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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Hawks Announce Recruiting Football Class for 2014

marcus-leslieOn Wednesday, Feb. 5, the University's football team announced their recruiting class for the 2014 season. The class consists of 20 student-athletes from eight states, including the football program's first signee from the state of Florida.

"This is our first recruiting class as a member of the Big South Conference and the quality of the players that make up this class is outstanding," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "Our recruiting philosophy is to work from the inside out and this group contains seven players from NJ including a number of local players. Additionally, joining the Big South has allowed us to extend our geographic footprint from Massachusetts to Florida while continuing to be successful recruiting the players from the Mid-Atlantic region."

Since the Hawks are joining the Big South conference this upcoming fall, Callahan had more bullets to work with this offseason in regards to how many scholarships they could offer. As a former member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), the football programs were only allowed to issue 40-scholarships. With the move to the new conference, the Hawks are able to issue ten additional scholarships, bringing the number from 40 to 50. Furthermore, plans for a $15-million upgrade to Kessler Field have been planned to increase the program's desirability and creditability. With a new conference, stadium upgrades, and more scholarships to offer, the Hawks can take more approaches to recruiting.

Callahan and the Hawks' coaching staff managed to sign seven players from NJ, four from PA, two from MD, two from VA, one from NY, one from MA, and one from IL while managing to sign two from the state of FL.

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Men’s Basketball in Mid-Season Slump

Mens-BBall-picMen's basketball continued to struggle this past weekend as the team fell twice to the Fairfield University Stags and St. Peter's University Peacocks respectively. With the losses the blue and white now find themselves in the midst of a five game losing streak, and are currently ninth overall in the MAAC with a 4-10 conference record. MU posts a 10-15 overall record on the season.

While the Hawks have been exciting to watch, and shown flashes of greatness this season, their youth has been evident as they continue to have a hard time winning away from home. MU now has a 1-7 road record in MAAC conference play and a 3-9 road record overall.

The Hawks first fell to Fairfield 60-56 on Friday, February 7th in a tight knit, low-scoring contest. Junior guards Andrew Nicholas and Deon Jones were the only two Hawk players to score double digit points on the night. Nicholas was the game's high scorer with 16 points on 6-16 shooting from the field, and also hit two three point shots, while Jones shot 4-12 overall which was good for ten points. Sophomore forward Tyrone O'Garro continued to rebound the ball well, and led the team with 11 boards.

MU started off the game on the right foot when they jumped out to an early 10-2 lead with Nicholas and, freshman guard, Josh James combining for all ten points. The blue and white maintained a steady lead throughout much of the first half, and led by six points with 6:17 remaining. However, the final five minutes of the half saw the Stags gain some momentum and, with just under three minutes left, a pair of Marcus Gilbert free-throws gave Fairfield its first lead of the game at 23-22.

Fairfield didn't hold the lead for long, however. Just over a minute later, freshman center, Zac Tillman hit two free throws of his own to help MU retake the lead. A three from freshmen Justin Robinson extended the Hawks lead, but a last minute layup from K.J. Rose sent both teams to the locker room with the Hawks holding a slim 28-27 advantage.

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Hawks Lose Lead Late to Quinnipiac

Womens-BBall-picThe Women's Basketball team led Quinnipiac on Friday night for most of first 32 minutes of the game. However, the Bobcats fired past the blue white by outscoring them 25-5 in the last eight minutes of the game to beat the Hawks by final score of 83-67.

With the loss, MU fell to 6-19 overall, with a 5-9 MAAC record, while Quinnipiac improved to 14-9 on the season, including a 9-4 record in the MAAC.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led the way for the Hawks, as she tied her season high 23 points. Freshman guard Mia Hopkins contributed nine points and five rebounds, while junior forward Sara English had six points, and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Samantha Guastella led the Bobcats with a game-high 24 points, while Jasmine Martin scored 16 points. Brittany McQuain chipped in with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Gillian Abshire dished out a game-high 10 assists.

The game began with the Bobcats jumping ahead 6-0 after hitting back to back three's. However, the blue and white scored the next seven points, five of them coming from Paalvast, take the lead. After a Quinnipiac basket kept the game within a point at 17-16 the Hawks went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to eight points with 9:31 remaining in the first half.

The Bobcats slowly decreased MU's lead to go into halftime tied at 35 a piece off of a three-pointer from Adily Martucci from the corner with 29 seconds left.

The Hawks began the second half scoring eight of the first ten points to retake the lead 43-37. The lead stayed steady at six up until the 15:05 mark when the Bobcats began to cut into it.

Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game since the five minute mark when Abshire hit a three with 11:52 remaining. The Hawks regained the lead when Paalvast converted a three-point lay in with 10:20 left to play.

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Pugliese Serves as MU’s Tennis Addition

victor-page-23For many high school graduates, college means going a little further away from home. For Victor Pugliese, college meant going 5,681 miles away from home.

"I came to America to study, to learn English, and to play tennis," Pugliese said.

Originally from Paris, France, Pugliese began his journey as a tennis player thanks to a close family member. "What got me into tennis? My uncle, he was very good," the Monmouth Hawk said.

Now a junior studying finance and business at Monmouth University, Pugliese initially began his college career in San Diego.

"I wanted to go to California," he explained. During his time in San Diego, Pugliese faced high levels of competition including UCLA, USC, Alabama and Malibu.

While he felt comfortable on the tennis courts, Pugliese loved California for the climate as well. "In France, the coldest it gets is 35 degrees, 40 degrees. We play indoors [in NJ], but it's still pretty hard adjusting," he said.

Pugliese would have liked to remain in California, but was forced to leave due to conflicts with coaching. Due to tennis regulations, he could not transfer into a university that plays in the same conference as San Diego leaving many top Californian tennis schools out of the equation.

Pugliese said that MU's head tennis coach, Cory Hubbard, had contacted him through a mutual friend; one of Pugliese's ex-teammates from San Diego who now plays at Fordham University in NY. Having coached at Fordham, Hubbard heard of Pugliese's story.

"Victor was thinking of transferring schools so I brought him in during the summer. He wanted to play number one for a school," Hubbard said. "He played for a top 20 program at San Diego. With our young team, he provides that experience and leadership."

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Track and Field Continue Hot Streak

kate-fryeDespite the challenging weather over the past two weeks, MU's Indoor Track & Field squads have not floundered and have continued to produce impressive results. On Friday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, the Hawks competed in a pair of meets: The Bison Open Invitational at Bucknell University and the Columbia Lion's Invitational. Both meets were not scored on a team basis, however, both the men and the women performed exceptionally well and broke some school records in the process.

At the Bison Invitational, the Hawks focused on jumping events as well as the pentathlon. Sophomore Michaela Read took first place amongst some of the top schools in the region with a score of 3,300 points. Her performance in the pentathlon included a time of 9.34 in the 60 meter hurdles, as well as jumps of 5 ft. ¾ inches and 17 ft. in the high jump and long jump respectively.

She also tossed the shot put to the 33 foot mark, the second furthest of the day. On the men's side, sophomore Liam Vogt jumped 22 ft. 2 ½ inches, leaping himself to a third place finish overall.

The following day, the Hawks competed in the Columbia Invitational. Freshman Dylan Capwell placed third overall in the 800 meter run with an unbelievable time of 1:50.81. His time counts as the second fastest 800 meter time ran in school history. Capwell competed again later that day, teaming up with juniors Andrew Langille, Alex Leight, and Khari Bowen in the 4x800 meter relay. The four ran a time of 7:36.89, winning the event at the meet, as well as shattering another school record that has been upheld since 2005.

The Hawks came close to breaking one more school record at the meet when sophomore Domenick D'Agostino ran the second fastest time in school history for the 3,000 meter run. He crossed the finish line in 8:22.62. Wrapping up the highlights for the men was senior Errol Jeffrey, who placed second overall with a career best throw in the shot put of 63 ft. 9 ¾ inches.

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Manning Didn’t Have a Chance

In a contest that pitted the NFL's best defense against the best offense in NFL history, defense prevailed as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in a rout, 43-8.

Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback in NFL history, but he was no match for the Seahawks' defense in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos' record-setting offense, which generated 606-points and 77-touchdowns during the regular season, was held to merely 306-yards for the contest. That may seem like a good day's work, but they lacked any type of fight against a Seahawks' defense that held its opponents to 14-points per game and forced 39-turnovers during the regular season. In this game, the Seahawks forced 4-turnovers, including three crucial ones in the first half to set the stage.

On the first play of the game, an errant snap sailed by Manning's head and was recovered by Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety, the second time in three years that the Super Bowl started with one. Two series later, with the Broncos in an 8-0 hole after two Steven Hauschka, Manning overthrew Julius Thomas and fell into the lap of Kam Chancellor. The second turnover led to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Marshawn Lynch, who generated a lot of publicity this week for his reluctance for not wanting to talk to the media.

"Our defense is one of the best that has ever played," Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. "We just have so many great players. I can't believe the NFL even lets us all play on the same defense. Guys like me, Earl Thomas and Cliff Avril. It's just unfair."

The next possession did not help any future comeback efforts made by the Broncos. Manning, under duress, was hit in mid-throwing motion and the wild heave was picked off by Malcolm Smith, the game's MVP who also intercepted Colin Kaepernick two weeks ago, and returned 69-yards for the Seahawks' touchdown. Smith was the first defensive player to win it since Tampa Bay's Dexter Jackson in 2003. However, the MVP could have been rewarded to the entire defense for their stellar play from the opening whistle to the Gatorade bath for head coach Pete Carroll. On the stat sheet, it says that Manning was sacked once, but what it doesn't show is much heat he was under throughout the game.

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MU’s New Stadium

The University recently announced they will be constructuing a new home for Monmouth's football team, men's and women's lacrosse team, and men's and women's track and field teams.

The tentative name of the project is 'Monmouth Stadium.' The Stadium will include new chair-back seating, a high-tech multimedia center, ticket sales windows along with customer service windows, concession stands with a large variety, and permanent restrooms. The stadium will be able to sit 4,000 fans comfortably.

Season ticket holders will have seats on the second floor of the new Monmouth Stadium. Their floor will include concessions stands, merchandise stands and a 50-yard line view of the field.

With the new multimedia center, MU fans will be able to access more games on HawkVision. The new technology will also bring a higher quality to the broadcast.

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SIDELINES: 02/12/2014

The women's bowling team placed ninth out of twelve teams this past weekend at the Wildcat Invitational. They were led by junior Valerie Bermudez who finished eighth overall individually. 


The men's lacrosse team was recently ranked seventh in the MAAC preseason poll. The lacrosse team enters their inaugural season under head coach Brian Fisher


The baseball team was picked to finish second behind Canisius College in the MAAC by the league's coaches in a preseason poll.

The Hawks are returning 22 letterwinners from last years 30-win team as they look forward to their inaugural season in the MAAC conference.

Senior second baseman Jake Gronsky was also selected to the Preseason All-MAAC team. Gronsky started 54 games last season and hit .302 on the year.

The team will open up their season with a doubleheader this Friday when they travel to Cary, N.C. They will play Michigan State and UMass Lowell. 


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Preview of Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver vs. Seattle

peyton-manningWhen the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle at MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII, it will be a "Clash of the Titans." The game will take place this Sunday, Feb. 2, with kickoff set for 6:37 pm.

The Seahawks (13-3), the champions of the NFC by way of the NFC West after defeating their inner-division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, have the NFL's top-rated defense. Led by a ferocious front-seven that can apply controlled chaos upon the opposition's backfield, they managed to hold their opponents to 102-yards rushing per game while collecting 44-sacks.

Even though the Seahawks' front seven is star-studded and very talented, led by Bobby Wagner's 120-tackles and KJ Wright's run-stuffing 80-tackles, the bunch that steals the headlines and draws the notoriety is the Legion of Boom, featuring the brash Richard Sherman and his band of terrors Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, and company. Their no fly zone, led by Sherman's eight interceptions, have held their opponents to 172-yards per game.

A lot has been made of Sherman's post game antics following their victory in the NFC Championship Game over their divisional rivals 49ers, but he's the kind of athlete who talks a big game and backs it up with his on-field play. The third-year player out of Stanford has been tabbed with covering the opposition's top receiver and has done what has been asked of him. In three seasons, the Compton native has collected 20-interceptions while getting his hands on 57-deflections. Despite his stellar play, which has got him named to the All-Pro team with another on the way, his talk has overshadowed. He first made a name for himself by chewing out Tom Brady following a Seahawks victory. He then drew more praise and notoriety after being mic'd up by NFL Network during Seattles' playoff contest against the Washington Redskins last season and famously being punched in the mouth by Redskins' offensive tackle, Trent Williams, following another victory from the upstart from the Pacific Northwest.

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Men’s Basketball Plays Two Thrillers

backpageThe men's basketball team found themselves on the right and wrong side of two nail-biting contests this past week as the defeated the Fairfield University Stags Thursday, Jan. 23, but then fell to intrastate rival Rider University on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The Hawks first overcame an eight point second half deficit to beat the Stags 63-60 on Thursday night in the MAC. Junior forward Andrew Nicholas led the team with 19 points while freshman guard Josh James chipped in with 15 points of his own on 5-7 shooting from the field. James also led the team with six assists.

"I take my hat off to Fairfield," said head coach King Rice after the win. "They had a great plan coming in here. Sometimes in these games you have to be fortunate to get a win and I think we were fortunate tonight, but we made it happen because our kids kept believing."

Fairfield got off to a quick start as they took advantage of two MU turnovers and gained an 8-2 lead behind three point baskets from Sean Grennan and Marcus Gilbert. The blue and white would battle right back, however, and two James free throws knotted the game at ten with 13:14 remaining in the half.

As the half went on the Stags continued to stay hot from deep and eventually took a 23-14 lead behind three point makes from Gilbert, Maurice Barrow, and Steve Smith.

Despite the barrage of threes, MU stayed aggressive. With just over two minutes left in the half James took over for MU as he scored seven consecutive Hawk points to give them the lead 29-28. However, another three from Gilbert with just seconds remaining gave Fairfield a 31-29 advantage as both teams headed into the half.

Neither team was able to gain a substantial lead through the first portion of the second half as the Stags still held a slim two point lead with 13:37 remaining in the game. Fairfield then began to control play over the next three and a half minutes as they went on a 9-3 run highlighted by yet another three point make, this time from K.J. Rose. This run gave the Stags a 54-46 lead halfway through the second period.

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Track and Field Place Top 10 in Events

The University's track and field squads competed in the 2014 BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational held in Boston, Mass as well as the NYU Team Challenge at the New York Armory this past weekend. The Invitationals split up most of the events with the majority of the women's events on Friday and then men's primarily on Saturday.

The NYU Team Challenge featured performances from freshman Steph Sparacino as she placed 14th in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 28.01. Freshman Noel Labb competed in the women's 400 meter dash where she took 17th place finishing at 1:02.65. Sophomore teammate Chelsea Penn was close behind placing 22nd with a time of 1:03.48. Freshman Melissa Ganz participated in the women's 500 meter dash for MU placing 18th at 1:24.05.

Sparacino and Labb finishd 11th and 13th respectively in the women's 60 meter hurdles with times of 9.91 and 10.02.

On the men's side of NYU Team Challenge, sophomore Stephen Adkisson finished eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78 seconds marking a personal best. Junior Luis Reyes competed in the 500m and placed seventh at 1:06.78. MU also recorded a top ten 60 meter dash finish a senior crossed the line at 7.09 seconds earning him ninth.

The women had a rather busy Friday as they also competed in the Terrier Invitational which featured over 20 colleges. Senior Mariah Toussaint was one of MU's top finishers in the women's 60 meter dash as she completed the race at 7.74 landing her in the 13th. Graduate student Lachelle Wallace was not far behind as she crossed at 7.81 giving her 15th place.

Junior Mel Lewis was the Hawks top finisher in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 25.90 earning her 47th place.

The women's 400 meter dash featured back to back finishes by junior Kate Frye and senior Laura Williams in 16th and 17th at 56.50 and 56.55 respectively.

Freshman Jenna Cupp finished seventh out of 89 in the 800 meter run with a final time of 2:12.47. Freshman teammate Zoya Naumov finished two spots behind her with a time of 2:13.27.

Freshman Jessica Ball also finished in ninth place for the Hawks, but in the 1000 meter run where she recorded a 2:58.38 time.

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