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Women's Soccer Shutouts Canisus

W Soccer 9.27.17With another 2-0 shutout, the Monmouth University women’s soccer team defeated Canisius College on Saturday afternoon at Hess Field on The Great Lawn.

This final score was a repeat of their last game against Niagara University, which was also a 2-0 shutout. This victory against Canisius, will add to the teams 6 game winning streak (5-0-1).

The Hawks’ kept their drive from last week’s win against Niagara University, where they went 4-0-1. After having a few days’ rest before the game against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe, the Hawks were more than ready for this match up.

When the game began, the Hawks immediately connected on the field, resulting in the first goal being scored before the second minute. Sophomore forward Madie Gibson started the play by going down the left sideline and crossing it to junior foward Jazlyn Moya, who then tipped it to junior midfielder Alli DeLuca for the goal a minute and an half into the game. Shortly thereafter, Gibson doubled the Hawks’ lead in the 18th minute when a pass by senior midfielder Sophie Centi found itself in front of her, and then right under the crossbar.

Head Coach Krissy Turner mirrored the thoughts of many when she said, “The first half was some of the best soccer we have played all year.”

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Upcoming Games 9-20-17

Wednesday, Sept. 20

W Tennis vs. Wagner
Monmouth Tennis Courts
West Long Branch, NY 3:30 p.m.

MSOC vs. Hartford
Hess Field on The Great Lawn
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 21

M Golf
Hawk Invitational
Deal, NJ 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22

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

M Tennis
Joe Hunt Invitational
Annapolis, MD TBA

M Tennis at Princeton
Ivy Plus Invitational
Princeton, NJ TBA

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Sidelines 9-20-17

Cross Country:

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the 23rd Annual Henry Mercer Monmouth Invitational at Holmdel Park on Saturday morning.

Junior Kyle Mueller finished first overall for the men. Mueller’s time of 26:24.35 was the fourth best time ever in school history. Mueller’s first place finish would lead the men to third place overall.

Freshman Tim Euler’s time of 27:46.05 is good for fourth in school history for freshmen men on the current Holmdel Park.

Monmouth’s men had a top-5 average time of 27:06.6 on the hilly 5 mile course, which is ranked 4th in school history at Holmdel Park and more than 30 seconds faster than what the team ran here last year.

For the women, junior Amber Stratz’s 11th place finish would lead the team to a fifth place finish.

Freshman Kyra Velock finished with the time of 19:31.21, good enough for third in school history for freshmen women.

The teams will have a week off as they prepare for the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on Friday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Football Falls to Albany for First Loss of Season

Football 9.20Monmouth Football (2-1) lost their first game, of the season, after a 28-14 loss to former conference rival Albany Saturday night.

“We didn’t get out to the start we needed to be competitive in a game like this,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We were playing a good team and we knew we had to start fast.”

After two touchdowns by Albany in the first quarter, the blue and white would answer with a sophomore quarterback Kenji Bahar passing touchdown to junior wide receiver Ugo Ezemma. That score was set up after an interception by fifth year senior defensive back Teddie Martinez.

Albany would respond with a field goal to expand their lead to 16-7. After an MU fumble, Albany would counter on Monmouth’s miscue with a 20 yard rushing touchdown to make it the eventual halftime score of 22-7.

In the second half, Monmouth’s defense held Albany to only six points scored in the half. “The defense did a good job in the second half, they settled down and got the ball back,” Callahan said. “Our defensive line got stronger as the game went on.”

In the third quarter, the defense would force Albany into back-to-back three and outs. MU would respond with junior running back Devell Jones rushing for a touchdown. The touchdown would be the fifth for the year for Jones; he would also lead with a team-high 46 rushing yards.

After two punts by Albany and MU, the third quarter would end as a one-possession game, 22-14 Albany.

In the fourth, junior defensive back Tymere Berry would block Albany’s field goal attempt to keep it a one-possession game. It would be the second blocked field goal for MU on the season, after leading the nation with eight last season. Berry would finish the game with a career-high eight tackles.

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Women’s Soccer Starts Conference Play 1-0

W Soccer 9.20.17The women’s soccer team started off conference play with a 2-0 shutout against Niagara on Saturday afternoon. The win makes it a five game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) for the Hawks.

Following an action-packed week of soccer where the Monmouth women went (2-0-1), closing out last week with the hard-fought tie at Hofstra, the Hawks got a bit of rest before opening conference play at Niagara on Saturday.

The five-day break was well needed as Monmouth had played four games in the ten days previously, where they managed an impressive (3-0-1) record on short rest.

MU was anticipating the start of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play, where they went undefeated last year with an (9-0-1) record, earning them the number one seed in the 2016 MAAC tournament that they went on to win.

In 2016’s matchup versus Niagara, the Hawks dominated with a 5-0 victory led by now sophomore forward Madie Gibson’s hat trick. Niagara struggled mightily last year finishing towards the bottom of the MAAC with a (5-10-1) record.

After last year’s blowout, Niagara looked to offer a greater challenge, coming in with a much improved (4-2-1) record in the early season. The Purple Eagles came into Saturday’s matchup towards the top of the MAAC conference with Monmouth looking to knock them down just a couple of spots behind.

The Saturday morning conference opener did not disappoint between two of the MAAC front runners battling at Niagara Field in New York.

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Men’s Soccer Loses Late Against #25 Ranked UMass Lowell

M Soccer 9.20.17Monmouth men’s soccer was defeated twice on the road this past week by both Columbia and #25 ranked UMass Lowell, respectively, as the Hawks now see themselves winless in their last four matches.

“We always challenge ourselves by playing a really difficult non-conference schedule,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt.

Monmouth looked to bounce back from their overtime defeat to UMBC when they travelled to New York City to face Columbia on Tuesday, September 12th. It was the home side who struck first in the 38th minute when senior forward Arthur Bosua flicked a header on to junior midfielder Francisco Agrest, who was able to convert the chance into a goal.

Midway through the second half, Columbia extended their lead to two. Bosua was involved once again, this time as the goal scorer after deflecting a pass from sophomore midfielder Matthew Swain into the back of the net.

In the 76th minute, Monmouth managed to cut the deficit in half when junior defender Zachary Pereira received the ball just within the edge of the eighteen-yard box and tucked a shot inside of the right post. The Hawks were unable to find an equalizer, though, and the final score ended 2-1 in favor of Columbia.

On Saturday night, Monmouth once again played on the road, this time at #25 UMass Lowell. Thirty-five minutes into the match, the River Hawks went in front. Junior midfielder Jakov Basic belted a shot into the top left corner of the goal from over thirty yards out. Ten minutes into the second half, Basic added another goal to his tally, and a fourth on the season, by placing a free kick into the back of the net from just outside the penalty area.

Monmouth sprung to life and answered back with a free kick goal of their own just minutes later. Senior midfielder Jake Areman caught the goalkeeper cheating when he swung a left-footed effort into the bottom far corner as opposed to over the wall.

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Field Hockey Ranks #25 Nationally After Win

F Hockey 9.20.17The Monmouth University’s field hockey is now ranked nationally for the first time in school history, coming in at #25 nationally in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Poll. This comes after they produced a 3-2 road win this past Sunday afternoon against rival Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut. The hard-fought victory improves the Hawks to a 5-2 record and extends their winning streak to three. 

“Being nationally ranked for the first time in our program’s history is an honor,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “We are hoping that we have only begun to see our true potential as a field hockey team.”

Goals were difficult to come by as both MU and Quinnipiac played stringy defense all day. Monmouth scored first in the sixth minute due to sophomore forward standout Rachel Konowal. Hoop has recorded a goal in four straight games and this one came off a feed from senior mid-fielder Rachel Konowal who extended her point streak to six games with the assist.

Quinnipiac responded ten minutes later by scoring back to back goals in a five-minute span to gain a 2-1 lead. The Hawks wasted no time evening the game up as it took seconds for junior forward Kelly Hanna to tie the game at two. Hanna buried a rebound off a corner shot and senior defender Julie Laszlo was credited with the assist.

The game broke for halftime tied at two and Monmouth found themselves in a different position than their previous games. The Hawks outshot their opponents by an average of 21 last week and dominated the games throughout. This contest was different as the Bobcats had the lead in the shots department and were matching the Hawks step for step.

It took ten minutes before the next goal was scored. Sophomore defender Annie Deusch scored the eventual game winner on a dazzling play where she split two defenders and blasted a shot into the net for her first goal of the season.

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Upcoming Games 9-13-17

Friday, September 15

W Tennis at Navy
Annapolis, MD 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 16

W Golf at Navy
Annapolis, MD 8:00 a.m.

W Tennis at Navy
Annapolis, MD 9:00 a.m.

M & W Cross Country
23rd annual MU Invitational
Holmdel Park, Holmdel, NJ

WSOC at Niagara*
Niagara, NY 11:00 a.m.

MSOC at #12 Umass-Lowell
Lowell, MA 7:00 p.m.

Football at Albany
Albany, NY 7:00 p.m.

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Field Hockey Defeats Lehigh, Brown With Two Shutouts

F Hockey 09.13.17The field hockey team came away with two impressive victories this past weekend to end a two-game losing streak. The Hawks handily defeated Lehigh on Friday afternoon by the score off 7-0 and followed suit on Sunday by beating Brown 9-0. With the two wins the Hawks improve to a 4-2 record on the season and have won 15 straight regular season home games.

Friday’s tilt against Lehigh began as a defensive slugfest, with both teams limiting each other’s chances. Senior forward Meg Donahue opened up scoring in the 12th minute by netting a loose ball located in the circle. The Hawks offense wasted little time and followed up four minutes later. This time it was junior forward Elyssa Okken who buried another loose ball in front of the net.

Action slowed at this point and it would take another ten minutes before a goal would be scored. Sophomore forward Josephine van der Hoop was responsible for the goal as she scored her first of the day right before the half to make it 3-0 Hawks.

Monmouth wasted little time extending their lead coming out of the half. Van Der Hoop registered her second of the day off a fast break assisted by senior midfielder Rachel Konowal to pull ahead 4-0. The Hawks did not look back from there and would register three more scores before the clock hit zero to win in an impressive matter.

“It was a great win after a tough weekend in Virginia.  We were working on a few tactical things this week that showed today as we continue to get ready for conference play which is just a few weeks out, but today was a complete team win,” Head Coach Carli Figlio on the win. 

Monmouth rolled to their second victory of the weekend by recording a 9-0 shutout over Brown. Senior forward Meg Donahue and sophomore forward Josephine van der Hoop both registered hat tricks on route to an impressive win.

Senior defender Julie Laszlo made her presence felt early by registering the first goal of the game at the 2:03 mark. Not be overshadowed, van der Hoop scored the following two goals to put the Hawks ahead by three. Monmouth tallied four more before the half and took a seven-goal advantage into the half.

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Men’s Soccer Falls to UMBC in Overtime

M Soccer 09.13.17In their fifth match of the new season, Monmouth men’s soccer was defeated by UMBC, 2-1, in heartbreaking fashion just two minutes into overtime at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn on Saturday night.

“I thought that tonight UMBC deserved to get something out of the game for sure,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “They were really hungry and competitive and we knew they were a good team coming in.”

Redshirt senior midfielder and captain Colin Stripling said, “We’ve got to be better in a sense of taking positives out of everything. We moved the ball well at times and the goalkeeping and back four was great.”

The match saw its first action fifteen minutes in when a looping header put Retrievers sophomore forward Tre Pulliam through on goal, but his shot was saved by Monmouth junior goalkeeper Bobby Edwards. The resulting corner kick saw Pulliam fire a header at Edwards from point-blank range, but once again the keeper stood tall and parried the shot away from danger.

The Hawks replied to the early pressure from UMBC when sophomore midfielder John Antunes picked up the ball in midfield, danced past a couple of defenders, and fired a shot that forced freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O’Loughlin into a diving save.

Moments later, Pulliam won the ball in the air and rushed down the left wing before sending a cross into the box on the ground. Senior midfielder Cormac Noel’s first time shot went wide as he stretched to get a foot on the ball.

Edwards was forced to make yet another save when senior midfielder Gregg Hauck fired a header on goal from a UMBC corner kick. The Hawks immediately burst down the other end of the pitch and had a shot on goal themselves, but it was saved by O’Loughlin.

As both sides looked to grab a goal before halftime, Monmouth sophomore midfielder Geoffrey Schaefer cut the ball back onto his left foot and ripped a shot from outside of the box that flew over the crossbar. The Retrievers had another shot at Monmouth’s goal when senior midfielder Sammy Kahsai found space inside the box for a shot, but it was an easy save for Edwards.

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Women’s Soccer Wins After Ross’ Goal With Five Seconds Left

W Soccer 09.13.17The Monmouth University women’s soccer team won in dramatic fashion thanks to senior forward Rachelle Ross’ goal with five seconds left in the game to beat Drexel 2-1 Friday night at Hess Field on The Great Lawn.

“I knew the moment and was prepared whether Gibby (sophomore forward Madie Gibson) gave her the ball or not,” said Ross. “It was a flashback to last year against Seton Hall.”

The last time MU had a game winner was last season’s 1-0 win against Seton Hall when the then senior forward Alexis McTamney scored with five seconds left.

In the first half, both teams would exchange scoring chances but the half would end scoreless thanks to excellent goalie play and active defense by freshman forward/midfielder Sarina Jones.

In the second half, Drexel would break through and score the first goal in the 60th minute past sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Knaub.

Drexel’s defense was errorless until sophomore midfielder/forward Lexie Palladino was able to find the back of the net on the assist from sophomore midfield/defender Jessica Johnson to tie the game with 22 minutes left in the game.

After unsuccessful scoring chances by both teams, the game was destined for overtime until senior midfielder Sophie Centi took control of the ball.

With only ten seconds left, Centi sent a far pass to Gibson who dribbled the ball toward the box and dished it out to Ross who found the back of the net with just five seconds remaining on the clock.

“Going down 1-0 and coming back to win was huge for us,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “This was a terrific win against a very good team. I am very proud of the daily improvement of this team.”

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Monmouth University
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