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Former Hawk Earns National Scholar Honors

WBB 10.14.20The former Monmouth women’s basketball star Alexa Middleton was recently awarded incredible off the court honors when she named to the 2020-21 Sport Changes Life Foundation (SCLF) Victory Scholar Program in late September.

“We are proud and honored that Alexa has been chosen as part of the Sport Changes Life program,” said Monmouth women’s basketball head coach Jody Craig. “She was a great leader for us at Monmouth, and I’m sure she will be a tremendous mentor in these challenging times.”

As a senior last season, Middleton was second on the team in scoring averaging 9.3 points per game. She also led the team in rebounds with 8.1 per game, blocks with 32 and double-doubles with eight. She finished off her senior season earning remarkable All-Conference honors as a member of the 2019-2020 MAAC All-Tournament Team.

Middleton joins fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) athletes D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks of Canisius, Taylor Herd of Quinnipiac and Quinn Taylor of Saint Peter’s. There was a total of 17 athletes selected with six males and 11 females from 16 different schools.

MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor commented on these honors that four MAAC student-athletes received. “The MAAC is proud to continue its partnership with Sport Changes Life and would like to congratulate D’Jhai, Alexa, Taylor and Quinn,” said Ensor. “The Victory Scholars Program selected four very deserving student-athletes, and the MAAC wishes them nothing but the best as they complete their graduate studies and teach young people the value of sports and academics.”

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Men’s Basketball Announce New Freshman

MBB 10.7.20Men’s basketball announced that they have signed a pair of players to join the program for the 2020-2021 season. Myles Ruth and Klemen Vuga will both be joining the freshman class for the blue and white this year.

Ruth is a native of Hillside, New Jersey and played his high school basketball at Don Bosco in Ramsey, New Jersey. In his senior season Ruth was name First Team All-Big North Division, First Team All-North Jersey and First Team All-Bergen County.

Standing at six feet tall, he averaged 13.6 points per game, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals in senior campaign in high school. He was also very efficient from the field as he finished the season with a 53 percent field goal percentage. With Ruth’s efforts, the Ironmen finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-6 record while posting an impressive 9-1 record at home.

Ruth also posted a total of five games in his senior year with at least 20 points including a 27 point explosion against Newburgh Free Academy. Not only did he score with ease, but he filled up the entire stat sheet in this contest. Ruth finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and six steals.

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Monmouth to Re-Air Classics on ESPN+

FB 10.7.20 3Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures as Monmouth athletics has decided to bring something new to a deflated campus that is terribly missing their fall sports season. With the help of ESPN+ Monmouth will now be re-airing classic sporting events from the 2019-2020 athletics season starting on September 30th.

The schedule includes nearly two months of non-stop Monmouth action starting with men’s basketball versus Radford from last season and ending with men’s basketball versus Quinnipiac. The schedule includes a variety of men’s and women’s sports ranging from soccer to basketball to football to field hockey.

Each week ESPN+ will air three games starting at 3:00 p.m. sharply every single Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The links to these ESPN broadcasts will be provided on MonmouthHawks.com as well as the Monmouth Hawks Twitter page which will release schedule updates and news about these re-aired events.

Big South champion football leads the way with six games on the docket from their historic 2019-2020 season starting with the matchup from September 7th against Lafayette. They will also be airing the games versus Albany, Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, North Alabama, and lastly Hampton which will be aired on November 6th.

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Former Hawk Pete Guerriero Signs With Panthers

FB 10.7.20 1On Oct. 1, former Monmouth running back Pete Guerriero signed with the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad.

Guerriero was asked to try out for the Panthers and competed against three other running backs for the practice squad spot. He impressed head coach, Matt Rhule, and became one of the two running backs that earned a spot on the squad.

The Lyndhurst native came to Monmouth in 2016 and spent his freshman year as a track runner. He won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championship in the 100m and 200m. In 2017, he became a redshirt freshman for the football team and immediately made an impact on the entire program.

The 2019 Football Championship Series (FCS) Running Back of the Year declared for the National Football League (NFL) Draft after completing his third season of eligibility. He ended his Monmouth season last year with a total of 3,974 career rushing yards which was the second most in program history. Throughout his career, Guerriero had 20 career over 100-yard rushing games appearing in 34 games for Monmouth.

Guerriero was the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) FCS leading rusher in the country and scored 239 points throughout his time as a Hawk, which is the third most in Monmouth history and helped the Hawks earn their first Big South Championship.

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Monmouth Baseball Alumn TJ Hunt Starts New Journey

Baseball AlumnMonmouth alumn TJ Hunt was once a young baseball player being recruited and now, he is the one in charge of that very same process.

TJ Hunt is the Director of Scouting and Operations of New Jersey for Prep Baseball Report (PBR), one of America’s biggest scouting services and top resource for amateur baseball. With PBR, Hunt is in charge of the scouting process of New Jersey amateur baseball players. As a 2015 graduate of Monmouth University his relation to the Hawks still hits close to home.

Hunt is also the grandson of Jim Hunt, a hall of fame high school coach, the son of Mickey Hunt, long-time head varsity coach of the Ramapo High School Baseball team, the younger brother of former MLB player and PBR National Crosschecker, Shooter Hunt, and the older brother of current Mississippi pitcher, K.C Hunt. Speaking of his early exposure to the sport, Hunt said, “It’s just through osmosis you just get involved in it and it was great!”

During his college recruiting process in high school, was the first time he had ever heard of Monmouth and is glad that he ended up here. “It’s just kind of a jewel of the state that many people don’t know about and it’s right next to the beach,” said Hunt. “You’re going to college at the Jersey Shore.”

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Monmouth Soccer Teams Earn Academic Honors

Soccer Honors 1The Monmouth University women’s soccer team was named United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award winner for the 23rd consecutive season on Thursday, September 24 while the men’s team earned the award as well. This makes Monmouth one of 183 schools in the country to earn the award in both programs. 

“We are so proud of the continued commitment our team puts toward their academic performance,” said head coach Dr. Krissy Turner. “This recognition is a credit to the players and our academic support staff who help them reach their potential as student-athletes.”

All of the teams for both men’s and women’s who totaled a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher were granted the award for the 2019-2020 school year. This resulted in a total of 903 collegiate award winners across the country with 562 going to women’s teams and 341 to men’s.

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MAAC Announces Winter Basketball Schedules

Winter Schedule 1The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced both the men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the 2020-21 season. Both programs will compete in 20 regular season games against their conference opponents.

The men’s basketball team finished last season with a 12-8 conference record which earned them third place in the regular season. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the MAAC tournament never got underway and the Hawks season came to a pre-mature end.

All games this season will be played on Tuesdays and Fridays and the Hawks will play each of their conference rivals twice this season. The Hawks had a highly anticipated matchup against North Carolina scheduled for the upcoming season, however due to the changes made as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the fate of that matchup in unknown.

The men’s team will open their season on December 8th on the road against Niagara. They then face off against Canisius for to cap off their two-game road trip to end the season.

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Big South Champion Hawks Host Ring Ceremony

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Monmouth football held their long awaited Ring Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Kessler Stadium to celebrate their Big South Championship from last season. Both graduated and current players gathered in socially distanced fashion on the field that they went a perfect 7-0 at in 2019 to collect their rings.

“It was great to have everybody from the 2019 team back and assembled on campus to celebrate,” said senior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV. “Being a part of that team will be something I cherish and remember for the rest of my life.”

Last year’s Hawks went 11-3 but were a conference best 10-2 and 6-0 in conference play in the regular season leading to their first ever Big South crown. They also reached their highest national ranking in program history by the end of the season as the #12 team in the nation.

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“We made history and set the bar for expectations going forward,” said Moore IV. “This team will go down in history and I’m astounded to have been a part of the success.”

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Men's Lacrosse Announces Incoming Class

MLAXThe Monmouth University men’s lacrosse team announced their incoming 2021 class including nine freshmen and two graduate transfer students on Tuesday, September 15.

Although it’s only September, many are looking forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for Monmouth athletics when they return. Men’s lacrosse has a lot to look forward to especially. There is nothing but optimism, anticipation, and faith surrounding the incoming class.

“It’s always an exciting time when we welcome our next class to campus and they officially join our team,” said head coach Brian Fisher. “This freshmen class is a group that has our staff really energized about their potential and we know that they are going to be great teammates, contribute to our team and Monmouth community in a positive manner.”

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Men's Basketball Alumn Signs Pro Contract

Traore (2)Former Men’s Basketball forward Mustapha Traore has signed a professional basketball deal with the UMF Skallagrimur Bogarnes in Iceland.

Traore graduated from Monmouth University last spring after spending five years with the men’s basketball program. He finished his collegiate career with 611 points and 520 rebounds. He also notched 47 rejections during his time with the Hawks.

Traore was a member of both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season championship teams, however he did not play his year as a true freshman.

Due to his efforts in college, Traore will now be doing what he loves for a living.

“Being signed to a team and playing professional basketball means everything to me,” said Traore. “These are the things you really dream about as a kid.”

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Women’s Soccer Earns 40th Anniversary Team Honors

AmandaKnaubDespite the lack of a normal fall season for women’s soccer, the Lady Hawks found out monumental news on September 3. Five of their former players as well as Head Coach Krissy Turner were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) 40th Anniversary Team. Among these players were Madie Gibson, Jess Johnson, Amanda Knaub, Anna Lazur, and Alexis McTamney.

“It is a tremendous credit to the success we have had since beginning play in the MAAC in 2013,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “It is an honor to be selected as one of the premier coaches in the league and I am super proud of the individual success so many of our players have had. The seven regular season titles are credited to the talented players we have had in our program but in particular the five players chosen for this recognition played a major role in those titles.”

These players all helped Monmouth win four straight MAAC Regular Season Championships while the majority of them also helped win four MAAC Tournaments and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Amanda Knaub was deservingly on the list as the all-time conference leader in shutouts with 45. She not only leads in this statistical category but also in goals-against average at 0.56 and victories at 58. She has even reached national achievements such as leading the entire NCAA in goals-against average in 2019 at 0.202.

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