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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Field Hockey Splits Weekend Games at Home

The Hawks field hockey team split their conference home games this week, beating the Sacred Heart University Pioneers, but falling to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in the following game. This week's games pushed the Hawk's record to 6-10 overall and 3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

On Friday, the Hawks dominated the Pioneers by defeating them 5-0 at So Sweet a Cat Field. "We had a lot of scoring opportunities from a lot of different people which is huge for us," explained head coach Carli Figlio. "I think a couple of people really stepped up big time today."

Junior midfielder Hannah Loux and senior defender Alex Carroll led the Hawk's attack. Loux scored two goals and garnered praise from her coach for her stellar play and offensive creativity. "Hannah had a fantastic game today," said Figlio. "There was a ton of attacks created from her."

Carroll continued her impressive season by scoring two goals, which extended her team leading goal output to 9. Carroll has led the Hawks the entire season and her extraordinary play and hard work has not gone unnoticed. "Alex is really on a hot streak as far as scoring is concerned. She is one of our deepest defenders. She is a captain and a senior and I think were all super proud of her because she really did what she had to do over the summer to get her in this position where she is playing the best hockey she has ever played before," said Figlio.

Although it is obvious that Carroll is having a great season, she credits the success of her season to her teammates. "All of my goals have come off of corners," said Carroll. "So it's really the team that is setting me up for them."

Carroll gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty stroke which was awarded after Pioneer's goalkeeper Mary Altepeter played the ball with the back of her stick in front of the net.

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Women’s Soccer are No. 1 Seed in MAAC

The women's soccer team went 1-0-1 for the weekend as they defeated the St. Peter's Peacocks on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a final score of 3-0 and tied in double overtime against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 26. As the Hawks completed their final regular season games, their overall record is secured at 14-1-2 while their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record stands at 8-0-2.

The women began their week's challenge with a drive to Jersey City, NJ to face St. Peter's. The blue and white were led by freshman midfielder Julie Spracklin and sophomore midfielder Brianne Boyle, as they both contributed a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Jocelyn McCoy made her first start of the season and earned her first shutout of the season as well.

"We received excellent contributions from our midfield as far as the scoring column goes and our entire roster secured the No. 1 seed for us," said head coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, as Spracklin earned her fourth goal of the season off an assist from senior forward Dana Costello just 25 seconds into the match. Spracklin's goal was the fastest to open up a game for MU since 2002, when Erin Bayley scored 41 seconds into the first half.

The blue and white continued to add pressure on Saint Peter's when Boyle scored in the 25th minute to increase their lead to 2-0. MU dominated possession and moved the ball until the half was over.

The Hawks kept their foot on the pedal as they started the second half with a quick goal. Junior midfielder Breynn Collazo scored 41 seconds into the second frame and increased their lead to 3-0. The assist was credited to both Spracklin and Boyle.

St Peter's were given few chances to tie or even score during the game as MU heavily outshot their opponent, 15-0. With the win, McCoy gained her 12th career shutout.

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SIDELINES: 10/30/2013

Senior forward Dana Costello was named to the women's CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers List for Week 9. Costello was also awarded the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Costello has started in all 17 games this season for the Hawks and is second on the team for total points at 21. She has six goals in the season thus far and has nine assists. 


Women’s tennis fell to Drexel, 7-0, on  Wednesday, Oct. 23. With the match, the Hawks concluded their fall season at 3-6 and 1-2 in the MAAC. They will begin their spring season against Marist on Wednesday, March 26. 


Junior Victor Pugliese advanced to the third round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships last weekend at Yale University. The Championships marked the end of the men's tennis team's fall season.

They will be back on the courts Sunday, Jan. 19 for a scrimmage against Columbia. Their spring season will officially begin at Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 26.


MU’s bowling team placed second at the Hampton Roads Collegiate Bowling Invitational this past weekend. Junior Valerie Bermudez and sophomore Kaitlyn Reth were both named to the All-Tournament team. 


The men's soccer freshman goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, has been named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week. His save average is .875 for the season and goals-against average is at 0.26. Since he has been a starter, the Hawks have been undefeated in the MAAC and have recorded five shutouts. 


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Football Gets Back to .500 with Homecoming Win

football-1The Hawks (4-4) defeated the Cornell Big Red (1-4) on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19 afternoon at Kessler Field by the final score of 48-23. Junior quarterback Brandon Hill led the way with 308 passing yards, and four touchdowns. Senior running back Kwabena Asante also helped the team as he ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hawks defense challenged, but they managed to contain highly scouted Cornell quarterback, Jeff Mathews.

The first quarter was dominated by MU, as they controlled time possession and moved the ball efficiently. The blue and white started off the game with a 25-yard field goal from senior kicker Eric Spillane with 10:32 remaining in the first quarter. The lead increased to 10-0 after senior wide receiver Thaddeus Richards caught his first career touchdown reception from Hill, with 2:07 left in the first quarter.

The beginning of the second quarter carried on with the Hawks controlling the field and furthered the scoring. The team extended their lead to 17-0 when Hill found senior wide receiver Neal Stearling in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:37 left in the half.

With 5:44 left, momentum shifted in favor of Cornell when the Hawks went three and out on their possession and were forced to punt deep in their own territory. The ball was snapped high over senior punter Eric Spillane's head, and he was forced to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety. The safety marked Cornell's first score of the game, and cut Monmouth's lead to 17-2.

Big Red's Ben Rodgers ran the free kick back to the Hawks 43-yard line, giving his team great field position. Mathews ran it in for a one yard touchdown to decrease the blue and white's lead to 17-9 with 3:50 left in the half.

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Women’s Soccer Perfect at Home

womens-soccerMU women's soccer defeated Rider University Broncs on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at The Great Lawn with a final score of 3-0. With the win, the blue and white improve to 12-1-1 in the season, 6-0-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 8-0 at home.

Freshman forward Julie Spracklin led the way for the Hawks with one goal and one assist. Senior forward Dana Costello and freshman forward Alexis McTamney also contributed with one goal each.

MU started off the game by controlling the tempo as they held possession for the first 20 minutes of the game. In the ninth minute, sophomore defender Colleen Howard drew a penalty in the box. Costello stood at the six and took a calm, confident shot that soared into the left upper corner for a 1-0 lead.

The second half began with Rider trying to find an equalizer. In the 50th minute, a Bronc took a shot that curled to the upper post, but Hawks senior net-minder Ashley Lewis got her fingertips on the ball to force a corner kick.

Five minutes later, the Broncs had another opportunity to score when they took a free kick from about 30 yards out; the ball curved up and over the defensive wall, landing right into the hands of Lewis. In the 59th minute, the blue and white were looking to increase their lead as Spracklin fired a line drive from about 20 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.

The second half had many missed opportunities for both teams, as it was constant back and forth play. The Hawks got close to gaining their second goal in the 70th minute of play as McTamney crossed the ball from the left flank into the box toward freshman forward Erica Murphy. Murphy could not capitalize on the play as she stumbled and lost the ball to a Rider defender.

Rider then cleared the ball, but MU junior defender Alexa Freguletti quickly gained possession and dribbled it up the field to fire a shot from about 25 yards out. The shot went past the left post giving Rider the ball.

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Bowen and Eller Lead Team in Princeton Invitational

The men and women's cross country teams fought hard in the annual Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19 placing sixteenth and eleventh respectively. It was the fifth and final regular season meet for both squads, who now have officially completed their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The Hawks will build off of this final race to prepare for the championship meets ahead as the Invitational marked one of their tougher meets of the season,

With a total of 494 points, the men fell just shy of a top 15 finish, coming in 16th right behind Penn and Fordham. Villanova took first with 23 points, La Salle placed second with 94 points and Princeton finished third with 135 points.

Junior Khari Bowen was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the men at 24:42, landing him in 34th place for the 8,000 meter course at West Windsor. Junior Alex Leight and senior Pat Ryan were the next to finish for MU at 25:10 and 25:26 respectively. Senior Anthony Branco and freshman Matt Nelson both finished in the 25th minute as well, rounding out the men's top five. They, along with Bowen, Leight, and Ryan averaged 25:24 for the race.

The women finished 11th with 328 points, just 10 points shy of UMBC and a top ten finish. Duquesne placed first for the women's side with 47 points, Columbia finished second with 90 points, and La Salle landed third with 144 points.

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Soccer Stays Undefeated in Conference Play

The men's soccer team continued their strong play in the MAAC this week with road victories over Rider University and Marist University.

"Against Rider and Marist it was key to get that [one] goal and limit our mistakes defensively," said head coach McCourt. "We have put major focus into forcing teams to really earn scoring opportunities and goals."

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Wednesday, Oct. 16 when they traveled to Lawrenceville and defeated Rider 1-0.

"It is difficult to win on the road, especially in conference play," said McCourt. "Getting points away from home really enhances our chance of making the conference tournament."

Senior Jacob Rubenstein scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the second half of the match on a cross from freshman Colin Stripling which Rubenstein was able to head in to net. "Jacob stepped up and continues to contribute," said McCourt. "He's been dealing with injuries all year and when he's on the field, I feel we're a different team."

The Hawks edged the Broncos in shots 7-6 and in corners 4-3. MU was able to put five of their seven shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky put together a solid performance behind great defense that only forced Klenofsky to make one save. Klenofsky now has two shut-outs in his four career starts and the Hawks are 3-0-1 with him in net.

Rider goalkeeper David Pastuna kept the Broncos in the game with four saves, but his effort came up short without any help from the offense as they were off target on four of their six attempted shots.

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SIDELINES: 10/23/2013

The field hockey team was led to victory by senior Alex Carroll who recorded her first career hat trick in the 4-0 win against Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 20. Carroll is only the eighth member of MU's field hockey team to score a hat trick.

Junior Melanie Dawson accounted for MU's remaining goal. With the win, the Hawks improve to 5-9 overall and 2-0 for inter-league play. 


Ron Kornegay and Joan Martin, who both are members of MU's Athletics Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll.

Former MU guard, Kornegay stands as the men's basketball all-time leading scorer with 2,526 points.

The Hawks posted a 112-17 record while Kornegay was a member of the team. After his playing career ended, he took on the head coach position for men's basketball at the University for ten years. In 1998, his number, 22, was retired. Kornegay is currently the Director of Athletics at Manasquan High School.

Joan Martin was an active member in Monmouth Athletics for 33 years as a coach, assistant and associate athletics director, senior women's administrator and compliance director.

Martin coached the women's basketball team for 13 years, was softball coach for 11 years and field hockey coach for eight years. 


The women’s tennis team defeated Wagner, 4-3, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the MU Tennis Courts. The Hawks improve to 2-5 in the season. 


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Breaking Out of the Shadow

MU Defensive Lineman Opens up on Life with an NBA Brother

smithBeing the younger brother of a professional athlete can be difficult to handle. There are numerous expectations and pressures that stem from an older brother who has reached the pinnacle of his game. A person burdened with these pressures can either use them as a crutch to concede that they will never be as successful as their sibling or use them as inspiration to improve their skill in order to pursue their dream. Dimitrius Smith has decided to use his brother's stardom as incentive to reach his goals.

Many people at Monmouth University know Dimitrius Smith as the 6' 2", 295 pound defensive lineman from Millstone, NJ who saw action in all ten games of his sophomore year compiling 18 tackles to go along with a sack. What people are unaware of is that Dimitrius' older brother is none other than JR Smith, the New York Knicks star shooting guard and last year's NBA sixth man of the year.

Despite having a brother that is a famous athlete, Dimitrius' friendly and humble demeanor would never give that fact away. Dimitrius does not view his older brother as anything other than a role model.

"JR and I talk every day," said Dimitrius. "I try to tell people if you have a sibling like that, he is just famous. Our family bond is great".

Although JR has a busy schedule, according to Dimitrius, JR makes it a point to keep in contact with his younger brother via phone calls. Additionally, JR attends almost every Monmouth Football home game where he supports his brother and the Hawks.

JR attempts to help Dimitrius in sports by revealing the importance of work ethic. "I've helped Dimitrius by showing him what hard work is," said JR. "Work ethic is everything. We work hard cause it's in our blood." JR recognizes the passion that Dimitrius has for football. "Football is Dimitrius' life. I know that when Dimitrius is on the field he always gives it his all," said JR.

JR's success at the highest level of basketball has encouraged Dimitrius to improve his game. He acknowledges that there is some pressure to become a successful athlete.

"It is mostly motivation that comes from the pressure," said Dimitrius. "Since he made it to the NBA; now I feel like I have to make it to the NFL. It pushes me to strive for that goal."

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Field Hockey Pushes Losing Streak to Three Games

The Hawks field hockey team (3-9) struggled to gather momentum heading into conference play with losses in both games this week at the hands of Rutgers University Scarlet Knights and St. Francis University Flash.

"I think it's really important going into our conference play and now it's important for us to really figure out what intensity level we want to play at," said Head Coach Carli Figlio. "If we can figure that out, we'll do really well in the conference, but that has to be our first priority now."

MU took the field for the first time of the week on Wednesday at Rutgers and lost a heartbreaking game to the Scarlet Knights 4-3 in overtime.

Junior Hannah Loux had a three-point performance on the day including the first goal for the Hawks on the afternoon to tie the game early after a Rutgers goal from Sophie Wright. The game then remained scoreless until there was one minute left in the first half, and Loux was able to connect with junior Amanda Schoenfeld for a tip in goal that gave the Hawks the lead. The lead was not safe for long as Rutgers was able to respond within the minute when Katie Champion got a shot past junior goalie Amanda Westerweller to send it into half tied 2-2.

After half, Rutgers Rachel Yaney was able to break the tie just two minutes in when she fired a shot past Westerweller. It wasn't until there were only ten minutes left on the clock when freshman Alyssa Ercolino made a pass to senior Alex Carroll that tied the game back up and eventually sent it to overtime.

Yaney was able to get the Scarlet Knights the victory in overtime when she gathered the ball in the circle and fired it in to give MU their eighth loss of the season.

"We have a ton of talented players," said Coach Figlio. "It's just more about the mindset that we have to figure out right now."

Unlike the early offensive success the Hawks found against Rutgers, MU couldn't put together any consistent offense in a 3-0 loss in their final non-conference game against Saint Francis.

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Men’s Soccer Finds Early Success in MAAC

For the first time this season the men's soccer team won back-to-back games as they defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents Iona and Siena. With the wins, the Hawks improved their overall record to 3-5-3.

MU got past Iona on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win. Freshman forward Dave Nigro scored the lone goal of the night in the 79th minute, and fellow freshman goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky had his first career shutout in helping the Hawks get their first conference win as new members of the MAAC.

"It was a particularly big win because there is a little bit of a transition for us going into the MAAC," said Head Coach Robert McCourt. "Iona is a very good team so I thought it was a good confidence booster with a lot of MAAC games remaining."

The Hawks kept pressure on the Iona defense all game by dominating time of possession and keeping the ball on the Iona end of the field the majority of the game. MU started off hot and had several scoring chances to start the game.

Perhaps their best opportunity came in the final minute of the first half when senior forward, Jacob Rubinstein, put a shot on net that got past the keeper. Unfortunately, for the Hawks, an Iona defender sprinted back and cleared the ball just before it crossed the goal line, ending the half in a scoreless tie.

As the second half began, the blue and white continued to stay on the offensive and attack the Iona defense. After more than three quarters of the match had gone by the Hawks were finally able to find the back of the net with Nigro's goal.

Francois "Paco" Navarro got the attack started when he put a shot on net. The Iona keeper was able to block the shot, and the ball was deflected out by a defender. Sophomore defender John Egan gained control and sent the ball to Nigro in the box who received the pass and rifled a shot by the keeper for the game-winning goal.

"Egan played a great ball in, and I saw I had time to take a touch so I did and then just hit it lefty and it was in," said Nigro. "It felt great."

Monmouth kept the pressure on the rest of the game and Iona never had a great chance draw even. For the game, the Hawks had a 14-7 advantage in shots, and a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

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