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Upcoming Games 11-13-19

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15

M/W Cross Country
Mid-Atlantic Regional
Bethlehem, PA TBA

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

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Basketball Splits Opening Week

MBB 11.13.19Men’s Basketball began their season 1-1 with two road matchups as they won against Lehigh 66-62 at the Stabler Arena on Tuesday and fell to Hofstra 94-74 on Saturday at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

In their first game of the season, the Hawks faced off against Lehigh at their home court. Senior guard Louie Pillari scored eight straight points in the game including two three pointers which was part of a 15-0 run the Hawks went on in the first half.  Monmouth was in control early and held a 16-point lead at one point in the contest.

Lehigh was able to go on a run in the second half however and get themselves right back into the game. They made it a one-point game with just 4:16 remaining. Junior guard Ray Salnave, who led the Hawks with 15 points on 39 percent shooting, made two free throws to give the Hawks a three-point cushion. Monmouth then forced a turnover which led to junior guard George Papas connecting on a left wing three shortly followed by Salnave converting a three-point play to make it a nine-point game with only 2:29 left in regulation.

Lehigh was able to trim their deficit to three. They had an opportunity to tie the game in the final moments, but Monmouth’s lockdown defense was able to hold down the win. This is the sixth time the Hawks won their season opener in nine seasons under head coach King Rice and the fourth out of their last five.

“From our first win last year through the end of the season, I think we grew up a lot and now we’re an older team,” said Rice. “We have some nice, new pieces and we have a lot of kids that can come in and get into people defensively.”

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Football Rises to 15th in the Nation

FB 11.13.19Just a week after receiving their highest national ranking in program history, Monmouth football moved up four spots in the polls to number 15 in the country after handing it to North Alabama by a score of 49-38 on Saturday for their eighth win of the season.

Kenji Bahar threw five touchdowns on the afternoon for the second time in his collegiate career while converting 27 of his 36 passes for 319 yards on his way to becoming Big South Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and second consecutively.

“We are really excited to get the win and our goal is to just keep moving forward,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We came out this week to go 1-0 today and we got the job done. We showed a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Kenji had a great game but I think all 11 guys were out there contributing.”

Bahar also received an enormous accolade on Saturday at Kessler Stadium as he passed Brian Boland for the most touchdown passes in program history with 59 after throwing two first half touchdowns. The first kicked off the day’s scoring as following two forced fumbles by the defensive line, Monmouth used their field position to execute a 24-yard strike to junior wide receiver Terrance Greene Jr. The wideout broke off the would-be tackler with ease which was a theme of the game as Greene Jr. hauled in nine catches for 125 yards and a score.

After North Alabama would tie the game up early in the second quarter, Bahar broke the all-time passing touchdown record on a 15-yard fade route to the back of endzone. Junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV came down with the phenomenal catch for the first of his two touchdowns on the day to make the score 14-7.

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Field Hockey Falls Short in Conference Final

FH 11.13.19In an action-packed weekend in West Long Branch, Monmouth field hockey defeated the fifth seeded University of California Golden Bears, 4-3 at So Sweet a Cat Field on Friday afternoon. On Sunday, Monmouth lost 2-1 to the Stanford Cardinals at home in the American East Championship.

On Friday, Monmouth came back from a 3-2 deficit in the final three minutes of the contest and scored two goals. The dramatic comeback was started by junior midfielder Meg de Lange, who scored the game-tying goal with just under three minutes left.

In the final minute, sophomore forward Annick van Lange scored the game winning goal to cap a dramatic comeback for the Hawks. The win marked the Hawks’ ninth straight victory and fourth straight appearance in a final.

“The character that this team showed today was unbelievable. Credit Cal for a great game today; it was a tremendous hockey game,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “I am so proud of our team and how they responded at every turn, dug deep and never stopped for a full 60-minutes. We will enjoy this win, but we will have to quickly refocus for Stanford on Sunday.”

Freshman forward Yasmin Pratt put Monmouth on the board early with two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Kate O’Hogan recorded three saves. Van Lange’s game winning goal was her 18th goal of the season and her fourth game winner.

Playing in the championship game on Sunday, Monmouth field hockey lost in stunning fashion, 2-1.  The Stanford Cardinals earned a spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament with the win.

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Women's Soccer Soars to NCAA Tournament

WSOC 11.13.19Women’s soccer secured their fourth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship with two home victories against sixth seeded Niagara on Thursday and second seeded Fairfield on Sunday at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

In the first matchup, the first goal of the game came late in the first half from sophomore defender Jesi Rossman. After fifth year forward Madie Gibson’s corner kick was deflected by freshman midfielder Maddison Perna, Rossman was able to put the ball in the net.

Just a minute into the second half, junior defender Sarina Jones scored the second goal of the game off a penalty kick. This is Jones’ second career goal. This put the Hawks up 2-0 on the Purple Eagles.

In the 80th minute of play, sophomore forward Lauren Karabin was able to head the ball into the net off senior midfielder Jess Johnson’s free kick.

Senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub had four saves on the night.

This win sealed the deal for the Hawks’ to move onto the MAAC Championship game on Sunday.

“In the first half it took us time to settle into the game. The second half I thought we played very well and created some terrific chances,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “To score off of three restarts is a great way to advance to the championship game.”

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Upcoming Games 11-6-19

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Men's Soccer vs Iona
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Women's Soccer vs #6 Niagara
West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8

Field Hockey vs TBA
West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 a.m.

Women's Bowling
MEAC #1
Baltimore, MD TBA

M/W Swim at Iona
New Rochelle, NY 4:00 p.m.

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Cross Country Places 4th in MAAC

XC 11.06.19Men’s and Women’s cross country both took home fourth overall finishes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships on Saturday afternoon in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Championship season is in full swing for the Hawks as they raced in the MAAC Championship for their first championship race of the fall. The women’s 6k was led by freshman Sammi Ragenklint who finished the race seventh overall with a time of 22:12:01. This was also good for first among all the freshman racers and she was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Rookie for her performance.

“Sammi’s performance was outstanding. She competed like an elite veteran and she’s only a freshman,” said Head Coach Mike Nelson.

Finishing second for the Hawks in the women’s race was freshman Jenny Tavares. While having the Hawks second best time, she finished 29th overall running a 23:20:46. The freshman was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team for finishing fifth among all freshmen in the race.

Rounding out the top five for the blue and white were juniors Alyssa Repsher, Melanie Pfennig and Natalie Tavares. The women earned 128 points which was good enough for fourth place. The Hawks finished behind Siena who scored 81 points, Marist who scored 53 points and Iona who finished in first place for their fourth straight year.

The men also left the MAAC championship in fourth place. The highest finish for the Hawks was senior Ryan Rafferty who finished with a time of 26:33:64 which was good for 21st overall in the men’s 8k. Rounding out the top five for the Men were sophomores Carrington Retzios, John Spinelli and senior Dan Maida.

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Women's Soccer Undefeated in MAAC

WSOC 11.06.19Women’s soccer defeated Fairfield University 2-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 30 under the lights at Hesse Field. The win allows Monmouth to finish the season undefeated, with a perfect 10-0 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Monmouth’s overall record for the regular season was 12-2-2.

Monmouth is the first MAAC team to finish the regular season with a perfect record. This is the third time the Hawks have posted an undefeated season while the other two were in 2013 and 2016.

In the 22nd minute of the game, Monmouth took a 1-0 lead over Fairfield. The Hawks scored off a corner kick. Freshman midfield Maddison Perna scored a goal on a header on a pass from senior midfield Jess Johnson. The goal was enough to earn Perna MAAC Rookie of the Week honors for the first time in her career. The senior Hawks were honored before the game on the Great Lawn as they capped off an undefeated season.

“This was a terrific send off for an amazing group of seniors, said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “They continued to build upon our culture of excellence and took it even further. They are wonderful ambassadors of our program in all facets of life.”

In the final minute of the contest, fifth year forward Madie Gibson scored the second goal of the game for the Hawks to seal the victory. That was Gibson’s sixth goal of the season and 33rd of her career. Her goal came off an assist from senior midfield Lexie Palladino, who leads the Hawks with 19 points. She now has an impressive 51 points in her career as a Hawk.

Gibson also achieved a milestone on Senior Night. She moved passed Meg Eberhardt for sole possession of fifth place in points scored as a Hawk. Eberhardt played for Monmouth from 1985 to 1987. Gibson now has 97 points scored, which also ranks ninth in MAAC women’s soccer history.

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Ranked Field Hockey to Host AE Tournament

FH 11.06.19Field Hockey closed out their regular season play after defeating the University of Vermont with a 4-0 shutout on Friday afternoon in Burlington, Vermont at Moulton Winder Field. The victory moved the Hawks’ up to the No. 20 spot in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

The win extends the Hawks’ hot streak to eight in a row, securing them the America East’s East Division Regular Season Championship. The winning streak is the team’s longest since the 2016 season. The team maintained a perfect 5-0 record in the division this season. This marks the third time Monmouth has been undefeated in conference play in program history.

The Lady Hawks were off to a strong start with the first goal coming in the 12th minute. That goal came from sophomore forward Annick van Lange. This is the third consecutive game where the forward has scored. The second goal of the game came just two minutes later from graduate student midfielder Stefanie Bigler. This is Bigler’s fourth goal of the season, totaling five goals for her career. The goal was assisted by junior midfielder Meg de Lange. This is her second assist for the season.

The Hawks’ held Vermont to a 2-0 lead, going into the second quarter.

Just ten minutes into the second quarter, van Lange scored her second goal of the game. The third goal of the game for Monmouth was assisted by junior midfielder Ireen Frenken.

In the last minute of the second quarter, van Lange scored again. This marked three goals for van Lange in just the second quarter of play. This was van Lange’s second hat trick of the season and third for her career. The performance earned her the final America East offensive player of the week for the season. This was the sixth game where she scored more than one goal this season. She totals 36 points for the season, which is credited to her 17 goals and two assists. Van Lange’s goal was assisted by freshman forward Yasmin Pratt. This assist brought Pratt to seven assists for the season and 25 points for the year.

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Football Ranked Highest in Program History

FB 11.06.19Football was rewarded their highest national ranking in program history at No. 19 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) following Saturday’s 45-21 dominance over fourth ranked Kennesaw State to gain full control of the Big South. The victory handed the Owls their worst home loss in program history while snapping a 17-game home winning streak.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenji Bahar received his second Big South conference player of the week honor on the season as the man behind center threw for 332 yards while rushing for a career-high 95 and adding on two scores for the blue and white. Bahar completed 20 of his 27 passes on the day and now finds himself just two passing touchdowns shy of possessing the program record.

“Obviously it’s a great win. We’ve been going at it for five years with them and its good as a fifth-year senior to get a win against the defending conference champions,” said Bahar. “It was a simple game plan; we executed the run to open up the pass. They had a lot of people in the box, so we beat them over the top a couple of times. We were clicking on all cylinders today.”

After trailing at the end of the first quarter 3-7, Bahar took over the game leading the Hawks to 42 unanswered points and an insurmountable 517 total yards of offense. The first touchdown came on the first drive of the second quarter as the Hawks capitalized on several completions to junior wide receivers Zach Tredway and Terrance Greene, Jr., to set them up with phenomenal field possession.

Fifth year running back Devell Jones punched in the first of his two scores in the quarter from two yards out to give Monmouth the 10-7 lead they never looked back on. This drive gave MU the momentum they were looking for sparking an electric 28-point second quarter that saw the Hawks find the endzone on four separate occasions.

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Upcoming Games 10-30-18

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Women's Soccer vs Fairfield
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Marist
Poughkeepsie, NY 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1

Men's Tennis vs TBA
Army Invite
West Point, NY TBA

Field Hockey at Vermont
Burlington, VT 3:00 p.m.

M/W Swim vs Mount St. Mary's
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu