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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Women’s Basketball Closes Regular Season on a High Note

Hawks Clinch Third Seed in NEC and Will Host First Tournament Game

WomensBBallThe women’s basketball team won both their games this weekend on their way to securing the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament, and more im­portantly, a home game in the con­ference tournament. Their record improved to 15-14, 12-6 in the NEC.

Senior Day ceremonies gave the team extra energy on Saturday, March 2, as they provided the crowd of 1,031 with plenty to cheer about. MU led by as many as 41 points en route to an 85-57 victory over Wag­ner.

The six seniors for the Hawks each contributed to a true team win. Alysha Womack paced the team with 19 points, adding seven assists. Carly Thibault, Abby Martin and sophomore Sara English chipped in 14 points apiece as MU shot 54.7 percent from the field. Seniors Adri­ana Allen totaled seven points and Betsy Gadziala scored four.

“It’s been a great ride,” said Mar­tin. “It’s been incredible. We went through a lot; it’s been a great four years to play with these girls.”

Thibault grabbed a team high eight boards, had a career high six assists and led the team with four steals.

Four seniors, Womack, Thibault, Allen and Gabby Singer, converted from beyond the arc as MU shot 53.8 percent (7-13) from long range.

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Women’s Lacrosse Opens the Season 0-3

WLAXOn Saturday February 16, the Hawks lost their season opener to Fairfield 14-7.

The Hawks started off slow losing 7-2 at halftime. The Fairfield Stags then opened the second half on a 12-2 run. MU closed out the game going on a 5-2 run in the final 10 minutes.

After being down 3-0 in the first eight minutes of the game, sophomore midfielder Emily Barbieri netted her first career goal for MU. Fairfield scored three more goals before Barbieri tallied her second goal of the game. The Stags added one more before halftime to make it 7-2.

To start the second half, MU gave up five consecutive goals. Junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons stopped the drought and scored for the Hawks to make it 12-3. In the game, sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius had two assists, four ground balls, and caused two turnovers.

Despite the loss, the Blue and White had control of the draws 13-10, but, committed seven more turnovers having a total of 19 in the loss. Hawks’ keeper Katie Donohoe made nine saves, and the Hawks were outshot 30-17.

MU fell to the Delaware Blue Hens on Friday afternoon with the final score of 14-6, bringing their record to 0-2. Head Coach Denise Wescott explained that she liked the effort on the offensive side because they took good shots, and moved the ball around. “We worked the ball well and when we got shots off we were hitting,” Wescott said.

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Women’s Basketball Drops Two of Three

WomensBBallSenior guard Gabby Singer hit seven three-pointers en route to helping the Hawks get a victory before heading home from Western Pennsylvania after defeating Robert Morris 60-48 Monday night.

After dropping from third to fourth place in the Northeast Conference standings, the women’s basketball team traveled to Connecticut and Western Pennsylvania winning only their final game during the three game road contests. The Blue and White dropped the first two games to Quinnipiac University and Saint Francis Pennsylvania, and defeated Robert Morris Monday night finishing off the rough five games in 10 day swing going 3-2.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “This was the gutsiest performance of the five. For it to come on the fifth one, to see what we had in us and how hard we played was a real gut check.”

Last Wednesday, February 20, the Hawks were unable to handle the undefeated Quinnipiac Bobcats losing 72-45, snapping their four-game winning streak. Chevannah Paalvast led the team with 10 points along with eight rebounds as Abigail Martin pulled down 10 rebounds along with scoring eight. Betsy Gadziala also added eight rebounds of her own.

The Hawks opened the game with a 9-4 run. QU went on a 8-0 run immediately after and didn’t allow the Hawks to get within five. In the second half, Quinnipiac went on a 16-2 run including three straight three-pointers by three different Bobcats to help them cruise to a 27-point victory.

“They (Quinnipiac) were very physical with us, I thought they did a really good job attacking and capitalizing on some of our early mistakes,” said Palmateer on QU’s performance.

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Players Talk Big South

BigSouthThe football team will be playing in the Big South Conference in 2014 and the players are excited about it.

“It’s better competition,” sophomore defensive back Pat Gray said. “We get to travel more and face different opponents. It’s almost like we don’t know what to expect.”

“I’m ready to move on,” sophomore running back Julian Hayes said. “I’m ready to get as good of competition as we can put on the schedule. I’m excited about it and I just think it’s a great opportunity.”

The new conference makes the University even more desirable for recruits coming out of high school, according to the players.

“Bigger opportunities are going to be able to come from this,” junior defensive lineman Pat O’Hara said. “It would have been an even bigger plus if I was coming out of high school and knowing that then too.”

“I feel this is even more incentive (to come to the University),” Hayes said. “You get to travel around the country, you get to play some of the top teams in the country. I think this is even more incentive and would have been even more reason to come to Monmouth, other than already having a good program and being a fantastic school.”

The players have different feelings on the longer road trips they will be taking as members of the Big South. O’Hara and Hayes look forward to seeing more of the country and flying to games, while Gray sees difficulty in trying to play in front of his parents.

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Moonlight at the MAC

TrackThe track and field team recently competed in their final regular season NEC meet this past Wednesday as they hosted Moonlight at the MAC.

Head Coach Joe Compagni said the meet is not a win or loss situation per say, but is actually a chance for many to extend their indoor season.

“Wednesday night was a final chance to compete indoors and qualify for some people,” Compagni said. “It was low key. We didn’t have a team score and everybody just had part of their team there.”

Along with MU, nine other schools competed on Wednesday night, three of which were Division II colleges.

Sophomore Kate Frye broke a MAC record at the meet as she finished with a time of 58.18 in the women’s 400 meter dash. Senior distance runner Kelsey Maher broke a MAC record as well in the women’s 5000 meter run with a time of 18:33.03. Senior Sean Hartnett also broke a MAC record in the men’s one mile as he completed the race at 4:17.58.

Sophomore pole vaulter Lauren McDonald set a MAC record on Wednesday with a height of 3.5 meters (11 feet five inches) and set a University record last weekend at the NYU Fastrack meet with a height of 3.66 meters (12 feet).

Senior distance runner Amanda Eller surpassed a decade old record while in New York as she finished the 1000 meter race at 2:52.55.

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Men’s Basketball Out of NEC Race

MensBBallThe men’s basketball team has been eliminated from Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament contention after losing to Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) this weekend.

Robert Morris beat the Hawks (10-19, 5-11) 77-65 on Thursday as Russell Johnson scored a game-high 20 points for the Colonials (20-9, 12-4).

“Robert Morris is a tough team to play,” Head Coach King Rice said. “You have to give them a lot of credit. We fought as hard as we have in a long time tonight, and put 40 minutes together.”

MU never led in the game and trailed by 10, 24-14, halfway through the first half. They went on a 6-0 run from there, with baskets made by Dion Nesmith, Ed Waite and Khalil Brown, but four points would be the closest they were for the remainder of the half.

The Hawks got within one point a few times in the second half, but were never able to tie or take the lead.

Tyrone O’Garro brought MU within a single point twice halfway through the second frame. He made a basket and was fouled with 10:14 left in the game to make it 53-52. Another layup 29 seconds later put the Hawks behind 55-54.

The game remained close until Karvel Anderson made a three-pointer to put the Colonials ahead 67-61 with 3:10 on the clock. That’s the closest the Hawks would be for the remainder of the game, as the lead ballooned to 12 at the final whistle.

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The Gun Show || Waite Scores 1,000th Point in Win Over St. Francis

BasketballThe men’s basketball team split their games this weekend, losing to Long Island University Brook­lyn (LIU) and beating St. Fran­cis Brooklyn. The Hawks (10-17, 5-9) are a game and a half behind Central Connecticut for the eigth and final Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament spot.

In the two games this weekend, senior forward Ed Waite averaged 23.5 points per game and reached 1,000 points in his career against St. Francis.

MU lost to LIU on Thursday 80-66. Seniors Jamal Olasewere scored 23 points and C.J. Garner tallied 20 points to lead the Black­birds (15-11, 10-4) to victory.

“I take my hat off to LIU,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Right now they’re a little better than us. I thought we played them well for about 28-30 minutes and then their main guys just kind of took over and were a little bit too much for us. I’m proud of my kids tonight, we just got beat by a bet­ter team.”

LIU jumped out to a 9-3 lead and five new Hawks were brought into the game at 17:01 in the first half. The lead grew to 20-11 be­fore MU was able to put some­thing together.

A Jesse Steele basket gave the Hawks their first lead at 6:38 in the first half, and two points from Stephen Spinella completed a 16-4 run that put MU ahead 27- 24.

The game went to halftime after Olasewere made a three-pointer at the buzzer and cut the Hawks’ lead to 38-35.

Olasewere left the game with three fouls with 12:53 to play and his Blackbirds trailing 48-46. He came back, a minute and 47 sec­onds later, trailing 52-51, and LIU would never be behind again. He scored the next five points to put his team ahead 56-51.

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Thibault’s Journey to the Starting Lineup

ThibaultSenior guard Carly Thibault’s life revolves around basketball. At 5’5” she may not be the big­gest player on the court, but she has the biggest passion and has emerged as a leader of the wom­en’s basketball team.

No matter her role, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, she goes all out each and every game. Her long range jumpers are what she’s known for. To date, Thibault has 154 three-point field goals in her college career.

“A three-point shot for us, that’s our dunk,” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s hit some really big (shots) where the game has been touch-and-go or it’s been close and the threes can be such back-breakers.”

Thibault comes from a basket­ball family. Her father, Mike, is a long time basketball coach, both in the NBA and WNBA. He’s cur­rently the head coach and general manager of the Washington Mys­tics. However, it would be unfair to assume he’s the reason Carly got into playing basketball.

“He was never the type to force me into playing,” said Thibault. “I did a lot of sports growing up. I actually was a gymnast for a long time, but it turned out that I loved basketball best and he made a rule with me at a young age that if I wanted to work out with him then I had to go to him; he wasn’t going to come to me and push me if I didn’t want to do it.”

Coming from East Lyme, Con­necticut, Thibault won a Con­necticut State Championship as a junior in high school and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team in 2009. Continuing her basketball career, she found her way to MU.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Four Straight

WBBThe women’s basketball team is riding a four-game winning streak as their record improved to 12-12, 9-4 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). They won both their games this weekend, and are currently third in the NEC with five games to play.

Playing in their annual Play 4Kay game on Saturday, February 16, they beat St. Francis Brooklyn 51-47 behind 14 points from Chevannah Paalvast. The Play 4Kay game is in honor of the late North Carolina State coach Kay Yow who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2009. The players have been raising money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the color pink was seen throughout the arena on Saturday.

“A game like today is really more about the survivors and the cause than anything else,” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer who coached alongside Yow at N.C. State. “I think for us to be able to do our part, to help raise awareness and try to help raise some funds in the fight, we’re more than happy to do it.”

The game was back and forth throughout. St. Francis Brooklyn ended the first half on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 21 and started the sec­ond half on a 14-5 run to take a nine point lead. Palmateer took a timeout and the momentum immediately shifted in the Hawks’ favor.

“We talked a lot about getting over the hump,” Palmateer said. “They looked more tired than we did. We were able to limit our mistakes and wear them down.”

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Eller’s Career Comes to a Close

While many see running as a bur­den, senior distance runner Amanda Eller finds it nothing but a pure de­light. Approaching graduation from the University, Eller has competed in numerous events in not only cross country for the Hawks, but indoor and outdoor track as well.

Over the past four years, Eller has set a multitude of records at MU. Eller set a Multi-purpose Activ­ity Center (MAC) record in 2010 for her 4x1600 relay in the MAC Clas­sic. She also has a second and third place indoor record in the 800 meter run which set in 2012 with times of 2:13.01 and 2:13.32. She is second in the mile for indoor track with a time of 4:58.57 which she also set in 2012. In the indoor 4x800 meter relay, Eller has both first and second place with 9:02.34 and 9:03.88.

Eller’s expertise in the 4x800 me­ter relay do not yield at the indoor track, but carry over to the outdoor track as she holds first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place in the school record book.

Eller will graduate with school records in the 800, 1000, 1500, mile, 4x800, distance medley relay and others and a number of NEC Cham­pionships.

Head coach of track & field as well as cross country, Joe Compagni, commented on Eller’s work ethic.

“Her greatest accomplishment, though, is simply how far she has come since high school, going from 2:27 in the 800 to 2:10; and from 21 minutes to under 18 minutes for a 5K this year,” Compagni said. “She is the perfect example of what some­one can do if they focus on it, work at it, take care of themselves away from the track, and don’t put limits on what can be achieved.”

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Waite Scores 1,000th Point in Win Over St. Francis

BasketballThe men’s basketball team split their games this weekend, losing to Long Island University Brook­lyn (LIU) and beating St. Fran­cis Brooklyn. The Hawks (10-17, 5-9) are a game and a half behind Central Connecticut for the eigth and final Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament spot.

In the two games this weekend, senior forward Ed Waite averaged 23.5 points per game and reached 1,000 points in his career against St. Francis.

MU lost to LIU on Thursday 80-66. Seniors Jamal Olasewere scored 23 points and C.J. Garner tallied 20 points to lead the Black­birds (15-11, 10-4) to victory.

“I take my hat off to LIU,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Right now they’re a little better than us. I thought we played them well for about 28-30 minutes and then their main guys just kind of took over and were a little bit too much for us. I’m proud of my kids tonight, we just got beat by a bet­ter team.”

LIU jumped out to a 9-3 lead and five new Hawks were brought into the game at 17:01 in the first half. The lead grew to 20-11 be­fore MU was able to put some­thing together.

A Jesse Steele basket gave the Hawks their first lead at 6:38 in the first half, and two points from Stephen Spinella completed a 16-4 run that put MU ahead 27- 24.

The game went to halftime after Olasewere made a three-pointer at the buzzer and cut the Hawks’ lead to 38-35.

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