro for as long as I can remember and when that opportunity is staring you in the face, it’s normal to be nervous,” Klenofsky said.

“I’m proud to represent Monmouth in Major League Soccer,” Klenofsky added. “We have a few guys like Bryan [Meredith], RJ [Allen], and Derek [Luke] who are all great Monmouth soccer ambassadors in the professional game currently that I’ve learned a lot from. The knowledge I’ve gotten from them will be so important as I make the transition.”

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Off Big Win, Ice Hockey Eyes Postseason Birth

IH Allen Zak Win Rutgers CamdenThe University’s ice hockey team picked up their tenth victory of the season against Rutgers-Camden by a score of 4-3 on Friday night.

Junior forward Allen Zak, junior defensemen Jordan Shelepak, senior center and captain Kyle Blazier and junior left wing Erik Smith provided the offense for the Hawks, while senior goalkeeper Stephen Bonora had 35 saves on 38 shots.

“Our last game was a huge win for our team,” Zak said. “We have a great group of guys and a great senior core to lead the way and we’re heading into the final stretch of the season with great confidence. Our ultimate goal this season is to win playoffs and move on to regionals and I believe we have the group of guys to do it. We are all a tight knit group and get along great and that is the key to our success.”

The team is now 10-11-1-1 on the season and seek to make the postseason for the second consecutive year. The team plays in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference and are currently in sixth place in the 10 team conference. The top six teams make the playoffs, with the top two seeds getting a first-round bye.

“Our captain, Kyle Blazier, has been here with me for five years,” Bonora said. “He’s a great guy and is always clutch when you need a goal. Anthony DeFede is a senior and our assistant captain. He works his butt off nonstop and is always giving 120 percent. Our other alternate captain, Talon Ribsam, is my best friend on the team. We played together in high school and I know everything I am going to get from him in a game and I love him to death.”

Bonora also mentioned senior defenseman Nick Tarquini as a player who always comes ready to play and has been one of the team’s best players since his freshman year. “It’s been a pleasure playing alongside all four of these guys,” he added.

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