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The Gun Show || Gender Equality in Sports?

Hardly: Analysis of Women’s Sports Coverage Using the Baylor Championship

From net-cutting, to pre-game dunks, national viewers missed out on a memorable women’s basketball championship game this year. Although it has been reported that the game received positive TV ratings (and its best since 2004), it still had a sub-par standing compared to other popular sports. It sure seems like the media just ‘forgot’ to cover Brittney Griner’s pursuit of championship and its aftermath.

A 26 point, 13 rebound, and five block game seems quite memorable, correct? Well if you didn’t log onto Yahoo! Or, chances are you wouldn’t find out about Brittney Griner’s powerful play versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Is this a question of what commercialization and a media marketing stance has done to the sports world? In 2012 it seems that ad revenues drive programming, which ultimately decides what gets national coverage, from live airing to post-game analysis. So, noting how men’s sports and their cult-following drive more viewings and therefore generate better business, programmers decide to cut or limit women’s sports coverage.

Is this analysis controversial, considering you may go online and read a story about how good the championship did with ratings? Well my personal opinion still tends to lean towards “no.” Throughout the season you could have easily found a powerhouse men’s program playing during prime time ESPN or network broadcasting hours. You’d be hard-pressed to find the same for women’s basketball.

While this power struggle continues between men’s and women’s sports…we had history unfolding. Baylor, led by 6’8” Brittney Griner was attempting to conclude a perfect season (40-0) and win its first championship since 2005.

The dazzling play of Griner has led to a season of dunks, numerous blocks, scoring outbreaks, and interesting post-game breakdowns of her drop-step, one-handed put downs. Breezing through the tournament, Baylor beat UCSB, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Stanford to make the championship.

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Softball Sweeps Wagner, Kuzma is Hero

sports-kate-kuzmaThe softball team took both games of a double-header in West Long Branch on Saturday against Wagner to reach .500 on the season.

Kate Kuzma was the hero for the Hawks (13-13, 5-5), getting the game-winning hit in both games.

Lauren Sulick was the winning pitcher in each game, improving her record to 8-4 in 2012. She pitched a total of 11 innings, allowing three runs, all coming in the second inning of the second game.

“We have three pitchers that can do their job on any given day, and today Lauren just happened to be on and she stepped up and did a little bit more than what I would have liked,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “But in the situation right now we just need conference wins and she was on, they really weren’t hitting her. So I wanted to stay with her.”

The Blue and White won the first game 4-3.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Monmouth answered right back. Kayla Weiser and Kaitie Schumacher hit back-to-back home runs to take a 3-2 lead.

Wagner tied it in the top of the second and there was no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh.

Monmouth faced a scare in the fifth inning. Sulick walked the first two batters and coach Berndt headed out to the mound.

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Women's Lacrosse Team Defeats First Place CCSU

sports-katie-donohoeMU women’s lacrosse squad used a total team effort to hand Central Connecticut State their first conference loss of the season, 12-7 on Kessler Field Thursday, April 5.

The Hawks (4-9, 3-2 NEC), which never trailed, opened up an 8-1 lead in the first half. The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-1 NEC), who are off to their best start in program history, scored six second-half goals but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Monmouth offense.

“To me it was a lot about the stats today,” said MU head coach Denise Wescott. We started getting the draw, we got some good looks early. Our defense just shut them down, our assistant coaches’ scouting report was good and that really helped us shut the door. Our offense pressure and ran our ride as well as we have all year. We eased up a little in the second, we felt a little too confident. We gave up the draws and they capitalized.”

Offensively, the Hawks were led by sophomore Kaleigh Gibbons, who had a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists. The MU defense was impressive, forcing CCSU into 14 turnovers. Sabrina Heskins had three ground balls and two caused turnovers while freshman Katie Donohoe backstopped the Hawks with six saves, six ground balls and four caused turnovers.

The Hawks jumped all over the Blue Devils with Gibbons tallying back to back goals in the first 2:38 of the game. Senior Sam Lillo tallied two straight of her own, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead with 14:10 to play. Lynn White added a goal, with Gibbons on the assist before the New Hampshire native scored her third of the first half on a free position goal. Senior Olivia Salata pushed the lead to 7-0 with 12:22 to play before CCSU’s Betsy Vendel got her squad on the board with 10:52 remaining. Monmouth’s Sam Savona put MU up 8-1, scoring with 34 seconds left in the half.

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Men’s Tennis Team Goes 1-1 Against NEC Opponents

The men’s tennis team went 1-1 on the week, after facing two fellow NEC opponents.

On Thursday, the Hawks fell to Quinnipiac 4-3. Freddy Marcinkowski and Carl Jedlinski both won their singles matches, but Quinnipiac was able to edge out the Hawks in four out of the six singles matches to take the victory. In doubles action, Francis Jedlinski/Laurence Heads and David Sherwood/Tom Kowalski won their matches 8-5 and 8-3 respectively.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks defeated Sacred Heart 5-2 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Francis Jedlinski and Sherwood were both instrumental in the victory, as they both won their singles and doubles matches. Carl Jedlinski and Jason Rothstein were also able to pick up victories in singles matches as well. The win brought the Hawks record to 4-9 overall (1-2 in the NEC).

The Hawks return to West Long Branch on Wednesday afternoon when they face off against Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:00 pm.

Track and Field Sets Records in Florida and Princeton

Laura Williams ran .02 shy of a new 400-meter hurdles school record as the Monmouth University women’s and men’s track and field teams opened competition at the Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida, Friday afternoon. Vincent Elardo and Vincent DuVernois paced the men’s squad, landing top-four finishes in the discus and javelin, respectively. At Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational, Qiyana Hill’s mark of 43.11 (141’ 5”) broke her own school record in the discus, while Khari Bowen finished the 5,000-meter run in 14.42 to set the new MU freshman standard.

In a field of 56 sprinters, Williams crossed the finish line in 1:00.03 in the 400-meter hurdles, good for 20th overall. Her time sits second all-time in the Monmouth record books, .02 seconds shy of Latasha Dickson’s 2007 time of 1:00.01. Rachel Watkins ran her personal best of 1:01.02 in the event.

Watkins cleared 1.70m (5’ 7”) in the high jump followed by senior Lindsey Walsh (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape), who landed a jump of 1.65m (5’ 5”).

Jennifer Nelson ran her way to third all-time in program history in the 1,500-meter run, clocking in at 4:36.86 for 25th overall in a field of over 40 competitors.

Elardo took third in the discus finals, landing a throw of 50.70m (166’ 4”), while also earning sixth in the hammer throw, hurling for 56.36m (184’ 11”).

DuVernois took fourth overall in the javelin as last season’s All- American launched a mark of 67.02 (219’ 10”).

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Ehehalt Wins 500th With Hawks

sports-danny-avellaThe men’s baseball team is currently on a five game winning streak with the addition of this past weekend’s wins over the Lafayette Leopards and sweep over the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

The Hawks opened up their week on Wednesday against non-conference Lafayette. Jon Shippee was deemed starter of the game and pitched a career best 6.1 innings striking out three and allowing two runs off six hits. Replacing Shippee in the seventh was right hander Neil Harm who closed out the game and was awarded his second save of the season. When asked about Shippee’s performance, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said, “He has thrown three real good games for us. He’s not really conditioned to go nine at this point, but he’s thrown real well.” With this win, Shippee has improved his season record to 3-1.

Shippee and Harm had the support they needed from their offense. Scoring seven runs, the Hawks have finally regained their stamina at the plate. Designated hitter, Tim Bickford, knocked in second baseman Jamie Rosenkranz for the Hawk’s first run. Rosenkranz also accounted for the team’s second run in the bottom of the third. Hitting an infield single to get on base, Rosenkranz moved to second on a balk and then to third on a wild pitch. It was Bickford once more who hit the single needed to get Rosenkranz across home plate. Monmouth then changed the score in the fourth off catcher Tom Augustyniak’s and Rosenkranz’s bats. Augustyniak hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI double scoring center fielder Josh Boyd who got on base after being hit. Rosenkranz followed Augustyniak’s lead by hitting an RBI double as well.

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The Gun Show || What a Payne! An Examination of Today’s High Stakes NCAA Hirings

It is one day before a highly anticipated Final Four game. The Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on the Louisville Cardinals. At stake is a trip to the Championship Game and the ability to be the talk-of-the-town. An entrance to college basketball’s biggest game surely must rile the nerves of players, coaches, athletic directors, fans, family, etc. But, what’s really on the minds of the sport’s power-wielders? Business. 

Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin arranged a meeting with Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne last Friday, just 24 hours from Payne’s biggest game during his tenure with the Wildcats. The meeting was to discuss Payne’s basketball credentials and the possibility of him taking over the Mississippi State basketball team, recently left vacant by retired-coach Rick Stansbury. 

Even in the tense heat of the NCAA tournament, programs are on the search for the improvement of their team. Surely this is not a bad thing; we’d all like to see a well-run program. But the timing in some of these coaching searches just seems extremely disagreeable.

Payne was just hours away from helping John Calipari (one of the nation’s most renown coaches) guide his program to the championship game. But instead of X’s and O’s running through his mind, Stricklin got him thinking number of zeros in his paycheck. 

From the dribble-drive motion offense to Mississippi State’s contractual offensive, Kenny Payne was forced to think about outside teams, financial well-being, his future, etc. where he should’ve been fully committed to helping Kentucky advance.

Sure Scott Stricklin acted out of Kentucky’s best interests, right? He claimed to be on the coaching offensive because of the MSU fan-base’s impatience with the search. He told Bulldog fans to be patient, but in this information-driven, tech savvy, media consuming world, fans want answers now. He was just doing his job, right? Getting out there, meeting with arguably the nation’s top assistant coach. 

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Baseball Swept by Temple Over Weekend

Baseball-Pitcher-PicUsually the baseball team plays only conference games on the weekends, but this past weekend proved as a rarity. The Hawks played in a battle of the birds as they took on the non-conference Temple Owls in a two games series. One game was played Friday, at Monmouth while the other was on Sunday at Temple University in Philadelphia. Originally scheduled to be a three game series, the Saturday game was postponed with the anticipation of a heavy rainfall.

Starting in Friday’s game was Monmouth’s ace, right-handed Pat Light. Light battled through the first two innings allowing three hits and one run. He then pitched a perfect game from the third inning to the sixth inning maintaining a 2-0 lead over Temple. When asked how he felt during those stellar innings, Light commented, “I felt in control. You go four innings not giving up a hit and not letting a runner on base, you can’t not feel in control.” 

It was in the seventh when Light ran into some difficulty against the Owls line-up. Facing the heart of the order, Light walked the first batter, ending his flawless streak. He then allowed the next batter to hit a single, pushing a runner into scoring position. Light managed to get the following batter to hit a the ball right back to the mound creating the first out of the inning. The next batter hit a single scoring both runners on base. “I felt good,” Light continues, “Just kind of left some pitches over the middle in the seventh, can’t win them all.”

Light walked off the mound after pitching six and a third allowing five runs (three earned) off of six hits. He also struck out five batters while only walking one. Light was throwing heat on Friday’s game was a 92-94 miles per hour consistency and even hit 95 at one point. His pitch count was a good spot with 90 pitches, 58 of those crossing the plate as strikes. Unfortunately, he did not have the support needed and was pinned with the loss. When asked to comment on Light’s game, Coach Ehehalt said, “He pitched good enough for us to win.”

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Softball Goes 1-3 Over Weekend, Falls to Eighth in NEC

softball-picThe softball team defeated Saint Joseph’s, split with Robert Morris, and was swept by Saint Francis (Pa.) last week and is now 11-11 on the season, 3-5 in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

The Hawks defeated Saint Joseph’s 3-2 last Wednesday thanks to a Chealsea Paprocki‘s double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tish Derer, Kayleena Flores and Alicia Desanto each had two hits for MU, accounting for six of the team’s nine hits.

Alissa Schoelkopf was the winning pitcher for the Blue and White, improving her record to 3-1. In two innings of work, she allowed one run while striking out four and walking two. Jordan Barnett pitched five innings, allowing one run with one strikeout. 

In the bottom of the sixth, the game was tied at two. Flores walked to start the inning. Kate Kuzma grounded out, moving Flores to second. That’s when Paprocki stepped up and put the Hawks ahead. She doubled to right-center, knocking in Flores and giving MU the 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish.

Monmouth traveled to Robert Morris for a double-header Saturday. RMU won the first game 5-2. The Hawks took the second game, 3-2.

Barnett took the loss for Monmouth in game one. In 2.1 innings, she allowed seven hits and four runs. Lauren Sulick pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and a run. She struck out three and walked four.

Christine Scherr and Vanessa Cardoza each had an RBI for the Blue and White. Each of them hit solo home runs.

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Women’s Golf Team Looks to Drive Home an NEC Title

wgolf-teamMost college sporting events are easily accessible to students because they are located right on the campus. This is unfortunately not the case for the women’s golf team. As they kicked off their season this past weekend, these dedicated girls were not there to play in front of their whole university. 

After speaking with different girls from the team, I was able to understand the incredible passion and devotion they all demonstrate for a sport they love to play. 

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, junior Kelsi Kavanagh has been playing golf since she was three-years-old. She has been practicing with him twice a week since she was four. Grateful to play at the division one level, she has spent most of her time at the University focused and dedicated to golf. With such a strong passion for the competitive aspect of college level golf, Kavanagh hopes to take a swing at professional golf after graduation.

Sophomore Michelle Rosenhouse has also been playing since she was three years old, following in the footsteps of her entire family. “It’s a family sport that we all have played together for years,” explained Rosenhouse. She described golf as something that her and her brother have been able to bond over. If not playing golf after college, Rosenhouse hopes to one day broadcast for golf tournaments. 

After spending hours working out in the gym and practicing on the course, the team looks and feels ready to play. As a team, their main goal is to aim high. “This year I think our team can finish in the top three at conference championships in Florida,” stated Kavanagh. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Sacred Heart, but Falls to Quinnipiac

Freshman Allison Stathius scored twice in the final 13:45 to play, including the game-winning goal as the Hawks topped Sacred Heart (3-6, 2-1) in women’s lacrosse on Friday afternoon by a score of 9-7.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pioneers, dating back to the 2008 Northeast Conference semifinals. Stathius, who entered into the game with just one career-goal scored with 13:45 to give the Hawks their fourth lead of the game, 7-6. After SHU tied it up two minutes later, freshman attacker Meghan Hess (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) found Stathius near the net where she beat Pioneer goalie Kelly Keenan to put Monmouth up for good, 8-6. The MU defense held SHU to just two goals in the second frame, allowing their second lowest goal amount in 2012.

“This was a great win in the NEC for us over a good team in Sacred Heart,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “I think this is a special win for our seniors, who up until today had not beaten Sacred Heart. I thought we were composed and confident when the game was close on both sides of the ball. Our defense shut them down in the second half and Katie [Donohoe] stopped some big shots for us down the stretch. Offensively we worked the ball into good shots, their goalie really kept them in the game.”

The Hawks peppered Keenan, who made 17 saves, outshooting the Pioneers 33-14. Twenty-six of the MU shots found the goal while the Hawks dominated loose balls, gathering 27 ground balls, compared with just 13 for Sacred Heart.

“I think we are really starting to trust each other on offense,” said Wescott. Sam [Lillo], Lynn [White] and Ally [Stathius] got some good looks offensively. Sam [Savona] was big off the bench for us on the draw and got a couple of goals. When there is open space in front of the goal we are starting to feel more confident going one on one. Marino and Olivia [Salata] found open players throughout the game, setting up some of our opportunities and scores.”

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