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Sports

Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Softball Goes 3-1 Over Weekend Stint

The University's softball team won three of their four games this past weekend against conference rivals Saint Peter's Peacocks and Quinnipiac Bobcats. With the weekend results, MU now has a 14-17 overall record, including a 6-6 mark in MAAC play.

The Hawks opened the weekend by sweeping a doubleheader against the Peacocks on Saturday, April 19. Senior left fielder Alicia DeSanto was big for the Hawks as she went 4-7 with five RBIs total on the day. Freshman Sydney Underhill picked up both victories for the Hawks, including a complete game shutout.

The first game was a pitchers' duel as neither team was able to push across a run through the first four innings. After Underhill kept the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, the blue and white were finally able to break through in the bottom half of the inning and built a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth frame.

Senior first baseman Kaitie Schumacher got the rally started when she was hit by a pitch, and two batters later sophomore Nikki Sandelier singled to left to give MU two base runners. Both runners advanced into scoring position on an MU groundout before DeSanto delivered a two-out base hit to right to put the Hawks ahead.

"I was just going into that at-bat thinking we haven't scored yet, and really need these runs," said DeSanto about the hit. "The pitcher was throwing me the same pitch all day, and I just jumped on it and it worked out that at-bat."

Saint Peter's put pressure on MU in the top half of the sixth by loading the bases, but Underhill worked out of the jam to maintain the two run lead. The Hawks added some insurance runs in their next at-bat when sophomore Raelynn Galindo came through with a two-run pinch hit single to increase the Hawk's lead to 4-0. Underhill then set the Peacocks down 1-2-3 in the seventh to seal the Hawks' victory.

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MAAC HONORS

The baseball team picked up two MAAC weekly awards officials announced on Tuesday.

Junior southpaw Jeff Singer was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week for his seven perfect innings and five strikeouts against Farleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, April 16.

Freshman third baseman Grant Lamberton was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. Lamberton's week included an average of .417, had two three-hit games, and committed no errors.


Softball players junior Kayleena Flores and freshman Sydney Underhill were both given MAAC weekly honors. Flores was named MAAC Player of the Week as she hit for .500, had three doubles, two triples, eight RBI's and five runs scored over the week span.

Underhill was on the mound for all of MU's four wins during the week and in that week, she posted a 3.39 ERA and struck out 26 batters. She was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.


Sophomore javelin thrower McLean Lipschutz was named the MAAC Track and Field Performer of the Week for his accomplishments at the Greyhound Invitational. He out-threw the competition by 24 feet with a toss of 238'. 


Freshman attackman Chris Daly was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for men's lacrosse. Daly had four goals in his season high six-point game against Marist. He leads the Hawks in goals and points. 


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Baseball Lose Series to Manhattan College

kyle-perry_baseballThe baseball team lost a three game series to conference opponent, the Manhattan Jaspers, over the weekend. The Hawks are now 9-17 (5-5 MAAC) while the Jaspers improved to 7-23 (4-8 MAAC).

MU began the weekend by splitting a double header on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.

Senior southpaw Andrew McGee was featured in the first game which turned into an extra inning conquest.

Game one did not see any runs until the fourth inning when senior Jon Guida knocked in freshman Grant Lamberton. The Jaspers responded with a run of their own knotting the game at 1-1. Manhattan scored again in the fifth as Shawn Kalousdian singled to plate Jose Carerra from second.

The blue and white then took a brief lead by scoring two runs in sixth. On the first pitch thrown in the inning, senior first baseman Danny Avella tied the game with a solo shot to right field. The home run counted for Avella's first on the season. The Hawks then jumped ahead of the Jaspers when junior Steve Wilgus hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2.

Manhattan took the lead in the seventh after sophomore southpaw Anthony Ciavarella came in to pitch for McGee. Ciavarella allowed one run in one inning pitched pushing the game to a tie.

As neither team was able to score again in regular play, the game was sent into extra innings. The tenth saw no action on either side of the bench, however, the Hawks were able to plate a run in the top of the eleventh.

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Golf Teams Head to Florida

The University golf teams began their seasons on Sunday, March 16 with the men competing in Port St. Lucie, FL while the women took to Williamsburg, VA. Since the beginning of their spring schedule, both teams post high individual marks in nearly every tournament played.

The men have participated in the Villanova Invitational at the White Manor Country Club, the Lafayette Invitational at the Silver Creek Country Club and most recently the FDU Invitational at the Crystal Spring Golf Resort.

Paced by junior Brady Goodling, the men's team finished 13th out of 16 teams at the Villanova Invitational. Goodling finished the first round at 73, the second round at 77, and the third round at 72, just one over par. He placed tenth overall.

Senior Corey Carrick posted the next best MU finish at 235 with rounds of 77, 81, and 77. In his second tournament, freshman Tommy Whelan completed four strokes behind Carrick with rounds of 79, 77, and 83. Sophomore Kyle Deisher was one stroke behind Whelan at 240 while junior Colin Buckley finished at 248.

During the first weekend of April, the men's team traveled to Lafayette where they shared eighth place with Colgate University, out of 18 competitors.

The Hawks were once again paced by Goodling who shot 150 on the total 36-hole course. Brady, who recorded one of the four eagles registered (a score of two under par for a given hole), finished with rounds of 76-74 and ended the tournament 8+.

Carrick tied for 43rd with his first round at 81 and his second round at 75. Deisher, Buckley, and Whelan shared 50th in the tournament. Deisher finished at 81-76; Buckley showed 78-79, and Whelan, registered as an individual, fired 77-80. Freshman Jesse Hazam completed the event at 160 playing back-to-back rounds at 80 strokes.

Over the weekend on the par-71, 6,734-yard Crystal Springs Country Club course, the Hawks finished eighth out of 14 teams.

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Track and Field Take Princeton

Teams Break Four School Records

The track and field team set four new school records and had many athletes meet ECAC/IC4A qualification times at the Princeton Quadrangular Meet which they participated in on Saturday, April 12.

All but one school record was set by the women's team. Junior Kate Frye broke the previous 400 meter school record with her time of 53.86 while senior Lucia Montefusco also broke a school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finishing at 11:00.78. Frye won her event and Montefusco finished second. The women's 4x100 relay team also set a new school record at 46.06 seconds and finished first for the event.

The men's school record came from freshman Dylan Capwell in the 800 meter. Capwell finished with a time of 1:49.57, which was good enough for first place in the event.

All four records qualified for the ECAC/IC4A's. Other qualifications for the IC4A included the men's 4x100 relay at 42.06, the men's 4x400 relay at 3:16.64, junior Ben Boyd in the 400 meter with 48.44, and sophomores Ahmier Dupree and Eric Kahana both qualified for the 100 meter with finish times of 10.74 and 10.85, respectively.

ECAC qualifiers also included the women's 4x400 relay at 3:44.47, senior Laura Williams with a time of 59.21 in the 400 hurdles, senior Mariah Toussaint in the 200 at 24.74.

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LAX Cannot Overcome Deficit

The women's lacrosse team rallied from a seven point deficit, but ultimately lost to the Drexel University Dragons 9-6, on Saturday, April 12 in their final non-conference game of the season. With the loss, MU falls to 6-7 (3-1 MAAC) as Drexel improves to 6-7 (1-1 CAA.)

The beginning of the game was all Drexel as they scored seven goals in the first 14 minutes of the play. During that span, the Dragons scored on seven of eight shots attempted. Drexel's Emily Duffey and Joelle Hartke both contributed a pair of goals during the rally. While allowing seven goals, the Hawks were only able to earn two shots.

Freshman attacker Olivia Higson finally broke the spell and put the blue and white on the board with 5:31 left in the opening frame. This was Higson's second consecutive game with a goal from a free-position shot.

Three minutes later, junior midfielder Allison Stathius scored to cut the Dragons lead to five making the scoreboard read 7-2 going into halftime.

Less than five minutes into the second half, senior attacker Stephanie Anderson scored a goal off an impressive feed from senior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons. Drexel answered back as Kelly Palace scored on a free position shot to extend the lead back to five at 8-3.

However, Anderson and freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca each scored a goal to bring the Hawks within 3; 8-5 with 14:26 remaining. MU only had two shots over the next 13 minutes before Duffey scored another goal and put an end to the blue and white's comeback bid. Sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales scored the final goal of the game with just 36 seconds left as the team fell, 9-6.

"It took us a while to get used to their level," said Hawks head coach Denise Wescott. "In the second half we showed that we could play with a team of that caliber but we need to start the game off like that. I thought our bench did a great job including Kristina (Vangeli) who did some solid things defensively and helped us get the draw more than Drexel. It was good to see the team not fold and come back and out score them in the second half. Hopefully that will give us some confidence heading in to the end of our conference play."

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The Global Understanding Convention Welcomed The Nation’s Sports Editor

The University hosted the sports editor of The Nation, Mr. David Zirin, during its 13th annual Global Understanding Convention last week.

Zirin's lecture, "Talk Sports and Resistance in the United States," was focused around the idea that sports and politics coincide. The event took place in a very crowded Wilson Hall auditorium and provided a chance for students, faculty and the community alike to hear Zirin's thoughts on the subject.

Zirin first became interested in sports and politics in 1996 when a basketball player for the Nuggets, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, refused to be on the court during the nation's national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

"After this moment, I started to learn about activist athletes. I would be in the basement of the library at school digging for this information," said Zirin. He explained that in order to find out what the influence of politics was on sports, you had to do your research and look back at history.

Zirin brought up many different examples of how key players in sports had used their position to try and make a change. Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and John Carlos were among the names mentioned during the lecture.

"Jackie Robinson was the most requested speaker at events because he would always say 'I would rather choose full citizenship than the Baseball Hall of Fame any day,'" said Zirin. Robinson was considered to be a leader in many anti-segregation movements in the 1930's, added Zirin.

In 1960, Muhammad Ali won his first gold medal at the Olympics in Rome, Italy. "Ali's dream was to bring the sportsmanship of wrestling to the sport of boxing," said Zirin. Ali, who was very opposed to the Vietnam War, felt that he could use the war as a way to try and bring equality among men. He stated that soldiers should not have to fight a war abroad when Americans are fighting a war on their homeland.

Throughout his various examples, Zirin continued to prove to the crowd that politics do hold a place in sports, both professional and amateur.

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SIDELINES: 04/16/2014

The softball team was swept by Fairfield University in a double header Sunday afternoon with final scores of 10-2 and 9-8. The Hawks now have a 10-15 record (2-4 MAAC).

Despite the score, senior Kaitie Schumacher and freshman Rachel Shotzbarger both went 4-for-6 and a RBI for the day.


The men's tennis team finished their season undefeated at home as they won their final match, 4-0, against Hofstra.

Sophomore Ramy Bekhiet, and freshmen Luke Adamus and Christian Vieira each won in their singles match.

Freshmen Przemyslaw Filipek and Bee Kumthonkittikul won their doubles match, 8-4. Junior Victor Pugliese and Vieira also won their doubles, 8-4. At No. 2, junior Freddy Marcinkowski and Bekhiet won their doubles contest, 8-5.


The women's tennis team was swept by Towson, 7-0, this past Sunday at the Towson Center Tennis Courts. Brooke Verdiglione and Chioma Gabriel both went the distance in their individual matches, but each fell in the third set.

The team travels to Quinnipiac on Thursday, April 17.


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Baseball Loses Series to MAAC Opponent

chris-mckennaThe University baseball team dropped a three game series to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Saint Peter's Peacocks, at Jersey City, NJ this past weekend.

The Hawks now stand at 7-15, 4-3 in the MAAC while SPU improved to 7-20, 2-6 in league play.

The series began with a double header thrown by senior left hander Andrew McGee and junior righty TJ Hunt.

Twelve hits from the offense and McGee's strong arm secured MU the first game.

McGee completed 8.2 innings allowing six runs, one of which was earned, on nine hits and striking out eight. Junior Jeff Paglione picked up his third save of the season. Receiving the loss was SPU's Zach Hopf who worked 6.2 innings giving up two runs, one which was earned, on six hits.

Leading MU's offense in the game was senior second baseman Jake Gronsky who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Freshman designated hitter Grant Lamberton and senior first baseman Danny Avella each had two hits in the game and two RBI's.

The scoring began in the third when the teams exchanged a pair of runs making the score 1-1. SPU then pulled ahead in the fifth courtesy of Sean Henry hitting a double and then scoring on an error.

Avella reciprocated with an RBI single in the top of the sixth to plate Gronsky and tie the game at two.

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Softball Splits Doubleheader

softballAfter inclement field conditions postponed an MU softball doubleheader last Saturday, the girls traveled to Hackensack to face Siena College on Sunday, April 6. Monmouth split the games and their record to now sits at 9-11.

The Hawks won their first game against the Siena Saints with a score of 4-2. Freshman Sydney Underhill and the Hawks' defense held Siena until the third inning, when Alyssa Lancaster batted in a run. In the top of the fourth, the Saints increased their lead to 2-0 after Abby Carpenter hit a solo home run to left field.

MU battled back in the fifth inning. Sophomore Nikki Sandelier was walked, and a Saints' error put runners on the corners. Senior Shannon Fitzgerald stole second, and both she and Sandelier scored after a double to right center by junior Vanessa Cardoza.

Freshman Justene Reyes then came up to the plate, hammering a two-run home run to left field. Reyes' impressive hit led the Hawks to a 4-2 lead by the bottom of the fifth.

Both teams had hits in the sixth, but were unable to score for the remainder of the game. Monmouth earned the win, increasing their record to 9-10, while the Saints dropped to 13-15.

The Hawks went down in the second game, despite getting off to a good start. Underhill was able to retire the first six Saints batters before giving up runs in the third. Lauren Milligan kicked off the inning with an infield single, ultimately reaching third after a hit to right field by Paige Lloyd.

Lloyd stole second on the next play, putting runners on second and third. Mikayla Powlowsky stepped up to the plate and hit a grounder to third, allowing Milligan to take off for home, beating Cardoza's throw and scoring the first run of the game.

Before MU could close out the inning, Stephanie Viggiano doubled to score Lloyd, and Lancaster hit a two-run single to give the Saints a 4-0 lead.

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Hawks Fall to Niagara, 12-8

Lacrosse Teams Still Look For Wins

On Saturday, April 5, the women's lacrosse team snapped their winning streak at four game overall and two in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The loss was handed to them by the Niagara University Purple Eagles with a final score of 12-8 on Kessler Field.

The Hawks blew their early lead in the first half as Niagara was able to overcome the deficit late in the game by going on a 6-3 run. With the loss, the blue and white fall to (5-6, 2-1 MAAC) while the Purple Eagles improve to (5-5, 1-1 MAAC).

Junior midfielder Allison Stathius led the way for MU by compiling three goals. Senior attacker Danielle Rakowitz added a pair of goals in a losing effort. As for the Purple Eagles, the duo of Maria Battista and Carrie-Jo Farrugia combined for eight of the 12 total goals in the victory.

The game began with Niagara jumping out to an early two-goal lead. After a stalemate for a few minutes, the Hawks soared back and scored the next four goals in just a five minute span. However, the Purple Eagles answered back and scored two goals in 37 seconds to tie up the game.

Senior attacker Cassie Campasano scored to give the blue and white the lead 5-4 with 8:18 remaining in the first frame. Battista contributed her second goal of the game and Kristen Winter added another goal in the final 7:11 of the half as Niagara took a 7-5 lead into the break.

In the majority of the second half, the teams traded goals in this back and forth affair. After the first 17 minutes of the second half, Stathius scored her second goal of the contest to cut the Purple Eagles lead to 8-7 with 13:31 left in the game.

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