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Women’s Basketball Drops Two Conference Games Over Weekend

WB Loss Canisus 74 54The Monmouth University Women’s basketball team fell to Canisius 74-54 Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Freshman forward Taylor Nason scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Monmouth, while freshman guard Rosa Graham scored nine points and corralled six rebounds.

Canisius opened the scoring 14 seconds into the contest and never relinquished their lead for the rest of the game. Monmouth was able to trim the deficit to five points at the end of the first quarter with the score 20-15. The Golden Griffins responded with 26-11 scoring run in the second quarter to make the halftime score 46-26. The largest lead of the game came with 9:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Canisius led 71-45.

“It was a disappointing day for us,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “Obviously those are not the results we were looking for this weekend, but on the flip side I think we learned a lot of lessons by having these two early conference games.”

For the game, Monmouth shot 30.1 percent from field goal range and just 15.4 percent from three-point range. On the flip side, Canisius shot 53.3 percent from field goal range and 46.7 percent from three. The Hawks made just four three-pointers after coming into the game ranking eighth in the country in three-point field goals made per game at 9.8.

The Hawks did score nine fast break points in the game and 17 second chance points. Monmouth was outscored by 10 in the paint, 44-34.

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Side Lines 12/7/16

Indoor track:

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams opened their indoor track season on Dec. 1 in the Monmouth Indoor Season Opener at OceanFirst Bank Center. The men finished first place in the three team field, defeating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rivals Rider and Saint Peter’s. The women finished second, falling to Rider but besting Saint Peter’s. “First meets are a great opportunity to see where we are at as a team, and to see what we need to work on,” Monmouth Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “I know that we will work to get better in many ways in the weeks ahead, but we have many sprinters, jumpers and throwers that put together some very strong first meet performances today.” Both teams were also chosen by the MAAC to repeat as conference champions in their preseason polls. Both the men and women will next compete in the Princeton New Year Invite on Sunday, Dec. 11.


The women’s bowling team earned their first ever ranking in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, placing ninth. The team finished their fall schedule with an 18-6 record and return to action on Jan. 13 at the three-day Mid-Winter Invite at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, AR.

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Side Lines 11/30/16

Football: The University’s football team dropped their final game of the season to the Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, 34-33 in overtime. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar had his bast game to date, completing 27 of 38 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Lavon Chaney ended his Monmouth career with a two touchdown performance, gaining 150 yards on 21 carries. Redshirt sophomore wide reciever Reggie White Jr. hauled in 10 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. “I’m very happy, very proud with the way the players battled today,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “At times I thought they played extremely hard. They put us in a position to win, but unfortunately we weren’t able to come away with the victory. The outcome can’t take away from the tremendous effort the team gave today.” The team finished the season with a 4-7 record and placed five players on 2016 All-Big South Conference teams. Junior safety Mike Basile, junior offensive lineman Alex Thompson, and White were named to the first team while senior wide reciever Darren Ambush and senor defensive end Darnell Leslie garnered second team honors.

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Men’s Basketball Improves to 4-2

MB Chris Brady 4 2The men’s basketball team picked up three victories over Thanksgiving break. They defeated Cornell 76-61 on Nov. 22 and followed that up with wins over South Carolina State and a late comeback over Holy Cross in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational over the weekend.

“We’re never going to quit,” Head Coach King Rice said after the Holy Cross game. “For as long as I’ve been the head coach at Monmouth, we have never quit and our kids did not quit today.”

The Hawks were trailing Holy Cross 77-72 with 13.4 seconds left when sophomore forward Pierre Sarr laid one in, plus one, cutting the deficit to three. They then forced a five second violation on the inbound and regained possession, when redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn drew a foul after scoring and converted the three-point play, giving Monmouth a 78-77 advantage with 7.5 seconds remaining. Junior guard Austin Tilghman forced a turnover and converted both free throws, giving the Hawks an 80-77 win.

 “That’s just Coach Rice having confidence in me to come in and be a defensive presence,” Tilghman said about the final play. “I just knew if I could get a hand on the ball that we would be good.”

The Hawks overpowered South Carolina State the previous day, coming away with an 86-62 win and leading by as many as 28 points. Seaborn became just the second Hawk in program history to make eight three-pointers in a game, joining Dave Calloway who made nine against Pepperdine on Jan. 2, 1990. Seaborn finished the afternoon with 25 points.

“I was working with Coach Sam Ferry and then coming back and shooting at night again,” Seaborn said. “Coach Rice helped me a lot by telling me how much work I put in. He wants me to keep shooting and today I kept making shots.”

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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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