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Men’s Lacrosse Clinches Postseason Berth

M LAX 04.18.18Men’s lacrosse clinched a spot in their fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament with a thrilling 9-7 victory over conference foe Marist. The Hawks still have two regular season games left on their schedule but they have officially secured themselves into 2018 postseason play.

It was junior attack Griffin Figel who led the charge once again for Monmouth, recording his second hat trick in a row while extending his point’s streak to an impressive 13 straight games.

Figel found the back of the net early in the first quarter to give MU a 2-1 lead after senior attack Bryce Wasserman had opened the game’s scoring in the first minute of play. The goal increased the senior’s record-breaking point’s streak to 28 games along with extending a 14-game goal streak.

Marist came storming back in the game however as the Red Foxes finished the first quarter strong with two goals of their own to take a 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game today,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “I think every time we play Marist it’s a tough game.”

Junior attack Hunter Jones and sophomore midfielder Zach Clemente highlighted the second quarter for the Hawks leading the way with three goals and an assist between the two of them.

MU went into the half down 6-5 which remained the score for most of the third quarter until freshman midfielder Casey Kimmel notched the equalizer for the seventh goal of his first campaign.

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Baseball Walks off Against Sacred Heart in Extras

Baseball 04.18.18Baseball defeated Sacred Heart University with a walk off double by sophomore infielder Johnny Zega in the bottom of the tenth. The Hawks opened a six-game homestand last week, winning four of the first five games.

The four-win week was highlighted by a doubleheader sweep by the Hawks on Saturday afternoon. They picked up wins over Maine and Sacred Heart.

In game one, Maine opened a 3-0 lead over Monmouth by the third inning. In the Hawks’ half of the inning, they responded by tying the game in one swing. Junior outfielder Kyle Norman tripled to right-center field and drove in three runs.

The Black Bears were held without a run the rest of the way as the Hawks’ offense went to work. In the fourth inning, the blue and white capitalized on a sacrifice fly to take their first lead of the afternoon at 4-3.

In the sixth, Norman reached on an error committed by the third baseman as another run crossed the plate which extended the lead to two runs. Junior catcher J.D. Andreessen put a bow on the game, hitting a two-run homer to left field in the eighth which made the score 7-3. The blue and white would seal the game in the ninth to win by the same 7-3 score.

The Hawks’ offense was given every opportunity to erase the early three-run deficit thanks to senior right-hander Ricky Dennis. Dennis picked up his third win of the season as he worked through seven innings, fanning eight batters in the process.

Game two of the doubleheader was nothing short of perhaps Monmouth’s most dramatic victory of the season as they went the distance against Sacred Heart.

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Softball Remains Undefeated in MAAC Play

Softball 04.18.18Softball improved their impressive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record to a perfect 8-0 after winning back-to-back games against St. Peter’s University on Friday, April 13 and Manhattan College on Saturday, April 14.

The games against Manhattan were the definition of nail biters. In game one, Manhattan scored the first run during the top of the fourth with an RBI single, putting them ahead 1-0.

However, in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior infielder Alex Holzman singled to right center, and freshman outfielder Morgan Maziarz pinch ran for her. Maziarz advanced to third base off of a single hit by sophomore shortstop Deangie Jimenez.

With two outs on the count, freshman outfielder Katie Harrington stepped up to the plate with runners on first and third, she belted a triple to right field and got the two runners on base to score for the 2-1 win over Manhattan.

In game two, the Hawks used the energy from the previous game and got off to a quick start. In the bottom of the first inning, senior outfielder Katie Baron hit an RBI double to allow senior outfielder Chloe Howerth to score. Then shortly after during the bottom of the second inning, Holzman went yard with a solo home run, advancing the score to 2-0.

In both the third and fourth innings, Manhattan showed they’re offensive skills by scoring three runs in each inning and taking the lead 6-2 over the Hawks. Baron made sure that this four run lead was short lived by blasting a two-run home run, closing the gap and making the score 6-4.

With one out, Hopeck made the score even closer by hitting a double down the line, scoring sophomore outfielder Amber Wozniak and freshman infielder Bri Battavio who were waiting for the chance to reach home plate on second and third base. The Hawks then won 7-6 over Manhattan due to Harrington reaching on an error than allowed Holzman to score the winning run.

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Men’s and Women’s Golf Wraps Up Regular Season

W Golf 04.18.18The women’s golf team completed their regular season play at the Navy Spring Invitational in Annapolis, MD last weekend. The tournament was played at the Naval Academy Golf Club and was played at 6,085 yards. The field featured 59 competitors from nine teams. The field included Navy, Bucknell, Central Connecticut State, Delaware State, Lehigh, Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Towson, Yale.

“Tough weekend for weather but we persevered and finished in the middle of the pack,” said Head Coach Susan DeKalb. Despite the harsh weather conditions, the Hawks finished in fifth place with a 36 hole total of 677.

Junior Haley Goodling led the Hawks for her sixth time this season. Goolding also carded her ninth round in the 70s this year. She took off eight strokes with her second round 79 to finish with 166, which landed her 11th place overall in the tournament.

“The first round definitely wasn’t what I had hoped to do but turning it around on the second day is going to help my momentum going into conferences,” said Goodling.

The Hawks score card: Haley Goodling 87-79; 166, Erin DiDonato 80-87; 167, Carla Puig Jou 83-85; 168, Faith Garcia 86-86; 172 Sarah Kokotajlo 86-86; 172 Nicole Totland 93-93; 186.

On April 9-10, the men’s golf team traveled to Malvern, PA to compete in the Villanova Wildcat Invite. The tournament was held at White Manor Country Club and was played at 6,705 yards, with a par of 71.

Villanova, Binghamton, Bucknell, Colgate, Drexel, Iona, Lafayette, La Salle, Lehigh, Le Monyne, Fordham, Monmouth, Rhode Island, Rider, Siena, Delaware, St. John’s, Saint Peter’s, and Wagner competed in the invitational.

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Upcoming Games 04-18-18

Wednesday, April 18

Softball vs. Columbia
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

Baseball at Seton Hall
South Orange, NJ 4:00 p.m.

W Lax at Manhattan*
Riverdale, NY 4:00 p.m.

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Women’s Lacrosse Breaks Canisius Winning Streak

W LAX 04.11.18Women lacrosse delivered two impressive wins this past week. A balanced team effort resulted in a 14-11 victory over Fairfield on Wednesday and this was followed up with a 14-12 win over perennially dominant Canisius on Sunday. With the two wins Monmouth now stands at 5-8 overall and 3-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. 

It took a team effort to end Canisius’s 27 straight regular season game winning streak on a cold Sunday morning up in Buffalo. Three goal games from sophomore midfielder Chloe Novak, senior midfielder Caroline Corbliss, and senior midfielder Alexa Smith combined with a nine save game from junior goalkeeper Riley Brager helped the Hawks come away with the 14-12 victory.  

“Riley had another hugely consistent day today,” Head Coach Jordan Trautman said. “She made a really important save at the end of the game which really clinched the outcome.”

Even though the Hawks never gave up the lead the win did not come easily. Monmouth scored four times over the first ten minutes to take an early 4-1 lead. Canisius battled back with three straight goals to tie it up at four with ten left to the half. Each team exchanged goals with each other over the remaining ten minutes and went to the half tied at six a piece.

Monmouth struck first in the second thanks to Smith’s second of the day which was followed up with a goal from Novak. The Griffins answered right back with two goals of their own with 22 minutes left to play and it was tied up at eight.     

Novak put the Hawks up again off an assist from junior attack Jenny Staines, who  followed up with a goal of her own shortly after. With 20 minutes left on the clock the Hawks had the two-goal lead which they would not surrender over the remainder of the half. Monmouth managed to put four more up on the board and a clutch save from Brager sealed the 14-12 win.

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Men’s Lacrosse Beats NJIT to Finish Non-Conference

M LAX 04.11.18Men’s lacrosse closed out non-conference play by splitting decisions in home games against Lafayette and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The Hawks picked up their first home win of the season on Saturday afternoon, beating the now winless NJIT Highlanders by a score of 10-4.

The Hawks came out rolling in this contest, outscoring the Highlanders 4-1 in the opening quarter. Senior attack Bryce Wasserman once again started the offensive attack, burying an early goal at the 14:05 mark. After NJIT quickly responded to even the game at one, junior attack Hunter Jones scored his sixteenth goal of the season to reclaim the lead for the blue and white. Monmouth tacked on two more goals in the quarter from Wasserman and junior attack Griffin Figel to close it out.

In the second quarter, junior midfielder Jake Willson scored his second goal of the year to extend the Hawks’ advantage over the Highlanders by four. NJIT responded by scoring two goals in under a two-minute stretch of play to make the score 5-3 going into the half.

Like the start of the game, the blue and white came out storming and scored four third quarter goals. In the frame, Figel buried three goals in a row to not only complete his hat trick, but up his total on the afternoon to four and his season total to fourteen. It was his first career hat trick as well as his first career four-goal game. Wasserman joined in on the fun with Figel and completed a hat trick of his own, making the score 9-3 Hawks.

In the final quarter, the teams exchanged goals and the game was closed out to a final score of 10-4 in favor of Monmouth. Wasserman was once again at the front and center of the Hawks’ offensive attack as they improved their record to 5-6 following the victory.

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Amanda Riley Throws Complete Game Shutout

Softball 04.11.18Softball continues their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) win streak with two more wins against Rider University this past Friday, improving their record to an undefeated 4-0 in MAAC play.

Senior right-handed pitcher Amanda Riley pitched yet another shutout game, striking out 12 batters and breaking the program record of 497 strikeouts by increasing it to 543. Nine different athletes got hits during the home openers, and strong performances were seen by freshman right-handed pitcher Lilly Robles as well as sophomore first baseman Kayla Rosado and senior infielder Alex Holzman, who each got three hits in game one.

During the bottom of the fourth inning in game one, Rosado hit a single to the right side, then Holzman belted a double to left center that barely missed a home run, but got sophomore outfielder Amber Wozniak in for an RBI. Wozniak scored again in the bottom of the sixth after sophomore shortstop Deangie Jimenez singled to left field with two outs left.

Riley only gave up three hits in the entirety of game one, and the Hawks came out on top with the 3-0 win. Head Coach Shannon Salsburg praises pitcher after the win. “She works hard, and it’s not just on the field. It’s off the field as well, including her nutrition and studying the game. She’s grown so much in my three years with her, and she deserves what she’s getting,” she said.

In game two, the Hawks continued to shine. They had an explosive first inning with four runs. Sophomore outfielder Sam Tomasetti and senior outfielder Chloe Howerth both led off with walks, then Rosado worked her magic, hit a single to left field, and scored Tomasetti. Rosado then stole second base and Wozniak walked, followed by Holzman who came through to score both of them with a single to right center. Then sophomore outfielder Jasmine Higa hit an RBI groundout to make the score 4-0.

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Baseball Swept By Quinnipiac in Three Games

Baseball 04.11.18Baseball dominated Princeton 7-1 on the road before getting swept by conference rival Quinnipiac over the weekend.

It was a monumental week for Hawk’s senior third baseman Shaine Hughes, who joined an exclusive list becoming just the 16th player in Monmouth history to record 200 career hits. Hughes reached the milestone on Thursday during the route of Princeton where he collected a multi-hit game in a two-for-five effort with three RBIs and a run scored.

Junior pitcher James Kelly made his third career start in the first of a busy four games in four days stretch for MU. It was a solid outing for Kelly who threw two hitless innings before allowing an unearned run in the third that tied the game. The bullpen took over from there, combing for 6.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit work between three different relievers.

“It was a very nice team win today,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “We got exceptional pitching from all four guys.”

Sophomore infielder Danny Long eventually secured the lead for Monmouth in the sixth with an RBI fielder’s choice and steal of second that made the score 3-1. The Hawks never looked back from there as they tacked on two more runs in both the seventh and eighth thanks to doubles from Hughes and freshman first baseman Ryan Steckline.

The bats cooled off against Quinnipiac, however, as the Hawks scored just three runs in each game, which wasn’t enough to avoid the road sweep.

Sophomore catcher Zach Schild, however, did an excellent job of setting the tone early for the MU lineup by singling in the first run of the game in two of the three weekend matchups.

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Upcoming Games 04-11-18

Wednesday, Apr. 11

Baseball vs. Columbia
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

W Tennis at LaSalle
Philadelphia, PA 3:30 p.m.

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Baseball Comes Back to Win Series Against Canisius

M Baseball 04.04.18Following a series loss at the hands of Marist, the Monmouth University baseball team looked to rebound in their first four home games of the season.

Last week, the Hawks split decisions in four home games which included a matchup with Hofstra and a three-game set with Canisius.

The Hawks’ first home win of the season came in a 4-2 victory in the opening game of the series against Canisius. The Golden Griffins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a run batted in (RBI) double in the third inning. The blue and white wasted no time in responding in their half of the third.

The inning started with a leadoff double courtesy of senior infielder Justin Trochiano. Junior outfielder Kyle Norman capitalized on a successful sacrifice and laced an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at one. Senior infielder Shaine Hughes capped the inning off by driving in a run on a groundout, giving the Hawks the lead at 2-1.

Senior right-hander Ricky Dennis threw six strong innings, allowing his offense to go to work later in the game. Dennis struck out four and allowed only two earned runs in what turned out to be his second win of the season. “We’ve been working on having a presence and Ricky came through big,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt.

The Hawks’ offense went to work again in the fifth. Sophomore outfielder John LaRocca bunted for a base hit and the late throw to first was off-target. It allowed Norman to come home and score all the way from first base. Senior infielder/outfielder Pete Papcun provided the insurance in the next inning, launching his fifth homerun of the season to give the blue and white a 4-2 lead for good.

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