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Football Drops Two Conference Games

Darren Ambush 2 Drop ConferenceThe University’s football team dropped two conference road games and fell to 4-4 (0-3 Big South) on the season. The Hawks fell to Presbyterian 17-13 on Oct. 13 in Clinton, SC and fell short to Liberty 52-28 on their Homecoming in front of 16,687 fans at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, VA.

Liberty wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they drove down the field and found the end zone on the game’s first possession as freshman quarterback Stephen Calvert connected with senior wide receiver Dante’ Shells for a five-yard strike. MU fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Liberty recovered, but the Hawks’ defense stood on fourth down and kept them off the board.

But Liberty struck for a big 76-yard touchdown on their next  possession as Calvert dumped a screen pass to junior running back Todd Macon who did the rest, increasing the Flames lead to 14-0.

“Liberty got off to a really fast start,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “They jumped on us early and we found ourselves fighting from behind all the first half.”

Monmouth got on the board in the second when redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Williams found a wide open senior wide receiver Darren Ambush down the sideline for a 45-yard score, cutting the deficit to 21-7 at that point. But Liberty went into halftime with a 31-7 lead.

The Flames came out of the locker room with another score, but the blue and white responded with three straight scoring drives to cut the Liberty lead to 38-28 during the early stages of the fourth quarter. Senior running back Zach Welch powered in for touchdowns of two yard and one yard on consecutive drives, then senior running back Lavon Chaney opened the fourth quarter with a 53-yard dash that netted him his second consecutive 100-yard day for the second time in his career.

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Side Lines: 10/12/16

XC:

The men’s and wom­en’s cross country teams competed in the University of Delaware Blue & Gold In­vitational on Oct. 8. Four out of the five Hawks that ran placed in the top five includ­ing junior Danielle Leavitt, who finished second with a time of 23:49.89, which was the fourth best in school history at the University of Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park course. Se­niors Abby Baker (24:42.27) and Matt Nelson (27:41.50) and freshman Henry Sappey (27:50.55) also placed in the top five.

“The Delaware course is hilly and very challenging, and it was the perfect test for our team members who needed a race this week,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “Danielle, Matt and Henry were all right near the front the entire race, which is great experience for them.”

The blue and white will next run at the Princeton In­vitational on Oct. 15.

M Golf:

The men’s golf team carded a 298 in the first round of Binghamton’s Mat­thews Auto Collegiate Invi­tational on Oct. 2. Freshman Andy Stock shot a 148 in his second career event to lead the Hawks, with junior Kyle Burke carding a 150. The Hawks next hit the course on Thursday in the Hawk Invitational. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, but was postponed due to rain.

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Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten in Conference Play

Amanda KnaubThe women’s soccer team remains undefeated in conference play after two promising wins. The Hawks traveled to Rider on Wednesday night and hosted Niagara on Saturday, shutting out both teams.

The team outscored Rider and Niagara 11-0 in last week’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match-ups. On Wednesday night, the Hawks traveled to Lawrenceville and played Rider on Ben Cohen Field. MU carried their energy from last week’s 8-0 win over Saint Peter’s into the match, scoring within the first five minutes. Redshirt senior forward Rachael Ivanicki scored at 4:10 into the game after being assisted by senior forward Alexis McTamney. Roughly 12 minutes later, sophomore forward/midfielder Alli DeLuca scored to make the score 2-0.

The Hawks didn’t score again until the second half, also holding the Broncs to a total of zero shots. The blue and white entered the second half with the same energy and game plan, scoring another fast goal. Junior midfielder Sophie Centi fired a ball into the net after being assisted by Ivanicki. Senior Captain Defender Julie Spracklin quickly scored after Centi’s goal, making the score 4-0. Redshirt freshman and junior forwards Madie Gibson and Rachelle Ross both scored later on in the game, making the final score 6-0 over the Broncs.

“We executed our game plan to perfection,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “We continue to get better each game and that is an important quality in a team. As a coaching staff we are very pleased with where the team is at this point in the season.”

The team quickly rallied together and prepared to compete against Niagara on Saturday, dedicating the game to Breast Cancer Awareness at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn. The last time the Hawks played on their home turf, they shut out Saint Peters 8-0. Not much changed this time, as the Hawks shut out Niagara 5-0 in front of a home crowd.

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Field Hockey Records Two Shutout Victories

Madie GibsonMonmouth University Field Hockey commenced Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with a strong shutout victory over the Siena Saints, 5-0, on Friday afternoon and an overpowering win over Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn on Sunday morning blanking the Blackbirds 9-0. With the wins, Monmouth is now 2-0 in conference play this season.

Monmouth went into the weekend play ranked 15th overall in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and comes into conference play with high expectations.

“I think it puts a little added pressure, but we try to not focus on that kind of stuff and focus and things we can control,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “For us, we have something to prove. Last year we hosted (the MAAC tournament) but we were not in that championship game. We got a little chip on our shoulder, and I am hoping that motives us every game.”

The game against Siena was tightly contested at first with both teams moving the ball but having difficulty getting quality shots on net. The two teams were scoreless until the sixth minute when Monmouth’s sophomore forward Kelly Hanna scored off of one of six assists from junior midfielder Meg Donahue.

“I think it is really important because it gets our momentum going, and we are a team that does really well when we score first because it gives us a lot of confidence,” said Hanna on what scoring first means for the team.

The game would continue its fast-paced theme with both teams exchanging shots and chances. The Hawks broke through again a little past the midway mark in the first half. This time it was junior defender Julie Laszlo who ripped a shot on a corner to score her seventh goal of the season. Laszlo played a pivotal role in the win and was credited with a total of nine shots in the game with the majority coming off of corners.

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Football Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate with Win Over Howard

Michael JollyThe Monmouth offense exploded for 572 total yards in their 59-27 victory over Howard on Saturday afternoon. Three hundred fourty-three of those yards came on the ground and four running backs combined to score six of the offense’s eight touchdowns.

“Today was a day when you saw our explosiveness as an offense, the ability to score long touchdowns and put the ball in the end zone,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “We were able to get some quick score points and that is always good as well.”

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Williams only played the first half but had one of his best games to date, completing a season-high 17 passes on 20 attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought Cody did a tremendous job. He got out to a great start and we jumped out to a big lead,” Callahan said. “An outstanding effort on his part.”

With a 31-14 halftime lead. Callahan felt comfortable with using different quarterbacks in the second half. Redshirt freshman Kenji Bahar finished 4-5 for 28 yards and senior Devin Ray also saw action in the fourth quarter, completing one of two passes for three yards.

“It was a game where we felt comfortable with the lead. We decided to get Kenji in there and then Devin in the fourth quarter,” Callahan said. “It was a game where we could play a lot of different people and were able to do that today.”

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Men’s Soccer Avenges MAAC Championship Loss Versus Rider

Dave NigroMonmouth men’s soccer defeated hOURglass rivals Rider in a rematch of last year’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship by a score of 1-0 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn last Wednesday night.

“I’m just happy for the boys to get the three points. We’ve all been working so hard and it’s just great for everybody to put in ninety minutes and get what we deserve, to be honest,” said senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky, who made seven saves en route to a clean sheet versus Rider.

Both sides exchanged scoring chances within the first 10 minutes of the match. Monmouth junior midfielder Jake Areman sent in a corner kick, but sophomore defender Daniel Figarella’s header flew wide past the left side of the goal. Shortly after, Rider senior midfielder Adrien Huss saw his shot land wide left of the net as well. Additionally, senior midfielder Colin Stripling saw one of his headers miss the target and one of them saved for the Hawks in the first period.

In the second half, both sides went shot-for-shot creating chances, yet were unable to take an advantage over the other. Overall, both Monmouth and Rider registered thirteen shots, Rider having one more than the hosts with eight.

Monmouth turned up the pressure in the last ten minutes with plenty of possession around the penalty area, seeing a shot saved and another Stripling header go wide. The Hawks were rewarded for their efforts with less than three minutes to go in the match.

After a cross into the box was cleared by the Rider defense, the hosts sent another ball into area in which senior forward David Nigro connected with, but his shot was right at junior goalkeeper Ryan Baird. Baird was unable to corral the shot, which leaked out in front of him. Figarella was there to pounce on the loose ball, emphatically smashing it into the back of the net from point-blank range to give the Hawks the lead.

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Men’s Soccer Opens Conference Play with Win Over Manhattan

MS Colin Stripling v ManhattanMonmouth men’s soccer began the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) portion of their fall 2016 schedule with a win over the Manhattan Jaspers last Wednesday night, 2-1, at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

“We’re fighting some adversity with sickness and injury so I have to give the guys a lot of credit that they went out there and got the three points,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt after the win.

The action began just five minutes into the match when Manhattan senior midfielder Andrew Melitsanopoulos was shown a yellow card for a foul in the box. Junior midfielder Jake Areman stepped up to the penalty spot, but his shot was parried by the goalkeeper into the path of senior midfielder Colin Stripling, who put the rebound into the back of the net to give Monmouth a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first half, the Hawks doubled their advantage. Senior forward David Nigro, who had won MAAC Offensive Player of the Week a week earlier, teed up a shot just outside of the box for Stripling. With his first touch, the midfielder side-footed the ball into the top right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

“Colin [Stripling] has been absolutely fantastic all season. He’s been one of the guys that’s kind of carrying us,” McCourt said. “He’s the heart and soul of the team, so I’m not surprised. He earns everything that he gets. Hopefully he can keep building on it, too.”

Meanwhile, after recovering from injury, senior goalkeeper and Captain Eric Klenofsky made his return to the pitch for the first time in over a month en route to his 32nd career win.

With just fifteen minutes to go in the match, the visitors pulled one back through junior defender Joe Hulme. The referee brandished a yellow card for Stripling for a foul in the box. Hulme stepped up and converted his penalty kick, putting Manhattan on the board.

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Women’s Soccer Scores Eight Goals Against Saint Peter’s, Remain Unbeaten in MAAC Play

WS Maddie Gibson v Saint Peters The Monmouth University women’s soccer team booted a total of eight goals against rival Saint Peter’s Saturday night in their first home conference game of the season. Seven different Hawks scored in the shut out at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

Although there was a constant mist in the air, the atmosphere was still electrifying as the women remains undefeated in conference play. The Hawks were on fire from the start as they put away three goals within the first ten minutes of play and another four goals before the half.

“I think it was a great team win and team effort all around. It’s great when we can put teams away early and when we are able to get contributions from everyone,” said junior defender Miranda Konstantinides.

A team effort it was as seven different Hawks scored on the night while playing smoothly.

Senior forward Alexis McTamney sparked off the night at 6:20 in regulation as she carried through the midfield, shooting through the left post. The lady Hawks were amped up and quickly got the ball rolling. Shortly after McTamney’s Goal, senior defender Julie Spracklin and Konstantinides connected for a goal at 8:27 in regulation to put the Hawks up 2-0 early.

Spracklin carried to the end line and crossed the ball to Konstantinides as she finessed into the net. The Hawks still weren’t content yet, as they netted yet another goal only 43 seconds later.

McTamney assisted redshirt freshman Madie Gibson at the 9:10 mark, as Gibson scored for the third consecutive game. But Gibson wasn’t done as she assisted Konstantinide’s second goal off a corner kick, putting the Hawks up 4-0 at 13:22 into the game.

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Football Stuns Fordham 42-41 in Overtime

Reggie White Fordham 42 41The Hawks overcame a two touchdown halftime deficit and forced overtime on Saturday afternoon, where they defeated the Fordham Rams 42-41 on a two-point conversion.

Regulation ended with the game tied at 34. Fordham began the extra time with the ball and relied on junior running back Chase Edmonds, who ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns on the day, to take a 41-34 lead. MU needed to find the end zone to keep the game going.

They did just that as senior running back Ed Royds powered in from four yards out for his second touchdown of the afternoon. An extra point would have tied the game, but Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan decided that it was time to go for the win.

“We said before we even snapped the ball on the first play that we are going for two after we score here,” Callahan said. “That was our mindset going in and it didn’t get communicated to the entire bench and the placekick team started to go out on the field, that’s why we took the timeout just to settle everyone down. We have practiced this situation before. Take a deep breath and run the play, execute it and we’re going to win the game right here.”

Sophomore quarterback Cody Williams found a wide-open sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr. in the back of the end zone to complete the conversion. Players and coaches stormed the field to celebrate the come from behind victory.

“When he told me that we were going for two I said, ‘You’re joking, right?’ He said, ‘No, I’m totally serious and I knew what was coming,’” Williams said. “Like Coach said, we practiced it. (Senior wide receiver) Darren Ambush had an under and Reggie had a fade, back in restart and (senior wide receiver Matt) Choi had a dig. I snapped the ball, Reggie just beat the guy so I just gave him a shot. I didn’t even see him catch the ball, I just came down and heard the crowd go crazy so I got up and went nuts.”

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Men’s Lacrosse has International Friendly Against Japan

MLAX v Tokyo FalconsThe Monmouth men’s lacrosse team hosted an international scrimmage against the Tokyo Falcons Lacrosse Club from Japan on Friday, Sept. 23. The Hawks won the friendly scrimmage 11-5 at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

The Falcons Lacrosse Club consists of national team players and previous national team players. They are all post-graduates and only practice on the weekends because they’re busy with work and their families during the weekdays. Many of the Japanese players said the biggest struggle they face is finding a field to practice on.

This was the first time the Hawks have played a team from Japan, and Monmouth Head Coach Brian Fisher was just looking to see where his team stood at this point in the fall.

“It was a great scrimmage because we got to play under the lights at Hesse Field and it was our first opportunity to play against another team this fall,” Fisher said. “It was only our 10th day on the field so we had nine practices prior and it was fun to go out and see where we were as a team after less than two weeks of play.”

There was a chilling moment before the first whistle even blew, that everyone on the field and stands could feel. University event staff members were having technical difficulties with the playing of Japan’s national anthem. After several minutes of silence went by, the Falcons decided to sing their national anthem themselves. It was a memorable experience and a great way to get the energy flowing before the game.

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Women’s Soccer Opens up MAAC Conference Play 2-0

Rachel IvanickiThe women’s soccer team began their MAAC Conference play and are off to a 2-0 start after defeating Marist 3-2 on Sept. 17 and Manhattan 3-0 on Sept. 24.

A pair of seniors led the Hawks in their first conference game of the season, a 2-1 road victory over Marist. Defender Julie Spracklin and forward Rachael Ivanicki both scored in the first 16 minutes of the game to give the blue and white an early 2-0 lead. Senior goal keeper Sydney Lavan recorded four saves en route to her first victory of the season in goal.

“That win was very, very important,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “It’s hard to get points at home, let alone on the road and I think that we played extremely well. We created a lot of good chances and I was pleased with getting the three points on the road.”

The Hawks are now 8-0 all-time against the Red Foxes and are unbeaten in their last 12 conference openers (10-0-2).

Monmouth continued conference play on Sept. 24 when they traveled to Riverdale, NY to take on the Manhattan Jaspers. Both teams played a scoreless first half, but the offense woke up in the second half for the blue and white, scoring three goals in the final 45 minutes.

Redshirt freshman forward Madie Gibson scored her first career goal from 20 yards out off of a pass from junior forward Rachelle Ross to open the scoring. That was followed eight minutes later with a goal by senior forward and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Alexis McTamney.

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