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Football Wins to Extend Winning Streak to Three

Football 10.11.17Football finished their non-conference schedule with a 48-37 win against Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m very happy we accomplished what we came up here to do,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We can go into the bye week where we can rest up and fine tune the things we can get better at.”

Sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar threw for a career-high 324 passing yards on 23 completions. His top target was junior wide receiver Reggie White Jr., who finished with a season-high 137 yards on nine receptions. The junior added two touchdowns for the afternoon.

“Kenji had a really good day,” Callahan said. “I felt really early on in the game he was working himself into a groove. He was able to find guys down the field and capitalize on some explosive plays. You have to give him credit for putting the ball on the mark.”

On the defensive side of the ball, senior safety Mike Basile had a career-high 19 tackles.

“Mike [Basile] is possessed when he is out on the football field,” Callahan said. “He was all over the place on defense and special teams, he just had an outstanding afternoon.”

In the first quarter, Holy Cross started the game on the opening drive with a 33-yard field goal. MU’s defense forced the driving Holy Cross offense to only three points after three straight passing attempts in the red zone.

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Men’s Tennis Competes at All-American Championships

M Tennis 10.11.17 1Two members of the Monmouth University Men’s Tennis team competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships in Tulsa, OK. the weekend of Sept. 29, one of whom qualified for the Qualifying draw.

Senior Alejandro Gomez and junior Nicola Pipoli traveled to the University of Tulsa to compete in the Qualifying Doubles draw and the Pre-Qualifying Singles draw. This is the first time in program history that players have competed in the championships.

In the Pre-Qualifying Singles draw, there were 256 at-large wildcard selections and the final 16 players advanced into the Qualifying tournament. The Qualifying Doubles draw consisted of 64 automatic wild-card selections. Those who won at least three rounds advanced to the main draw.

In the Pre-Qualifying draw, which began on Saturday Sept. 30, Gomez lost a close match in the first round 6-4, 7-5 against Janik Opitz from Western Michigan. He then played Tom Moonen of Middle Tennessee State University in the consolation round, again losing 6-4 7-5. 

Pipoli had a bye the first round of the pre-qualifiers and defeated Shakeel Manji from Memphis University 6-1, 6-3 in the second round Saturday morning. Sunday morning, in the third round, Pipoli defeated Luca Marquard of UC Irvine. The first set was close, Pipoli winning 7-5. He then lost the second set 3-6, but managed to regain the momentum to win the match in the third set 6-3.

The momentum that Pipoli had after the three set win did not translate into the round of 32 Sunday afternoon.  Pipoli fell to Ferran Calvo of Oklahoma 6-3, 6-4. Calvo was the seven seed in the Pre-Qualifying draw.

Pipoli said that he enjoys playing in these individual tournaments because it offers a different atmosphere than a typical dual match. “Here, it is a different type of pressure, because you are not trying to win for your whole team,” said Pipoli. “You just have to win for yourself.”

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Men's Soccer Defeats Iona on Conference Home Opener

M Soccer 10.11.17Men’s soccer defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rivals Iona at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn last Wednesday night in their first home conference game of the season by a score of 3-2.

“Conference games are always difficult, so we are happy to come away with the three points,” said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt.

After Iona sent a pair of shots wide, Monmouth opened the scoring around the half hour mark. Freshman midfielder Dan Frisch-Harmon brought the ball to the byline and, while fighting off a defender, cut it back to the six-yard line. Redshirt freshman midfielder John Antunes received the feed and poked the ball into the back of the net with the outside of his foot.

Once again, after withstanding pressure from Iona, Monmouth scored. Near the corner flag, sophomore midfielder Geoffrey Schaefer popped the ball up high near the penalty area. Freshman forward Anes Mrkulic nodded the ball into the box with his head. After it took a bounce, junior defender Zachary Pereira came rushing in and volleyed it past the keeper with his left foot to double Monmouth’s lead just before the halftime break.

“It was a hard-fought conference game tonight,” said McCourt. “I was happy with the energy we had in the first half.”

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Upcoming Games 10-4-17

Wednesday, Oct. 4

WSOC at Iona*
New Rochelle, NY 7:00 p.m.

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

Friday, Oct. 6
FH at. Fairfield*
Fairfield, CT 4:00 p.m.

M Tennis
Farnsworth Invitational Princeton, NJ TBA

Saturday, Oct. 7

M Golf
Bucknell Invitational Lewisburg, PA 8:00 a.m.

Cross Country
Delaware Invitational Newark, DE 10:00 a.m.

W Tennis at Rhode Island Kingston, RI 11:00 a.m.

Football at Holy Cross Worcester, MA 1:05 p.m.

MSOC at Manhattan* Riverdale, NY 6:00 p.m.

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

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Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Rider and Quinnipiac

W Soccer 10.04.17The Monmouth University women’s soccer team had two games this past week, both adding to their shutout streak as well as their unbreakable winning streak. The Hawks defeated Rider 1-0 on Wednesday. With only 3 days to rest, the team won against Quinnipiac with yet another 2-0 shutout on Saturday in Hamden, Connecticut, making their record (7-2-2).

Keeping the theme of quick first half goals, senior forward Rachelle Ross scored 70 seconds after the game began. Sophomore forward Madie Gibson found the ball near the corner of Quinnipiac’s penalty area and quickly navigated it to Ross, who kicked it in the upper near corner to make the game 1-0. This is the fastest goal Monmouth has made since 2013, when Julie Spracklin scored 25 seconds into the first half at Saint Peter’s.

Gibson and Ross came together again in the 35th minute of the game for another goal. Gibson sent the ball from the left side of the far post right to Ross to double their lead to 2-0.

Goalkeeper Amanda Knaub finished the game with three saves, securing her eighth shutout of the season, therefore keeping the team’s streak intact. Knaub has not allowed any shots on goal to get past her in over four hours of game time.

Head coach Krissy Turner said, “This was an excellent performance on the road. It was a total team effort right from the opening kickoff that led to this win. I am super proud of everyone on this team.”

As well as winning on the road, the Hawks earned another win against Rider earlier this week. Just three days before their game against Quinnipiac, Monmouth beat Rider 1-0 on Wednesday, September 27 at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

This was a nitty, gritty game right down to the last second. There was action on both goals, but Monmouth was the team to finally break through and score a goal late in the first half. Sophomore forward Dana Scheriff scored with a header to put Monmouth in the lead 1-0. Scheriff ran onto a bouncing ball and headed it past Rider’s emerging goal keeper for the first and only goal of the game. This is Scheriff’s second goal this season, both of which were game winners.

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Field Hockey’s Begins Conference Play 1-0

F Hockey 10.04.17 2The Monmouth field hockey team began conference play this past Friday with a 4-0 win over Sacred Heart University. Four different Hawks tallied goals in the game and senior defender Julie Laszlo led the way with three assists. The Hawks have now won six straight and improve to 8-2 on the year.

“It’s very important to get off to a good start in conference and it was nice to be at home to start league play.  I think we held possession really well and being able to finish the way we did in the first half proved to be the deciding factor,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio.

It took only three minutes for the Hawks to score their first of the day. Freshman defender Tamar Klinkhammer buried a rebound off a Laszlo corner to give them the initial led. The Hawks never looked back from there and sustained the led throughout the remainder of the match.

Nearly ten minutes later junior defender Georgia Garden Bachop, fresh off her outstanding performance last week, deflected a corner for the second goal of the game. Junior forward Kelly Hanna followed up shortly with a nifty goal where she spun around and netted Laszlo’s third and final assist for the day. Sophomore forward Josephine Van der Hoop, not to be out done by fellow Dutch teammates, made her presence felt in the 24th minute by burying a feed from senior midfielder Rachel Konowal. That would finalize scoring for the Hawks and they would go into the half with a 4-0 lead.     

Monmouth coasted to victory in the second half by playing tight. The Hawk’s defense was so impressive on the day that senior goalkeeper Christen Piersanti did not have to make a save. This is her 16th shutout in her career and third of the season. In addition to a dominating defensive effort, the Hawks were even more impressive on shot differential. Monmouth outshot Sacred Heart by 31 and did not even allow a shot in the second half. 

Figlio said, “I was pleased with the finishing in the first half and the possession in the game. We really have to put two halves together. We have to be able to finish the ball in the second. I would also like to see better organization on the defense side and if we did that we would be improved.”

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Senior Spotlight: Field Hockey Defender Julie Lazlo

F Hockey 10.04.17 1Would you be willing to cross an ocean to attend Monmouth University? It is not uncommon to spend a semester aboard but the thought of four years away from home is an intimidating prospect. Add in the challenge of playing a division one sport and the idea becomes even more daunting.

Meet senior field hockey defender Julie Lazlo, she not only took on that challenge but she has thrived. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a major port city south of Amsterdam, field hockey has been a part of her life since the beginning. In the United States it is common to play basketball, football, soccer or baseball. In the Netherlands, you play field hockey.

“Back home everyone plays Field Hockey, all the people play it,” Lazlo said. “We played field hockey on the streets, with our clubs and I decided to play.”

One of the key differences between the Netherlands and United States in terms of progression through the system stems from the idea of clubs. In the Netherlands if you want to play in a structured environment you begin by joining a club and progressing through the levels as you age. High Schools do not compete against each other in sports and the only way to play is through a club.

“You do not play for High School, you only play for your club,” Lazlo said. “That is one of the biggest differences coming here. Here you play for your school where back home you play for your club. You never have the whole school experience with that.”      

Lazlo began by competing at the mini level and due to her skill, she was selected for the Victoria Club’s team. That meant that she competed in the premier league in the Netherlands and was a top-level talent. Through competing at this level Lazlo was exposed to idea of coming to the United States to play at the collegiate level. It occurred through a friend who played in the US for a semester.

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Football Wins to Improve to 4-1 on the Season

Football 10.04.17Football beat Bucknell 35-13 behind a rushing attack that ran for 289 rushing yards on Saturday evening.

“We have a couple of good backs who run hard and we decided to feed them,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We have depth and experience in our offensive line and it’s a unit that we rely on quite a bit.”

In the second quarter, senior safety Mike Basile set the Monmouth career tackles record, surpassing former Hawk Aaron Edward’s record of 353. For the game, Basile finished with seven tackles.

“It’s a great feeling to break any record,” Basile said. “Coming into the season I wasn’t really worried about it because I knew if I played my game the record would come.” Callahan added “[Basile] is a special player for us and I am really happy that he achieved that goal.”

The Hawks didn’t waste any time, scoring 2:44 into the game that ended with a sophomore running back Pete Guerriero six yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar pass to junior tight end Jake Powell that went for 46 yards.

After back-to-back punts by Bucknell and Monmouth, Bucknell was driving late in the first quarter, after Bucknell completed a 76-yard pass to get into the redzone. The Hawks’ defense then force Bucknell to a fourth down and a field goal attempt, senior defensive back Teddie Martinez record his eight career interception after a botched snap and desperation pass by the Bucknell kicker.

On the first play of the second quarter, Bahar completed a three yard pass to junior wide receiver Reggie White Jr. for a touchdown to make it a two score game. White is now tied for fifth all-time in touchdown receptions with 14.

Bucknell would answer with their own three yard touchdown pass, but on the point after Basile would block the kick to make it 14-6 MU.

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Upcoming Games 9-27-17

Wednesday, Sept. 27

W Tennis vs. Rider* Monmouth Tennis Courts West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.
WSOC vs. Rider*
Hess Field on The Great Lawn West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.
MSOC at Rider* Lawrenceville, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29

M & W Cross Country
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, PA 9:30 a.m.

FH vs. Sacred Heart*
So Sweet A Cat Field
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.
M Tennis
ITA Championships
Tulsa, OK TBA

Saturday, Sept. 30

W Golf
Hartford Invite
Bloomfield, CT 8:00 a.m.
WSOC at Quinipiac* Hamden, CT 12:00 p.m.
Football at Bucknell Lewisburg, PA 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1

M Golf
Binghamton Invite
Apalachin, NY 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey Defeats Indiana 2-1 in Overtime

F Hockey 9.27.17Twenty-fifth ranked field hockey delivered two exciting home wins this past weekend to extend their winning streak to five. The Hawks comfortably beat Drexel Friday afternoon, winning 4-1 and outlasted Indiana on Sunday with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory.

Monmouth had trouble converting shots into goals throughout the game on Friday. It took almost 30 minutes for the Hawks offensive to put one on the board. Senior forward Mallory Kusakavitch eventually broke through with her first of two on the day to give Monmouth the 1-0 lead.

Coming out of the half the Hawks wasted little time to extend their lead to two. This time it was junior forward Kelly Hanna tipping in a corner for her first of two goals on the day. The Dragons responded about ten minutes later with a nifty reverse stick goal, to cut the lead in half.

The Hawks had looked a bit sluggish and sloppy up to this point and a time out was called soon after the Drexel goal. Monmouth responded to their coach’s message in timely fashion. Kuskavitch buried her second goal on a fast break feed from junior forward Elyssa Okken to put the Hawks up 3-1 with 20 minutes left on the clock.

“I think we were starting to get fatigued and this is the fittest team we have had in long time. I think we were letting our mentality break down before our legs. I was telling them to have better energy and connect better through the midfield. I think we were able to execute on the attacking side better after the timeout.” Head Coach Carli Figlio said on taking the timeout.

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Football Defeats Hampton 30-23 in Overtime

Football 9.27.17Football defeated Hampton 30-23 after freshman running back Eric Zokouri scored the game winning score on the first play of overtime on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a very good but also very clutch performance on his part,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said about Zokuri’s game winning touchdown. “Unfortunately we had a few backs banged up and he answered the call, he was the next man up and did a great job.”

MU started slow against Hampton, allowing back-to-back touchdowns on the first two Hampton drives. The blue and white countered with a two yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Devell Jones, his team-leading sixth score of the season. That was set up by a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Diego Zubieta on Hampton’s 14 yardline.

“I have to credit Hampton, I thought they came up with a good gameplan on both sides of the ball, they did some things on offense that had us on our heels early,” Callahan said.

After a Hampton field goal to make the score 16-7, the Hawks would bring the lead within two after a nine yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar to junior tight end Jake Powell with less than a minute left in the half.

MU would tie the game at 16 all in the third quarter, thanks to a failed Hampton punt attempt that sailed over the punter’s head and end up in their own endzone. The play would result in a 21-yard safety.

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