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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Women’s Lacrosse Loses to Temple and Rutgers

W Lax 2.21.18Women’s lacrosse failed to come away with a win this past week dropping two home games, both by double-digits to extend their losing streak to three.  Monmouth’s first loss came Wednesday afternoon as the team lost 18-7 to Temple. The Hawks struggles continued Saturday as they fell to Rutgers 19-8.

The Hawks were first to score against Temple as sophomore attacker Nicole Ceraso tallied her first of three goals at the 29:07 mark. Temple took less than a minute to respond with a goal of their own to even the game at one.

Junior attacker Jenny Staines broke that tie to put the Hawks up one with her first of three also. Temple went on a six-goal run right after to give themselves a 7-2 lead. The Hawks cut that lead to three thanks to back to back goals from Staines and Ceraso. Temple snapped right back with four straight goals over the remaining 12 minutes to extend their advantage to seven going into the half.

The Owls picked off where they left off, quickly adding two more before Ceraso added her third for the Hawks making it 13-5 Temple. Temple answered right away with a goal of their own but Staines kept Monmouth alive with her third also. At this point with 24 minutes left on the clock with the Hawks found themselves down 14-6.

No team would register a goal for the next ten minutes as the defensive play tightened up on both ends. Temple ended the offensive drought ripping of three straight goals to effectively put the game away. Monmouth’s senior midfielder Alexa Smith added one more for the Hawks as they fell to a 0-2 record.


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Men’s Basketball Defeats Siena in Triple Overtime

M Basketball 2.21.18Men’s basketball defeated the Siena Saints 93-89 in three overtime periods on Sunday afternoon. The game featured 18 lead-changes and 18 ties. The victory came after a 78-60 loss to the Canisius Golden Griffs on Friday night.

“We were fortunate to get just enough stops and (senior guard) Austin [Tilghman] made his free throws down the stretch to be able to get out of here with a victory,” Head Coach King Rice said.

“I was just trying to tell these guys to get one stop at a time and we’ll be fine offensively,” Tilghman said. “It was hard because we were beating ourselves the first two overtimes but we cleaned things up and went to zone and that was good for us.”

In the first half, the Hawks started off up nine in the first two minutes with the score being 9-0, thanks to two freshman guard Deion Hammond threes and a three from junior guard Micah Seaborn. Siena would close the gap and take the lead for the first time later in the first half. The nine-point lead was the highest lead for either team. The halftime score would be 36-34, advantage Monmouth.

The Hawks and Saints would trade baskets for the second half. Tilghman made two free throws to give Monmouth the 66-64 lead with one minute left in regulation. Siena would make a jumper with 26 seconds left to tie it up at 66 all. Seaborn would miss the potential game-winning layup with seven seconds left, making it the third overtime game of the season for the blue and white.

Siena would be up 74-72 with 32 seconds left after a layup. Seaborn would attempt a go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds left which would be off the mark, but freshman guard Ray Salnave would get the offensive rebound and be fouled, making two free throws to send it to the second overtime.

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Women’s Basketball Falls Twice in Buffalo Trip

W Basketball 2.21.18Following a two-straight victories at home, the Monmouth women’s basketball team lost twice on their Buffalo, NY trip over the weekend.

Friday night the Hawks fell 62-50 to Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center. No Hawk reached double figures in the contest, as sophomore forwards Adriana Zelaya and Alexa Middleton leading the way with seven points each. Middleton also had seven rebounds in the game.

The Golden Griffs started the game hot, shooting seven-of-nine in the opening quarter to jump out to an 18-13 lead after ten minutes. A jumper from sophomore guard Kayla Shaw brought the game to within four with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter, but Canisius outscored Monmouth by five to end the half. The Hawks trailed 31-22 at the break.

Canisius opened the third quarter on a 9-0 scoring run to balloon their lead to 18. They were able to maintain their lead, as the score after 30 minutes was 51-36. The Hawks were able to cut the Golden Griffs’ lead down to 11 on a 4-0 run, but they could not mount the full comeback, falling by 12 points.

“While we are not happy with the result of today’s game, I do want to acknowledge the effort we gave late,” Head Coach Jody Craig said. “That’s the spark and hunger we need all 13 players to play with. We need to set the tone like that from the start to win on the road.”

For the game, the Hawks shot 36 percent from the field and just 13 percent from three. They outrebounded Canisius 36-31. With a three-point shot in the game, Shaw moved into sole possession for sixth all-time in Monmouth program history with 144 made three-point shots in her career.

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Upcoming Games 02-21-18

Wednesday, Feb. 21

W Lax vs. George Mason

Kessler Stadium

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

M Lax at Wagner

Staten Island, NY 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 22

MBB vs. Rider*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23

Baseball vs. St. John’s

Cary, NC 3:00 p.m.

WBB vs. Fairfield*

OceanFirst Bank Center

West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.


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Women’s Basketball Defeats Manhattan in Overtime

W Basketball 02.14.18The Monmouth University women’s basketball team won its second consecutive game Monday night, as they defeated the Manhattan Jaspers 63-59 in overtime at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Hawks, shooting 11-for-16 from the field. Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw added 12 points and a career-high five assists, and sophomore forward Alexa Middleton scored six and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“We’re really starting to develop some poise under pressure,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said. “It was a battle all night and we were struggling to get a flow at some points, but we stuck with it and hung together as a team.”

The Hawks jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but Manhattan embarked on a 12-2 scoring run to double-up Monmouth 14-7 with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter. The Jaspers held their lead, as the score was 18-11 after ten minutes of play.

Monmouth used a 6-0 run, including four points from Middleton, to cut the deficit to three with 4:42 remaining in the second quarter. The Hawks outscored the Jaspers by six in the quarter, as they went into halftime down by one, 26-25.

A jumper from Shaw capped off a 7-0 Monmouth run, forcing Manhattan to call a timeout with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter. A three-point shot from freshman forward Carol Arfinengo gave their largest lead of the game, as the score was 41-34 with 4:49 left in the quarter. Manhattan battled back, however, as they cut the score to 43-42 going in to the final quarter.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Army in Season Opener

W Lax 02.14.18Women’s lacrosse dropped their season opener to Army West Point Black Knights 12-9 on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks busted to an early lead thanks to sophomore attacker Nicole Ceraso who buried a free position goal three minutes into the game. Army’s offensive wasted little time responding with four straight goals over the next ten minutes to negate Monmouth’s hot start.

The Hawks cut the deficit in half at the 14:46 mark in the first period, but Army answered right away to extend their advantage by three in the same minute. Both sides’ scoring slowed at this point and the teams struggled to convert any of their chances. As the half approached, it was Monmouth’s senior attacker Alexa Smith who scored back-to-back goals to make it 5-4 Army at half.

Monmouth was first to score two minutes into the second half as freshman midfielder Allison Stofregen recorded her first collegiate goal to tie it up at five a piece. With this goal, the Hawks seemed to have gained the momentum and were looking to capture the led once again. Army shattered that idea by adding two more goals and with 20 minutes on the clock, the Hawks trailed by two.  

Senior midfielder and captain Claudia LaMarca brought the Hawks within one with her first of two, but the Black Knights kept pace by scoring two more soon after to make it 6-8 Knights. Monmouth continued to battle over the remaining 12 minutes of play but never came within two goals of tying.  When the clock reached zero, the final score read 12-9 Knights.

The Black Knights led in all offensive statistical categories, out-shooting the Hawks by five and converting half off their free positions compared to Hawks who only converted 25 percent of their chances.  Not to be forgotten in the loss was the exceptional play of junior goalie Riley Brager, who made ten critical saves throughout the game to keep her team close.  

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Men’s Basketball Splits Against Iona, Manhattan

M Basketball 02.14.18Men’s basketball split two matchups, first defeating the Iona Gaels 72-50 on Thursday night, and losing to the Manhattan Jaspers 93-76 on Saturday night. The win against was the Hawks’ first conference road win of the season.

“We were fortunate that we were able to play for a full 40 minutes tonight,” Head Coach King Rice said. “We have not played that well for 40 minutes in a long time, maybe the Bucknell game but our kids were in, they were bought in on defense, they were talking and we’ve been working on that a lot but it really came together tonight.”

Monmouth and Iona traded baskets for the first six minutes of the game before senior guard Austin Tilghman made a jumper to make it 11-10. The Hawks would lead the final 33:47 of the game.

The blue and white’s lead would be as high as 19 in the first half, before the Gaels’ hit two free throws to make it the halftime score of 41-24. Sophomore guard Louie Pillari led the way with ten first half points and six rebounds. Freshman guard had eight points, including two three-pointers.

In the second half, Monmouth would expand their lead to 24 points three times. The Hawks would win with a 22 point margin, their biggest win of the season. Monmouth held Iona to 32 percent shooting on the game, the lowest shooting percentage of the year for the Gaels.

“It always feels good to get a win,” Tilghman said. “I think one of the things we did well today is we limited those guys to one shot. I think with this Iona team or with any team if we limit guys to one shot we have guys that will get out on the fast break and that’s what we’re most dangerous at. We were able to get stops and limit them to one shot and control our offense and the tempo and we played our pace which really worked well for us tonight.”

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Upcoming Games 02-14-18

default article imageWednesday, Feb. 14

W Lax vs. Temple

Kessler Stadium

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


MAAC Championships

Buffalo, NY TBA


Friday, Feb. 16

Softball vs. Massachusetts

Madeira Beach, FL 4:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Georgia Southern

Madeira Beach, FL 6:30 p.m.

Baseball at Dallas Baptist

Dallas, TX 6:30 p.m.

MBB vs. Canisius*

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Track and Field Competes at Fastrack and Iowa State

Track and Field 02.14.18Monmouth’s track and field team is at it again, with even more championship qualifications. The Hawks had very impressive statistics during last week’s meets in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania at the Scarlet & White Invitational, the Crimson Elite, and the Villanova Invitational, and it’s clear that the team’s momentum followed them to the Fastrack National Invite at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday, Feb. 9. Meanwhile, at the Iowa State Classical, fifth-year Dylan Capwell and graduate student Chris Marco competed against nationally ranked competition.

At the Fastrack National Invite, the Hawks had several high finishes as well as a couple new Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying marks. Junior Ashley McKinnon finished second in the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying jump of 11.87 meters. Senior Allie Wilson placed fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10, with freshman teammate Kyra Velock following closely behind with a time of 2:12, and junior Amber Stratz joins them with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:13.45. Sophomore Nioami Miranda ran a season best time of 57.81 seconds, finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash, and sophomore Dayna Luma ran the mile in 5:16 to place fifth in the event. The 4x400 meter team consisting of Wilson, juniors Brianna Stratz, Amber Stratz, and Chandi Piiru came in sixth with a time of 3:54.12.

In field events, the lady Hawks continued to shine. Junior Allison Taub placed third in the shot put with a mark of 47’6”, freshman Samantha Fellowes cleared 1.55 meters and tied for eighth in the high jump, and graduate student Casey Sturts places fourth in the pole vault by clearing 3.60 meters.

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University Hosts 20th Annual Celebration of "National Girls and Women in Sports Day"

NGWSD 1The University kicked off its 20th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day to commemorate the success of female athletes on and off the field. Events included “A Conversation with Heather Mitts" on Friday, and a Saturday afternoon "Women's Leadership Panel." 

Mitts, a professional soccer player and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, was also featured on a the panel, where she spoke to members of the University's female athletics' team. 

The weekend celebrated the achievements that women have made in sports throughout the years. The observance shines light on Title IX, which bans gender-based discrimination in education, and reinforces the need for equal opportunity in sports.

“I think that the more females that you can see in any role is important and I think that’s what breaking boundaries is all about,” said Mitts. “It’s seeing them there and if they're not there being the first one to pave the way for the future females to have that opportunity.” Mitts spoke of her love of soccer and the journey that it has taken her on. Growing up, Mitts did not have many female athletes, especially soccer players, to admire. 

“The women’s national team was only just starting up so Mia Hamm (a professional soccer player and two-time Olympic Gold medalist) was only a couple of years older than me,” said Mitts. “Nowadays, I love having so many female role models to look up to.”

She encouraged the audience members to recognize that every individual is, in fact, a role model for the younger generation. “Those little girls look up to you and they think the world of you... You could be the difference in a little girl’s life,” said Mitts. 

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Rider, Falls to Siena

W Basketball 02.07.18After dropping two-straight games on the road, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated the Rider Broncs 63-56 Saturday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Sophomore forward Taylor Nason recorded a double-double in the contest, as she recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Erica Balman also contributed 12 points, while grabbing nine boards. The Hawks had two other players score in double figures, as sophomore guard Kayla Shaw had 11, and senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight had ten.

“I know this team has it in them,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said, “and that’s what has been the most frustrating part [about our losses]. We’ve had glimpses of it, but had not yet seen 40 minutes of the kind of basketball we know it takes to win. It might not be pretty, but we were going to fight for 40 minutes and give it everything we have on both ends of the floor. Overall, I think we have a lot to be proud of.”

Rider scored the first points of the game, but the Hawks scored the next ten points to take an eight-point lead with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter. They outscored the Broncs 14-6 the rest of the quarter, as a Shaw jumper gave them a 24-8 advantage after ten minutes. In that first quarter, Spooner-Knight, Balman, and Nason totaled 19 points and nine rebounds.

Rider was able to cut the deficit down to ten late in the second, but a three-point shot from freshman forward Carol Arfinengo gave the Hawks a 34-21 lead going into halftime.

The Broncs started the third hot, scoring the first seven points to cut the deficit to six with 8:04 remaining, forcing Craig to call a timeout. Rider would outscore Monmouth in the quarter, but the Hawks still maintained a nine-point advantage after 30 minutes, 44-35.

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