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Volume 91 (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Women's Lacrosse Rides Three-Game Win Streak

W Lacrosse 03.27.19Women’s Lacrosse won both of their games this past week, cruising by Central Connecticut State 12-3 on Wednesday at Kessler Stadium and defeating Niagara 13-12 on Saturday on the road in New York.

In the game against Central Connecticut State, Monmouth gave up the first goal just over a minute into the match, but the Hawks replied with three unanswered goals from junior attacker Nicole Ceraso, who finished the day with a tally of four goals and four assists for the Blue and White. After her performance Ceraso now has 88 career assists which is only four away from tying the second place record for career assists. “We’ve been focusing on spreading out on our cuts in the past few practices and that resulted in us connecting on more passes,” said Ceraso.

Also contributing to the offensive outburst for the Hawks were juniors midfielder Rachel Mills and attacker Allison Turturro, who scored three goals each while senior attacker Logan Smet and sophomore attacker Allison Stofregen each netted one. On the defensive side, senior defender Monica Cortes had an outstanding performance by gathering nine ground balls and forcing five turnovers.

Monmouth not only dominated on the scoreboard but on the stat sheet as well. The Hawks were able to get off 42 shots while the Blue Devils only had nine, with just two in the first half. Monmouth also led in the draw circle 14-3. In this game, the Hawks set a season high for ground balls with 36.

The Blue and White committed 14 less turnovers than the Blue Devils while also causing seven more turnovers as well. Nine different Hawks forced at least one turnover in Wednesday’s game. This dropped Central Connecticut State to a 2-5 record on the year.

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Bowling Participates in MEAC Championship

Bowling 03.27.19Bowling placed fourth out of six teams and posted a record of 2-2 at their first ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship at AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, VA last weekend.

“We made a run in the bracket, but fell short on our frame closing in the Delaware State match,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel. “Overall, we finished the season on a high note and I’m very proud of the fight our team showed through the end of the season.”

The MEAC Championship is a double-elimination style tournament that operates on a best of three Mega Match format.

Monmouth kicked off the weekend with a 2-1 win over the No. 14 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Friday morning.

The Hawks opened up the match with a 918-880 win in the traditional team game. Freshman Skylar Smith bowled a 225 in the victory, which was the highest pin total for an individual on the team and the second-best total amongst the entire tournament. It was also Smith’s second 200-plus pin game of the season.

UAB responded with a win in the Baker total pinfall game, 948-912. Then, with the Baker best-of-seven game tied at 3-3, Monmouth hit two strikes at the end of the seventh to snatch the victory.

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Softball Sweeps Wagner in Home-Opening Series

W Softball 03.27.19Softball swept Wagner in their first home series of the season, shutting them out and winning by a combined score of 12-0 over the two games on Sunday at MU Softball Park.

Monmouth won by eight runs in the first game and four runs in the second. Sophomore pitchers Lilly Robles and Alyssa Irons both threw six scoreless innings, only allowing for a combined seven hits throughout the day.

The Hawks began game one with explosive energy in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore outfielder Katie Harrington started it off by hitting a single out to center field, followed by her stealing second base. Irons was walked to first base, and then she and Harrington stole second and third base, respectively. Junior infielder Deangie Jimenez hit an RBI groundout to first base, allowing Harrington to score the first run.

In their next at bat, Monmouth scored three more runs. Junior first baseman Kayla Rosado hit an RBI single to left center field, bringing home freshman infielder/outfielder Lindsey Baron for a run. With junior outfielder Amber Wozniak and senior outfielder Jasmine Higa on second and third base, Harrington hit a single out to center field to score them both.

There was a bit of a stalemate for a few innings, neither team scored any runs until the bottom of the sixth when Monmouth ended the game with a 8-0 shutout. After two fly outs in a row, junior infielder Sam Tomasetti hit a two-RBI double to left center field, with Jimenez and Irons crossing home plate to score two more runs.

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Upcoming Games 03-13-19

Wednesday, March 13

Women's Lacrosse vs Wagner
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Baseball at Rutgers
Piscataway, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Softball vs Army
USF Spring Break Classic
Clearwater, FL 1:00 p.m.

Baseball at George Mason
Fairfax, VA 3:00 p.m.

Softball vs Lafayette
Clearwater, FL 5:45 p.m.

Women's Bowling
Music City Classic
Smyrna, TN TBA

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Softball Takes Three of Four in George Mason Classic

Softball 03.13.19Softball returned home from a strong weekend at the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, VA, where they won three out of their four games and outscored their opponents twelve to eight.

In an unexpected turn of events, their first game of the set against Marshall on Friday was called prematurely in the fifth inning due to snow. The lone run of the game came in the first inning when the Thundering Herd scored on a sacrifice ground out, leading to the 1-0 victory.

Despite the loss, it was a strong effort from sophomore pitcher Alyssa Irons, who went all five innings giving up just the one run on three hits.

“Our team handled the elements and Alyssa pitched well, but we just simply could not get a run,” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “I’m hopeful the weather will move through and we can get back out there tomorrow.”

That is exactly what happened as the Hawks never looked back from there, going undefeated the rest of the weekend in improved weather.

The Blue and White topped tournament host George Mason 4-2 on Saturday thanks to solid offensive efforts from their juniors.

Shortstop Sam Tomasetti and third baseman Amber Wozniak each had RBI singles in the fifth inning to give Monmouth the 4-2 lead that they held onto for the rest of the game. Another junior, first baseman Kayla Rosado also had an RBI double in the first to get the Hawks on the scoreboard.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Iona in MAAC Championship

M Basketball 03.13.19Men’s Basketball saw their season come to an end after a loss to the No. 1 Iona Gaels, 81-60, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship on Monday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Iona’s a tough out. We’ve tried everything, and I have to give [Iona Head] Coach Tim Cluess all the credit in the world again and I truly mean it,” Head Coach King Rice said. “He’s a super coach and really gets his kids to play together, more than most people… I thought we were going to get this today and I was way off on that. I thank Diago Quinn for choosing us and believing in what we were doing these last four years and I’m sorry that we couldn’t get over the hump for him.”

After netting the first four points, Iona went on a 17-2 run to take an 11 point lead on off a three pointer and extended it to a 12 point advantage at 12:45 on a layup. Monmouth got back in it, rushing through a 6-0 run in the latter stages of the period with a pair of makes from sophomore guard Deion Hammond to cut it to three before a late three made it 36-30 at the half.

Back-to-back triples from sophomore guard Marcus McClary and junior guard Nick Rutherford cut it to a three-point game early in the second half, but Iona hit a pair of threes in an 11-0 run to make it 52-38 at 14:41. The Hawks scored to halt the stretch, only to see the Gaels score the next nine to lead by 21 with 12:00 remaining. Iona held that margin through the remainder of the half, with sophomore guard George Papas coming on late to knock in a pair of threes for the Blue and White.

Quinn lead the way in his final game with 13 points a on perfect 5-5 from the field. The Hawks shot 43 percent on the game. Monmouth’s bench outscored Iona’s 24-2.

The No. 6 Hawks went on a run to the championship game by winning three games in four days.

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Women's Basketball's Season Ends in Semi-Final

W Basketball 03.13.19The season came to an end for Women’s Basketball on Sunday afternoon, as they fell 80-42 to No. 1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals of the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament in Albany, NY.

“It was a tough one for us today,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “We didn’t get off to a great start, and when you play a team like Quinnipiac, that could be a deadly combination. We dug ourselves in too big of a hole, but I was proud of our team for continuing to fight.”

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the game, but Monmouth came within one on a three-point shot from junior guard Sierra Green. That was the closest the Hawks would be for the rest of the day. Quinnipiac embarked on a 13-2 run to take a 17-5 lead with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. Monmouth was able to bring the deficit down to nine on free throws from junior forward Alexa Middleton, but the Bobcats answered with eight consecutive points to balloon the lead to 25-8. After ten minutes, they led 27-11.

Monmouth made a run in the second quarter, hitting three straight field goals to make the score 34-17, while holding the Bobcats scoreless for over three minutes. Quinnipiac, however, answered again, utilizing a 7-0 run to take a 41-17 score into the halftime break.

The Bobcats continued their run into the second half, scoring the first 11 points to expand the lead to 52-17, while holding the Hawks scoreless until the 3:31 mark of the frame. Quinnipiac closed the third quarter with eight-straight points, giving them a 62-21 lead after 30 minutes.

Monmouth won the fourth quarter, outscoring Quinnipiac 21-18, but couldn’t overcome the deficit, as the Bobcats advanced to their sixth-straight MAAC Championship Game.

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Track and Field Shines at NCAA Championships

Track Field 03.13.19Graduate Student Allie Wilson came in fourth place at the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Indoor Championships on Saturday with a time of 2:04.12 in the 800-meter run, the best ever finish for a Monmouth female in the competition.

“It was an incredible experience overall and I was very proud to be able to represent Monmouth at the highest level,” Wilson said.

Wilson had slowly found her way to the front of the pack over the first 400 meters and led the race for nearly 300 meters. The first five runners all finished within a second of each other as she was edged by athletes from Penn State, Penn, and Virginia Tech, respectively.

“Although I was hoping for a little bit more, I gave it my all in that moment and to walk away with a fourth place finish and to be up on that podium was something I will never forget,” she said.

With the result, Wilson earned a plethora of distinctions. In addition to becoming the first female to be named a two-time All-American in Monmouth history, she is the first in the program to be named a First Team All-American since 2016. Her fourth place finish on Saturday is the best for the Hawks since Tisifinee Taylor’s fourth place finish from over a decade ago at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

“Allie was super brave today. She took the lead in the second half and really went for it,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “She has come a long way with Coach Chris Tarello’s guidance and had an incredible season.”

The day before, Wilson booked her ticket to the finals by finishing second in the second of the semifinal heats with a time of 2:05.94.

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Upcoming Games 02-27-19

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Women's Lacrosse at Sacred Heart
Fairfield, CT 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28

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

Friday, Mar. 1

Softball vs Hartford
Townson, MD 12:30 p.m.

Baseball at Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, FL 6:30p.m.

Men's Basketball at Manhattan
Riverdale, NY 7:00 p.m.

Women's Bowling
Hawk Fight Invite
Egg Harbor, NJ TBA

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Men's Basketball Suffers Late Season Losses at Home

M Basketball 02.27.19Men’s Basketball dropped down to the middle of the pack in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after losing back to back home games against Canisius and Quinnipiac, seeing the Hawks fall to 10-20 on the season and 9-8 in conference play.

Friday’s matchup at the OceanFirst Bank Center against Canisius came down to the final seconds with just a couple of plays determining the eventual 59-60 outcome.

The game fittingly fell into the hands of senior center Diago Quinn, who found the basket on a turnaround with less than a minute to go to make it a one-point game.

Friday’s game was Quinn’s 130th of his career, making him just the fourth player in program history to reach such a total as he joined Chris Brady, Austin Tilghman, and Justin Robinson.

Quinn, who tallied 13 points on the night to go along with eight rebounds had an opportunity to win the game following a forced shot clock violation by the Hawks defense. The shot was unable to fall however as the Blue and White suffered the loss in the back and forth affair.

“Congratulations to Canisius,” said Head Coach King Rice. “They played 40 minutes and we did not.”

The Hawks were still able to get three players in double figures including Quinn, with sophomore guard Deion Hammond leading the way yet again with 14 points while junior forward Mustapha Traore tacked on ten points and eight rebounds.

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Track and Field Sends Athletes to U.S. Championships

Track Field 02.27.19Track and Field sent four current athletes and one former athlete to Staten Island, New York to compete in the U.S. National Indoor Championships this past weekend at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

The women’s team sent both graduate student Allie Wilson and senior Brianna Stratz to compete in the 1000-meter run. The men’s team sent redshirt seniors Corey Murphy and Bryan Sosoo to compete in the shot put event and the 60-meter dash, respectively. Additionally, former Hawk Dylan Capwell (‘18) competed in the men’s 1000-meter run as a professional with the Atlanta Track Club.

Both female athletes made their mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships last week. Wilson won the mile while Stratz won the 800-meter run as well as being a part of the winning 4x800 meter relay team.

Murphy is also coming off of a winning weekend as he not only won the shot put event, but set a new meet record aswell. His mark of 64’6” from the MAAC Championships is currently ranked ninth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Wilson ran in the third heat on Saturday, Feb. 23 and placed second with a time of 2:42.51, breaking her school record and coming behind unattached runner Laura Roesler (2:42.20). This time qualified Wilson to move on to the next day of events.

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Wilson came in sixth overall with a time of 2:41.76. With this time, Wilson re-broke her school record in the 1000-meter run which she had set in the preliminaries the day before.

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