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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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The Gun Show || The Year That Was

default article imageA Summary of The Gun Show’s Most Impactful Stories

With the semester coming to a close, it is only natural to look back at the year that was. To say we had a substantial amount of news in sports would be an understatement. We saw everything from sex scandals to praises on the Cuban dictatorship to different Monmouth athletes coming out of college and entering professional sports.

This week, I will try to narrow down the year’s most impactful stories and sum them up a bit. It is my hope that this sum-up will cause you to reminisce a bit on the school year that was, and even how much sports has influenced the news we remember.

Just attempting to narrow down nearly 30 editions of “The Gun Show” was quite a hard task, but hopefully you have hung on to the hard copies and made some further assumptions yourself.

Before I begin with the summary, I would just like to thank all of you readers for sifting the pages of The Outlook to the back every week just to see what sort of opinion I had that week on the wide world of sports.

Hopefully in the next year, you will see many more opinionated articles that you can agree with me on; or maybe you may come find content that you strongly disagree with. Either way, this has shown the power of op/ed, even in sports. So finally, I would just like to reiterate my appreciation for all of my faithful readers.

So this year in sports, we have had!

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Baseball Sweeps Four-Game Series Against the Mount

default article imageMU faced a tough line up this past week as they competed against the non-conference Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday and competed in two double headers Friday and Saturday against NEC opponent Mount St. Mary’s.

Starting off for the Hawks was right handed pitcher Jon Shippee. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead in the first inning scoring three runs off three hits.

Senior left fielder Ed Martin led off in the first inning by hitting a single. Next was senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who got to first due to catcher interference. Sophomore second baseman, Jake Gronsky, nearly tired the game up by hitting a ball to the fence but it was caught.

Junior third baseman, Danny Avella, came up to bat and hit a sac fly deep to right field advancing both Martin and Rosenkranz. With two outs, senior designated hitter Chris Perret was able to connect for a single scoring Martin from third. Next was senior first baseman Owen Stewart who walked on four pitches bringing sophomore shortstop Jon Guida to the plate with the bases loaded.

Guida hit the ball in front of the home plate forcing a fielder’s choice ending the Hawks’ threat. Monmouth would not get another hit until the seventh when senior center fielder, Josh Boyd, connected for a single.

The scoreboard did not change again until the sixth when Rutgers was able to score making it a 4-1 game. After this run crossed the plate, Shippee was replaced by freshman righty T.J. Hunt. Shippee closed his line with 5.2 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits. Hunt was unable to calm the Rutgers offense as he pitched 1.1 innings serving up two earned runs against seven batters. Relieving Hunt in the eighth was fifth year senior John McDonald who pitched one-third of an inning allowing one earned run. Coming in for McDonald was freshman righty Adam Yunginger who finished off the eighth with only one hit and one walk held to his name. Right-handed freshman, Chris McKenna, pitched in the ninth giving Rutgers their final run off two hits bringing the final score to 8-1 in Rutger’s favor.

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Softball Falls in Three NEC Games Over Weekend

sports-softballThe softball team was swept by Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent Bryant on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Monmouth 7-4 in the first game and 5-4 in the second in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

In game one, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Alicia Desanto singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Desanto advanced to third on another wild pitch. Tish Derer doubled to center, bringing Desanto home. Kaitie Schumacher came up next and singled to knock in Derer.

The Blue and White added another two runs in the fourth. Chelsea Paprocki led the inning off with a solo home run. After a couple outs, Derer singled to shortstop. Schumacher doubled to center and Derer scored.

Derer and Schumacher combined for six hits, three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kayla Weiser and Desanto added two hits each.

Alissa Schoelkopf took the loss and her record fell to 7-3 in 2012. She pitched five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two. She had five strikeouts.

In game two, the Hawks tied the game at with a four-run sixth inning. Schumacher doubled to start the inning. Weiser singled to put runner on the corners for Vanessa Cardoza. The freshman singled to shortstop and Schumacher scored to give the Hawks their first run of the day. Colleen Kelly flied out next and both runners moved up a base. Kayleena Flores stepped up with runners on second and third and one out. A wild pitch brought Weiser home and moved Cardoza to third. Flores singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, Cardoza scored.

With two outs and the bases empty, the Hawks generated enough offense to tie the game. Paprocki was hit by a pitch, followed by Desanto’s single. Christine Scherr singled next to bring Paprocki home and tie the game at four.

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Hawks Reach NEC Tournament With Win Over the Mount

hawks reach nec tournament with win over the mountMonmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team qualified for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament on Friday after dispatching rival Mount St. Mary’s 11-6 on Kessler Field.

The Hawks, 7-10 6-3 NEC, used a complete team effort to defeat Mount, who also owns a 7-10 and 6-3 league record. The Hawks were led offensively by seniors Olivia Salata and Alex Marino, each who registered five points in the win. The Hawks were accurate with the ball, putting 18 of 21 shots on net and holding Mount to just six goals.

“This was probably the best I’ve seen our team play overall,” said MU Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Our offense settled and got good looks. They took great shots and moved the ball well together along with doing a a tremendous job tackling back. I thought some of the turnovers we created early created goals for us. Our midfield ran the field well and put pressure on them. Defensively, we did a nice job handling their drivers.”

MU expanded its lead to 6-1 on a pair of Sam Lillo goals, but Mount got those two back with two consecutive scores within 85 seconds of one another. After Coach Wescott called a timeout the Hawks regained their composure, scoring two straight to push the lead to 8-3. The two teams traded goals over the remaining 13 minutes, with MU coming out on top 11-6.

After almost 20 scoreless minutes, Monmouth senior Lynn White got the Hawks on the board, beating Mount goalie Brigid McTavish one on one. Two minutes later Marino tallied an unassisted goal at the 8:44 mark to put the Hawk ahead 2-0. The MU lead swelled to 3-0 after a Salata goal with 5:40 to play before Mount’s Erin Seipp cut the lead to 3-1 with 1:40 to play, capitalizing off a MU turnover in the midfield. Lillo notched the final score of the half, putting MU up 4-1 going into halftime.

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Men’s Tennis Falls to FDU in Championship

default article imageThe men’s tennis team fell to Farleigh Dickinson on Sunday 4-0 in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship match at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Knights were the number one seed in the tournament and the Blue and White were the third seed.

The Knights won the doubles point and the first three single matches finished.

In the No. 1 singles competition, the Knight’s Arvis Berzins defeated Freddy Marcinkowski 6-2, 6-4. In the No. 2 singles matchup, Ibrahim Shams topped Monmouth’s Francis Jedlinski 6-0, 6-1. Yuri Gricheno of the Knights faced Laurence Heads in the No. 3 singles match that went unfinished. The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matchups also ended unfinished. In the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles competitions, FDU defeated Monmouth 8-2. The No. 2 doubles matchup ended unfinished.

The Hawks finished the season with an 8-12 record, 5-4 in the NEC.

Farleigh Dickinson is 15-8 overall and 7-0 in the NEC. They will go on to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Men and Women’s Track Record First Place Finishes at Rider

default article imageOn Saturday afternoon, both the Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field squads claimed the team title at the Rider Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J., while a trio of distance runners competed at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University, which included ECAC qualifying marks for a pair of Hawks.

On the men’s side at Rider, Monmouth (266) defeated the host Broncs by 115 points to take home the trophy, while the Monmouth women (234) topped NEC foe Sacred Heart by 37 points to claim the top spot.

“We needed to take a step forward as a team this weekend, and for the most part we definitely did that,” commented Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We still need to get stronger in some areas, but overall it was a very positive day.”

The Monmouth men scored in 20 of 20 events, winning all three relays, two individual events on the track and six field events to highlight the day. Senior Vincent Elardo won three events - shot put, discus and hammer throw, all with performances that move him up among the top performers in the East.

Junior Ford Palmer qualified for IC4As in the 800, pulling away late in the race to win in 1:51.73, a time that ranks fifth in school history. Palmer came back later to anchor the winning 4x800 relay, joining with Colin McDonald, Andrew Langille, and Garth DeBlasio to win in 7:51.50.

The Hawks also won the 4x100 relay, with Josh Lewis, Geoff Navarro, Mike Drake and Ben Boyd running 41.78, while the 4x400 team made it a clean sweep of the relays, with Aaron Aquino, Jon Marques, Bayaan Oluy­adi and Joe DiBianca closing out the day with a win in 3:18.35.

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Softball Wins Three of Four, Sweeps Rival FDU

sports-softballpicThe softball team went 3-1 last week, splitting with Villanova and sweeping a Northeast Conference (NEC) double-header against Farleigh Dickinson.

The Hawks (16-14, 7-5) are in fifth place in the NEC. They are two games behind the conference leader, Robert Morris. Monmouth also trails Long Island University - Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

MU defeated their conference rival 6-5 in the first game and 8-0 in game two. Monmouth never trailed in either game.

“These were very big wins for us. We control where we want to be at the end of the season, so if we just go out and take care of our business and not worry about anything else, that’s all we can do,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We need to focus on one NEC game at a time and do what we did against FDU. Everyone needs to focus on their job and their job only and get it done. When we do that you saw against FDU the outcome that we can produce.”

Kate Kuzma led the team over the Knights (23-14, 5-7) with five RBI’s. She went three for eight with a double, triple and homerun. Kuzma also caught both games.

“I think Kate Kuzma did an outstanding job of calling both games. It’s mentally challenging to catch back-to-back games and then to call them on top of that. I think Kate yesterday played her best ball games and I hope she continues to play as she did because we are so much stronger when our battery is on and they were on yesterday,” said Berndt. “Kuzma made a play with two outs and threw out the tying run at third base to end the game.”

Alissa Schoelkopf (6-2) was the winning pitcher in game one. She pitched the entire game, allowing five hits and five runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out two and walked two.

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Baseball Team Splits Four Game Series With CCSU

default article imageMonmouth University’s baseball team had a six game straight stint this past week against three different opponents. While most teams may feel pressured when it comes to playing six games with­in the span of five days late in the season, the Hawks kept their cool. “I don’t think we feel any pressure, we’re 30 on games into the season and we all elected to play this game,” Coach Ehehalt states, “We’re going to deal with the pressure that comes with it.”

With that said, the Hawks opened up their week with a one game series against Temple Uni­versity. This game was meant to be played on Saturday, March 31 but was postponed due to rain. Coach Ehehalt handed right-hander Jon Shippee the ball, de­claring him the starter. Shippee went a career best seven innings, fanning five in the process. When asked what he attributes to his daily improvement, Shippee responded “I haven’t started con­sistently in a while. I’m just start­ing to get back into the groove of things.”

MU won the contest, 3-2, but had trouble securing their victory in the ninth. Freshman Charlie Battis relieved Neil Harm and got the first batter to fly out to right field. The next batter got on base due to a fielding er­ror by Battis. he then moved to second on a wild pitch. The next Temple player at bat also reached first base on an error by Guida, moving runners to the corners. At that point, Coach Ehehalt had figured Battis had enough and brought in Joe Loiodice to fin­ish off the Owls. Loiodice struck out the first batter and walked the second. The bases were now loaded and Monmouth was one swing away from losing their lead. Fortunately, Loiodice did not succumb to the pressure and got the last batter of the game to ground out to third.

Scoring runs for the Hawks were Jake Gronsky, Danny Avel­la and Owen Stewart. The RBI’s came off the bats of Avella, Chris Perret and center fielder Josh Boyd.

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Women’s LAX Wins Back to Back

womens lax wins back to backThe women’s lacrosse team added two wins to their record this past weekend after they defeated Wagner University and Long Island University. The Hawks traveled to Staten Island on Friday and came up with a big win, defeating the Seahawks 20-13.

MU dominated the first half, outscoring Wagner 11-5, but almost blew their lead in the second half managed to hold on. The Hawks drew first blood scoring the first three goals in the first half within the first five minutes. MU and Wagner exchanged goals throughout the first half, but the Hawks finished off the half with three consecutive goals.

In the second half, Wagner opened up with two consecutive goals but the Hawk’s responded with six additional goals throughout the next ten minute span. Wagner then added five goals in a row, decreasing the Hawks lead to five with four minutes left in the game. The run by Wagner wasn’t enough as MU added two more goals to officially seal it.

Attack Sam Lillo’s eights goal were good enough for her to be named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The eight goals tied a game record for the Hawks. Alex Marino scored two goals and added four assists and Kayleigh Gibbons had two goals and assists. Erica Abendschoen and Cassie Campasano each added two goals to the 20 goal effort. Goalie Katie Donohue racked up eight saves.

“Personally, my shot selection has gotten better. I have had better opportunities, and the attacking unit has been working a lot better together creating goals and assists,” Lillo said.

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