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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

SIDELINES: 10/02/2013

The University’s men’s tennis team competed in the Men’s Invitational at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 22. MU sent five players to the semi-finals.

Junior Victor Pugliese, sophomore Brant Switzler, and junior Freddy Marcinkowski advanced for the men’s singles. Freshmen Bee Kumthonkittikul and Christian Vieria represent MU for doubles in the semi-finals.

Pugliese fell to Bucknell’s Nick Bybel in the semi-finals, 6-4, 6-4.

Switzler and Marcinkowski were both defeated by Boston College after making it to the quarterfinals.

Kumthonkittikul and Viera bested Saint Francis and Saint Peter’s, but eventually fell to Fairfield University.

The men will next compete Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Columbia Invitational in New York, NY. 

 The men’s cross country team remains nationally ranked at 14th for the second consecutive week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional polls.

Although they did not compete the weekend of this past weekend of Sept. 27, the men will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 5 as they compete in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University. The race will begin at 12:15 pm. 

Former MU basketball guard, Alysha Womack signed to play professional ball with Eintracht Braunschweig of Germany’s Damen Basketball Bundesliga second division. She made her professional debut on Saturday, Sept. 21. 

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Football Drops Holy Cross for First Win of Season

football4For the second straight week, MU rode the legs of the running back combination of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante as they held off the Holy Cross Crusaders, 21-14.

The Hawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Asante’s 14-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, and then the Crusaders made it a game with two late scores. Though, the defense bent, they did not break and preserved their first victory.

With the win, the Hawks improved to 1-3 and Holy Cross now mimics MU’s record.

“I thought it was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, I was very happy with the way we played,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “This was a team that ran for 420-yards last week and they finished with 55-yards on 25 or so attempts. They never really got anything going until late in the fourth quarter. I thought we played dominant defensively.”

MU Junior quarterback Brandon Hill completed 12 of 22 passes for 139-yards and tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Lamar Davenport to break the scoreless tie just before the half. However, the rushing attack of Hayes and Asante stole the show.

Hayes took 28 carries for 131-yards and a 12-yard scamper into the end zone to put the Hawks up by two touchdowns. Asante carried the ball 24 times for 118-yards and a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal before the Crusader’s late attempt at a comeback.

Through the air, Davenport led the way for the Hawks with 3 catches for 42-yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. Senior receiver Thaddeus Richards went 29-yards off three receptions, while teammate senior receiver Neal Sterling had 27-yards off two catches. Fellow senior receiver Elijah Phillips, gained 15 yards for the Hawks off two catches.

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Despite Dominating Regulation, Hawks Tie Albany 1-1

mens-soccerThe men’s soccer team came away with a “disappointing” 1-1 tie when they played the University of Albany Great Danes on the Great Lawn on Friday, September 20. The Hawks dominated time of possession, as well as shots on goal, but could not capitalize enough to come away with a victory.

“It’s very disappointing,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I thought we really dominated the game and created a lot of scoring chances, but we just weren’t good enough in the final third to put the game away.”

As the first half began, the Hawks wasted no time trying and get the scoring started. With just about five minutes gone from the clock, MU freshman forward, Dave Nigro, gave a pass to senior forward, Francois “Paco” Navarro, that led him into the box. Navarro tried to cross the ball to a teammate, but an Albany defender was able to deflect the cross and clear it out of harm’s way.

Only a few moments later, in the 11th minute of play, the Hawks put more pressure on the Great Danes defense. Captain and senior midfielder, Joseph Schmid, started the attack when he stole possession from an Albany defender just outside the 16 yard line. Schmid sent a pass through the box that was knocked away by a Great Dane defender.

After the deflection MU junior defender, Derek Luke, was able to gain possession back for his team. Luke put another ball close to the net, but again, an Albany player deflected the ball and cleared it out of immediate danger.

The Hawks had another opportuninty chance to score in the 38th minute when Schmid gave a skillful lead pass to senior forward, Jacob Rubinstein. Rubinstein controlled the ball in the box, but the Albany back made a nice play with a slide tackle to dismiss the opportunity.

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Cross Country Dominates Race

Earns First and Second in MU’s 19th Annual Invitational

cross_countryThe University’s men and women cross country teams placed first and second respectively at the 19th Annual Monmouth Invitational on Saturday. The meet took place at MU’s home venue, Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ.

Holmdel is known by runners as one of the most difficult courses in the state due to the hills included in the race. As it acts as the Hawks home cross country track, the teams were fully prepared for the battle.

Totaling 41 points, the men were able to edge out Rider University, who totaled 42 points, for their first win at the meet since 2006. Junior Khari Bowen was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the men, placing second overall with a school record time of 26:20.70 for the five mile race.

“Khari still competed despite being sick all week,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “It was his first race since March and he broke a school record. That is a tremendous start for him and I’m excited to see what he can do when he is at 100 percent.”

Junior Alex Leight was not far behind Bowen, placing fifth overall with a time of 26:56.31. Sophomore Domenick D’Agostino, senior Anthony Branco, and junior Tommy Darlington all finished in the top 15 to round out the men’s top five. The top five for the men posted a 27:06 average for the race.

With the win, the men’s cross country team moved into the top-15 in the Mid-Atlantic region as they rank 14th in the region. This was announced on Monday, September 23 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation (USTFCCCA). MU is one of three New Jersey schools ranked and one of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schools ranked.

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SIDELINES: 9/25/2013

The University’s women’s soccer team improved their record to 7-1 as they topped the Niagra University Purple Eagles, 1-0 on Saturday, September 21.

The contest marked the women’s soccer team’s first game in their new conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Con­ference (MAAC).

Helping MU win their first encounter with a MAAC competi­tor was freshman Julie Spracklin who scored her first collegiate goal and the only goal in the game. Spracklin was fed by junior Breynn Collazo. MU outshot the Purple Eagles 19-4 and had an advantage for corner kicks, 12-3. The women next play against MAAC’s Canisius College on The Great Lawn at 1 pm. on Satur­day, September 28.

Field Hockey split their weekend with an 0-1 loss to Liberty University on Friday, September 20 and a 4-0 win over Towson University on Sunday, September 22. With the split, the team’s record stands at 2-5.

One positive note to come out of the Liberty loss was MU junior goalkeeper, Amanda Westerweller, recorded a career high 10 saves. MU was outshot 21-8 in the game and had four less corners than their opponent.

The team did not let the loss ruin their spirits, but instead let the loss act as motivation to get back on the field and dominate against the Towson Tigers. The Hawks outshot Towson 26-5 with four different players scoring each goal.

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Sailing Team Continues to Grow and Improve

When stranded at sea, most feel scared and nervous, but for Monmouth University’s sailing team, that is where they feel most at home.

“I just like being out on the water,” senior co-captain Matt Marciano explained. Marciano, a four year member of the sailing team, leads the team with fellow senior captain, Paul Stevens.

“My favorite part of being on the sailing team is that my best friends are on it too,” Stevens said. “I definitely prefer to sail with a teammate versus being alone. It’s nice to have someone to discuss tactics with, as well as chat with on those days of little to no wind.”

Coaching the team for the second consecutive year is Lee DiRubbio, an MU alumnus from the class of 1975.

“I have been sailing since I was a teen growing up on the Shrewsbury River. After retiring, this seemed like the perfect part time job for me,” Di Rubbio said. “I also belong to a yacht club where I race on offshore boats and am currently the Vice Commodore of the club.”

When Di Rubbio was an undergraduate student at the University, he was also part of the sailing program. He explained when he was a student, the sailing program was poorly developed and the team did not even have any boats. Even though the sailing program has improved much since those years, they have not met the varsity level requirements and are still declared as a club. Yet, Marciano does not feel the club label takes away from the team’s professionalism.

“It would be cool to have sailing become a varsity team but I like the club atmosphere. It’s not as regimented. There’s a lot of other stuff that comes with being a varsity team that we aren’t really into. The way we have it is more relaxed and more fun,” Marciano said.

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Football Can’t Get Over the Hill, Lose to Lehigh 28-25

football_cant_get_over_the_hillIn a game that had several lead changes and some late-game dramatics, Monmouth University’s football team lost their home opener, 28-25, to NCAA #19 Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Saturday, September 14. MU falls to 0-3 with the loss while Lehigh improves to 2-0.

“I thought what you saw was kind of a crazy game,” head coach Kevin Callahan said. “The game had swings to it where both defenses were playing very well and then you had times where both offenses played extremely well.”

The Hawks’ offense provided a stellar performance with junior quarterback Brandon Hill completing 29-of-41 pass attempts for 316-yards and a touchdown.

Senior receiver Neal Sterling posted three career highs for receptions in a game (13), yards in a game (126-yards) and his longest catch from scrimmage with a 64 yard catch-and-run from Hill in the third quarter.

The running back duo of junior Julian Hayes and senior Kwabena Asante each rushed for +100 yards, led by Hayes’ 106-yard performance on 24 carries. Asante added 103-yards and a score on 7-carries. Junior receiver Eric Sumlin also contributed with 6 catches for 71 yards, as well as a run on a two-point conversion to pull the Hawks within 3 points in the third quarter.

The rushing performances of Hayes and Asante marks the first time since 2007 that the Hawks had two players surpass the 100 yard mark in a game, when alum Dave Sinisi (200) and Bobby Giles (119) did so against Sacred Heart.

While the team calculated for a total of 220 yards in the contest, only 53 yards came from the first half. At half time, the Hawks were losing, 14-10.

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Men’s Soccer 1-1 for the Weekend

Competes in third overtime game and gains first victory

mens_soccer_1-1_for_the_weekendThe Hawks earned their first win against the Villanova Wildcats at the Great Lawn on Wednesday, September 11. Sophomore midfielder Tomas Penfold scored within the first minute of overtime to finish the game with a score of 2-1.

In the first half, Villanova made the initial goal off a ball sent into the box by Wildcat Adetomiwa Adewole which found Wildcat, Oscar Umar, who was able to head the ball into the net.

MU came back to tie the game by the end of the first half in an unusual fashion. Sophomore midfielder, David Acuna Camacho kicked the ball towards the Villanova net from just about the midfield line. Wildcat goalie, Andrew Weakly, read the ball poorly and it bounced right over his head marking Camacho’s first collegiate goal.

“Scoring was pretty lucky,” Camacho said in regards to his tying goal. “Sometimes you just get luck but we needed the goal so I am very happy about it.”

Camacho acted as captain for the game after senior midfielder Joseph Schmid had to sit due to a red card in a previous match. Aware of the big responsibility which being captain entails, Camacho does not feel too much added pressure with his duty. Instead, he just hoped to lead his team in what he believes to be a great program.

As the first half came to a close, the Hawks were mostly on the offensive side with ten attempted shots made on Weakly. Villanova totaled one shot which also accounted for the only goal they scored.

The second half began and ended with the scoreboard reading the same numbers, 1-1. Villanova shot five times and Monmouth made six attempts in the half while Weakly made two saves on net. The Hawks junior goalkeeper, Stephen Graziani, made one save in the second half.

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Field Hockey Wins Home Opener Over Lehigh, 4-2

After a tough loss to nationally ranked #11 Temple University, the field hockey team concluded their four game road trip by competing in their home opener on Sunday, September 16. Taking on the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks at “So Sweet A Cat Field,” the MU Hawks claimed their first win of the season.

MU dominated the field in the first half, putting seven shots on goal. Senior defender Alex Carroll got the ball rolling as she scored the first goal off of a corner play fifteen minutes into the game. Shortly after, Lehigh forward Lindsey Schott got herself a two minute penalty putting the Mountain Hawks down a player on the field.

With good drive going, and a one player advantage, the Hawks scored again after Carroll passed the ball off to senior midfielder Trish O’Dwyer on another corner play. This gave MU a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half the Hawks got right back to work earning their third goal of the game after a Lehigh defender knocked the ball into her own goal. A yellow card on Mountain Hawks forward Caitlyn Mitchell gave the MU their second one player advantage which led to another goal by forward Chelsea Mann.  This was Mann’s first goal of the season putting the team up 4-0.

As the game began to come to a close, Lehigh got themselves back in the competition scoring two goals back to back with around ten minutes left on the clock.

The first was scored by Lehigh freshman Marissa Glatt after she deflected the ball in mid-air. Shortly after, MU fouled in the box setting up the penalty shot that would give Lehigh their second goal. With things getting a little too close for comfort, MU head coach Carli Figlio called a time-out to regroup. The Hawks were able to hold off the Mountain Hawks for the remainder of the game earning them their very first win of 2013. Their record stands at 1-4.

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Women’s Soccer Improves to 6-1

On Sunday night at 6 pm, the Hawks defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University by a score of 1-0. The contest not only marked the women’s soccer teams sixth win, but it also noted their final non-conference game of the season. The lone goal was scored in the 80th minute of play by senior forward Monique Plescia. With the win, the blue and white post their fifth shutout of the season.

The first half saw a lot of possession for the Hawks, despite their sluggish play. With a lot of the game being played at the midfield, both teams became rather frustrated.

“You just need to keep your head in the game,” Plescia said. “At the end of the day, champions find a way to win”.

The Hawks had an opportunity at the end of the first half to take the lead, with a penalty kick. However, FDU goalkeeper Sage DoVale made a sprawling save to her left keeping the game scoreless. Both teams could not connect on their final passes to gain an advantage and because of that the score was tied at 0-0 going at half. 

MU’s head coach Krissy Turner said, “At halftime I wasn’t very pleased, because I thought we were playing too slow. FDU was sitting back and giving us space and I think when teams do that you have to attack the spaces faster. I thought we were just too slow in our decision making.”

The second half began with MU pushing the tempo and making more appearances near the Knights’ net, but they could not yet score.

 With the end of the game in sight, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis collected the ball and punted it down the field towards senior midfielder Dana Costello. The ball bounced as Costello flicked a pass over her head and towards Plescia who was making a run to goal.

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USA Soccer Gaining Popularity

One Player Has Close Ties to MU

In America, the four big sports have always been baseball, football, hockey and basketball. As of recent, another sport has come into the picture. Led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, the United States Men’s Soccer team has seen unprecedented success in international play over the last six months.

“American players are continuing to compete with the best competition in the world. I think it’s pretty awesome how the U.S. team just qualified for the World Cup and are ranked 13th in the world. It shows that Soccer is on the rise in the United States,” Derek Luke, a defender for Monmouth University’s men’s soccer team said.

On August 14, the U.S. Men’s Soccer team won arguably their most impressive game when they defeated the 18th best team in world rankings, Bosnia and Herzegovina by a score of 4-3. The United States fell behind early in the game trailing 2-0 entering halftime.

In the second half, the United States overcame both the early deficit and a hostile environment in Sarajevo to score four straight goals while stifling Bosnia and Herzegovina’s potent attack.

Forward Jozy Alitdore led the U.S., scoring three goals and adding an assist to continue his rising status in the     soccer world. Altidore’s goal increased his goal-scoring streak to five games, which is a new United States Men’s Soccer record.

The win over Bosnia and Herzegovina extended the U.S. team’s winning streak to 12 games, which is a team record.

Also starring in the game was New Jersey native Michael Bradley who has become an integral piece of the United States’ roster. Bradley, who controls the pace of play from his center mid-field position, got the assist on Altidore’s game winning goal.

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