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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.

Bowling

Crusader Classic

Richton Park, IL TBA

 

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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Win Home Meet

Track and Field 01.31.18The Monmouth Hawks track and field team returned to their home track at the OceanFirst Bank Center this weekend on Jan. 26 and 27, while some of the Hawks traveled to State College, PA to compete in the Penn State National Invitational.

While in State College, the men and women’s track team broke three school records. Graduate student Chris Marco and senior Allie Wilson broke school records in the mile, while senior Damoah Kutu-Akoi broke a school record in the 60-meter dash. The women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team of juniors Amber Stratz, Chandi Piiru, Brianna Stratz, and Wilson also won and broke records at the Penn State National Invitational.

Wilson ran the mile in 4:47.22, placing sixth and Marco ran the fourth fastest time in program history with a mile time of 4:06.49. Kutu-Akoi placed second overall in the 60-meter dash with a record breaking time of 7.54, she also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.07. The women’s DMR team won with a new school record of 11:26.

Sophomore Ryan Rafferty finished fourth in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:28.43, and qualified for the IC4A Championships. Fifth year Dylan Capwell ran the 800-meter in 1:48.47, placing second behind last year’s 800-meter runner up.

Senior Bryan Sosoo came in fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.76 seconds as well as placing seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.29 seconds. Junior Bryan Cabral placed fourth in the open 800-meter run by finishing in 1:53.81. Fifth year Malcolm Chavis placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.35 seconds.

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Monmouth’s Club Hockey Team in Midst of Season

M Hockey 01.31.18The Monmouth University ice hockey team is currently in the midst of their season, posting an overall record of 2-15-1-3 (W-L-T-OTL) and a conference record of 2-8-1-3. The team is part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), which is made up of about 300 schools and is currently in their third season as a member of the Colonial States College Hockey Conference (CSCHC). Some of their opponents within the conference include Princeton University, Seton Hall University, and The College of New Jersey.

The ice hockey team is a club team that is not affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The few schools around the country that are Division I and Division III that are affiliated with the NCAA for hockey are able to provide ice skating rinks to play in that are located on their own campuses. Monmouth University does not have an ice skating rink on campus and is not eligible to host an NCAA hockey game; however, there is a passion for hockey within the school that fuels the need for a club team.

The Hawks are led behind the bench by Head Coach Gregg Amato, who is in his sixth season of involvement with the team. Before Amato’s time, the team was in Division III of the ACHA and they are now in Division II. The club has also seen improvement through their move into the CSCHC from the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey League (MACHL) prior to the 2015-2016 season. The move was made in order for the Hawks to become more competitive by facing schools that are similar in size and compete level.

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Men’s Basketball Goes 2-1 in Five Days

M Basketball 01.31.18Men’s basketball lost to the Rider Broncs 92-82 on Monday night after the Hawks beat the Siena Saints and the Marist Red Foxes.

The Hawks were down as much as 20 early in the second half but they battled back to be down as little as five twice late in the game. The Broncs were able to hold the lead after making late free throws.

“Tonight I told my kids that I don’t like losing, but I was more proud of this team right here because we could have hung our heads,” Head Coach King Rice said. “We got down, their crowd got loud and I thought one, maybe two more plays and we could have gotten over the hump but they made big shot after big shot so credit to them.”

Senior guard Austin Tilghman recorded his second straight double-double, having 18 points and 11 assists. Freshman guard Ray Salnave led the team with 19 points and added five rebounds. Freshman guard Deion Hammond had another stellar game, scoring double-digit points for the fourth straight game.

“We were just moving too fast, and Coach Rice is always telling us we have to slow down sometimes,” Salnave said. “Some people will credit the fact that we’re young so maybe we have to take things a little bit slower but we were just moving too fast, we just gave them the ball a couple times in the first half.”

On Sat., Jan. 27, the Hawks won their second game in a row, defeating the Marist Red Foxes 91-78 at Nassau Coliseum. Tilghman had a double-double, having 24 points and 12 rebounds. He also had six assists and three steals. Hammond matched Tilghman in points with 24 himself with five three-pointers.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to St. Peters and Manhattan

W Basketball 01.31.18Coming off of their largest victory of the season, the Monmouth women’s basketball team dropped two games on the road, both by double digits.

The first loss came Friday night, as the team fell 67-47 at Saint Peter’s. Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored 11 points and added eight rebounds, while junior guard McKinzee Barker also contributed 11 points and five rebounds. No other Hawk reached double figures in the contest.

The Peacocks took an early five-point lead after the first quarter, 17-12, as Barker accumulated seven points in the first 3:25. Monmouth only scored six points in the second quarter, however, as the Saint Peter’s lead ballooned up to 12 at halftime, 30-18. The Hawks only made six field goals in the half, shooting 23 percent through 20 minutes.

Saint Peter’s continued their run in the second half, as they led by as many as 19 points with 7:32 remaining in the third. After 30 minutes of play, the Peacocks held a 50-33 advantage. They wouldn’t let up in the fourth quarter, as they led by a game-high 21 with 7:45 left, eventually winning by 20.

Barker’s 11-point performance was the fourth time she reached double figures this season. Junior center Erica Balman had three blocks in the contest; her 40 blocks on the season leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). For the game, Monmouth shot 27 percent from the field, only converting 15 field goals.

“This is a difficult game to find positives,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said. “I have to give credit to Saint Peter’s, because they came and shot the lights out. They were really ready for this game, and it didn’t seem like we came with the same intensity and focus that we needed.”

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Upcoming Games 01-31-18

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Friday, Feb. 2

Track & Field

Crimson Elite

Cambridge, MA 2:00 p.m.

MBB vs. Fairfield*

OceanFirst Bank Center

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

M Tennis vs. DePaul

New Shrewsbury Racquet Club

Tinton Falls, NJ 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 3

WBB vs. Rider*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

Track & Field

Scarlet & White Invitational

Boston, MA TBA

Track & Field

Villanova Invitational

Staten Island, NY TBA

 

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Upcoming Games 01-24-18

default article imageThursday, Jan. 25

MBB vs. Siena*
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26

WBB at St Peters*
Yanitelli Center
Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.
Track & Field
Monmouth Winter Invitational West Long Branch, NJ TBA
Track & Field
Penn State National Invitational College Park, PA TBA

Saturday, Jan. 27

Men’s Tennis
NJIT Invitational
Newark, NJ 9:00 a.m.
M Swimming at NJIT Newark, NJ 12:00 p.m.
W Swimming vs. Sacred Heart Newark, NJ 12:00 p.m.
MBB vs. Marist*
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY 4:00 p.m.

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Senior Spotlight: Men’s Soccer Midfielder Colin Stripling

M Soccer 1.24.18The college soccer career of senior midfielder Colin Stripling came to a close as he and the Monmouth men’s soccer team ended their season with a 4-0 win over Niagara at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn on Nov. 1.

Stripling finished his time at Monmouth having played in 71 matches and starting in 67 of them, accumulating 15 goals and nine assists along the way. He also collected a host of individual awards, such as being named in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Rookie Team, the 2016 All-MAAC Second Team, and the 2017 Preseason All-MAAC Team.

In addition, the 2015 season saw Stripling earn MAAC Player of the Week, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week, and College Soccer News National Team of the Week recognition for his efforts in Monmouth’s 4-1 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 22. This past season, Stripling added a final MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honor to his resume on Sept. 25 for his two goals against Hartford.

However, Stripling’s thoughts on his individual accomplishments serve as an excellent summary of who he is as both a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I soccer player and as a person. “It is always great to be recognized, but I would not have been a recipient of any of those accolades if it wasn’t for the other ten players next to me on the pitch,” he said.

Stripling’s desire to put his teammates before himself was just one of many qualities that attracted Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt to recruit the midfielder to join the Monmouth soccer program. “We saw Stripling playing with his club team that one of my friends was coaching at the time,” said McCourt. “We loved his hard-working, blue collar, everyday approach. He is a bit of a throwback in terms of his work ethic and commitment to doing the little things.”

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Monmouth University
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