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Sports

Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

SIDE LINES: 9/17/14

The field hockey team was shutout 3-0 by Old Dominion, who is ranked 17th, this past Sunday, Sept. 14. With the loss MU falls to 2-3 on the young season. Old Dominion managed to score more goals than the Hawks got off shots, as the blue and white registered only two total shot attempts for the contest.

MU looks to bounce back this coming Friday, Sept. 19, when they return home to host Northeastern. 


Freshman safety Mike Basile was named the Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week this past Monday, Sept. 15, for his performance in the teams win over Wagner. Basile made the play of the game for the Hawks when he intercepted a potential go-ahead pass from the Wanger quarterback in the endzone to seal the victory. He also recorded four total tackles in his second career game. 


Freshman forward Rachelle Ross was named the MAAC Wilson Offensive Player of the Week this past Monday after recording 7 total points in two games for the women’s soccer team. Ross scored two goals in a Hawks win over Farleigh Dickinson, and added one more score and an assist in a win over Lafayette. 


 

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Cross Country Begins with Annual MU Kick-Off

Kevin-FrenchThe men's and women's cross country teams started off their season with a bang, both winning their first meet, the Monmouth XC Kick-Off on Saturday, Aug. 30. This annual competition is hosted by Monmouth as the first meet of the season. Held at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ, the meet allowed schools to gauge their performances for the future, while incorporating some friendly competition in the process.

Both the men's and women's teams showed their strengths as they defeated their competitors by large margins. The men's squad finished with a team score of 17 points, far ahead of competitors Lafayette at 65 points, Seton Hall at 75 points, Wagner at 100 points, and St. Francis (N.Y) at 135 points.

Senior runner Alex Leight and juniors Domenick D'Agostino and Kevin French were the first three to finish in a field of 76 runners. Their times for the hilly Thompson Park course were 19:09.7, 19:11.4, and 19:16.4 respectively.

Sophomore Kevin Summonte and freshman Ben Dillon rounded out MU's top five finishing in 19:23.2 and 19:29.7. Thomas Day of Lafayette was the lone runner to separate MU's top five. Head coach Joe Compagni explained the importance of this early meet as he said, "We don't focus too much on preparing for the MUXC Kick-Off itself, but it is an early season barometer for us. After a summer of training and a week of heavy volume during our pre-season camp, a low-key meet lets us see where we stand as a team."

The women's team performed exceptionally as well. Compiling a score of 26 points, the women's squad was trailed by Seton Hall who had 52 points, Lafayette with 75 points, Wagner at 81 points, and St. Francis (N.Y.) with 150 points. Freshman Danielle Leavitt was the first Hawk to cross the finish line for the women, completing the course in 14:59.8.

Sophomore Jenna Cupp was right behind Leavitt with a time of 15:02.1. The two placed third and fourth respectively in a field of 81 runners.

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Men’s Soccer Rallies to Beat Albany

Soccer4The men's soccer team came away with a come-from-behind road win over the University of Albany Great Danes this past Sunday, Sept. 7 by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.

After coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of Lehigh and falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Hawks showed their toughness and determination by battling back to get the win with a late second half goal from junior defender Derek Luke, and overtime game winner from junior forward Jelani Williams. With the win, MU moved to 2-1 on the season while the Great Danes fell to 1-1-2.

"I'm really proud of these guys," said MU head coach Robert McCourt after the game. "I thought we deserved the game today so I was really proud of their performance. It was a complete team effort."

Albany got off to a quick start to open the contest, as the Danes were able to get two shots in the first ten minutes of play. However, they were unable to capitalize on either opportunity, with both of the attempts sailing high over the goal.

The Hawks luck ran out, however, when Albany's Bernardo Mattos took a ball in from teammate Philip Persson, and headed it into the top left corner of the net in the game's 21st minute.

Things did not get any better for the Hawks following the goal as the Great Danes continued to pressure MU's defense. In the 26th minute, Albany's Martin Gorrie nearly increased his team's lead by two, but Hawk sophomore goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, made the save to keep the lead at one.

Neither team had many great chances to score the rest of the half, and the two teams went into their respective locker rooms with the Great Danes still leading 1-0.

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What It Means to be a Student-Athlete

Many people perceive that a college athlete's sole responsibility is to perform well on the field. While there is undoubtedly pressure to maintain a certain level of performance in their respective sports, there are several off the field obligations that athletes must fulfill. In addition to coping with the rigors of their playing schedule, athletes are expected to perform academically and act in a respectful manner while representing their University off the field. College athletes must handle all of these expectations in order to embrace the role of being a student-athlete.

"First and foremost as an athlete you have a bit of a burden," said Tom Bieber, Director of Athletics Academic Support. "You take the burden of representing Monmouth University as a whole; on campus, off campus, when you compete away, and when you compete at home. Athletes are an extension of the University."

A central objective for college athletes is to perform well academically. "We certainly want athletes to put academics in the forefront. As much as I understand athletics is a big piece of what athletes do here and in a lot of instances athletes are obligated to perform and perform well because of athletic scholarships, from my departments area we want athletes to take academics as serious as possible," explained Bieber.

The National Collegiate Athletics Association or NCAA institutes several academic requirements that athletes must pass in order to be eligible for their season. According to the NCAA, athletes must have a full-time schedule which is a minimum of 12 credits every semester, they have to pass at least six credits every semester, they are required to pass 18 credits each academic year, and they must have at least a 2.10 GPA in their major after completing 80 credits. In addition to the rules imposed by the NCAA, Monmouth University has a policy that it's athletes complete five hours of study hall every week that class is in session.

While these restrictions may not seem difficult, the amount of time that athletes work on refining their playing skills can negatively impact their school work. "Sometimes the athletic competition, particularly when they're in season, the demands of it throws that academic and athletic balance out of whack," said Claude Taylor, Athletics Professor in Residence.

"There are days where you have no time," said Steve Wilgus, centerfielder for the University baseball team. "You have practice in the middle of the day. You have class all day. Sometimes you have class after practice and then you have to find time to do school work. It is a lot of pressure especially when you get down to this time of year near finals."

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Surf Conditions for Upcoming Week

With the new school year knocking on our door, the time comes to wave goodbye to the soft sand, warm summer breeze and ocean scent. While the lives of most college students will change drastically, those who attend the University will endure new levels of stress trying to balance beach time and academics. For surfers this means early sessions before that 8:30 am class or catching the last sliver of sunlight after a 4:30 pm course.

Surfers at the University are coming into this semester after some of the best waves a summer has yet to offer. Historically, summer is a time of long, sand-filled days, late, warm nights and an absence of surf. Many people assume the opposite, after movies like "Endless Summer" have glorified surfing in the summer time.

Contrary to popular belief, the real surf season starts when the hot summer ends and the leaves begin to fall. With anticipation building from last swell, the beginning of the fall season is one of the most exciting times for a surfer. With hurricane season at its absolute height, every surfer is frothing for that next paddle out, that next wave, and that sweet satisfaction.

I was able to catch up with my good friend Tyler Sankey when I got back to campus on move-in day. Our first topic of conversation: Hurricane Cristobal. Little Cristobal was born right off the coast of Africa and started out as a strong tropical wave. Cristobal began to work its way north toward our great country.

On its way up it gained more power and on August 24, the system was named Tropical Storm Cristobal. As Cristobal sustained its Atlantic coast track it strengthened to a category one hurricane as it went up the American east coast.

Sankey was able to surf in Ocean City, NJ when the storm moved past our region.

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SIDE LINES: 9/10/14

The women's soccer team gained thier second consecutive road win as they defeated NJIT, 2-0, on Thursday, Sept. 4. Freshman Rachelle Ross scored her first career goal for the blue and white while senior Alexa Freguletti scored her third goal of the season. Sophomore Alexis McTamney had the assist on both goals.

The Hawks outshot their opponent 25-5 and had three more cornerkicks than NJIT.

With the win, the team improves to 3-2 and records their third shutout of the season.


In their first game on the road, the University's field hockey team defeated Lehigh University, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Hawks improve to a 2-2 record. The women will return to action on Sunday, September 14 as they travel to Norfolk, VA to face the 1-3 Old Dominon team.


Senior running back Kwabena Asante and junior kicker Lucas Santangelo were awarded Big South Player of the Week honors for their assistance in the 52-21 win over Delaware State on Saturday, August 30. Asante scored four touchdowns; Santangelo kicked three field goals and five extra points in his first appearance.


MU Golf alumni, Ian Thimble, received his first professional victory by winning the 105th Massachusetts Open this past summer.

At the tournament's end, Thimble was in a four-man tie which called for a three-hole playoff. Thimble bested his opponents as he birdied the 16th hole and saved par on the final two holes.

Thimble graduated from the University in 2013 with a degree from the Buisness School.


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