Sports - The Outlook https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:56:41 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb outlook@monmouth.edu (The Outlook) Women’s Soccer Ends Season in NCAA Tournament https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5219-women-s-soccer-ends-season-in-ncaa-tournament https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5219-women-s-soccer-ends-season-in-ncaa-tournament W Soccer 11.15.17Women’s soccer was defeated 4-0 on Friday night by 13th ranked Princeton in the first round of the 2017 Women’s Soccer Tournament.

On Monday, Nov. 6. the first-round matchups were determined during the Tournament selection show, which gave Monmouth the 13th seed and a date with 4th seeded Princeton at Roberts Stadium.

This was Monmouth’s third trip to the tournament since 2013 and second consecutive appearance. It was also their 5th tournament berth in the history of the program.

As for Princeton, it was their second time in three years hosting an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament first round game. The Tigers looked to improve on their 8-6 all-time record versus Monmouth.

Over 750 people were in attendance for the first-round, 29-degree clash between the 15-4-2 Hawks and the 15-2 Tigers.

The game got off to a quick start in favor of the Tigers as their forward worked around a Monmouth defender at the 18 and found the back of the net to give Princeton the 1-0 advantage in the 6th minute.

Princeton would continue their dominance of the first half in the 21st minute when another forward of theirs took a pass inside the box and ripped it from 16 yards out to extend the lead to 2-0.

The shots advantage for the Tigers was the story of the game as they went into the break with a 13-3 shots advantage. MU looked to increase the offensive pressure in the second half in order to come back from the 2-0 deficit.

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s1074188@monmouth.edu (MARK D’AQUILA | STAFF WRITER) Sports Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:59:32 -0500
Women’s Basketball Wins Season Opener https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5218-women-s-basketball-wins-season-opener https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5218-women-s-basketball-wins-season-opener W Basketball 11.15.17The Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 69-64 in their season opener Friday night at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw led the Hawks with 22 points on 8-12 shooting, including four 3-point shots. Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored 11 points in her Monmouth debut, and three players contributed eight in the contest.

“I was so excited for this season,” Shaw said after the game. “So this feels really good. As a team, we played well through adversity today. It was a great first game of learning and adjusting.”

The two teams played a tightly-contested first quarter that featured five lead changes. Scoring 12 points in the paint in the opening ten minutes, the Pioneers used a 5-0 scoring run to close out the first quarter with an 18-14 lead. Monmouth fell behind by five early in the second quarter, before the Hawks stormed back on a layup by Spooner-Knight, a three from Shaw, and a three from sophomore guard Alaina Jarnot to give them a 22-19 lead. Sacred Heart responded by outscoring Monmouth 10-4 in the final seven minutes of the quarter to make the halftime score 29-26.

The third quarter featured five lead changes, as the Hawks took a lead in the final minute on a Shaw three before the Pioneers scored on a layup in the final seconds to tie the game at 42 after 30 minutes of play.

The fourth quarter featured more of the same, as the two teams stayed within two points of each other for the first five minutes of the quarter. Spooner-Knight hit a three with 4:30 remaining in the game to give the Hawks their largest lead of the half, at 53-50. A layup from Shaw gave Monmouth a lead of five a minute later, but the Pioneers converted on two layups to make it a 57-56 game with two minutes remaining. Shaw hit a three-point shot with 1:30 remaining to boost the Hawk lead to four, and Monmouth would did not look back from there. The team hit nine free throws in the final minute to close out the Pioneers for their first victory of the season.

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s1074188@monmouth.edu (MATT DELUCA | STAFF WRITER) Sports Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:51:26 -0500
Men’s Basketball Splits Against Bucknell and Seton Hall https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5217-men-s-basketball-splits-against-bucknell-and-seton-hall https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5217-men-s-basketball-splits-against-bucknell-and-seton-hall M Basketball 11.15.17Basketball split their owning weekend games, first beating Bucknell in their season opener at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday, then losing to #23 ranked Seton Hall at the Prudential Center on Sunday, 75-65.

“Tonight I felt like our kids really stuck together,” Head Coach King Rice said after the win against Bucknell. “I was probably as nervous as I was at my first game at Monmouth tonight, because we have a lot of new kids and kids in new positions.”

After a Monmouth timeout with 24 seconds left in the game while being down 78-77 to Bucknell, junior guard Micah Seaborn was fouled with five seconds left in the game and hit two crucial free throws to take the lead. Bucknell would attempt a game-winning buzzer beater, would would miss off the backboard to seal the opening night win for the Hawks.

In the first half, Monmouth and Bucknell would trade shots until late in the half. The Hawks would finish the half on an 18-10 run to give MU the 41-31 lead at half time.

Bucknell would close the deficient in the second half thanks to the three ball, hitting a total of nine threes to give them the momentum.

Junior forward Diago Quinn helped swing the momentum back in Monmouth’s favor, getting a big block and then hitting two free throws before the final media timeout. Quinn would then get an offensive rebound and would be fouled immediately, hitting another two free throws to make it 71-69 MU.

Bucknell and Monmouth would keep trading baskets and free throws until Bucknell took the lead with 25 seconds left. Seaborn would then hit the game-tying and game-winning free throws to give the Hawks the opening night victory.

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s1074188@monmouth.edu (ZACHARY COSENZA | SPORTS EDITOR) Sports Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:36:27 -0500
Football Wins, Finishing Perfect Season at Home https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5216-football-wins-finishing-perfect-season-at-home https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5216-football-wins-finishing-perfect-season-at-home Football 11.15.17Football defeated Gardner-Webb 41-14 to finish the season with a perfect 5-0 record at the brand new Kessler Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Monmouth will now play Kennesaw State for the Big South conference championship next Saturday.

“I know our players are very proud to play in this new facility,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “The guys are excited to play here and I think that shows. Our performances at home have been really outstanding this year.”

Running backs Pete Guerriero (sophomore), Devell Jones (junior), and Michael Jolly (senior) ran for a combined 277 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the game. Guerriero lead the team with 108 rushing yards, Jolly and Jones were behind them with 85 and 84 rushing yards, respectively.

 The Hawks defense would hold Gardner-Webb to 223 total yards, including forcing Gardner-Webb to only five total yards in the first quarter.

On the opening drive, MU started the game off with a Jones one-yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0 early. The touchdown was his 11th on the season.

The Hawks would score again, this time on a sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar to freshman wide receiver Joey Aldarelli touchdown pass.

The touchdown was Aldarelli’s first career touchdown on his only second-career reception. After a missed point after, the score was 13-0 Hawks.

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s1074188@monmouth.edu (ZACHARY COSENZA | SPORTS EDITOR) Sports Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:24:53 -0500
Women's Basketball to Open Season Against Sacred Heart https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5176-women-s-basketball-to-open-season-against-sacred-heart https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5176-women-s-basketball-to-open-season-against-sacred-heart W Basketball 11.08.17After losing in the second round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament in 2016, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team hopes to take the next step forward in the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The team returns seven players that averaged 12 minutes or more during the 2016 campaign, including sophomore guards Alaina Jarnot and Kayla Shaw. Jarnot led the team in assists, while averaging 6.1 points per game in 31 games, while Shaw broke the program record with 93 three-pointers made in route to a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Monmouth also returns solid rotation players such as sophomore guard Rosa Graham, junior guard McKinzee Barker, and sophomore forwards Alexa Middleton and Taylor Nason.

“It’s going to have such an impact on our season,” Barker said. “Everyone is returning, and our style of play is just as fast as it’s always been. Everyone has so much experience under their belt from last year, and I think it’ll help bring everything together for us.”

They also welcome in three new players, all of which look to make an immediate impact. Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight will play her lone season for the Hawks after sitting out in 2016 due to transfer rules. Spooner-Knight, a native of New Zealand, was named to the 2015 All-WAC Second Team as a member of Utah Valley State, averaging 13.4 points per game. Freshman forwards Selina Dockery, a Finland native, and Carol Arfinengo, a Spain native, both bring overseas experience with them into their debut seasons with the Hawks. Dockery averaged close to five points per game in 18 minutes for Helmi Basket, while Arfinengo played meaningful minutes for Rivas Ecopolis, which is regarded as a top club team in Spain.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (MATT DELUCA | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:05:21 -0500
Men's Soccer Finishes Season on High Note https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5175-men-s-soccer-finishes-season-on-high-note https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5175-men-s-soccer-finishes-season-on-high-note M Soccer 11.08.17Monmouth men’s soccer team finished their 2017 campaign with a 4-0 victory over Niagara at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn last Wednesday. This improved their final record to 7-9-2 and 4-5-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.

“It was a great way for the seniors to finish their careers,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt. “I am eternally grateful to them for their commitment to our program. They have had amazing careers.”

It took less than five minutes for the Hawks to edge themselves in front. Senior midfielder Jake Areman sprinted down the left wing and delivered a precise cross on the ground into the box. Sophomore midfielder Geoffrey Schaefer was there to send it past the keeper with pace from point-blank range to make it 1-0. Areman nearly added a goal to his resume minutes later, but a strong save was made by Niagara’s senior goalkeeper Joel Gerberich.

The hosts doubled their grip on the game just before the half hour mark. Following a free kick close to the corner flag, redshirt senior midfielder Colin Stripling sent a low ball into the box at the near post. Sophomore defender Ryan Wells fought off a Niagara defender to hold his ground in front of him and deflected the ball off of the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net from right in front of the goal line.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (EVAN MCMURTRIE | STAFF WRITER) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:58:00 -0500
Men's Basketball Season to Tip-Off Friday https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5174-men-s-basketball-season-to-tip-off-friday https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5174-men-s-basketball-season-to-tip-off-friday M Basketball 11.08.17After finishing with a record of 27-7, Monmouth basketball looks to rebound after a semifinals loss to Siena in the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament. The season ended when the Hawks lost to Ole Miss in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

Monmouth will be returning nine players from last year’s team. Junior guard Micah Seaborn returns after finishing as the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13.2 points per contest. Seaborn was Monmouth’s lone Preseason All-MAAC selection, and was one of two unanimous choices to the MAAC Preseason First Team.

“A lot of guys are ready to step up into new roles,” Seaborn said. “I put a lot of work in to be the leader every night this year.’

Guard Austin Tilghman returns for his senior year after being voted the MAAC sixth-man of the year for the 2016-17 season, averaging 7.0 points per game.

“I’m helping the younger guys off and on the court,” Tilghman said. “I want to show these guys how to win.”

After redshirting last season, senior forward Zac Tillman will return and man the center position for MU.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (ZACH COSENZA | SPORTS EDITOR) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:48:25 -0500
#24 Ranked Football Wins Sixth Straight Game https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5173-24-ranked-football-wins-sixth-straight-game https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5173-24-ranked-football-wins-sixth-straight-game Football 11.08.17Football defeated Presbyterian 42-21 to extend winning streak to six behind their 237 rushing yard and four rushing touchdowns on Saturday afternoon. After the win, MU moved up in the rankings to 22nd in the country in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches’ Poll.

“We are very happy with the victory, our goal today was to come out of this week 1-0 and move to 8-1 overall, said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We weren’t hitting on all cylinders early in the first half, you have to credit Presbyterian for that, they made some things difficult for us. To the credit of our team, we came out of the second half flying and scored a bunch of different ways.”

Sophomore running back Pete Guerriero led the way on the rushing attack, running for 153 rushing yards and adding a touchdown.

After back-to-back three and outs by the Hawks and Presbyterian to start the game, Presbyterian got on the board first midway through the first quarter, scoring on a nine yard passing touchdown to make it 7-0.

Monmouth answered right away, thanks to junior running back Devell Jones’ two yard touchdown run to tie it at seven all. The junior now has a team-high ten rushing touchdowns on the season.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (ZACH COSENZA | SPORTS EDITOR) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:39:02 -0500
Field Hockey Loses to Fairfield in Conference Final https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5172-field-hockey-loses-to-fairfield-in-conference-final https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5172-field-hockey-loses-to-fairfield-in-conference-final W Field Hockey 11.08.17The Monmouth University field hockey team fell short of securing their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship this past Sunday. The Hawks defeated Rider on Friday to earn the chance to play for the championship but were unable to overcome Fairfield for the crown.

The Hawks entered the tournament as the number one seed and with it came the right to host the tournament at So Sweet a Cat Field. On Friday afternoon, the Hawks took on and defeated four seeded rival Rider by the score of 2-0. The game saw no scoring in the first half, as both teams buckled down on the defensive effort.

Coming out of the half, Monmouth was awarded a penalty corner chance in the second minute of play. Senior forward Meg Donahue converted the opportunity with a powerful shot that found the back of the net.

Monmouth added an additional goal ten minutes later to pad their lead to two. This time it was senior midfielder Rachel Konowal who batted the ball of the air and into the net. The Hawks never looked back from here and came away with the shutout win.

Monmouth’s defense was once again stifling in the win. The defense only surrendered a combined three shots all day and thwarted all offensive efforts from the Broncos. Senior goalkeeper Christen Piersanti recorded one save in route to securing her 19th career shutout.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (CHRIS FITZSIMMONS | STAFF WRITER) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:30:20 -0500
Women's Soccer Wins Conference Tournament https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5171-women-s-soccer-wins-conference-tournament https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5171-women-s-soccer-wins-conference-tournament W Soccer 11.08.17Women’s soccer dominated second seeded Manhattan 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon to win the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship.

The Hawks were able to successfully take care of their first two opponents in the tournament, earning their way to yet another MAAC championship where they took on the Manhattan Jaspers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Monmouth looked to not only gain their 15th win of the season, but also continue their undefeated record against Manhattan where they are 8-0-0 all-time.

The scoreboard didn’t receive much action early on as Monmouth had their first five shots saved by the Manhattan goalie.

The save streak would eventually end in the 38th minute when sophomore forward Lexie Palladino assisted junior midfielder Allie DeLuca who found the inside of the post from 12 yards out giving the Hawks the early 1-0 lead.

On the Manhattan side, they didn’t put a single shot on goal in the first half as sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Knaub was save-less in the first half.

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s1108940@momouth.edu (MARK D'AQUILA | STAFF WRITER) Sports Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:23:57 -0500
Junior Haley Goodling Wins Lehigh Invitational https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5138-junior-haley-goodling-wins-lehigh-invitational https://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/sports/121-volume-90-fall-2017-spring-2018/5138-junior-haley-goodling-wins-lehigh-invitational W Golf 11.01The women’s golf team finished the fall season last weekend at the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA. The team finished in third place with a two day total of 625. The field included Lehigh, Central Connecticut University, Hartford, Holy Cross, Monmouth, and Saint Francis of Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Invite is played on the Grace Course, which is one of three golf courses at Saucon Valley Country Club. The Grace Course is a par 72 golf course that plays at 6,012 yards.

“It was an excellent way to finish the fall season,” said Head Coach Sue DeKalb. “[The team is] looking forward to some time off and we can’t wait until the spring.”

Junior Haley Goodling finished in first place overall with two back to back rounds of 73. This was Gooding’s career low for a two day tournament, and her first medalist honor of her collegiate career. Goodling played 28 straight holes at even par and recorded three birdies over the two days.

“I think the win showed other teams that we are competitive,” Goodling said. “I’m hoping this momentum carries forward to the spring season and motivates us to really compete in the conferences.”

Sophomore Nicole Totland also recorded scores in this event. Her rounds of 77 and 79 were her first 70 rounds of her career. This was also Totland’s first top 10 finish in a tournament and lowest career total.

“It felt really good to finally record rounds in the 70s while competing. It’s something I have been trying to achieve for a while now because I know I am capable of doing it,” Totland said. “I love playing this course because it’s possible to go pretty low here.”

Freshman Carla Puig Jou shot her first career 70s round also. Her second day score of 79 placed her in the top 20 at the tournament for the second time in her Monmouth career.

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s1074188@monmouth.edu (SARAH KOKOTAJLO | CONTRIBUTING WRITER) Sports Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:40:54 -0400