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Captain Ryan Clark Looks to Finish His Career Strong

sports-soccerFor senior midfielder Ryan Clark, it’s business as usual. Ar­riving to practice early and being the last one on the field is becom­ing a daily routine for the Hawks’ captain. A true workhorse, Clark has the hardware to show for it.

“He’s a traditional box-to-box midfielder who does a lot of things for the team,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “It’s a treat when you get kids that are so dedicated to their craft and are so coachable. He’s kind of like the heart and soul of this team.”

A three time All-NEC First Team selection, first team All- Region his sophomore and junior year and Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year last year; Clark now holds preseason All-America honors this year and was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List last month.

“They are all really well de­served and I hope this can trans­late into a solid career after his Monmouth career is done,” said McCourt.Clark is a humble person and credits his teammates for the recognition he has gotten. One award or honor is no different than the next for Clark, who says they all come from hard work and getting team wins.

“I’m very serious about what I do, soccer is what I want to do with my future,” says Clark. “I basically dedicate all my time and focus on soccer.”

In the offseason, he is train­ing all the time. Three times a day, whether it is cross fit train­ing, soccer, weight room or yoga, Clark is getting ready for the up­coming season. Clark says yoga helps his endurance.

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Cross Country Team Runs Well in Holmdel


The cross country team finished third out of seven schools compet­ing in the 9th Annual Kickoff Meet at Thompson Park in their first meet of the season.

The men ran a 6k while the wom­en competed in a 4k. Senior Aman­da Eller prevailed as the women’s top runner finishing eighth in her race with a time of 14:57 while the men’s top runner, freshman Do­menick D’Agostino, also finished a mere 19 seconds behind first place securing an eighth place spot in his race with a time of 19:47.4. Graham Huggins-Folizof finished in tenth place with a time of 19:54.5.

In their second race, the men’s cross country team took on an 8k between 15 schools while the wom­en ran a 5k between 17 schools. Leading MU’s men’s cross country team to third place were sophomore Khari Bowen and D’Agostino who finished in seventh and tenth over­all. Even though the men earned third place in the overall run, they finished in first between all North­east Conference (NEC) opponents. 

The women were not as fortunate as they placed ninth in the overall meet and fourth between NEC ri­vals. Once again, Eller scored as MU’s top runner placing 18th over­all and having a time of 18:51.

For the team’s third meet, they traveled down the road for Mon­mouth’s 18th Holmdel Invitational. Eller was the first MU woman to cross the finish line placing fifth overall at 18:53.8. Although many may feel rather proud finishing at 18:53.8, Eller considers another ac­complishment her greatest achieve­ment of the race.

“I am certainly proud to be the third ever of Monmouth women to finish under 19 minutes at Hol­mdel and I would have to say that I am more proud of that,” Eller goes on, “But I also am happy with my Holmdel time because it is a course best for me there.”

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France’s “Paco” Navarro Starts Fast With Hawks


A player with an excellent track record has found his way to the men’s soccer program. Former member of the France U17 National team, midfielder/forward Francois “Paco” Navarro is fitting in quite well with his new team and has helped lead the Hawks to a 5-1-1 start.

The Hawks now have a player with the capability of adding a whole new dimension to the team. Navarro plays the wing and that is something that the Hawks have lacked in previous years. He is currently leading the team in points with two goals and three assists.

“When I have the ball, the first thing is like ‘I need to go forward,’” said Navarro. “I want to score goals, but I want my teammates to score goals too.”

“He’s a true winger; he’s really good going forward and that’s not something we’ve had a lot of before in the past,” said teammate Joseph Schmid.

At age 12, Navarro enrolled in the Clairefontaine Academy in France, a prestigious soccer academy which he attended from 12-15 years old. One of the best academies in all of Europe, Clairefontaine is known for its extensive training and getting their players ready for the future.

“It prepares you to go to the next level,” said Navarro. “School is real important and then you have a two and a half hour training session every day during the three years.”

Paco then became a member of the French U17 National team. He had to follow strict rules there, such as what to eat, keeping his body fit and restrictions on going out. Paco says it was a really good experience being part of a club where he learned how to prepare himself to think like a professional.

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Pieczynski First Field Hockey Player to Reach 100 Points

Field hockey’s senior forward Michelle Pieczynski became the first player in school history to surpass the 100-point mark for her career. She achieved the milestone earlier in the month in a loss to Fairfield University.

In the matchup against Fairfield, Pieczynski struck for her first goal of the game. Later in the game, she struck again, giving herself 101 points overall, and setting a new Monmouth University field hockey milestone. So far this season, Pieczynski has 13 points total, including six goals and one assist. She currently sits at 108 points for her career. Her 47 goals are the most all-time in Monmouth’s field hockey history. Also, she is tied for second on the all-time assists list. She trails 2011 graduate Morganne Firmstone, who holds the record with 16 career assists.

Based on her statistics and leadership qualities, Pieczynski is looked up to as a model player for the field hockey program. Her leadership both on and off the field has aided to her success as a player and as a person.

“I knew I was close to it, so I knew I could probably do it, but it does take the whole team to get up the field. It was a good accomplishment. I was happy about it. We just worked really hard together. It really helps our team out for sure,” Pieczynski explained.

In the 2011 season, she also led the team in points with 45, including 19 goals and seven assists. She also led the way during her sophomore season in 2010, with 31 points, including 14 goals and three assists.

Focusing on the team’s recent games, the Hawks fell to the University of Delaware last Wednesday by a score of 3-1. Tara Brown scored early for Monmouth, but after that it was all Delaware. They scored the final three goals to seal it, holding the Hawks scoreless for the remainder of the match. In the net, Teresa Mathews let up three goals, but did have seven saves. Both teams matched up well regarding shot attempts, but Delaware executed and hit more of their shots. Both teams also won eight penalty corners each.

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Frazier Recovers From ACL Tear

frazier recovers from acl tearNortheast Conference (NEC) Offensive Player of the Week after the Hawk’s second game of the season, fifth year senior Kyle Frazier, has proven that he has one thing on his mind this season, an NEC Championship ring.

Coming back this year after a season-ending knee injury against Bryant, Frazier has restored not only his knee, but also his mentality to strive for a winning season. “It was one of the hardest times of my life,” Frazier described after his ACL surgery. But with a few months of rehab and a lot of determination, he was able to work his way back up to where he was before his injury.

Now into his fifth year on the Hawks, Frazier first started playing football at the age of seven. Given the choice at a young age to play either soccer or football, Monmouth’s quarterback clearly made the right decision. Along with playing football, Frazier also tried baseball and basketball but realized playing football is what he wanted to continue with.

Frazier knew that he wanted to come to the University as soon as he visited the campus. He described how much he loved the coaches, other players and the area. “This has been the best time of my life,” explained Frazier. “I have no regrets of coming here. I made a lot of new friends and have enjoyed playing football.”

After red shirting as a freshman, Frazier came out his sophomore year starting seven out of the 11 games of the season. He finished off the year with 1,453 yards and 10 touchdowns. Frazier was named NEC Rookie of the Week for his success against Sacred Heart. As a junior, Frazier started all 11 games and ranked within the top five quarterbacks from Monmouth for completed passes in a season. He led the NEC and ranked fourth in Hawks history by completing 61.3 percent of his passes.

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Women’s Soccer Opens 3-4-1

womens soccer opens 3 4 1The women’s soccer team posted its first draw of the season Sunday night on the Great Lawn, with the final score of 1-1 in a match that went into double overtime against Rider. The Hawks now post a record of 3-4-1 as they end their non-conference schedule.

Starting the season off slowly, Krissy Turner’s women’s soccer team continued to play well and perhaps find their groove on Sunday night. Despite giving up an early goal in the first half, the Hawks changed the momentum of the game with a tenacious mentality to fight back no matter what. “We’ve been down so many times it doesn’t really phase us any-more,” explains Turner. It is that kind of mentality that has helped Monmouth climb up the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings.

Although the Hawks are a young team they have a great mixture of youth, determination and players that continue to step up. Those among many reasons have helped fuel the Hawks strong play in recent weeks. “We have had some players that were out with injuries and I think the players that have stepped in have done a pretty good job,” said Turner. Even though the team has a lack of experience they have fought hard against strong opponents this season and continue to improve week by week. “The experience of getting into these games is going to help us when we get into conference play,” states sophomore defender Alexa Freguletti.

In MU’s final non-conference game of the season, they gave up a goal early in the 14th minute. However, the Hawks would scratch and claw their way back into the game by showing poise and heart. Monmouth fought hard and tied it up in the 17th minute. The goal was scored by Freguletti and it was her first goal of the season.

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The Gun Show || Watch At Your Own Risk

Corruption Bleeds From Every Depth of the BCS

Four long months have gone by since everyone has heard from The Gun Show, and in that time, I’d say I’ve been graced by a few sports epiphanies. Luckily (I can only hope), you’re in for another year of college sports news decoding. Whether this saddens you or gives you comfort, there’s one thing I can say (as Peter Griffin once made clear), there are a few things that really grind my gears...

Nothing beats a great in-conference college football matchup, right? Fans of all walks of life just cannot wait to sit down with their popcorn in hand to watch their ranked team beat a lower-echelon no name... well if that’s what you’re thinking (and agreeing upon), then you’ve lost any sense of dignity regarding sports and its true motivating factor: Fun. Stemming from that: Friendly competition. It is all gone.

Three quarters of the games we see now are fifty point blowouts that don’t even deserve a minute of viewership.

This is not the powerful team’s fault either. Every now and then you may hear about a coach catching some scrutiny for purposely running up the score in an effort to cure some sort of personal vendetta with the opposite sideline. Yes, this is an exception. But in general, it’s the format of the NCAA football system that allows for such lopsidedness.

Highly paid college scouts for Big Ten or SEC programs bring in unparalleled talent through recruitment and the coaching staffs, which earn millions to mold these players into Heisman contenders and All-Americans. Succeeding that, these NFL ready rosters take on the lower caliber NCAA teams; these rosters are full of staffs which earn half as much and have a quarter of the talent. Put the two together, add in some television cameras and you get boring, predictable and unruly games. The Alabamas, LSUs and Oregons of the world will pummel their opponents, sometimes 60-0 or maybe even worse.

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Field Hockey Starts Season 0-6

sports_fieldhockeyThe University field hockey team has started the season slowly, but head coach Carli Figlio and her girls know what it takes to get back on track. Figlio is in her sixth year as the head coach, so she has plenty of experience going through ups and downs in a season.

The team has started the season 0-6, but they are headed to Newark, Del. today to take on the University of Delaware in a non-conference matchup.

The Hawks began the season with a tough loss to Syracuse University, ranked seventh in the nation at the time. Monmouth hosted Syracuse with expectations for a tough game, but also an opportunity to prove something big. Unfortunately, they fell short by a score of 8-1. Despite what the final score said, having the opportunity to match up against a powerful squad like Syracuse is only good for the Monmouth field hockey program. Playing up against tough opponents will only make them better.

Three days later, Monmouth traveled to Long Island to take on Hofstra University. It was another tough one, as the Hawks were held without a goal in the 6-0 loss. The Hawks wrapped up the month of August with an opportunity to host Rutgers University and add to the hype of the in-state rivalry. It was also the third year that the two schools have participated in the “Stick it To Cancer Game,” where both teams play to support and fund cancer research. The past two years, the two schools raised over $3,000. Rutgers came out on top with a 4-1 win.

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Hawks Fly Passed Rhode Island 41-6

sports_footballThe Football team dominated Rhode Island on Saturday 41-6 to improve their record to 1-1 on the season.

Kyle Frazier had one of the best games of his career. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He took control of the game with his feet as well, rushing seven times for 57 yards. Frazier didn’t even play in the fourth quarter.

On the Hawks’ first possession, Frazier led a 13-play, 85-yard drive for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The fifth year senior quarterback was six of seven passing for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball once for ten yards.

The Blue and White had lost their previous eight games at home, so starting strong got the crowd involved and confident for the first time in a while at Kessler Field.

Monmouth’s offense was able to do whatever they wanted against the Rams (0-1) for the entire game. Everyone was involved and the team was clicking on all cylinders.

The Hawks totaled 539 yards of offense, with 272 coming on the ground.

Pete Nagy led MU with 82 yards rushing on eight carries, despite losing a fumble at his own 12-yard line on the team’s second possession. K.B. Asante carried 14 times for 64 yards, a healthy 4.6-yard average. Sophomore Julian. Hayes took the ball 12 times for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his second and third scores of the season.

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Men’s Soccer Undefeated Through Five Games

sports_menssoccerIt’s been a great start to the 2012 season for the Hawks men’s soccer team. Yet to be defeated, they are 4-0-1 and currently sitting second in the Northeast Conference. Coming off three straight NEC tournament titles and seven straight NEC regular season championships, Coach Robert McCourt’s team is eager to continue their success this year.

“Our goals every year are to set ourselves up to get an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, to win the NEC regular season and to win the NEC tournament. Those are our three main goals,” said Coach McCourt. “We always feel that, as a program, anything less than that is a failure for us.”

Many changes have occurred since last season ended with a defeat to UCONN in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Hawks welcome four international players who have all earned starting spots on the team and are already making a huge impact. Junior transfer Francois “Paco” Navarro, originally from Paris, France, leads the team in points this year, recording two goals and three assists in the five games.

“Coach McCourt has done a great job putting in a lot of new pieces,” said junior Jacob Rubinstein. “We have a lot of new people this year, a lot of new faces getting a lot of playing time, so he’s definitely done a great job putting everything together.”

Early on, the Hawks have been getting recognition for their play from the Northeast Conference. Two weeks into the season, a Monmouth player has been named NEC Player of the Week as well as NEC Rookie of the Week each week.

The honors of Player of the Week went to Jacob Rubinstein for the week of August 27. Rubinstein scored the lone goal in the season opener at Towson University. A corner kick gave Paco Navarro the assist as Rubinstein put the ball in the back of the net. The goal was Rubinstein’s first since he netted the game winner against Saint Francis (PA.) in the 2010 NEC Championship game.

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A Look Back At The Spring Season

sports_springsportsMany students left the University in the middle of May after finals to return home for summer vacation. The spring sports teams, however, still needed to conclude their seasons and try to win championships.

Starting with the baseball team, Monmouth came up just short of winning the Northeast Conference (NEC) crown. The second seeded Pioneers of Sacred Heart defeated the Hawks 5-1 in the conference championship game.

Hawks’ baseball won 35 games on the season, eclipsing 30 wins for the second consecutive year and eighth time under the direction of Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. Pat Light and Jake Gronsky were both named to the NEC All-Tournament team.

Light was drafted into Major League Baseball by the Boston Red Sox.

The softball team lost its only two games in the NEC tournament to Robert Morris and Quinnipiac to finish the season with a record of 24-20.

Chelsea Paprocki was named to the NEC All-Tournament for her efforts. She knocked in all of Monmouth’s three runs in the post season. She scorched a double down the left field line in the second inning against Robert Morris to plate a pair of runs. Against Quinnipiac, her RBI came on a single to left field in the fourth inning to cut the Bobcats’ lead in half and make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Softball won its final seven games of the regular season to finish fourth in the NEC and beat out Central Connecticut State and Bryant by one game for the final seed in the conference tournament.

Women’s lacrosse won the NEC tournament for the first time since 2007. The third-seeded Hawks defeated Mount St. Mary’s 11- 3. The Blue and White’s defense allowed the fewest goals in the history of the NEC tournament, allowing only seven goals in its two games. The previous record was nine.

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