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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

NEC Denies Associate Membership for Football

The Northeast Conference (NEC) Council of Presidents voted and did not allow the University to be an associate member for football and bowling.

“I’m not sure I was surprised [by the decision],” University Athletic Director Marilyn McNeil said. “I was disappointed. I thought that we had done all of the right things in terms of being a good member of Northeast Conference football and bowling. So I was disappointed. I thought we were given a little bit of a short trift on that one.”

“I think it did surprise me a little bit,” football head coach Kevin Callahan said. “I think Monmouth had been a long-standing and good member of the NEC since its inception.”

McNeil has her opinion as to why the NEC did not let MU become an associate member for football.

“I believe the conference felt that, or believed that, if they allowed a university to leave the conference as a full member and come back in football that that would perhaps spur other instutitions to do the same,” McNeil said.

With the NEC now in its past, the MU football program has to look towards it future.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Five of Seven, Third in NEC

While there was break from classes, there was no break from basketball. The women’s basketball team played eleven games in the past month, going 6-5 over that span. They stand at 8-11 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

On Monday night, the Hawks played host to in-state rival Fairleigh Dickinson where they came out with a 61-53 victory. Sara English recorded her first career double-double, with 10 rebounds and 12 points. Gabby Singer led all scorers with 15 points.

“We definitely had a size advantage,” said the six-foot four-inch English. “I know I have to be more aggressive, especially on the offensive boards. They didn’t box out sometimes and it was just easy to get in position.”

 “I thought our team really improved with our energy level and being able to play defense as a team,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer. “I think we’re a work in progress and we have to continue to play as a team, get stronger as a team, minimize mistakes; keep working towards improvement each and every day.”

Going all the way back to December 22 against Delaware, leading scorer Alysha Womack was sidelined with injury. She missed four games, but has since returned to the lineup.

In the time Womack missed, the Hawks turned to Chevannah Paalvast to be the scorer. She averaged 14.3 points in the games without Womack. In an 81-64 win over Wagner, Paalvast scored a career-high 24 points and matched a career-high with eight rebounds.

“When (Womack) went out with the injury, (Paalvast) was able to kind of step in and fill the scoring role for us,” said Palmateer. “She’s done a great job with that and I think she’s kind of carried that. She continues to grow and improve and has proven that she can be a scorer for us.”

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Men’s Basketball Loses to Navy and Syracuse

sports-loses-to-navy-mensbasketballHead Coach King Rice Ejected From Navy Game and Suspended Against Syracuse

The  men’s basketball team fell far from the pedestal of glory this past week as they endured a tough 85-66 loss against Navy and a 108-56 loss to the Syracuse Orange.

Head coach King Rice was ejected from the Navy game after receiving his second technical foul and criticized the officials in the post-game press conference, resulting in a suspension for the Syracuse game. 

The last time MU played Navy was almost a year ago, when the Hawks won 69-67. This time, looking for redemption and a chance to reach .500, Navy gained the early lead.

Within the first seven minutes of play, Navy was ahead by seven points with a score of 16-9.

The Hawks gained their first lead with 12:30 left in the half when senior forward Stephen Spinella dunked the ball to take a 20-19 lead. This basket sparked MU as they were able to dominate the rest of the half. Within the last ten minutes of play, both freshman guard Christian White, Spinella and sophomore guard Andrew Nicholas each sank a three pointer giving the Hawks a 37-32 lead at half.

Winning the first half battle was largely due to their persistent defense. Sophomore Max DiLeo said,“They got some fast breaks and we were trying to get back,” DiLeo said. “Fortunately, our teammates bought each other enough time so one of us could get back to block.”

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Hoyas Top the Hawks 61-48

sports-hoyas-womensbasketballIn the final game of the fall semester, the women’s basketball team fell 61-48  to the Georgetown Hoyas on December 4. Georgetown has been in and out of the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Alysha Womack led the Hawks with 14 points while Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 30 points.

Georgetown was able to get off to a 6-0 lead before the Hawks stormed back on a 15-4 run to take the lead behind three 3-point plays. Womack and Carly Thibault connected from long range and Sara English converted a free throw after being fouled on a layup.

Scoring went back and forth for the duration of the first half, and the Hoyas took a 23-22 lead into the break.

The defensive effort for the Hawks allowed them to keep the game within reach. Chevannah Paalvast was able to get herself in good position on the boards, grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots in the first half. Abby Martin played tight, quality defense the entire game, forcing three of the team’s seven steals. English led the team with six blocks, three in each half.

“I thought Abby (Martin), Sara (English), and DD (Danica Dragicevic) were a great threesome in there,” said Coach Jenny Palmateer. “When those guards got the ball inside and we were able to get over there and help, Sara’s tough to shoot over and DD is physical enough to be able to bang with the big girls. So I thought the three of them in particular did a really good job battling on the inside.”

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Track & Field Shines at Princeton

Coming off a strong performance in the MAC’s Fourth Annual Classic, the track & field team traveled to Princeton this past Sunday with their heads held high for two reasons.

Errol Jeffrey was named the NEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week because he was one out of three male throwers in the entire nation to exceed 57 feet in Track & Field’s opening weekend. “Jeffrey the Giant” threw for a total of 17.41 meters (57’ 1.5”). When asked if all this recognition adds to the pressure of success, Jeffrey said. “I do not feel any extra pressure to perform at that same or a higher level in this week’s Princeton meet because I know that I am capable of performing at a higher level based on what I see at practice and what I threw last year.”

The Princeton New Year Invitational consisted of fourteen total teams. Both the men and the women prevailed in nearly every competition they faced.

The men’s achievements came from the 60 meter hurdles as MU sent three of their men to the finals. Freshman Geordon Ferguson finished first with a time of 8.25, junior Jalen Walker who was close behind with a time of 8.29 landing in second, and senior Chris Rutherford who crossed the line at 8.45 took sixth place.

Other highlights from the men included the men’s relay team placing fourth with a time of 3:25.91. Participating in the 4x400 relay for MU were Ferguson, sophomore Ben Boyd, freshman Eric Kahana and junior Bayaan Oluyadi.

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Hawks’ Frazier Snubbed From All-NEC Teams

sports-kyle-frazierCongratulations to the Hawks, who were selected by Northeast Conference (NEC) coaches to be members of the All-NEC teams. Tight end Tyler George, guard Mike Hunchak and linebacker Dan Sullivan were all voted to the First Team All-NEC. Wide receiver Tristan Roberts, guard Dino Molina and defensive lineman Chris Luma were each named to the Second Team All-NEC.

One notable name was missing: fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier.

The two quarterbacks chosen ahead of Frazier were Wagner’s Nick Doscher and Duquesne’s Sean Patterson.

Usually passing yards, passing touchdowns, interceptions and completion percentage are a good way to measure a quarterback’s play.

Doscher threw for 1,669 yards, 13 touchdowns, one interception and completed 54.5% of his passes. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is very impressive. However, he completed just over half of his passes. That’s the best quarterback in the NEC? Ehh…

Patterson amassed 2,359 yards, 17 touchdowns, 10 picks and completed 58.1% of his throws. The yardage and touchdowns make a strong case for Patterson to make one of the All-NEC teams. Ten interceptions isn’t bad, but isn’t great either. A completion percentage of 58.1 is an improvement over Doscher, but still is not top of the line.

 Now, lets take a look at MU’s man under center. Frazier threw for 2,431 yards, 17 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a completion percentage of 67.4.

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Students Sport Their Colors on Campus

sports-fansupportCollege is a time for people to discover themselves. They put significant amounts of time into classes, socializing with friends, and possibly building a resume to help find a job following graduation.  In addition to all of this, some could even make the argument that the college years are the peak of ones sports fandom.

People decorate their dorms and bedrooms with posters, banners, and other memorabilia of their favorite sports teams. On any given day, one can see students walking around campus supporting their teams by wearing a jersey, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, etc.

“I think it might be the time to be most passionate about my favorite sports teams,” said junior Kyle Evans. “I’m young and don’t have things to worry about like a real job or raising a family.” 

Not only is this a reason why people are passionate about sports at this age, but there is also the idea of sports rivalries, which could make things even more interesting.

“I think most people my age will be more into it now than ever because of the numerous different rivalries teams have with the New York/Metropolitan area,” said junior Gregg Cambareri.

A few of these rivalries, he notes, are New York teams versus Boston teams and New York versus Philadelphia.

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Track & Field Hosts Fourth Annual MAC Classic

track1MU’s track and field season began this past weekend as the team hosted both conference rival Wagner College and Division III Stevens Institute of Technology in Monmouth’s Fourth Annual MAC Classic.

The men and women’s teams participated in thirteen events each.

The men won nine of their events while the women won a total of eight events. Overall, the men scored 150 points while the women were not far behind with 131 points. Head coach Joe Compagni is proud of his team’s great start to the season.

“I think we were pleased with it for our first meet of the year,” Compagni said. “It’s important for us to measure where we are at early in the season.”

Highlights on the women’s side came from senior jumper Rachel Watkins.

Watkins won the high jump with a height of 1.78 meters (5 feet and 10 inches). With her 1.78 meter accomplishment, Watkins broke the school record, the meet record, and the MAC record. “Rachel Watkins has the best jump in the country so far this year,” Compagni praised. “She was very good last year but has continued to improve every year.”

“Coach Dev, my high jump coach, had high expectations but I didn’t think twice about them,” Watkins said.

She also does not believe that her latest achievement will add pressure in her next meet.

“It’s a relief to qualify for ECAC’s my first meet and to know I’m ahead of my expectations for this season.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Fourth Straight

The men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Monday night with a 77-65 win over Binghamton.

Ed Waite led the Hawks (5-3) in scoring with a career-high 23 points.

Sophomore Andrew Nicholas wasn’t far behind, scoring 19 points on seven of 14 shooting from the field.

Waite and Nicholas also had big games on the boards. Waite had nine rebounds and Nicholas grabbed eight, all of them coming on the defensive side of the ball.

Nicholas had a game-high five steals as well.

The Hawks changed the game right before halftime. The 5:15 remaining in the half, the teams were tied at 26. The Blue and White went on a 12-2 run, capped by a Jesse Steele threepointer, to take a 10-point lead into the half.

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Women’s Hoops Falls to 2-5

womensbball1The women’s basketball Team went 0-2 last weekend in the Navy Classic. After losing 81-74 against High Point on Friday, MU fell to East Carolina in the consolation round on Saturday 64-49 as their record dropped to 2-5.

Against High Point, the Hawks found themselves down early, turning the ball over six times in the first 6 minutes. They were down by as many as 13 points in the first half, but were able to get within 7 by halftime, trailing 35-28.

“We had stretches where we played really well and did some really good things and then we had stretches where we got a little tired and lost track of our fundamentals a little bit and it wound up hurting us on the defensive end,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer.

The Hawks were able to take the lead 43-39, thanks to nine straight points from Abigail Martin after the half. High Point then went on a 15-1 run and MU was never able to get the lead back. They shot 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field and were out rebounded 49-37.

“We were down both games at halftime and we knew we had to come out strong and we knew we had to cut into the lead,” said Martin.

“Whenever Abby gets on a roll like that, it’s an added bonus for us,” said Palmateer. “When she’s playing like she did against High Point, she’s a force to be reckoned with on the inside. We were able to get her some one on one opportunities in the paint and she’s tough to handle down there.”

Chevannah Paalvast had a game high 22 points, while Alysha Womack scored 19 and Martin added 15 of her own, all in the second half. Paalvast and Martin each had a team high eight rebounds.

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Coach Rice Challenges Team Early

The men’s basketball team opens their 2012-2013 season with non-conference play against some of the top collegiate basketball teams in the nation.

The Hawks will face teams from six different conferences, including the Big East, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Atlantic 10 (A-10), Patriot League and America East.  Of these teams, seven qualified for NCAA postseason games last season. 

Head coach King Rice, who is in his second season with the team, is not picking easy teams for the Blue and White to square up against in non conference play. “When I got here, I said I was going to change things. First thing I thought about was the schedule. I want Monmouth to be one of the best, most respected teams in the Northeast Conference, and the way to do it is to challenge teams that are better then you,” said Rice.

The players on the team feel the same way, like the rest of the coaching staff, about scheduling tough opponents in the beginning of the season to get them ready for NEC play. “It gets us ready because we know if we can hang tough against these bigger schools then we can beat anyone in our conference.” said senior guard Jesse Steele.  “Also, being from a small conference, games aren’t as hostile as some of those big arenas so it gives us experience in playing big in conference games.”

 MU, who started last season on the road for the first nine games, opened up their season in the Multipurpose Activity Center with a 91-62 win against Hofstra on November 9, starting the season 1-0 for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.

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