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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

SIDELINES: 10/01/2014

Women's soccer suffered their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defeat this past Saturday. The team was edged 3-2 by the Canisius Golden Griffins at the Demske Sports Complex.

MU's goals came from senior Alexa Freguletti and sophomore Julie Spracklin.

Although MU outshot their opponent 19-16, the Golden Griffins were able to put one past graduate student goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino in the 53rd minute to secure the win.

The Hawks return to the field on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Hesse Field. They will be facing the 1-9 Saint Peter's Peacocks.


The field hockey team fell to Cornell 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at So Sweet A Cat Field. The Hawks were given an opportunity to score with 15 seconds left in the game, but were unable to capitalize on their penalty corner giving Cornell their sixth consecutive win. Freshman Meg Donahue and senior Trish O'Dwyer each scored a goal for the Hawks. goals for the Hawks, who are now 4-5 for the season.

MU plays their final game in their five game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 pm against nationally ranked Michigan State.


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Monmouth Shines at Annual Invitational

allie-wilsonAside from the Annual XC Kickoff, Monmouth's Cross Country program hosts an additional annual meet early in the season. After giving an exceptional performance at the XC-Kickoff at Thompson Park two weeks ago, the Hawks performed admirably once again at the Monmouth Invitational on Sept. 20. This second invitational is held at the challenging course of Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ. The hilly course is feared by high school and collegian runners alike for its signature, 180 meter steep incline known as "the bowl."

Despite the challenges posed, the men's squad placed first overall with a score of 28 points. Marist (66), Siena (98), Rider (100), and Quinnipiac (116) trailed the Hawks to create the top five. Junior Domenick D'Agostino was the first overall finish as he completed the 8,000 meter course in 26:18.6 in a field of 156 athletes.

Right behind D'Agostino was established senior Khari Bowen, who placed third overall with a time of 26:28.1. MU's men's top five was rounded out by Graham Huggins-Filozof, Ben Dillon, and Kevin Summonte. The three finished seventh, eighth, and ninth with times of 26:49.6, 26:50.2, and 26:55.8 respectively.

In the women's race, MU placed fourth with 95 points, just shy of Rutgers (93). Ahead of them were Marist (71), and finally Quinnipiac who won with 31 points.

In the fairly competitive 5,000 meter race, sophomore Jenna Cupp was the first lady hawk to cross the line in 18:57.4 – she placed 12th out of a field of 171 runners. Close behind Cupp was freshman Allie Wilson who placed 14th with a time of 19:00.6. Sophomore Molly McKeon was next to finish in 19:38.8, followed closely behind senior Mackenzie Roche and sophomore Lennon Cooper who ran times of 19:43.0, and 19:51.0 respectively.

Although the women may not have performed as well as they had hoped, head coach Joe Compagni stresses how the Monmouth XC-Kickoff as well as the Monmouth Invitational serve as great gauges and barometers for the runners in preparing for future, more important meets.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Don’t Deny a Good Wave

IMG_2036"Skunked"

Adjective

1.) When there is swell predicted for a certain date or time, and a surfer goes to the beach and there is little to no swell.

We got skunked.

This past week, any surfer in the Monmouth area could tell you this was the case. With Hurricane Eduard directly off of the east coast, everyone was preparing for some mid-September tubes. Instead, spots in South Jersey, North Jersey and parts of NY were given better waves. People in Central Jersey were dumbfounded. Why would the rest of NJ catch waves and not us? Well, when Eduard came up our coast, he drifted further east than anyone had guessed. As a result, any part of our coast that juts out to the east received better waves simply because of the proximity to the storm.

All summer, when swell was predicted, it always seemed like Long Branch was getting the worthy waves while my friends and I were getting the scraps. This week it was reversed completely; the spot I surf in Wildwood Crest was going off, while Long Branch looked like a wave pool.

As a surfer, you feel as though you have the worst luck. I can guarantee that you are not alone. Everyone gets the, "should've been here earlier man," when they are about to start a session. Even more often it is, "I'm surfing later, it won't be any good till then." Meanwhile you have all afternoon classes. It is really hard to not dwell on those facts and just reject being a surfer all together. To counter the love/hate relationship that many of us have with surfing, it is better to focus on one day where it all worked out.

For me, that one day was August 13. There was not a high chance for many great waves that day, but the forecast did show a little bump on Wednesday of that week. Naturally, I did not expect much, but Tuesday night I set my alarm for 8:00 am. As I arose from my slumber, I contemplated shutting my eyes figuring that there would be an absence of surf. I justified it in my head; it was my day off, and my only day to sleep in until the weekend. Slowly, the idea of a few more hours in my cocoon of warmth sounded better and better. As I began to drift off into a short hibernation, another side of me awakened.

I'll sleep when I'm dead.

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Soccer is Domininant

Men's soccer improved its record to 4-1-1 this past week, when they shutout in-state rival Rutgers 3-0, and then tied Villanova 1-1 in the team's second double-overtime contest of the season.

The Hawks' are currently in the middle of what may be the most difficult part of their regular season schedule, as the team played both games on the road against larger conference schools in Rutgers and Villanova. Despite the tough stretch in their schedule, head coach Robert McCourt expected nothing less than the usual from his players.

"I'm looking for the same thing I've seen so far from our guys," said McCourt about the matchups. "It's always difficult playing on the road in college soccer, and the fact that we're playing some local rivals makes it even more of a challenge, but ultimately we want to go out there, keep playing well, and pick up some wins."

MU was more than up to the challenge when they travelled to Rutgers on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to take on the Scarlet Knights. After 30 scoreless minutes of play, MU's senior forward, Dom Sarle, was able to register the game's first goal in the 32nd minute when he found the back of the net from the left edge of the box. Sarle's goal would ultimately prove to be the game winner.

Sophomore goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, and the rest of the Hawks defense was the story the rest of the day as they were able to shutdown Rutgers the entire second half to preserve the win and shutout. Klenofsky made five saves on the night, three of which came in the second half. The Hawks managed to push across two more goals in the second half with sophomore Dave Nigro adding a score of his own in the 64th minute and senior midfielder Bryant Avalos extending the lead in the 78th minute of play.

The blue and white found themselves in a more highly contested matchup when they took on the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 20. After a scoreless 43 plus minutes of play, it appeared that both teams would head into the locker room tied at 0. However, Villanova's Aaron Dennis beat Klenofsky late in the 44th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the half.

Villanova continued to apply pressure early in the second period, but Klenofsky bounced back from the first half goal, and shutdown the Wildcats, with four of his six total saves coming in the second half.

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Field Hockey Relies on Offense

Lose to Northeastern, Bounce Back to Defeat Davidson

The women's field hockey team had a trying weekend beginning this past Friday. The Hawks faced Northeastern University on Friday, Sept. 19 where they fell short 2-0, but made a statement on Sunday, Sept. 21 when they defeated the Davidson University Wildcats 3-1.

After coming off of a loss on Sept. 14 at the hands of Old Dominion, the Hawks were determined to make a statement.

Although Northeastern walked away with the win on Friday, the Hawks beat the Huskies in saves while two freshmen, goalkeeper Tanja Kloock and midfielder Lauren Fried, made their collegiate debuts.

While MU did not execute on goal, there were many exciting opportunities. Freshman forward Meg Donahue came close to cage when Northeastern goalkeeper, Becky Garner, saved the ball at the baseline just ten minutes into the first half.

Junior midfielder Cori Allen powered through the circle during a first half. However, she was also denied by Garner.

The last hope for the Hawks during the first half came from midfielder grad student Trish O'Dwyer, but her shot was blocked once again. MU senior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller outsaved the Huskies goaltender, 7-5, allowing the offensive various opportunities. Even though Westerweller attempted to give her team an edge, Northeastern's defense held the Hawks for 35 minutes without giving them a corner in the second half. With only three shots on goal in the second half, the Hawks were outnumbered and outscored 2-0.

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Football Second Half Comeback Falls Short

The University's football team's second half rally against the Dukes of Duquesne University came up short resulting in a 30-21 loss to their former Northeast Conference foe. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-1 while the Dukes improve to 2-2.

The Hawks fell behind at halftime, 24-7, and had to fight and claw their way back into the game in order to make a respectable showing. In most sports, you never want to fall behind because then you have to put forth extra effort and energy to escape with a win. This was no exception. In the second half, the Hawks outscored the Dukes, 14-6, but it just wasn't enough in the end.

"I didn't think we played well enough in the first half to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "In the second half I was happy the way our players fought back and got themselves back in it. We put ourselves in the position that it was a one score game and we had the ball. If we could have been able to get on the board at that point I think it could have changed the outcome. We didn't have the ability to make plays when we really needed to today. Duquesne did a good job along the defensive line and we made it difficult for us to find any consistency in the run game. Without being able to run the ball, it made throwing the ball all the more difficult."

MU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on their first drive of the contest, an 11-play drive that took almost five minutes off of the game clock, when senior quarterback Brandon Hill found senior receiver Neal Sterling for a 17-yard scoring strike. However, things went downhill for the Hawks from there, as Duquesne scored 24-unanswered-points before returning to the locker room for halftime. In an effort to get back into the game during the second half, the Hawks leaned heavily on their passing attack, putting the game in the hands of Hill and their wide receivers, a position that is a strong point of the MU attack due to the amount of playmakers and overall depth.

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SIDE LINES: 9/24/14

Sophomore goalie, Eric Klenofsky, was named the Wilson MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play during men's soccers last two games. Klenofsky first shutout in-state rival Rutgers on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in a 3-0 Hawks win, and he followed up that performance with six saves against Villanova in what ended up being a 1-1 tie. This is the fifth time Klenofsky has received the award in his career.


The women's golf team finished 10th at Navy's Chesapeake Bay Invitational this past Saturday and Sunday. Two freshmen led the Hawks to their top ten finish as the Blue and White scored 983 collectively.

Freshman Faith Garcia had the best finish for the Hawks as she placed 17th overall with rounds of 77, 81, and 80. Freshman Erin DiDonato placed 27th overall with rounds of 75, 85, and 81.

They will compete again on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the FDU Quad Match at Franklin Lakes, NJ.


The women's soccer team lost their final non-conference game of the season, 4-1, to Hofstra University. MU's sole goal was from sophomore forward Erica Murphy at the 55 minute mark. Junior Monique Goncalves received the assist.

The Hawks now move into conference play on Sept. 24 at 7 pm when they host Siena College.


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Basile’s Interception Seals Wagner Nail-Biter

footballIn a tough fought game, the Monmouth Hawks' football team was able to close the deal on a victory over former Northeast Conference rival, the Wagner Seahawks with a final score of 21-16 thanks to the late-game heroics of freshman Mike Basile. With the victory, the Hawks improved to 2-0 for the season while the Seahawks fall to 1-2. The Hawks have now won three consecutive games against the rival from Staten Island.

"First of all I have to congratulate our team," said MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan. "I thought that they did a great job. We knew that this game was going to be one that would go down to the wire. Every game against Wagner seems to have done that. It's always a full four-quarter football game. It's always back and forth and you've got to take advantage of opportunities and I thought that our team did an excellent job on both sides of the ball of taking advantage of opportunities, of coming up big in some tough situations and overcoming some adverse situations."

Two weeks after showcasing an offensive clinic in the season opener against Delaware State, a game in which the Hawks accumulated 553-yards on 92-plays in a 52-21 victory over the Hornets, this football contest against a familiar foe was dominated by the defense. Both teams delivered bone-crushing hits and made huge impact plays for the full 60-minutes. When it came to who would make the big play to seal the fate of the game, an unlikely hero emerged in freshman safety Mike Basile.

With a little more than a minute remaining in the game after a failed fake punt attempt by the Hawks and the Seahawks driving for the go-ahead score, Basile intercepted Brian Gehring's pass to the left corner of the end zone to seal the victory for the Hawks. Basile, who was nominated as the Big South conference's Defensive Player of the Week and Big South Freshman of the Week, also contributed four tackles to go along with the game-clinching pick. It is worth noting that the Brick native now has two interceptions in the first two games of his collegiate career.

"We were playing man-to-man and it was a tight end matchup," said Basile. "I just tried going up there and attacking the ball."

"It was a big play. It was a big play in a pressure moment with the game on the line. Mike's played two college football games and he's made some big plays," Callahan added. "Looking at it from where I was on the sideline, it looked like Mike was in a good position as the ball was thrown. It's going to be in the corner of the end zone, there's two guys going up for it and I'm hoping our guy comes down with it, that's for sure."

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R.I.P. to the Pit

tysankeysurfpicWith our ocean resembling a lake for the first week of school, the predicted swell for this past week had MU's surfers frothing. High winds, a ripping current and massive Monday and Tuesday waves saddened surfers across the board.

Wednesday morning, as I found my way to an 8:30 am class, the sun was shining and the wind was nothing more than a soft reminder of the previous days. I smiled to myself as my professor let us out ten minutes early and immediately notified others who like to surf of the day's conditions.

Wednesday ended up delivering chest high barrels to local surf spots. Surfers beamed as they walked down to the beach, nothing but board shorts and a surfboard under their arm. A warm September sun shone in their eyes as surfer by surfer paddled out to the lineup. All day, surfer's schedules consisted of surfing, eating and more surfing. On Thursday morning, the waves lasted for only a short period but surfers on dawn patrol rejoiced to find clean, sizeable waves during that time. Conclusively from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, there were waist to chest high waves at most spots around our area.

One spot in particular has been very quiet this year after it was recently dredged. Before it was dredged, the Pit, was a go-to spot for many surfers last year.

"Dredging is the process of removing bottom sediment in the ocean for several different purposes. navigable waterways must constantly be maintained at a certain depth to allow for passage and must be dredged to do so," senior marine and environmental biology and policy major Amanda Billotti said. "In addition dredged material is used to replenish beaches that are eroded. The problem with dredging is it disturbs the benthic ecosystem and the sediment may contain toxic chemicals and metals that have previously settled."

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Lady Hawks Win Four in a Row

W-Soccer-1The Hawks took on the Leopards of Lafayette on a cool night at The Great Lawn on Sunday, Sept. 14. MU controlled the game as they recorded their fifth shutout of the year with a final score of 3-0. Sharing the ball was key in MU's victory as three separate Hawks scored. Goals were made by freshman forward Rachelle Ross, sophomore forward Alexis McTamney, and junior Monique Goncalves.

The Hawks gained an early lead thanks to one of their rookies. At the 16th minute mark, Ross sent a shot toward the Lafayette goal and connected with the net. "[Erica] Murphy took a touch in, and I just trailed her. With her great pass, I was able to finish," Ross said. The goal counted for Ross's fourth of the season and her third goal in three games.

Ross currently leads the Hawks in scoring at four goals and points at nine.

McTamney gained her second goal of the season towards the end of the first half. She was able to control a flying ball off the foot of senior back Kristen Brett by heading it into the back of the net giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead. McTamney, no stranger to scoring, punched in eleven goals over the course of twenty-one games during the 2013 season.

The Hawks continued to pile on the goals; in the second half, Goncalves relieved forward Murphy from the game and wasted no time as she scored a goal off her back heel. The ball which trickled into the net counted as her first goal of the year.

Teamwork was a big part of the Hawks' offense on Sunday night. Murphy picked up an assist by sending a precise pass in the box that Ross finished off. Brett and Goncalves both picked up assists on the McTamney goal during the 36th minute. Ross got back into the action with her first assist of the year in the second half, when she played the ball into the goal line where she crossed it over to Goncalves who placed it in the net.

Recording the shutout was senior goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy who also picked up her first win of the season. McCoy started over transfer graduate student Nicole D'Agostino.

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Soccer Posts Second Shutout

The University's men's soccer team improved their record to 3-1-0 this past Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders who now post a 0-2-1 record.

The Hawks capitalized the second half as senior Dom Sarle put the blue and white on the board in the 61st minute of play while senior Bryant Avalos furthered the score in the 81st minute. Eric Klenofsky recorded his second shutout of the season.

"Our defense played very well overall, but we did a great job possessing the ball, and as a result, we were able to keep the ball away from our end of the field which really helped limit their opportunities," Head Coach Robert McCourt said. "By possessing and keeping control of the ball well, we forced their defense to step up and get out of posture which gave us a lot of chances on the offensive end."

The Hawks dominated their opponent in the first half as they outshot Holy Cross, 5-0. MU applied the pressure around the 20th minute of first half play. Within a three minute span, the Hawks had four shots on goal and two corners kicks.

"Not every chance turns into a goal," McCourt said of the many opportunities his team had. "We may not have registered too many shots on goal, but we had a lot of crosses into good positions. It's nice to score goals, but I was happy overall with how we played offensively."

Four minutes into the second half, the Hawks already had a corner kick and a shot on goal. The Crusaders bounced back as they took three corner kicks in a five minute span. Junior captain David Acuna-Camacho was handed a yellow card in the 58th minute of play; however, this only built the Hawks' momentum.

With 60 minutes on the board, Sarle was able to find the net and give his team the advantage. Sarle currently leads the Hawks with three goals for the season.

Around 20 minutes into the second half, MU's offense was on the frontline. Junior Dan Pizzimenti began the charge with a shot on net at 65:18. At 67:28, Acuna-Camacho sent in a corner kick followed by a shot from Sarle. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Crusaders' goalkeeper was able to find the ball.

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