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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Men’s Basketball Tied for Third in MAAC

MBBThe men’s basketball team is now tied with Manhattan for third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 9-5 conference record after splitting their previous two games against the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Canisius Golden Griffins. 

In their second season as members of the MAAC, the team is only one conference win away from doubling their conference wins from last season. Furthermore, their 12 overall victories have already surpassed their wins from last season.

The Hawks first travelled to the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, CT for a matchup with the fifth place Bobcats on Thursday, Feb. 5. After a slow start, the blue and white could not quite get back within striking distance, and ultimately fell 72-52. It was MU’s second loss to Quinnipiac this season, and the 20 point difference was the second largest margin of defeat for the Hawks this season.

“We were totally outplayed and outclassed by Quinnipiac today,” said Head Coach King Rice. “Our group is feeling pretty sorry for themselves right now and we have to get that turned around pretty quickly.”

Junior guard Deon Jones was the Hawks’ leading scorer on the night with 12, while sophomore point guard Justin Robinson chipped in with 11 points and dished out nine assists. Freshman guard Austin Tilghman added 11 points of his own. 

MU managed to jump out to an early lead behind a layup from senior guard Max DiLeo, but it would be the only lead they had on the night. 

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Women’s Basketball Can’t Catch Siena, Fall 65-58

Despite receiving 22 points from junior guard Sarah Olson, the women’s basketball team fell to the Siena Saints, 65-58, Saturday, Feb. 7.

Olson lit it up from beyond the arc in the second half, when she knocked down five triples after only hitting one in the first 20 minutes of play. 

Her second half barrage was a high point for the Hawks, but Head Coach Jenny Palmateer sees more in Olson than just her shooting ability. “She’s showed up for us every single game,” said Palmateer. “I think her value, as great as it is in the scoring column, is just as valuable in all the other areas.”

The Hawks jumped out to an early nine-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, with the big key being the full court press defense for MU causing multiple turnovers, which lead to points on the offensive end. The Hawks finished the game with eleven steals and six blocks, which lead to 17 points. 

MU continues to yield three-point shots no matter the situation. Shooting 10-31 from deep helped them stay in the game at crucial moments and their three point performance almost brought them victory 

That tide quickly changed as Siena started causing the Hawks to commit turnovers. The Saints started knocking down shots as leading scorers Margot Hetzke and Tehresa Coles respectively had 16 apiece. Despite going 4-14 from three point territory, the Saints hit two big three’s during the heart of the game which shifted the momentum.

Sophomore guard Jamiyah Bethune went 6-8 from the foul line giving the Hawks easy points from the charity stipe. Junior forward Amanda Offenback was impressive in her fifth straight start, as she knocked in two three’s and finished with 12 total points. 

Siena felt the comeback in the works, but quickly answered with two clutch three balls from Ida Krogh, who finished with 10 points, five assists and three steals. 

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SIDE LINES: 2/11/15

On Friday night, the men’s tennis team hosted and defeated former league rival, Sacred Heart, with a final score of 7-0.

This was the Hawks’ last chance to perfect their game with the upcoming ECAC Championship set for Friday and Saturday morning. 

The victory provided the team with their third win of the season improving their record to 3-1. 


The women’s lacrosse team will begin their season at home on Saturday, Feb. 14 against Lafayette. MU went 5-3 in conference play last season and qualified as the fourth seed in the MAAC Tournament. 

The Hawks, who were ranked fourth in the pre-season poll, return eight of 12 starters from last year’s squad.

Senior captain Allison Stathius has also been named to the 14-player Preseason All-MAAC team.


The University’s bowling team will travel to Houston, TX this weekend to take part in the SFA Invitational. The team is currently coming off a 15th place finish at the Kutztown Invitational in late Jan. Leading the team in that tournament was senior Valerie Bermudez who placed 35th with a 198.50 pin average.


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Women’s Basketball Splits with Fairfield, Falls to Canisius

helena kurtThe University women’s basketball team broke Fairfield University’s two game winning streak last week with a convincing 59-33 win at home on Sunday, Jan. 25. 

The Stags were flying high after two straight conference wins against Rider and St. Peter’s, but were welcomed into West Long Branch by a motivated Hawks team. MU was led by sophomore guard Helena Kurt, who finished with a game high 15 points. 

“I think it was a team effort today, everyone was extremely focused and knew the player personal well,” said Kurt, a former U20 Swedish National team player. “We moved the ball well and created for each other which opened up opportunities for me and the rest of my teammates.” 

The Hawks jumped out to an 18-7 lead after ten minutes of play, earmarked by two long range triples by sophomore forward Christina Mitchell

Although MU certainly displayed their scoring capabilities, the true story of the contest lies within the defense. This was the first time all season the Hawks held their opponent under 40 points. 

With just under nine minutes left in the first half, MU stifled the Stags for six straight possessions pushing them into half time with a 28-16 lead and momentum undoubtedly in the Hawks favor. 

“I think we played awesome today,” said senior forward Sara English. “Everyone was focused on our game plan, and we had high energy throughout the entire game. We executed our game plan perfectly, and played great defense to keep Fairfield from scoring. It was an overall great team win and we’re excited to keep building off this win.” 

The Stags finished the game with a 20 percent field-goal percentage, while the Hawks shot 36.5 percent from the floor. MU capitalized on Fairfield’s off night with 27 second-half points to close out the game and secure the win. 

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Matt Jeffery Selected by the Colorado Rapids

matt jeffreyDreams were made two weeks ago as 84 student-athletes were chosen in the 19th Annual Major League Soccer Superdraft. 

The fourth round of the draft kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Monmouth University senior, Matt Jeffery, was selected by the Colorado Rapids. Jeffery was taken 16th in the round and 78th overall. The decorated MU central defender has been a main stay for the Hawks over the past four years. He becomes the seventh Hawk taken in the draft over the history of the program. After Jeffery landed in Colorado Wednesday, Jan. 21, the now ex-Hawk defender discussed how he was dealing with the transition from the college game into the professional ranks. 

“My first reaction when I saw my name come across the draft board was pure excitement,” said Jeffery, a 21-year-old Freehold native. “It’s an unbelievable feeling when you find out a team has drafted you and given you the opportunity to take your game to the professional level. It took a couple hours for everything to really sink in but once it all did, I couldn’t have been more thankful to be in this position. It was a dream come true type moment for me and certainly a moment I will never forget.”

Contrary to common belief, being drafted by an MLS team does not guarantee they will offer a contract. Although a handful of players who sign with the league before the draft do in fact secure professional contracts, the vast majority will have to prove their worth in preseason. This makes the next few weeks for these aspiring young professionals the most significant of their careers. Jeffery, a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year selection, is a part of that vast majority. 

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Surfers Travel More Than Just Currents

Surf ColorThe last week of the fall semester, students at MU ignored the onset of cold, while thoughts of finals consumed them. As break began, a harsh reality sank in: winter in this state can get to you. Bitter cold, and when the waves are flat, surfers begin to go stir crazy.  For most students, a month reprieved from school means long Netflix sessions, clocking a few hours at an old job, or reconnecting with high school friends.  For the few lucky surfers, winter break is not characterized by icy water and a five-millimeter wetsuit, but rather white, hot sand and bright board shorts.

Travelling is any surfer’s dream. An escape from the frozen tundra which encaptures NJ to far-away warm lands is every surfer’s ideal winter break. 

Just as a surfer must fully commit to a wave, he must fully commit the same way to a trip. The outcome is totally unknown, yet in that statement lies the true beauty of a surf excursion.  Strange people, strange culture, and hopefully, stellar surf. 

The first sliver of warm sun peaks through a thin, lightly colored curtain, and before you realize you had fallen asleep, you are up again ready to take on the day. You can taste the salt in the air and start to hear the first noise of motion around you. The sound of waves crashing is distant, but audible, as you throw on a pair of sunglasses still sporting the board shorts you slept in. 

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Super Bowl XLIX: One of the Most Costly Games

infographicBetween advertisements, team salaries, and the halftime show, it should be no surprise that the Super Bowl XLIX was one of the most financially invested Super Bowls of all time.

It also should come as no surprise that it was the most watched television event in US history. Was it Tom Brady’s good looks, the fact we could see Marshawn Lynch diss every major journalist in the country, or was it because of deflategate? Whatever the reason, the Super Bowl was watched by 114 million viewers which beat the previous year’s record of 112.2 million set by the Seahawks and Broncos. NBC Sports reported that Super Bowl XLIX’s 49.7 rating also exceeded any previous matchups.

With such high viewership numbers, the Super Bowl is considered the honey hole for those in marketing. It is estimated that half of the Super Bowl’s viewers tune into the event simply to see amusing advertisements, however, this year provided very grim commercials.

“I definitely expected the commercials to be funnier since they always have a such a high expectation for everyone to be excited about since the Super Bowl is such a highly watched and publicized even,” said Ashley Sandler, a senior communication major.

Forbes reported that on average, a Super Bowl commercial costs $1 million to produce while this year’s Super Bowl commercials were booked at $4.5 million for a 30 second spot. This surpasses last year’s 30-second cost of $4 million.

The high note of the commercials was, of course, Budweiser’s Clydesdale-Puppy. In brief, a puppy gets lost and finds its way back to its adopted family of Clydesdale horses. What most don’t know is Don Jeanes, the featured actor, made his third consecutive appearance in these Budweiser Super Bowl ads. The 34-year-old actor from Texas has appeared in ‘Brotherhood,’ ‘Puppy Love,’ and now ‘Lost Dog.’

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SIDE LINES: 2/4/15

The men’s tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 5-2 road victory over Lehigh this past Sunday, Feb. 1. After losing the doubles point 2-1, the Hawks bounced back and won five of six singles matches to get the win.

Victor PugliesePrzemyslaw FilipekAle Gomez EstradaBee Kumthonkittikul, and Luke Adamus were the five Hawks to win their individual match at the number one, two, three, five, and six spots respectively. The team next faces NJIT on Thursday, Feb. 13.


The mens basketball team fell to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the MAAC after an 87-76 home loss to the Manhattan Jaspers. Despite scoring an impressive 52 points in the second half, the Hawks could not overcome an 18 point halftime deficit.

Sophomore point guard Justin Robinson led MU with 19 points, while Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar was dominant, scoring a game high 27 points on 8-10 shooting. MU is currently tied with the Jaspers in conference standings, and will look to jump ahead this Thursday, Feb. 5 when they travel to Quinnipiac. 


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Student Hits $10,000 Shot, Called for ‘Violation’

During halftime at a women’s basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 7, University student Robbie Panasuk, a junior English major, completed the $10,000 half-court challenge in less than 25 seconds, but was later denied the prize money by the Athletics Department due to having prior experience as a high school Varsity basketball player.

Panasuk unknowingly violated the participation contract that all contestants are required to sign prior to competing which stipulates the terms and conditions of the challenge. The contract states in section 9-D that the participant agrees to not being a, “Current or former high school basketball player or coach who has played or coached at that level anywhere in the world within the past five (5) years.”

Panasuk said that he hadn’t known about the condition upon signing the form prior to competing in the 25 second shoot-out. “I was not aware of the rule. I skimmed the contract, but they did say to read it,” Panasuk said. “I just assumed there was not going to be a rule that said I was not allowed to play any high school sports.”

According to regulations provided by the Monmouth University Athletics Department, the challenge gives a randomly selected participant 25 seconds to make four shots in sequence: a lay-up, a shot from behind the free throw line, a shot from behind the three-point line, and a shot from behind the half court line. This feat has never been completed prior to Sunday’s game, when Panasuk finished the challenge with just two seconds to spare.

After the challenge was completed, Panasuk was informed by the Athletics Department that he was not eligible to claim the prize due to his previous affiliation with his high school basketball team. “I’m not sure of their (Athletics representatives’) names, but they came down and told me I was ineligible due to the fact I had played Varsity basketball,” he said.

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Women’s Basketball Snaps Two Game Skid

After falling to Marist two days earlier, the women’s basketball team picked up their first MAAC victory on Sunday, Dec. 7 when they outlasted the Iona Gaels for a 75-74 victory in double overtime.

The win ended a two game losing streak for the Hawks, and improved their record to 4-3 overall with a 1-1 mark in conference play.

“I’m so excited and proud of our kids for being able to pull that one out,” said head coach Jenny Palmateer. “It was a game where points didn’t come easy for us. I felt that we got the looks we wanted, but there was a lid on the rim for a while, really on both ends.”

Sophomore forwards Jenny Horvatinovic and Christina Mitchell led the way for MU with 18 and 15 points respectively, and Mitchell also grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Horvatinovic nearly recorded a double-double of her own, but fell one rebound short with nine. Sophomore guard Helena Kurt was the only other Hawk to score in double figures with 11 points, and she also led the team with five assists.

Iona’s Aaliyah Robinson led all scorers with 25 points, and was also one of three Gael players to record double-doubles. The other two were Joy Adams, who had 15 points and an impressive 25 rebounds, and Damika Martinez who chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Despite her double-double, Martinez was mostly held in check by the Hawks, as her 11 points were less than half of her MAAC leading 25.7 points per game average. “I’m just really proud of the way our girls were able to stick with it, and get down on the defensive end,” explained Palmateer. “To hold Martinez like we did was a huge key for us.”

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Career High For Robinson Leads Hawks Past Gaels

Dec. 7, 2014 marked the first ever win in MU Men’s Basketball history against the preseason favorites, the Gales of Iona. Credit for the big win goes to the play of sophomore guard Justin Robinson. With a career-high of 25 points, Robinson helped his team come away with the 92-89 win to secure their fourth victory of the season.

The back and fourth contest saw a number of lead changes. The Hawks kept their hot shooting season alive by firing 33-63. This completes the third contest this year of over 50 percent for the Hawks. Four players had double-digits in their scoring, one being Justin Robinson with 25. The others were junior guard Deon Jones at 18, senior guard and captain Max DiLeo with 12, and senior guard and captain Andrew Nicholas with 11.

The game began with Robinson sinking a basket to put his team up 2-0. A few seconds later, senior forward Brice Kofane swayed the confidence towards the Hawks bench early with two blocks.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half as they were tied four different times. The Hawks were able to pull away with three minutes until halftime when Robinson made a three pointer; the assist was awarded to sophomore guard Collin Stewart. With a second remaining in the first half, DiLeo secured the Hawks two points bringing the score to 48-40 in MU’s favor.

The Hawks lost the lead three times in the second half, however, they were never trailing by more than three points. MU secured the victory as Jones made both free throws with a minute and a half left in the game. A missed three pointer by Schadrac Casimir allowed the Hawks to gain control of the ball which resulted in two points from Robinson. The Hawks’ final six points came from Robinson.

“The team may be young, but I know if I’m out there, I have to do whatever it takes to make sure we secure the win.” Robinson said. JRob, as his teammates refer to him, is following in DiLeo’s steps as the vocal leader of the Hawks.

“I feel like I have a lot of pressure on me this year, but with that pressure I continue to better myself to relieve that pressure,” Robinson said.

For his recent efforts against Iona and Marist, Robinson was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The Hawks defeated Marist on Thursday, Dec. 4 with a final score of 57-50. The Marist win, which accounted for the first MAAC victory of the season, was also MU’s first conference opening win since the 2005-06 season. 

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