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Upcoming Games: 4-19-17

Wednesday, April 19

M Tennis vs. Ramapo

West Long Branch, NJ 10:30 a.m.


M Tennis vs. Rider*

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


W Lacrosse vs. Manhattan*

West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.


W Tennis at Wagner

Staten Island, NY 3:00 p.m.


Baseball vs. Lafayette

West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.


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Track Competes in Colonial Relays, Stockton Invite

Track Colonial Relays Stockton InviteThe men’s and women’s track teams have had a successful start to their outdoor season.

They began with the Monmouth Season Opener, which was held on campus from Mar. 24-25. Both teams won the event, with the men totaling 335.5 points. This was 215.5 points higher than the next closest team, as Rider finished second with a score of 120. The women scored 266 points, 104 more than second place Sacred Heart.

With ongoing construction of Monmouth Stadium, Head Coach Joe Compagni noted Georgian Court hosted the long throws on March 24 to open the event. He was glad teams did not shy away from competing and was able to keep the tradition.

“I really wanted to keep the meet going,” Compagni said. “This was the 22nd annual and I think it was a great opportunity for our folks at home. I wasn’t sure what the turnout would be having the meet at two locations and the construction, but we still had 25 teams here.”

Both teams had strong showings at the Stockton Invite and the Colonial Relays, which took place from March 30-April 1. The throwers went to Galloway, while the runners ran in Williamsburg, VA.

“At our home meet, we were fortunate that the conditions were pretty good,” Compagni said. “What we saw at both Colonial and Stockton was the conditions are not always going to be good. That creates some challenges but the event is the event and the conditions are going to be the same for everyone. Managing those conditions is a big part of being successful outdoors. Some of our folks did that very well and others learned how they’re going to need to improve at that.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Fairfield, Canisius

WLAX Fall to Fairfield CanisiusThe women’s lacrosse team failed to achieve a win this week, dropping contests to Fairfield University on Wednesday, April 5 and Canisius College on Saturday, April 8.

Wednesday’s matchup ended a two game winning streak for the Hawks as they fell 13-5 to Fairfield in Connecticut. The Stags broke open scoring but that goal was quickly answered by junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss, assisted by senior midfielder Claudia LaMarca.

That would be the extent of scoring for the Hawks for a substantial amount of time. The Stags went to work crafting a five goal run over the remainder of the half to put themselves up 6-1. Fairfield continued to pad that lead early in the second half, tallying another goal at the 28:31 mark, giving themselves a six goal advantage.

Monmouth flashed some life at this point by netting two goals within two minutes. The goals came courtesy of LaMarca and freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso. However, the Stags quickly stamped out any chance of a comeback by stringing together five unanswered goals to make the score 12-3 with about 10 minutes to go.

The Hawks salvaged two more goals before the end. Those goals came from senior attacker Carly Sane and Corbliss, who scored her second of the game. However, the game was never in question as they Hawks overall struggled in all aspects.

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Baseball Drops Conference Series to Siena

Baseball Drop Conference to SienaAfter defeating Princeton in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 5, the baseball team resumed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play against Siena over the weekend in Loudonville, NY and split a Saturday doubleheader before dropping the series finale on Sunday.

Monmouth’s lone win of the weekend came in the second game, when sophomore left-hander Kyle Ajjan fired a complete game, two-hit shutout, leading the Hawks to an 11-0 victory. He walked three batters and struck out seven on 96 pitches, 62 strikes. He was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.

“Kyle was real good today. He really competed well. Offensively we were able to score early, which I thought was very important,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “Our two out RBI (runs batted in) were huge and getting [senior outfielder Dan] Shea back allowed us to shape the lineup as well. I was real happy for [senior right fielder Chris] Gaetano and his five RBI. He provided us with a big lift.”

The blue and white scored in five of seven innings beginning in the second, when two runs crossed the plate on an error. With two out in the third, senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski and sophomore catcher Clay Koniencki walked, which set up a two-run double down the right field line by Gaetano to make it 4-0 MU.

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Softball Takes Two from Quinnipiac

Softball Takes Two From QuinnipiacAfter splitting a pair of games on Wednesday, April 5 to Wagner and Saturday, April 8 to Rider, the softball team swept a doubleheader from Quinnipiac on Sunday, April 9.

The Hawks won both games against Quinnipiac 2-1 thanks to senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger’s two-RBI double during the sixth inning of game one and a two-run home run during the sixth inning of game two.

“I had just been really locked in all day, and I was seeing the ball well so I was ready to hit.” said Shotzbarger after the second game on Sunday.

In game one, junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Riley finished the game with a complete game three hitter in the win allowing only one run. She struck out eight batters and threw 101 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. In game two, senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill tossed a complete game, allowing only five hits and one earned run in the win. She struck out five and threw 98 pitches, 61 strikes.

“It took us a little bit to get on the board, and that’s a credit to both of their pitchers. But we stayed aggressive and were trying to make things happen.” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “[Shotzbarger] had a great day yesterday and came up huge today. It’s fun to see her locked in. Everyday matters in the MAAC and to get off the split train is fantastic. I’m proud of our players; we pitched well, played defense and hit the ball, so it was great.”

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Sidelines 4-12-17

Men’s Tennis: After earning 7-0 wins over Niagara, Fairfield, and Siena, the men’s tennis team swept their fourth straight opponent, defeating Stony Brook on Sunday, Apr. 5. Sophomore Nicola Pipoli earned the No. 1 singles win by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and senior Przemyslaw Filipek earned the come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. Junior Ale Gomez Estrada also went to a third set, ultimately defeating Stony Brook 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. Monmouth earned two wins during the doubles portion, including the duos of Filipek and Gomez and senior Christian Vieira and freshman Vikrant Dahiya. Monmouth will host Hofstra on Friday, Apr. 14 for a 2 p.m. start. They will then travel to State College, PA to take on Penn State on Sunday, April 16 at a time to be announced.

Upcoming Games 4-12-17

Thursday, April 13

W Tennis at George Mason

Fairfax, VA 4:00 p.m.


Friday, April 14

Outdoor Track & Field

Bison Outdoor Classic

Lewisburg, PA TBA

Outdoor Track & Field

Greyhound Invitational

Bethlehem, PA TBA

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Women’s Lacrosse Improves to 2-0 in Conference Play

WLAX Improve 2 0The women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play, eking out a 13-10 win over Marist on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Junior attacker Alexa Smith and freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso each put on remarkable offensive performances. Smith netted a total of four goals and Ceraso, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday, did her part with a team high five points on a goal and four assists.

“I think we executed the game plan,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said. “We worked on patience on attack, using the whole shot clock when necessary. Things we are looking to improve are taking care of the ball and making sure we make good decisions when we have the ball.”

Once again Monmouth was first on the scoreboard as Smith needed only 39 seconds to put the Hawks up one off an assist from Cesaro. Nine minutes passed before the next goal was scored as senior attacker Olivia Higson gave the Hawks a two-goal advantage. Marist got their first in the 17th minute and by 11th minute, the game was knotted at a three apiece.

The Hawks had an outbreak of offensive over the next five minutes, scoring four straight goals to build a 7-3 lead. Junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss made her presence felt in that stretch of time as she was involved in three of the four goals. Marist continued to battle as they scored two goals before the half and the score stood at 8-5, Monmouth.

The blue and white wasted no time coming out of the half to build their lead as senior captain midfielder Claudia LaMarca added a goal in the 29th minute and then another in the 25th, both coming off a Cesaro assist. Marist and Monmouth exchanged goals over the next five minutes and with 20 minutes left on the clock it was 11-7, Hawks.

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Tennis Continues Season as MAAC Tournament Nears

T Season MAAC TournamentTennis season is in full swing, with the Hawks entering the heart of their season. The men are looking to benefit from a challenging non-conference schedule as they head into the heart of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. On the women’s side, the team is looking to overcome a tough 4-3 loss to Niagara on Sunday afternoon, and add some wins to their record.

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team may have struggled in their spring break matches against the University of Virginia (UVA), but that is to be expected when facing a team that is ranked third in the nation.

Men’s Tennis Head Coach Alex Kasarov was pleased with how his team performed at UVA. “Both Nicky (Nicola Pipoli) and Shemy (Przemyslaw Filipek) had very competitive matches against the number one and two players from Virginia who are ranked top 10, top 20 in the country,” Kasarov said. The Hawks were able to play two matches facing UVA over break after cancellations created an opening in the schedule.

After spring break, the team continued its challenging non-conference schedule with another trip down to Virginia to face Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on Saturday, Mar. 25 and the University of Richmond on Sunday, Mar. 26. In a close match against VCU, the Hawks picked up the doubles point including a 6-2 win at number one doubles over the nationally ranked VCU team of Daryl Monfils and Marten Jonsson.

Multiple players had strong performances against VCU, especially in the top three singles positions. “Ale Gomez at three singles came back from losing a tough first set. He hung around and stayed in the match to win the second set and ended up winning in three sets,” Kasarov said.  However, it was not enough for the Hawks that day as they fell 5-2.

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Baseball Drops Two out of Three at Canisius

MB 2 3 CanisiusThe baseball team resumed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and dropped two out of three games against Canisius this weekend at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.

The blue and white opened their second conference series with a bang, putting up 17 runs for the second time this season as they downed Canisius 17-6 in the first of two on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Monmouth scored a run in both the third and fourth innings, but eight runs in the second and seven runs in the fifth is what propelled them to victory.

Junior designated hitter Pete Papcun led off the second inning with a double and scored on a single up the middle by senior outfielder Ryan Crowley, who scored on a triple by sophomore catcher Clay Koniencki. A wild pitch allowed Koniencki to score the third run of the inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for senior first baseman Shaine Hughes, who drove in two with a single to right. Monmouth scored their sixth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice before Papcun delivered a two-run blast to right field, his third of the season, capping the eight-run frame.

In the fifth, freshman shortstop Danny Long, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, doubled home two runs after Koniencki and junior second baseman Justin Trochiano walked to open the frame. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski, who drove in a run with a single to left. Papcun then cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly.

Papcun went 4-4 and drove in six runs for the second time this season, while also crossing the plate three times. Hughes ended up going 2-2 with three runs batted in (RBI) and drew three walks, while Long finished the game 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

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Softball Shuts Out St. Joseph’s, Splits With Manhattan

SB Shuts StThe softball team defeated St. Joseph’s in their home opener 5-0 on Wednesday, Mar. 29 and split a doubleheader against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3.

Monmouth did not waste any time scoring in their home opener, with junior outfielder Chloe Howerth scoring after a defensive error by St. Joseph’s in the first inning. Howerth finished the game with a game-high three hits.

In the fourth inning, Howerth drove in freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez on an RBI single to left. Later in the inning, junior infielder Morgan Balderas drove in junior outfielder Katie Baron on another RBI single.

In the fifth inning, senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger battled through an 11-pitch at-bat and eventually sent an RBI single to center field, scoring junior catcher Alex Holzman. Sophomore infielder Nicole Wieczorek came off the bench and delivered a single that drove in sophomore outfielder Jasmine Higa, who entered the game as a pinch runner. Riley finished the game with a strikeout on her 100th pitch of the afternoon.

“Amanda pitched very well today,” Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “A lot of credit goes to her catcher Alex Holzman, who has done a great job of working with our pitchers and understanding what they want to throw. They were smart today and it showed.”

Riley was proud of her team behind her with several defensive plays that helped keep her shutout intact. “I feel like we came together as a team and worked hard. Making plays we’ve been working hard on in practice,” Riley said. Riley finished the complete game shutout with six strikeouts and only two hits allowed.

Monmouth split a conference doubleheader against Manhattan on Monday, Apr. 3, winning game one 1-0. Riley threw her second straight complete game shutout, this time needing extra innings to win it. In the top of the eighth inning, senior first baseman Justene Reyes scored Baron on a hot shot to the shortstop. Riley finished the game with 12 strikeouts after allowing only five hits.

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