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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Men’s Track and Field are IC4A Champions

pic for track ic4aThe Monmouth University men’s track and field team finished first at the 94th IC4A Indoor Championships for the first time in school history on Sunday at Boston University, with 58 points to place first out of 100 total schools. The MU women took 10th of 86 schools at the ECAC Championships.

“For our men to put the Monmouth name in the record books along with some of the best teams in the history of collegiate track and field is pretty special,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni.

The MU men defeated Georgetown, the second place finisher, by a 58-51 and had in total 10 All-East performers in eight different events to earn the first IC4A title in school history. The women claimed 10th of 86 schools, the second-best finish in school history. Four Hawks on the women’s side earned All-East finished in four individual events and two relays. The women’s team had a combined 25.5 points.

Senior Jalen Walker became the eighth IC4A indoor champion in school history, winning the 60 hurdles with a personal best and school record time of 7.90 seconds. “It was awesome to win the IC4A 60h and break the school record, but I am most happy for being able to make Monmouth history with my teammates,” Walker said.

He was joined by junior Geordan Ferguson, an All-East honoree, who finished eighth. Senior captain Ben Boyd lowered his own school record in the 400, running 47.45 to finish third with All-East honors. Freshman Bryan Sosoo finished fourth in the 60m dash running 6.89, while junior Ahmier Dupree finished seventh in 6.96. Dupree ran the 200 meter the previous day breaking the school record.  “Breaking the 200 record shows how hard I trained all year,” Dupree said “Yes it feels good to win but making history as a team to win IC4A’s is even better. I’m just glad to be apart of history.”

Sophomore Dylan Capwell earned All-east honors finishing second, lowering his own school record that he set the previous day in the trials in the 500, running 1:01.87. Senior Andrew Langille earned an IC4A silver medal, taking second in the 800 running 1:50.46. Senior Khari Bowen ran 14:34.53 in the 5k, the second best indoor time in school history.

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Baseball Can’t Snap Nine Game Losing Streak

chris mckenna2Monmouth University’s baseball team still looks for their first win of the season as they dropped a three game series to the East Carolina Pirates this past weekend. 

The team opened the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, falling 2-0 in game one and 9-0 in game two. 

The first game featured a pitching duel between senior Chris McKenna and ECU’s Evan Kruczynski. McKenna pitched a scoreless 7.1 innings in first game, but allowed two runs before he was replaced by senior TJ Hunt who finished the game. McKenna was able to hold ECU to nine hits while Kruczynski held the Hawks to two hits, striking out seven in the process. Senior first baseman Dave Moreno and sophomore outfielder Chris Gaetano were the only Hawks to hit off Kruczynski.

The second game of the doubleheader featured junior southpaw Frank Trimarco. Trimarco allowed six runs on seven hits in just one inning of work.

ECU’s Reid Love got to Trimarco early as he hit a home run in the lead off position. Back-to-back base hits put Eric Tyler and Bryce Harman on base for ECU. Batting clean up was Travis Watkins, who connected for an RBI single. Jackson Mims, Charlie Yorgen, and Garrett Brooks each contributed an RBI in the inning.

Head Coach Dean Ehehalt pulled Trimarco and replaced him with freshman Matt Littrell. In three innings, Littrell allowed three runs on six hits while striking out one batter. In relief for Littrell was freshman Justin Andrews, who recorded three scoreless innings. Sophomore Ricky Dennis was sent out for the final inning of the game. MU’s four pitchers allowed 15 hits while ECU’s pitching staff held the Hawks to three hits in the game.

The two teams met again on Sunday for the the final game of the series which featured another pitching duel between ECU’s David Lucroy and MU’s junior southpaw Anthony Ciavarella. There was no real action for either team until the bottom of the third when ECU hit back-to-back singles and then scored a run courtesy of a sacrifice fly.

MU scored their first run of the series in the top of the fourth. With bases loaded, Gaetano knocked in freshman Shaine Hughes.

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Men’s Basketball Falls in MAAC Semi-Finals

MBBThe men’s basketball team was eliminated from this year’s MAAC Championship Tournament after falling to top-seeded Iona in the semi-finals at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY this past Sunday, March 8.

One day after beating Canisius in the tournaments quarterfinal round, the Hawks could not overcome Iona’s record breaking performance from the three-point line and fell by a final score of 95-77. The Gaels knocked down a MAAC Tournament record 19 three, four more than the previous high of 15 made by La Salle in 1990. 

“Our kids gave us everything,” said Head Coach King Rice following the loss. “Nobody thought we’d be here. I truly thought, and I told my kids all day, that we were going to win this game, but Iona was the better team. A lot of credit to them.”

Senior captain Max DiLeo went five for seven from behind the three-point line and hit six of his seven free throws in route to a career high 21 points to lead the Hawks. Junior guard Deon Jones went 8-14 from the floor and finished just behind DiLeo with 18 points, while senior forward Brice Kofane also reach double figures on the night with 10 points and also recorded a team high seven rebounds.

Iona star A.J. English led all scorers on the night with 29 points. English went 11-16 from the floor and made seven of his ten attempts from the three-point line. Isaiah Williams finished right behind English with 27 points, and set an individual MAAC Tournament record by draining nine trifectas.  

Despite shooting over 60 percent from the field, including a 54.5 percent mark from three-point range, in the first half, the barrage of Iona threes was too much for MU, who trailed 57-45 heading into the half. 

The Hawks only lead of the game came just four minutes into the contest when a layup from sophomore point guard Justin Robinson made the score 6-5. 

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Women’s Basketball Lose to QU; End of Season

The Monmouth women’s basketball season came to an end Friday at the Times Union Center after an 82-61 quarterfinal loss to the No. 1 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats.

MU entered the MAAC Tournament, which was hosted in Albany, NY, as the No. 9 seed and as a result, they were slated to play in the first game of the weekend against the No. 8 seed, the Canisius Golden Griffins. The Hawks began their MAAC Tournament ride early on Thursday morning. 

Sophomore guard Helena Kurt led all scorers with 22 points as the Hawks defeated No. 8 seed Canisius 68-56 in the MAAC Championship First Round. 

Junior guard Jasmine Walker notched her fifth-career double-double, dropping 14 points and grabbing ten rebounds. Sophomore forward Christina Mitchell added 14 points of her own and contributed on the boards corralling five rebounds. NJIT transfer Sarah Olson shot three of ten from beyond the arc finishing with nine points.

Kayla Hoohuli, Canisius’ leading scorer and 2014-15 Preseason All-MAAC Second Team selection, finished with a team-high 18 points. Crystal Porter added 12 points and six rebounds.

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer knew her team had to execute the plan she installed in order to win the first round game. 

“I thought the team played really well today. We stuck with our game plan,” Palmateer said. “We changed a couple things for this game from the first two times we played them. They were minor adjustments, but our execution of those things were what really helped us pull this out. Overall, we had some great individual performances. I can’t say enough about Helena, Jas Walker and Chris Mitchell. I think they all brought something slightly different at certain times that were critical for us.”

Canisius led 24-23 at the half, but Kurt and Olson ignited a Hawks 13-1 run about half way through the second half, each hitting a three. After the run, the Hawks never trailed. 

Canisius managed to get the lead down to five with just over seven minutes remaining in the game but were unable to overcome the deficit. An Olson three aided the Hawks. 

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SIDE LINES: 3/11/15

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has included the University’s field hockey team in its 2014 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award.

The MU field hockey yeam posted a 3.37 overall GPA this past fall. This is the sixth consecutive year they have earned this honor and the seventh time in the past eight years.

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Monmouth Lacrosse Programs in Safe Hands

womens lax number27The Monmouth University lacrosse teams have no shortage of quality goalkeepers. With both the men’s and women’s programs in the early stage of their seasons, a common theme has emerged within the teams: goalkeeping prowess.  

Senior goalkeeper, Garrett Conaway and sophomore goalkeeper, Nick Hreshko are battling it out on the men’s side while senior goalkeeper, Katie Donohoe and junior goalkeeper, Caroline Huelster provide the competition on the women’s side.

During their inaugural season last spring, the starting goalkeeper for the men’s lacrosse team was in constant fluctuation. Although Hreshko started the most games, Conaway led the team in minutes played. 

As preseason in 2015 began, the fight for the starting spot also commenced. After scrimmages against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart, the call was made. Conaway would get the start for the Hawks as they faced UMBC in West Long Branch for the season’s opener. 

“Even through the fall and into the preseason it was a very good competition between Nick and Garrett, and Grant Gillan as a freshman is very talented as well and played very well in the fall,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher. “But Nick and Garrett were neck and neck for long stretches and Garrett just does some things a little bit better, in particular, saving the ball. But we are confident that we have two very good division one goalkeepers in our program and feel good about either of those two guys.”

The Hawks would reluctantly fall to UMBC in a tight contest and a low scoring game, but Conaway would not disappoint. The Maryland native broke up countless scoring opportunities launched by the Retrievers and would ultimately record 10 saves for MU in defeat. 

Following the home opener, the Hawks traveled to Piscataway for a match up with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 28. Not only would MU go on to record their first ever win as a program, but Conaway would also tie his career high with 14 saves earning him his first ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Week selection. 

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Baseball Searches for First Win of Season

bballThe University baseball team was swept by Florida Atlantic University in a three game series to in Boca Raton, FL this past weekend. The Hawks are now 0-6, while the Owls improved 9-2 on the season. 

Friday night’s opener was dominated by MU for the first six innings; however, FAU scored runs in their final three at-bats to overcome MU’s lead and win the game 9-5.

Offensively, MU was led by senior Steve Wilgus, who scored a run from the leadoff spot and went three-for-five with two RBI’s. Senior catcher Kyle Perry hit a pair of doubles and senior Adam Yunginger went two-for-three with an RBI, his first career run driven in.

MU started off strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. Wilgus was the first to get home, after reaching on an infield single to the right and Perry following with an RBI double to left center. Two batters later, senior Dave Moreno hit a ball that was booted into left field and ruled an error, allowing Perry to score the second run of the inning.  

Senior Chris McKenna, who was featured on the mound, allowed a mere three hits during his five-inning stint. McKenna held strong until the third inning, when FAU put themselves on the board to cut MU’s lead to 2-1.

The Hawks returned strong in the third, scoring three runs. Junior Dan Shea was hit by a pitch and awarded first base. Moreno connected for a double to place two on base for sophomore Chris Gaetano. FAU’s Kyle Miller, who has hit seven batters in his collegiate career, hit his second of the game with Gaetano at the plate. The bases were loaded with no outs when Yunginger stepped up to the plate. A single back to the mound was able to plate Shea and give MU a three run lead. Two batters later, Wilgus hit a two-run single through the right side. 

McKenna allowed one base runner over the next two innings; however, he started off the sixth by surrendering a leadoff walk and double to FAU. Junior Frank Trimarco replaced McKenna, but ended the sixth by giving up a two-run double to FAU.  

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Men’s Lacrosse Wins First Game in Program History

Hawks Embark on a Two Game Winning Streak after Rutgers and Wagner

After 14 games over two seasons, the men’s lacrosse program earned its first win on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. they then faced Wagner on Tuesday afternoon and earned their second win.

“It was certainly fun and exciting for our guys to get our first victory, and to come against Rutgers was extra sweet because we played in their football stadium and it was a game last year where they got the better of us,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “To compete in the manner in which we did, and to make the plays late in the game to win was very exciting for the development of our program.”

Fisher, a graduate of Rutgers, led his team to a 10-9 victory against his alma mater.

Rutgers got on the board less than a minute into the game, courtesy of an unassisted mark by Chad Toliver. Five minutes later, the Scarlet Knights increased their lead to two. 

Freshman Bryce Wasserman started MU’s scoring rally eight minutes, but Rutgers quickly gained another two goal lead. With two evenly matched teams, the end of the first quarter gave an expected 3-2 score, Rutgers favor.

Wasserman opened up the second quarter with a quick goal assisted by sophomore Chris Daly. MU went to score the next three out of four goals and leading 6-4 at half.

The third quarter was dominated by the Scarlet Knights as they opened the second half with three consecutive goals. Fortunately, MU sophomore Zack Schleicher was able to find the net and knot the game at 7-7.

The fourth quarter proved the most intense of the game as it was a constant one-point battle. With less than 13 minutes remaining, MU pulled ahead courtesy of an unassisted goal from sophomore Tyler Keen. About six minutes later, Rutgers retaliated with an unassisted goal from Jeff George.

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Basketball Earns No. 4 Seed in Tournament

Teddy Okereafor and Xavier Lundy combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds as the Rider Broncs outlasted the Hawks in a MAAC game that came down to the wire. 

The contest featured unlikely heroes with Rider playing without leading scorer and rebounder senior Matt Lopez who was lost for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury. 

Okereafor, who scored 21 points while adding eight rebounds, picked up the slack and was joined by Xavier Lundy who notched a career-high 17 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

It was a purple out in the University’s Multipurpose Activity Center when the Hawks fell to the Broncs 63-60. 

“Not very happy at all, I apologize to the fans, our kids decided today was the day they didn’t have to play” said Head Coach King Rice. “Lack of respect for the game today, lack of respect for your fans and it was our seniors who decided today was the day to do it.” 

The three seniors who King Rice said wanted to play “hero basketball” were Max DiLeoAndrew Nicholas and Brice Kofane.

Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 15 points and three assists, but the Hawks, who were tied 25-25 at the half with Rider, could not secure the win.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with the Hawks shooting 32 percent and the Broncs 35 percent. 

Kofane went one for six from the field and picked up three personal fouls to earn himself a spot on the bench for the second half with Coach Rice disappointed in the senior transfers performance.

Rider came out in the second half and went on a 9-0 run in the early going, led by Okereafor and Lundy contributing 14 points in the first 4:19. Rider led this contest by as many as 12 with 10:10 remaining in the game, but the Hawks managed to get the score within 58-56 with 1:59 left.

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SIDE LINES: 3/4/15

As it was announced on Monday afternoon, sophomore Justin Robinson was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team and junior Deon Jones was named to the All-MAAC Third Team. 

Robinson currently leads his team in points-per-game averaging at 13.4 which also puts him 12th in the conference. Jones is second on the team with 12.7 points-per-game. 

Robinson and Jones are the first in program history to be selected to All-MAAC teams. Robinson is also the program’s first all-conference first-team selection since Blake Hamilton in 2005.

Senior goalie Garrett Conaway was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the men’s lacrosse win over Rutgers Saturday, Feb. 28. Conaway made 14 saves on 23 shots in the teams first win at the Varsity level. 

The University’s bowling team finished second behind Franklin Pierce at the Hawk Flight Invite this past weekend. 

Junior Kaitlyn Reth led the Hawks with an average pincount of 206.2, and her high of 226 led all bowlers. She was also the only player to reach a 1,000 pin count for the tournament. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Lose Home Opener to UMBC

mens laxDespite senior goalkeeper, Garrett Conaway’s, exemplary performance in the cage with 10 saves, the Hawks could not catch the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Feb. 21. The final score of the game was 4-2 in the Retrievers favor.

The loss aside, the confidence Conaway has in his team is unmatched. “The defense played a phenomenal game, they gave me shots I could really save. To hold a team like UMBC, who has been consistently good over the years, to only four goals is an achievement in itself.”

The Hawks began their 2013-2014 inaugural season in similar fashion as they suffered a 10-8 loss against UMBC. Unlike last season, the Hawks have a much more experienced squad and a very talented freshmen class.

In an interview earlier this month, senior co-captain Ryan Horsch said, “We have a lot of young guys that are maturing and getting older. On top of that, we have a good group of freshmen that came in and I think a bunch of them will actually see time and give us some depth we didn’t have last year.”

Horsch had three groundballs and caused a turnover during the contest. 

In untypical lacrosse fashion, the contest provided hardly any scoring. In such a low scoring game, possession often determines the winner. Unfortunately for MU, their 13 first half turnovers gave UMBC too many opportunities.

 “As a team, when you hold a team to four goals you should be running it. A couple less mistakes on offense and it could have very easily gone the other way,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said.

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