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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Football Finishes Year with Blue/White Game

2014-Spring-Game_TJThe Hawks' football team wrapped up their spring practices with their annual Blue/White scrimmage on Sunday afternoon.

The star of the scrimmage was Lavon Chaney, a sophomore running back from Edgewater, Maryland. Chaney churned out 103-yards on 20-carries as the offense managed to accumulate 490-yards on the day. MU will need that sort of contribution from Chaney since last season's leading rusher, Julian Hayes, was dismissed from the team because of a violation of University and team rules. On the other hand, KB Asante, who rushed for 1,080-yards with eight scores, will return to the Hawks roster. Asante did not play in Sunday's scrimmage.

"He's a guy that we knew last fall that he was going to be a dynamic back for us," head coach Kevin Callahan said of Chaney. "Our objective today was to get him about 20-carries, and that's right where he was, just to see how far we could push him. I thought he handled it very well, he did a good job with it and he showed that he's somebody we can rely on in a game-situation."

Chaney, who played in 12 games during the 2013 season, felt his true potential was finally tapped on during the Sunday's game.

"I feel like I definitely made the most out of my opportunity," Chaney said. "Transitioning from the winter, doing all these hard workouts and finally getting out here, I think I was able to really show the coaching staff what I've been working towards. Coming in here, even though Julian was gone, I still had to go out every day and earn my position as that second running back."

One of the main objectives this spring besides replacing Hayes's production of 1,111-yards and seven touchdowns, was installing a new offense and replacing three starters along the offensive line. The Hawks are faced with the task of finding alternatives for Mike Hunchak, Josh Patterson, and Brandon Maxwell; but do return Reece Johnston and Peter Ireland. While the offensive line is still a work in progress, there is a lot of optimism looking forward with the addition of guys such as Rotchill Medor, a 6'6"/325-pound behemoth from ASA College, a junior college in NY.

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A near full house gathered in the Wilson Auditorium on Nov. 14 to welcome the poet Anna Journey to our campus. She was the last writer in the Fall component of the Visiting Writer’s series, though there will be two more speakers this Spring.

Michael Waters, Ph.D and professor of English, thinks these events are an instrumental part of our campus environment and create a well-rounded education. “I’ve attended all the VWS events since coming to MU in 2008,” he said. “The turnout is always strong.

Associate Dean [of the school of humanities and social sciences] Michael Thomas has done a terrific job of creating and publicizing the series, attracting not only students and faculty, but members of the community. We’re lucky to have such a series.”

The night began with Thomas’s introduction. “Some people have accused me of loving power,” he said as he neared the microphone, “but I really don’t. I just love the feeling of approaching the podium and everything gets quiet.”

This comedic greeting set the tone for what would turn out to be a night equally funny, dark and sexual as Journey’s work brought the audience from one roller coaster turn to the next.

“Anna Journey’s work is as exciting as any work being written by any poet of her generation,” Waters said. “Her poems are smart, funny, erotic, and moving. She writes out of all aspects of her personality.”

Thomas captured the essence of poetry, and the attention of the audience, soon into his opening. He said, “We build our identities from the stories we hear the stories we tell and from what we read. Imagine for a moment where we might be headed when we read the title ‘The Spirit of the Hour Visits Big Pappa’s Barbeque Joint’ a poem by Anna Journey from her second book, Vulgar Remedies.”

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Four Athletes Transfer from University

As another school year ends at Monmouth, students look on to the year to follow, however, next year men's basketball team will look relatively different.

On April 3, the University announced that four student-athletes will transfer the college and thus, will not return for the 2014-2015 season. Among the four are sophomores forward Tyrone O'Garro, guard Christian White, guard Jalen Palm, and freshman center Marcelo Ruediger who will not return for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season.

"Any time you have kids leave your program, it hurts. They are a part of your family and you help them grow," head coach King Rice said. "Sometimes, people have to go different directions and we are prepared and excited about the group of young men that will take us into next season."

While the decision was not easy for the student-athletes, some felt it was necessary for their future success.

"It was a very tough decision. I feel like I have built very strong and close relationships with my teammates and coaches," White said. "When I made the decision to transfer, I told my teammates that I would not be coming back next year and this is was an extremely tough decision but it was the best thing for me."

During his time at the University, White played in 44 games, compiled a .391 percentage for field goals and .359 percentage in three-pointers. His sank 17 out of 28 free-throw opportunities and closes his Monmouth career at 112 points. White played 16 games this season.

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Men’s LAX End Inaugural Season Winless

On Saturday, April 26, the men's lacrosse team fell to the Detroit Titans, 11-6, in their final game of 2014. With the loss, the blue and white end their inaugural season at 0-13 (0-6 MAAC).

Leading the way for MU were freshmen Chris Daly and Eric Berger. Daly scored a team-high three goals and added an assist. Berger posted his third two-goal game in the last four games.

Detroit opened up the scoring with a goal from Shayne Adams at the 11:49 mark in the first. Two minutes later, the blue and white responded with a goal from Berger off a feed from Daly. MU took a 2-1 lead with 5:21 left in the first quarter off of a rocket shot by Daly with the assist credited to freshman Kevin Osback.

The Titans, however, answered back with two consecutive goals in the final three minutes to jump back in front 3-2. The second quarter was all Detroit as Adams scored four goals to increase the Titans lead to 7-2 at the half.

The Hawks outscored the Titans 3-1 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 8-5. Berger started the rally scoring an unassisted goal. Daly notched his second goal of the contest off of an assist from freshman Colin Reilly, which was his first career point for MU. Daly then scored his third goal, which was unassisted, to end the quarter.

However, Detroit responded with three straight goals in the final frame to jump out to an 11-5 lead with 5:31 left in the game. Freshman Dan Bloodgood responded with his twelfth goal of the season.

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Women’s LAX Finish 2014 Under .500

In the 2014 regular season finale the blue and white (8-9; 5-3 MACC) stunned the Marist Red Foxes (13-3; 7-1 MAAC) as they handed them their first conference loss on Saturday by the final score of 12-11.

The Hawks never trailed in this contest and received goals from eight different players. Leading the way for MU was freshman midfielder Kendall Lutts who scored a career-high four goals including the game winner.

Lutts began the game scoring two goals in the first three minutes. The Red Foxes answered back to cut the Hawks lead to one. Sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales put the blue and white back up a pair.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, MU increased their lead to 6-2. During that stretch, Lutts netted her third goal and senior attacker Danielle Rakowitz added a pair of her own.

Marist responded quickly to cut the lead to 6-3. Shortly after that, junior midfielder Allison Stathius scored to put the Hawks up by four. The Red Foxed ended the half by scoring three straight goals to trail 7-6.

Senior midfielder Kaliegh Gibbons scored at the 22:31 mark to increase MU's lead to 8-6. However, Marist's Jamie Romano answered less than a minute later. The two teams traded goals over the next three minutes in this closely contested matchup.

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Softball Improves to 18-18

The softball team traveled to NY last weekend to face off against Niagara University and Canisius College. The Hawks recorded only one loss in the four games played on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 improving their overall record to .500.

In the first game of a doubleheader against the Purple Eagles, the Hawks fell 2-1 and posted their only loss of the series. Niagara scored single runs in the third and fifth after Chanelle Ward hit a RBI double and Brittany Richberg stole home. MU countered in the sixth when senior Alicia DeSanto led off the inning with a home run to center.

The remainder of the game was scoreless, and the Hawks dropped to 15-18 while the Purple Eagles advanced to 14-27.

The second game in the series saw an explosion of offense by the Hawks, ending in an 11-3 win against Niagara. The Purple Eagles scored early in the bottom of the first, with RBI singles by Desarae Maldonado and Amanda Werth.

MU scored five runs in the third inning. Freshman Lauren Howard walked and stole second; an error during DeSanto's at bat allowed her to score. Runners were on first and second when freshman Justene Reyes doubled to score DeSanto. Niagara committed another error on an at-bat by freshman Rachel Shotzbarger, allowing junior Vanessa Cardoza to score. With two outs in the inning, sophomore Raelynn Galindo doubled to drive in both Reyes and Shotzbarger.

Niagara retaliated in the bottom of the fourth with Richberg's RBI single, but MU dominated the offense again in the fifth. Shotzbarger hit a home run with one out in the inning, and Flores tripled to left center. Galindo, Meagan Newton-Pender, and Howard all contributed singles that advanced the Hawks to an 8-3 lead.

MU posted three more runs in the sixth. Reyes and Shotzbarger kicked off the inning with two doubles to give the Hawks a 9-3 lead. Junior Kayleena Flores singled to score Shotzbarger, and Galindo singled to put runners on the corners. A single by Howard brought Flores home, and the Hawks soared to 11-3 by the end of the inning.

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SIDELINES: 04/30/2014

The baseball team had a three game sweep over the Temple Owls this past weekend. Winning pitchers were sophomore Frank Trimarco, junior TJ Hunt, and junior Jeff Paglione.

Offense was led by junior center fielder Steve Wilgus who went 7-for-14, contributed four runs and had one RBI.

On Friday, April 25, senior second baseman Jake Gronsky became the 14th player in program history to reach 200 hits.

The women's golf team finished fourth while the men's golf team placed second in the MAAC Championships. The women were led by senior Michelle Rosenhouse who had a career-best finish at a conference tournament with a second place title. The men were led by junior Brady Goodling who placed second overall in competition.

The men's soccer team has announced additional commitments for 2014. The men who are coming off their first MAAC Regular Season Championship title will add eight new Hawks to their roster.

These include midfielder/forward from Newark, NJ Miguel Alves; midfielder from Cranford, NJ Andrew Gee; goalkeeper of Ocean Township Chris Seager; midfielder Chris Nash from Franklin Lakes; midfielder from Westfield, NJ Leo O'Haus; forward Daniel Reilly from Denver, CO; midfielder from East Bruinswick Joey Gudzak; and midfielder/forward from Toms River Lorenzo Scala.

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Craig Sweeney: The Power Behind the Bat

craig-sweeneyLike many athletes, Craig Sweeney, an outfielder for the University's baseball team, has been playing the game since he could only hit the ball off of a tee. However, as a senior in his fourth season with the Hawks, Sweeney has far surpassed his little league level skills.

"I've played baseball ever since I was five years old when my dad got me into it and I just loved the game right away," said Sweeney. "Once I got to about middle school, that's when I knew I wanted to continue playing in college."

Dean Ehehalt, head coach of the University's baseball team, said that Sweeney's greatest strength is his offensive skills. He added that his experience as a ballplayer has contributed to not only his success, but the team's success. "He's a hungry player, a very good offensive player, an explosive player; He has the potential to be a game changer," Ehehalt said.

Unlike many students, Sweeney did not have a difficult decision with choosing a college. Deciding to be a Hawk seemed like an obvious choice to him. From Middletown, NJ, he said that the location and close proximity of the University were ideal. Sweeney added that he was familiar with some of the players on the team before his freshman year as well. However, Sweeney said the ultimate reason he decided to play at MU was, "because they definitely gave me the best opportunity to play and they have a winning tradition here."

Sweeney's career thus far at the University can best described as a an upwards line.

In 2012, he hit .288 with four RBI's in 28 games, 17 of which he started. In 2013, his average was .284 with 29 RBI's in 48 games, 47 of which he started. This season has produced Sweeney's highest batting average in his collegiate career thus far at .343 in 28 games, all of which he started.

Not only does he lead the team in batting average, but he also holds the number one spot in slugging percentage (.505), on base percentage (.409), RBI's (21), home runs (3), and total bases (50).

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Baseball Loses Series to Fairfield, 6-7 MAAC Record

After coming off a 10-0 win over Farleigh Dickinson on April 16, the baseball team lost their three game series to conference opponent, the Fairfield Stags, at Alumni Diamond in Fairfield, CT.

MU fell in the first game, 10-3, but initially held the upper hand after a three run first inning.

The first run was scored by freshman Grant Lamberton who, after hitting a double, was sent home by a double from Craig Sweeney. Senior Jake Gronsky was the next Hawk who crossed home, courtesy of senior Danny Avella who singled up the middle. The final run of the inning came off freshman Chris Gaetano's sacrifice fly to bring in Sweeney from third.

MU held this three run advantage over the Stags until the fourth inning when Fairfield was able to plate two. Billy Zolga hit an RBI triple to center bringing home Jack Giannini from first and Rob LoPinto from third.

Fairfield evened the game at three in the fifth inning when Alex Witkus scored an unearned run on a passed ball.

One inning later, the Stags pulled ahead with a six run inning. Dean Sadik was the first to notch two RBI's, plating Giannini from third and Zolga from second, off his single to left field.

Head coach Dean Ehehalt then pulled starting pitcher senior Andy McGee from the mound and replaced him with southpaw sophomore Frank Trimarco. McGee's line ended at 5.1 innings pitched, with six earned runs on 10 hits. He was handed his fifth loss of the season.

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Men’s Lax: Winless

The men's lacrosse team lost to visiting Marist College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown on Saturday, April 19 by a final score of 12-9.

With the loss, the blue and white fall to 0-12 overall with an 0-5 mark in the MAAC during their first season, while Marist improves to 4-8 overall including a 2-3 record in conference play.

Leading the way for MU was freshman attacker Chris Daly who posted his first career four-goal game and totaled a season-high six points. Daly currently leads the Hawks with 14 goals and 22 points on the season.

For his efforts against Marist, Daly was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

The blue and white jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. With an unassisted goal at the 12:59 mark, Daly was the first Hawk to score in the contest. The next goal for the Hawks was scored by freshman midfielder Kevin Osback off of a feed from freshman midfielder Eric Berger.

The Red Foxes answered right back with two goals from Joseph Radin to end the quarter with the score tied at two goals apiece. Marist scored the only goals of the second quarter as they took a 5-2 lead into the break.

The second half began like the first, with an unassisted goal by Daly just 57 seconds into the third quarter to cut the lead to 5-3. However, the Red Foxes responded with four straight goals to extend their lead to 9-3 with only 49 seconds remaining in the third period.

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Men’s Tennis No. 2

The men's tennis team finished its regular season by defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats 6-1 on Friday, April 18. With the win, the Hawks finished the year with a 15-7 overall record while going 6-1 in MAAC play.

MU began the day by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles competition point. Junior Victor Pugliese and freshman Christian Vieira earned an 8-4 win at the number one doubles spot to start the match, and the freshmen duo of Przemyslaw Filipek and Bee Kumthonkittikul sealed the doubles competition victory with an 8-1 win of their own at the number three spot. In the two slot, junior Freddy Marcinkowski and sophomore Ramy Bekhiet fell 8-6.

Pugliese continued his solid season at the number one spot in singles play and moved to 6-0 in conference matches, by beating QU's Kei Ezaka in a tough three set contest: 6-1, 4-6, and 7-6. The win was Pugliese's 13th straight on the season and moved him to 15-1 overall for the spring.

Filipek was the only Hawk to lose in singles competition for the match as he fell in straight sets at the number two spot with both sets ending 6-4.

The men were able to sweep the rest of singles play, including straight set wins at the number four, five, and six spots from Marcinkowski, freshman Luke Adamus, and Vieira respectively. Marcinkowski won his sets 7-5, 6-2 while Adamus posted 6-3, 6-4 victories. Vieira capped it off with wins of 6-3, 7-5.

Kumthonkittikul had a bit tougher time at the number three spot after losing the first set 6-4, nonetheless, he battled back to take the second and third sets 6-4, 7-6.

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