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Men’s Basketball Prepares for New Season

MB New SeasonThe men’s basketball team put together one of the most exciting seasons in program history a season ago. They finished with a 28-8 record, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title and came within a three-pointer of forcing overtime in the MAAC Tournament title game.

There is definitely buzz around campus surrounding the Hawks’ upcoming season. The team was even selected to win the conference as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches, garnering nine of the first place votes.

Head Coach King Rice, who is entering his sixth season leading the Hawks, cautions fans not to get too far ahead of themselves early on.

“We had a great summer, but since practice has started, we have a long way to go,” Rice said. “The kids are working hard, but I don’t want to compare anything to last year because we are not the same team.”

The blue and white return seven seniors, including reigning MAAC Player of the Year Justin Robinson, who was also unanimously selected to the Preseason All-MAAC First Team and was named the unanimous Preseason MAAC Player of the Year.

“It just puts a target on my back because every team is going to be scouting me even more than they were last year,” Robinson said. “Players are going to want to shut me down and it’s just going to put a chip on my shoulder to play harder.”

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Football Falls to No. 18 Coastal Carolina

Football 38 14 LossThe University’s football team took a 17-10 lead into halftime, but No. 18 Coastal Carolina went on a 28-0 run and came away with a 38-17 victory over the Hawks in front of 7,123 fans at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC on Saturday afternoon.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar led the blue and white on a 53-yard scoring drive to open the game, completing all three passes to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr., who concluded the drive with a 14-yard touchdown to give the blue and white a quick 7-0 lead.

They added to that on their next possession when junior kicker Matt White converted a 45-yard field goal, a yard short of his career high, extending the Hawks’ lead to 10-0. Monmouth extended their lead to 14 early in the second quarter when Bahar connected with sophomore tight end Jake Powell for his first career touchdown, a seven-yard score, to extend the Monmouth advantage to 17-3 with 12:54 in the first half.

But Coastal Carolina scored 35 unanswered points from that point on to pull away with a 38-17 victory. The Hawks fell to 4-6 (0-4 Big South) on the season while Coastal Carolina improved to 7-2 in their first season as an independent as they transition to the Sun Belt Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football.

“We got off to a good start on both sides of the ball, and were able to take a lead into halftime,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “At the start of the fourth quarter it was a one score game, but were not able to finish the way that we started. I thought that we played extremely hard and tough.”

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Side Lines: 11/9/16

M Soccer:

The men’s soccer team saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. They fell to the No. 3 seed Siena Saints 3-1 in penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie through two overtime periods.

“Congratulations to Siena. It was a typical, hard-fought conference tournament game,” Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt said. “Our guys have worked really hard all season. I am very thankful to our seniors. They are disappointed right now. However, when they look back at their Monmouth careers, they will realize what an amazing four-year experience they have had as Monmouth Hawks.”

Senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky ends his collegiate career with 36 wins, good for second all-time in the MAAC behind only Iona’s Nils Binstock (38).

Bowling: The Monmouth University women’s bowling team finished sixth at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree. They went 11-1 in the three-day event, including perfect 5-0 records in Baker and Traditional play on Friday and Saturday. The team next competes on Nov. 18-20 at the UMES Hawk Classic at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, DE.

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Side Lines: 11/3/16

Friday, November 4

FH Fairfield vs. Bryant*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 am

 

FH vs. Rider*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 pm

 

WSOC vs Marist*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

Hesse Field at The Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 pm

 

WSOC Siena vs. Quinnipiac*

MAAC Championship Semifinal

Hesse Field at The Great Lawn

West Long Branch, NJ 8:00 pm

 

Saturday, November 5

Football at Coastal Carolina

Brooks Stadium

Conway, SC 2:00 pm

 

Sunday, November 6

FH vs. TBA*

MAAC Champioship Final

“So Sweet A Cat Field”

West Long Branch, NJ

 

WSOC vs. TBA*

MAAC Championship Final

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 pm

 

Friday, November 11

Men’s and Women’s XC

NCAA D1 Mid-Atlantic

Regional Championships

Penn State Golf Course

State College, PA 12:00 pm

 

Men’s and Women’s Swim*

Iona

West Long Branch, NJ, 5:00 pm

 

MBB vs. Drexel

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 pm

 

*conference games

Men’s Golf Prepares for Spring Season

Jesse HazamThe University’s men’s golf team wrapped up their fall schedule at the Lehigh Invitational, which took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, and head into the winter looking to improve for their spring season.

The blue and white endured the wind and rain and shot 616 in the two round event to finish tied for sixth with Siena. Seniors Tommy Whelan and Jesse Hazam paced MU and finished tied for 20th overall with 155.

“We were in ninth place after the first day but we kind of figured that half the field didn’t even want to play in the tournament. We kind of just gutted it out and played relatively well the second day,” Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “Our score wasn’t that low, but none of them were due to the conditions. We moved from ninth to sixth and we happened to beat all the conference teams at that tournament which was a plus and it gets the guys kind of excited for the spring.”

Hazam shot an 81 in the first round but improved in round two and put a 74 on the scorecard.

“I just felt a lot better going into the round and I knew we needed a good round,” Hazam said. “I was playing pretty well, I had a rough stretch in the first round and I just played more consistently the second time out which helped our team move up a couple spots.”

The team will practice throughout the winter on their own, and will be indoors for the most part unless the weather allows them to get some rounds out on the course in.

“We’ll have team lift all winter and we have the ability to go over to Jumping Brook where our assistant coach Mark Bryson is,” Hazam said. “He has an indoor hitting bay that we can go over to and practice whenever we need to. We can also go over to Twin Brook and hit balls at the driving range under the heaters.”

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Women’s Basketball Opens Season Nov. 13

McKinzee BarkerThe Monmouth women’s basketball team finished in fourth place in last year’s MAAC tournament, losing to Quinnipiac 66-59 in the semifinals. The semifinal appearance for the Hawks was the highest the team had finished in a conference tournament since the 2011 season. That was not the biggest loss for the team, however, as they would lose seven players (six seniors, one transfer) during the offseason.

The roster turnover has become the major headline entering the 2016-17 season for the Hawks, who welcome six freshman and two transfers to the roster.

This year’s freshman class is led by point guard Alaina Jarnot, who scored over 2,000 points and recorded over 1,000 assists in high school. The class also includes guards Kayla Shaw and Rosa Graham, as well as forwards Alexa Middleton, Adriana Zelaya and Taylor Nason. Adding to the newcomer list is a pair of transfers, Kayla Quintana, a junior guard from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College, and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, a senior guard from New Zealand.

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer believes that all of these newcomers will fit her system nicely.

“We love to incorporate speed into our game plan each game,” Palmateer said, “and each of these players bring speed and toughness each day.”

Palmateer, now in her sixth year coaching the team, introduced a new system to the team, which preached offensive quickness and emphasized transition basketball. The overall goal is to get as many possessions as possible, with the target being right around 100 per game.

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Cross Country Competes at MAAC Championship

Cross CountryThe men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the MAAC Championship at the Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, FL on Oct. 29. The women finished third in the 11 team field while the men finished sixth.

“The atmosphere for the championships was tremendous and a memorable event for the athletes for sure,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “Our women’s team is a veteran group and they raced very tough. Some of our key men were not healthy and it certainly cost us, but we have some younger guys who really stepped up.”

Six Hawks (four women and two men) finished in the top-25. Senior Jenna Cupp finished ninth in the women’s 6k with a time of 22:00.12 while junior Allie Wilson finished 16th, crossing the finish line at 22:18.38. Seniors Maggie Hanlon and Molly McKeon came in 20th and 23rd, respectfully. For the men, sophomore Kyle Mueller finished 12th (25:23.32), and freshman Ryan Rafferty finished 24th (25:44.27). Cupp and Mueller were named to the All-MAAC team, while Rafferty was voted to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

“We did a new type of heart rate training this year and that’s prepared us to work out strong but not rush our workouts, so we’ve been entering races with fresher legs and I think that’s helped us to this point,” McKeon said.

“We’ve put in a lot of work and we’ve really been looking forward to this race,” senior Kevin Summonte said, who finished the men’s 8k run at the MAAC Championship with a time of 27:44.70. “It’s kind of what we gear everything for our season towards. I would have to say a lot of the guys are excited because all of our work is finally starting to come together.”

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Football Falls to Kennesaw State at Homecoming

Lavon ChaneyThree-thousand, eight hundred and sixty-nine fans came out to Kessler Field one last time for Homecoming Day, but the Hawks fell to Kennesaw State 49-17 in the stadium’s final game.

Kennesaw State dominated on the ground to a tune of 482 yards and six touchdowns on 65 carries. Redshirt senior quarterback Trey White gained 12 yards on six carries, but four of those found the end zone while senior running back Chaston Bennett ran for 129 yards and two scored on six carries. Twelve different Owls gained positive yards on the ground.

“We had a lot of difficulty stopping the run and in the instances where we did get them into third down situations, we just weren’t able to get off the field,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “A lot of credit goes to Kennesaw. They were very efficient in running their option attack and were able to mix in a grind-it-out mentality with a few explosive plays that got them out of trouble and got big chunks of yardage for them.”

MU got off to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a 38-yard field goal from junior kicker Matt White, but Kennesaw State put together three scoring drives on three of their next four possessions to go up 21-3. The Hawks narrowed the gap in the second quarter thanks to two consecutive scoring drives – a 35-yard touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr. and then a 24-yard run by senior running back Lavon Chaney, cutting the KSU lead to 21-17. Kennesaw State added a score to take a 28-17 lead into halftime and scored three more touchdowns in the second half while shutting out the Monmouth offense to escape with their sixth victory of the season.

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Field Hockey Claims Third Straight MAAC Regular Season Title

WFH Alyssa Ercolino FairfieldThe Monmouth University Field Hockey team secured the MAAC Regular Season Title and earned the right to host the MAAC championship for the third straight year by posting back-to-back home shutouts over Bryant and Fairfield over the weekend. They defeated Bryant University on Friday afternoon 4-0 and Fairfield University on Sunday afternoon 2-0.

Friday’s game against Bryant was a total team effort with both facets, offense and defense, working collectively to achieve a victory. Monmouth was able to jump out to an early lead as freshman forward stand out Josephine van der Hoop scored what proved to be the game winner in the second minute. Junior defender Julie Laszlo also made her presence felt, recording four points of her own on the way to the win.

It was the defensive effort that Monmouth put forward that really was of note in this game. The defense was able to limit the Bulldogs to five shots and did not let up a shot until the second half. Junior goalie Christen Piersanti made two saves on and with the win recorded her 12th career shutout.

“I would say we have lines of defense. We really focus on playing from our forward line to midfield to the backfield,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said about what makes her team’s defensive so effective. “The best kind of defense is no defense from the attacking side. Our defenders have been world class starting with Casey Hanna, as a senior she has been real solid for us and so has Julie [Laszlo] in-front of her.”

Sundays tilt against Fairfield was an emotional one for the team. For one, it was senior day and secondly it was against the defending MAAC Champions who last year knocked out Monmouth in the tournament  on their home field on their way to winning it all.

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Sophomore Jalil Blalock Shines as Men’s Soccer Beats Fairfield, 2-0

MS Jalil Blalock FairfieldAfter a three match away stint consisting of a win and two losses, Monmouth men’s soccer returned to Hesse Field on the Great Lawn with a 2-0 win over Fairfield last Wednesday night.

“I’m really proud of the guys’ effort tonight. They showed a lot of character and who they are,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt.

In the 25th minute, sophomore midfielder Jalil Blalock scored what would prove to be the game winning goal. Blalock, approaching the penalty area from the left side, used his left foot to shoot across his body. His shot precisely hit the far post and found its way into the back of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

It was early on in the second half that Monmouth doubled their advantage through freshman defender Michael Luke. The assist came from Blalock as he laid the ball off to Luke just outside of the top right corner of the box. In what appeared to be a cross attempt, Luke bent the ball into the top of the far corner of the net from an impossible angle, making it 2-0 in stunning fashion.

Fairfield did their best to get back in the game, particularly within the last ten minutes of the match where they saw four shots fly wide of goal and three shots saved by senior captain goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky.

In all, Fairfield had nine more shots than Monmouth at nineteen and four more of them on target with eight. However, the Hawks defense was able to keep them quiet and earn their fourth clean sheet of the season.

With the loss, Fairfield saw themselves fall to 5-6-2 on the season and 3-3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

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Women’s Soccer Clinches Fourth Consecutive Regular Season Title

WS Season TitleThe Monmouth women’s soccer team defeated Fairfield and Canisius on the road to become regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champions. The Hawks will be hosting the MAAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

“It feels awesome to be regular season champs for the fourth year in a row. However, our season is not close to over and I can’t wait to see what the MAAC Championship has in store for us this year,” said senior defender Julie Spracklin.

The Hawks played their last two road games of the regular season this past week by shutting out their opponents in both games and securing home field advantage for the tournament. On Wednesday night they traveled to Fairfield, CT and played a scoreless draw on Lessing Field. Although the game was scoreless, the Hawks still earned a point in the MAAC standings from out-shooting Fairfield 21-7.

“In the second half and overtime periods, we applied heavy pressure on their goal and it was unfortunate we did not score. To get our ninth shutout of the season shows our commitment to defending,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks’ defense has been phenomenal this season, with a combined nine shutouts. This has been the most shutouts for the Hawks since the 2014 season, when they had 11 shutouts.

Their most recent shutout was Saturday night in Buffalo, NY as they defeated Canisius 3-0 at Demske Sports Complex. The Hawks got on the board very quickly, which seems to be a reoccurring factor this season that has been energizing confidence and performance for the blue and white. Redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson booted a goal from close range into the upper right corner of the net at just 5:47 into the game, assisted by redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki.

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