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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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Women’s Basketball Falls to Sacred Heart in NEC Title Game

The women’s basketball team erased an 18-point deficit but fell to top-seeded Sacred Heart, 58-48, in the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center. Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) finished with a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, whose season ends at 19-13. The Pioneers (25-7) advance to the NCAA Tournament with the win.

“I’m really disappointed to fall short in that one,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “But at the same time, I’m really proud of the team to get to this point. I’m really, really proud of our team and what we achieved this season. I thought Sacred Heart was phenomenal today. They did a great job. They really jumped on us in that first half.”

Chanel Gomez (Perth Amboy, N.J./Perth Amboy [Brookdale C.C.]) added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Hawks, while Gena Broadus (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll [George Mason]) also grabbed 11 boards for Monmouth. Betsy Gadziala (Whiteboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) also chipped in eight points. For their contributions during the NEC Tournament, Womack and Abby Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Ericka Norman scored a team-high 18 points, while also adding six steals and two assists for the Pioneers. Gabrielle Washington chipped in 13 points and six rebounds, while Morgan Merriman had 11 points. Callan Taylor also contributed seven points and eight rebounds.

“[Sacred Heart] had some people who really stepped up, people who are solid, but not really known for putting up many points,” said Palmateer. “Norman was phenomenal. Merriman was phenomenal. Our goal going in was to be able to shut down Taylor and Washington. I thought we did a decent job on those two. So, give a lot of credit to them. I think they’ll do well in the NCAA Tournament. I’m going to be pulling for them as they move on.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Drops to 1-6 on the Season

The women’s lacrosse team sits at 1-6 nearly halfway through the 2012 campaign. The Hawks fell to Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. 13-7 for their third consecutive loss.

MU had a couple of leads in the first half but never took full control. Rutgers scored four consecutive goals before half time to take a 5-3 lead, and the Hawks never tied it again.

Alex Marino scored for the Blue and White to get within one and sent the game to intermission 5-4.

Sam Lillo tallied a hat trick for MU, all coming in the first half, while leading the team with nine shots. Lynn White and Marino added two goals apiece.

Freshman goalie Katie Donohoe tied a career high with 13 saves against RU.

Ali Steinberg led the Scarlet Knights (3-3) with five goals and 12 shots. Annie McGinley scored a hat trick. Lauren Sbrilli and Stephanie Anderson each added two scores.

Monmouth opens up the Northeast Conference (NEC) portion of its schedule Friday at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) at 3:00 pm. Robert Morris travels to West Long Branch for a Sunday matchup at noon.

Women’s Basketball Triumphs Over LIU-Brooklyn

Will Now Face-off Against Quinnipiac in NEC Semifinals

wbb triumphs over liu brooklynWith the regular season over, the Universities women’s basketball team defeated Long Island University-Brooklyn this past Saturday 68-56 in the quarterfinal game for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. Thirdseed Hawks rivaled the number six Blackbirds, beating them for a third time this season.

Together the team worked hard for their defeat. “The game went good,” Junior Abigail Martin stated “The game went good and we played well as a team too.”

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer was excited about the girls win. She explained how the team had a successful first half, hitting three pointers to give them a safe lead. LIU came back wanting revenge for their previous two losses against the Hawks. However, the team did not allow any room for a win.

Junior Alysha Womack played a tough game with 23 points and a strong first half. With her help, they were able to spring ahead from the beginning. Martin had her fourth double-double of the season by scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Junior Chevannah Paalvast scored eight points and had a career high five steals and two blocked shots.

Even with a sprained ankle, senior Alexis Canady was able to triumph over LIU with 13 points. With her first attempt at a threepointer it was obvious that not even her injury could hold her back from pushing herself further along in the game. Wearing her boot during practice and working hard in rehab the week leading up to the game, she felt comfortable and prepared to play. The team felt a spark with her perseverance to come out and play.

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Men’s Basketball Season Comes to a Close Against RMU

mbb season comes to a close against rmuThe men’s basketball team ended its season Thursday night with a loss against Robert Morris 87-68 in the first round of the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament.

“I can’t say enough about our team, and our kids, and the way they battled. The way they fought through adversity the whole year,” said Head Coach King Rice. “It makes you proud to be a coach and I’m thankful that they allowed me to coach them for this year, especially down to the wire tonight.”

Coron Williams led the Colonials with 25 points, shooting eight of 11 from three-point range. Lucky Jones added 16 points off the bench.

Jones and Lawrence Bridges led the third seed Colonials with seven rebounds each.

The Hawks were able to slow down Velton Jones, holding him to 12 points after he dropped 35 on MU earlier this season. He scored only four points in the final 36 minutes of the game.

Ed Waite led the Hawks with 14 points on six-of-seven shooting. Jesse Steele added 11 and Mike Myers Keitt scored 10 off the bench.

Steele led MU in rebounds with five and assists with four.

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Men’s and Women’s Track Teams Post Record-Setting Weekend

mens womens track teams post record setting weekendBoth the University men’s and women’s track and field team’s were dominant over the championship weekend, but the men broke a memorable record. The men’s team totaled 27 points, the most ever at the IC4A’s by Monmouth. It was good enough for a ninth place finish. It is Monmouth’s best finish at the event since their 11th place finish in 2002. The Hawks also had five team members take All-East honors at the event.

The women’s team finished in 17th place at the ECAC Championships. It is their second straight season finishing in the top 20. Their 17th place finish is their best in the event in school history. The women’s team also added two more All-East members.

“We were pleased to get the men into the top ten and the women into the top 20 at a high caliber meet like this. We competed very well against the best schools from the Ivy League, Patriot League, Big East and other major conferences. Both teams did a great job this indoor season and we are excited about the opportunities we will have outdoors in a few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni explained in a press release. 

For the men’s side, Ford Palmer ran the 1,000 meter run in 2:25.09, good enough for first place and to become the school’s first individual champion at the event. Palmer also joined the distance medley team to an All-East finish along with Mark Bernardo, Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez, and Garth DiBlasio. They finished in seventh place overall. Vince Elardo earned All-East Honors on the first day of the meet in the weight throw, and on the second day as well in the shot put, claiming second overall in the event. Errol Jeffery earned his first All-East honor as he finished fifth in the shot put. Shane Carle finished ninth in the shot put.

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Softball Team Knocks Off Delaware, but Falls to Army

softball team knocks off delaware but falls to armyThe softball team opened the season in Norfolk, Virginia in the 2012 Spartan Classic and won three of its four games.

The Hawks (3-1) defeated Norfolk State 10-4 in the season opener. Kayla Weiser went two for three from the plate, knocking in four runs. Kate Kuzma and Shannon Fitzgerald also knocked in two runs each.

The Spartans led 3-0 halfway through the fourth inning. The Blue and White exploded in the bottom of the inning for eight runs. Alicia Desanto started the inning off with a walk and stole second base. Weiser singled to knock in the Hawks’ first run. Kuzma came up next and singled. Vanessa Cardoza stepped up next with a single to knock in Weiser. Fitzgerald kept the flood gates open when she stepped up next, batting in Cardoza and Kuzma with a single. Two batters later, Chelsea Paprocki got a base hit up the middle, and Fitzgerald scored. Jenna Jaquish and Christine Scherr reached base to load them up with only one out. Two batters later, Weiser doubled to clear the bases and give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.

Alissa Schoelkopf pitched four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out eight. Jordan Barnett threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits. Barnett struck out four.

In the second game of the double-header, MU defeated Delaware 6-3.

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