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Women’s Basketball Collects Win at Fairfield

WB Kayla Shaw Win FairfieldThe women’s basketball team defeated Fairfield 60-53 in overtime Thursday night at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, CT.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw hit a three-point shot with less than a second remaining to tie the game at 50, sending the game to overtime. The Hawks would dominate the overtime period, leading them to their fifth conference victory of the season.

“Kayla Shaw is usually our go-to scorer, but she hadn’t hit a shot all day,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “She buried the one that means the most.”

Senior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points, with no other Hawk reaching double figures in scoring for the game. Freshman forward Alexa Middleton grabbed 16 rebounds in the game, a career-high.

“For us to get our conference road win against a team like Fairfield is a great victory for us,” Palmateer said. “I think it shows our team is maturing, especially since we didn’t shoot the ball well. To still be able to gut that one out and pull through in the end was huge.”

Fairfield led by as many as 13, coming with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter. Monmouth closed the gap by going on a 12-0 run to go into the fourth quarter down by just one point. Battling back-and-forth in the final ten minutes, it was Shaw’s three that kept Monmouth’s hopes alive and sent the game into overtime. The Hawks outscored the Stags 10-3 during overtime.

With the victory, the Hawks improved to 10-9 on the season, with a 5-5 MAAC record. They hoped to continue their success on Saturday, but they fell to Siena 91-86 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

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Softball: The softball team was selected to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced on Monday. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior pitcher Amanda Riley were named to the  Preseason All-MAAC First Team. The blue and white made it to the MAAC Championship a season ago, but fell to Marist, who garnered 10 of the 11 first place votes,  by a run. Monmouth recieved the other first place vote. Fairfield came in third followed by Canisius, Manhattan, Quinnipiac, and Iona. Siena placed eighth in the poll, while Niagara, Rider, and Saint Peter’s round out the final three.

Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team competed against three schools at the NJIT Invitational over the weekend and picked up doubles wins over Binghamton and New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday and recieved singles wins from Przemyslaw Filipek, Sam Bellersen, and Nicola Pipoli, while Alberto Giuffrida earned two singles wins on Saturday. MU recorded four more doubles matches on Sunday and picked up singles victories from Pipoli, Filipek, Vikrant Dahiya, Ale Gomez Estrada, and Richard Chen. The Hawks will next hit the court when they travel to Chicago, IL on Feb. 3 to take on DePaul. The first match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Games 2/1/17

Thursday, Feb. 2

WBB vs. Rider*

OceanFirst Bank Center

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


Friday, Feb. 3

MBB vs. Saint Peter’s*

OceanFirst Bank Center

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

M Tennis at DePaul

Chicago, IL 7:00 p.m.


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Side Lines 1/25/17

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, defeating Manhattan 82-71 on Friday night and Fairfield 91-49 on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks improved to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

“That might have been our best defensive effort since I’ve been here,” Rice said after the Fairfield game. “Defensively we’ve had some pretty good efforts, but that was pretty incredible today.”

Senior point guard Justin Robinson was named MAAC Players of the Week for the first time this season, scoring 22.7 points per game with 14 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals over three games. Robinson became just the third Hawk in the D1 era to reach 1,700 career points. He is just 33 points away from the Monmouth D1 all-time scoring record of 1,749 points. The Hawks return to action on Friday, Jan. 27 when they welcome Quinnipiac to the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tip-off will be at 7:00 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.

Football’s Miles Austin, Baseball’s Brad Brach Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Miles Austin and Brad Brach Hall of Fame 1Football’s Miles Austin III and baseball’s Brad Brach ’08 are two of the University’s most iconic athletes and they were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 9 as the Class of 2016.

Austin left West Long Branch as the all-time leader in receptions (150), yards (2,867), touchdowns (33), and scoring (216 points). He led the blue and white to back-to-back NEC (Northeast Conference) Championships in 2003 and 2004 and was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection.

Austin became the first Hawk to sign with a National Football league (NFL) team when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and became a two-time Pro Bowler (2009-10). He hauled in 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns over his 10-year NFL career with the Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

Austin mentioned that Bill Parcells, who was the head coach at Dallas at the time, found out about him through his connections in New Jersey.

“He had a scout come here and check me out in like 40 degree weather and my tight ends coach was throwing to me,” Austin said. “It was basically like what resembled a pro day, I guess it was the first of its kind here. I was just running routes and catching passes and I ran my 40-yard dash in the old basketball gym. I eventually got picked up by Dallas and the rest is history.”

It took Austin until the middle of the 2009 season to become a viable contributor on offense. But he took that opportunity and never looked back. He got his first start on Oct. 11 of that season and broke the franchise record for receiving yards in a single game (250) that still stands today.

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Emotional Homecoming for Rice as Men’s Basketball Plays North Carolina

MB Rice North CarolinaWhen college basketball fans think about the most iconic venues in the country, Dean Smith Center is near the top of many lists.

Monmouth men’s basketball Head Coach King Rice played collegiate basketball at North Carolina under legendary coach Dean Smith from 1988-91 and was the starting point guard on their 1991 final four team. Rice finished his career at North Carolina third on the Tar Heels’ all-time assist list with 629.

Rice returned to Chapel Hill on Dec. 28 when Monmouth fell to the university of North Carolina 102-74 in front of 20,064 fans. But the experience was so much more than just a game for Rice and the Hawks.

“I want to start out by saying thank you to (Current North Carolina) Coach (Roy) Williams,” an emotional Rice said after the game. “He treats me like I’m one of his sons. He always tries to take care of me since I was a kid. I’m the luckiest guy that in 1987, Coach Smith gave me a scholarship and it’s made me have a great, great, great life.”

“The relationships I have, tonight I had (UNC standout) Jimmy Black sitting with me. J.R. Reid, Coach (Phil) Ford, and many, many more came today because I was here with my team,” Rice added. “And I’m thankful to all the coaches - Coach Ford, Coach (Randy) Weil, Coach (Dick) Harp, Coach Gut (Bill Guthridge). They took a hard-headed young kid and turned him into a man. Took me a little longer than some other people.”

The two teams were close early on before North Carolina went to work. Junior forward Justin Jackson scored 17 points, including five three-pointers, in the first half. But the Hawks ended the first half on a 12-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer by redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn, that cut the deficit to single digits going into the locker room.

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Women’s Basketball Downs Quinnipiac

WB Kayla Shaw Quinnipac WinIn front of a crowd of over 2,900, the women’s basketball team defeated Quinnipiac 61-58 Thursday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Hawks received key points late, as freshman guard Rosa Graham hit six consecutive free throws in the final 1:15 of the game.

“I just knew that’s what my team needed me for as their point guard, because I’m who they go after at the end,” Graham said after the game. “We know Quinnipiac is a top team in the conference so it gives us more confidence heading into the tournament.”

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw led all scorers with 20 points, making four out of eight 3-point attempts. Graham finished with eight points and five rebounds, and freshman guard Alaina Jarnot finished with seven points.

The teams were tied at 17 after the first quarter, but Quinnipiac used a 7-0 run towards the end of the second quarter to take a 35-28 lead into halftime. The Hawks outscored the Bobcats 33-23 in the final 20 minutes, including a five-point margin in both the third and fourth quarters.

Monmouth took its first lead since the second quarter with a free throw from freshman forward Alexa Middleton, who made the score 49-48 with 8:54 remaining. Quinnipiac responded with a three-point shot, and Monmouth came back with a layup from senior guard Helena Kurt to give the Hawks a 53-51 lead with 6:13 remaining.

The Hawks received the six points from Graham in the final 1:15, and came away with two big defensive stops late to seal the huge conference victory.

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Upcoming Games 1/25/17

Thursday, Jan. 26

WBB at Fairfield*

Alumni Hall

Fairfield, CT 7:00 pm


Friday, Jan. 27

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track

Villanova Open

Staten Island, NY 12:00 pm

Women’s Swimming

Sacred Heart

West Long Branch, NJ 4:30 pm

MBB vs. Quinnipiac*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 9:00 pm

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Men’s Basketball Opens MAAC Play 2-0

MB Win Canisus 91 72The men’s basketball team opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with two victories defeating Quinnipiac 91-72 on Dec. 1 and Canisius by six points at OceanFirst Bank Center on Dec. 4.

The Hawks had a four point halftime lead on Canisius, but the Golden Griffs would not go down without a fight. They came out of the intermission and made four consecutive three-pointers to take a five point lead and led by as much as seven after a three by Chris Atkinson, who was 3-3 from deep, that gave the visitors a 77-70 lead with 9:57 to play.

But two of the league’s top players, who combined for 53 points on the day, stepped up when they were needed the most. Senior point guard Justin Robinson scored 11 of his 28 points in the final eight minutes of the contest while sophomore guard Micah Seaborn finished the day with 25 points, six of those coming in that same frame, and had a key steal and layup at 1:43 that gave Monmouth a five point lead at that point.

“Players win basketball games and our kids today really had to dig deep to get this done,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said after the game. “With saying that, that is a credit to Canisius and their head coach, Reggie Witherspoon. I’ve known him a long time and I’ve admired his work as a coach. His team was well prepared and they played how you should to try to beat us and they did everything right, but our kids pulled it out down the stretch.”

“My biggest thing this year is being a leader throughout the entire course of the game,” Robinson said. “Every year I’ve gotten better at being a leader. When it comes time for crunch time, the ball is in my hands. But if it’s not me, it’s Micah or Je’lon. We’re three interchangeable guards, but we all want the ball at the end of the game.”

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The New Face of Monmouth Athletics: Suzi Mellano

MU Athletics Suzi MellanoIf you have watched any of the on campus ESPN3 broadcasts this semester, there is a good possibility that you have seen Suzi Mellano on camera.

Mellano came to Monmouth this fall as the Athletics department Digital Media Correspondent after graduating from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a degree in sports broadcasting in 2015.

“I was actually recruited to play volleyball there but I was cut in my freshman year before I could really be a part of the team. It was a disappointment for me but it is very difficult to play a division one sport being a sports broadcasting major,” Mellano said. “It was a blessing of disguise at the time and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have been able to do the work that I did in school and I wouldn’t be here right now. I loved my time at TCU.”

Mellano grew up in San Diego, California and played many sports. Her favorite is baseball and she was the only girl on her team growing up before being the stat girl for her high school varsity team.

“It’s magical and there’s no other sport like it,” Mellano said about America’s pastime. “I grew up in a baseball family and I learned how to keep a scorebook when I was about six or seven years old. It’s just always been a part of my life and I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t.”

It did not take long for Mellano to realize that she wanted to make a career in the sports industry.

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Never a Dull Moment: Mallory Kusakavitch’s Dynamic Experience

Mallory Kusakavitch Dynamic ExperienceMost division one student athletes could not imagine having another major commitment on their plate. Between class and practice, their days are filled to the brim as it is, the idea of adding in additional obligations would seem impossible to them, except for one.

Meet Mallory Kusakavitch, a junior health studies student and a forward on the field hockey team here at Monmouth.  However, those are not the only two responsibilities that Kusakavitch has undertaken.

She is also a part of the Reserved Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC), a program that guarantees graduates an officer role in their selected military branch.

Monmouth does not offer an ROTC program and thus Kusakavitch needs to make the trek up to Rutgers, where it is offered all the while balancing it with her other obligations.

Her days start at time where college students are still sound asleep and the sun has not even broken the morning sky.

“Typically I wake two times a week around 4:30 to get to Rutgers and then I am there until I have to leave to come back to practice which is at 1:00. So usually I am leaving Rutgers around 11:00 to make it here for practice,” Kusakavitch said. “After practice I have a 4:30 class every single day. I am rushing to Rutgers, practice, class and finally at 6:00 I can start work that I am behind on.”

Kusakavitch admits that none of this would be possible without her extensive support system. Her coaches, the ROTC program leaders, friends and family have made the journey as painless for her as possible.

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