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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Hawks Drop Contest to NEC Rival St. Francis, 28-10

The Hawks football team dropped their contest to the Red Flash of St. Francis after having a hard time capitalizing on their two first half turnovers. With a final score of 28-10, MU falls to 3-4 while their former Northeast Conference foe improves to 2-4 for the season.

The Red Flash took a quick handle on the game as they scored on the opening kickoff after returning a blue and white fumble. St. Francis then followed the play with a pick six that pushed the lead to three scores all in the first quarter. The Hawks never had a chance to get the running game going against a suffocating St. Francis defense that had six sacks and two interceptions.

St. Francis managed to outgain the Hawks, 234 yards to 191 yards, as Hawk quarterbacks junior Brandon Hill and senior Greg DePugh combined for just 10-of-28 passing for 81-yards. Hill completed 44 of those yards while DePugh accounted for 37 yards.

MU's defense held the Red Flash's running back, Kyle Harbridge, to under 100-yards for the first time all season, as he finished with 94-yards on 26-carries with a lone touchdown.

"St. Francis is a well-coached, physical football team," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "When you get behind early, like we did today, it becomes very difficult to win. St. Francis was able to control the line of scrimmage against our offense and they challenged every throw. Defensively, I thought we did a pretty nice job. We limited [Kyle] Harbridge to under 100-yards for the first time all season and only allowed one play over 20 yards all afternoon."

The Red Flash jumped out of the gate when Hawks' return man, senior Tevrin Brandon, was hit and lost control of the football which led to St Francis's Bishop Neal scooping up the loose ball and returning it 8-yards.

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SIDELINES: 10/16/2013

Junior Khari Bowen has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Cross Country Runner of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Cross Country Runner of the Week for his first place performance at the Paul Short Run on Saturday, Oct 5.

Bowen bested nearly 400 participants to become the first Hawk ever to finish in first place at the Paul Short Run. He completed the 8k course in 25:04. 


Women’s soccer improves to 11-1-1 in the season and 5-0-1 for interleague play as they defeated MAAC competitor Siena, 2-0, on Saturday, October 12. Scoring the two goals for MU was senior Dana Costello


 Senior Michelle Rosenhouse scored her career best 18 hole round at 72 strokes, erasing her previous best of 73 at the  St. John’s Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 8. She finished in 11th place for the tournament with a two round score of 158. 


 Freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky has been named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Week. He has a .778 saves percentage in the season. 


 The men’s tennis team faired well at the Columbia Classic as Freshman Christian Vieria completed the tournament clinched the singles victory, Vieria joined sophomore Brant Switzler to down Fairfield in a doubles match. 


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Hawks Soar to Fifth Straight Victory

WSOC-vs-DelawareThe Hawks (10-1; 4-0) dominated the Manhattan Jaspers (3-8-1; 0-3-1) and won with a final score of 6-0 on Wednesday, Oct 2 at The Great Lawn. Freshman forward Alexis McTamney tallied one goal and three assists, senior midfielder Dana Costello contributed one goal and two assists, while senior forward Monique Plescia added two goals in the victory.

The Hawks scored early and often in the first half of the game. The first goal came in the fifth minute when McTamney took a shot that was originally saved by Jaspers keeper Maria Sanzari, but Plescia scored off of the rebound.

The blue and white continued to put pressure on Manhattan, and in the 12th minute, Costello played a ball back to freshman forward Julie Spracklin in the box. She collected it and drilled it past the keeper for a 2-0 lead. "I knew Julie was behind me and I saw the defender was going to come and get it so I kind of stepped in front of the defender and played it backwards and she placed it right into the back of the net," Costello said.

In the 17th minute, McTamney was dribbling down the left wing and sent a low cross towards Costello. She flicked the ball with her back heel to score the third goal of the game and her third of the season.

"We were getting a lot of end line services this game which is something we've been practicing a lot," Costello continued. "I have so much confidence in our freshman [Alexis] McTamney, I knew she was going to beat her girl and she did, so I sprinted near post and I just chipped it past the goalie."

In the 29th minute of play, McTamney was bringing the ball down the wing and then sent the ball into the box where Plescia finished it by sending the ball to the bottom corner of the goal.

"Tammey made a run with the ball down the end line and she held it until the pressure came onto her and I ran into the box and finished it into the corner," Plescia explained.

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Football Downs Colonials for Third Consecutive Win

footballThe Monmouth Hawks' football team (3-3) defeated the Robert Morris University Colonials (2-3) by a score of 35-9 at Kessler Field on Friday, Oct 4. With the victory, MU continues their three game winning streak and improves their record to 3-3.

"I thought in the first half, we left some opportunities out there on the field and didn't always take advantage of some excellent field position," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "In the second half, we came out and I think we continued to play very solid defense. We were able to get the ball back to our offense with good field position and capitalize on those opportunities with points."

In the fourth quarter, following a third quarter that took 24 minutes to play, the Hawks put the game away for good by riding the legs of senior running back Kwabena Asante. With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Asante got into the end zone on a 10-yard run following a turnover on downs for the Colonials' offense.

"I think we're building a lot of chemistry. Down the stretch, we wanted to build an identity and become more of a team," fifth year defense back Clark Coe said. Coe, when asked about the play that led to his interception, said, "The call was to the left and the play went to the right. I just went under it, and sure enough, he threw it my way and I was able to pick it."

Following the interception by Coe, Asante dashed down the Hawks' sideline for a 55-yard touchdown run. Junior Julian Hayes, the other half of the running back duo, led the Hawks with 104-yards on the ground on 26-carries while Asante chipped in with 103-yards on 15-carries and two scores. For the fourth consecutive week, the Hawks were able to field two 100-yard rushers in a game.

"Our O-Line does a great job of opening the running lanes for us. They do their job and it just makes things easy," Asante continued. "We [he and Hayes] like to believe that we run the ball really hard, so we won't let the first man tackle us. With that, mixed with our O-Line, I feel like it makes us really successful."

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Golf Looking for a Breakout Season this Fall

The University's golf team has been competing valiantly, and keeping busy, as they took part in the Rutgers Invitational, the Iona Quad Match and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all in the month of September.

They began their season at Rutgers Invitational where they placed ninth out of 17 teams, four of which are Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rivals.

Sophomore Kyle Deisher showcased his best performance with a total of 219 for 54 holes earning him 15th place overall.

The golfers next competed in the Iona Quad Match on Monday, Sept 16. The team captured a third place victory and notched a score of 311 for the 54 hole course.

Junior Brady Goodling took his first career medal as he shot two-over-par with a score of 72. Even though the team performed well, Shea believed that there was room for improvement.

"We can get better," head coach Dennis Shea continued. "We're headed in the right direction."

Shea's notion held true as the men took first place in the ECAC Tournament at the Twisted Dune Country Club in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday, Sept 29 and Monday, Sept 30.

"The wind was howling on the first day. The second day, the wind was a little calmer but the pin placements were tough," Shea said of the environment.

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Soccer Ties Fairfield in Conference Opener

The men's soccer team tied the Fairfield University Stags by a score of 1-1 this past Saturday, October 5th. With the tie Monmouth is now 1-5-3 on the year, while the Stags moved to 3-2-2. The game was the Hawks' fifth overtime game of the season, and the fourth that went into two overtimes.

"I thought the guys responded well to a difficult game," said Head Coach Robert McCourt. We had a soft penalty kick called against us, and the reaction wasn't one where they put their heads down, and moped about it. I actually thought we were stronger after the penalty kick than before it."

Play was pretty even through the first half of the match as neither team was able to control time of possession or generate any great scoring opportunities.

This changed in the second half as both teams began to pick up the pace and generate more scoring chances. Fairfield was able to break the scoreless tie in the 57th minute of the game when senior forward, Jon Clements, was awarded a penalty kick. Clements was able to sneak the ball into the top corner of the goal to give his team the 1-0 lead.

With less than 20 minutes remaining in the match Monmouth was able to battle back, and went on the offensive, when senior forward Jacob Rubinstein gained control of the ball and crossed it through the box. Freshman forward, Dave Nigro, was on the receiving end of the pass and put it past the Fairfield goalie to knot the score at 1.

"I certainly feel the guys have been showing character," said McCourt. "There have been a couple of times this year where we've been up against it, and have shown character by coming back and tying up games. Their ability to stay on course and stay positive and focused has been fantastic all year."

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SIDELINES: 10/09/2013

Former MU goalkeeper, Bryan Meredith, has signed to play professional soccer with the New York Cosmos. While at MU, he helped the Hawks capture four-straight Northeast Conference Regular Season Titles. Originally from Scotch Plains, NJ, Meredith finished his collegiate career with 36 shutouts and a 44-7-10 record.


The men and women's cross country team recorded an MU history's best at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on Saturday, Oct 5.

Junior Khari Bowen led the men's side with a first place finish assisting the team to third place overall ranking. Bowen became the first MU runner to ever take first place in the race.

The women were steered by freshman Lennon Cooper and notched a sixth place victory. This is Cooper's second consecutive race in which she led the women's team.


The University's field hockey team lost to No. 5 Syracuse Orange on Sunday, Oct 6 at Coyne Stadium. With the 8-1 loss, MU falls to 3-7 for the year while Orange improves to 10-1. MU scored their lone goal in the 51st minute of play when junior midfielder Melanie Dawson had her shot deflected in by a Syracuse defender. Syracuse marks the third nationally ranked team that the Hawks have faced this season.


The women's tennis team fell to Sacred Heart University on Wednesday, Oct 2. With the loss, the women's record drops to 1-3 for the season. Freshman Robyn Belen scored the Hawks lone point in the 6-1 defeat.


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Football Tramples Columbia for Second Win of Season

football_tramples_columbiaThe Monmouth University Football team continued their stellar play when they defeated the Columbia University Lions, 37-14, at Wien Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Hawk's win improves their record to 2-3 while the loss drops the Lions to 0-2.

"I thought we played very well," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "It was as close to a complete game as we have played yet this season."

The Hawks dominated almost every aspect of the game as they collected 461 total yards to the Lions 226 yards. "Offensively and defensively, we complimented ourselves very well," Callahan said. The Hawks more than doubled the Lion's time of possession.

MU defense was stifling as they held Columbia to only 108 passing yards while also creating three turnovers, two fumbles, an interception, and giving the offense an advantage in field position.

The defense was driven by their defensive ends. Junior Pat O'Hara had five tackles accompanied by two sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery while redshirt freshman, Darnell Leslie, had four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Callahan commended his defense's play, "Defensively when you're able to get some turnovers you provide the offense with good field position. Although it took us a little while to get going on offense, I think once we did, we were able to turn those opportunities into points."

Once again the dynamic running back tandem of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante led the Hawk's offense. Hayes finished with 34 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. Asante added a career-high 132 yards, on 15 carries, and a touchdown. For the third consecutive week, the potent duo each eclipsed the 100-yard mark.

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FH Dominates Nationally Ranked Delaware

field-hockey_dominates_delawareThe Hawks' field hockey team pulled off their most notable win of the season on Sunday, Sept. 29 in a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens on So Sweet A Cat field.

"It was really important for us to win today, but it was more important for us to actually work hard for the 70 minutes just to prove that we can do it as a team," said MU head coach Carli Figlio. "If we just listen to the small things and organize our self on the field, we can do anything we want this season."

MU moved to 3-6 on the year with the win, while the Blue Hens fall to 6-3. Delaware had been ranked as highly as 16th nationally in the Penn Monto/NFHCA polls. Their two previous losses were to ranked opponents (No.4 Penn State and No. 13 Boston).

"We knew we had tough competition in front of us, so we knew we had to come out harder than we ever have," said junior Amanda Schoenfeld.

The Hawks notched the first goal of the game 20 minutes in when freshman Alyssa Ercolino sent in a corner that connected with the stick of senior Alex Carroll. Carroll then sent the ball to fellow senior Trish O'Dwyer who fired a shot past Delaware goalie Sarah Scher. MU was able to hold onto the lead going into half with the help of a great sliding save by junior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller that redirected the shot off the left frame of the goal.

MU held the lead until five minutes into the second half when Delaware's Kasey Prettyman delivered a pass to Esmee Peet. Peet was able to get her shot just above the outstretched right leg of MU's Westerweller to bring the game to a tie.

The Hawks and Blue Hens then traded possession continuously until the 46th minute of the game when the Hawks started to apply pressure with multiple shot attempts. MU was able to force back-to-back corners, but was not able to pull ahead after a couple of beautiful saves by Delaware's Sarah Scher.

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Soccer Defeated, Lose to CCSU Second Consecutive Year

Men's soccer lost to the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Hawks dominated the entire game with an advantage on corner kicks, 10-2, and outshot the Blue Devils 13-4.

"We're struggling. The record is a reflection of some things we need to correct and we need to grow as a program," Head Coach Robert McCourt said of his 2013 Hawks.

MU controlled the first half with five shots to CCSU's two shots, but the Blue Devils managed to score a goal early on in the game.

During the sixth minute of play, CCSU's Keir Hannity passed the ball from the sideline into the box where teammate Eddy Bogle was able to jump a little higher than the MU defender and put the ball past Hawks junior goalkeeper Stephen Graziani to give his team the 1-0 advantage.

One of MU's best chances to score came in the second half when senior forward Francois "Paco" Navarro was given a direct kick after freshmen forward Dave Nigro was fouled outside the box. Navarro struck the ball straight for the goal, but MU's offense did not get to the net in time to head it in as CCSU goalie, Josef Abele, recorded his third save of the game.

"We definitely need to step it up," said freshman foward Dave Nigro. "We're coming out slow in the start, we need to be acting like we are down a goal the entire time because that's when we start to play. When our heads are down,"

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Women’s Soccer Scores Another Win

The women’s soccer team defeated conference rival, the Canisius College Golden Griffins with a score of 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Great Lawn. The Hawks improve to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Griffins fall to 3-8-1 for the season and 1-2 in the conference. With the win, the Hawks remain in first place for the MAAC women’s soccer standings.

The Hawks opened the game in dominating fashion with MU senior forward Monique Plescia scoring the game’s first goal in the 17th minute of play. Plescia had four shots, two of which were on goal, in the match. The goal marks her second of the season.

“Dana (Costello) passed it towards the line with a nice flick and I put a touch in and just crossed it and Mo (Plesica) followed it in and scored,” freshman forward Alexis McTamney explained. McTamney was awarded the assist.

The blue and white then suffered a defensive breakdown as Canisius tied it up in the 28th minute. Canisius seized the opportunity as Brianna Smith scored an unassisted goal marking her seventh of the season for the Golden Griffins.

MU had a chance to gain the lead at the end of the first half after they were granted a free kick., Senior forward Dana Costello took the kick for MU from roughly 30 yards out, and sent a line drive toward the net. However, several Golden Griffins defenders jumped up to deflect the shot and denied the goal. The game went into halftime tied at 1-1.

“Our message at halftime was that we created so many chances, we just have to finish them,” said head coach Krissy Turner. “There were point blank shots from inside the eight yard line, we were either hitting everything right at the keeper or not getting a shot off.”

The Hawks reflected Turner’s message in the second half as they quickly scored to regain the lead. As the clock read, 46:23, McTamney netted her sixth goal of the season. Junior back Alexa Freguletti was given the assist on the play.

“Alexa kicked it over to me, and I just one touched it,” McTamney continued. “The goalie hit it off her hand and it went in.”

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