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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Cross Country Finishes Their Season at ECAC/IC4A

The Monmouth cross country team completed their final meet of the season as they raced in the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday, Nov. 23. The men placed second in the IC4A Championship meet while the women finished fifth in the ECAC Championship meet.

The men's second place title is the best finish in the University's history at the event while the women's finish was the third best finish in school history at the event.

Senior Amanda Eller completed her cross country career with a solid 19th place finish leading the women's side. Eller finished the 5k at 18:54.7 while her average 1k was 3:47.0. She was six seconds shy of earning All-East Honors.

On the men's side, junior Khari Bowen led the way finishing fourth overall. Bowen finished his 10k race with a time of 25:54.0 while his average 1k was marked at 3:13.2.

"We really focused early in the season just on training and not racing too early or too much and it worked out very well because of the work that he put in, the competitor that he is and he was a great leader for us all year" head coach Joe Compagni said of Bowen's accomplishments. "The only thing he didn't do was qualify for NCAA's but he had a tremendous season. Probably one of the best if not the best in school history."

Crossing the finish line after Bowen was junior Alex Leight who finished 31 seconds later at 26:27.0 with an average 1k of 3:17.3. Leight placed 15th overall in the race. With their finish times, Bowen and Leight both earned All-East honors. This marks Bowen's third straight year as an All-East runner and Leight's first.

The next Hawk to finish the 10k course was sophomore Domenick D'Agostino who finished at 26:40 placing 27th overall. Senior Anthony Branco crossed next with a time of 26:44 earning him 31st overall. Senior Pat Ryan was the next MU runner to finish as he crossed the line at 27:03 landing him the 54th overall spot. The men's top seven was closed out by 78th place freshman Kevin Summonte and 79th place junior Tommy Darlington with times of 27:27 and 27:28 respectively.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to 0-7

On Sunday Dec. 1, the University's women's basketball team lost to Bowling Green University by a final score of 71-48. This was the final round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge at the MassMutual Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-7 on the season, whereas the Falcons improve to 7-1.

Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led the way for the blue and white with 18 points. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added a career-high 13 points, six rebounds and two steals, and sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune also contributed a career-high with seven points in the loss.

The Falcons, on the other hand were led by Deborah Hoekstra, who scored 18 points, while shooting 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from the beyond the arc. Miriam Justinger added 16 points and five rebounds while Erica Donovan added 11 points. Jull Stein scored five points and contributed a game-high eight rebounds and four assists.

In the early stages of the game, both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm. Missed opportunities plagued both sides, but Bowling Green's second-chance points enabled the Falcons to build a 12-6 lead, which included six points from Alexis Rogers.

The Hawks clawed their way back, lowering the deficit to two points. However, defense took over as the game remained 15-12 for nearly six and a half minutes. Hoekstra hit a three to end the scoring drought with 6:32 remaining in the first.

MU continued to battle, and with 1:56 left in the first half Walker landed a three to bring the Hawks within one. The Falcons scored the final five points of the half to enter halftime with a 30-24 lead. Paalvast led MU in the first with 10 points, with Walker adding eight points.

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SIDELINES: 12/04/2013

Denise Wescott, the Monmouth University women’s lacrosse coach, was named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate  Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Entering her fifth year of coaching the Hawks, Wescott has an overall 41-34 record. Wescott and the Hawks open their season on Feb. 15, 2014 as they host Fresno State. 

The University’s women’s soccer team was named a 2013 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winner for the 16th consecutive year. The women recorded an overall grade point average of 3.45. 

For the fifth straight year, the University’s men’s soccer team was named an NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winner. The men logged a 3.12 grade point average. 

Freshman guard Josh James was named the MAAC Roookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday Dec. 2nd. James averaged 9.3 points per game and also dealt out 14 assists over the course of the week, and helped lead the Hawks to a 2-1 mark during the stretch. 

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Women’s Basketball Drops to 0-2 on Season

womens-basketballOn Thursday Nov. 14, the University's women's basketball team lost to the Wagner Seahawks, 70-57 in the Multipurpose Activity Center. The loss moves the Hawks to 0-2 for the season while Wagner breaks even at 1-1. Senior forward Chevannah Paalvast led MU in scoring with a double-double compiling 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added a career-high 12 points, and six rebounds. Fellow sophomore guard, Kasey Chambers also added a career-high with 10 points.

As for Wagner, Jordyn Peck delivered 21 points and seven rebounds, while guard Jasmine Nwajei added 20 points and six rebounds. Lyndsay Rowe scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, while Ugo Nwaigwe compiled a game-high 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

This was a game full of streaks for both squads. In the first half, the Hawks soared to an early 6-2 lead on four points from Paalvast and a transition basket from Walker. However, Wagner responded on an 8-0 run to gain a 10-6 lead. During that streak, Nwajei led the Seahawks with four points.

The game was tied up at 14-14 after Paalvast added a pair of transition buckets, The blue and white then held the lead until Nwajei delivered an off-balanced basket in traffic to put the Seahawks up 25-24 with 2:45 left in the first.

To close the half, MU went on an 8-1 run highlighted by Chambers sinking a three-pointer before the buzzer. The Hawks entered halftime with a 32-26 lead. At half, Paalvast was leading all scorers with 16 points and five rebounds.

The blue and white opened up the second half with a basket by Paalvast to extend their lead to eight. However, Wagner scored the next seven points to bring the game within one. After the Seahawks tied it up at 40-40, the Hawks went back ahead by four when senior forward Sara English converted back to back buckets from the paint.

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Football Withstands Late Bryant Rally

footballThe Hawks' football team managed to fend off a late second half rally to defeat the Bulldogs of Bryant University, 21-18 for their last away game of the season. Fifth year senior tight end Michael McLafferty and junior running back Julian Hayes each scored touchdowns for the Hawks who improved their record to 6-5.

Bryant came onto the field strong as they took over after a partially blocked punt on MU's first possession and sustained a short drive that got the ball down the Hawk's 17-yard-line. The defense held in the rezone, forcing Bryant to take a 38-yard field goal with 5:47 to play in the first quarter. Bulldog Tom Alberti's kick split the uprights and gave his team a 3-0 lead.

On the Hawks' ensuing possession, the offense showed signs of life after a 'roughing the punter' call extended the drive, allowing junior quarterback Brandon Hill to find McLafferty for a 52-yard catch-and-run on the next play, setting up a first down on the 11-yard-line. Following a timeout, McLafferty was rewarded by hauling in a touchdown pass to put the Hawks up 7-3.

The Bulldogs' suffered on their next drive as senior defensive back Tevrin Brandon furthered the Hawks lead to 14-3. After coming clean on a punt, blocking it and then scooping it up, Brandon scored from 18-yards out with 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The next scoring play occurred with 3:48 left in the second quarter; Hayes' 23-yard touchdown run gave the Hawks a 21-3 cushion heading into halftime. The run came one play after the junior became the third MU back in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing milestone.

"As a player, it's always really gratifying to be able to set milestones in your career, but first and foremost, all props go to the line," Hayes said. "I feel like it's their 1,000-yards just as much as me and everyone else who is blocking and doing a great job."

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Men’s Basketball Suffers Growing Pains

Men's basketball fell to 1-2 on the season after losing to the University of Pennsylvania Quakers and in-state rival, the Seton Hall University Pirates this past week. As a young team, the Hawks showed promise in both games, but inexperience eventually caught up with them.

"The mistakes we made tonight were young mistakes," said head coach King Rice after the first loss. "Now we have two games under our belt. I think this is a team that is going to continue to get better, and I'm extremely proud of them."

MU first fell to the Quakers 79-73 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the team's home opener at the Multipurpose Activity Center. Junior guard Andrew Nicholas led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points while fellow junior guard Deon Jones chipped in with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. Penn's guard Miles Cartwright led all scorers with 25 points on the night.

The Hawks got off to a fast start in the game, and jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind three pointers from Nicholas and Jones. The Quakers battled right back, and went on a 20-1 run to take the lead 22-13 with 10:23 remaining in the first period. Penn was able to maintain its lead for the rest of the half, and a late three from Patrick Lucas-Perry sent the Quakers into the half up 41-33.

The second half began with eight straight points from Cartwright followed by two consecutive buckets from teammate Henry Brooks. This helped the Quakers build their largest lead of the game to 11 points at 54-43. Thanks to key scores from freshman guards Justin Robinson and Josh James, the blue and white managed to come back and tie the game at 59 with 8:48 remaining,

Cartwright made the most significant play of the contest just before the two minute mark. The Penn senior had the ball at the top of the key when his teammate Darien Henry-Nelson came and set a screen to give him some room. Nicholas tried to get under the screen to block the shot, but Cartwright was open for a split second and nailed a three pointer to put his team up by 6 with 2:05 left to play.

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CC Meet

Compete in Championships

The men and women's cross country teams finished 15th and 19th respectively at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships in Bethlehem, Pa this past weekend. The field included Regional Champion Villanova, as well as other powers such as Georgetown and Princeton.

Junior Khari Bowen led the men, placing 25th in the region with a time of 30:45 for the 10,000 meter course. Bowen's time is a record for the 10k race at Lehigh University.

Junior Alex Leight, sophomore Domenick D'Agostino, and senior Pat Ryan all finished close together in the 32nd minute. Rounding out the men's top five with a time of 33:06 was freshman Kevin Summonte. The finish time for Summonte marks an MU freshman best at Lehigh, breaking the previous 1995 record.

The men's top five averaged 32:10, over a minute faster than last year's average.

On the women's side, senior Amanda Eller was the first Hawk to finish clocking in at 21:17 for the 6,000 meter course. Eller finished 41st overall in the meet. Senior Lucia Montefusco, freshman Lennon Cooper, and freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson all finished close together in the 22nd minute. Sophomore Nina Poccia rounded out the women's top five at exactly 23 minutes. The women's top five averaged at 22:28, about a minute faster than last year's time as well.

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Women Lose to PSU in NCAA Tournament

Soccer Teams Falter in Postseason Play

The University's women's soccer team lost 3-0 to Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field on Friday, Nov. 15. The nationally ranked No. 24 Nittany Lions improved to 15-6-1 for the season while the Hawks fell to 17-2-2. This was only the second time all season the blue and white were shutout.

Penn State opened up the game with a goal from senior forward Tani Costa in the seventh minute. On the play, Costa received a cross directly in front of the goal from sophomore Mallory Weber, and placed herself in the prime spot to place the ball on net.

The Hawks looked to answer in the 19th minute when freshman forward Alexis McTamney struck a ball from just inside the 18 yard box, but the Nittany Lions' goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom made a diving save to keep the lead. The half ended with the Hawks losing 1-0.

The start of the second half was similar to the first; PSU continued to take shots and MU was poised to counter-attack. In the 51st minute however, Costa scored her second goal of the game to extend the Nitanny Lions' lead to 2-0.

The blue and white looked to spark a comeback in the 61st minute of play as junior midfielder Breynn Collazo took a shot that sailed just over the cross bar. Three minutes later, MU's senior forward Monique Plescia made another attempt at the net which went wide.

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Men’s Soccer Defeated By Quinnipiac

Soccer Teams Falter in Postseason Play

The University's men's soccer team tied the No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the 2013 MAAC Championship Game, but eventually lost 4-3 on a penalty kick shoot-out.

The Hawks began their post season journey with a game against Manhattan which also ended in a 0-0 tie, but MU advanced after winning the PK's, 3-0.

The loss against the Bobcats marked an end to the men's season cementing their 2013 record at 8-6-6. For their diligent work in tournament play, senior Joseph Schmid, junior Matt Jeffery, and sophomore David Acuna Camacho were named to the All-MAAC Championship Team.

The Hawks had various moments to score in the game against Quinnipiac, with one of the best opportunities coming in the 80th minute of play. Junior defender Derek Luke took a shot from 20 yards out but Bobcat Borja Angoitia, the MAAC Championship MVP, was there to make the save.

With a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation, the game was sent into a PK shoot-out.

Angoitia took the first shot for the Bobcats and beat MU's freshman goalie Eric Klenofsky giving Quinnipiac an early advantage. The first Hawk to face Angoitia was sophomore forward Tomas Penfold who sent the ball high over the net. The second round began with QU's Simon Hinde scoring against Klenofsky. Camacho answered with a goal of his own bringing the score to 2-1 at the end of the second round.

Bobcat Brandon Strain-Goode connected with the crossbar while MU's Schmid found the net, tying the score 2-2 in the third round. QU's Tobias Esche scored and so did Luke in the fourth round of play keeping the score at an even 3-3.

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SIDELINES: 11/20/2013

Fifth year senior goalie, Ashley Lewis, was named the ECAC Division I Defensive Player of the Week on Thursday, Nov. 14. Lewis posted three straight shutouts to help lead the Hawks to the MAAC Tournament Championship. She was in net for 13 out of 16 shutouts the Hawks recorded this season. 

Junior Brady Goodling was named the MAAC Men’s Golfer of the Month for the second time this season. Over nine total rounds this fall, he has an average of 74.8 strokes. Goodling also earned two medal honors at the Iona Quad Match and ECAC Championships. 

On Nov. 14, the Men’s Soccer Championship Awards Show announced six men’s soccer players from MU were named to the All-MAAC teams. In addition, seven Hawks were named to the MAAC Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team. Furthermore, junior back Matt Jeffery was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. 

MU bowling placed 13th at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawk Classic this past weekend. Sophomore Kaitlyn Reth was named to the all-tournament team, while the Hawks went 5-8 overall. 

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Dana Costello: Soaring Through the Record Books

dana-costello-jim-remeBeing an athlete is difficult in itself; however to play consistently at a high level is what separates the good players from the great ones. It is very rare when a player can leave their mark on a program's athletic history at any level. Yet, that is exactly what senior forward Dana Costello has done over her illustrious career as a women's soccer player at Monmouth.

She has 27 goals and 28 assists for her collegiate soccer career as a Hawk. Her efforts total up to 82 points. This lands Costello 8th all-time in points for the MU women's soccer program. Dana is second all-time in assists with the 28, trailing only Christie Pierce.

"I think it is unbelievable because if you look at the names that are on top of the list with Christie Pierce and Amy DeValue, they were unbelievable athletes here. To know that for a long time that when you say those names, I'll be there too, it's a very humbling feeling," explained Dana.

Dana traces her soccer roots to her hometown of Jackson, NJ, a short drive away from Monmouth. While living in Jackson, she played club soccer for the Toms River Hurricanes until she attended Jackson Memorial High School. Dana has always been an athletic woman; in high school she started as a forward for soccer and point guard for basketball.

"It was just something about soccer. I couldn't find anything else that gave me as much joy then running around a field and kicking a ball," Dana continued. "I love basketball, and I was recruited to play basketball here before I was recruited for soccer. Soccer was always in my heart, it's my passion."

Dana played several sports as she grew up, but she was able to follow her passion with support from her role model. Her father really guided her along the way to narrow down her choices, and ultimately choose soccer for her collegiate athletic career.

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