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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Men Suffer 10 Straight Losses

Lacrosse Teams Still Look For Wins

The men's lacrosse team fell, 17-9, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) contest to the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, April 5 at Kessler Field. With the loss, the men's record drops to 0-10, 0-3 within the MAAC, while the Bobcats improved to 5-4, 3-1 within the MAAC.

The Bobcats pulled ahead early with a 3-0 lead, each goal coming from a different athlete. MU was able to put themselves on the board before the first quarter was over courtesy of freshman Eric Berger's unassisted goal made with 1:49 left to play. Bobcat Ryan Keenan reciprocated the mark with his second straight goal making the game 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter opened with an unassisted goal from MU freshman Chris Daly, however, QU's Dylan Webster found the back of the net twice bringing the score to a four goal margin at 6-2.

The Hawks answered with a pair of goals as Daly connected with the net once more off an assist from freshman Dan Bloodgood. Freshman Kevin Murphy accounted for the second goal, which was unassisted, with seven minutes to play in the second.

The Bobcats increased the scoring gap from two to five within three minutes. Dylan Webster was responsible for two of the goals while Pat Corcoran was credited with the other.

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SIDELINES: 04/09/2014

The track and field teams competed in three meets this weekend with multiple relay teams breaking school records.

Many athletes also qualified for ECAC's and IC4A's such as: the women's 4x800, the women's 4x400, the men's 4x400, senior Rachel Aliotta, junior Kelsey Reese, senior Errol Jeffrey, junior Taylor Bernstein, sophomore Tevin Kirby-Stewart, graduate student Shane Carle, and junior Zach Torrell.

Sophomore javelin thrower, McLean Lipschutz, was named MAAC Male Performer of the Week. He is the first Hawk ever to win weekly honors in outdoor track and field.

The men's tennis team looked strong this past weekend as they shutout both St. Francis and Sienna 7-0 at home.

In their first matchup, all three MU doubles teams picked up wins to earn the point. The singles matchups were just as impressive with each MU player winning their first set in route to the 6-0 sweep.

MU continued to roll the following day with another dominating performance that increased their winning streak to eight games.

The Hawks are now 10-6 (3-0) for the season. The team next faces Fairfield Wednesday, April 9 at the MU Tennis Courts.

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Baseball No Longer Number One in America’s Eyes

fangraphsWith football finished until fall and baseball just beginning, one can make an argument that America is transitioning from one beloved sport to the next beloved sport, but the question is which is America's favorite?

According to a poll taken by CBS Sports in the beginning of 2013, football is more popular in America than baseball by 16 percent. Most have begun to believe that the reason for football's supremacy over baseball is due to college football.

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports said, "According to a study by Scarborough Research, 109.3 million people, or 48% of U.S. adults over 18 years of age, watched, attended or listened to an MLB game from February 2011 through March 2012. That compares to 92.6 million, or 39% of adults, who watched, attended or listened to a college-football game during the same period."

Even with this said, is it really factual to say baseball is dying? Major League Baseball has been around since the 1800's and the actual of game of baseball has been around even longer. There have even been accounts of President George Washington participating in many games similar to the modern day version of baseball. So let's rethink if baseball is dying or are the people who are watching the game changing their preference.

With this modern age of technology, people all over the world get what they want when they want it making our attention span shorter. If you want to listen to music, you do not have to find a radio anymore, just look it up on your phone. If you want to find out what the temperature is going to be that day, you do not have to watch the weather channel on TV, but instead, just look it up on your phone. With such a high demand for instant action in this day and age, it is only logical that football would become the preferred sport of Americans.

On every play, football has a visible element. There is a catch, a crash, a run, a fumble; there is something that everyone can see and understand whether they are a fan or not. In baseball, there is a thinking element to every play. If a pitcher throws a ball and the batter does not swing, it looks like nothing happened on the play. Only baseball would understand that either the batter was waiting for his pitch or the pitcher intentionally is trying to force the batter into a certain situation. For this reason alone, football is more comprehensible to the nation.

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Baseball Splits Weekend

The baseball team recorded one win and one loss this weekend against the Niagara Purple Eagles and the Wagner Seahawks this weekend.

MU registered their first MAAC loss on Friday, March 28 in the series opener. On the mound for the Hawks was senior southpaw Andy McGee who picked up his fourth loss of the season. After 2.1 innings and five earned runs, head coach Dean Ehehalt replaced McGee with sophomore lefty Frank Trimarco.

Niagara pulled ahead quickly as they scored four runs in the first inning. McGee surrendered a walk to the Purple Eagles first batter to start their rally. Niagara's left fielder, Kevin Paulsen, then reached first on a muffed throw putting two runners on. Third baseman Greg Rodgers then sent a triple out to left center scoring both men on base. The following batter singled which scored Rodgers from third. McGee was able to strike out the next batter, but then allowed a double to right center which plated Niagara's fourth run of the inning.

MU chipped away Niagara's led with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first when Craig Sweeney hit a home run to score junior Steve Wilgus and brought the game to a two run margin.

Niagara furthered their lead back to four as they scored two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an MU error and a single from Rodgers. The Hawks scored another run in the bottom of the second when junior catcher Kyle Perry was brought home off Wilgus's sacrifice fly bringing the score to 6-3.

Unfortunately for the blue and white, Niagara continued their scoring streak in the third. Outfielder Taylor Hackett, who went 2-for-3 for the day, singled to right field on an 0-2 count. He was then brought home by shortstop Geoff Seto who singled to center.

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Sweeney and McGee Earn NJCBA Honors

Outfielder Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) and pitcher Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) have earned weekly honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association after their performances last week that included a sweep over Marist. McGee was named NJ Pitcher of the Week, while Sweeney picked up New Jersey Player of the Week accolades.

Sweeney hit a whopping .600 on the week in five games, helping Monmouth to a series sweep in the first weekend of MAAC play over Marist. He hit in all five games, including multi-hit games in four of the five. At Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, Sweeney hit a double to the wall in dead center field to score a run, and came home to score on a wild pitch. He got the Hawks on the board early at Towson on Thursday, lacing a two-run double to left center.

On the weekend, he was on base all three times in Game One including two hits, and drove home a big insurance run in the fifth with a base hit back through the middle. Finally, on Sunday, his line drive single up the middle gave MU a 4-1 lead that would be all Monmouth needed. All told, Sweeney went 9-for-15 in five games, including a run scored and five RBI's. He was also a part of a Monmouth defense that did not record an error all week, notching 10 putouts in right field.

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Toussaint Leaps into Record Books

When Mariah Toussaint, a senior multi-position Track and Field star, made the decision to transfer to Monmouth for her junior year, she naturally experienced some apprehension and anxiety.

"When I first transferred I was a little shy and nervous," explained Toussaint. "I had never been to such a big school and I didn't know where I would belong."

Coming from her hometown of Tulsa, OK, Toussaint spent her first two college years at Midland University in Freemont, NB, and before that attended Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA. Midland's enrollment averages just over 1,100 students while slightly over 1,700 students attend Brooke Point annually. When you compare this to the nearly 7,000 students at Monmouth, and take into account the vast difference in location, it is easy to see why Toussaint felt some uneasiness.

Despite her initial trepidation of meeting new people, finding her place and getting accustomed to a new area and culture, there was one place that always felt like home, and took no getting used to: the track.

"Track and Field is just something that makes me happy," said Toussaint. "It is just something I really enjoy, and I always go out there and have fun."

Toussaint's comfort in all areas of track and field was evident from her first day at MU, as she found immediate success at her new school. In her first year as a Hawk, Toussaint was named the 2013 Northeastern Conferences Indoor Women's Most Valuable Performer, and also earned spots on the NEC's Indoor Women's All Conference First Team for the 200 meter and long jump. To finish out her first year, Toussaint was named to the NEC's Outdoor All Conference First Team for long jump.

Now in her second year at the University, Toussaint has continued to thrive. She has earned multiple Performer of the Week Awards, was a 2014 All-East selection for the long jump, and recorded a personal best 20' 8" mark in the long jump at the Blue/White Invitational.

In addition to being a career best, this jump turned out to be truly special for Toussaint because it was the 10th longest jump in the nation, and, as a result, Toussaint became the first MU athlete to qualify for the NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. Toussaint didn't stop at just qualifying; however, as her 19'8" long jump at the event was good enough to earn her a spot as a second team All-American.

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Women’s Lax Win First MAAC Match

On Saturday, March 29 the women's lacrosse team defeated the Siena Saints by the final score of 16-9. With the victory, the blue and white improved to 4-5 overall, and are now 1-0 in the MAAC, while Siena fell to 2-8 with an 0-1 MAAC conference record. This game marked the women's lacrosse team's inaugural appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Leading the way for the Hawks was junior midfielder Allison Stathius. Stathius tallied six totals points for the game, including a career-high five assists. Senior attacker Stephanie Anderson added three goals in a season-high four point effort.

Junior midfielder Danielle Rakowitz scored three goals, while senior attacker Cassie Campasano and sophomore attacker Michelle Gonzales each contributed a pair of goals.

Freshman attacker Julia Schrof also contributed with one goal for the Hawks. The score was Schrof's first on her young career.

As a team, the blue and white shot 3-for-4 on free position shots.

Katie Donohoe got the win for the Hawks as the junior goalkeeper saved a total of eight shots, and sophomore goalie Caroline Huelster also got on the books with a save in the final minute.

As for the Saints, Alyssa Treanor and Maddie Devine led their team with two goals each. Samantha DePasquale played just under 40 minutes in net for the Saints, and recorded four saves. Ashley Holdridge replaced DePasquale for the final 20 plus minutes, and finished with two saves on the game.

The first 12 minutes of the match went back and forth as both teams traded goals and kept it close. However, the Hawks then broke the game open on an 8-0 run which was sparked by Rakowitz' s game-tying goal with 16:33 left in first half.

That run gave MU a 13-4 lead halfway through the second frame. Anderson highlighted the run with a season-high three goals, and Rakowitz added two of her own.

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SIDELINES: 04/02/2014

"When the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can unionize, it drew even more attention to the dichotomy on display during March Madness between colleges and universities with athletics programs based on a professional model and those based on an amateur model. From my perspective, as president of Monmouth University, the gulf between the two competing models continues to widen."

- President Paul Brown

The men's tennis team secured their fourth straight victory behind the racket of senior Victor Pugliese on Saturday, March 29. With the 4-3 win over MAAC conference rival, the Niagara Purple Eagles, them team reached .500 overall with a record of 6-6 (2-0 MAAC).

Prior to Pugliese's match on Saturday, the teams were evenly tied at 3-3.

Fortunately for MU, the french born athlete was able to win provide the winning point via his seventh straight No. 1 singles match.

The Hawks will open their seven game home stand with Villanova on Wednesday, April 2. First serve is set for 2 pm.

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Baseball Sweeps Marist in First MAAC Series

tj-huntFor most students, spring break means relaxing, going on vacation, and getting away from all things related to school. For the University baseball team, springreakantplaying against the George Washing-ton Colonials, Saint Joseph's Hawks, Towson Tigers, and Marist Red Foxes.

The Hawks started their break with a three game series against George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Senior southpaw Andrew McGee fell in a pitchers' duel to GW starter Jacob Williams in the series opener, 1-0. McGee tossed eight innings allowing only one run off of five hits. The Colonials' shortstop Kevin Mahala scored the only run in the game when teammate Colin Gibbons-Fly placed a sacrifice fly into shallow right field.

With two men on base in the bottom of the ninth, MU was given a chance to tie, however, shortstop Jon Guida hit into a double play and finalized the loss at 1-0.

The Hawks wasted no time gaining ground as they beat the Colonials the follwing day, 6-5.

Junior TJ Hunt picked up his first win of the season for the Hawks as he threw the first 5.2 innings and held the Colonials to three runs off of eight hits. Junior Jeff Paglione finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save this season.

Senior outfielder Joe Bamford went 4-for-5 and scored three runs. Senior first baseman Danny Avella batted 3-for-4 and notched three RBI's in the contest.

The Hawks lost the series to the Colonials as they fell in the final game, 1-0. Junior Chris McKenna had a strong showing on the mound for the Hawks tossing 7.1 innings and allowing only one run off three hits. MU's offense provided McKenna with only one hit off GW's sophomore ace Bobby LeWarne who threw a complete game shutout striking out seven in the process.

The sole hit came off the bat of freshman Grant Lamberton who ended LeWarne's perfect game gamble with a leadoff single in the sixth. Lamberton advanced to second on junior Kyle Perry's sac bunt, however, the Hawks were unable to bring him home.

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Women’s Lacrosse 0-3 on the Road

The women's lacrosse team went 1-2 in the three games they played over spring break. They first lost to the Towson University Tigers and the University of Delaware Blue Hens respectively, but then picked up a win over former Northeast Conference rival, the Sacred Heart Pioneers. MU currently holds a 2-5 record on the year.

Coming off their first win of the season against Wagner, MU first traveled to MD for a tough matchup against the 11th ranked Towson, where they fell 13-5.

"I thought we played well, especially in the first half," said MU head coach Denise Wescott. "The team stuck to our game plan and the attack worked the ball to create some good shots. Our biggest problem was too many turnovers which created some goals for Towson."

Fifth-year seniors Cassie Campasano and Stephanie Anderson led the Hawks with two goals a piece while junior Emily Barbieri added a goal of her own. Towson's Ashleigh Rohrback led all scorers with five goals, and Andi Raymond had a game high of three assists for the Tigers.

In addition to the turnover issue mentioned by Wescott, shots on net were also an issue for the team, with Towson recording 37 compared to only 19 from the Hawks.

The blue and white showed a lot of fight and determination during the first half of play as they twice battled back from multiple goal deficits to get within one.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, the Hawks cut the lead in half when Campasano scored her first goal of the game, and season, with 14:49 remaining in the period. Two more Towson scores then extended the lead to three, but back-to-back goals from Campasano and Anderson made the score 4-3 with a little over two minutes to go in the first half. Unfortunately for MU, they could not quite get over the hump, and the Tigers managed to find the back of the net once more with 20 seconds left. Towson led by two heading into halftime.

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Softball Posts 7-10 Record After Break

The Monmouth softball team traveled to CA over spring break posting a 3-5 record and concluded the week with an overall season record of 7-10. In the final three games of the week, the Hawks fell to both San Diego State and UC Riverside, but achieved a come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth, adding one win and two losses to their record.

After five games played in Santa Barbara, CA, the Hawks traveled to face the San Diego Aztecs on Tuesday, March 18 ending in a 1-5 loss. The Aztecs kicked things off in the bottom of the first, when a double down the right field line by Hayley Miles allowed Leia Ruiz, a walked batter, to score. The Hawks countered in the fourth inning, when a single by senior Alicia DeSanto turned into an unearned run after an error by the Aztecs.

Freshman pitcher Sydney Underhill held San Diego State at a tie until the fifth inning, when a single by Dominique Dinner earned an RBI, giving the Aztecs the lead. In the sixth, a triple by Jaylene Ignacio and a single by Dinner helped score three more runs, which Monmouth was unable to answer in the seventh. After this game, the Hawks dropped to 6-9 and the Aztecs improved to 22-8.

The Hawks concluded the week with a double-header on Thursday, March 20 against Dartmouth and UC Riverside. MU split the double-header, with a 6-5 comeback win against Dartmouth and a 3-5 loss against UC Riverside.

Game two of the doubleheader was dominated early by Dartmouth, whose Big Green offense was up by four runs by the third inning, courtesy of RBI's by Katie McEachern, Kristen Rumley, and Kelsey Miller. They shut out the Hawks until the fourth inning, when the bases became loaded with no outs. Freshman Justene Reyes contributed a RBI to make the score 1-4 before freshman Rachel Shotzbarger hit an impressive grand slam to left field, her first ever home run with the team. A double in the seventh by senior Katie Schumacher pushed in another run, improving the score to 6-4 in favor of Monmouth.

The Big Green threatened a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases and scoring a run on a groundout, but the Hawks were able to hold off Dartmouth for a final score of 6-5. Both Monmouth and Dartmouth posted a 7-9 record after the game.

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