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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

SIDE LINES: 4/8/15

Junior Marial Pierce was named the MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. In the Hawks’ overtime win over Quinnipiac Pierce scored three goals, including the game winner with just over five minutes to play. Pierce led MU in goals, total points, groundballs, draw controls, and caused turnovers over the course of the week.

Bryce Wasserman has been named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Hawks two games last week. The freshman recorded 12 total points, including nine goals, during the stretch to help the Hawks move to five and five overall and 2-1 in conference play. He has at least one point in every game this season, and currently leads the team with 19 goals, seven assists, and 26 total points. 

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Softball Team Splits Series at Rider

pitcher syndey softballAfter Monmouth’s first loss against the Broncs Sunday afternoon, junior Jill Freese hit a home run, two doubles, three RBI’s and three runs in Game 2 securing the Hawks’ second win at Herb and Joan Young Field. 

Rider brought in three runs during the bottom of the sixth inning to win Game 1 with a score of 3-1. The Hawks then came back with a 12-9 win. With the split on Sunday, MU now stands 5-12 overall and 1-1 in the conference. 

Senior Vanessa Cardoza, senior Kayleena Flores and junior Emma Hill all added three hits each during the doubleheader. Hill also saw the plate twice and added an additional stolen base as well as an RBI. Freshman Ashalynn Umiamaka added two hits as well as doubling, driving in two and scoring once. Sophomore Rachel Shotzbarger also had two hits, an RBI and one run scored. 

Freshman Chloe Howerth doubled, drove in two and scored a run while sophomore Justine Reyes added a base hit, two RBI’s and a run of her own. Junior Raelynn Galindo helped the cause with a two-run single.

Sophomore southpaw Sydney Underhill pitched eight innings throughout the two games. During Game 1, she allowed three unearned runs, however, she was awarded the save in Game 2 with a bases loaded, no outs situation during the sixth inning. Overall, she gave up four runs. Game 1 saw the Hawks pull ahead of Rider in the top of the first with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Hill’s movement on the base path. The junior from Montana singled, stole second base, took third then found home plate with a RBI from Umiamaka. The game was at a standstill until the Broncs plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Rider’s Gina McCool tied the game with a single to right field. With two outs, Rider’s Allysen Breeden hit a two-run single up the middle which brought in the Broncs’ victory. 

It was the Broncs who gained an early lead in Game 2 thanks to Emily Cottrell’s two-out RBI single to left field. MU kept silent until the top of the third when they brought home four runs. 

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Baseball Wins First Conference Series of the Year

chris mckenna backpageThe University’s baseball team took two of three from Manhattan over the weekend to improve to 5-12 overall (2-1 in the MAAC) on the season. 

MU first got an extra-inning win over the Jaspers on Saturday, March 28. The Hawks came away with a 5-4 win in thirteen innings, and the victory was also Head Coach Dean Ehehalt’s 600th of his career. 

However, Ehehalt, currently in his 22nd season at Monmouth, wasn’t too focused on the milestone. 

“600 is great and I’ll talk about that in a couple years, but I don’t get caught up in all that stuff,” Ehehalt said. “Right now I’m happy for our guys. They battled, and that was a wild game with great plays made on both sides.”

The Hawks’ pitching was very impressive for the game, but their defense was sloppy at points. All four of Manhattan’s runs were unearned as the Hawks committed three errors for the game.

Senior Chris McKenna got the start for MU and allowed only three hits over eight innings of work, including six strikeouts, while freshman Justin Andrews pitched in with four innings of work in relief. Andrews struck out two and allowed one unearned run on two hits. Freshman Mike Brambilla was the third MU pitcher used, and managed to get the win after one scoreless inning in which he allowed one hit.  

Leading the way offensively for MU was junior DH Cary Jacobson. Jacobson was three for six with one RBI, and also scored two runs for the Hawks. Dan Shea and Shaine Hughes each chipped in with two hits on the afternoon. 

Heading into the bottom of the third the Hawks found themselves down 2-1 before taking the lead in the inning. Seniors Steve Wilgus and Kyle Perry got things started for MU when they reached base on errors. Hughes then advanced the two runners into scoring position where Wilgus eventually scored on a Chris Gaetano groundout and Perry on an infield hit from Jacobson to put MU in front 3-2. 

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Track and Field Begin Outdoor Season

geordan ferguson winning the 400 hurdleThe Monmouth University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams hosted the 20th Annual Monmouth Season Opener on Saturday, March 28. Several Hawks displayed good performances, as the men won the overall event and the women finished in second.

The men went 11-0 in dual meet scoring to extend their home win streak that started in 1996. The women finished 10-1 in the dual meet scoring, falling only to Bucknell.

“This was a great early season test where we had to deal with the elements as we always do outdoors,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “The times and marks will improve a lot in the weeks ahead, but in most places our team competed with the intensity that we need.” 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 400 meter hurdles on the men’s side in 55.43 seconds. “This was a great opportunity being at home. Even with not so ideal weather conditions the team tried their best as a whole which shows a lot about us,” Ferguson said. 

He then went one-two with senior teammate Jalen Walker in the 110 hurdles, as the pair finished in 14.59 and 14.81 seconds consecutively. 

Senior captain Ben Boyd took first in the 400m in 48.70 seconds, with freshman teammate Malcolm Chavis in third. The top three finishers in the 100m were all Hawks, led by junior Ahmier Dupree running 10.85, freshman Bryan Sosoo in second at 10.91, and junior Eric Kahana at 10.94. Dupree and Kahana placed first and second again in the 200m, finishing in 21.88 and 22.16 seconds.

Sophomore Matt Nelson helped MU stay dominant in the meet as he took first place in the 10,000 meter run at 32:29.47. Junior Domenick D’Agostino won the 3,000 meter in 8:45.12. In the 1500 meter run, junior Graham Huggins-Filozof came in fourth with 4:02.27, while senior Khari Bowen placed seventh. 

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MU Surfers Hit Florida Over Break

surfingSpring has sprung here in the Garden State.  Yes, the greens are greener, the sun is sunnier and the snow is just as cold…  While most of our friends at Monmouth University ushered in the new season with an unwelcomed snowstorm, the lucky ones headed south in search of board short weather. 

“Spring break led us to Florida, where we met up with the boys from Jersey who spend their time studying at Flagler college,” said freshman Andrew Moon as he recapped his journey. “We got super lucky and had a long period swell come through while we were there which allowed us to enjoy warm water accompanied by waves.”

Moon travelled with a close friend and fellow Monmouth surfer, sophomore Tyler Sankey, who was just as excited about their experience.

“We surfed, hung out on the beach, and surfed some more.  Overall good vibes, and good food there too, it was pretty cool seeing that part of Florida for the first time,” said Sankey.  

Despite leaving home for spring break, Jersey kept on doing its thing. While Moon and Sankey enjoyed themselves in the sun, freshman Paul Kelly reaped the rewards of the final winter swells of the year.

“Luckily enough I found [some waves], and surfed all day with my brother and a few of my friends. For me it was easily the best swell of the year, it was so good at home, I still can’t get over it,” said Kelly.

The stories continue and school starts back up for the final stretch of spring semester .

So what? It was a good spring break for those that travelled; it was good for those that stayed home in NJ, but what’s next?

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SIDE LINES: 4/1/15

Former Hawk, Miles Austin agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Moday, March 30. 

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Austin will receive $2.3 million in base salary with another $700,000 in incentives.

The men’s tennis team recorded their third straight shut-out on Sunday afternoon at the Hofstra Outdoor Tennis Center. The 4-0 victory against Hofstra brings the team to an even 7-7 record.

Junior Ramy Bekhiet and freshman Ale Gomez Estrada secured an 8-2 win at No. 2, while sophomores Christian Vieira and Luke Adamus also had an 8-2 win at No. 3. Bekhiet pushed the Hawks to a 2-0 lead with his singles victory at No. 6. Sophomore Vidit Vaghela had a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4. Gomez Estrada clinched finished Hofstra off with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3.

Sophomore guard Justin Robinson was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District I Second Team on Friday, March 27.

Robinson had reached double-digits in scoring 24 times this season, had 120 assists and 56 steals. He averaged 32.2 minutes per game.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins 2 of 3 Over Break

WLax2The women’s lacrosse team spent their spring break unlike typical college students as they versed three difficult teams across the country. 

The team sparked their three game excursion with a 14-11 loss to Saint Joseph’s University on Saturday, March 14. SJU got off to an early start courtesy of Nora McCallion who had two goals within the first five minutes of play. Within ten minutes of the opening whistle, SJU was winning 3-0.

Junior attackman Marial Pierce put MU on the board with 19:37 remaining in the first half, but SJU responded with two goals of their own from Maura Monti. 

MU senior Emily Barbieri and sophomore Olivia Higson each added a mark of their own to cut the lead to two. Shortly after Barbieri’s goal, SJU pulled ahead by one more score courtesy of Julia Falcone. 

MU showed a burst of energy, scoring three consecutive goals over the span of seven minutes. 

With the score at an even 6-6 and less than a minute in the first half, SJU lengthened their lead to two once more.

Pierce gave MU hope at a victory by tying the game once again at 9-9 with 17:26 left to play. Unfortunately, SJU crushed any hope with four consecutive goals making it a 13-9 game. With five minutes remaining, MU’s back-to-back effort was not enough and with a second left in the game, SJU’s McCallion secured her team’s win.

MU goalkeeper, senior Katie Donohoe, made five saves during the game. SJU’s Sarah Smith lead the game with five goals while Higson lead MU with three goals. The Hawks outshot SJU 26-22 and had 18 more fouls. Each team had 20 turnovers.

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Men’s Lacrosse Hit .500 at Half-Way Mark

berger gsThe men’s lacrosse team improved its record to 4-4 overall this season, including a 1-1 mark in the MAAC, with consecutive wins over NJIT and Siena this past week. 

MU first took down the Highlanders of NJIT 6-3 on Tuesday, March 17 in Newark. Six different Hawks scored goals for the game, and senior goalkeeper Garrett Conaway saved three of six shots to earn his third win of the season. With the loss NJIT fell to 0-6 for the year. 

Trailing by one with fewer than two minutes to play in the first period MU senior John Castellano found the back of the net and tied the game at one with his first career goal. The game stayed even at one over the next 13 plus minutes of play before sophomore Eric Berger scored an unassisted goal to give the Hawks the lead with only 3:07 remaining before halftime. 

Berger’s goal kick started an offensive explosion as NJIT’s Joe Lomeli netted his second goal of the game just 11 seconds later to tie the game back up. Less than a minute later, however, the Hawks found themselves back in front when senior Ryan Schwartz took a pass from teammate Zak Reed and got it past the keeper for his first goal on the year. 

With just two seconds left to play in the first half the Hawks recorded their second consecutive goal when freshman Bryce Wasserman scored his team leading ninth goal of the season. The score gave MU a 4-2 lead as both teams headed into the locker rooms.

The Hawks continued their hot play in the second half as they extended their scoring streak to four consecutive goals. Sophomore Zack Schleicher first found the back of the net with just under four minutes remaining in the third period to move MU’s lead to 5-2. Just 40 seconds later senior Zach Johannes scored MU’s sixth goal of the game to increase the lead to four off of an assist from Schleicher. 

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Dylan Capwell Is Re-Writing the Record Books

dylan capwell pictureIf you have followed Monmouth Track and Field over the past two years, then you have followed sophomore, Dylan Capwell

Capwell etched his name in MU history two weeks ago at the NCAA Finals finishing second in the 800. After coming in at 1:48.23 in his initial heat and second overall, Capwell qualified for the finals. The Lake Hopatcong, NJ native faced stiff competition in the championship and would eventually be edged out by talented Iowa State senior, Edward Kemboi of Kenya. 

“The goal is always to take first in any race I go to but just being able to run the way I did was incredible,” said Capwell. “As a sophomore qualifying as the fastest American and getting flown out to Arkansas for five days was amazing, it means everything to me.”

But the story goes much further than second place; Capwell set a new personal best and school record at 1:46.70, solidifying a First Team All-American selection. Not only did he venture into uncharted territory for MU athletes, but Capwell’s record breaking time made him the fastest collegiate American 800 meter runner in the country. However, that only scratches the surface of what Capwell has achieved in his first two years for the Hawks. 

The accomplished MU Indoor Track and Field team won their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship earlier this year, and Capwell certainly left his mark on the competition. On his way to the fastest time ever for a collegiate athlete at the historic New York Armory, Capwell broke both the MAAC and school record in the 800. His performance at the MAAC Championship earned him Mid-Atlantic Regional Track Athlete of the Year honors, determined by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. 

With two years left in his collegiate career, such accolades tend to beg the question, could Capwell be considered the greatest West Long Branch has ever seen? 

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Track and Field Begin Outdoor Season

Monmouth’s track and field opened their 2015 outdoor season this past weekend  at Wake Forest University on Friday and Saturday. The meet was considered a success as several Hawks posting qualifying marks for ECAC/IC4A.

We know we have a lot to work on in the next few weeks, but this was a great start for the group who competed this weekend,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni.

For the men, Jalen Walker and Ahmier Dupree took fifth in the preliminaries in their events before upping their finish to third in the finals. Walker ran the 110 hurdles in 14.69 seconds in the prelims, lowering that to 14.43 to come in third in the finals. Dupree ran 10.89 in the prelims in the 100 before dropping that to 10.87 for third place in finals later that day. Both Walker and Dupree qualified for IC4A’s. “Even though it was the first meet, we were more than prepared.” Dupree said.

The men’s 4x100 group of Walker, junior Eric Kahana, freshman Bryan Sosoo and Dupree also posted an IC4A time of 42.28 to take fourth. Kahana also ran 22.14 in the 200.

Junior Geordan Ferguson finished third in the 400 hurdles in 53.86 seconds, also an IC4A qualifying time. “It felt good running a very close time to where I left off last year,” Ferguson said. “I expect big things for myself and the team this outdoor season, and today was a great start to achieving that.” 

Senior captain Ben Boyd took fifth in the 400 with a time of 48.07 seconds, Boyd also ran the 800 running a 1:55. Sosoo took ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 45’3.5”. 

MU had three top-10 finishers in the shot put, first by senior captain Taylor Bernstein, who took fourth with a shot of 53’5.75”. Junior Tevin Kirby-Stewart took ninth at 51’7.25”, and freshman Corey Murphy was 10th, throwing 49’6.5”. Bernstein also took fourth at 163’6” in the discus to qualify for IC4A’s. In the javelin, Senior Zach Torrell finished third with a throw of 209’10”, and freshman William Civatte was ninth at 183’11”. Torrell’s mark was an IC4A qualifying standard.

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SIDE LINES: 3/25/15

After taking down second-seeded Stephen F. Austin in the first round, the women’s bowling team fell to Vanderbilt and Valparaiso in consecutive matches and was eliminated from the first ever Soutland Bowling League Championships. The Hawks first beat SFA four games to one before falling to Vanderbilt 4-1 and being swept 4-0 by Valparaiso. 

 Senior goalkeeper Garrett Conaway was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The award comes after the team’s two consecutive victories against NJIT and Siena last week. 

Conaway is second in the nation in save percentage (.647) and goals-against-average (6.03). 

In their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest of the season, the men’s tennis team beat Siena to improve to 6-7 overall on the season. With a 7-0 sweep over Siena, the Hawks recorded their fourth shutout of the year. MU was victorious in every singles set and took the doubles point as well.  

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