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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Softball Sweeps La Salle and Central Connecticut

The softball team is starting to build momentum as they notched wins in all four games they played this week at home in double headers against La Salle University and conference foe Central Connecticut State University.

“I think they like their own facilities,” said Head Coach Louie Berndt. “They’re accustom to the routine, but once that first pitch is thrown and the game starts it’s all about playing the game.”

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Tuesday at home against the La Salle Explorers and their bats set the tone, scoring seven runs in the first game to win 7-0.

Sophomore Vanessa Cardoza went 2-3 on the day, including a team high two RBI.

Senior Lauren Sulick, this week’s NEC Pitcher of the Week, threw an absolute gem, commanding the strike zone throughout the contest leading to a complete game seven strikeout outing.

The Hawks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when junior Shannon Fitzgerald was able to score on a passed ball.  The offense picked back up in the fifth inning for MU when senior Tish Derer brought in freshman Nikki Sandelier on a fielder’s choice reach with the bases loaded. With the bases still loaded, junior Alicia Desanto was able to draw a walk to extend the lead to three.

Another fielder’s choice brought the lead to four for the Hawks before Cardoza blasted a two-out, two-run triple to right-center giving the Hawks a six run lead.  Sophomore Kayleena Flores ended the scoring for the day when she brought in Cardoza with a double. Sulick closed the game just as strong as she started it, making it a 7-0 victory for the Hawks.

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Seven Straight Wins for Women’s Lacrosse

The Hawks (9-6; 7-0) came back and defeated Quinnipiac (5-8; 3-3) on Friday afternoon at Kessler Field.  The final score was 11-7.  Senior midfielder Sam Savona led the way for MU, tying a career-high with four goals on the day, including three in the second half. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons also had four points on three goals and an assist.

The blue and white took the early lead on a goal from senior midfielder Erica Abendschoen.  The Bobcats answered quickly and scored four unanswered goals to take the lead 4-1.

The Hawks responded by going on a run of their own to tie the game. Sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius and Gibbons scored within a minute of each other to cut the deficit to 4-3.  Savona scored her first goal of the match with an assist to sophomore Emily Barbieri, to tie the game.  The Bobcats scored a late goal on a free position shot to bring a 5-4 lead into halftime.

MU started off the second half hot, scoring two quick goals to take the lead 6-5.  Sophomore attacker Meaghan Hess scored the first, and less than a minute later, Savona scored her second of the game.

With just over 24 minutes to play, Quinnipiac’s Lianne Toomey tied the game at six.  After that it was all Hawks.  At the 19:09 mark, Savona scored her third goal of the game and put MU in front for good.

Gibbons scored two straight goals during a 5-0 stretch by the blue and white.  Savona put away her fourth goal and junior attacker Danielle Rakowitz scored the final goal for the Hawks to win 11-7.

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Campus Reacts to Coaching Violence

Each and every day, educa­tional institutions have been working to put a stop to child­hood bullying across the world. From a young age, children and young adults have been exposed to a variety of anti-bullying cam­paigns, videos, and assemblies, all with the intent of protecting students while they’re in school.

While students are learning about peer bullying, who’s pro­tecting them against the adult bullies of the world?

Rutgers University fired men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Rice on Wednesday, April 3, af­ter a video aired on ESPN’s “Out­side the Lines” of him hitting, shoving and berating his players. Ever since the video went viral, it has prompted scores of reactions across the country.

Professor Claude Taylor of the communication department and athletics professor in residence, said, “This is definitely a sad sto­ry. I think that those in positions of authority at Rutgers University lost sight of student well-being.” He continued, “People should have turned their attention to this situa­tion much sooner and it would have not been as complex as it is now.”

Taylor explained, “Schools are supposed to prepare kids for the world, protect them, and keep them safe – not let things like this hap­pen.”

He believes that the firing of Rice and the coaching staff will be a temporary setback for Rutgers bas­ketball, but feels that if they hire the right coach, it could put the school’s head back in the game. “There is a distinct line between motivation and abuse,” he said.

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Lacrosse Stays Perfect, 5-0 in NEC

WLAXThe Hawks (6-6; 5-0) won their fourth straight Northeast Conference game Friday night by dominating Robert Morris (7-6; 3-3) 14-3.

The blue and white were led by freshman midfielder Marial Pierce who led all scorers with a career-high five points, including four goals and an assist. Pierce attributes her success this season to her teammates. “I think it’s just working with different teammates and  knowing what they’re going to do and working on our chemistry and then how we’ve been scoring,” Pierce said.

Sophomore goalie Katie Donohoe had a season-high 13 saves as the Hawks defense only allowed three goals; the lowest margin of the season.

MU started the game off in control when senior attacker Cassie Campasano scored just 19 seconds into the game.  Pierce added a goal two minutes later which increased MU’s lead to 2-0. 

Then the Hawks scored three goals in a three minute span including another from Pierce and Campasano and one from sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius. She also had a big day finishing with two goals and an assist.

The blue and white scored seven unanswered goals until Robert Morris answered back with a goal from Talia Waskowicz who scored at the 7:14 minute mark. 

The Hawks ended the half scoring a goal with just 1:57 left to play. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons assisted freshman midfielder Michelle Gonzales on the goal. MU took an 8-1 lead going into halftime.

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From the Bullpen to NEC’s Finest: Andrew McGee

mcgeeAndrew “Maniac” McGee has become a name much feared amongst the Northeast Conference baseball teams. As MU’s starting pitcher, McGee has a 5-1 record, four complete games, and 38 strikeouts. Not to mention he was named New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Pitcher of the Week on March 25.

McGee’s baseball roots trace back to age eight when he began at a much less competitive level. “My dad really loves baseball so he got me into it. He signed me up for t-ball, said have fun and I ended up really enjoying it.”

A few years down the road, McGee landed a spot as a starting pitcher for Toms River South under legendary coach, Ken Frank. McGee’s talent shined his senior year of high school as he set a Toms River South record for becoming the first pitcher to have an undefeated season with more than 10 decisions. McGee’s overall high school career finished at 20-4, 12 of those wins came from his senior year.

As he moved past the high school level and came to play under Head Coach Dean Ehehalt at MU, McGee also moved from a starting pitcher to the bullpen.“When I was coming out of the bullpen, I would pitch one day and then the next you may have to come out and pitch again,” McGee said. “It’s a little more stressful coming out of the bullpen [than starting] because you never know when you’re going to get in the game.”

As a sophomore at MU, McGee landed a spot in the starting rotation, a role he felt much more comfortable with. “I enjoy starting just because you can get into a routine and it’s just easier to know your day. For example, if you pitch Friday, then Saturday and Sunday you can relax,” he said.

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Softball Drops Two to RMU, Takes Two From Wagner

SoftballThe softball team returned to conference play over the weekend, dropping two games in a double header to Robert Morris University before rebounding to sweep Wagner University in a double header on Sunday. 

The Hawks pushed their overall record to 19-12 on the season and 8-4 in conference after the weekend, solidifying their position as third in the NEC. 

The weekend started with MU hosting preseason favorite Robert Morris University in a double header. The Hawks didn’t see much success on Saturday, only totaling two runs between the games, as they dropped both games by scores of 4-0 and 6-2. 

“I want to see more consistency, not making the mental mistakes we’ve made in the past,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “It’s all about scoring runs, and that’s what we have to do to win ball games.”

Game one saw senior Lauren Sulick take the mound for MU. She tallied four strikeouts and allowed four runs in her complete game effort. The Hawks were not able to provide any run support for Sulick. RMU sophomore Nicole Sleith pitched a gem for the Pioneers, only giving up four hits to the Hawks and she also added four strikeouts. 

RMU was able to get on the scoreboard early with a first inning soaring solo home run from sophomore Tess Apke. Sulick was then able to keep the Pioneer bats relatively quiet until the fourth inning when junior Chelsea Siar extended the lead with a two run deep ball for the Pioneers.  The Pioneers then further secured their lead with the third home run of the day in the fifth inning when freshman Haileigh Stocks hit a solo shot lengthening the lead to 4-0. The Hawks bats were unable to produce any runs and the Pioneers captured game one. 

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Baseball Wins Four Straight Over Mount St. Mary’s

BaseballThe baseball team scored 48 runs in a four game sweep against Northeast Conference rival, Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers(MSM) this past weekend.

Even though MSM had a losing record entering the series, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt still considered them a threat. “Anybody can beat anybody. You look at the scores of their games and look at the scores of our games and there is very little margin for error,” Ehehalt said. “In the sport of baseball you throw records out the window, records are not very vindictive on who’s going to win.”

Junior southpaw Andrew McGee pitched the series opener picking up his fifth win of the season as the Hawks won the game 13-7. McGee tossed eight innings surrendering two runs off five hits. He also struck out a career-high 12 batters in the game and threw a total of 96 pitches, 72 of which were strikes, before being replaced by sophomore righty Chris McKenna in the ninth.

McKenna threw two-thirds of an inning where he issued two walks and allowed three runs off five hits. Relieving McKenna for the final out in the ninth was freshman lefty Frank Trimarco.

Leading the Hawks offensively was the recently honored New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Player of the Week, senior third baseman Owen Stewart. Going six-for-six in the game, Stewart accounted for two RBI and four out of MU’s 13 runs. Junior second baseman Jake Gronsky, senior first baseman Chris Perret and senior left fielder Joe Bamford each had three hits in the contest.

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Baseball Takes Three of Four from Central Connecticut

Junior Pitcher Andrew McGee Threw His Fourth Complete Game of the Season

Baseball

The baseball team held their first home series of the season as they won three out of four games against the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils this weekend.

Opening the first game of the series on Thursday at 3:00 pm was junior lefty Andrew McGee. Despite the challenge of 50 degree weather, McGee was able to pick up his fourth win and his fourth complete game, all of which have been victories. In the process, McGee gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six, improving his personal record to 4-1. McGee was also named NEC Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive week. He is the first NEC pitcher to do so since 1998.

MU gave McGee the support he needed for the 3-0 win in the third inning when sophomore right fielder Craig Sweeney pushed a line drive past CCSU’s shortstop.

“It was a great feeling,” Sweeney said of his three run RBI single. “My first couple swings were bad, so I wanted to keep it short at that at-bat. I kept it simple, got a pitch, and put a swing on it.”

Sweeney plated sophomore catcher Kyle Perry, junior second baseman Jake Gronsky, and senior first baseman Chris Perret. Gronsky and Perry lead the team with two hits a piece.

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Women’s Lacrosse Remains Unbeaten in NEC

The Hawks (5-6, 3-0) defeated Mount Saint Mary’s (3-8, 2-1) Friday 8-5 to remain unbeaten in Northeast Conference (NEC) play. MU, who led the entire game, had a balanced attack and a strong defensive effort to win their third straight game.

The Hawks received a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Marial Pierce and senior attacker Cassie Campasano. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons, sophomore Allison Stathius and sophomore midfielder Emily Barbieri tallied a goal and an assist each.

Pierce put the Hawks on the board at the 22:17 mark of the first half.  MU held that lead for the next 20 minutes until Campasano scored off an assist from Gibbons with 2:17 left to play in the first frame. 

The blue and white controlled the first half and took a 2-0 lead going into halftime.  The Hawks had 15 shots but Mount goalie Sarah Leder stopped seven to keep her squad in the game.

Just 1:21 into the second half, MU increased their lead when Stathius scored.  She assisted on the next goal, which came 31 seconds later from Barbieri. 

The Hawks scored two more goals in the next 34-second span to lead 6-0, but after 40 scoreless minutes, Mount answered back with a free position goal from Kaitlyn Larrimore. Gibbons responded two minutes later to increase MU’s lead 7-1. 

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Hawks Host 18th Annual Monmouth Season Opener

MU Captures Six of the Top 10 Spots in the Men’s Shot Put Competition

The Hawks Track and Field opened their spring season with the 18th Annual Monmouth Season Opener. The two-day meet included 20 teams and 1,038 athletes.

“The meet last year got almost too big so we really wanted to see only 20 teams this year,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “There’s a few less teams, but those teams are strong teams. Less quantity, more quality.”

Competition began on Friday with the open mile and the hammer throw.

Sophomore runner Khari Bowen placed fourth in the open mile as he crossed the finish line at 4:21.32. Freshman Domenick D’Agostino shortly followed Bowen as he completed the race at 4:23.54.

On the field side of Friday’s events, MU placed fourth, fifth, and sixth in the men’s hammer throw. Junior Errol Jeffrey, senior Ryan Snyder, and sophomore Wulf Sutcliffe tossed a distance of 49.24 meters, 48.86 meters, and 47.73 meters, respectively.

MU placed third, fourth, and fifth in the women’s hammer throw as junior Qiyana Hill threw 50.86 meters, senior Symmone Fisher tossed 50.86 meters, and junior Rachel Aliotta threw 48.08 meters.

Hill also finished second in the discus with a distance of 42.96 later in the competition.

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Softball Rises to Third in NEC

SoftballGreyThe softball team picked up three wins over the weekend in double headers against Quinnipiac University Friday and Sacred Heart University Saturday, pushing the Hawks to 15-10 on the season and 6-2 in the NEC.

Sophomore Kayleena Flores said, “Playing back-to-back double headers is definitely physically and mentally draining.  But, we’ve done a lot of conditioning and worked hard as a team, so double headers aren’t as stressful as they used to be.”

The Hawks took the trip to Hamden, Connecticut on Friday to take on Quinnipiac in a double header. The Hawks didn’t see much success offensively on the day, only totaling four runs between the games, but they were able to split the games with the Bobcats, losing the first 8-1 but came back strong to take the second 3-0.

“We’re all really determined. We all have the same goal and we all just want to get where we need to go together as a team,” added Flores. “I think the team atmosphere is really good right now because we’re all working together as a team to get what we need to done.”

The only game MU dropped over the weekend road trip came at the hands of Quinnipiac in the first game on Friday, 8-1.

The Bobcats bats got hot early scoring four runs in the first inning off senior Lauren Sulick.  The Hawks then answered with a run in the second inning when sophomore Vanessa Cardoza brought in senior Weiser on a single, cutting the deficit to three runs. Quinnipiac didn’t waste any time extending their lead as they added two more in the bottom of the second pushing the score to 6-1.  

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