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Women’s Basketball Defeats Manhattan in Overtime

W Basketball 02.14.18The Monmouth University women’s basketball team won its second consecutive game Monday night, as they defeated the Manhattan Jaspers 63-59 in overtime at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Hawks, shooting 11-for-16 from the field. Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw added 12 points and a career-high five assists, and sophomore forward Alexa Middleton scored six and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“We’re really starting to develop some poise under pressure,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said. “It was a battle all night and we were struggling to get a flow at some points, but we stuck with it and hung together as a team.”

The Hawks jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but Manhattan embarked on a 12-2 scoring run to double-up Monmouth 14-7 with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter. The Jaspers held their lead, as the score was 18-11 after ten minutes of play.

Monmouth used a 6-0 run, including four points from Middleton, to cut the deficit to three with 4:42 remaining in the second quarter. The Hawks outscored the Jaspers by six in the quarter, as they went into halftime down by one, 26-25.

A jumper from Shaw capped off a 7-0 Monmouth run, forcing Manhattan to call a timeout with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter. A three-point shot from freshman forward Carol Arfinengo gave their largest lead of the game, as the score was 41-34 with 4:49 left in the quarter. Manhattan battled back, however, as they cut the score to 43-42 going in to the final quarter.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Army in Season Opener

W Lax 02.14.18Women’s lacrosse dropped their season opener to Army West Point Black Knights 12-9 on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks busted to an early lead thanks to sophomore attacker Nicole Ceraso who buried a free position goal three minutes into the game. Army’s offensive wasted little time responding with four straight goals over the next ten minutes to negate Monmouth’s hot start.

The Hawks cut the deficit in half at the 14:46 mark in the first period, but Army answered right away to extend their advantage by three in the same minute. Both sides’ scoring slowed at this point and the teams struggled to convert any of their chances. As the half approached, it was Monmouth’s senior attacker Alexa Smith who scored back-to-back goals to make it 5-4 Army at half.

Monmouth was first to score two minutes into the second half as freshman midfielder Allison Stofregen recorded her first collegiate goal to tie it up at five a piece. With this goal, the Hawks seemed to have gained the momentum and were looking to capture the led once again. Army shattered that idea by adding two more goals and with 20 minutes on the clock, the Hawks trailed by two.  

Senior midfielder and captain Claudia LaMarca brought the Hawks within one with her first of two, but the Black Knights kept pace by scoring two more soon after to make it 6-8 Knights. Monmouth continued to battle over the remaining 12 minutes of play but never came within two goals of tying.  When the clock reached zero, the final score read 12-9 Knights.

The Black Knights led in all offensive statistical categories, out-shooting the Hawks by five and converting half off their free positions compared to Hawks who only converted 25 percent of their chances.  Not to be forgotten in the loss was the exceptional play of junior goalie Riley Brager, who made ten critical saves throughout the game to keep her team close.  

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Men’s Basketball Splits Against Iona, Manhattan

M Basketball 02.14.18Men’s basketball split two matchups, first defeating the Iona Gaels 72-50 on Thursday night, and losing to the Manhattan Jaspers 93-76 on Saturday night. The win against was the Hawks’ first conference road win of the season.

“We were fortunate that we were able to play for a full 40 minutes tonight,” Head Coach King Rice said. “We have not played that well for 40 minutes in a long time, maybe the Bucknell game but our kids were in, they were bought in on defense, they were talking and we’ve been working on that a lot but it really came together tonight.”

Monmouth and Iona traded baskets for the first six minutes of the game before senior guard Austin Tilghman made a jumper to make it 11-10. The Hawks would lead the final 33:47 of the game.

The blue and white’s lead would be as high as 19 in the first half, before the Gaels’ hit two free throws to make it the halftime score of 41-24. Sophomore guard Louie Pillari led the way with ten first half points and six rebounds. Freshman guard had eight points, including two three-pointers.

In the second half, Monmouth would expand their lead to 24 points three times. The Hawks would win with a 22 point margin, their biggest win of the season. Monmouth held Iona to 32 percent shooting on the game, the lowest shooting percentage of the year for the Gaels.

“It always feels good to get a win,” Tilghman said. “I think one of the things we did well today is we limited those guys to one shot. I think with this Iona team or with any team if we limit guys to one shot we have guys that will get out on the fast break and that’s what we’re most dangerous at. We were able to get stops and limit them to one shot and control our offense and the tempo and we played our pace which really worked well for us tonight.”

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Upcoming Games 02-14-18

default article imageWednesday, Feb. 14

W Lax vs. Temple

Kessler Stadium

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


MAAC Championships

Buffalo, NY TBA


Friday, Feb. 16

Softball vs. Massachusetts

Madeira Beach, FL 4:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Georgia Southern

Madeira Beach, FL 6:30 p.m.

Baseball at Dallas Baptist

Dallas, TX 6:30 p.m.

MBB vs. Canisius*

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Track and Field Competes at Fastrack and Iowa State

Track and Field 02.14.18Monmouth’s track and field team is at it again, with even more championship qualifications. The Hawks had very impressive statistics during last week’s meets in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania at the Scarlet & White Invitational, the Crimson Elite, and the Villanova Invitational, and it’s clear that the team’s momentum followed them to the Fastrack National Invite at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday, Feb. 9. Meanwhile, at the Iowa State Classical, fifth-year Dylan Capwell and graduate student Chris Marco competed against nationally ranked competition.

At the Fastrack National Invite, the Hawks had several high finishes as well as a couple new Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying marks. Junior Ashley McKinnon finished second in the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying jump of 11.87 meters. Senior Allie Wilson placed fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10, with freshman teammate Kyra Velock following closely behind with a time of 2:12, and junior Amber Stratz joins them with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:13.45. Sophomore Nioami Miranda ran a season best time of 57.81 seconds, finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash, and sophomore Dayna Luma ran the mile in 5:16 to place fifth in the event. The 4x400 meter team consisting of Wilson, juniors Brianna Stratz, Amber Stratz, and Chandi Piiru came in sixth with a time of 3:54.12.

In field events, the lady Hawks continued to shine. Junior Allison Taub placed third in the shot put with a mark of 47’6”, freshman Samantha Fellowes cleared 1.55 meters and tied for eighth in the high jump, and graduate student Casey Sturts places fourth in the pole vault by clearing 3.60 meters.

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University Hosts 20th Annual Celebration of "National Girls and Women in Sports Day"

NGWSD 1The University kicked off its 20th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day to commemorate the success of female athletes on and off the field. Events included “A Conversation with Heather Mitts" on Friday, and a Saturday afternoon "Women's Leadership Panel." 

Mitts, a professional soccer player and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, was also featured on a the panel, where she spoke to members of the University's female athletics' team. 

The weekend celebrated the achievements that women have made in sports throughout the years. The observance shines light on Title IX, which bans gender-based discrimination in education, and reinforces the need for equal opportunity in sports.

“I think that the more females that you can see in any role is important and I think that’s what breaking boundaries is all about,” said Mitts. “It’s seeing them there and if they're not there being the first one to pave the way for the future females to have that opportunity.” Mitts spoke of her love of soccer and the journey that it has taken her on. Growing up, Mitts did not have many female athletes, especially soccer players, to admire. 

“The women’s national team was only just starting up so Mia Hamm (a professional soccer player and two-time Olympic Gold medalist) was only a couple of years older than me,” said Mitts. “Nowadays, I love having so many female role models to look up to.”

She encouraged the audience members to recognize that every individual is, in fact, a role model for the younger generation. “Those little girls look up to you and they think the world of you... You could be the difference in a little girl’s life,” said Mitts. 

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Rider, Falls to Siena

W Basketball 02.07.18After dropping two-straight games on the road, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated the Rider Broncs 63-56 Saturday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Sophomore forward Taylor Nason recorded a double-double in the contest, as she recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Erica Balman also contributed 12 points, while grabbing nine boards. The Hawks had two other players score in double figures, as sophomore guard Kayla Shaw had 11, and senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight had ten.

“I know this team has it in them,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said, “and that’s what has been the most frustrating part [about our losses]. We’ve had glimpses of it, but had not yet seen 40 minutes of the kind of basketball we know it takes to win. It might not be pretty, but we were going to fight for 40 minutes and give it everything we have on both ends of the floor. Overall, I think we have a lot to be proud of.”

Rider scored the first points of the game, but the Hawks scored the next ten points to take an eight-point lead with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter. They outscored the Broncs 14-6 the rest of the quarter, as a Shaw jumper gave them a 24-8 advantage after ten minutes. In that first quarter, Spooner-Knight, Balman, and Nason totaled 19 points and nine rebounds.

Rider was able to cut the deficit down to ten late in the second, but a three-point shot from freshman forward Carol Arfinengo gave the Hawks a 34-21 lead going into halftime.

The Broncs started the third hot, scoring the first seven points to cut the deficit to six with 8:04 remaining, forcing Craig to call a timeout. Rider would outscore Monmouth in the quarter, but the Hawks still maintained a nine-point advantage after 30 minutes, 44-35.

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Senior Spotlight: Soccer Midfielder Miranda Konstantinides

W Soccer 02.07.18Senior Midfielder Miranda Konstantinides has racked up over 4500 minutes, 23 points, and 90 shots in her illustrious four-year career with the Monmouth Hawks.

Lost in her incredible soccer career however is the behind the scenes story. Konstantinides has found a way to balance her college life between playing Division I women’s soccer and pursuing her long-term goal of becoming a nurse.

As a key player of four consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Regular Season Championship teams, Monmouth soccer has taught Konstantinides the true essence of hard work and teamwork. “I’ve learned just how hard I can push myself and that you can always give a little more.”

Konstantinides especially touched on the team chemistry her and her teammates developed during her junior and senior year seasons. Monmouth Soccer also taught Konstantinides the importance of leadership skills and communication that will be especially important in the nursing career she plans on pursuing in the near future. “There is something to be said about working as a team even in a daily working environment post-graduation.”

Four years of studying nursing has come with countless experiences and lessons to help shape the person Konstantinides is today and hopes to be in the future as well.

Konstantinides will be graduating with the inaugural Bachelors of Science in nursing (BSN) class where she and her cohort will become the first students to graduate from this undergraduate program.

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Track and Field Posts Impressive Marks at Three Meets

Track and Field 02.07.18 2After breaking three school records while in Penn State and competing at home, Monmouth University track and field sent some of their athletes from the team up to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in both the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University and Crimson Elite at Harvard University. Others on the team competed at the Villanova Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

At the Scarlet and White Invitational, the men finished third right behind Mississippi State (84 points) and Albany (73.5 points) out of more than 20 schools, with a total of 72 points, and the women also placed third with 64 points.

While at Boston University, a couple of our lady Hawks finished their events with Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying times. Junior Chandi Piiru won the 500-meter dash with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:12.85, and senior Domoah Kutu-Akoi ran with a time of 7.74 seconds, placing third. Senior Allie Wilson also ran an ECAC qualifying time of 2:09.08 in the 800-meter, placing sixth. Juniors Amber Stratz and Brianna Stratz finished first and second in the 1000-meters by finishing with times of 2:49.80 and 2:50.84. As for the men, senior Bryan Sosoo won the 60-meter dash in 6.68 seconds, and junior Bryan Cabral finished sixth in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:28.14.

At the Crimson Elite at Harvard, the Hawks only participated in the field events in this ten event meet, but still shone through and finished second to Harvard, and the women placed fourth.

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Men’s Basketball Falls Twice to Fairfield and Niagara

M Basketball 02.07.18Men’s basketball lost to the Fairfield Stags and the Niagara Purple Eagles by a combined six points on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday night, Monmouth lost to Fairfield 79-78. The Hawks were up 78-77 with 2.1 seconds left before the Stags hit a runner to give them the one point lead. The play was preceded by a controversial no call on a potential travel violation which would of gave Monmouth the ball with the one point lead.

“Everybody in the building saw what happened,” Monmouth Head Coach King Rice said. “You know what happened, I know what happened. Just the people that’s supposed to know what happened didn’t see it.”

After the made basket and two Monmouth timeouts, freshman guard Deion Hammond missed the potential game-winning three-pointer with time-expiring.

After Fairfield went into the first media timeout up 14-11, the blue and white went on a 13-2 run to take a 22-16 lead midway through the first half.

Monmouth went into halftime up 49-41 lead with Hammond scoring all of his ten points in the first half. The Hawks shot 58 percent in the first half.

In the second half, Fairfield went on a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 50-49. The Stags and Hawks would go back and forth for the rest of the half, with Fairfield having the biggest lead with seven points in the second half.

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Upcoming Games 02-07-18

default article imageThursday, Feb. 8

WBB vs. Marist*

OceanFirst Bank Center

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

MBB at Iona*

New Rochelle, NY 7:00 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 9

M Tennis at Georgetown

Washington, D.C 11:00 a.m.

Track & Field

Fastrack National Invitational

Staten Island, NY 1:00 p.m.

Track and Field

NYU Invitational

New York, NY 2:00 p.m.


Crusader Classic

Richton Park, IL TBA


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