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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Women Cagers Drop Season Opener to Yale

womens-bball-jim-remeThe Hawks fell to the Yale Bulldogs 64-55 in the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 9 at home. Senior forward Shira Shecht scored a career high 13 points while freshman guard Mia Hopkins dropped seven points to go along with nine rebounds in her first college game.

Junior forward Sara English matched her career-high with 12 total rebounds. Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker added eight points during her 24 minutes of action.

Within 16 minutes of the opening tip-off, the Hawks led the Bulldogs, 19-13. Yale then went on a run and scored five consecutive points bringing the game to a 19-19 tie. This back and forth pattern was reflected throughout the first half of play; MU would take a lead which Yale would then match, Yale would take a lead which MU would then match. With 20 seconds left in the first half, the score was tied at 29-29.

Shecht was able to break the tie as she landed a three point shot with three seconds left in the half. Heading into halftime, the Hawks led the Bulldogs, 32-29.

MU had their biggest lead of the game come during the second half when they lead the Bulldogs by 13. The lead was quickly cut by Yale as they came storming back and had four players who scored in double figures. Bulldog Hayden Latham led the charge with 14 points followed by 10 point performances by teammate Meredith Boardman, who was one board shy of a double-double. Yale's Janna Graf and Katie Werner combined for 20 points and 12 rebounds. To further Yale's comeback, the Bulldogs scored 12 points from beyond the arc in the second half.

Fuerhering Yale's lead were the Hawks who turned the ball over 19 times in the loss, most of which came in the second half.

"We can't afford making the little mistakes," Hopkins said of the Hawks defeat. She is one of five freshmen who joined the team this season.

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Hawks Use Fast Start to Down Wagner, 23-6

All it took was five plays for the Hawks football team to take a two score lead. With the fast start, the defense ratcheted the pressure and shut down the Wagner Seahawks en route to a 23-6 MU victory. The win brings the Hawks record to an even 5-5, while Wagner falls to 2-8 this season.

"Our objective today was to get off to a fast start and, we planned all week to run a reverse on the opening kickoff if we were to receive," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "That jumpstarted us and gave us great starting field position. The offense then took the field and put that ball in the end-zone. From the point on our defense played outstanding football. They did a good job on third down, kept Wagner out of the end-zone, and forced turnovers. Offensively we sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters but then got some things going again in the fourth quarter."

MU jumped to a two touchdown lead being guided by the churning legs of junior running back Julian Hayes while the defense held Wagner to two field goals and an abysmal 3-of-17 on third down. With the win, MU takes an 11-10 edge in the all-time series, including an 8-3 mark in Staten Island.

The blue and white opened the game with some fireworks, a big reverse on the opening kickoff. Freshman running back Lavon Chaney took the kickoff, then handed it to fellow freshman wide receiver Darren Ambush who took the ball up the right side for 56-yards out to the Wagner 30-yard-line. Two plays later, the Hawks went up 6-0 on a 29-yard touchdown run from Hayes. Wagner countered with a good kickoff return of their own and worked its way down to the MU's 31-yard-line, but junior lineman Andrew Jurczynski batted the ball away on fourth down and the Hawks took over.

The next play was a career-long 65 yard one-handed catch by fifth year senior tight end Mike McLafferty off a pass that got the Hawks to Wagner's 5-yard-line. Two plays later, Hayes walked into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the day, putting the Hawks up 13-0 with 9:37 to play in the first quarter.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Season Opener, 88-84

The University's men's basketball team started its season strong as they went on the road and took down the Hofstra Pride 88-84 on Friday, Nov. 8. Junior transfer Deon Jones led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points and added nine rebounds and two assists.

"I think our kids believed and kept fighting," said third year head coach King Rice. "They stayed together even when we got down, and our young boys really stepped up at critical times tonight."

Hofstra took an early lead when freshman Jamall Robinson made a layup that ignited a 9-4 run for his team, and gave them a 13-9 lead just under six minutes into the game. The Pride maintained their lead as both teams traded baskets through the first part of the half. After MU sophomore forward Tyrone O'Garro scored on a dunk to bring the Hawks back within four points, Hofstra went on another short run, 10-2, to extend their lead to 31-19 with 5:53 remaining in the half.

With just over two minutes left in the first, a three-pointer from Jones cut the Hawks deficit to five, but two more Hofstra buckets increased the lead to 45-36 as the teams headed into halftime.

Two quick scores by the Pride opened the second half and had MU facing its largest deficit of the game with a 49-36 score. However, momentum began to swing in the Hawks favor as 4 straight points from Jones kick started the team, and began a 15-5 run that brought the score to 54-51 at the 12:48 mark. Junior guard Max DiLeo's pair of three point shots and another O'Garro dunk highlighted the run.

After eight straight points, Hofstra managed to increase the lead one more time to 62-51 with ten minutes remaining in the game. The Hawks continued to battle back and scores from Jones, DiLeo, and freshman guard Josh James eventually pulled MU even with the Pride at 63 with 7:36 remaining in the game.

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SIDELINES: 11/13/2013

Men's soccer lost their final regular season game of the year on Saturday, Nov. 9 to Canisius Golden Griffins in double overtime.The final score was 1-0.

The team will look to bounce back as they now head into MAAC tournament play this coming Friday, Nov. 15. 

Senior defender, Alex Carroll, was named the MAAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year for field hockey. The award is voted on by all head coaches in the conference. Carroll finished her career with 31 goals, 20 assists, and 82 overall points. All of these rank in the top 5 of MU field hockey history. 

Men’s lacrosse released their inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The team will be competiting in Division I lacrosse for the first time, and their schedule features six home games along with 3 opponents who played in last years NCAA tournament. 

Monmouth University will serve as host for the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Championship which will be held May 21-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Commissioner of the MAAC, Richard J. Ensor, will feature a six-team bracket for the first time in history.

FirstEnergy Park,home of the minor league Lakewood BlueClaws, seats 6,588 fans and includes 20 luxury suites. The park also features a 23-foot by 23-foot video scoreboard. 

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Women’s Soccer Wins MAAC Championship Title

perhaps-insiderAll weekend, the Hawks have been competing as the top seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament in Orlando, FL. For the first time in University history, the Hawks became MAAC Champions when they defeated the Fairfield University Stags on Monday, Nov. 4.

With the win, the Hawks improved to an overall record of 17-1-2 and extended their winning streak to 14 games.

The Hawks journey at the MAAC Championship began on Friday, Nov 1. as the women took on their first challenge, seed Canisius Golden Griffins, the No. 9 seed. In their first meeting of the 2013 season, the Hawks defeated their opponents 2-1. The Hawks proved victorious once more as they shutout the Golden Griffins, 1-0.

The Hawks scored in the 68th minute of play as senior forward Karly Tolentino passed a ball from the Griffins end line to senior forward Monique Plescia who found the back of the net and sent MU onward in the tournament. The assist accounted for Tolentino's first of her collegiate career while the goal made for Pleascia's sixth of the season and 18th of her career.

The Hawks out shot Canisius, 13-7, and gained four more corner-kicks in the match.

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis made four saves for the Hawks.

The win moved MU to the MAAC Semifinals where they defeated No. 5 seed Rider, 3-0, on Sunday, Nov. 3. Plescia, freshman forward Erica Murphy, and junior defender Alexa Freguletti compiled the goals to solidify MU's win.

Murphy scored the Hawks first goal with 2:58 remaining in the first half. The unassisted goal marked Murphy's second of the season. The second goal against Rider was scored in the 61st minute of play when Plescia kicked in a rebound shot off of teammate senior forward Dana Costello's original shot. The goal was Plescia's seventh of the season and second of the postseason. Costello's assist marked her 10th of the season and 28th of her collegiate career, placing her second all-time at MU. The final goal was made when Freguletti took a free kick in the 69th minute for the third goal of the game and her fifth goal of the season.

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Soccer Clinches MAAC Conference Title

goalieThe men's soccer team clinched at least a share of the regular season MAAC conference title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAAC championships, this past week with a scoreless tie against the Manhattan Jaspers and a 2-0 win over the Niagara Purple Eagles.

"It feels fantastic," said head coach Robert McCourt after the win. "We talked about that (winning the regular season title) being our first goal of the year. We had a little bit of a tough go in the non-conference schedule, but the guys stayed tough, and were resilient, and they proved that they are champions."

The Hawks started the week when they traveled to Riverdale, NY to take on the Jaspers. Freshman goalkeeper Erik Klenofsky was tested early in the game as Manhattan came out firing. In the 9th minute the freshman made a leaping save to push the shot from Manhattan's Dominic Chavez just over the crossbar. Less than five minutes later Klenofsky stepped up again when he blocked another Jasper shot to keep the game scoreless.

MU did not generate much offense to start the first half, but with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half they finally started to build some momentum. Senior forward, Francois "Paco" Navarro, had the first quality scoring chance for the Hawks in the 36th minute when he found himself behind the Manhattan defense with only the goalkeeper to beat. Navarro was unable to make anything of the opportunity, however, as the keeper put pressure on the ball and Navarro's shot went wide.

The Hawks kept the pressure on to close out the first half, and had a great chance to score in the final two minutes. Freshman forward Dave Nigro got the opportunity started with his free kick from just outside the box. The Jasper keeper was able to stop Nigro's attempt to score off the free kick, but he could not control the rebound. After the ball was deflected by a few different players MU was able to regain possession and sent it back in the box. Senior forward Jacob Rubinstein received the ball in the box, and fired a shot at the upper right corner of the net. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Manhattan keeper fully extended to make the save, and the game remained a 0-0 tie heading into the half.

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Cross Country Finishes in the Top Five

The MU cross country teams competed in their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY this past Friday, Nov. 1. In their first MAAC Championship meet, the women's and men's teams placed fourth and fifth respectively.

With a total of 133 points, the men clinched a top five finish, just 14 points behind Fairfield, who placed fourth. Rider and Canisius took third and second behind the conference champion Iona, whose squad cleared the finish line with just 15 points. Junior Khari Bowen was once again the first Hawk to finish for the men in 25:51 for the 8,000 meter course. He placed eighth out of a field of 153 runners.

Junior Alex Leight and senior Pat Ryan were the next to finish for the Hawks, coming in back-to-back at 27:03 and 27:08. Senior Anthony Branco and sophomore Domenick D'Agostino both finished in the 27th minute as well, placing 39th and 41st. They along with Bowen, Leight, and Ryan rounded out the men's top five with a team average of 27:02 for the course.

On the women's side, the team finished in 4th with 110 points. They were just one point shy of edging out Marist for third place in the meet. Quinnipiac nabbed second place behind Iona, who was the conference champion for the women as well. Freshman Lennon Cooper was towards the front yet again leading the women with a time of 23:19 for the 6,000 meter course. She crossed the line 13th overall in a field of 145 runners.

Senior Amanda Eller was not far behind, finishing 16th overall in 23:27. Next to finish for the women was freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson, who clocked in just under 24 minutes. Rounding out the women's top five were senior Lucia Montefusco and freshman Jenna Cupp, who placed close together in the 24th minute. They, along with Cooper, Eller, and Rodgers-Erickson averaged 23:49 for the course.

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Football’s Rally Falls Short; Lose to Sacred Heart

The Hawks football team's fourth quarter rally fell just short as they lost to the Pioneers of Sacred Heart 24-21 on Saturday, Nov. 2. With the loss, the Hawks fell to 4-5 on the season while the Pioneers improved to 8-2.

After facing a halftime deficit of 24-7, the Hawks' defense managed to shut out the Pioneers' offense in the second half, and held them to 117-yards rushing total, 130-yards off their season average. After allowing scores on Sacred Heart's first three possessions, the Hawk defenders forced eight punts and two turnovers, while allowing just one more score.

"You have to give this Sacred Heart team credit, they are a very opportunistic group," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "We put ourselves into a big hole in the first half, struggling on both sides of the ball. In the second half I thought we played pretty well, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. We were able to get the ball back to our offense, but unfortunately we weren't able to finish off some of the drives. We had three turnovers in the second half that killed opportunities that we otherwise would have had."

Sacred Heart opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by RJ Noel with 10:37 left in the first quarter. Junior running back Julian Hayes tied the game with a 58-yard touchdown run made just three minutes later before the Pioneers scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.

After MU junior quarterback Brandon Hill found senior wide receiver Thaddeus Richards for a 19-yard touchdown late in the third, Kwabena Asante's 2-yard score brought MU within three with 6:25 remaining.

The most-talked-about play of the game occurred during the Pioneers' final scoring drive in the first half when SHU Moses Webb caught a wide-open pass from teammate RJ Noel at midfield and was flagged down and stripped of possession of the football by junior safety Pat Gray.

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SIDELINES: 11/06/2013

Sophomore Tyrone O'Garro led the Hawks in both scoring and rebounding with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the men's basketball team fell to Leymone College in an exhibition game held in the MAC on Sunday, Nov. 3.

MU starts the regular season this Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 pm as they travel to Hempstead, NY to take on the Hofstra Pride. 

 Field Hockey fell just short in their comeback bid against Robert Morris University on Sunday, Nov. 3. The loss marks the end of their season, thus finalizing their overall record at 6-12, and MAAC record at 3-3. 

Women’s soccer dominated the MAAC regular season awards as four members gained individual honors. Head coach Krissy Turner was named MAAC Coach of the Year while seniors Dana Costello, Ashley Lewis, and freshman Alexis McTamney were named offensive player, defensive player, and rookie of the year respectively. The Hawks also dominated the All-MAAC teams as 10 players earned a spot on the first, second, or all rookie team. 

MU’s Bowling Team placed 13th out of 19 teams at the FDU Jamboree this past weekend. The team next plays in a three day tournament on Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17. 

Freshman goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) player of the week for the week of Oct. 20-Oct. 26. In that time frame, the freshman recorded two shutouts and had six total saves as the Hawks went 2-0 for the stretch and stayed unbeaten in conference play. 

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MU Mob Packs the MAC During MAC Madness

pack-the-macBasketball games are won and lost on the hardwood floor between the players but there is more that goes on behind-the-scenes than most people would think. The coaches and athletes prepare both physically and mentally for the game ahead while they endure tough practices in hopes to win. However, the crowd and loyal fans also prepare and brace themselves for the game.

To show thanks to those fans who do pack the University's Multi-purpose Activity Center and bring an undeniable factor to the event, Monmouth Athletics hosted their annual free MAC Madness pep-rally on Friday, Oct. 25. The pep-rally is to honor the upcoming basketball season for the men's and women's teams and ready the fans for one of their favorite sports.

The event was well attended with nearly 400 fans in the stands, but it grew rather obvious who was part of the well known fan group called the Monmouth Mob. At nearly every home basketball game for the past two years, the Monmouth Mob has been able to not only intimidate the opposing team, but really feed energy into their hometown Hawks.

At Mac Madness, both squads were asked how much of a factor fan attendance and fan participation is. As expected, each player rose their hand when asked if they feed off of the cheers and chants of their fellow students.

"I think it is a huge factor," said Joseph Irace, an MU basketball season ticket holder of the fans' presence. "You can at times actually see the players feeding off the crowd and vice-versa. I can remember the Sacred Heart game and the LIU game last season where the players stormed the crowd instead of the other way around after big Monmouth wins."

This upcoming season's rally cry for the Mob has been decreed "Pack the MAC," a slogan coined by Eddy Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Advertising and Promotions.

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Men’s Soccer Improves to 6-0-1 in MAAC

The men's soccer team continued their hot streak this past week as they beat the Saint Peter's Peacocks and Quinnipiac Bobcats on Wednesday, Oct 23 and Saturday, Oct 26.

MU was able to overcome the tough weather elements posed during Wednesday's match when they beat Saint Peters 2-0 on The Great Lawn. Sophomore midfielder, Tomas Penfold, scored his second goal of the season for the Hawks and added an assist, also his second of the year.

"The guys are feeling really good about themselves right now," said head coach Robert McCourt. "In the beginning of the year, we were struggling to get some results, and they didn't have a lot of confidence. Now their confidence is changing and it's great."

As the game started, both teams were aggressive and each saw scoring opportunities within the first 15 minutes. Both goal keepers were up to the early challenge, each recording two saves, and neither team was able to find the back of the net.

The rest of the first half saw MU take control and gain advantage in time of possession. With 15 minutes left in the first half, the blue and white began to put the pressure on as they generated several scoring chances. Senior forward, Francois "Paco" Navarro, began the barrage by firing a shot that rang off the left post. MU quickly got the ball back, and less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder, David Acuna Camacho, let loose a shot that sailed just over the crossbar.

Shortly after Camacho's blast, Penfold unleashed a shot from 20 yards out that found its way through the Saint Peter's defenders, but the Peacock's goalie was there to make the save.

MU broke the scoreless tie with less than a minute remaining in the half. Penfold created the opportunity when he took the ball at midfield and played it ahead to senior forward Jacob Rubinstein. The Peacock keeper came out from the net to try and meet Rubinstein, but he was unable to as the senior put the ball in the open net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead heading into half.

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