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Khari Bowen Sets Freshman Record at Lafayette

Freshman Khari Bowen (Monroe, N.J./Monroe Township) ran a new freshman record in the 3,000-meter run and Erik Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) finished in second with a jump of 6’ 5” in the high jump to lead the Monmouth men’s track and field squad, which earned 12 top-eight finishes at Lafayette’s Seven- Way Meet Sunday afternoon. The women’s team claimed three top-eight finishes at the meet, which was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to the inclement weather.

Bowen completed the 3k in 8:42.15 to claim second overall and set the new Monmouth rookie standard.
For the women’s squad, Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) cleared 10’ 2” in the pole vault to earn fourth, while also running 12.81 in the 100-meter dash to claim 10th.

Danielle Branco (Old Bridge, N.J./ Old Bridge) ran 10:53.78 in the 3,000-meter run to finish 12th.

Monmouth is back on the track next weekend at Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, while others will travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Sam Howell Invitational.

The Gun Show || Taliban and the Tournament: North Carolina Congressman Makes Controversial Basketball Comments

If you didn’t believe my testament about the powerful nature of the NCAA Basketball tournament, maybe you will when a political figure gets involved. Not only is basketball pride a way of life, but in North Carolina this week it came above national security, in a sense.

Commenting on North Carolina’s trip to the Sweet 16 (and later the Elite 8), U.S. Representative Brad Miller, a Democrat from North Carolina made extremely controversial comments. He noted basketball’s importance into the lives of North Carolina residents and the extreme rivalry present between North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University.

He showed no remorse or political correctness for his (apparent) hatred for Duke University. “I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.”

Miller made it clear that if UNC was placed up against the Blue Devils, then Duke would receive no “Congressional neutrality.” In Miller’s world, the Blue Devils sit at the bottom of the totem pole. Even if North Carolina is divided between Tar Heel and Blue Devil nations, Miller added that he would pull for the Taliban instead of Duke.

Sure the comment was probably made as a playful gesture, but bringing up the Taliban in such controversial times with the War on Terror and continuous threats at out freedom, begs the question of whether this Congressman is completely sane.

”The Dagger” Sports Blog mentions that the Congressman’s comments were a good way to have Homeland Security knock on his door. Plus, bringing up the Taliban in any circumstance is controversial, never mind saying that he’d root for them.

It would be conservative to say that patriotic citizens would like to give the Congressman a piece of their minds. Luckily for Miller, he is not seeking re-election. After that kind of comment, something tells me that he would not sit too comfortably with his colleagues in Washington.

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Softball Doomed by Errors, 2-2 Over Weekend

sportsThe softball team split a doubleheader Saturday against Sacred Heart. Monmouth won the first game, 2-1. The Pioneers avenged the loss in the second game, 10-6.

“In my mind we’re better than we performed, but we have to play hard every game,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We can’t keep going up and down, up and down. We have to perform better. We didn’t do our jobs.

In the first game, Kayla Weiser was the hero for the Hawks (9-8, 2-2). In the bottom of the third, Weiser homered to right-center, putting MU ahead 2-1. This proved to be the game-winning hit.

The Blue and White scored in the opening frame. Tish Derer walked, stole second and scored when Weiser singled to left-center.

The Pioneers tied the game in the top of the third. Liz Tsipouras was hit by a pitch, and Noelle Cahill came in to pinch run. Justine Sibthorp stepped up and doubled down the left field line. Cahill scored on the play.

Jordan Barnett picked up her first win of the season for the Hawks. She pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits. She struck out four and walked seven in the game.

“We had too many walks, and too many walks that the umpire took away from us. We struck kids out twice or gave them extra pitches,” said Berndt. “They have to be better. We can’t have the number of walks that we have because we’re giving up way too many walks. Whether the umpire is working for us or against us.”

Defensive errors tormented the Hawks in the second game against Sacred Heart.

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Baseball Team Knocks Off UMass, Splits With Wagner

baseball-picThe baseball team took on a five game week hosting the University of Massachusetts for a one game series this past Wednesday and traveling to Wagner College over the weekend to play in two doubleheaders.

As the Hawks were going through their pre-game drills before playing UMass Wednesday, they were confronted with a minor set back. Sophomore shortstop Jon Guida had suffered a hand injury and was benched for the game.

“Guida got hurt in the pre-game. He got hit in the hand before the Georgia State game and he played through it. The same thing happened today,” Ehehalt stated, “We just sat him as a precaution, he will be good to go for the weekend.” Looking to the bench, Ehehalt decided upon sophomore Jake Gronsky to fill the vacant spot. MU quickly adapted to the change by reconstructing their line-up, and took the field as if this speed bump had never happened.

The Hawks called on right-hander John Shippee to be the starting pitcher against UMass. Shippee pitched five innings, allowing eight hits, one run, two walks, and striking out four batters. Although eight hits in only five innings of work may appear like a mediocre thrown game on paper, Shippee did very well considering the circumstances. He had not pitched at all in the last year and his last win was back in April of 2010. When asked if he was just running out of steam by that point, Shippee responded, “Yeah probably, I haven’t thrown five innings in a long time.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Splits Weekend Home Stand

womens-laxThe women’s lacrosse team opened up NEC play with a win and a loss over the weekend. The Lady Hawks now stand at 2-8, but despite what the record is, they have plenty of optimism and confidence to improve as conference play gets under way. 

On Friday afternoon, they defeated Saint Francis (PA) 11-6. SFU got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0, but Monmouth responded by scoring four consecutive goals in a nine minute span. SFU struck for a second time not too long after the Monmouth run. The Hawks then struck for one last time before halftime, taking a comfortable 5-2 lead at the break. 

SFU began the second half with two straight goals to turn Monmouth’s lead into a one goal ballgame. Less than four minutes later, Alex Marino struck for the second time of the game. The Monmouth lead then disappeared when SFU added two more goals to tie the game up at six goals apiece. 

It was a nail biter with about 13 minutes left in the game, but Monmouth then blew it wide open by scoring five straight goals to seal the victory.

Marino led the charge with three goals on nine shot attempts. Kayleigh Gibbons compiled two goals and three assists. Sam Lillo and Erica Abenschoen each added two goals apiece. Monmouth dominated in shot attempts, 33- 19. They also only committed a total of nine turnovers, compared to SFU’s 17. 

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Track and Field Extend Home Winning Streak in Season Opener

The men’s and women’s track and field teams opened its outdoor season at the 17th Annual Season Opener, which featured over 1900 competitors from 35 different schools and 12 club teams, Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who claimed the Northeast Conference Championships a year ago, qualified for the ECAC/IC4A Championships in nine event areas, while Qiyana Hill set the school record in the discus throw.

The men’s team has not lost at home since the 1996 season, while the women’s team has not dropped a meet in West Long Branch since the 2001 campaign.

“Yesterday’s record setting mile was a fun way to start off the meet and we are happy to continue our winning streak at home,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “We had great efforts in every event area and it is a positive sign to have a number of qualifying marks this early in the season.”

Hill took first in the discus throw, registering a toss of 42.79m (140’ 5”), which earns her a trip to the ECAC Championships. Rookie Taylor Johnson finished in third with a mark of 40.83m (133’ 11”).

Anne Moccia, who will join Hill at the championships, landed a javelin throw of 41.44m (135’ 11”) to earn second overall.

Rachel Aliotta moved into second all-time in the MU record books with her mark of 13.55m (44’ 5.5”) in the shot put, which was good for a first place finish. Sandra Jean-Romain took third with a throw of 12.69m (41’ 7.75”).
Laura Williams ran a MU-best 1:03.30 in the 400 meter to finish second overall, followed by Rachel Watkins .06 seconds later in third. Ali Hehn crossed the finish line in 1:03.66 for fourth, while Lindsey Walsh took fifth with a time of 1:04.48.

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Zink Named to All-Rookie Team For Women’s Bowling

Sophomore Holly Zink (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Earl Vandermeulen) was named to the 2012 Northeast Conference Bowling All-Rookie team as Monmouth wrapped up the 2012 NEC Bowling Championships Saturday in Reading, Pa.

The Hawks entered the tournament as the eighth-seed, faced the daunting task of bowling against the top-seeded and 2010 NCAA National Champion Farleigh Dickinson Knights. FDU prevailed but the road didn’t get much easier for MU which had to then bowl fourth-seeded Kutztown which was upset by fifth-seeded New Jersey City University in the opening round. Monmouth’s season ended.

“We put up some decent numbers but unfortunately we fell short,” said second year head coach Karen Grygiel.

The MU bowling team, which his in its second year of existence, finished the season with a 50-60 record and were ranked 19th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. Monmouth recorded eight wins against teams ranked in the top-10 this season.

The Gun Show || The Bolder the Better: A Look at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

It’s that time of year again. Flip on the TV: brackets. Log onto the Internet: brackets. If you dare turn on an ESPN network, you get bracketology. But what is the rage around these brackets, I mean aren’t they just pieces of paper? Well once March rolls around, NCAA basketball becomes a way of life. Suddenly it rules the lives of millions of fans.

All of these fans will be monitoring each game-break as if it were a drastic world event. And they’ll be on top of the NCAA and its every happening during the tournament. A high-ranked loss in the tournament to the NCAA fan is like the outbreak of a world-war to an average person. There is no other sporting event that carries such excitement, besides (arguably) the Super Bowl. March Madness seems to literally turn some fans mad; for weeks they’ll be glued to every inbounds pass and blown call.

If you need a little brushing up on the subject, here it goes. The NCAA tournament occurs every March when the NCAA selection committee chooses 68 teams (slimmed to 64 teams after play-in games) to compete in the ultimate basketball tournament. This, as you will see in late March, produces the champion of collegiate basketball.

This year, there has been an uncanny anticipation for the start of the tournament. As we’ve encountered scandals, surprises and superiority in the regular season, fans recognize the tournament could contain even more. Starting last weekend, teams began participating in the matchups. In what seemed to be battles to the death, players and coaches gave their all for the chance to represent their University in each succeeding round.

Teams this year seem as ready as ever. Although we seem to go into the tournament every year thinking a UNC, Duke or Big Ten team will win the championship, this year the squads seem strong. Again, it’s highly unlikely that two one seeds will combat all the elements and make it to the final round. Usually, we get some sort of Cinderella Story. In the past, there have been teams like the 2011 VCU squad, who came from a twelfth seed to make the Final Four. We’ve also had teams like the 2006 George Mason Patriots. Both of these squads overcame extreme adversity to earn themselves a spot in the Final Four.

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University to Add Men’s Lacrosse Team as Division I Sport

ryan-gergelyFollowing three seasons of competing as a club team, Athletic Director Dr. Marilyn McNeil announced on March 8 that men’s lacrosse will now be the University’s 21st NCAA Division I sport with regular season competition starting in the spring of 2014.

“The final decision came about when the University was considering ways to increase male enrollment here on campus. We’ve been talking about trying to change the demographic here for a couple of years and we thought adding a varsity men’s sport was one way to do that,” said McNeil.

Getting the sport to become an official varsity team on campus took a lot of hard work from the team, especially sophomore president Mike Fedele and vice president Ryan Gergely.

“I’m excited to see the growth of the sport on campus. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports and to experience that at the Division 1 level is going to be great for Monmouth University,” said Fedele.

“To me, the feeling is bittersweet. I’m currently a junior and I will graduate in the spring of 2013, one year before the team is actually a Division 1 sport. That being said, I was instrumental in starting the club team here at Monmouth my freshman year so in a way it almost feels like myself and my fellow founders are leaving a legacy here at Monmouth from what we started and the success we have had,” said Gergely.

In their first year of competition as a club sport, there were 16 team members and they competed in eight games, while only winning one.

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Baseball Team Wins Three of Four Against FDU Softball

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0001This past weekend, the Hawks Knights, their first NEC competition this season, in a four game series.

Pitching on a six day rest, righty to open the series against FDU. In Light’s last appearance, he allowed five runs and seven hits in only five innings pitched and recorded the loss against a difficult Troy line up. Fortunately for the Hawks, Light’s game against the Knights provided a much different result. Light pitched all nine innings with great control, keeping his pitch count at 115 with 81 of those deliveries being strikes. He also struck out a career high of 13 batters. When asked what had changed Light’s game, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt responded, “Troy is a lot better than the team we played really good pre-conference schedule so that has a lot to do with it. Pat’s very good... it is not an uncommon thing to see him do that again [in our conference].”

With support from his team, Light was able to keep the Knights off the base path by allowing a mere six hits. Though Light had pitched a the scoreboard in the first off a RBI double to right field. Thankfully, Monmouth quickly retaliated and scored three runs in the bottom half of the first inning making the game 3-1, which would also be the final score.

Highlights from Friday’s game included senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who went 3-for-3 against FDU’s pitching staff and also contributed a run. Junior third Hawks as well by batting 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Designated hitter, senior Chris Perret, provided the third RBI and went 1-for-3.

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Softball Team Competes in the Seton Hall Pirate Classic

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0002The softball team sits at 7-6 after going 2-3 in the 2012 Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. over the weekend. The Hawks lost to Texas Tech and Seton Hall twice, and defeated Manhattan in two games.

Vanessa Cardoza has the highest batting average through 13 games, batting .415 and leading the team with 17 hits. She also leads the team with 14 RBI’s. Katie Schumacher is right behind her with 12.

Lauren Sulick has pitched in eight games, starting six. She is 5-2 and has a pair of complete games. She pitched 34.1 innings and sports an ERA of 2.24. Alissa Schoelkopf is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Schoelkopf leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

As a team, the Hawks have a .965 fielding percentage. They have committed 14 errors this sea-son, nine less than their opponents.

Cardoza leads the team defensively with 24 assists, followed by Tish Derer with 23.

The Blue and White opened the tournament Friday with a loss to Texas Tech. Despite out-hitting their opponent 11 to six, MU lost 4-2.

Sulick pitched the entire game and took the loss. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked six.

Christine Scherr, Kayleena Flores, and Schumacher each had two hits for the Hawks.

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