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Softball Takes Two from Quinnipiac

Softball Takes Two From QuinnipiacAfter splitting a pair of games on Wednesday, April 5 to Wagner and Saturday, April 8 to Rider, the softball team swept a doubleheader from Quinnipiac on Sunday, April 9.

The Hawks won both games against Quinnipiac 2-1 thanks to senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger’s two-RBI double during the sixth inning of game one and a two-run home run during the sixth inning of game two.

“I had just been really locked in all day, and I was seeing the ball well so I was ready to hit.” said Shotzbarger after the second game on Sunday.

In game one, junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Riley finished the game with a complete game three hitter in the win allowing only one run. She struck out eight batters and threw 101 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. In game two, senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill tossed a complete game, allowing only five hits and one earned run in the win. She struck out five and threw 98 pitches, 61 strikes.

“It took us a little bit to get on the board, and that’s a credit to both of their pitchers. But we stayed aggressive and were trying to make things happen.” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “[Shotzbarger] had a great day yesterday and came up huge today. It’s fun to see her locked in. Everyday matters in the MAAC and to get off the split train is fantastic. I’m proud of our players; we pitched well, played defense and hit the ball, so it was great.”

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Sidelines 4-12-17

Men’s Tennis: After earning 7-0 wins over Niagara, Fairfield, and Siena, the men’s tennis team swept their fourth straight opponent, defeating Stony Brook on Sunday, Apr. 5. Sophomore Nicola Pipoli earned the No. 1 singles win by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and senior Przemyslaw Filipek earned the come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. Junior Ale Gomez Estrada also went to a third set, ultimately defeating Stony Brook 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. Monmouth earned two wins during the doubles portion, including the duos of Filipek and Gomez and senior Christian Vieira and freshman Vikrant Dahiya. Monmouth will host Hofstra on Friday, Apr. 14 for a 2 p.m. start. They will then travel to State College, PA to take on Penn State on Sunday, April 16 at a time to be announced.

Upcoming Games 4-12-17

Thursday, April 13

W Tennis at George Mason

Fairfax, VA 4:00 p.m.

 

Friday, April 14

Outdoor Track & Field

Bison Outdoor Classic

Lewisburg, PA TBA

Outdoor Track & Field

Greyhound Invitational

Bethlehem, PA TBA

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Women’s Lacrosse Improves to 2-0 in Conference Play

WLAX Improve 2 0The women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play, eking out a 13-10 win over Marist on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Junior attacker Alexa Smith and freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso each put on remarkable offensive performances. Smith netted a total of four goals and Ceraso, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday, did her part with a team high five points on a goal and four assists.

“I think we executed the game plan,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We worked on patience on attack, using the whole shot clock when necessary. Things we are looking to improve are taking care of the ball and making sure we make good decisions when we have the ball.”

Once again Monmouth was first on the scoreboard as Smith needed only 39 seconds to put the Hawks up one off an assist from Cesaro. Nine minutes passed before the next goal was scored as senior attacker Olivia Higson gave the Hawks a two-goal advantage. Marist got their first in the 17th minute and by 11th minute, the game was knotted at a three apiece.

The Hawks had an outbreak of offensive over the next five minutes, scoring four straight goals to build a 7-3 lead. Junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss made her presence felt in that stretch of time as she was involved in three of the four goals. Marist continued to battle as they scored two goals before the half and the score stood at 8-5, Monmouth.

The blue and white wasted no time coming out of the half to build their lead as senior captain midfielder Claudia LaMarca added a goal in the 29th minute and then another in the 25th, both coming off a Cesaro assist. Marist and Monmouth exchanged goals over the next five minutes and with 20 minutes left on the clock it was 11-7, Hawks.

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Tennis Continues Season as MAAC Tournament Nears

T Season MAAC TournamentTennis season is in full swing, with the Hawks entering the heart of their season. The men are looking to benefit from a challenging non-conference schedule as they head into the heart of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. On the women’s side, the team is looking to overcome a tough 4-3 loss to Niagara on Sunday afternoon, and add some wins to their record.

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team may have struggled in their spring break matches against the University of Virginia (UVA), but that is to be expected when facing a team that is ranked third in the nation.

Men’s Tennis Head Coach Alex Kasarov was pleased with how his team performed at UVA. “Both Nicky (Nicola Pipoli) and Shemy (Przemyslaw Filipek) had very competitive matches against the number one and two players from Virginia who are ranked top 10, top 20 in the country,” Kasarov said. The Hawks were able to play two matches facing UVA over break after cancellations created an opening in the schedule.

After spring break, the team continued its challenging non-conference schedule with another trip down to Virginia to face Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on Saturday, Mar. 25 and the University of Richmond on Sunday, Mar. 26. In a close match against VCU, the Hawks picked up the doubles point including a 6-2 win at number one doubles over the nationally ranked VCU team of Daryl Monfils and Marten Jonsson.

Multiple players had strong performances against VCU, especially in the top three singles positions. “Ale Gomez at three singles came back from losing a tough first set. He hung around and stayed in the match to win the second set and ended up winning in three sets,” Kasarov said.  However, it was not enough for the Hawks that day as they fell 5-2.

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Baseball Drops Two out of Three at Canisius

MB 2 3 CanisiusThe baseball team resumed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and dropped two out of three games against Canisius this weekend at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.

The blue and white opened their second conference series with a bang, putting up 17 runs for the second time this season as they downed Canisius 17-6 in the first of two on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Monmouth scored a run in both the third and fourth innings, but eight runs in the second and seven runs in the fifth is what propelled them to victory.

Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun led off the second inning with a double and scored on a single up the middle by senior outfielder Ryan Crowley, who scored on a triple by sophomore catcher Clay Koniencki. A wild pitch allowed Koniencki to score the third run of the inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for senior first baseman Shaine Hughes, who drove in two with a single to right. Monmouth scored their sixth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice before Papcun delivered a two-run blast to right field, his third of the season, capping the eight-run frame.

In the fifth, freshman shortstop Danny Long, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, doubled home two runs after Koniencki and junior second baseman Justin Trochiano walked to open the frame. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski, who drove in a run with a single to left. Papcun then cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly.

Papcun went 4-4 and drove in six runs for the second time this season, while also crossing the plate three times. Hughes ended up going 2-2 with three runs batted in (RBI) and drew three walks, while Long finished the game 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

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Softball Shuts Out St. Joseph’s, Splits With Manhattan

SB Shuts StThe softball team defeated St. Joseph’s in their home opener 5-0 on Wednesday, Mar. 29 and split a doubleheader against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3.

Monmouth did not waste any time scoring in their home opener, with junior outfielder Chloe Howerth scoring after a defensive error by St. Joseph’s in the first inning. Howerth finished the game with a game-high three hits.

In the fourth inning, Howerth drove in freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez on an RBI single to left. Later in the inning, junior infielder Morgan Balderas drove in junior outfielder Katie Baron on another RBI single.

In the fifth inning, senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger battled through an 11-pitch at-bat and eventually sent an RBI single to center field, scoring junior catcher Alex Holzman. Sophomore infielder Nicole Wieczorek came off the bench and delivered a single that drove in sophomore outfielder Jasmine Higa, who entered the game as a pinch runner. Riley finished the game with a strikeout on her 100th pitch of the afternoon.

“Amanda pitched very well today,” Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “A lot of credit goes to her catcher Alex Holzman, who has done a great job of working with our pitchers and understanding what they want to throw. They were smart today and it showed.”

Riley was proud of her team behind her with several defensive plays that helped keep her shutout intact. “I feel like we came together as a team and worked hard. Making plays we’ve been working hard on in practice,” Riley said. Riley finished the complete game shutout with six strikeouts and only two hits allowed.

Monmouth split a conference doubleheader against Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3, winning game one 1-0. Riley threw her second straight complete game shutout, this time needing extra innings to win it. In the top of the eighth inning, senior first baseman Justene Reyes scored Baron on a hot shot to the shortstop. Riley finished the game with 12 strikeouts after allowing only five hits.

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Side Lines: 4/5/17

Men’s Lacrosse:

The men’s lacrosse team won their third straight to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play as they defeated Marist 7-2 on Saturday, Apr. 1 at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY. Senior midfielder Tyler Keen scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this year, recording 13 saves. The Monmouth defense forced Marist into 12 turnovers. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman scored his 14th goal of the season and became the second player ever to score 50 career goals, joining Chris Daly. Keen leads the Hawks with 19 goals this season and has scored in nine consecutive games. The blue and white return to the field on Saturday, Apr. 8 when they take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology from Drew University at noon.

Upcoming Games: 4/5/17

Wednesday, April 5

Softball vs. Wagner

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

 

Softball vs. Wagner

West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

 

M Tennis at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 2:00 p.m.

 

W Lacrosse at Fairfield*

Fairfield, CT 3:00 p.m.

 

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Upcoming Games 3/29/17

Wednesday, March 29

Baseball at Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Saint Joseph’s

West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.

 

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Side Lines 3/29/17

Outdoor Track: The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams placed first at the 22nd annual Monmouth Season Opener. The men totaled 335.5 points, which was 215.5 points ahead of the next closest team, which was Manhattan at 120. The women scored 266 points, which was 104 more than Sacred Heart, who scored 162.

“We appreciate everyone who came out to support us at home, everyone who worked to make the meet happen, and the 25 visiting teams who all made the meet a great competition,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “We also owe a big thank you to the staff at Georgian Court for graciously hosting the long throws for us yesterday while we are under construction here.”

The teams will compete in the Colonial relays in Williamsburg, VA from Mar. 30-Apr. 1.

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