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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Men’s Soccer Season Ends In Penalty Kicks

sports_menssoccerThe men’s soccer team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University in penalty kicks on Sunday and were eliminated in the semifinals of the NEC tournament. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-4-4 record.

After winning their final regular season game at home on November 4 against Sacred Heart, the Hawks were unable to advance in the conference tournament, ending their hopes for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

The Hawks handled the Sacred Heart Pioneers 1-0 behind a 67th minute goal scored by first team All-NEC selection Joseph Schmid. The game was played six days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore.

“It was a tough week for them because half the team had been without power for the entire week,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I thought that they rallied up really well and showed their character come game time.”

“So many people were affected during this time period,” senior captain Ryan Clark said.

With the win, MU locked up the number three seed in the NEC tournament, behind first seeded Quinnipiac and second seeded Fairleigh Dickinson. The tournament was held at the location of the top seed, Quinnipiac.

“We knew FDU was a pretty good defensive team and our game plan was to see if we could get in wide spots and try to score some goals early,” said McCourt.

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Bryant Spoils Homecoming at Kessler Field

sports-footballThe football team found a way to spoil the Homecoming celebration on Saturday at Kessler Field. The sun was shining, more than 4,000 fans were tailgating and the 1-6 Bryant team stood across the field. When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs (2-6, 2-4) had won 27-24.

“We started a little slow,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “We weren’t playing the way we had in previous weeks.”

“We started way too slow,” senior quarterback Kyle Frazier said. “We can’t do that. There was no intensity out there. We weren’t executing what we had.”

Jordan Brown and Jordan Harris are two of the most explosive players in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and they both brought their A-game to West Long Branch.

Jordan Brown carried the ball 23 times for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His biggest run of the game came with six minutes remaining in the game. Bryant faced a fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line. Brown received the handoff, cut left and found daylight. Forty-five yards later, he was taken down at the Hawks’ 15-yard line. This led to a missed field goal by Dom Kozlowski, but it had taken a lot of energy out of the Blue and White.

Jordan Harris had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came late in the first half and his other came halfway through the third quarter. Both touchdowns resulted in 11-point Bulldog leads.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Saint Francis 3-2

The women’s soccer team lost a tough game to Saint Francis on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 3-2, on the Great Lawn.  It was a battle late in the season for first place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings. The Blue and White now post a record of 9-6-1 overall and a 6-2-1 record in conference action. 

Despite starting off the game slowly, head coach Krissy Turner’s Hawks were up for the challenge against the unbeaten Red Flash.  The Hawks gave up two early goals in the first half, but they would bounce back to tie it up before halftime. “We played pretty well in the first half, despite going down two to zero, we dug ourselves back into the game and I thought that we were passionate and that we played good soccer, and created some good chances,” stated Turner.

During this heated battle the Hawks would give up the first goal in the 13th minute.  They began to play better and started to dominate possession.  However, the Blue and White would give up another goal in the 20th minute.  Staring at a 2-0 deficit the Hawks would scratch and claw their way back into the game.

In the 23rd minute the Hawks would answer with a goal which was scored by senior forward Claudia Vazquez.  It was her first goal of the season.  On the play, junior forward Dana Costello struck a beautiful corner kick from the right side of the goalie.  As the ball was coming down onto the ground, Vazquez lined it up and delivered a gorgeous shot into the back of the net.  That play trimmed the Hawks deficit by 2-1.

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Men’s Soccer Remains Undefeated at Home

The men’s soccer team managed to stay undefeated at home this season after a win against Robert Morris and a tie versus St. Francis of Pennsylvania. The team currently sits 9-3-3 overall with a 4-1-2 record in the Northeast Conference.

On Friday night, MU played host to Robert Morris and took control early. In the 9th minute, Ryan Clark sent a free kick into the box where Tomas Penfold flicked his head toward the goalkeeper and the ball found the back left corner of the net.

In the second half, the Hawks kept up the pressure and tallied another goal in the 52nd minute to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Francois “Paco” Navarro made a move into the box and shot the ball low and hard. The shot was saved and the rebound fell right to midfielder Joseph Schmid who scored his third goal in the past four games. 

“The last couple of games I’ve been in a more forward role, so naturally I’m going to be more up the field to make more offensive plays,” said Schmid. “Whatever the team needs me to do, I’ll do it.”

The lead was trimmed to 2-1 when Robert Morris scored on a free kick just outside the 18 yard goalie box. The shot avoided the wall of white shirts for MU and found the bottom right corner of the net just beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Alex Blackburn. Minutes later, with Robert Morris threatening on a one-on-one, Blackburn was able to make a kick save to preserve the lead. The Hawks would go on to win 2-1. Blackburn finished the game with four saves.

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Field Hockey Wins Four Straight

sports-field-hockeyThe field hockey team is making big strides late in the season to prove that they are worthy of contending for the Northeast Conference title. Riding on a two-game winning streak, the Hawks played host to Bryant on Friday.

MU came out on top once again with a 3-1 victory over Bryant to extend their win streak. The Hawks got on the board early with a goal from Michelle Pieczynski in the 13th minute. Then in the 29th minute, Jill Vogl struck for the Hawks this time with an assist from Tara Brown. The game was quiet for the rest of the first half as MU held a 2-0 lead.

The second half proved to be quiet as well. It wasn’t until the 61st minute that the Hawks put another goal on the board. This time, Orla Macken blasted a shot into the back of the net off a corner from Trish O’Dwyer.

Bryant finally scored their first goal of the game less than ten minutes later, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback.

MU improved to 5-11 overall and 3-1 in the conference. 

Goalie Teresa Mathews and the defensive unit were stellar once again, giving up only one goal. MU dominated in shot attempts, 18-8 and took control of penalty corners, 14-5. The victory was the Hawks’ first home victory of the season.

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Women’s Basketball to Play4Kay in 2012-13

The women’s basketball team has recently announced that this season they will Play4Kay and raise as much money as they can to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The Play4Kay foundation is in memory of the legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009 due to the illness.  According to the official Play4Kay website (, it states that they are a 501 charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

A big reason why the Blue and White are so involved in this is because of the personal impact coach Yow had on the MU coaching staff.  Head coach Jenny Palmateer played for and coached alongside Yow for a combined 14 years.  “I learned a lot of lessons as a player and as a coach from coach Yow,” Palmateer said. “To play for her, she was always the kind of coach to empower you and encourage you to do things.  There are a lot of different coaching styles out there, but her’s was always one for encouragement.  I try to carry that over because it’s a great way to do it and gets the most out of people. I learned you got to believe in people, I probably accomplished more than I thought I ever could on the court because I knew she believed that I could do it.” 

Over the years, Palmateer grew very close to Yow on and off the court.  “She was my coach, my mentor, and my friend for a long time,” Palmateer said. “She was somebody I could always rely on for anything that I needed, advice with basketball and life, all of it, She was just unbelievable, very close relationship.”

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Club Ice Hockey Team Starts Season 4-0-1

IceHockeyThe MU Hockey team beat the Seton Hall Pirates 5-4 in an overtime game on October 7. The winning goal was scored by Hawks’ captain Kyle McKenna.

Freshman San Monak started the game with a shot on goal, which was saved by the Seton Hall goalie.

Although the Pirates came out dominant in the first period with three goals, MU did not get discouraged.

The Hawks came out in the second period very confident and determined and scored their first goal, put in by Devon Ribsam.

Tempers began to flare in the second period following a shove to Anthony DiVincent causing him to fall on top of Seton Hall goalie. More trash talking was done throughout the second and third periods but that did not throw off the Hawk’s focus. Not only was trash talking being done on the ice, but in the stands as well. Arguments broke out amongst fans and family members of both teams. But MU kept their composure and put their energy into cheering on their Hawks.

Seton Hall players started getting rowdy, which led to players sitting in the box. The Hawks’ McKenna, DiVincent and Eric Folker were pressuring the Pirates causing them to lose concentration, which allowed DiVincent to score and tie the game 3-3.

The Hawks scored another goal shortly after to take a 4-3 lead.

The Pirates scored with two minutes left in the second period to tie the game 4-4.

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Brian Fisher Named Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

MensLacrosseThe University has now added another sports team to the list. A men’s lacrosse team will be added to the roster for the 2013 season. The University has just named Rutgers graduate, Brian Fisher, as the head coach of the first Hawks’ men’s lacrosse team.

Excited to be coaching back in New Jersey, Fisher has definitely felt the support from the University and the community already. After graduating from Rutgers, he coached their men’s lacrosse team for six years. From Rutgers, Fisher took his talents to Notre Dame where he coached before being named head coach for the Hawk’s team. “Monmouth has really gotten behind the program!” exclaimed Fisher.

Joining Fisher on the coaching staff is Andrew Geison, who graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his master’s degree at Rutgers.

After college Geison had a lot of collegiate coaching experience starting off at Rutgers. Next, he coached at Lafayette. From there, he spent four years as the head coach of DeSales University. Following that, Geison was named the first-ever head coach at Elmhurst College.

“Many coaches say that this is an ambitious endeavor that you have to have a lot of energy to do,” described Geison. “But at the same time it’s pretty fun and not a lot of people get the chance to build something from the ground up.” This mentality sums up the positive outlook that the coaching staff already has in place for the upcoming season.

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Field Hockey Wins Two in a Row

The field hockey team fell last weekend to St. Francis (PA), but picked up two wins over this past weekend.

The team currently sits at 4-11. They are 2-1 in conference play so far. Despite the fact that the overall record on paper isn’t great, it is the NEC record which will decide if they qualify for the postseason conference tournament or not. So, head coach Figlio and the team are determined to continue to add conference wins to their resume.

On October 7 in Loretto, Pennsylvania against St. Francis (PA), the Hawks fell in the conference matchup. St. Francis got on the board twice within the first 20 minutes of the game before Monmouth could score. Within the 23rd minute, Amanda Schoenfeld found Trish O’Dwyer, who struck for MU’s first goal. Shortly before the end of the first half, St. Francis scored again to make it a 3-1 game at the half.

St. Francis continued to dominate in the second half, not giving up any goals to the Hawks and adding one more of their own. St. Francis struck for the final time on a penalty corner at the 44th minute, preserving a 4-1 victory over the Hawks. St. Francis forward Autumn Pellman only scored one goal, but she was still a dominant offensive threat. She attempted 11 shots, with six of them on goal. The Monmouth defense struggled containing her on the offensive end, allowing Pellman to create numerous scoring opportunities.

St. Francis led in shots 20-11 over the Hawks and dominated in penalty corners, 8-1.

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Football Team Falls to Cornell

The football team lost 41-38 against Cornell on Saturday.

The Hawks (3-3, 2-1) allowed 21 points in the fourth quarter that enabled Cornell to come away with the win.

The Blue and White’s offense out-gained Cornell’s 602-581. Kyle Frazier threw for 451 yards for MU, completing 35 of 45 passes. He threw four touchdown and zero interceptions in a losing effort.

Tristan Roberts was Frazier’s top target in the game. Roberts hauled in seven passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, including an 85-yard score in the second quarter.

Neal Sterling was another reliable target, grabbing five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Frazier also led the team running the ball. He carried the ball nine times for 62 yards. Julian Hayes had 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Pat Gray, Dave Damirgian and Dan Sullivan led the MU defense with 10 tackles each. Sullivan and Dan O’hara combined for the team’s only sack.

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Men’s Soccer Teams’ Offense Comes Alive

MensSoccerAfter going 1-3 in their previous four games and scoring only two goals, the Hawks have finally started to click on offense. Tallying eight goals in the last three games, MU finds itself at 8-3-2 and in the hunt for the Northeast Conference title with five games to play.

On Friday, October 5, the Hawks hosted rival Fairleigh Dickinson. Controlling the tempo for much of the game, MU out shot the Knights 9-5 in regulation. Although failing to score, Monmouth settled for a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.

“The FDU games every year are very tight, it’s two different styles of teams,” said Coach McCourt. “We go out and attack and we try to make the game, and they go out and defend and try to catch you on the break.”

Fairleigh Dickinson came out strong in overtime, getting off six shots in the first overtime period while Monmouth had zero shots, giving goalkeeper Alex Blackburn some work.

“Obviously when you let teams hang around like we did, eventually they’re going to start making opportunities, and that’s exactly what they did,” said Blackburn. “I wouldn’t say that I had anything that was like, looking back on it, I really needed to make that save. I just made the saves that I was supposed to make.”

Despite the tie, Monmouth earned one point in the standings and were able to put the game behind them, looking to Sunday, October 7, when they hosted Bryant at 1 pm.

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