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Upcoming Games 9-13-17

Friday, September 15

W Tennis at Navy
Annapolis, MD 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 16

W Golf at Navy
Annapolis, MD 8:00 a.m.

W Tennis at Navy
Annapolis, MD 9:00 a.m.

M & W Cross Country
23rd annual MU Invitational
Holmdel Park, Holmdel, NJ

WSOC at Niagara*
Niagara, NY 11:00 a.m.

MSOC at #12 Umass-Lowell
Lowell, MA 7:00 p.m.

Football at Albany
Albany, NY 7:00 p.m.

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Field Hockey Defeats Lehigh, Brown With Two Shutouts

F Hockey 09.13.17The field hockey team came away with two impressive victories this past weekend to end a two-game losing streak. The Hawks handily defeated Lehigh on Friday afternoon by the score off 7-0 and followed suit on Sunday by beating Brown 9-0. With the two wins the Hawks improve to a 4-2 record on the season and have won 15 straight regular season home games.

Friday’s tilt against Lehigh began as a defensive slugfest, with both teams limiting each other’s chances. Senior forward Meg Donahue opened up scoring in the 12th minute by netting a loose ball located in the circle. The Hawks offense wasted little time and followed up four minutes later. This time it was junior forward Elyssa Okken who buried another loose ball in front of the net.

Action slowed at this point and it would take another ten minutes before a goal would be scored. Sophomore forward Josephine van der Hoop was responsible for the goal as she scored her first of the day right before the half to make it 3-0 Hawks.

Monmouth wasted little time extending their lead coming out of the half. Van Der Hoop registered her second of the day off a fast break assisted by senior midfielder Rachel Konowal to pull ahead 4-0. The Hawks did not look back from there and would register three more scores before the clock hit zero to win in an impressive matter.

“It was a great win after a tough weekend in Virginia.  We were working on a few tactical things this week that showed today as we continue to get ready for conference play which is just a few weeks out, but today was a complete team win,” Head Coach Carli Figlio on the win. 

Monmouth rolled to their second victory of the weekend by recording a 9-0 shutout over Brown. Senior forward Meg Donahue and sophomore forward Josephine van der Hoop both registered hat tricks on route to an impressive win.

Senior defender Julie Laszlo made her presence felt early by registering the first goal of the game at the 2:03 mark. Not be overshadowed, van der Hoop scored the following two goals to put the Hawks ahead by three. Monmouth tallied four more before the half and took a seven-goal advantage into the half.

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Men’s Soccer Falls to UMBC in Overtime

M Soccer 09.13.17In their fifth match of the new season, Monmouth men’s soccer was defeated by UMBC, 2-1, in heartbreaking fashion just two minutes into overtime at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn on Saturday night.

“I thought that tonight UMBC deserved to get something out of the game for sure,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “They were really hungry and competitive and we knew they were a good team coming in.”

Redshirt senior midfielder and captain Colin Stripling said, “We’ve got to be better in a sense of taking positives out of everything. We moved the ball well at times and the goalkeeping and back four was great.”

The match saw its first action fifteen minutes in when a looping header put Retrievers sophomore forward Tre Pulliam through on goal, but his shot was saved by Monmouth junior goalkeeper Bobby Edwards. The resulting corner kick saw Pulliam fire a header at Edwards from point-blank range, but once again the keeper stood tall and parried the shot away from danger.

The Hawks replied to the early pressure from UMBC when sophomore midfielder John Antunes picked up the ball in midfield, danced past a couple of defenders, and fired a shot that forced freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O’Loughlin into a diving save.

Moments later, Pulliam won the ball in the air and rushed down the left wing before sending a cross into the box on the ground. Senior midfielder Cormac Noel’s first time shot went wide as he stretched to get a foot on the ball.

Edwards was forced to make yet another save when senior midfielder Gregg Hauck fired a header on goal from a UMBC corner kick. The Hawks immediately burst down the other end of the pitch and had a shot on goal themselves, but it was saved by O’Loughlin.

As both sides looked to grab a goal before halftime, Monmouth sophomore midfielder Geoffrey Schaefer cut the ball back onto his left foot and ripped a shot from outside of the box that flew over the crossbar. The Retrievers had another shot at Monmouth’s goal when senior midfielder Sammy Kahsai found space inside the box for a shot, but it was an easy save for Edwards.

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Women’s Soccer Wins After Ross’ Goal With Five Seconds Left

W Soccer 09.13.17The Monmouth University women’s soccer team won in dramatic fashion thanks to senior forward Rachelle Ross’ goal with five seconds left in the game to beat Drexel 2-1 Friday night at Hess Field on The Great Lawn.

“I knew the moment and was prepared whether Gibby (sophomore forward Madie Gibson) gave her the ball or not,” said Ross. “It was a flashback to last year against Seton Hall.”

The last time MU had a game winner was last season’s 1-0 win against Seton Hall when the then senior forward Alexis McTamney scored with five seconds left.

In the first half, both teams would exchange scoring chances but the half would end scoreless thanks to excellent goalie play and active defense by freshman forward/midfielder Sarina Jones.

In the second half, Drexel would break through and score the first goal in the 60th minute past sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Knaub.

Drexel’s defense was errorless until sophomore midfielder/forward Lexie Palladino was able to find the back of the net on the assist from sophomore midfield/defender Jessica Johnson to tie the game with 22 minutes left in the game.

After unsuccessful scoring chances by both teams, the game was destined for overtime until senior midfielder Sophie Centi took control of the ball.

With only ten seconds left, Centi sent a far pass to Gibson who dribbled the ball toward the box and dished it out to Ross who found the back of the net with just five seconds remaining on the clock.

“Going down 1-0 and coming back to win was huge for us,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “This was a terrific win against a very good team. I am very proud of the daily improvement of this team.”

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Football Opens Kessler Stadium 2-0 After Defeating #19 Ranked Lehigh

Football 09.13.17In the 25th season of Monmouth Football, the Hawks opened the brand new $16 million Kessler Stadium and the 2017 season with a 2-0 record, including a 46-27 win over #19 ranked Lehigh on Saturday.

The Hawks’ running game was firing on all cylinders, rushing for a combined 351 yards and six touchdowns. Junior running back Devell Jones rushed for three touchdowns, while sophomore running back Pete Guerriero rushed for 192 yards and added two touchdowns.

“I can’t say enough about the job our offense did,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “Rolling up 350 yards on the ground and throwing for over 200 yards, it is just an outstanding performance.”

In his first two games of collegiate football, Guerriero has rushed for a combined four rushing touchdowns and 338 rushing yards. He credited the experience of the offensive line for his hot start.

“It definitely makes it a lot easier. The running backs and offensive line are really close with each other. Every single day at practice we talk about being patient and running behind them.  They open up holes that is like running through a tunnel. It is great to be behind such an awesome five.”

The blue and white started the game in Lehigh territory thanks to a 70 yard kick return by Guerriero on the opening kickoff. That drive ended with the first of three rushing touchdowns by junior running back Devell Jones.

After Lehigh turned the ball over on downs in Monmouth territory, Guerriero ran for a 71 yard touchdown. After a two-point conversion by Jones, MU had an early 14-0 lead.

Lehigh would then answer with back-to-back touchdown passes to end the first quarter, tied 14-14.

The Hawks would later add two field goals, while Lehigh added a touchdown, to make it 21-20 at the half.

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Forever Royal | John Sorce’s Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 J S 1Ever since I realized I wasn’t going to play Major League Baseball, I knew I wanted to write about it. I still love the game as much as I did when I was five years old, when I began playing Little League with my dad as the coach. When I tell people baseball is my life, I mean that. That’s why they call me Johnny Baseball.

I grew up watching a lot of losing as a Kansas City Royals fan over the years. But then 2014 and 2015 happened, and I felt like I was living in a dream. I could go on about this forever, but I will spare you those details. Just know that 10-year-old me became a fan of a team that lost 106 games in 2005 because I liked the stadium and uniforms, and I wanted a team I could call my own. I finally made it out to Kauffman Stadium in 2007 and saw them get destroyed by the Cleveland Indians twice, but I loved it. I knew the Royals were my team, and Kansas City will hopefully someday be my home.

4.19.17 J S 1

I came here after honing my craft at Brookdale for three years. I enjoyed my time there, and it flew by. I know they miss me because no student covered their sports before I got there, or after I left. I like to go back and help out whenever I can. When my time there was nearing its end, I realized two years at Monmouth would go by even faster.

I knew for a while I was coming to Monmouth after Brookdale. I wanted to come here out of high school, but going there first was the right choice for me. Because of this, I followed Monmouth Athletics while I was at Brookdale in anticipation of covering them when I transferred here.

I remember watching the first Monmouth football game of the 2015 season on ESPN3 because I wanted to watch it as a fan. I ultimately decided to write a game story and submit it to The Outlook as a sample of my writing. I walked into the office my first day as a Monmouth student and, if my memory serves me correctly, I gave it to the only person that was in the room: Danielle (more on her in a little bit).

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Men’s Lacrosse Wins Program Record Seventh Straight

MLAX Wins 7th StraightThe men’s lacrosse team continued their winning ways this past week with two victories. Monmouth’s first win was against Virginia Military Institute (VMI) on Monday, April 10. Their second victory took place against Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI on Saturday, April 15.

The Hawk’s set the tone early against VMI, scoring twice within the opening 30 seconds en route to a 15-8 win. Credit goes to freshman midfielder Justin Schwenk for the first goal and junior midfielder Chandler Vanderbeek for the second. From there the Hawks would score four more unanswered goals to put themselves up 6-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Monmouth added four more goals to VMI’s one before the half was up and cruised into half with a comfortable 10-1 lead.  The Keydets, however, did not go down without making the game a little interesting. VMI chipped away at the lead over the course of the third quarter by scoring five goals to Monmouth’s three to make it a 13-6 contest.

The Hawks quickly reestablished a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter by netting two goals to build their lead to nine. VMI would score the final two goals of the game but at that point it was too little too late. When the clock expired it was the Hawks who came away with the 15-8 win.

“There are a lot of names I can rattle off that played really well, even in limited time,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said after the game. “It was good to hold them to a low score in the first half which gave us the opportunity to play some more guys. The focus in which we had got us off to a good start and getting more guys in there made it a fun game.”

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Morgan Balderas and Alex Holzman: From Kansas to the Jersey Shore

Morgan Balderas Alex Holzman 1One glance at the softball roster and you will notice a lot of student-athletes from the tri-state area and California. Fourteen of the 17 players come from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or California. One player is from Illinois and the other two are from…Kansas?

Junior infielders Morgan Balderas and Alex Holzman are in their first season in West Long Branch after successful junior college careers some 1,400 miles west. Balderas transferred from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, while Holzman came from Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. The two grew up together in Wichita, Kansas and played at high schools that were seven miles apart.

Head Coach Shannon Salsburg found out about Balderas through Emma Hill, who played for the Hawks from 2015-16 after coming from the same junior college. “Emma told me about Morgan and Morgan told me about Alex,” Salsburg said. “I watched both play thanks to live streams like ESPN3 pretty much every day after practice last year. I was watching their style of play; they seemed to be kids that were always in the middle of good things that happened for their team. They always played hard and never jogged or took any plays off. As I got on the phone with them I found out who they were and what was important to them. I felt that they would be a good fit.”

Both girls arrive in West Long Branch already having accumulated many accolades in their colligate careers. Balderas was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-America honoree at Highland Community College. She earned the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Marucci Elite Hitter Award for District E, which is awarded to the player with the highest batting average in the district, after hitting .428 as a sophomore. She also set the program single-season home run record as a freshman with 22 before becoming the all-time leader with 37.

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Men’s Golf Confident Heading Into MAAC Championship

MG Heading into MAAC ChampionshipThe men’s golf team is coming off their best tournament to date in the spring season, a fourth-place finish in the Peacock Invitational. The 18-hole tournament took place on Tuesday, April 11 at the Par-72, 7069-yard Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Valley.

“We’ve had a tough spring so far in terms of weather conditions and every time you go to a tournament, you are looking to improve and that’s what we’ve done,” Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “The weather was more conducive to playing golf and the guys stepped up. We’ve had some more practice sessions which gave the guys a chance to get their game in shape. It was nice to see the six guys that we took up there all break 80 and three of them finished one over par, which was a step in the right direction.”

“It was definitely a good event for us,” senior Tommy Whelan said. “We finally broke 300 as a team, which is something that we are going to have to do down in Florida [at the conference championship]. It was good to build some momentum. We’ve been working really hard and I think some guys are starting to see some of the results they have been looking for.”

It was the first time all season that all six Hawks scored in the 70s and their 299 score was their second best round of the season. The team shot 298 in the first round of the Mathews Auto Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 2. The blue and white were just two points off the pace for second, as Rider carded 297 and Fairfield posted 298. Saint Peter’s won the event with a score of 292.

Monmouth was led by a trio of players who finished tied for fourth individually in Whelan and freshmen Andy Stock and Nick Maff, who all carded one over par at 73.

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Baseball Drops Two of Three to Marist

B Drop Two out Three to MaristThe baseball team dropped their first two home games of the season as they lost two out of three in a weekend series against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Marist at MU Baseball Field.

Monmouth defeated Marist 7-2 in the first game on Friday, April 14 after a five run eighth inning to break the 2-2 tie. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan McCrum pitched a gem, throwing 6⅔ innings, allowing no earned runs (one unearned) on a career-high seven strikeouts.

“[Jordan] was great. He got us this one win this weekend based on how he played,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “We didn’t help him out on defense and he held those guys at bay the whole game. We were fortunate to get an outing like that out of him.”

Marist and Monmouth got on the board quick, with Marist scoring one on the top half of the first on a Monmouth fielding error. The Hawks countered with two walks to senior infielders Grant Lamberton and Shaine Hughes to lead off the bottom of the first. Senior outfielder Dan Shea drove in Lamberton with a single. Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun followed up with a sacrifice fly to bring in Hughes and give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

McCrum left the game with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, but senior right-handed pitcher Ben Hoffman would get the ground out to end the inning to save the lead for Monmouth. Marist ended up tying the game in the eighth after a single, an MU throwing error, and a single to make it 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, after two lead-off walks, junior infielder Justin Trochiano laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line which was thrown into right field, allowing both runners to score. Lamberton then drove in a run with a single, followed by Papcun driving in two with a single to left, extending the lead to 7-2.

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Sidelines: 4-19-17

Softball: The softball team split weekend conference series with Fairfield and Iona over the weekend. On Friday, April 14, they lost the first game, 1-0 in 13 innings. Junior pitcher Amanda Riley threw all 13 innings and struck out 16 batters on four hits.

In the second game, Monmouth won 5-1. Junior catcher Alex Holzman and senior first baseman Justene Reyes drove in all five runs and both homered in the contest. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill picked up the win throwing a complete game, striking out six.

On Saturday, April 15, the Hawks won the first game against Iona in a 5-0 shutout. Reyes launched her sixth home run of the season and Holzman drove in two with a double. Riley threw the complete game shutout, striking out seven and allowing four hits. Monmouth got no-hit by Iona’s Alana Evans in the second game as the blue and white fell 4-0.

The Hawks are now 14-22 overall and 6-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). They return to action on Saturday, April 22 when they welcome Niagara to West Long Branch for a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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