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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Women’s Basketball Defeats Iona to End Homestand

W Basketball 1.24.18After losing the first two games of their home stand, the Monmouth women’s basketball team closed it with a 68-56 victory over the Iona Gaels.

Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw led the Hawks with 16 points, including four three-point shots. Sophomore guard Rosa Graham added 12, as she was the only other player in double figures. Sophomore forward Adriana Zelaya scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.

“We were just tremendous in the second half with defense and rebounding,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said. “The effort level on defense was phenomenal, and I loved our poise down the stretch.”

The Hawks opened the game on an 11-6 run, receiving points from four different players, including two baskets from Zelaya. After the media timeout with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter, the Gaels embarked on a 14-6 run to make the score 20-17, forcing Craig to call a timeout with 39 seconds left. Coming out of the timeout, the Hawks were able to beat the buzzer on the final play of the frame, as senior guard Dana Carbone hit a three to make the score 20-20 after ten minutes.

The teams opened the second quarter trading baskets, as no team had a lead larger than two for the first 5:40 of the second quarter, with the score 28-26 Iona at the media timeout. Monmouth would only score once the remainder of the frame, as it ended the half on a 3:33 scoring drought, as Iona took a 33-28 lead into halftime.

After an Iona basket to open the second half, Monmouth responded with five straight points on a three from Shaw and a layup from senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight. The Hawks also held Iona scoreless for 2:25, forcing the Gaels to call a timeout with 6:45 remaining in the quarter, up 35-33. A three-point shot from Graham brought the Hawks within one, 37-36, at the third quarter media timeout. With the score 44-41 Iona with 1:35 remaining in the frame, Zelaya and Shaw each connected on a three-point shot to give the Hawks the 44-41 lead after 30 minutes of play.

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Men’s Basketball Falls Late to Iona 76-73

M Basketball 1.24.18Men’s Basketball lost to the Iona Gaels 76-73 in a game that featured nine lead changes in on Friday night.

“I want to give Iona a lot of credit tonight,” Head Coach King Rice said. “[Iona Head Coach] Tim [Cluess] has challenged me and all the coaches in the league to continue to improve at our craft.”

With 1:30 left in the second half, freshman forward Melik Martin completed a three-point play to give the Hawks the 73-70 lead. The Gaels would then go on a 6-0 run to end the game which included a two-point jump shot, a layup, and two free throws. Senior guard Austin Tilghman missed a game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left that ended the game at 76-73 Iona.

In the first half, Iona’s lead was as high as 13 with 53 seconds left to go. The Hawks would trim that lead to eight after five straight points from freshman guard Ray Salnave. Salnave led the team with 16 points, ending two points shy of his career-high. He was 5-6 from the field.

“Ray came up huge, and there was a lot of guys that came through in this game,” Tilghman said.

For the second half, the blue and white started the half on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 47 all with 13:45 left. Junior guard Micah Seaborn gave Monmouth the lead after a three-pointer to make it 54-52. The last 11:41 of the game featured six lead-changes before Iona was able to secure the win late.

“One thing we’ve struggled with is finishing games”, Tilghman said. “Once we’re able to finish games we’ll be fine.”

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Track and Field Posts Good Marks in Two Meets

M Track and Field 1.24.18After winning their last meet on Jan. 13 at the Angry Birds Challenge in Bethlehem, PA, Monmouth University’s track and field team competed in the NYC Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, NY on Friday, Jan. 19. On the same day, some of the Hawks went and competed in the Ramapo College Invitational at the 168th Street Armory in New York, NY.

In the NYC Gotham Cup, the Hawks shone through during the field events. Sophomore Brandon Davis came in first in the men’s shot put with a toss of 15.69 meters, and junior Allison Taub placed second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 14.07 meters. For weight throwing, fifth year Tim Wilson won the men’s with a throw with a mark of 19.71 meters, and seniors Kennisha Okereke and Alicia Hester finished in second and third in women’s with matching throws of 16.70 meters.

Although the Hawks did excel in field events while competing in Staten Island, there are also some notable track statistics from this meet. Junior Amber Stratz won the 1000-meter with a time of 2:55:38, qualifying her for the ECAC Championships, and graduate student Chris Marco won the men’s 1000 meter run with a time of 2:25:26, qualifying him for his third event at the IC4A Championships.

The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Tim Jacoutot, fifth years Malcolm Chavis and Dylan Capwell, and Chris Marco finished second with a time of 3:17.76. The women’s 4x800 relay team of freshman Kyra Velock, senior Allie Wilson, and juniors Brianna Stratz and Chandi Piiru won the event as well as qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

Junior Bryan Cabral finished fourth in the 800-meter and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time of 1:54:39.

At the Ramapo College Invitational, a few of our Hawks left the meet with some new personal bests. Senior Bernard Rebecchi, sophomore Henry Sappey, and junior Megan Lindstrom all ran personal bests in their events. Rebecchi ran a 1:59:59 for the men’s 1000 meter, Sappey came in second in the men’s 5K with a time of 15:16, and Lindstrom placed third in the women’s 5K with a time of 19:20.

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Upcoming Games 12-06-17

default article imageWednesday, Dec. 6

MBB vs. Hofstra
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.
WBB at Fairleigh Dickinson Rothman Center
Teaneck, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8

Track & Field
Wagner Seahawk Shootout Staten Island, NY 2:00 p.m.

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D.C. United Goalie Eric Klenofsky Talks Rookie Year

M Soccer 1 12.06.17As you grow up and the past starts to fade, your youthful days pass and the fun of high school dims.  College shows up just in time for adulthood to start gnawing at you.  Just like any other adolescent, this process is the same for an aspiring professional athlete.

If you’ve wanted to be a professional all your life then you’ve always been a dreamer. Playing our sport and dreaming of making it your job are synonymous but only a lucky few turn those dreams into something tangible.

For me, it happened.

Draft day was special, I think back to hearing my name being announced with goosebumps on my arms. You work your whole life for a chance to be a professional; one second you’re an amateur with all the aspirations and the next you’re a freshman in college again, but this time they refer to it as rookie year and classes don’t exist.

Draft day only comes around once in a life time so when those words get spoken, and you hear your name called, stop scrolling on Instagram and pay attention. No one had to tell me twice, I had never been more anxious in my life.

“D.C. United selects, from Monmouth University, the goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky.” It’s crazy how one sentence can change everything.

When you wake up the next morning and you start to figure out what those words actually mean, the anxiety really begins. After all, preseason was in ten days. Two things came to mind; I need to train, and I need to pack.

The fastest ten days of my life came and went. Jan. 23 had arrived and I was a young professional soccer player with the open road ahead; I made it, 22 years of dreams and work to get to this point.

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Women’s Basketball Falls Twice to Navy, Robert Morris

W Basketball 12.06.17The Monmouth University women’s basketball team loss to Navy 73-49 on Thursday night in Annapolis, MD.

Junior center Erica Balman led Monmouth with 10 points, while grabbing five rebounds. Sophomore forward Adriana Zelaya added eight points, hitting two three point shots. Sophomore Alexa Middleton scored seven points and had seven rebounds, while junior guard McKinzee Barker also contributed seven points.

The Hawks struggled in the first quarter, shooting 2-11 from the field and turning the ball over 11 times, leading to a 15-7 Navy lead after ten minutes of play. Balman connected on two-straight layups early in the second quarter to make the score 22-14, but Navy went on an 8-0 run to make the deficit 14 at the second quarter media timeout. Navy then embarked on a 19-0 scoring run in the final 5:40 of the quarter to make the halftime score 41-14. The 14 points was the lowest scoring output for Monmouth so far this season.

Navy opened the second half on a 9-2 run to open their lead to 34 early in the third. They then used another run late in the quarter to take a 37-point lead, but Balman scored on another layup to make the score 60-25 after thirty minutes. Monmouth began to find their scoring touch late, outscoring Navy 24-13 in the final frame, but could not overcome the deficit, losing by 24.

“As a team, we are disappointed in our effort today,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We didn’t hit shots early and we let that impact our play in too many other areas.”

For the game, the Hawks shot 31 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. They did shoot 88 percent from the line, connecting on eight of nine free throws. Monmouth was out-rebounded 43-36, but did outscore Navy in bench points 34-31.

The loss dropped Monmouth to 2-5 on the season, as the game was part of a two-game road swing which took them to Robert Morris for a Sunday afternoon contest, where they lost 56-38.

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Men’s Basketball Loses to UConn in Overtime

M Basketball 12.06.17Men’s basketball was defeated by the University of Connecticut Huskies 84-81 in another overtime battle on Saturday night.

“I thought it was a great college basketball game and I thought the officials did a great job,” Head Coach King Rice said. “I know they just came off an overtime win and now they have another overtime win.”

Junior guard Micah Seaborn lead the Hawks with a career-high 27 points, 20 which came in the first half. Seaborn went 7-10 shooting with four threes. In the second half, UConn’s defense controlled Seaborn, not allowing him to score in the first 14 minutes of the second half.

“It started with me,” Seaborn said. “I have to take that one today and just learn from it for next game.”

MU and UConn would trade baskets for the first ten minutes of the first half before the Huskies would go on a 9-0 run in the span of two minutes to make it 29-20 UConn. The Hawks would then go on a run of their own, finishing the half going 22-7 run to give Monmouth the 42-36 lead at halftime. The Huskies ended the half with a deep buzzer-beater three to close the deficient to six points.

In the second half, UConn would take the lead back, going on a 20-7 run in the first eight minutes of the half to make it 56-49 Huskies.

After a media timeout, the Hawks would go on a 10-3 run, with sophomore guard Louie Pillari tying the game at 59 all after a three-pointer with eight minutes left in regulation.

Monmouth and UConn would trade baskets for the rest of the second half. With the Huskies up 73-72 with a minute left, senior forward Zac Tillman would make a layup to make it 74-73 Hawks with 48 seconds left.

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Upcoming Games 11-29-17

Thursday, Nov. 30

WBB at Navy
Alumni Hall
Annapolis, MD 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1
Hockey (Club) at NJIT Prudential Center
Newark, NJ 8:30 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

Saturday, Dec. 2

MBB at Connecticut
XL Center
Hartford, CT 4:00 p.m.
Hockey (Club) at West Chester Ice Line Quad Rinks
West Chester, PA 8:45 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

Sunday, Dec. 3

WBB at Robert Morris North Athletic Complex Moon Township, PA 1:00 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

*conference games

Former Hawk Eric Klenofsky Talks Draft Process

Former Hawk Draft Process 11.29.17 1I always talk about how the stars have to align for an athlete to become a professional; I’ve seen guys with more talent than I ever had never make it. Finding the right place to develop, avoiding injury, playing in front of the right coaches, picking the right agent, every little aspect matters. One thing goes wrong and it could all fall apart.

First Team-All Region, Goalkeeper of the Year, conference championships, a good enough resume to find an opportunity. I was going to get my shot, I thought. I had seen too many of my friends, with better resumes watch their professional aspirations crumble to not over analyze every step I took when it was my turn. This was something I wanted, something I’d dreamt about all my life. But there are some things you just can’t control.

Aug. 26, 2016 at home against the 20th ranked team in the country, first game of the season. Up 1-0 with a little over thirty minutes to play, corner kick Denver. It was just another play, just another ball I had to deal with, nothing I hadn’t seen before.

Everything had gone according to plan thus far. I made it to a division one program, I was playing, I was wearing the armband. This just wasn’t supposed to happen.

I remember trying to push the bone back into place after it happened. “It’s just dislocated, I just need to pop it back in,” I thought. The game ended 1-1, I got on a golf cart with my athletic trainer once it had ended, and went straight to get an X-Ray.

“You have the most severe thumb fracture there is, you’re going to miss most of your senior year.” Words that would give me nightmares.

Fifty-six straight games and it was a thumb that was going to hold me back and jeopardize everything I’d ever wanted.

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Women’s Basketball Beats North Florida 67-57

W Basketball 11.29.17The women’s basketball team defeated the North Florida Ospreys 67-57 Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium in the second annual Jacksonville Thanksgiving Classic in Jacksonville, FL.

Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw scored 19 points to lead the Hawks, and senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored a season-best 18 points. Sophomore forward Taylor Nason added eight and grabbed nine rebounds.

“It was great to get back on the winning side of things,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We’ve been playing really hard and our effort has been there, but the execution hasn’t been there enough to get the win. I thought today we really cracked down on the defensive end and were able to shut down their go-to ideas, and that made all the difference in the world.”

Monmouth started the game out strong, forcing the Ospreys to call a timeout early in the first after jumping out to a five-point lead. The teams would then trade baskets the rest of the quarter, with Monmouth’s lead reaching as high as seven. Freshman forward Carol Arfinengo scored her first career points in the final seconds to give Monmouth a 17-11 lead after ten minutes.

The Hawks maintained their lead into the second quarter, and then used a push late in the frame to open their advantage. Sophomore forward Adriana Zelaya knocked down a three-point shot with 1:32 remaining to make the lead 12, and then Spooner-Knight hit a jumper to make the halftime score 33-19. That plus-fourteen margin was the largest lead at halftime that the Hawks had all season.

In a 1:06 span, Spooner-Knight scored on a layup, and Shaw connected on a three to open the Monmouth lead to 19. The Hawks continued to get the baskets they needed throughout the period, but North Florida scored six straight points to bring the game within 12, 48-36, after three quarters.

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Albany to End Losing Streak

M Basketball 11.29.17The men’s basketball team beat the previous undefeated Albany Great Danes 81-73 after trailing by nine at halftime on Monday night. The win comes after a quadruple overtime loss to University of Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

The Hawks were led in scoring by freshman guard Ray Salnave with a career-high 18 points and added three steals on the night.

“How Ray [Salnave] played today is just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” Head Coach King Rice said. “This is how good he is and I have him in a big role at this point in his career but he’s ready for the challenge.”

A big surprise in the game was when junior guard Micah Seaborn entered the game off the bench in the first half. This was the junior’s first game since being shut down due to injure after the Virginia game. Seaborn finished with 13 points and was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc.

After entering halftime trailing to the Great Danes, Monmouth came back to outscore Albany by 17 points in the second half.

Albany’s lead would be as high as ten in the second half, but MU came back with crucial threes and timely free throws. Monmouth would tie the game after a highly-contested three pointer by Seaborn.

Senior center Zac Tillman scored to take the lead with 3:10 left and the Hawks would keep the lead for the rest of the game. The Hawks would go 10-12 from the free throw line to lock up the win and to end the three-game losing streak.

For the game, Tillman finished with a season-high 15 points, playing only 15 minutes. Freshman guard Deion Hammond added ten points for the blue and white.

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