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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Behind the Mic with Matt Harmon

harmonMany people who attend the University say once he/she grad­uate, they want to get away and start their lives as well as their careers. This was not the case for communication professor Matt Harmon.

Harmon attended MU as an undergrad student from 1993- 1996. MU started their football program in the same year of Har­mon’s arrival and he was sure to take advantage of the oppor­tunity. In his first year, Harmon played running back.

He remembers one game in particular standing out above all the rest. “It was a crazy back and forth game against St. Peter’s,” Harmon said as he spoke of the Hawks’ very first football win. “It was just fun to be there and be a part of.”

Harmon’s football career was cut short when he suffered an in­jury to his back, sidelining him for the rest of his college career. When a tragedy such as his oc­curs, it tends to make one reeval­uate what is important, which is what Harmon did. He was forced to reconsider his entire future at the University and figure out his purpose of earning a degree.

“I started as a business ma­jor. I took a couple classes but it didn’t grab me, so I looked for something else and communica­tion seemed to be something of in­terest to me.”

In his eyes, the injury was a bless­ing in disguise. “Getting hurt and not playing foot­ball led me to be more involved with the commu­nication aspect of sports because I had more time,” Harmon said.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Three of Four

Hawks Start Northeast Conference Season 2-0

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On Wednesday March 13 the Hawks (4-6, 2-0) defeated St. Jo­seph’s University (5-2) in over­time by the final score of 9-8 at Kessler Field. Freshmen midfield­er Marial Pierce led the way with four goals and a career-high five points.

These teams battled back and forth all game long with the larg­est lead being two by St. Joe’s coming right before the end of the first half. With a 4-2 SJU lead senior midfielder Erica Abend­schoen and Pierce scored back to back goals to tie the game with 7:49 remaining in the first half.

The blue and white scored three minutes into the second half to cut the lead to one when senior midfielder Sam Savona scored at the 27:40 mark. Only 15 seconds later, Pierce scored to tie the game up at six. MU took its first lead of the game when sophomore mid­fielder Emily Barbieri scored off an assist from Abendschoen with 19:12 left in regulation.

St. Joe’s answered right back to tie the game up 7-7 with a goal from Abby Ananian. She scored again to put SJU up 8-7 with 2:58 to play. Pierce answered back to tie it with just under two min­utes left. With 10 seconds left in regulation St. Joe’s had a chance to win it, but a save by MU net minder Katie Donohoe forced OT.

Early on in OT, SJU had a shot de­flected by MU’s defense, and then Donohoe picked up the ball and fed it up field where the Hawks called a time­out. Pierce scored coming out of the timeout with 2:01 remaining. With 40 seconds on the clock, St. Joe’s had a chance to tie the game with a free position shot that sailed wide.

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Baseball Wins Five of Eight During Break

The baseball team went 5-3 over spring break as they com­peted in a series against Virginia Commonwealth University and Northeast Conference opponent Quinnipiac University.

Virginia hosted the first of the two series. Danny Avella said the team wasn’t intimidated by playing teams from the south. “There isn’t an intimidation fac­tor,” Avella said. He finds support for his statement in a game from earlier this season. “We played Vanderbilt, number two in the na­tion; we played a good game the first time and were able to keep up with them.”

Avella’s creed must lie true in junior southpaw Andrew Mc­Gee’s mind as he opened the VCU series with a 3-1 win on Friday, March 15. McGee hurled his second complete game of the season and fanned five batters. Senior left fielder Joe Bamford and junior second baseman Jake Gronsky contributed three hits a piece in the victory. Sophomore designated hitter Craig Sweeney touched home twice and went two for four while senior infield­er Owen Stewart also notched two hits and one RBI. Bamford scored the final run in the sixth as freshman Robbie Alessandrine squeezed him home.

Senior lefty Dan Smith was handed the ball in game two, but could not find his niche as the Hawks fell 8-3. Even though Smith was credited the loss, MU’s downfall was not his to claim. An error in the third cost the team five unearned runs, and the Hawks could not recover. The bullpen came in strong pitching 4.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Sophomore outfielder Steve Wilgus led the offense in the game as he connected three times and provided one RBI. Senior designated hitter Chris Perret and junior shortstop Jon Guida each had one hit and one RBI for the day.

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Softball Opens NEC Play 3-1

The softball team opened their Northeast Conference (NEC) and home schedule last weekend with double-headers against Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant.

The Hawks split with Fairleigh Dickinson and swept Bryant.

MU won the opening game against FDU 1-0 on Saturday. Senior Lauren Sulick pitched a complete game three-hitter. She walked one and struck out three in the win.

The blue and white’s only run came in the first inning. Senior Tish Derer opened the game with a triple. Two batters later, sopho­more Kayleena Flores knocked her in for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Senior pitcher Jordan Barnett started the second game of the double-header. She pitched three innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits. She had no walks or strikeouts.

The Knights took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning. MU an­swered in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own.

Senior Kate Kuzma reached base on a fielding error. Derer moved Kuzma up and reached base with a bunt. Flores knocked both of them in with a single and a throwing error.

Senior Kayla Weiser was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a throwing error when junior Katie Schumacher put the ball in play. Flores scored on the error to make it a 4-3 game.

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Women’s Basketball Knocked Out by Mount St. Mary’s

The Hawks Lose in Final Seconds of Overtime, Eliminated From NEC Tournament

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The women’s basketball season came to an end Sunday in the quar­terfinals of the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament when MU suf­fered a 59-57 overtime loss to Mount St. Mary’s in the third meeting be­tween the two teams this season.

Mount St. Mary’s guard Ashley Christie hit the game winning lay-up with eight seconds left to stun the Hawks, who took a 54-49 lead with 3:42 remaining in the overtime pe­riod. MU senior guard Gabby Singer failed to connect on an off-balance, contested shot at the buzzer.

Mountaineers guard Sydney Hen­derson scored a game high 17 points. Jacqueline Brewer added 12 in the win.

Sara English paced the Hawks with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Alysha Womack scored 12 and Abby Martin chipped in 11.

“I’ve been a little speechless since the end of that one,” MU head coach Jenny Palmateer said. “Hats off to Mount St. Mary’s, I thought they played a great game. I’m really proud of our team and the way we fought back.”

MU got off to a slow start, falling behind 16-2 after scoring the first basket of the game. They used offen­sive rebounds and size advantage to get back into the game. The Hawks had 12 offensive boards in the half, including five by English.

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Women’s LAX Falls to Rutgers & Lafayette, Tops Siena

WLAXThe women’s lacrosse team lost to Rutgers on Saturday March 2, by the score of 11-8. The Hawks record falls to 0-4. The Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Freshman MU mid­fielder Marial Pierce scored off an assist from junior midfielder, Ka­leigh Gibbons, to make the score 3-1 shortly after.

Senior midfielder Sam Savona kept the momentum going by scoring and closing the gap on the Scarlet K nights lead. At the 13:34 mark of the first period, the blue and white would score on a free position shot from sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius to tie the game up at three.

Rutgers would again take the lead on another goal from Aman­da Trandell. But, as time was ex­piring, the Hawks tied the game yet again when sophomore mid­fielder Karlee Dean scored on a free position shot. MU would start the second half off with Gibbons scoring forty seconds in to take a 5-4 lead.

The Scarlet Knights took a 7-5 lead after scoring three straight goals, including a pair from Me­gan Clements. Pierce would cut the deficit to one when she scored off of a pass from Gibbons with 17:46 left to play in the game.

Rutgers answered back again with two goals from Clements to increase their lead to three. G ib­bons scored again with 8:14 left, but quickly after that, Trandell scored again. Gibbons and Tran­dell traded goals over the last four plus minutes as the Hawks fell 11- 8.

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Track & Field Finishes First in ECAC and IC4A

Eight Hawks Received All East Honors for their Performances

TrackThe men’s and women’s track teams took home two first place prizes in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Inter­collegiate Association of Ama­teur Athletics the first weekend of March.

The men’s distance medley relay (DMR) team took home a huge win. Racing against 30 teams on Saturday in order to qualify for the finals on Sunday were sophomores Andrew Lang­ille and Alex Leight as well as freshmen John Malespina and Graham Huggins-Filozof. Re­placing Malespina and Huggins- Filozof in the finals on Sunday were senior captains Ford Palm­er and sophomore Ben Boyd.

According to Palmer, the rea­son behind a six-man squad was because the competition lasted two days.

When asked if he was ner­vous that his squad would be at a disadvantage because of their youth, Palmer said, “No, not at all. We were working day in and day out throughout the year, so it was only a matter of time for their time to shine.”

Head Coach Joe Compagni agrees with Palmer’s opinion when it comes to the young team. “It’s great to get them [un­derclassmen] the experience of not just being there, but being there and competing with the best folks of the east.”

With the DMR win, this be­came Palmer’s second IC4A victory in his career at MU. “Palmer actually won the thou­sand last year,” Compagni said. “He was the first person to win a track event [in the IC4A]. We had other people win field events but we never had anybody win a track event.”

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Softball Wins Three of Four at George Mason

SoftballThe softball team continued their stretch on the road at the George Mason University Tourna­ment and picked up three wins in four games to move the Hawks to 7-3 on the season.

The Hawks opened up the tour­nament with a grueling extra-in­ning battle with host George Ma­son that ended with a 6-5 victory for MU. Senior Jordan Barnett threw a ten-inning complete game, totaling six strikeouts and allow­ing three runs on seven hits.

Head coach Louie Berndt said, “You can just see it, I think the determination, the energy, and en­thusiasm is there, where in the past I didn’t see it.”

George Mason took an early lead in the game posting two runs in the first, while the MU bats were relatively quiet as they weren’t able to score a run until the fourth. In the fourth, sophomore Kayleena Flores was able to explode into a pitch that resulted in a triple and brought in a run. Flores was also able to score on an error on the throw home which tied the game.

Neither team found any more success at the plate until Flores brought in two more runs on a dou­ble to left-center in the eighth in­ning. George Mason then was able to knot things up when Brooke Blankenship brought in a run and then was brought home by a Me­gan Blank triple.

The teams then were at a stale­mate until the tenth, when senior Kayla Weiser brought home the go-ahead run to give the Hawks the lead. The lead was then extended to 6-4 when senior Christina Scherr brought in Weiser on a sacrifice fly. Due to errors in the bottom of the inning, George Mason was able to cut the lead to one run. The Hawks were able to end the comeback as they put together a double play to finally close the game.

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Baseball Opens the Season 2-5

BaseballThe baseball team started their 2013 season participating in the Ron Fraser Classic in Cary, North Carolina the second week of February.

Their first opponent of the season and the tournament was Villanova, a team who finished 28-27 in the 2012 season. The beginning of baseball was ac­companied by the beginning of a new ace for Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. Looking to replace last year’s go-to guy, Pat Light, Ehe­halt awarded senior southpaw Dan Smith this year’s opening day start.

“He [Smith] is going to have to learn to take over for Pat. He will have to figure out a way to be in that role, something he didn’t have to do in the past,” Ehehalt said. “Dan is kind of the go-to guy. If he pitches like he has in the past, we will be fine.”

Light finished his junior year before he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox as the thirty-seventh overall pick in Major League Baseball.

Led by Smith, the Hawks edged Nova 7-6 in their first tourna­ment match up. Smith lasted four innings allowing three runs, two earned, and fanning three bat­ters. Relieving Smith in the fifth was sophomore righty TJ Hunt who provided the team with three innings of work and also picked up the win.

“TJ has really made a lot of progress this year. In the fall he threw well and he has been throwing well in the pre-season. TJ has taken advantage of the opportunities he got,” Ehehalt said. Hunt has recently been named as NEC Pitcher of the week for his early season efforts. Senior righty Neil Harm pitched 1.1 innings against Nova while junior lefty Stephen Frey closed the game.

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Men’s Basketball Drops Final Two Games

MensbballThe men’s basketball team lost their final two games of the season this weekend after falling to Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner. The Hawks ended their season with a 10-21 re­cord while going 5-13 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play.

Mount St. Mary’s (16-13, 11-7) (MSM) defeated the Hawks 77-63 Thursday night as Shivaughn Wig­gins scored a game-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.

“I take my hat off to Jamion (Chris­tian) and the Mount team,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We were able to play with them for twenty minutes and then they just totally manhandled us, wore us down, and did everything they wanted to do in the second half.”

The Mountaineers took the lead early in the game with a quick 8-0 run in the first few minutes, and eventual­ly led 25-16 midway through the first half. MU then went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead 25-23 with a three-point basket from Christian White followed by back-to-back buckets from Tyron O’Garro. The Hawks were able to tie the game at 26 when senior guard Ste­phen Spinella converted a three-point play with 8:45 remaining in the half.

Four quick points from Raven Bar­ber and Wiggins allowed Mount St. Mary’s to retake the lead, but a three-pointer from Jesse Steele and a driv­ing score from Dion Nesmith gave the Hawks their first lead of the game 31- 30 with just over five minutes remain­ing. The two teams eventually headed into the half knotted up at 35 a piece.

The Hawks were able to gain an early advantage 38-37 in the second half with a layup from Ed Waite, but the Mountaineers answered with an 8-0 run in less than two minutes of play to take a 45-38 lead.

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Softball Wins Four of Five Behind Strong Pitching

SoftballThe softball team started off the season by picking up wins in four out of five games on the road behind shut-down pitching and a powerful lineup.

The Hawks started their road trip at the Norfolk State University Tour­nament and won all three of their matchups. The margin of victory in each game for MU was no less than four runs. The opening game saw the Hawks take a 10-0 victory over host Norfolk State. Senior Lauren Sulick pitched a five-inning no-hitter, tally­ing six strikeouts and two walks.

“It set the tone for the season for me and the other pitchers,” Sulick said. “We know what we can do after putting all the work in with Coach. It’s just about putting it into action.”

The Hawks got off to a fast start offensively, bringing in two in the first inning. The bats then were rela­tively quiet as they managed only one more run until a seven run fifth-inning, which included a three-run homerun by senior Kate Kuzma.

Senior Jordan Barnett pitched a gem in the second game of the day, a 5-1 victory over Delaware State. Barnett allowed only four hits on the day. MU took an early 2-0 lead, but a fourth inning homerun from DSU’s Kelsey Doherty brought the Hornets within one run. It took a sixth-inning three run homerun from sophomore Vanessa Cardoza to put the Hawks securely in the lead.

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