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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Softball Team Competes in the Seton Hall Pirate Classic

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0002The softball team sits at 7-6 after going 2-3 in the 2012 Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. over the weekend. The Hawks lost to Texas Tech and Seton Hall twice, and defeated Manhattan in two games.

Vanessa Cardoza has the highest batting average through 13 games, batting .415 and leading the team with 17 hits. She also leads the team with 14 RBI’s. Katie Schumacher is right behind her with 12.

Lauren Sulick has pitched in eight games, starting six. She is 5-2 and has a pair of complete games. She pitched 34.1 innings and sports an ERA of 2.24. Alissa Schoelkopf is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Schoelkopf leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

As a team, the Hawks have a .965 fielding percentage. They have committed 14 errors this sea-son, nine less than their opponents.

Cardoza leads the team defensively with 24 assists, followed by Tish Derer with 23.

The Blue and White opened the tournament Friday with a loss to Texas Tech. Despite out-hitting their opponent 11 to six, MU lost 4-2.

Sulick pitched the entire game and took the loss. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked six.

Christine Scherr, Kayleena Flores, and Schumacher each had two hits for the Hawks.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Sacred Heart in NEC Title Game

default article imageThe women’s basketball team erased an 18-point deficit but fell to top-seeded Sacred Heart, 58-48, in the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center. Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) finished with a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, whose season ends at 19-13. The Pioneers (25-7) advance to the NCAA Tournament with the win.

“I’m really disappointed to fall short in that one,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “But at the same time, I’m really proud of the team to get to this point. I’m really, really proud of our team and what we achieved this season. I thought Sacred Heart was phenomenal today. They did a great job. They really jumped on us in that first half.”

Chanel Gomez (Perth Amboy, N.J./Perth Amboy [Brookdale C.C.]) added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Hawks, while Gena Broadus (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll [George Mason]) also grabbed 11 boards for Monmouth. Betsy Gadziala (Whiteboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) also chipped in eight points. For their contributions during the NEC Tournament, Womack and Abby Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Ericka Norman scored a team-high 18 points, while also adding six steals and two assists for the Pioneers. Gabrielle Washington chipped in 13 points and six rebounds, while Morgan Merriman had 11 points. Callan Taylor also contributed seven points and eight rebounds.

“[Sacred Heart] had some people who really stepped up, people who are solid, but not really known for putting up many points,” said Palmateer. “Norman was phenomenal. Merriman was phenomenal. Our goal going in was to be able to shut down Taylor and Washington. I thought we did a decent job on those two. So, give a lot of credit to them. I think they’ll do well in the NCAA Tournament. I’m going to be pulling for them as they move on.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Drops to 1-6 on the Season

default article imageThe women’s lacrosse team sits at 1-6 nearly halfway through the 2012 campaign. The Hawks fell to Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. 13-7 for their third consecutive loss.

MU had a couple of leads in the first half but never took full control. Rutgers scored four consecutive goals before half time to take a 5-3 lead, and the Hawks never tied it again.

Alex Marino scored for the Blue and White to get within one and sent the game to intermission 5-4.

Sam Lillo tallied a hat trick for MU, all coming in the first half, while leading the team with nine shots. Lynn White and Marino added two goals apiece.

Freshman goalie Katie Donohoe tied a career high with 13 saves against RU.

Ali Steinberg led the Scarlet Knights (3-3) with five goals and 12 shots. Annie McGinley scored a hat trick. Lauren Sbrilli and Stephanie Anderson each added two scores.

Monmouth opens up the Northeast Conference (NEC) portion of its schedule Friday at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) at 3:00 pm. Robert Morris travels to West Long Branch for a Sunday matchup at noon.

Women’s Basketball Triumphs Over LIU-Brooklyn

Will Now Face-off Against Quinnipiac in NEC Semifinals


wbb triumphs over liu brooklynWith the regular season over, the Universities women’s basketball team defeated Long Island University-Brooklyn this past Saturday 68-56 in the quarterfinal game for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. Thirdseed Hawks rivaled the number six Blackbirds, beating them for a third time this season.

Together the team worked hard for their defeat. “The game went good,” Junior Abigail Martin stated “The game went good and we played well as a team too.”

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer was excited about the girls win. She explained how the team had a successful first half, hitting three pointers to give them a safe lead. LIU came back wanting revenge for their previous two losses against the Hawks. However, the team did not allow any room for a win.

Junior Alysha Womack played a tough game with 23 points and a strong first half. With her help, they were able to spring ahead from the beginning. Martin had her fourth double-double of the season by scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Junior Chevannah Paalvast scored eight points and had a career high five steals and two blocked shots.

Even with a sprained ankle, senior Alexis Canady was able to triumph over LIU with 13 points. With her first attempt at a threepointer it was obvious that not even her injury could hold her back from pushing herself further along in the game. Wearing her boot during practice and working hard in rehab the week leading up to the game, she felt comfortable and prepared to play. The team felt a spark with her perseverance to come out and play.

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Men’s Basketball Season Comes to a Close Against RMU

mbb season comes to a close against rmuThe men’s basketball team ended its season Thursday night with a loss against Robert Morris 87-68 in the first round of the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament.

“I can’t say enough about our team, and our kids, and the way they battled. The way they fought through adversity the whole year,” said Head Coach King Rice. “It makes you proud to be a coach and I’m thankful that they allowed me to coach them for this year, especially down to the wire tonight.”

Coron Williams led the Colonials with 25 points, shooting eight of 11 from three-point range. Lucky Jones added 16 points off the bench.

Jones and Lawrence Bridges led the third seed Colonials with seven rebounds each.

The Hawks were able to slow down Velton Jones, holding him to 12 points after he dropped 35 on MU earlier this season. He scored only four points in the final 36 minutes of the game.

Ed Waite led the Hawks with 14 points on six-of-seven shooting. Jesse Steele added 11 and Mike Myers Keitt scored 10 off the bench.

Steele led MU in rebounds with five and assists with four.

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Men’s and Women’s Track Teams Post Record-Setting Weekend

mens womens track teams post record setting weekendBoth the University men’s and women’s track and field team’s were dominant over the championship weekend, but the men broke a memorable record. The men’s team totaled 27 points, the most ever at the IC4A’s by Monmouth. It was good enough for a ninth place finish. It is Monmouth’s best finish at the event since their 11th place finish in 2002. The Hawks also had five team members take All-East honors at the event.

The women’s team finished in 17th place at the ECAC Championships. It is their second straight season finishing in the top 20. Their 17th place finish is their best in the event in school history. The women’s team also added two more All-East members.

“We were pleased to get the men into the top ten and the women into the top 20 at a high caliber meet like this. We competed very well against the best schools from the Ivy League, Patriot League, Big East and other major conferences. Both teams did a great job this indoor season and we are excited about the opportunities we will have outdoors in a few weeks,” Head Coach Joe Compagni explained in a press release. 

For the men’s side, Ford Palmer ran the 1,000 meter run in 2:25.09, good enough for first place and to become the school’s first individual champion at the event. Palmer also joined the distance medley team to an All-East finish along with Mark Bernardo, Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez, and Garth DiBlasio. They finished in seventh place overall. Vince Elardo earned All-East Honors on the first day of the meet in the weight throw, and on the second day as well in the shot put, claiming second overall in the event. Errol Jeffery earned his first All-East honor as he finished fifth in the shot put. Shane Carle finished ninth in the shot put.

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Softball Team Knocks Off Delaware, but Falls to Army

softball team knocks off delaware but falls to armyThe softball team opened the season in Norfolk, Virginia in the 2012 Spartan Classic and won three of its four games.

The Hawks (3-1) defeated Norfolk State 10-4 in the season opener. Kayla Weiser went two for three from the plate, knocking in four runs. Kate Kuzma and Shannon Fitzgerald also knocked in two runs each.

The Spartans led 3-0 halfway through the fourth inning. The Blue and White exploded in the bottom of the inning for eight runs. Alicia Desanto started the inning off with a walk and stole second base. Weiser singled to knock in the Hawks’ first run. Kuzma came up next and singled. Vanessa Cardoza stepped up next with a single to knock in Weiser. Fitzgerald kept the flood gates open when she stepped up next, batting in Cardoza and Kuzma with a single. Two batters later, Chelsea Paprocki got a base hit up the middle, and Fitzgerald scored. Jenna Jaquish and Christine Scherr reached base to load them up with only one out. Two batters later, Weiser doubled to clear the bases and give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.

Alissa Schoelkopf pitched four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out eight. Jordan Barnett threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits. Barnett struck out four.

In the second game of the double-header, MU defeated Delaware 6-3.

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Baseball Team Goes 1-2 Against VCU

default article imageThe baseball team faced off against Virginia Commonwealth in a three game series this past weekend.

The Hawks were supposed to play the first game of the series on Friday, but the game was postponed due to rain. It was then rescheduled for Sunday, meaning the Hawks would be competing in a double header.

The series got off to a good start on Saturday afternoon, as the Hawks were able to defeat VCU 6-4 behind a strong pitching performance by Pat Light and a three hit, two RBI day for Jamie Rosenkranz.

However, the Hawks were not able to keep up their winning ways as they dropped both games of the doubleheader on Sunday. They were shut-out 8-0 in the first game, as they weren’t able to do anything offensively.

In the next game, the Hawks’ batters woke up, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Hawks fell 5-3.

The Hawks will travel down to Troy, Alabama this week to take on the University of Troy in a four game set. From there, they will travel to Georgia State next Tuesday before they come back home for their home opener on March 16 against Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Gun Show || A Message of Hope: UConn’s Jim Calhoun Overcomes Cancer and Spinal Stenosis

default article imageIf you’re looking for an inspirational story, you don’t need to flip on an HBO documentary or an ESPN 30 for 30 show, just look at the University of Connecticut. Instead of hearing the promising tale of a player who has made it from nothing to take the NCAA by storm, I’ll give you reason to believe that Jim Calhoun is an admirable man and an icon for the game of basketball.

His 871 wins and ranking of sixth all-time amongst NCAA coaches are not the reason behind this week’s spotlight. The head coach, riddled with health problems, has defied all odds to return back to the sidelines. He returned last week after missing nearly a month coping with the effects of spinal stenosis, a condition where the spine is narrowed and disk fragments push on spinal nerves.

The defending NCAA champions have not been much without their fearless leader, going 3-5 in his absence this past month and 5-6 in total without him on the season. To bring fire back to his squad, the head coach defied medical orders to coach them against Pittsburgh.

Instead of easing back to work and recouping at home, the 69-year-old head coach paced the sidelines and barked orders at his team which is holding onto their last hope for making the NCAA tournament. When he loosened his tie and seemed flustered throughout the game, it wasn’t a medical complication, but instead an example of his dedication for the job.

Players responded to his perseverance and noted to Yahoo Sports! that there is no substitute for Calhoun’s presence on the sideline. “He just brings that energy and it makes me want to fight harder, even when I’m tired, on my last straw,” said UCONN guard Shabazz Napier.

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The Gun Show || “Country Roads” Elicits Near Riot and Unfolds the Power of the Student Section

default article imageYouTube phenomenon and Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly brought on a full-fledged riot at West Virginia Coliseum on February 24th after pantomiming a ballroom dance to John Denver on WVU’s home court. The action greatly angered the West Virginia student section, who gave Williams a piece of their mind during an ESPN interview conducted shortly after.

Here, the power of a college fan-base was unfolded. They are without a doubt comparable to the three-headed monster, as seen when numerous security guards struggled to hold WVU students back from physically approaching the head coach.

The dance came after Marquette beat West Virginia 61-60 and greatly hampered the Mountaineers’ shot at the NCAA tournament. Already a YouTube sensation, Williams, who danced “Walk it out” two years ago on the court, offered a sarcastic apology for the event.

He stated that he liked John Denver’s rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and was so amped after the game that it was just natural. Later that night he offered a more extensive apology but still, West Virginia students and fans of all ages are not very fond of Williams.

YouTube users have taken pleasure in watching the coach glide across Mountaineer mid-court, but while doing so, ask whether the move was professional or a display of poor sportsmanship. Should a college coach blatantly poke fun at a song that is so dear to the hearts of the home team’s fans? Then, should he deny its impact?

From an outsider’s standpoint, this move is irresponsible and a lack of judgment. Sure, you may be excited after a huge win for your program, but that should not result in you sarcastically grooving to the other team’s alma matter-like song. Show some dignity and respect for the opposing program, shake the other coach’s hand and head into the lockerroom to begin your celebration. This move, Coach Williams, is just unnecessary.

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Men’s Basketball Stuns First Place Long Island

Ends Regular Season with 106-78 Thumping of LIU-Brooklyn


mbb stuns first place long islandThe men’s basketball team finished the regular season with two big home wins against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island University – Brooklyn. The Hawks finish the season as the sixth seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and will face Robert Morris in the first round of the conference tournament.

Monmouth (12-19, 10-8) has won nine of its last 12 games and is on the right track heading into the NEC tournament.

Jesse Steele scored 18 points and Dion Nesmith added 15 as Monmouth defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) 79-73 Thursday night.

“We are playing our best basketball right now,” said Monmouth’s Head Coach King Rice after Thursday’s win. “One more game and then it’s the conference tournament.”

The Terriers (15-14, 12-6) led 36-18 following a Stefan Perunicic three-point basket with 5:57 remaining in the first half. From here, Monmouth went on a 34-9 run over the next 14:06 to surge ahead 53-45. During the run, Steele scored eight points and Marcus Ware added seven. Andrew Nicholas scored seven of the Hawks’ final nine points during the game-changing stretch.

Ben Mockford led St. Francis (N.Y.) with 16 points. Jalen Cannon tallied a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

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