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Club Ice Hockey Team Starts Season 4-0-1

IceHockeyThe MU Hockey team beat the Seton Hall Pirates 5-4 in an overtime game on October 7. The winning goal was scored by Hawks’ captain Kyle McKenna.

Freshman San Monak started the game with a shot on goal, which was saved by the Seton Hall goalie.

Although the Pirates came out dominant in the first period with three goals, MU did not get discouraged.

The Hawks came out in the second period very confident and determined and scored their first goal, put in by Devon Ribsam.

Tempers began to flare in the second period following a shove to Anthony DiVincent causing him to fall on top of Seton Hall goalie. More trash talking was done throughout the second and third periods but that did not throw off the Hawk’s focus. Not only was trash talking being done on the ice, but in the stands as well. Arguments broke out amongst fans and family members of both teams. But MU kept their composure and put their energy into cheering on their Hawks.

Seton Hall players started getting rowdy, which led to players sitting in the box. The Hawks’ McKenna, DiVincent and Eric Folker were pressuring the Pirates causing them to lose concentration, which allowed DiVincent to score and tie the game 3-3.

The Hawks scored another goal shortly after to take a 4-3 lead.

The Pirates scored with two minutes left in the second period to tie the game 4-4.

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Brian Fisher Named Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

MensLacrosseThe University has now added another sports team to the list. A men’s lacrosse team will be added to the roster for the 2013 season. The University has just named Rutgers graduate, Brian Fisher, as the head coach of the first Hawks’ men’s lacrosse team.

Excited to be coaching back in New Jersey, Fisher has definitely felt the support from the University and the community already. After graduating from Rutgers, he coached their men’s lacrosse team for six years. From Rutgers, Fisher took his talents to Notre Dame where he coached before being named head coach for the Hawk’s team. “Monmouth has really gotten behind the program!” exclaimed Fisher.

Joining Fisher on the coaching staff is Andrew Geison, who graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his master’s degree at Rutgers.

After college Geison had a lot of collegiate coaching experience starting off at Rutgers. Next, he coached at Lafayette. From there, he spent four years as the head coach of DeSales University. Following that, Geison was named the first-ever head coach at Elmhurst College.

“Many coaches say that this is an ambitious endeavor that you have to have a lot of energy to do,” described Geison. “But at the same time it’s pretty fun and not a lot of people get the chance to build something from the ground up.” This mentality sums up the positive outlook that the coaching staff already has in place for the upcoming season.

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Field Hockey Wins Two in a Row

The field hockey team fell last weekend to St. Francis (PA), but picked up two wins over this past weekend.

The team currently sits at 4-11. They are 2-1 in conference play so far. Despite the fact that the overall record on paper isn’t great, it is the NEC record which will decide if they qualify for the postseason conference tournament or not. So, head coach Figlio and the team are determined to continue to add conference wins to their resume.

On October 7 in Loretto, Pennsylvania against St. Francis (PA), the Hawks fell in the conference matchup. St. Francis got on the board twice within the first 20 minutes of the game before Monmouth could score. Within the 23rd minute, Amanda Schoenfeld found Trish O’Dwyer, who struck for MU’s first goal. Shortly before the end of the first half, St. Francis scored again to make it a 3-1 game at the half.

St. Francis continued to dominate in the second half, not giving up any goals to the Hawks and adding one more of their own. St. Francis struck for the final time on a penalty corner at the 44th minute, preserving a 4-1 victory over the Hawks. St. Francis forward Autumn Pellman only scored one goal, but she was still a dominant offensive threat. She attempted 11 shots, with six of them on goal. The Monmouth defense struggled containing her on the offensive end, allowing Pellman to create numerous scoring opportunities.

St. Francis led in shots 20-11 over the Hawks and dominated in penalty corners, 8-1.

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Football Team Falls to Cornell

The football team lost 41-38 against Cornell on Saturday.

The Hawks (3-3, 2-1) allowed 21 points in the fourth quarter that enabled Cornell to come away with the win.

The Blue and White’s offense out-gained Cornell’s 602-581. Kyle Frazier threw for 451 yards for MU, completing 35 of 45 passes. He threw four touchdown and zero interceptions in a losing effort.

Tristan Roberts was Frazier’s top target in the game. Roberts hauled in seven passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, including an 85-yard score in the second quarter.

Neal Sterling was another reliable target, grabbing five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Frazier also led the team running the ball. He carried the ball nine times for 62 yards. Julian Hayes had 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Pat Gray, Dave Damirgian and Dan Sullivan led the MU defense with 10 tackles each. Sullivan and Dan O’hara combined for the team’s only sack.

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Men’s Soccer Teams’ Offense Comes Alive

MensSoccerAfter going 1-3 in their previous four games and scoring only two goals, the Hawks have finally started to click on offense. Tallying eight goals in the last three games, MU finds itself at 8-3-2 and in the hunt for the Northeast Conference title with five games to play.

On Friday, October 5, the Hawks hosted rival Fairleigh Dickinson. Controlling the tempo for much of the game, MU out shot the Knights 9-5 in regulation. Although failing to score, Monmouth settled for a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.

“The FDU games every year are very tight, it’s two different styles of teams,” said Coach McCourt. “We go out and attack and we try to make the game, and they go out and defend and try to catch you on the break.”

Fairleigh Dickinson came out strong in overtime, getting off six shots in the first overtime period while Monmouth had zero shots, giving goalkeeper Alex Blackburn some work.

“Obviously when you let teams hang around like we did, eventually they’re going to start making opportunities, and that’s exactly what they did,” said Blackburn. “I wouldn’t say that I had anything that was like, looking back on it, I really needed to make that save. I just made the saves that I was supposed to make.”

Despite the tie, Monmouth earned one point in the standings and were able to put the game behind them, looking to Sunday, October 7, when they hosted Bryant at 1 pm.

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Albany Hands MU First NEC Loss

sports-footballThe football team’s threegame winning streak came to an end Saturday when they lost 55- 24 to Albany.

“I think Albany proved they are an outstanding football team and they proved why they are getting votes for the top 25,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “This game was completely onesided, they were in control of the game from the start.”

Kyle Frazier completed 33 of 51 passes for 289 yards including two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Hawks (3-2, 2-1) were never able to establish a running game. Julian Hayes was the team’s leading rusher. The sophomore running back carried the ball 12 times for 23 yards and a touchdown. As a team, MU ran the ball 27 times for 51 yards.

Tyler George led the receiving group with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. George has 111 career receptions, which places him fourth all-time in the University’s history.

Neal Sterling caught MU’s other touchdown. He had three catches for 48 yards. 

Lamar Davenport tallied five catches for 30 yards. Tristan Roberts added four catches for 55 yards.

The defense was able to bring down Will Flacchi for one sack. Eric Macik dropped him for a 15-yard loss.

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Mens Soccer Falls From Top 25

sports-soccerThe Hawks soccer team lost their place in the NSCAA/Conti­nental Tire Top 25 last week, but continues to receive votes in the rankings. In the Top Drawer Soc­cer Tournament 48, the Hawks were number 42 as they opened up Northeast Conference play last weekend.

The Blue and White spent the week preparing for a Friday af­ternoon match against Quinni­piac, and arrived in Connecticut only to see the weather cause a postponement.

“When you travel on the road like that and you’re trying to get prepared for a game, it’s disap­pointing when it gets cancelled,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “But it was certainly the right decision because they had flash floods up there and really heavy rain.”

A makeup date is in progress, but has yet to be determined. 

Staying in a hotel for the week­end, the team was able to practice on Central Connecticut State’s football field Saturday. On Sun­day afternoon, they were ready for a 3:30 pm match against CCSU.

Getting out shot 10-4 and whis­tled for seven fouls, Monmouth fell to CCSU by a score of 1-0, putting their record at 5-2-1. CCSU’s Jesse Menzies scored on a penalty kick in the 38th min­ute in what eventually was the game winner. Hawks midfielder Francois “Paco” Navarro tal­lied 2 shots and goalkeeper Alex Blackburn had 4 saves in the de­feat. The team, overall, played quite well and didn’t stray away from their game plan, they simply didn’t execute on their chances.

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Field Hockey Beats Georgetown, Falls to American

The field hockey team continued their road trip this weekend, picking up their second win of the season.

The Hawks squared off against Georgetown University on Saturday at a neutral site in College Park, Maryland. The very next day, they headed over to Washington D.C. to take on American University.

On Saturday, Georgetown got off to a quick start with a goal early in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Michelle Pieczynski scored off of a rebound to tie the game up. A bit later in the first half, Amanda Schoenfeld struck for a goal, giving MU a 2-1 lead.

With the lead at halftime, the Blue and White had plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but a lot of work still had to be done on both sides of the ball. 

At the 46th minute, Trish O’Dwyer found Pieczynski cutting up the middle, and dished it to her as she broke away and found the back of the net for the second time of the day. MU held a 3-1 lead with about 25 minutes left in the game, and were able to contain the Georgetown Hoyas for the remainder of the half, holding them scoreless and preserving a big 3-1 win.

“We meshed together really well in the win, from the seniors to the freshman,” said senior forward Kimmy Baligian.

At goalie, Teresa Mathews was near perfect, only allowing one goal, which was in the first half, and racking up seven saves total. Even though Georgetown held an advantage in penalty corners 12-6, they weren’t able to get the ball by Mathews more than once. MU outshot Georgetown 18-13 in the match.

“We focused more on the team as a whole and less on the tactical stuff. We played a lot better as a cohesive unit, and have been progressing in a forward movement. We have been peaking at the right time as a group,” head coach Carli Figlio explained.

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School Spirit on the Rise at MU?

sports-homefieldWhen you go to a Division I school, one thing that is expected of the students is to go to home sporting events to show your fan support.

During the fall season, MU is home to four teams that are held here on campus in West Long Branch. If you look up in the stands at any game, you will no­tice a mix of students and people from the community in atten­dance cheering on the Hawks.

Yes, the University is consid­ered a suitcase school for the underclassman, but students still take time out of their day and night to go to home games. Showing fan support at the Uni­versity is a must, and if the visit­ing team comes in here knowing we have the best student sections in the NEC, they will be scared. 

The four teams that have games on campus are football, men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey. Between the four teams, no team ranks lower then fourth in the conference in home at­tendance. People want to go to games at home simply because it is a great place to be and see friends and classmates.

Not only does the attendance at games make the game expe­rience fun for the fans, it also helps the teams play better and get pumped dur­ing big plays.

“Energy level becomes much higher, athletes really appreci­ate them being there whether it’s friends or classmates or if they have no idea who they are, it just gives them a whole other layer of fandom for the students when they come out on campus,” Matt Harmon, a communication professor and sports broadcaster explains.

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Football Wins Third Straight, Tops Sacred Heart 27-14

sports-footballThe football team won its third consecutive game on Saturday, defeating Sacred Heart 27-14 at Kessler Field. “We’re happy to get the second win in Northeast Conference (NEC) play, that puts us at 2-0,” said head coach Kevin Callahan. “It puts us in control of our own fate in terms of the conference race.”

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier completed 32 of 43 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He spread the ball around well, completing passes to 10 different receivers.

Lamar Davenport led the Hawks (3-1, 2-0) in receiving. He caught nine passes for 105 yards, including a few circus catches to bring the crowd to its feet. 

“We were just taking what they gave us,” said Davenport. “Short routes, just taking what they gave us.” Tristan Roberts wasn’t far behind, catching six passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roberts’ first touchdown gave MU a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. His second score put the Hawks ahead by 10 late in the third.

The Pioneers (0-3, 0-1) did a good job of shutting down the Hawks’ running game. MU ran the ball 34 times for 71 yards, a mere 2.1 yards per carry. Justin Pandorf led the way with 32 yards, all coming on a timely fake punt. Julian Hayes carried the ball 11 times for 24 yards.

The Blue and White’s defense continued its strong play. The unit didn’t allow any points in the second half of the game. This season, the defense has allowed a total of three second half points.

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Field Hockey Wins First Game of Season

sports-fieldhockeyOn Friday, the field hockey team came out victorious for the first time this season with a 5-1 win over Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The victory came with the first game of a seven-game road trip.

It was MU who got on the board first with a goal from Nicole Manziano with a rebound off of a corner. Just minutes later, Alex Carroll struck for the Hawks as she hit an unassisted shot attempt through a scrum of defenders. Up by two at the half, the Hawks had something to be optimistic about. 

Saint Joseph’s struck early in the second half to cut the MU lead to two goals, but at the 45th minute, Trish O’Dwyer scored for the Hawks on a tipped ball. Just one minute later, O’Dwyer scored again, giving Monmouth a comfortable 4-1 lead. Less than ten minutes later, MU scored for a final time to seal it when Chelsea Mann was assisted by Mi-­make it a 5-1 game.

The first win for the team was great, but in the long run, it won’t mean much. Coach Figlio and the girls used ­play Lehigh University on Sunday. In the victory, goalie Teresa Mathews and the rest of the defense ­up one goal, and had four saves. Monmouth outshot Saint Joseph’s 22- 12 in the matchup.

On Sunday, MU matched up against ­-high. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell by a score of 2-1. It was a close one, as Lehigh got on the board early into the game. In the 15th minute, O’Dwyer continued her hot streak as she scored ­ten minutes later, Lehigh struck again, making it a 2-1 game at the half. The ­first half, as no team scored in the sec-­and turn out to be the final score.

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