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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Men’s Basketball Clinches First-Round Bye

old mens bball picThe men’s basketball team clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming MAAC tournament when they took down the Peacocks of St. Peter’s University 63-58 this past Thursday, Feb. 19 in Jersey City. 

One year removed from being eliminated by Rider in the first-round of the tournament as the ninth seed, the Hawks have now secured a top five seed in their second season as members of the MAAC. 

“I’m so excited for our kids,” said head coach King Rice. “These kids have been believing all along and good things happened for us tonight.” 

Junior guard Deon Jones shot an efficient 7-12 from the field on his way to a game high 23 points, including a perfect 9-9 performance from the free throw line. “I was just being aggressive,” said Jones on his performance. “My teammates were finding me and I was able to hit open shots.”

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson and senior guard and captain Max DiLeo also broke double-digits for the contest. Robinson notched 11 points on the night, while DiLeo was right behind him with 10 of his own including two makes from behind the arc. 

Jones was firing on all cylinders out of the gate, as the redshirt junior hit four of his first five shots to help give MU a 13-2 lead through eight minutes of play. 

St. Peter’s managed to trim the lead down to six at the five and a half minute mark of the first period, but Robinson quickly made it a three possession game with a jumper in the paint that pushed the Hawks’ lead to eight. 

The Peacocks were finally able to slow down the Hawks over the last five minutes of the first, and eventually used a 12-4 run to come all the way back and tie the game at 23 with only thirty seconds to go before the half. 

However, MU would not be denied a halftime lead. It was Jones who again came up big for his team when, in the final seconds, he grabbed an offensive rebound off a DiLeo missed three and put it in to give the blue and white a slim 25-23 lead heading into the half. The second chance opportunity was a theme for MU throughout the game, as they turned nine offensive rebounds into 15 points.

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Track and Field Reign as MAAC Champions

The Monmouth University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams won the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at The Armory, repeating as conference champions.

The men posted 220 points to claim victory, while the women totaled 166.50 points to win. Sophomore Dylan Capwell was named MAAC Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Head Coach Joe Compagni was named both men’s and women’s MAAC Coach of the Year.

“I know it’s a cliché to say this was a total team effort, but this was absolutely a total team effort,” Compagni said. “Our men and women scored in virtually every event. We had 30 men and 32 women score for us, and our team brought some great energy that was crucial to our success.”

On the men’s side, Capwell broke a MAAC record, and ran the fourth fastest time in the nation in the 800, running 1:46.82 to win the event with ease. Senior Andrew Langille took fourth in the 800 running 1:51.45.

Senior captain Ben Boyd won the 400 in 47.91 seconds breaking the MAAC Championships record set in 2007, and was joined by sophomore Malcolm Chavis who took fifth with a time of 49.43. Boyd also won the 200, finishing in 21.81 seconds. 

Junior Eric Kahana took second at 22.10 seconds, and junior Ahmier Dupree placed fifth at 22.42 seconds. Dupree won the 60 meter dash, running 6.84, a new meet record. He was trailed by freshman Bryan Sosoo, who took third at 6.92. Kahana scored in both the 60 meter dash and hurdles. 

“We’ve felt all season that we were going to be a great team. This weekend, we took a massive step towards accomplishing the goals we set at the beginning of the season, showing that we are and will continue to be a great team moving forward.” Boyd said.

MU had three scores in the 60 hurdles, including a second place finish from junior Geordan Ferguson and third place from senior Jalen Walker, who ran in 8.00 and 8.01 respectively.

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Women’s Basketball Splits NY Road Trip

The Hawks cold Western, NY road trip started with a passionate double overtime win against the Purple Eagles of Niagara. An overall team effort boosted the Hawks to a 81-69 victory at the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center. MU had five players post double figures. Sophomore guard Helena Kurt lead the charge with 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while sophomore forward Christina Mitchell posted her team leading fifth double-double of the season by knocking down 13 points, and posting 10 boards. The game’s five players in double figures marked the first time MU has reached that feat all year.

Joining Kurt and Mitchell in double digits was sophomore center Sophie Beaudry who shot 6-7 from the field resulting in 12 points. She also added five rebounds and four blocks. Off the bench, sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune scored a dozen points, six of them coming off two big threes. Junior guard Jasmine Walker was the last to reach double digits late in the second overtime compiling a total of 10 points.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead; by the 10:28 mark the Hawks led by one and did not relinquish the lead until the last minute of regulation. The Hawks played great interior defense late in the game as the combination of Beaudry and Mitchell combined for eight blocks and six offensive rebounds to give MU 13 second chance points. 

MU loves the three ball, and no Hawk was more effective than Kurt. “All credit goes to my teammates who got me open looks, and I was able to knock them down,” Kurt said. 

MU dished out 21 assists, which is a season high for the team. The team chemistry was at an all time high and it showed in the stat sheet as the Hawks shot 40.5 percent as a team and shot an impressive 53.8 percent in two overtimes where MU shined.

Niagara clawed back late in the game behind 19 points from Taylor McKay. Their effort was not enough; during overtime number two, Niagara put up low-percentage shots causing MU to take advantage and convert on back-to-back three balls by Mitchell and Walker. Courtesy of the Purple Eagles, the Hawks picked up their second win in a row.

After Friday night’s emotional double-OT victory, the Hawks tried to make a clean sweep at Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. MU was cold early as their counterparts were on fire. 

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SIDE LINES: 2/25/15

Senior goalkeep Katie Donohoe was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after last Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Drexel Dragons. Donohoe made five saves in the game, three of which came in the second half.

This is MU’s second MAAC Defensive Player of the Week this season; junior Kristina Vangeli was bestowed the  honor after the 10-3 win over Lafayette.

The women’s lacrosse team captured their second win of the 2015 season as they defeated Drexel, 5-2, on Feb. 18.

Olivia Higson led the Hawks in scoring with two goals during the game. Emily BarbieriAllison Stathius and Marial Pierce each contributed a goal of their own. 

This is the Hawks’ first win over a Colonial Athletic Association team since 2008.

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 Basketball Edges MAAC Opponent Marist, 69-65

bball2The Hawks have taken sole possession of third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) improving to 11-5 in conference play, 15-12 overall, with a 69-65 win over the tenth place Marist Red Foxes on Monday night in the Multipurpose Activity Center.

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson led MU scorers with 20 points, all coming in the second half of this MAAC contest. Junior guard Deon Jones added 18 points, while sophomore guard Colin Stewart followed up his career-high 21-point performance against Siena with nine points of his own. 

Austin Tilghman contributed with a seven points, five rebounds and seven assists, a career-high for the freshman guard. 

Senior Brice Kofane, the 6’ 8’’ transfer from Providence, continued to carry the Hawks on the glass collecting 12 rebounds, as well as six points and three blocks. Senior guard Max DiLeo tallied three points. 

The Marist Red Foxes have been battling injuries throughout the entire 2014-15 season only putting their opening day lineup on the court nine times so far. 

With their opening day lineup, the Red Foxes managed a 4-5 record against a 1-15 record without. 

When the Hawks and Red Foxes squared off in Dec., MU came away with a 57-50 victory. However, Chavaughn Lewis, a second team All-MAAC preseason selection, left the contest with a sprained ankle only 1:42 during that game. 

Currently, Lewis sits as the nation’s tenth leading scorer. He came into Monday night’s averaging 20.5 PPG. During the contest, Lewis scored a total of 15 points while teammate sophomore guard Khalid Lewis, another second team All-MAAC preseason selection, dropped 21 points.

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener Over Lafayette

Claudia Dan StambaughThe University’s women’s lacrosse team faced off against the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday, Feb. 14 and ended up taking the day with a sweeping 10-3 victory.

Despite the bitter cold conditions of 11 degrees, the Hawks approached the game prepared for anything.

“We’ve been outside just about everyday” said senior midfielder and co-captain Allison Stathius. “No matter how cold, we’re out here running. And the days we couldn’t be outside because of the snow, we prepared inside.”

Well prepared for the weather, the Hawks were able to overcome the chill and be aggresive on the field.

“We really dominated the day because every unit really did what they needed to do,” said Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Early in the game we were getting good opportunities, but didn’t take good shots. When we did finally take better shots, it gave us more confidence.”

After the offensive line started to heat up and pulled the Hawks ahead by two, the team  added four more unanswered goals.

Possession really contributed to MU’s success throughout the day. Westcott said, “We controlled the ball off the faceoff too, which was key.”

The Hawks won nine out of the 15 faceoffs, giving the offense an abundant amount of opportunities. MU took advantage of this fact and outshot their opponent, 20-14.

“I don’t think it could have been any better. It all clicked today between the attack, midfield and defense,” Stathius said. The senior went four-for-four on the day making her the game’s leading scorer.

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Track & Field Host Largest Meet in MAC History

sports track and fieldThe Monmouth University men’s track and field team won the MU Winter Collegiate Invitational, and the women’s team finished second this weekend in the biggest meet ever hosted at the University.

On the men’s side, junior Ahmier Dupree was the winner out of the University’s runners in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87, an IC4A time and a personal best. MU finished strong in the 60 hurdles, taking the top three and five of the top seven spots. 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.08, with teammates senior Jalen Walker and junior Eric Kahana close behind.

“This was good preparation for conference championships next weekend,” Ferguson said. “Me and Jalen always go one and two. Hopefully we can keep that going and do the same next weekend.” 

Three of the top four finishers in the 400 were MU athletes; the winner was senior captain Ben Boyd. Boyd, who finished in 49.00 seconds, was followed by junior John Malespina in third, and senior Andrew Langille in fourth in a very tight race. Freshman Jack Grace claimed second in the 500 with a time of 1:07.72. 

Senior Tommy Darlington took third in the 3k, which is 19 laps around the MAC’s indoor track. Monmouth’s men took the top two spots and four of the top six competitors in the mile. Junior Domenick D’Agostino was the winner of the event in 4:17.57, while teammate junior Graham Huggins-Filozof took close second at 4:18.72. Senior Khari Bowen came in third in the 800 while teammate senior Chris Solda placed sixth with times of 1:56.39 and 1:59.28.

MU’s DMR (distance medley relay) team of Huggins-Filozof, junior Rob Staskowski, Bowen and D’Agostino won the event with a time of 10:33.84.

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Surf Club Dives in on Unexpected Session

SurfSurf is fast. Swell can pop up or die down in hours, while catching waves requires a quick reaction. Although this is the nature of surfing, a surfer’s best quality is not his or her speed, but an awareness to respond to what is in front of them.

In front of us was potential.  The forecast did not call for ideal conditions, but the surf said otherwise.

Some will say that winter weather is too harsh and that getting out there is unnecessary unless it is firing overhead. However, I thank those surfers, for my friends and I had the entire beach to ourselves during this unexpected session.

On Saturday afternoon, the Monmouth Surf Club boys were out and about. The cruel, white brick walls of New Hall forced bored surfers to the beach. Usually, random beach trips end as just that, a beach trip. However, this time Ty was stoked about more than just his Snapchat story.

“Yo, it’s like kind of good right now,” said Tyler Sankey as he sent his last selfie of the day.

It did not take much more than that to get us out there.  We knew the drill. It was back to campus, rubber up, and get out before the sun went down.  

We did just that. As our crew tossed gear in the back of Connor Perzely’s car it began to snow. 

At first a few sprinkles, but worsened, as we grew closer to the beach.

People honked while we dodged rush hour traffic on Ocean Boulevard to get to the beach. Once we got another look at the surf, no amount of snow or traffic could keep us away. The tide was dropping, the swell seemed to be building and it was ours for the taking. A cacophony of gull songs and our shrieks filled the windy, winter air as we plunged into the ocean. 

The sea yielded perfect, peaky waves that filled our hearts with joy and our suits with cold saltwater.

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SIDE LINES: 2/18/15

The men’s tennis team dropped both their matches in the ECAC Tournament this past weekend. The Hawks first fell 4-0 to St. John’s on Friday, Feb. 13 in the tournament’s opening round, and then fell again 4-2 at the hands of George Washington in Saturday’s consolation match. 

Senior Allison Stathius and junior Kristina Vangeli were named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and MAAC Defensive Player of the Week respectively on Monday Feb. 16.

Stathius recorded four goals on a perfect four of four shooting in the teams’ 10-3 win over Lafayette on her way to the award, while Vangeli caused four turnovers  and collected four ground balls in the victory. 

The University’s baseball team dropped to 0-3 on the young season with their third straight loss to Dallas Babtist on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Hawks scored two runs and managed only four hits for the contest, while Dallas Babtist pushed acrossed seven runs on eight hits. 

With the first series of the season under their belts, MU will look to rebound and get their first win when they take on James Madison this coming Friday in the first of three games. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Enters Year Two in West Long Branch

MLAX vs Marist 20140419 JR 157Preseason for the Monmouth University men’s lacrosse program is in full swing with the first whistle less than a week away. The boys in blue are coming off their inaugural season where they finished with a humbling record of 0-13. But don’t let their record from last year write the story, MU holds an attribute few can bolster. The MU lacrosse program returns a staggering 27 letter-winners from last year’s squad; senior defender and co-captain Ryan Horsch couldn’t be more thrilled. 

“I don’t have to worry about the small things as much anymore, the younger guys know what to do on their own, they’ve stepped up to be leaders in their own right and they’ve lightened my load,” said Horsch, a 21-year-old Rahway resident. “We’re hungry, we want wins, we want to show everybody what we got, we want to bounce back from last year and show people what we have.”  

Last spring the Hawks opened up the campaign away in heart-breaking fashion falling to UMBC, 10-8. 

Following their trip to Maryland, MU headed to Staten Island where they would take the Wagner Seahawks to four overtime periods only to fall, 7-6. A year removed and the tables have turned. Both Wagner and UMBC will make the trek to West Long Branch to face a motivated group of experienced Hawks. 

“It’s pretty clear to us there’s just a determination and a sense of excitement within this group,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher, a former Assistant Coach at the University of Notre Dame. “The difference is we’re all sophomores, even though we have a couple juniors and five seniors; the core of the group is sophomores. We’re hungry to get that first win but more than anything to compete and that’s why this group has been a pleasure to coach. We’re really just excited to get this season going and looking forward to turning that corner.” 

The Hawks attack is led by current sophomore Chris Daly. A MAAC All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman, Daly was the team’s leading scorer a season ago collecting 26 points off of 17 goals and nine assists. Daly will be joined by a slew of attackmen up top. 

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Track and Field Sets Multiple MU Records at Boston University

ben boydThis past weekend, Monmouth University set five school records and posted multiple top finishes as the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University.

“We really wanted to take a big step forward this weekend and in many areas, we did that very well,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “The team brought some great energy to the meet and we need to keep building on that.”

On the men’s team, senior captain Ben Boyd set a new school record in the 400, finishing third with a time of 47.64 breaking the old record of 47.83 set in 2004 by David Wiley. 

“This has been a career goal of mine since freshman year, to break the 400 school record. I’ve had my eye on it for a while. It is extremely gratifying to finally get it, but at the same time I still need to get faster,” Boyd said. 

Sophomore All-American Dylan Capwell also set a school record, winning the 500 with a time of 1:02.54 beating the previous 2007 record set by Chris Vuono of 1:03.45. Senior Andrew Langille took first place in the 1000 meter run, running a 2:24.65, to win the 18 person field and run an IC4A qualifying time. 

IC4A for the men and ECAC for women will be held back at Boston University March 6-8 where the top competitors in each field from the region compete. 

MU’s 4x400 group of Capwell, Boyd, junior Geordan Ferguson, and sophomore Malcolm Chavis took third in the relay with a time of 3:13.61, creating another new MU school record.

Junior Ahmier Dupree and sophomore Eric Kahana finished in the top five of the 60 meter dash, with Dupree in third and Kahana in fifth. Senior Jalen Walker took third in the 60 hurdles.

For the men’s field events, senior Joey Marini won the triple jump with a leap of 15.05m, breaking his own school record. Junior Liam Vogt took fourth in the triple jump, and went on to win the long jump with a jump of 6.93m. Sophomore Bobby Fisher claimed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.35m. Senior Erik Anderson came in fourth in the high jump with a jump of 2.04m. 

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