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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

SIDELINES: 03/26/2014

The men's tennis team defeated Coppin State, 7-0, and Morgan State, 4-0, on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21. The team only dropped two seats in the matches.

Against CSU, junior Victor Pugliese and freshman Bee Kumthonkittikul registered 6-4, 6-2 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectfully.

While versing Morgan State, Pugliese notched a 6-1, 7-5 win in the number one seed.

The doubles saw Pugliese and freshman Christian Vieira defeat their opponents, 8-6 in the number one seed. The number two seed featured an 8-2 win from junior Freddy Marcinkowski and sophomore Ramy Bekhiet.

The men now improve to 4-6 for the season. 


On Saturday, March 22 the men's lacrosse team furthered their losing streak to seven games after an 8-3 loss to Siena. The men will next face Lehigh University (6-3) at Bethlehem, PA. The Mountain Hawks are 3-1 at home this season. 


MU field hockey was named the National Academic Team Award recipient for the fifth-straight year by the National Field Hock­ey Coaches Association (NFH­CA). In addition, five Hawks were recognized as members of the NFHCA National Academic Squad: Amanda Schoenfeld, Trish O’Dwyer, Lauren Horner, Melanie Dawson, Casey Hanna.


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MU Baseball Ends 1-2 in Navy Tournament

robbieThe baseball team traveled to Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland for a tournament against Towson University, Navy, and University of Pennsylvania this past weekend. With the two losses and one tournament win, the men currently post a 2-7 record.

The Hawks began the tournament with a loss to the Towson University Tigers on Friday, March 7. Starting pitcher senior Andrew McGee was able to hold the Tigers' offense to four hits and no runs until the fifth inning. Towson broke the scoreless game when junior Peter Bowles doubled down the left field line and drove in two runners. Senior Dominic Fratantuono continued the streak with a single to center field plating Bowles.

MU had a decent chance to earn some runs in the third inning when senior Joe Bamford tripled to right center. However, sophomore Robbie Alessandrine then grounded out to first while junior Steve Wilgus grounded out to short. With two outs, senior Jon Guida grounded out to third.

"We did strand some opportunities," head coach Dean Ehehalt said. "I think as we start to practice more and get outside more that will kind of take care of itself."

The Hawks were given another prime opportunity to advance their runner in the fourth when senior Jake Gronsky doubled down the line to start the inning. Sophomore Danny Shea followed with a deep fly to center which was caught by Towson. Senior Danny Avella advanced Grosnky to third on a sacrifice bunt which brought junior Craig Sweeney to bat. Sweeney was able to connect and send the ball out to left field, but it was caught by Towson. The blue and white left a total of six runners on base during the game.

With the loss, MU fell to 1-6 while Towson improved to 7-3. This now marks Towson's best opening record since 2001. The Tigers' win also propels their starting pitcher, junior righthander Chris Acker to 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings. McGee is now 1-2 for the season.

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Track and Field Post Strong Finishes at ECAC/IC4A

The men and women's track and field teams both had record finishes in the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Boston University this past weekend. The men placed fifth out of 100 teams and the women placed eighth out of 86 teams. These are the highest finishes at the ECAC/IC4As by both MU's men and women in program history, marking a major milestone for the athletes, and the program.

Competing against some of the most competitive athletes and institutions in the north east, MU managed to produce All-East Honorees in 12 events.

"Finishing among the top teams at this championship has always been a big goal for our program, and this team made some history this weekend," head coach Joe Compagni said.

In the IC4A's, freshman Dylan Capwell had one of the most impressive finishes of the year as he won the 800 meter run with a time of 1:50.16. To qualify for a regional event as a freshman is rare, and to win is nearly impossible.

Capwell had yet another strong showing when he, along with junior Andrew Langille, sophomore Domenick D'Agostino, and junior Alex Leight ran a 4x800 meter relay time of 7:23.75, good enough for second place in the event and an MU school record. This was the second time the men's 4x800 broke a school record. The first was on Saturday, March 8 when the men ran 7:28 to qualify for the finals.

Aside from the middle distance events, Jalen Walker also posted an impressive finish in the sprints, placing fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.03 seconds. All of the mentioned received All-East Honors.

For the men's field, it was senior Errol Jeffrey once again, who won the weight throw with a distance of 65 feet, 6 ¼ inches setting not only a school record but securing him an All-East honor as well. Jeffrey also placed third in the shot put. Junior

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MU Women Make it to Second Round of Playoffs

The women's basketball team soared past no. 8 Niagara by the final score of 66-62, in the first round of the MAAC Championships on Thursday, March 7. With the win, the Hawks were set to face top-seeded Iona on Friday, March 8. The Purple Eagles ended their season at 10-20.

Freshman forward Christina Mitchell led the way for the blue and white, posting a double-double of a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. Among those was a pivotal rebound and put-back in the closing minute of the game.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast compiled 12 points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Helena Kurt added 11 points and four assists. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker and freshman guard Mia Hopkins both chipped in with eight points.

As for Niagara, Chanel Johnson had 14 points and six rebounds. Meghan McGuinness posted 13 points, while Taylor McKay and Val McQuade contributed 11 points apiece. Kelly Van Leeuwen dished out a game-high nine assists.

The Purple Eagles scored the game's first four points. They then added to the lead off of a transition turnover, holding a six point lead with 12:18 remaining in the first. With MU still trailing by four, freshman center Sophie Beaudry hit a free-throw that started a 10-0 run for the Hawks.

Sophomore guard Kasey Chambers knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key to tie up the game at 21-21 with just over five minutes before halftime. With 3:35 left in the half, the blue and white gained their first lead of the game thanks to senior forward Shira Shecht's two free-throws. Kurt added a lay-up to complete the 10-0 run increasing MU's lead to 27-21 with 1:43 left in the first.

Johnson scored the final three points of the half to chip into the Hawks lead. At the break, the blue and white led 27-24.

The Purple Eagles started off the second half with a three-pointer to tie the game. This half had a lot of back and forth until Niagara jumped out to an 8-0 run and led MU by the score of 57-49.

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Hawks Eliminated from MAAC Championships

The men's basketball team was eliminated from the MAAC Conference Tournament this past Thursday, March 6, when they fell to Rider University 71-60 in the tournament's first round. With the loss the Hawks 2013-2014 season officially comes to an end.

MU ended their season with an overall record of 11-21, and a 5-15 conference record in their inaugural season in the MAAC.

"This league is an every day, every play league," said head coach King Rice when asked about the season. "We had some very very exciting nights, and I think we learned some valuable lessons. Tonight we just got beat by a better Rider team."

Despite the loss, three Hawks managed to notch double-digit points on the night. Junior guard Deon Jones led the way with 18 points on 5-8 shooting on the game. Jones was also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Freshman point-guard Josh James chipped in with 11, and junior guard Andrew "Red" Nicholas was right behind him with 10 of his own. James also led the Hawks with six assists while Nicholas grabbed a team high six rebounds.

The Hawks started the game off well with a quick run that put the team up 6-0 with just three minutes gone by, but Rider answered right back with ten points in less than a minute and a half to go ahead 10-6 at the 15:30 mark of the first half.

Play then evened out for the next ten minutes with both teams trading baskets. Trailing by three junior guard, and team captain, Max DiLeo knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to bring MU even with Rider at 19, and three more baskets then gave the Hawks a 25-21 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half.

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Men Lose 20-4 Against RU

Lacrosse Off to a Rocky Start

The men's lacrosse program has started off their inaugural season 0-4 as the Hawks fell 20-4 against Rutgers University at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, March 8.

"Rutgers came out of the gates fast and made some nice plays early on that, combined with some simple fundamental mistakes on our end, put is in a hole," said head coach Brian Fisher. "They are a very good team and certainly made us pay for those mistakes throughout the game."

Rutgers pulled ahead early in the match with a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Scarlet Knights scored two more goals before MU got on the board. With 11:56 left in the first half, freshman Kevin Murphy made an unassisted goal, his third of the season. The Hawks were down 11-1 at halftime.

The Scarlet Knights furthered their lead as they scored six more goals in the third period. Before the third ended, MU's freshman Tim Kemner answered with an unassisted goal of his own making the score 17-2. Freshman Eric Berger opened the fourth period with another score pulling the Hawks to a 14 point margin at 17-3. The blue and white's final goal came from freshman Tyler Keen. The game ended at 20-4 in Rutgers' favor.

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Women Earn First Win

Lacrosse Off to a Rocky Start

The women's lacrosse team overpowered the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday, March 8 at Kessler Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 1-3 while Wagner falls to 2-3.

MU controlled the game from start to finish. Senior attackers Stephanie AndersonDanielle Rakowitz and junior midfielder Allison Stathius each scored three goals to lead the Hawks to their first win. MU is now 18-0 all-time against their former Northeast conference rivals.

The blue and white jumped out of the gate by scoring four goals in the first five minutes of action, including two goals from Anderson. Rakowitz scored the first goal of the game at the 28:35 minute mark off an assist from junior midfielder Emily Barbieri.

Freshman attacker Alexandra Stambaugh put the Hawks up 5-0 when she scored her first career collegiate goal. MU would tally three more goals in the first to go into the half with an 8-0 lead.

The Hawks were not done yet; their lead expanded to 10-0 after freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca scored her second goal of the game. Sophomore midfielder Marial Pierce scored on a free-position shot with 22:50 remaining in the game.

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SIDELINES: 03/12/2014

The women’s bowling team finished 20 out of 29 teams this at the Music City Classic hosted in Nashville, TN this past weekend. The Hawks were led by sophomore Kaitlyn Reth who finished 16th overall with a 201.3 average. 


Softball split their weekend with an 8-7 loss against Cornell and a 3-0 win against George Mason all while playing in the Mason Invitational.

Junior Breanna Sniffen threw five innings against Cornell allowing three runs off seven hits and two walks.

Freshman Sydney Underhill pitched the final two innings and gave up five runs on four hits. Sophomore catcher Jill Freese led the Hawks offensively with a grand slam.

While Underhill was attributed with the loss against Cornell, she bounced back and helped defeat George Mason.

Pitching a complete game shut out, Underhill struck out five during the contest.

After the weekend, the teams record stands at 4-5. 


Freshman midfielder Claudia LaMarca has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week after MU's 13-4 win over the Wagner Seahawks.

LaMarca scored on two of her three attempts in Saturday's game. The pair of goals moved her to fourth on the Hawks top scorers this season.


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Men’s Basketball Splits Weekend

mens-basketball-backpage2The University men's basketball team snapped a nine game losing streak by besting the Purple Eagles of Niagara University at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), 75 - 50 on Friday, Feb 28 only to enter another losing streak as they fell to Siena College, 70 - 54 on Sunday, March 2.

When asked about putting a halt on the losing streak, one that spanned over 35 days, head coach King Rice said, "Someone said, 'Yeah, the monkeys' off your back.' It wasn't a monkey. It was a gorilla, a giraffe, an elephant, a pelican, a zebra and anything you see at the zoo. A hippopotamus, they were all on my neck and mainly because I felt like we have a solid team and we were so close in so many games and when you don't win the close ones, it could've kept going the long way."

The Hawks received a very strong performance from junior guard, Andrew 'Red' Nicholas, who scored 27-points on 10-for-13 shooting. Nicholas also contributing to holding Antoine Mason, one of the nation's leading scorers, to 15-points while shooting 6-for-13.

MU also got a strong showing from junior guard, Deon Jones, who 16-points on 5-for-10 shooting. Free throw shooting, which has been somewhat of an Achilles' heel for the Hawks, was also strong with an overall effort of 17-for-23 shooting.

"We just settled down on offense and moved the ball better than we have in the past," Nicholas said. "The way we were getting the ball inside early, it spread them out and they were just having trouble keeping with us. I just tried to take the right shots today. If you take the right shots, they have a better chance of going in."

Rice jokingly added, "Red just said, 'If you take the right shots, they have a better chance of going in.' He said it without me even saying it. Thank you, Jesus."

The night also showcased the return of junior guard, Max DiLeo, to the lineup. DiLeo, the vocal leader and heart of the team, has sat out the last five games while nursing an ankle injury. Though he was not much of an offensive factor, his defensive presence was felt by drawing two charging fouls and dishing out two assists while energizing the Hawks' defensive efforts.

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Track and Field Wins First MAAC Title

jeffreyThe men's and women's track and field squads finished their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) by winning the MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday, Feb. 21. The championship meet was held at the New York Armory, a familiar territory for the Hawks this season, which is located in Manhattan, NY. The men's side scored an overall 169 points while the women scored 215.50 points during the meet.

The women's team took the championship by storm, with the second place team, Rider University, trailing by more than 100 points. MU's women were seen as the top three finishers in nearly every event. One of the most impressive victories came from the weight throw as senior Tilah Young set a MAAC record at 59 feet 9 ½ inches. Senior Rachel Aliotta claimed first in the shot put while Young came in third.

The women set two more MAAC records with senior Mariah Toussaint besting the competition in the long jump at 20 feet and 3 ½ and junior Lauren McDonald hit 12 feet 5 ½ inches in the pole vault.

The women were just as strong on the track, with Toussaint and graduate student Lachelle Wallace taking first and second in the 60 meter dash. Toussaint also set a MAAC record in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash with a finish time of 7.64 seconds.

Toussaint participated in the 200 meter dash as she yet again set a MAAC record at 24.30 seconds for the race. Directly behind Toussaint in second place was senior teammate Laura Williams at 24.61 seconds. In the distance events, freshmen Zoya Naumov and Jenna Cupp finished first and second in the 800 meter at 2:12.38 and 2:14.44 respectively. Coming in fourth for the event was MU sophomore Kendal Hand at 2:15.82, just .62 of a third place finish.

Senior Danielle Branco and freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson also earned MU points in the 5000 meter run. Branco placed sixth at 18:26.75 while Erickson had an eighth place finish at 18:40.46. Senior Lucia Montefusco also had a sixth place finish in the women's 3000 meter run with a time of 10:30.31 rounding out the women's side of competition.

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Women’s Basketball Finish Season, 7-24

womens-bball-picThe women's basketball team split their weekend as they fell to the Marist Red Foxes by the final score of 83-52 on Friday, Feb 28 and defeated the Siena Saints in their final home game of the season on Sunday, March 2. The Hawks regular season record is now solidified at 7-24 (6-14 MAAC).

The loss against the Red Foxes secured the Hawks' ninth seed position in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships while the win decreed Marist as the number two seed in the tournament.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast made the biggest impact against the Red Foxes as she scored a team-high 14 points on Friday night. She also finished with eight rebounds, and four assists. Freshman forward Christina Mitchell tallied a season-high eight points and four assists.

Freshman guard Helena Kurt added nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown while freshman forward Jenny Horvatinovic contributed with five points and eight rebounds.

The Red Foxes saw all five of their starters finish in double-digits. Emma O'Connor's led the way with 16 points while Sydney Coffey had 14 points, and Leanne Ockenden scored 13 points. Casey Dulin had 10 points and a game-high seven assists, whereas Madeline Blais finished with 10 points.

The first 10 minutes of play saw a constant back-and-forth competition until the Red Foxes went on a 10-0 run and eventually led by as many as 24 points. They went into the half leading 52-28.

The second half saw more of the same, as the closest the Hawks would trail was by 21 points with the score reading 62-41 and less than 12 minutes left to play. However, Marist would push the lead back up to as many as 33 points and win the game by the score of 83-52.

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