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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Men’s Basketball Competes in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

sports-coachesvscancer1The men’s basketball team competed in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic last week with three games last week at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks lost their first game against Georgia State and then went on to beat South Alabama and Tennessee State.

MU was competitive for a half against Georgia State, trailing by seven at the break, but the Panthers opened up a double-digit lead in the second half and won handily, 62-49.

“I thought our kids handled it well for about 20 minutes,” head coach King Rice said. “But once again, we are not playing 40 minutes of basketball. The other part is, I have to get these guys to relax and get our best guys to play like themselves.”

Andrew Nicholas led the team in scoring against Georgia State with 10 points, shooting only four of 13 from the field. Dion Nesmith added eight points as the Hawks only managed 49 in the game.

The Blue and White shot only 27.8% from the field. That’s not going to get the job done when they allow the Panthers to connect on 51.2% of their shots.

Guards Devonta White and R.J. Hunter combined for 30 points to lead Georgia State to victory.

The next day, MU took the court again to face South Alabama.

Senior Jesse Steele had the ball in his hands during crunch time and won the game, 73-71. Steele raced up the court, trailing 71-70, with 3.5 seconds remaining in the game. He was fouled shooting a three-pointer and went to the line with 1.3 showing on the big board. He made all three and the Hawks claimed victory.

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Follow The Hawks with NEC Front Row

sports-necfrontrow1NEC Front Row was designed for the Northeast Conference this past year in order to obtain a centralized viewing for all of the conference games for easy access.

NEC Front Row was created by both Ron Ratner, an Associate Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, and KJ Cardinal, one of the Co-Founders of the Pack Network.  The two have been working on the website for the past two years and have been able to get just about all of the twelve teams in the conference to hop aboard and work with NEC Front Row to stream the broadcasts for free through www.necfrontrow.com.

“I look at this as the 1.0 version of NEC Front Row,” said Ratner. “I think anything that we can do to put us (as a conference) on the map is good for us.”

So far, ten out of the twelve Northeast Conference schools are working with NEC Front Row.

The two schools still in contracts with their current online streams are Robert Morris University with RoMo TV and Monmouth University via HawkVision which are powered by the company NeuLion. However, MU students will still be able to see the Hawks road games through NEC Front Row via streams of the home team that they visit, unless the game takes place at Robert Morris. 

Cardinal commented, “We are really eager to get Monmouth and all their live events onto the site because we know that they are doing a great job… they are really trying to put forth the most professional product on the board.”  Cardinal also stated that this a great thing for this website overall, since other schools will strive to be like Monmouth and help create a better product that will make NEC Front Row look that much better.  Currently the price to view games on HawkVision ranges from $7.95 per month to $69.95 for an athletic year and a single game can be purchased at $6.95. 

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Men’s Basketball Grinds Out Win Over Lafayette

sports-mensbball1The men’s basketball team beat Lafayette 65-60 on Monday behind 18 points from Jesse Steele and Andrew Nicholas.

“They gave us everything we could handle today,” head coach King Rice said. “First off I want to say that my kids have grown up a whole bunch. This team last year really put it on us over at Lafayette. We talked about it all week, the opportunity to maybe have a win over a team that beat us last year. I’m just proud of my kids, it wasn’t easy.”

“It feels great (to get this win),” Steele said. “They really kicked our butt last year when we went there. So it feels really good to get this win and puts us over .500 and we’re on a streak right now, three in a row. Just need to keep going.”

In the second half, the Hawks (4-3) led 42-35. Over the next 2:45, a 9-1 run put MU ahead by 14 with 10 minutes left to play.

The Leopards (1-6) scratched and clawed their way back into the game, but never got within one possession.

The Blue and White closed out the game thanks to a steal and dunk from Nesmith and a dagger three from Steele with less than a minute to go.

MU’s up-pace defense played a big roll in the win. Lafayette had 27 turnover, with 19 Hawk steals.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Two After 0-3 Start

sports-womensbball1The women’s basketball team has started its season with a 2-3 record. After going winless in their first three games on the road, the Hawks were able to win two straight games over the holiday weekend.

Opening the season in Baltimore on November 11, MU fell to UMBC 71-68 despite a 21-point effort by Alysha Womack.

Traveling cross country to Washington on Friday, November 16, the Hawks came up short of a victory, losing 79-69 to Washington State.

Womack led the Hawks with 25 points and Abigail Martin added 8 rebounds. The Blue and White lost their third straight to Gonzaga 77-51 on Sunday, November 18.

“Our west coast trip we were playing really well, unfortunately the scoreboard wasn’t showing it but we were doing some really good things,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer.

The Hawks returned to the MAC on Friday for the second annual Thanksgiving Challenge, where they defeated the Lafayette Leopards 62-43.

Womack led the scoring attack with 20 points, adding 8 assists. The performance marked Womack’s fourth straight game to start the season with 20 or more points. Martin added 12 points and Betsy Gadziala led the team with 9 rebounds.

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Football Survives Colonial Comeback To Win Finale

sports-football1The football team ended the 2012 season with a win over Northeast Conference rival Robet Morris 26-21.

“I’m very happy for our seniors to finish the season off with a win,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “I’m happy for all of the players on the team, I’m proud of the way they battled in that game. They continued to play hard all the way to the end. It’s an excellent way for our seniors to end their careers.”

Julian Hayes led the Hawks (5-5, 4-3) to their second win in Pittsburgh this season (The other came against Duquesne). Hayes carried the ball 22 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

The Blue and White took a 17-0 lead in first quarter and carried it into halftime. Hayes scored from two yards away, Eric Spillane connected on a 21-yard field goal and Tristan Roberts caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Frazier to build the three-possession lead.

The Colonials (4-7, 3-5) made it a tight game with two touchdowns early in the second half. Deontae Howard scored on a 20-yard run to give Robert Morris their first points of the day. Less than four minutes later, Jeff Sinclair found Duane Mitchell for a 39-yard touchdown and the extra point cut MU’s lead to three.

Spillane added a 43-yard field goal later in the third quarter to put the Hawks ahead by six.

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Men’s Basketball Opens the Season in Style

sports_basketballThe men’s basketball team opened the season with a 91-62 win over Hofstra on Friday night as Andrew Nicholas scored a career-high 28 points.

“If I get the first shot to go in, I feel pretty comfortable for the rest of the game,” Nicholas said. “Coach just tells me to keep shooting it because I’m a shooter. Even if I miss two or three in a row, which I do sometimes, he just tells me to keep shooting.”

“Red (Nicholas) could leave here the all-time leading scorer,” head coach King Rice said. “He can just score the ball, it’s easy for him. He just makes shots.”

The Hawks (1-0, 0-0) opened the game with a 15-3 run and never relinquished the lead. They trailed 3-2 early in the game, but a Nicholas three-pointer put them ahead for good.

The Pride (0-1) responded with a 14-4 run to make it a 19-17 game halfway through the first half.

Dion Nesmith was fouled and made one of his free throws, putting MU ahead 20-17. The next trip down the floor, Ed Waite made a layup and was fouled. After connecting on the foul shot, the Hawks led 23-17. It was time for Nicholas to take over and put the Blue and White comfortably ahead of their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent.

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Hurricane Sandy Slows the Cross Country Team

As the fall sports are coming to an end, they are also preparing for the biggest stages of their seasons thus far and MU’s cross country team is no exception. These past, as well as upcoming, weeks provide many challenges for both the men and women’s teams as they have had to deal with minimal preparation for their meets due to Hurricane Sandy.

“I think that the biggest challenge for us is that we have not been together because of the storm,” head coach Joe Compagni stated. “We were excited and glad to get back to school but we are not yet in sync, maybe because of the storm or because of other reasons.”

The team recently competed in two grand scale events these past weekends. The first of which was the Northeast Conference Championships which hosted a total of 11 schools. There, the team showed their skills with highlights coming from sophomore Khari Bowen, freshman Domenick D’Agostino and fellow freshman Graham Huggins-Filozof for the men. Highlights on the women’s side were from seniors Amanda Eller and Kelsey Maher.

Bowen finished his 8k race with a time of 25:18.76 and crossed the finish line first for the Hawks. Shortly after was D’Agostino who posted a time of 25:48.53 followed by Huggins-Filozof who crossed at 25:57.23. These times could not earn the men a victory, but coach Compagni does not look at it as a defeat. “We were six points away, and six points in a cross country meet means there are three people stepping in front of three people,” Compagni said. “Our entire top five were freshmen and sophomores. Of course we would have liked to have those six points, but I was really proud of how they competed.” Bowen placed fourth, D’Agostino placed 12th, and Huggins-Filozof placed 14th. The three men received All-NEC honors.

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Field Hockey Reaches NEC Championship, Falls to Rider

The field hockey team proved all of its doubters wrong and finished the season on a very strong note by making it to the Northeast Conference Championship where they fell to the top seed Rider University.

The Hawks finished up the regular season with a visit to Rider. MU lost 5-2. Rider got on the board first with a goal within the first ten minutes. Both teams then exchanged goals for a bit, leaving it at a 3-2 lead for Rider at the end of the first half.

Rider was able to contain MU for the entire second half, scoring two goals and holding the Hawks to no goals. 

Overall, Rider dominated the matchup, leading in shots 15-9 and leading in penalty corners 23-5.

Despite the loss in the regular season finale, the Hawks qualified for the NEC Tournament. The Hawks were awarded the third seed, and faced off against St. Francis (PA) in the first round of the tournament.

It was St. Francis who struck first, with a goal in the 15th minute to take the early lead. After that, it was all MU. The Hawks scored three goals in the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break. The second half would end up being scoreless as the Hawks held on for a 3-1 victory.

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Saint Francis (Pa.) Spoils Senior Day at Kessler Field

sports_footballlThe football team lost to Saint Francis (PA) on Senior Day 45-31. The Red Flash (4-6, 3-4) racked up 482 total yards on offense, including 119 on the ground from running back Anthony Abeid.

The Hawks (4-5, 3-3) struggled on defense throughout the game, forcing Saint Francis to punt only one time. MU couldn’t stop the Red Flash in the first half, allowing 38 points before heading into the locker room.

The Blue and White’s slow start got them into a 31-7 hole halfway through the second quarter, a deficit that they could never rebound from.

“We came out and we didn’t get things going right away,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We didn’t have the energy that you need to have to start a football game.”

“We didn’t start fast on either side of the ball which doesn’t help us out at all,” fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “It’s something that we preach, that we have to start out fast, and we make sure that we go ahead and put points on the board fast and stop them on defense.”

K.B. Asante tied the game at seven for the Hawks with a 37-yard touchdown run with 7:54 left in the first quarter. The MU celebration, however, would be short lived.

Dane Domonkos returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and gave the Red Flash a lead that they would never lose.

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Head and Neck Injuries Hurting College Athletes

Is football a safe sport to play? John Lockwood, a former defensive lineman for the Hawks’ football team, was told by the school’s training staff last season that he wouldn’t be able to play anymore due to too many concussions.

When asked what the cause for his concussions were, he said that he led with his head to try and make the big hit. “When I look back on it, there are so many instances that I can remember leading with my head. Whether it were on a tackle, block, etc., there were many occurrences and I started to realize it more and more after my fifth concussion,” he said. “Your head has no physical capabilities; can’t catch, wrap up and throw. It’s meant to think, not to be used as an object,” he continued.

Studies have shown that the fear of head and neck injuries in the sport of football are at an all-time high over the last eight years. In 2004, a study found that there were roughly 175 reported concussions. In 2012, about 342 have been reported thus far. All players involved were screened for evidence of: past history of head and neck injuries and abnormalities of the cervical spine on physical examination and x-ray film.

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Women’s Soccer Ends Season Against LIU Brooklyn

sports_womenssoccerThe second-seeded Blue and White women’s soccer team lost to third-seeded LIU Brooklyn 1-0.  This matchup was the Northeast Conference (NEC) semifinal which was played on DeGol Field in Loretto, P.A. on Friday November 4. The Hawks ended their season with this loss and with an overall record of 10-7-2; this was MU’s seventh straight season with double-digit victories.

The Hawks fell behind in the game early after conceding a goal in the fifth minute, in this rematch of last year’s semifinal in the NEC.  As the second half began, the Blue and White were putting the pressure on LIU Brooklyn by dominating the half.  But their efforts would fall just short as they lost 1-0.  MU played in their league-leading 15th tournament game and they outshot the Blackbirds by 8-5 overall, with a staggering 7-2 advantage in the second half.

In the beginning of the season, MU was faced with some difficult times.  They had some injuries and had brought in a new rotation of players, but head coach Krissy Turner knew exactly what to do and how to spark her team. Even with the lack of familiarity and their inexperience, the Blue and White still had an excellent season. “We have a fairly young team in the back, we are starting basically two freshmen and three sophomores, as far as our goalkeeper and our backs.  We’ve been switching a lot of things, I think this is maybe our third match in a row with the same starting lineup.” Turner explained. 

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