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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Monmouth XC Makes Top Ten in Two Consecutive Races

mu_xc_makes_top_ten_two_racesThe Monmouth University’s men’s and women’s cross coun­try team began their season with high hopes and so far they have been answered. Competing in two races thus far, both the men and women have secured spots in the top five.

“I think with cross country, a big part of improving is looking at what kind of work the runners did in the summer,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said of his team’s success. “If they did their work in the summer, that can give them a chance to start off very well and that’s what we hope for. We have this mix of some great veterans like Amanda Eller and others and some freshmen who are making an impact right away.”

The team began their season on August 31 as they hosted the 10th annual Monmouth XC Kick-Off at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ. With six colleges in the contest, the women were assigned to the 4k while the men raced in the 6k.

Amanda Eller finished in first for the overall race, making this the third consecutive year she has placed in the top ten for the 4k women’s race at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off event. Five other teammates joined her in the top ten for women, all of which were freshmen.

“Bringing in a strong freshmen class was definitely a focus for us,” Compagni said of his young runners success thus far. “We want to do that in every area but especially on the women’s side.”

Senior captain Anthony Bran­co led the race for Monmouth’s men at the XC Kick-Off race as he took eighth place at the event as he crossed at 19:47.70. Close behind was junior Tommy Dar­lington who placed ninth over­all at 19:52.20 while junior Alex Leight took twelfth with a time of 19:57.5. Freshman Matt Nel­son came in 20th at 20:14.5. Rounding out MU’s top five men was sophomore Domenick D’Agostino who placed 23rd fin­ishing at 20:19.70.

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Men’s Soccer Ties Seton Hall in Double Overtime Thriller

mens_soccer_ties_seton_hallMonmouth University’s men’s soccer team tied their in-state rival Seton Hall University 1-1 in the Hawks home opener Fri­day night on the Great Lawn. Ju­nior defender Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang netted the Hawks lone goal while Mateusz Brela scored the lone goal for SHU. The two teams competed in front of 4,042 fans marking a new school record.

“I thought it was an interest­ing and exciting game,” said Monmouth Head Coach Rob­ert McCourt. “We still haven’t gotten our legs back from the (North) Carolina and Wake For­est trip so I thought we were a little flat at moments, but credit to Seton Hall they’re a good team and the made us look a lit­tle flat.”

The fast-paced first half saw several scoring chances for both sides, but neither team was able to score. Monmouth put pressure on Seton Hall early when senior forward Francois Navarro got a good look at the net with just under 38 minutes left in the half, but his shot went wide left and the score stayed even at 0-0.

MU’s best scoring opportunity came ten minutes later when the SHU goalkeeper saved a shot by Navarro, but senior forward Jacob Rubinstein recovered the rebound and put a shot on net. However, an SHU defender blocked the shot and cleared it out of immediate danger to keep the score knotted at zero.

Seton Hall had their best op­portunity to score with under a minute left in the half when an MU foul resulted in a free kick just outside of the box. The Hawks defense clamped down and was able to deflect the ball wide of the net to keep the game scoreless at halftime.

Things began to slow down at the beginning of the second half as both teams saw fewer scor­ing opportunities. The game remained 0-0 until the Pirates were finally able to break the scoreless tie in the 72nd minute when SHU’s Victor Manosalvas played a corner into the box that Brela was able to deflect on net.

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Football Adjusts to New Roster, New Schedule

football_adjusts_to_new_roster_new_scheduleWith a summer of off-season workouts and training camp over, the Hawks are finally back on the football field for the start of the 2013 season. However, this season will have a different feel and look to the schedule.

The Hawks are no longer a member of the Northeast Con­ference (NEC) for the first time since 1996. They declared their independence before resum­ing conference play in 2014 as a member of the Big South Con­ference.

Even though the players will have to adjustment to new op­ponents, no one will have a more difficult transition than Head Coach Kevin Callahan.

Entering his 21st season as head coach of the Hawks, Cal­lahan and his team will swap their Wagner and Robert Morris rivalry to those such as Coastal Carolina and Liberty.

“The program, since 1993, has come a long way since Eastern Massachusetts and Stonehill College and I think what we’ve seen over the first 20 years is steady growth and periods of growth,” Callahan said.

Familiar Hawks such as four year quarterback Kyle Frazier have departed due to graduation, so the Hawks will have a different look in terms of players. After none of the four potential quarterbacks took hold of the vacancy as the new signal-caller, the job was seized by Brandon Hill, a transfer QB from University of Massachusetts.

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Hawks Lose Second Straight, Fall to Liberty 45-15

football_adjusts_to_new_roster_new_scheduleThe University’s football team continued their losing streak this weekend at Lynchburg, VA as they fell to the Big South’s Lib­erty Flames, 45-15.

MU’s starting quarterback for the game was a newcomer from the University of Massachusetts, Brandon Hill. “This is kind of a different offense than what I’m used to,” Hill said. “It’s pretty much the same plays; they just have different terminologies.”

The Flames took advantage of Hill’s adjusting period by tak­ing hold of the game early on as they jumped ahead of the Hawks, 9-0. The Flames first scored via a safety within the first two min­utes of the game. They followed the safety with a five play, 56-yard touchdown after a failed attempt by MU to blitz.

MU reciprocated the gesture as Liberty attempted an onside kick which was picked up by sophomore tight end, Zach Fabel. Ultimately fifth year senior tight end for MU, Mike McLafferty, was able to find the end zone marking the clos­est MU would be to touching the Flames at 9-6.

Liberty displayed their talent under pressure to MU as they tal­lied 22 points by half time. Start­ing off the rally was a 28 yard pass followed by a 29 yard interception return and a 85 yard touchdown.

Although MU defense did not prevail in the game, they did not go unnoticed.

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