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Hurricane Sandy Slows the Cross Country Team

As the fall sports are coming to an end, they are also preparing for the biggest stages of their seasons thus far and MU’s cross country team is no exception. These past, as well as upcoming, weeks provide many challenges for both the men and women’s teams as they have had to deal with minimal preparation for their meets due to Hurricane Sandy.

“I think that the biggest challenge for us is that we have not been together because of the storm,” head coach Joe Compagni stated. “We were excited and glad to get back to school but we are not yet in sync, maybe because of the storm or because of other reasons.”

The team recently competed in two grand scale events these past weekends. The first of which was the Northeast Conference Championships which hosted a total of 11 schools. There, the team showed their skills with highlights coming from sophomore Khari Bowen, freshman Domenick D’Agostino and fellow freshman Graham Huggins-Filozof for the men. Highlights on the women’s side were from seniors Amanda Eller and Kelsey Maher.

Bowen finished his 8k race with a time of 25:18.76 and crossed the finish line first for the Hawks. Shortly after was D’Agostino who posted a time of 25:48.53 followed by Huggins-Filozof who crossed at 25:57.23. These times could not earn the men a victory, but coach Compagni does not look at it as a defeat. “We were six points away, and six points in a cross country meet means there are three people stepping in front of three people,” Compagni said. “Our entire top five were freshmen and sophomores. Of course we would have liked to have those six points, but I was really proud of how they competed.” Bowen placed fourth, D’Agostino placed 12th, and Huggins-Filozof placed 14th. The three men received All-NEC honors.

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Field Hockey Reaches NEC Championship, Falls to Rider

The field hockey team proved all of its doubters wrong and finished the season on a very strong note by making it to the Northeast Conference Championship where they fell to the top seed Rider University.

The Hawks finished up the regular season with a visit to Rider. MU lost 5-2. Rider got on the board first with a goal within the first ten minutes. Both teams then exchanged goals for a bit, leaving it at a 3-2 lead for Rider at the end of the first half.

Rider was able to contain MU for the entire second half, scoring two goals and holding the Hawks to no goals. 

Overall, Rider dominated the matchup, leading in shots 15-9 and leading in penalty corners 23-5.

Despite the loss in the regular season finale, the Hawks qualified for the NEC Tournament. The Hawks were awarded the third seed, and faced off against St. Francis (PA) in the first round of the tournament.

It was St. Francis who struck first, with a goal in the 15th minute to take the early lead. After that, it was all MU. The Hawks scored three goals in the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break. The second half would end up being scoreless as the Hawks held on for a 3-1 victory.

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Saint Francis (Pa.) Spoils Senior Day at Kessler Field

sports_footballlThe football team lost to Saint Francis (PA) on Senior Day 45-31. The Red Flash (4-6, 3-4) racked up 482 total yards on offense, including 119 on the ground from running back Anthony Abeid.

The Hawks (4-5, 3-3) struggled on defense throughout the game, forcing Saint Francis to punt only one time. MU couldn’t stop the Red Flash in the first half, allowing 38 points before heading into the locker room.

The Blue and White’s slow start got them into a 31-7 hole halfway through the second quarter, a deficit that they could never rebound from.

“We came out and we didn’t get things going right away,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We didn’t have the energy that you need to have to start a football game.”

“We didn’t start fast on either side of the ball which doesn’t help us out at all,” fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “It’s something that we preach, that we have to start out fast, and we make sure that we go ahead and put points on the board fast and stop them on defense.”

K.B. Asante tied the game at seven for the Hawks with a 37-yard touchdown run with 7:54 left in the first quarter. The MU celebration, however, would be short lived.

Dane Domonkos returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and gave the Red Flash a lead that they would never lose.

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Head and Neck Injuries Hurting College Athletes

Is football a safe sport to play? John Lockwood, a former defensive lineman for the Hawks’ football team, was told by the school’s training staff last season that he wouldn’t be able to play anymore due to too many concussions.

When asked what the cause for his concussions were, he said that he led with his head to try and make the big hit. “When I look back on it, there are so many instances that I can remember leading with my head. Whether it were on a tackle, block, etc., there were many occurrences and I started to realize it more and more after my fifth concussion,” he said. “Your head has no physical capabilities; can’t catch, wrap up and throw. It’s meant to think, not to be used as an object,” he continued.

Studies have shown that the fear of head and neck injuries in the sport of football are at an all-time high over the last eight years. In 2004, a study found that there were roughly 175 reported concussions. In 2012, about 342 have been reported thus far. All players involved were screened for evidence of: past history of head and neck injuries and abnormalities of the cervical spine on physical examination and x-ray film.

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Women’s Soccer Ends Season Against LIU Brooklyn

sports_womenssoccerThe second-seeded Blue and White women’s soccer team lost to third-seeded LIU Brooklyn 1-0.  This matchup was the Northeast Conference (NEC) semifinal which was played on DeGol Field in Loretto, P.A. on Friday November 4. The Hawks ended their season with this loss and with an overall record of 10-7-2; this was MU’s seventh straight season with double-digit victories.

The Hawks fell behind in the game early after conceding a goal in the fifth minute, in this rematch of last year’s semifinal in the NEC.  As the second half began, the Blue and White were putting the pressure on LIU Brooklyn by dominating the half.  But their efforts would fall just short as they lost 1-0.  MU played in their league-leading 15th tournament game and they outshot the Blackbirds by 8-5 overall, with a staggering 7-2 advantage in the second half.

In the beginning of the season, MU was faced with some difficult times.  They had some injuries and had brought in a new rotation of players, but head coach Krissy Turner knew exactly what to do and how to spark her team. Even with the lack of familiarity and their inexperience, the Blue and White still had an excellent season. “We have a fairly young team in the back, we are starting basically two freshmen and three sophomores, as far as our goalkeeper and our backs.  We’ve been switching a lot of things, I think this is maybe our third match in a row with the same starting lineup.” Turner explained. 

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Men’s Soccer Season Ends In Penalty Kicks

sports_menssoccerThe men’s soccer team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University in penalty kicks on Sunday and were eliminated in the semifinals of the NEC tournament. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-4-4 record.

After winning their final regular season game at home on November 4 against Sacred Heart, the Hawks were unable to advance in the conference tournament, ending their hopes for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

The Hawks handled the Sacred Heart Pioneers 1-0 behind a 67th minute goal scored by first team All-NEC selection Joseph Schmid. The game was played six days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore.

“It was a tough week for them because half the team had been without power for the entire week,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I thought that they rallied up really well and showed their character come game time.”

“So many people were affected during this time period,” senior captain Ryan Clark said.

With the win, MU locked up the number three seed in the NEC tournament, behind first seeded Quinnipiac and second seeded Fairleigh Dickinson. The tournament was held at the location of the top seed, Quinnipiac.

“We knew FDU was a pretty good defensive team and our game plan was to see if we could get in wide spots and try to score some goals early,” said McCourt.

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Bryant Spoils Homecoming at Kessler Field

sports-footballThe football team found a way to spoil the Homecoming celebration on Saturday at Kessler Field. The sun was shining, more than 4,000 fans were tailgating and the 1-6 Bryant team stood across the field. When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs (2-6, 2-4) had won 27-24.

“We started a little slow,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We weren’t playing the way we had in previous weeks.”

“We started way too slow,” senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “We can’t do that. There was no intensity out there. We weren’t executing what we had.”

Jordan Brown and Jordan Harris are two of the most explosive players in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and they both brought their A-game to West Long Branch.

Jordan Brown carried the ball 23 times for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His biggest run of the game came with six minutes remaining in the game. Bryant faced a fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line. Brown received the handoff, cut left and found daylight. Forty-five yards later, he was taken down at the Hawks’ 15-yard line. This led to a missed field goal by Dom Kozlowski, but it had taken a lot of energy out of the Blue and White.

Jordan Harris had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came late in the first half and his other came halfway through the third quarter. Both touchdowns resulted in 11-point Bulldog leads.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Saint Francis 3-2

The women’s soccer team lost a tough game to Saint Francis on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 3-2, on the Great Lawn.  It was a battle late in the season for first place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings. The Blue and White now post a record of 9-6-1 overall and a 6-2-1 record in conference action. 

Despite starting off the game slowly, head coach Krissy Turner’s Hawks were up for the challenge against the unbeaten Red Flash.  The Hawks gave up two early goals in the first half, but they would bounce back to tie it up before halftime. “We played pretty well in the first half, despite going down two to zero, we dug ourselves back into the game and I thought that we were passionate and that we played good soccer, and created some good chances,” stated Turner.

During this heated battle the Hawks would give up the first goal in the 13th minute.  They began to play better and started to dominate possession.  However, the Blue and White would give up another goal in the 20th minute.  Staring at a 2-0 deficit the Hawks would scratch and claw their way back into the game.

In the 23rd minute the Hawks would answer with a goal which was scored by senior forward Claudia Vazquez.  It was her first goal of the season.  On the play, junior forward Dana Costello struck a beautiful corner kick from the right side of the goalie.  As the ball was coming down onto the ground, Vazquez lined it up and delivered a gorgeous shot into the back of the net.  That play trimmed the Hawks deficit by 2-1.

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Men’s Soccer Remains Undefeated at Home

The men’s soccer team managed to stay undefeated at home this season after a win against Robert Morris and a tie versus St. Francis of Pennsylvania. The team currently sits 9-3-3 overall with a 4-1-2 record in the Northeast Conference.

On Friday night, MU played host to Robert Morris and took control early. In the 9th minute, Ryan Clark sent a free kick into the box where Tomas Penfold flicked his head toward the goalkeeper and the ball found the back left corner of the net.

In the second half, the Hawks kept up the pressure and tallied another goal in the 52nd minute to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Francois “Paco” Navarro made a move into the box and shot the ball low and hard. The shot was saved and the rebound fell right to midfielder Joseph Schmid who scored his third goal in the past four games. 

“The last couple of games I’ve been in a more forward role, so naturally I’m going to be more up the field to make more offensive plays,” said Schmid. “Whatever the team needs me to do, I’ll do it.”

The lead was trimmed to 2-1 when Robert Morris scored on a free kick just outside the 18 yard goalie box. The shot avoided the wall of white shirts for MU and found the bottom right corner of the net just beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Alex Blackburn. Minutes later, with Robert Morris threatening on a one-on-one, Blackburn was able to make a kick save to preserve the lead. The Hawks would go on to win 2-1. Blackburn finished the game with four saves.

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Field Hockey Wins Four Straight

sports-field-hockeyThe field hockey team is making big strides late in the season to prove that they are worthy of contending for the Northeast Conference title. Riding on a two-game winning streak, the Hawks played host to Bryant on Friday.

MU came out on top once again with a 3-1 victory over Bryant to extend their win streak. The Hawks got on the board early with a goal from Michelle Pieczynski in the 13th minute. Then in the 29th minute, Jill Vogl struck for the Hawks this time with an assist from Tara Brown. The game was quiet for the rest of the first half as MU held a 2-0 lead.

The second half proved to be quiet as well. It wasn’t until the 61st minute that the Hawks put another goal on the board. This time, Orla Macken blasted a shot into the back of the net off a corner from Trish O’Dwyer.

Bryant finally scored their first goal of the game less than ten minutes later, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback.

MU improved to 5-11 overall and 3-1 in the conference. 

Goalie Teresa Mathews and the defensive unit were stellar once again, giving up only one goal. MU dominated in shot attempts, 18-8 and took control of penalty corners, 14-5. The victory was the Hawks’ first home victory of the season.

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Women’s Basketball to Play4Kay in 2012-13

The women’s basketball team has recently announced that this season they will Play4Kay and raise as much money as they can to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The Play4Kay foundation is in memory of the legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009 due to the illness.  According to the official Play4Kay website (play4kay.org), it states that they are a 501 charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

A big reason why the Blue and White are so involved in this is because of the personal impact coach Yow had on the MU coaching staff.  Head coach Jenny Palmateer played for and coached alongside Yow for a combined 14 years.  “I learned a lot of lessons as a player and as a coach from coach Yow,” Palmateer said. “To play for her, she was always the kind of coach to empower you and encourage you to do things.  There are a lot of different coaching styles out there, but her’s was always one for encouragement.  I try to carry that over because it’s a great way to do it and gets the most out of people. I learned you got to believe in people, I probably accomplished more than I thought I ever could on the court because I knew she believed that I could do it.” 

Over the years, Palmateer grew very close to Yow on and off the court.  “She was my coach, my mentor, and my friend for a long time,” Palmateer said. “She was somebody I could always rely on for anything that I needed, advice with basketball and life, all of it, She was just unbelievable, very close relationship.”

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