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Volume 91 (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Upcoming Games 02-13-19

Wednesday, Feb. 13

M/W Swimming
MAAC Championships
Buffalo, NY 8:00 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 15

Softball vs Ball State
EMU Madeira Beach Invitational
Madeira Beach, FL 2:00 p.m.

Basketball vs Penn State
Cary, NC 2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Iona
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Rider
Alumni Gymnasium
Lawrenceville, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Bowling Competes in Sunshine State Classic

Bowling 02.13.19Women’s Bowling finished with a record of 5-8 at the Sunshine State Classic, hosted by Stephen F. Austin and Sacred Heart which stretched across three days this past weekend at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, FL.

“This weekend we had a few good wins and our physical games are improving,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel.  “We need to continue to work on our execution in pressure situations as well as our spare shooting.”

Monmouth placed 11th out of 14 at the event, highlighted by two victories over ranked opposition. They now have seven wins against top-ten teams this season.

The Hawks themselves became ranked at No. 22 a week ago in February’s National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Poll. Monmouth is now one of five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams to be ranked in the top 25.

The Hawks went 2-3 in baker format, with victories over No. 18 Maryville and Bethune-Cookman. Monmouth’s highest pin total in baker format came against the latter, racking up 998 pins.

Monmouth slipped to 1-4 in traditional play, with the lone victory being the most significant of the weekend as they edged No. 2 Vanderbilt by a single pin, 997-996.

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Men's Basketball Moves into First Place in the MAAC

M Basketball 02.13.19Men’s Basketball kept rolling on the road this week with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) victories at Saint Peter’s and Fairfield thanks to stellar defensive efforts. The Hawks have now swept the season series of MAAC teams Saint Peter’s, Fairfield, and Siena.

Thursday night’s matchup with the Peacocks was a defensive battle on both sides as the Hawks squeaked out one of the lowest scoring games of the season, a tight 53-51 nail-biter that came down to the final possession.

Saint Peter’s had an opportunity to win the game with a last-second three pointer that bounced off the iron to help secure Monmouth’s eighth conference victory and improve their MAAC record to 8-4.

“This is a credit to these kids,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We’re sitting right now in this league where we are and that’s a credit to them. They keep working, they always keep working and that’s what’s making it fun to coach them. There’s not a quitter in this group. Sometimes we don’t have our best nights and we keep fighting.”

It was the sophomore guard Marcus McClary who led the Blue and White in scoring in the quiet affair with a career-high of 13 points on five of six shooting from the field with four rebounds.

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Women's Basketball Clutches Overtime Victory

W Basketball 02.13.19Behind key free throws in the final moments of both regulation and overtime, Women’s Basketball won their fifth conference game of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Siena 56-54 in Loudonville, NY.

Senior guard McKinzee Barker led the Hawks with 14 points, including three three-point shots. She was the only Monmouth player to reach double-figures.

Senior center Erica Balman added nine points and four rebounds off of the bench after missing the previous two contests. Junior forward Alexa Middleton scored eight points, corralled eight rebounds, and had three blocks and three steals.

Monmouth began the game by scoring its first eight points, and after Siena hit their first shot of the game, the Hawks scored five-straight. Siena called a timeout, down 13-2 out of the gate. Monmouth continued its hot start, outscoring the Saints 9-4 the rest of the frame to take a 22-8 lead after ten minutes.

Barker’s shot with 8:26 remaining in the half put her in double figures and gave Monmouth a 24-8 lead. Siena rattled off ten-straight points to cut the deficit to six. The Hawks were able to stave off most of the Siena run, which ended at 15-5, as Monmouth took a 29-23 lead into the break.

The Hawks came out of the halftime break hot, going up by 11 points early in the third quarter, but another Siena run cut the lead to 38-34. The Saints hit a three late to bring them within one possession after thirty minutes, as Monmouth led 39-37.

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Men's and Women's Track Win Home Invitational

Track 2.13.19Men’s and Women’s Track and Field came out on top this past weekend at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational, while a small group of middle distance runners were sent up to Boston University to compete in the Valentine Invitational.

The meet held at Boston University was accentuated by graduate student Allie Wilson crossing the finish line at 2:02.65 in the 800 meters, crushing her pervious school record by more than three seconds. This time for the 800 meters is now the No. 2 time in all of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

At the OceanFirst Bank Center, the Hawks faced teams from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Wagner College, Saint Peter’s University and Lafayette College. Both teams blew the competition away with the men scoring 278 points and the women scoring 296, which is more than double the amount of points that the second place team on either side accumulated.

The women’s team finished the meet with numerous Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying marks as well as a few new personal records.

Senior Brianna Stratz finished sixth overall in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:43.38, which now qualifies her for the U.S. Championships in this event.

Sophomore Chibuzo Amonu won both weight throw and shot put with ECAC qualifying marks of 17.46 meters and 46’7”. Both of these marks are personal records for her. Senior Onnie Coles (43’8”), junior Jordan Wildermuth (43’2”), and freshman Kassie Ketcho (42’8”) placed 2-3-4 behind Amonu.

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Upcoming Games 02-06-19

Thursday, Feb. 7

Men's Basketball at St. Peter's
Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Rider
Lawrenceville, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

Women's Bowling
Sunshine State Classic
Orlando, FL TBA

M/W Track & Field
Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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Women's Basketball Kicks off Road Stretch with Win

W Basketball 02.06.19Women’s Basketball came back from being down by ten points in the third quarter to defeat Fairfield 73-63 on Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena in Fairfield, CT.

Freshman forward Lucy Thomas led the Hawks with 13 points, hitting all three of her three-point shots. Junior guard Rosa Graham scored ten points and had a game-high eight assists, while senior guard McKinzee Barker added ten points off of the bench.

Junior forward Alexa Middleton scored eight points and corralled ten rebounds in her eighth start of the year.

Monmouth hit six of their first seven three-point attempts to go up 20-14 early. That six-point edge would be the largest of the quarter for the Hawks, as Fairfield trimmed the lead down to three by the end of the opening frame, 22-19.

The Stags continued their run into the second quarter, scoring the first seven points to force a Monmouth timeout with 8:08 remaining in the first half, up 26-22.

The scoring slowed down towards halftime, as Fairfield went into the break leading 32-30. Seventeen of the 32 Fairfield points came off of 12 first half Monmouth turnovers.

Fairfield extended their lead to 46-36 in the third quarter, their largest of the game. The Hawks responded with six-straight points to cut the deficit to four, and an and-one play from junior forward Taylor Nason tied the game up at 46, making the run ten-straight points.

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Men's Basketball Sweeps MAAC Weekend at Home

M Basketball 02.06.19Men’s Basketball had one of their most impressive weeks of the season, stretching their home winning streak in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play to six at the OceanFirst Bank Center against Siena and Rider, respectively.

The Hawks dominated Siena on Thursday night with a double-digit victory before knocking off the first-place team in the conference, Rider, on Saturday.

Monmouth completed the season sweep of the Saints with a 66-55 victory to remain undefeated in conference play at home this season.

Sophomore guard Deion Hammond led the charge Thursday as the game’s high-scorer with 16 points while shooting four of six from beyond the arc. Hammond’s strong effort made it six straight games in double figures while also hauling in four rebounds on the night.

“I think the effort was great coming off of a bad trip to Buffalo,” said Hammond. “I didn’t really know how everything was going to go but collectively we came out and did our thing and everybody played well.”

Adding to the dominating collective effort was senior center Diago Quinn, who was perfect from both the field and the free-throw line, putting ten points on the board and tacking on five rebounds. The double-digit performance was the eighth of the season for Quinn. The center also closed out the first half with six points which helped Monmouth go into the locker-room with their first lead of the game, 28-27.

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Upcoming Games 01-30-19

Thursday, Jan. 31

Men's Basketball vs Siena
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1

M/W Track & Field
Crimson Elite Meet
Cambridge, MA 2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Quinnipiac
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Swimming Ends Regular Season with a Pair of Losses

S 01.30.19Men’s and Women’s Swimming closed out their regular season schedules with losses to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart, respectively, on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT.

“We weren’t perfect today but I was pleased with the way everyone raced,” said Head Coach Matt Nunnally. “We have some details to clean up in the next few weeks to be at our best for the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Championships.”

Men’s Swimming fell to NJIT by a score of 151-137, finishing their season with a record of 6-5.

Freshman Callan Smith led the way with two wins, putting him at a total of thirty this season. He finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.24 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.79.

Smith was also a part of the team composed of junior Austin D’Angelo and freshmen Dylan Barkhuizen and Valance Washington, who won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:37.76.

They were also victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay, thanks to a 1:27.97 finish by Barkhuizen, Washington, freshman Kevin Del Giorno, and sophomore Ethan Lucas.

Del Giorno won his third race of the season, completing the 100-yard backstroke in 54.51.

D’Angelo captured his seventh career victory in the 100-yard breaststroke after touching the wall in 1:00.93.

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Track and Field Excels in Record-Breaking Weekend

TF 01.30.19It was a record-breaking weekend for Track and Field as the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team achieved a school-best time at the New York Armory and senior Kyle Mueller broke the 5000-meter record at Penn State.

The Hawks participated in three different events this past weekend: the Dr. Norbert Sander/Columbia Collegiate Challenge, the Penn State National Open, and the Cornell Kane Invitational. It was a split team weekend as Track and Field sent a different group of athletes to each event to compete.

At the Dr. Norbert Sander/Columbia Collegiate Challenge in New York, NY, it was the Monmouth women who stole the show with a second placed finish in the DMR after putting a time of 11:15.64 on the board, which topped the program’s all-time record in the event. The team consisted of senior Brianna Stratz, junior Nioami Miranda, senior Chandi Piiru, and graduate student Allie Wilson. The final time was a full ten seconds faster than the school’s previous best and became the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) second-fastest time in the event.

“The women’s DMR was a tremendous start to the weekend for us,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We had some very good results at all three meets, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work and improving in all areas in the weeks ahead.”

Two members of the women’s DMR team also had big weekends individually as Wilson came close to topping her record-breaking 800-meter dash from a week ago by winning her event with a time of 2:06.58 and Stratz placed 7th in the event with a 2:09.84.

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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