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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Squawk with A Hawk 10/12/11

Squawk With A Hawk 10.12.11I sat down with the Hawks’ sophomore wide receiver Mitchell Pollard before the team faced off against Colgate. The 5’9 175 lb. receiver has put together a great start to the 2011 season. Pollard recorded 10 catches for 88 yards in last week’s loss to Robert Morris, becoming the first Monmouth player to grab ten catches in a game since 2006. Pollard is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA in receptions per game, averaging 6.75.

Outlook: What is your favorite High School Football memory?

MP: Playing our rivals who went 140 that year and won states but we came real close to beating them. I had a couple 80yard plays against them, so that was a big game.

Outlook: What can you do individually to help the team win?

MP: Just stick with the team concept, run the plays that they tell us to run. And when I touch the ball just try to make big things happen.

Outlook: What does the team need to do in order to reach the top of the NEC again?

MP: We have to stay in the races. Keep doing what we’re doing. Just work harder every day to get better. Eventually we’ll get there.

Outlook: Who is your favorite NFL player? Why?

MP: DeSean Jackson because I try to emulate my game after him.

Outlook: Who is your favorite NFL team?

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Field Hockey Team Shows Promise at the Midway Point of the Season

Field Hockey 10.05.11Standing at 84 looking into October, head coach Carli Figlio and the field hockey team has plenty to be proud of, but have plenty of work to do as well.

The Hawks started off the season in a rough fashion, as they dropped their first two matches. They opened up the season on August 27 at Syracuse University, who was ranked fifth in the nation at the time. The Hawks were dominated by the much stronger Syracuse squad by a score of 40, but Coach Figlio stresses the fact that games like these against very strong opponents prove to be learning experiences.

“Playing up always benefits us in the long run. It shows our character, concentration, and what we need to fix as a team,” Coach Figlio said.

Later that week, the Hawks then fell to Hofstra University in the home opener by a score of 43. Senior Morganne Firmstone scored twice for the Hawks.

The Hawks got their first win to open up September. They defeated the University of Miami (Ohio) 32 in overtime. Sophomore Michelle Pieczynski scored the game winning goal deep into overtime to seal the victory for the Hawks.

After a loss to the College of William and Mary two days later, Monmouth bounced back in their next game to defeat Lehigh University, 41. Pieczynski was dominant once again, as she recorded a hat trick. The victory was the first of an upcoming five game win streak for Monmouth.

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Football Team Falls to RMU 23-20

default article imageThe Hawks lost to the Robert Morris Colonials on Saturday 2320. The Hawks fall to 22 on the season, 11 in the Northeast Conference.

The Hawks shot themselves in the foot all day. Penalty yardage was unacceptable. 13 penalties for 136 yards. The biggest penalty came in the fourth quarter.

The Colonials were losing 2017 and facing a fourth down in their own territory. As they lined up to punt, Monmouth had too many players on the field. The five-yard penalty resulted in a Robert Morris first down, and they went on to score the game winning touchdown on that drive.

The Hawks’ offense never got into a groove in this one. Kyle Frazier threw for 241 yards, but had two costly interceptions.

Their running game was never established. Julian Hayes led the team on the ground, taking 14 carries for 41 yards.

“We knew going into the game that Robert Morris is excellent against the run. The strength of their defense is in their front seven and probably in their defensive line. I think that they kind of won the battle on the defensive line, particularly in the run game there up there,” said Coach Callahan.

Callahan also pointed to penalties as a reason why the run game never got going. “There was also sometimes though, because of penalties we had ourselves in first and twenties, first and twenty-fives, first and fifteens. It’s really difficult to say ‘okay we’re going to come out and establish the run’.”

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Men’s Soccer Starts NEC Play with a Victory and a Loss

default article imageThe Men’s soccer team battled in league opponents Long Island University and Central Connecticut State University to a draw this weekend.

Within the first ten minutes of Friday’s game against LIU, it was clear that Monmouth would be controlling the play. By using the width of the field rather than the length, the team was able to manage the game in an efficient manner.

To start the scoring spree, freshman Matt Jeffery headed the ball into the right pocket of the goal off a corner kick by junior Ryan Clark to put MU on the scoreboard. Clark continued to be a dominant force as he weaved through three LIU defenders and made a perfect pass while falling on the ground to sophomore Joseph Schmid making the game 20 MU.

When Schmid was asked how he and Clark played so fluently together, he replied “In general if you are a good soccer player, when you play around good soccer players it becomes natural. I had a whole spring with them, practice four times a week, played a few games.”

As the clock wound down to four minutes left in the first half, the Hawks gained another corner. Clark took the kick and placed it perfectly to junior Kevin Davis who headed it towards George Quintano who put the ball in the back of the net. At the halftime, the scoreboard read 30 Monmouth.

Although MU maintained their game in the second half, Long Island University began to play a new one. LIU started to utilize the width of the field and applied more pressure on the Hawks.

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The Gun Show || Is Race Still a Factor in the Hiring of College Football Coaches?

default article imageIt’s Saturday afternoon during the fall season, and inevitably the vibrant college football season. You flip on an ESPN game to find top notch, bowl contending matchups. With the fans crazy and players amped, there’s nothing more you could look for in a college game. Except, that’s where you’re wrong; what is missing from this scene? The answer is the presence of African-American (and minority) coaches in NCAA football.

NCAA Division IA teams attract high caliber recruitments and a large fan base but cannot hire/draw in African-American coaches. In 2011, only 11 black coaches are at the helm of a College Football Sub Bowl Division team.

Although this is a high amount compared to years past, it is a remarkably low number considering the 117 schools involved. It is a problem that still reigns clear throughout the sport and uncovers the fact that still today, there remains discrimination. It is still a problem that is right out there in front of our eyes, and poked and prodded at by a variety of analysts in the past.

No direct link can be correlated and no concrete answer will solve the problem. In a sport dominated by African-American athletes, the coaching staffs misrepresent the sport’s population and show that greed and image still lie at the heart of hiring.

Minority coaches that eventually do get the privilege of heading a program seem to take control of programs which have had notoriously losing traditions, placing a negative damper on the image of the black coach. Although many have been successful in changing their respective programs, only a few have had winning records, possibly deterring college officials from hiring more black coaches.

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Squawk with A Hawk 10/05/11

Squawk With Hawk 10.05.11Managing Editor Brett Bodner sits down with graduate midfielder and former Entertainment Editor Morganne Firmstone.

Outlook: How do you believe this year’s team is in comparison to last year’s team?

MF: I’m not going to say we’re better this year because we lost really big players in Meredith (Violi), Nora (Bosmans), and Katz (Melissa) but I think that we filled the spots that we had to. Obviously I’m hoping to not get second at NEC’s this year.

Outlook: How much do you miss The Outlook and what do you miss the most?

MF: I miss The Outlook a lot. I had so much fun being involved in another student group. What do I miss the most? You (laughs), and Anthony, Gina, Netta, Amanda, and Matt too.

Outlook: What are you going to Graduate School for?

MF: I’m going for a degree in public policy.

Outlook: What do you believe will be the keys to success this season in order to win the NEC?

MF: I have to say consistency and not playing into other team’s game plans. Playing our defensive press is also very important and just our heart and fight because the games in the NEC are very emotional.

Outlook: What is your favorite song right now?

MF: The first song on our warmup CD, which is “Warning” by Uncle Murda.

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Columbia and Princeton, and Prepares for NEC Match-Ups

M Soccer 9.28.11The Hawks took on two teams in the Ivy League this week when they faced off against Columbia and Princeton.

When they face Ivy League teams, the Hawks tend to have great success against them in the regular season, but in the past two years of the NCAA tournament they’ve been knocked out by Ivy League schools. Dartmouth eliminated them last year, while Harvard knocked them off the year before.

Their regular season dominance would continue as they were able to come out with two huge wins last Thursday and Sunday.

Thursday night the Hawks traveled to New York to take on Columbia. The Hawks battled and were able to come out with a 10 victory. Freshman Derek Luke scored his first goal of the year in the 18th minute and it would be all the Hawks needed to win the game.

Columbia had a few opportunities to score goals, but they were denied by Junior goalkeeper Alex Blackburn.

Blackburn picked up his fifth win and fifth shutout with the victory. Blackburn has been very strong in net this season and it has not gone unnoticed. “Alex has stepped up and is taking care of what he needs to take care of. He’s been solid for us and I think each game that goes by his confidence grows, which is important for him,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt.

Going into Sunday’s game the Hawks had eight goals from eight different scorers. In other words, there was an eight-way tie for the team’s leading scorer. However, that would change following Sunday afternoon’s game.

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Field Hockey Loses Win Streak, but Bounces Back Against Temple

default article imageThe field hockey team impressed everyone this past week as they stretched their win streak to five games. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end this past Saturday as the Hawks fell to the University of Albany 21. Albany is ranked 16th in the nation.

The Hawks traveled to Newark, Delaware on Wednesday September 21 for their next matchup against the University of Delaware.

The Hawks struck first in the first half as Michelle Pieczynski scored on a backhand shot. There was no other scoring from either team for the rest of the ain, exemplifying how dominant she can be, and most importantly taking the lead by a score of 21.

A few minutes later, Delaware responded with another goal to tie the game. Neither the Hawks nor Delaware were able to break the tie in regulation, so overtime was the only solution. About nine minutes into overtime, Pieczynski struck again, this time to win the game. The goal marked her second hat trick of the season.

“Our strategic plan has stayed the same. We’ve focused on intensity, holding ourselves accountable for position, and our communication,” discussed Coach Figlio. When asked about what aspects of the game that the team has to work on the most, she specifically talked about possession, including the small things and making crisp plays.

Now on a five game win streak, the Hawks were determined that they had the sure talent and ability that they could upset the 16th ranked Albany Great Danes on Saturday. The game was played at a neutral site, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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The Gun Show || A University Call to Arms: Attendance at Sporting Events

M Basketball 9.28.11Why, in a world full of social networking and a population full of people who need information “now,” can’t we fill the stands at a Hawk home game? With Facebook group joining becoming the norm, and Tweets flying 24/7, shouldn’t it be our first objective to do whatever we can do to get fans to come out and enjoy a sporting event?

Well as hard as it may be in any sense, multiple obstacles get in the way from achieving this goal. Monmouth Athletics has done a nice job in inspiring school spirit and promoting all the athletic events, but all work cast aside, attendance remains low.

Over the course of the year, the University undertakes a countless amount of promotional events for its sporting events, including free fan buses, certain giveaway nights, fundraising events, “Monmouth Mob” events and others. The main objective of the staff seems to be to promote a greater sense of “Hawk Pride” so that a day at Kessler Field could ultimately feel like a trip to the Horseshoe at Ohio State, or the Nittany Lion whiteout at Penn State. This goes for all sports, which have their share of promotions underway. Bottom line is, they’ve done their job, now we must do ours. As fans, we should wake up before we fall too far behind making the sports outing seem like just an event to attend out of boredom.

 First year events and other promotional outings draw crowds for our football games, along with our drive to see a winning season, and the soccer program’s prestige intrigues the sports fan as well. A new men’s basketball program fronted by a NCAA Division I big name, along with a clearly qualified women’s basketball coach should also fill the seats. These are extremely attainable goals and would pinpoint Monmouth on the map as an institution to fear as a visiting athlete. The Hawk fan base can potentially inspire the football team to play at a whole other level, fan mobs at the MAC could alter a game, and attendance on the Great Lawn could have attendees on hand witness history. Intriguing anyone yet? Well if it’s not, the root of our problem is discovered.

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Squawk with A Hawk 9/28/11

Squack with Hawk 09.28.11Managing Editor Brett Bodner, sits down with All-American defender/midfielder and one of the captains on the men’s soccer team, RJ Allen.

Outlook: What’s your greatest memory so far, while playing soccer here at Monmouth?

RJA: I’d have to say either beating UConn in the NCAA tournament or winning the NEC in both the regular season and conference tournament the past two years.

Outlook: What are some things that you’ve done, which have allowed you to encounter the success you have had here?

RJA: I just continue to work hard and I put in a lot of work in practice with my teammates and that’s really it.

Outlook: What are your thoughts on the upcoming NEC games?

RJA: The NEC is a tough conference to play in. You just have to have the right mentality and get through every game.

Outlook: What’s your favorite movie?

RJA: I’d have to go with Taken or 8 Mile.

Outlook: What is your favorite pregame meal?

RJA: Chicken Parm.

Outlook: How would a guy like me do in the teams conditioning program?

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Field Hockey Team Picks up Steam: Hawks Win Four Straight Games

Field Hockey 9.21.11 1“We will win the NEC this year, there is no doubt in my mind,” exclaimed junior Nicole Manziano when asked about what her predictions were for the season. The field hockey team is looking to build on the success they experienced last season and to take the next step and become NEC champions in 2011.

The road to that NEC championship started off a little bumpy earlier this season. The Hawks kicked off regular season play against the #5 team in country in Syracuse. It was a close game early on, but Syracuse got on the board 22 minutes in and they never looked back. The Orange went on to win 40, outshooting the Hawks 333.

“It was exciting because it was both of our first games and anything could happen and we showed we could hang with them and run with the big dogs,” said head coach Carli Figlio.

The Hawks came out firing in their next game against Hofstra, but unfortunately lost a close one 43. Graduate student Morganne Firmstone had two goals in the contest, but in the end Hofstra was able to hang on and win by a narrow margin.

“Early in the season we got a little bit away from our hunger to win games early in the season because we have some new voices on the team, so we’re trying to take each play as it comes to us,” Figlio said.

The tide began to turn for the Hawks on Friday September 9, when they squared off against Lehigh. The Hawks dominated the field of play and when all was said and done they came out with a 41 win. Junior Michelle Pieczynski led the Hawk attack by scoring three goalswhich gave her a hat trick on the day.

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