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Women’s Soccer Advances to Championship Game

W Soccer 11.01.17Women’s soccer defeated fourth seeded Siena 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon to advance to the Championship of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament.

After closing out the regular season strong, earning them their 5th consecutive MAAC regular season championship. The tournament began on Saturday Oct. 28 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Hawks impressive 12-3-2 record rewarded them with the number one seed and the eventual semifinal matchup with Siena who was 11-7 and defeated Marist in their quarterfinal matchup.

Monmouth last played Siena on the road on Oct. 11 where they got the 3-1 victory. The Hawks looked to keep on battling and get themselves one step closer to a MAAC championship.

MU was undefeated this season when scoring first, however this was not the case here as Siena got off to the quick start with their header in the eighth minute.

The Saints maintained the 1-0 lead throughout the first half until sophomore midfielder Lexie Palladino put the equalizer in the back of the net for the Hawks from 20 yards out in the 54th minute.

Then in the 76 minute, Palladino continued her huge day breaking the tie with her second goal of the game to give Monmouth the 2-1 lead.

The Hawks weren’t finished here though as less than a minute later sophomore Forward Madie Gibson put the game on ice with a header, clinching the 3-1 victory.

“It was an awesome team win with contributions from every player on our roster. Lexie Palladino took the game over and helped carry us to the victory,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said.

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Football Wins to Extend Winning Streak to Five

Football 11.01.17Football defeated Charleston Southern 23-20 to extend Monmouth’s winning streak to five games and improve to 7-1 (2-0 Big South) on the season Saturday night. After the win, they became ranked 24th nationally in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches poll for the first time in program history.

“It’s a great win for us, to get to 7-1 is a terrific accomplishment for these guys,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “It was a hard fought contest and we knew going in it was going to be. Charleston Southern for the last four years has been one of the best, if not the best team in the Big South. To come away with a victory down here, I think says a lot about the progress we are making as a team in the Big South.”

Late in the fourth quarter, junior running back Devell Jones converted three key first downs and helped run out the final four minutes left in the game to secure the game for the Hawks. He would rush for 35 of his 36 total rushing yards on the game-clinching drive. The last yard was when Jones scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, his team-high ninth touchdown of the season.

“To be able to bring Devell off the bench and give him the ball to pound out those first downs and take those final four minutes off the clock was huge. It really just won the game for us,” Callahan said on the junior running back.

After a scoreless first half, freshman running back Eric Zokouri started the scoring off, catching an eight-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar. After a missed point after, MU had the lead 6-0.

On the ensuring drive, the Buccaneers went three and out and punted to Monmouth. MU extended their lead after sophomore kicker Matt Mosquera successfully hit a field goal from 32 yards out to make it 9-0.

After the Bucs turned the ball over on downs, the Hawks would score on their third straight drive, doing so on Jones’ one yard rushing touchdown to close out the half 16-0.

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Field Hockey Clinches Regular Season Title

F Hockey 11.01.17The Monmouth University Field Hockey team secured its fourth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season crown this past weekend with two victories over Bryant and Rider. With the two wins, the Hawks have earned the right to host the MAAC championship next weekend. Monmouth will take a six-game winning streak into the tournament and hope to win it for the second straight year.

Friday’s matchup in Providence, RI featured a balanced offensive showing, four different Hawks scored in route to a 4-1 win. Senior midfielder Rachel Konowal initiated scoring in the seventh minute with an unassisted shot and score from the circle. Konowal then set up senior defender Julie Laszlo in the 22nd minute to extend the lead to two going into the half. Konowal was impressive thorough out the matchup as she registered a total of three points in the game.

Coming out of the half Bryant University was first to strike. The Bulldogs recorded their first and only of the day ten minutes into second period. Junior forward Georgia Garden Bachop responded in the 59th minute by burying a corner chance to once again put the Hawks up by two. Freshman defender Tamar Klinkhammer added a last-minute goal off a corner to finalize a 4-1 win.

“I am excited that we were able to clinch a berth in the postseason with one game to go.  We look forward to Sunday when we honor our senior class and play our in-state rival on ‘The Cat,’” Head Coach Carli Figlio said.

It was a soggy and stormy senior day this past Sunday at “So Sweet a Cat” field as the Hawks endured the elements to come away with a 5-0 shutout over rival Rider. Lazlo registered the first goal of the day off a corner opportunity five minutes into the game. The Hawks never looked back from there as they added four more goals to take a 5-0 lead into the half.

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Men’s Soccer Ends Losing Streak After Defeating Hartford

M Soccer 9.27.17Monmouth men’s soccer finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn last Wednesday night, bumping them up to 3-4-1 on the season.

Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt said, “I saw a lot of resilience tonight. Hartford came out and kind of gave it to us a little bit in the second half, but my guys were really resilient, stayed strong, and got the just result in the end I think.”

Monmouth started the match on the front foot when they took the lead in the 15th minute. Sophomore midfielder John Antunes scored his first career goal when he charged his way down the pitch and blasted a rising shot with his right foot into the top right corner of the net from twenty yards away.

Early on in the second half, Monmouth doubled their advantage. Sophomore defender Andy Martinez looped a ball inside of the box to redshirt senior midfielder and captain Colin Stripling, who corralled it and then placed it into the back of the net via the crossbar.

Just minutes later, Hartford had a chance to claw their way back into the game when a Monmouth foul awarded them a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Sophomore midfielder Alexis Triadis made no mistake and buried a strike off of the set piece into the back of the net, cutting the deficit in half.

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Upcoming Games 10-25-17

Wednesday, Oct.25

MSOC at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Oct. 27

FH at Bryant*

Smithfield, RI 4:00 p.m.

Bowling at TBA

McKendree Bearcat Open

Fairview Heights, IL TBA

 

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Field Hockey Extends Win Streak to Four Games

F Hockey 10.25.17

The Field Hockey team won three of their matchups over the past two weeks. Over fall break the Hawks handily defeated LIU Brooklyn by the score of 10-1 and pulled off an impressive 3-2 overtime victory over Villanova.  This past Friday they cruised to a 9-1 road win over Siena to improve to an overall record of 12-3 and extend their winning streak to four.

The Oct. 13 matchup against LIU Brooklyn featured an offensive explosion for the team. Six different Hawks netted goals and four Hawks had a multi goal game. Sophomore forward Josephine van der Hoop initiated scoring with a goal at the 5:30 mark and Monmouth did not let up from there.

By the time the first half concluded, the Hawks were up by seven and had registered a total of 23 shots. Coming out of the half, Monmouth wasted little time padding the score. This time it was junior forward Elyssa Okken who further added to the lead with her second of the day.

LIU Brooklyn registered their first and only goal of the game in the 39th minute but it was too little too late at that point.  Junior forward Georgia Garden Bachop tacked on the final two goals to finalize the scoring and the Hawks walked away with a 10-1 victory.

“It was a great team win today.  Everyone implemented what we worked on in practice and I am proud of the progress we made this week,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said on the win.

Monmouth took on and defeated Villanova on Oct. 15 in a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory. The Hawks once again seized the early lead in the 17th minute in this one. It was in thanks to van der Hoop, who was assisted by senior forward Meg Donahue. The Wildcats however, tied it up 40 seconds before the half and the game went into the half knotted at one.

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Men's Soccer Splits Against Canisius and Fairfield

M Soccer 10.25.17

Men’s soccer defeated the St. Peter’s Peacocks on Saturday night at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn, extending their record to 5-8-2 on the season and 2-4-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday night.

“All the credit goes to the guys tonight,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt. “We’ve been on the road a lot this year, so it’s always nice to have a home game in front of a great crowd.”

It took just four minutes for the match’s first goal to be scored. St. Peter’s freshman forward Dominic Laws thumped an effort from eighteen yards out into the back of the net to put the Peacocks in front.

McCourt praised the team’s ability to not let such an early opening goal get to them. He said, “When it gets into crunch time in these conference games, you just have to stay calm and good things are going to happen.”

Monmouth replied less than ten minutes later through sophomore forward Donovan Pollock. Redshirt senior midfielder Colin Stripling sent a pass across the box to Pollock, who equalized.

A few minutes before halftime, the Hawks were able to edge themselves in front. Freshman forward Anes Mrkulic was there to clean up a rebounded shot and finished inside of the left post.

In the 67th minute, Monmouth put the game to bed by adding a third goal to their tally. After a shot was blocked in the box, senior midfielder Jake Areman pounced on the loose ball and scored to make it 3-1.

“We created a bunch of chances tonight and scored three goals. It’s the most we’ve created all season, so we got a just reward I think,” said McCourt.

Monmouth is now 4-1-1 in home games this season.

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Women's Soccer Wins Twice to Finish Regular Season

W Soccer 10.25.17

Women’s Soccer defeated Fairfield 2-0 and St. Peters 2-1 in an overtime battle to close out the regular season on a three game winning streak.

MU hosted their final regular season home game on Wednesday night when 6-8 Fairfield came to Hesse Field for Breast Cancer Awareness night. The Hawks all-time record against Fairfield was 5-1-1 going into the game as they hoped to keep things rolling.

The theme early on was the corner kicks for Monmouth, as several opportunities were presented thanks to the corners from freshman defender Sarina Jones.

Eventually, in the 29th minute, Jones nearly put her corner kick in the back of the net, however senior defender Gabriella Cuevas was able to find the loose ball and finish it off for her third goal of the season.

The Hawks were able to hold onto the 1-0 lead throughout the first half as the ball seemed to stay in the Monmouth zone and the defense wasn’t bending.

Sophomore goalkeeper, Amanda Knaub, found herself a half away from another shutout without even having to record a save in the first half. Her first save came early on in the 2nd as she barely had to move, which was a theme for her 4 saves on the night.

The second half went very similar to the first, as the ball barely reached the Fairfield zone and Monmouth continued to get scoring opportunities.

The Hawks were able to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute when senior midfielder Sophie Centi ripped a shot that was deflected by sophomore forward Dana Scheriff past the Fairfield keeper for the goal.

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Football Runs Past Liberty with 364 Rushing Yards

Football 10.25.17Football defeated FBS-bound Liberty 56-39 behind 364 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on Homecoming weekend. The win starts Monmouth 1-0 in conference play.

Freshman running back Eric Zokouri and first-year, sophomore running back Pete Guerriero combined for 355 of the 364 rushing yards. Zokouri had two touchdowns, his third multi-score game of the season, while Guerriero added a rushing touchdown of his own.

“We’ve been running the ball well most of the season, our objective is to stay balanced but we hit some gashes today,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said, “We have four backs that we use on and off and they all bring a little bit something different to the table.”

After Liberty started the game with a passing touchdown, Guerriero would return the ensuing kickoff for a Monmouth record 95 yards for the touchdown to tie it at seven all. It would be his second kick return touchdown of the season for the sophomore.

“My blockers set it up perfectly, I just hit the hole like I am taught, it opened up wide and I just took off from there,” Guerriero said on his kick return for touchdown.

The Hawks would force a quick punt for Liberty on the next drive. The offense would drive down the field to the Liberty 25 yard line where Zokouri finished it off with a 25-yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-7. Monmouth would not look back and have the lead for the rest of the game.

In the late first quarter, sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar would convert a pass to junior wide receiver Reggie White Jr. on fourth down. Later that drive, sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV ended the drive with an 11-yard rushing touchdown on a reversal that caught the Liberty defense off-guard to make it 21-7 Hawks.

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Upcoming Games 10-11-17

Wednesday, Oct. 11

WSOC vs. Marist*
Hesse Field on The Great Lawn West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

MSOC at Marist*
Poughkeepsie, NY 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13

Swimming vs. Mount St. Mary’s
Richard E. Steadman Natatorium
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

FH vs. LIU Brooklyn*
So Sweet A Cat Field
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 14

Cross Country
Princeton Invitational Princeton, NJ 9:30 a.m.

WSOC at Siena*
Albany, NY 1:00 p.m.

MSOC vs. Siena*
Hesse Field on The Great Lawn
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Field Hockey Splits Against Fairfield and Hofstra

F Hockey 10.11.17The 25th ranked Monmouth University’s Field Hockey team spilt their games over the weekend. On Friday afternoon they suffered a 3-1 loss to Fairfield University in Fairfield, C.T.  They successfully rebounded on Sunday by beating Hofstra University 3-0 in Hempstead, N.Y. With the spilt the Hawks improve to 9-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

The loss on Friday was frustrating for the Hawks. Monmouth outshot the Stags by seven and took ten more attacking corners. It was a lack of execution that brought the first loss of the season upon the Hawks as the offensive chances were ample.

“Fairfield’s effort and execution won them the game today.  Hopefully we can recognize our errors and correct them as we face another tough road test on Sunday at Hofstra,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio after the game.

The Stags were first to score in the 14th minute and quickly followed that up five minutes later to take a 2-0 lead into the half. Coming out the half scoring was hard to come by. It took until the 60th minute before another goal was scored and it was by Fairfield. With the goal the Stags took a substantial 3-0 lead.

The Hawks finally put one on the board in the 66th minute thanks to senior forward Mallory Kusakavitch off an assist from senior defender Julie Laszlo. At this point however, the game was essentially over and the Hawks winning streak ended at six.

Monmouth responded to the loss with an impressive 3-0 win over Hofstra on Sunday afternoon. Three different Hawks contributed goals in the win and both offensive and defensive performed effectively. The Hawks, like in their previous game, led in the shot department. Unlike the previous game however, the Hawks successful converted those chances into three goals to secure a victory.

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