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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Albany Hands MU First NEC Loss

sports-footballThe football team’s threegame winning streak came to an end Saturday when they lost 55- 24 to Albany.

“I think Albany proved they are an outstanding football team and they proved why they are getting votes for the top 25,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “This game was completely onesided, they were in control of the game from the start.”

Kyle Frazier completed 33 of 51 passes for 289 yards including two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Hawks (3-2, 2-1) were never able to establish a running game. Julian Hayes was the team’s leading rusher. The sophomore running back carried the ball 12 times for 23 yards and a touchdown. As a team, MU ran the ball 27 times for 51 yards.

Tyler George led the receiving group with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. George has 111 career receptions, which places him fourth all-time in the University’s history.

Neal Sterling caught MU’s other touchdown. He had three catches for 48 yards. 

Lamar Davenport tallied five catches for 30 yards. Tristan Roberts added four catches for 55 yards.

The defense was able to bring down Will Flacchi for one sack. Eric Macik dropped him for a 15-yard loss.

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Mens Soccer Falls From Top 25

sports-soccerThe Hawks soccer team lost their place in the NSCAA/Conti­nental Tire Top 25 last week, but continues to receive votes in the rankings. In the Top Drawer Soc­cer Tournament 48, the Hawks were number 42 as they opened up Northeast Conference play last weekend.

The Blue and White spent the week preparing for a Friday af­ternoon match against Quinni­piac, and arrived in Connecticut only to see the weather cause a postponement.

“When you travel on the road like that and you’re trying to get prepared for a game, it’s disap­pointing when it gets cancelled,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “But it was certainly the right decision because they had flash floods up there and really heavy rain.”

A makeup date is in progress, but has yet to be determined. 

Staying in a hotel for the week­end, the team was able to practice on Central Connecticut State’s football field Saturday. On Sun­day afternoon, they were ready for a 3:30 pm match against CCSU.

Getting out shot 10-4 and whis­tled for seven fouls, Monmouth fell to CCSU by a score of 1-0, putting their record at 5-2-1. CCSU’s Jesse Menzies scored on a penalty kick in the 38th min­ute in what eventually was the game winner. Hawks midfielder Francois “Paco” Navarro tal­lied 2 shots and goalkeeper Alex Blackburn had 4 saves in the de­feat. The team, overall, played quite well and didn’t stray away from their game plan, they simply didn’t execute on their chances.

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Field Hockey Beats Georgetown, Falls to American

The field hockey team continued their road trip this weekend, picking up their second win of the season.

The Hawks squared off against Georgetown University on Saturday at a neutral site in College Park, Maryland. The very next day, they headed over to Washington D.C. to take on American University.

On Saturday, Georgetown got off to a quick start with a goal early in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Michelle Pieczynski scored off of a rebound to tie the game up. A bit later in the first half, Amanda Schoenfeld struck for a goal, giving MU a 2-1 lead.

With the lead at halftime, the Blue and White had plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but a lot of work still had to be done on both sides of the ball. 

At the 46th minute, Trish O’Dwyer found Pieczynski cutting up the middle, and dished it to her as she broke away and found the back of the net for the second time of the day. MU held a 3-1 lead with about 25 minutes left in the game, and were able to contain the Georgetown Hoyas for the remainder of the half, holding them scoreless and preserving a big 3-1 win.

“We meshed together really well in the win, from the seniors to the freshman,” said senior forward Kimmy Baligian.

At goalie, Teresa Mathews was near perfect, only allowing one goal, which was in the first half, and racking up seven saves total. Even though Georgetown held an advantage in penalty corners 12-6, they weren’t able to get the ball by Mathews more than once. MU outshot Georgetown 18-13 in the match.

“We focused more on the team as a whole and less on the tactical stuff. We played a lot better as a cohesive unit, and have been progressing in a forward movement. We have been peaking at the right time as a group,” head coach Carli Figlio explained.

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School Spirit on the Rise at MU?

sports-homefieldWhen you go to a Division I school, one thing that is expected of the students is to go to home sporting events to show your fan support.

During the fall season, MU is home to four teams that are held here on campus in West Long Branch. If you look up in the stands at any game, you will no­tice a mix of students and people from the community in atten­dance cheering on the Hawks.

Yes, the University is consid­ered a suitcase school for the underclassman, but students still take time out of their day and night to go to home games. Showing fan support at the Uni­versity is a must, and if the visit­ing team comes in here knowing we have the best student sections in the NEC, they will be scared. 

The four teams that have games on campus are football, men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey. Between the four teams, no team ranks lower then fourth in the conference in home at­tendance. People want to go to games at home simply because it is a great place to be and see friends and classmates.

Not only does the attendance at games make the game expe­rience fun for the fans, it also helps the teams play better and get pumped dur­ing big plays.

“Energy level becomes much higher, athletes really appreci­ate them being there whether it’s friends or classmates or if they have no idea who they are, it just gives them a whole other layer of fandom for the students when they come out on campus,” Matt Harmon, a communication professor and sports broadcaster explains.

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Football Wins Third Straight, Tops Sacred Heart 27-14

sports-footballThe football team won its third consecutive game on Saturday, defeating Sacred Heart 27-14 at Kessler Field. “We’re happy to get the second win in Northeast Conference (NEC) play, that puts us at 2-0,” said head coach Kevin Callahan. “It puts us in control of our own fate in terms of the conference race.”

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kyle Frazier completed 32 of 43 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He spread the ball around well, completing passes to 10 different receivers.

Lamar Davenport led the Hawks (3-1, 2-0) in receiving. He caught nine passes for 105 yards, including a few circus catches to bring the crowd to its feet. 

“We were just taking what they gave us,” said Davenport. “Short routes, just taking what they gave us.” Tristan Roberts wasn’t far behind, catching six passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roberts’ first touchdown gave MU a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. His second score put the Hawks ahead by 10 late in the third.

The Pioneers (0-3, 0-1) did a good job of shutting down the Hawks’ running game. MU ran the ball 34 times for 71 yards, a mere 2.1 yards per carry. Justin Pandorf led the way with 32 yards, all coming on a timely fake punt. Julian Hayes carried the ball 11 times for 24 yards.

The Blue and White’s defense continued its strong play. The unit didn’t allow any points in the second half of the game. This season, the defense has allowed a total of three second half points.

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Field Hockey Wins First Game of Season

sports-fieldhockeyOn Friday, the field hockey team came out victorious for the first time this season with a 5-1 win over Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The victory came with the first game of a seven-game road trip.

It was MU who got on the board first with a goal from Nicole Manziano with a rebound off of a corner. Just minutes later, Alex Carroll struck for the Hawks as she hit an unassisted shot attempt through a scrum of defenders. Up by two at the half, the Hawks had something to be optimistic about. 

Saint Joseph’s struck early in the second half to cut the MU lead to two goals, but at the 45th minute, Trish O’Dwyer scored for the Hawks on a tipped ball. Just one minute later, O’Dwyer scored again, giving Monmouth a comfortable 4-1 lead. Less than ten minutes later, MU scored for a final time to seal it when Chelsea Mann was assisted by Mi-­make it a 5-1 game.

The first win for the team was great, but in the long run, it won’t mean much. Coach Figlio and the girls used ­play Lehigh University on Sunday. In the victory, goalie Teresa Mathews and the rest of the defense ­up one goal, and had four saves. Monmouth outshot Saint Joseph’s 22- 12 in the matchup.

On Sunday, MU matched up against ­-high. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell by a score of 2-1. It was a close one, as Lehigh got on the board early into the game. In the 15th minute, O’Dwyer continued her hot streak as she scored ­ten minutes later, Lehigh struck again, making it a 2-1 game at the half. The ­first half, as no team scored in the sec-­and turn out to be the final score.

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Captain Ryan Clark Looks to Finish His Career Strong

sports-soccerFor senior midfielder Ryan Clark, it’s business as usual. Ar­riving to practice early and being the last one on the field is becom­ing a daily routine for the Hawks’ captain. A true workhorse, Clark has the hardware to show for it.

“He’s a traditional box-to-box midfielder who does a lot of things for the team,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “It’s a treat when you get kids that are so dedicated to their craft and are so coachable. He’s kind of like the heart and soul of this team.”

A three time All-NEC First Team selection, first team All- Region his sophomore and junior year and Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year last year; Clark now holds preseason All-America honors this year and was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List last month.

“They are all really well de­served and I hope this can trans­late into a solid career after his Monmouth career is done,” said McCourt.Clark is a humble person and credits his teammates for the recognition he has gotten. One award or honor is no different than the next for Clark, who says they all come from hard work and getting team wins.

“I’m very serious about what I do, soccer is what I want to do with my future,” says Clark. “I basically dedicate all my time and focus on soccer.”

In the offseason, he is train­ing all the time. Three times a day, whether it is cross fit train­ing, soccer, weight room or yoga, Clark is getting ready for the up­coming season. Clark says yoga helps his endurance.

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Cross Country Team Runs Well in Holmdel

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The cross country team finished third out of seven schools compet­ing in the 9th Annual Kickoff Meet at Thompson Park in their first meet of the season.

The men ran a 6k while the wom­en competed in a 4k. Senior Aman­da Eller prevailed as the women’s top runner finishing eighth in her race with a time of 14:57 while the men’s top runner, freshman Do­menick D’Agostino, also finished a mere 19 seconds behind first place securing an eighth place spot in his race with a time of 19:47.4. Graham Huggins-Folizof finished in tenth place with a time of 19:54.5.

In their second race, the men’s cross country team took on an 8k between 15 schools while the wom­en ran a 5k between 17 schools. Leading MU’s men’s cross country team to third place were sophomore Khari Bowen and D’Agostino who finished in seventh and tenth over­all. Even though the men earned third place in the overall run, they finished in first between all North­east Conference (NEC) opponents. 

The women were not as fortunate as they placed ninth in the overall meet and fourth between NEC ri­vals. Once again, Eller scored as MU’s top runner placing 18th over­all and having a time of 18:51.

For the team’s third meet, they traveled down the road for Mon­mouth’s 18th Holmdel Invitational. Eller was the first MU woman to cross the finish line placing fifth overall at 18:53.8. Although many may feel rather proud finishing at 18:53.8, Eller considers another ac­complishment her greatest achieve­ment of the race.

“I am certainly proud to be the third ever of Monmouth women to finish under 19 minutes at Hol­mdel and I would have to say that I am more proud of that,” Eller goes on, “But I also am happy with my Holmdel time because it is a course best for me there.”

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France’s “Paco” Navarro Starts Fast With Hawks

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A player with an excellent track record has found his way to the men’s soccer program. Former member of the France U17 National team, midfielder/forward Francois “Paco” Navarro is fitting in quite well with his new team and has helped lead the Hawks to a 5-1-1 start.

The Hawks now have a player with the capability of adding a whole new dimension to the team. Navarro plays the wing and that is something that the Hawks have lacked in previous years. He is currently leading the team in points with two goals and three assists.

“When I have the ball, the first thing is like ‘I need to go forward,’” said Navarro. “I want to score goals, but I want my teammates to score goals too.”

“He’s a true winger; he’s really good going forward and that’s not something we’ve had a lot of before in the past,” said teammate Joseph Schmid.

At age 12, Navarro enrolled in the Clairefontaine Academy in France, a prestigious soccer academy which he attended from 12-15 years old. One of the best academies in all of Europe, Clairefontaine is known for its extensive training and getting their players ready for the future.

“It prepares you to go to the next level,” said Navarro. “School is real important and then you have a two and a half hour training session every day during the three years.”

Paco then became a member of the French U17 National team. He had to follow strict rules there, such as what to eat, keeping his body fit and restrictions on going out. Paco says it was a really good experience being part of a club where he learned how to prepare himself to think like a professional.

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Pieczynski First Field Hockey Player to Reach 100 Points

Field hockey’s senior forward Michelle Pieczynski became the first player in school history to surpass the 100-point mark for her career. She achieved the milestone earlier in the month in a loss to Fairfield University.

In the matchup against Fairfield, Pieczynski struck for her first goal of the game. Later in the game, she struck again, giving herself 101 points overall, and setting a new Monmouth University field hockey milestone. So far this season, Pieczynski has 13 points total, including six goals and one assist. She currently sits at 108 points for her career. Her 47 goals are the most all-time in Monmouth’s field hockey history. Also, she is tied for second on the all-time assists list. She trails 2011 graduate Morganne Firmstone, who holds the record with 16 career assists.

Based on her statistics and leadership qualities, Pieczynski is looked up to as a model player for the field hockey program. Her leadership both on and off the field has aided to her success as a player and as a person.

“I knew I was close to it, so I knew I could probably do it, but it does take the whole team to get up the field. It was a good accomplishment. I was happy about it. We just worked really hard together. It really helps our team out for sure,” Pieczynski explained.

In the 2011 season, she also led the team in points with 45, including 19 goals and seven assists. She also led the way during her sophomore season in 2010, with 31 points, including 14 goals and three assists.

Focusing on the team’s recent games, the Hawks fell to the University of Delaware last Wednesday by a score of 3-1. Tara Brown scored early for Monmouth, but after that it was all Delaware. They scored the final three goals to seal it, holding the Hawks scoreless for the remainder of the match. In the net, Teresa Mathews let up three goals, but did have seven saves. Both teams matched up well regarding shot attempts, but Delaware executed and hit more of their shots. Both teams also won eight penalty corners each.

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Frazier Recovers From ACL Tear

frazier recovers from acl tearNortheast Conference (NEC) Offensive Player of the Week after the Hawk’s second game of the season, fifth year senior Kyle Frazier, has proven that he has one thing on his mind this season, an NEC Championship ring.

Coming back this year after a season-ending knee injury against Bryant, Frazier has restored not only his knee, but also his mentality to strive for a winning season. “It was one of the hardest times of my life,” Frazier described after his ACL surgery. But with a few months of rehab and a lot of determination, he was able to work his way back up to where he was before his injury.

Now into his fifth year on the Hawks, Frazier first started playing football at the age of seven. Given the choice at a young age to play either soccer or football, Monmouth’s quarterback clearly made the right decision. Along with playing football, Frazier also tried baseball and basketball but realized playing football is what he wanted to continue with.

Frazier knew that he wanted to come to the University as soon as he visited the campus. He described how much he loved the coaches, other players and the area. “This has been the best time of my life,” explained Frazier. “I have no regrets of coming here. I made a lot of new friends and have enjoyed playing football.”

After red shirting as a freshman, Frazier came out his sophomore year starting seven out of the 11 games of the season. He finished off the year with 1,453 yards and 10 touchdowns. Frazier was named NEC Rookie of the Week for his success against Sacred Heart. As a junior, Frazier started all 11 games and ranked within the top five quarterbacks from Monmouth for completed passes in a season. He led the NEC and ranked fourth in Hawks history by completing 61.3 percent of his passes.

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