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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Surf Club Introduced to University Campus

The University has recently recognized a new club on campus — Surf Club.  On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Monmouth's SGA approved the club after one final presentation given by Surf Club President, sophomore Tyler Sankey and Surf Club Vice President, sophomore Connor Perzely.

MU's location on the Jersey shore makes it a destination school for many surfers and beach people across the United States. Jersey surfers especially flock to MU's campus as they begin their college search. As a result, the community of surfers at the University is on the rise.

Many people may think that this would be a seasonal club, but that thought hasn't crossed the minds of anyone involved. The club is scheduled to get rolling as soon as possible.

"Our first point of action as a club will be a beach clean-up next week. Anyone who is interested in helping out and joining is more than welcome," said Sankey, when asked about the first course of action for the new Surf Club.

The club plans on making sure anyone who is interested can get involved.

"Basically anyone with an interest in surfing can join. We will hold meetings, surf sessions, and beach clean-ups." Sankey continued. "For the future, I really want a core group of people who share the same passion as we do to be able to come together and use our skills. Whether it be surfing, photography, media, anything is good."

So it is apparent that while Surf Club will be about surfing, the guys in charge want as many people involved as possible.

A clear example of the diversity in the club comes straight from the people in charge, from a president who is an avid surfer to a vice president who bodyboards.

"I bodyboard.  I love the beach and the ocean, which is all that counts. Surfer or bodyboarder, I'll be out riding with them regardless so it doesn't really matter much to me," Perzely said.

The news of Surf Club's approval spread quickly and soon, everyone joined in on the excitement.

"When I heard the Surf Club got approved I was so happy. We have a good group of guys here to get this thing rolling, I really think we can make something big out of this opportunity," said freshman Paul Kelly.

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SIDE LINES: 11/19/14

The women's basketball team opened their season this past weekend as they hosted Lehigh University in the MAC. Playing with home court advantage, the Hawks were unable to secure their first victory as they fell to Lehigh, 82-70.

Despite the score, many individual efforts were noteworthy. Junior guard Sarah Olson had a game-high of 18 points and made six three-pointers in the process. Sophomore forward Christina Mitchell matched her career high had eigh rebounds and 14 points, junior guard Jasmine Walker had nine points, junior guard Jamiyah Bethune had a team-high nine rebounds and contributed six points, and sophomore Jenny Horvatinovic scored 11 points and made three steals. The team will next travel to Brooklyn, NY to play against LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The men's basketball team was handed their first loss of the season this past Friday courtesy of West Virginia University. Although the Hawks led most of the second hald, they were unable to hault WVU's late run and the final score was 64-54.

Junior guard Deon Jones tallied 14 points for the Hawks while senior guard Andrew Nicholas also posted a double digit game with 10 points. Sophomore guard Justin Robinson had nine points on the night and three steals.

Collectively, the Hawks went 18-for-22 from the free three line while their opponent went 22-for-34.

The Hawks look for redemption as they prepare for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, a three game stint held at the MAC this weekend.

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Field Hockey Wins MAAC Title for First Time

Will Host Princeton on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1 pm for NCAA Tournament

Field-Hockey2Among one of field hockey's largest audiences at So Sweet A Cat Field, the Hawks made history over the weekend. The blue and white defeated Sacred Heart University, 2-1, in the semi-finals and Rider University in the finals, 6-1, to become the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions.

Friday's 2-1 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers kicked off the weekend quest. The fourth- seeded Pioneers reached the semi-finals with a MAAC record of 3-2, while the first seed Hawks had a record of 4-1.

The Hawks brought momentum from the first whistle, outshooting Sacred Heart 6-2. It was in the 16th minute that MU lit up the scoreboard. Senior forward Trish O'Dwyer crossed the ball into the circle to fellow senior forward Amanda Schoenfeld for her 13th goal of the year.

Just eight minutes later, MU sophomore Alyssa Ercolino connected with freshman Julie Laszlo on an insert play. Laszlo's shot deflected off of the stick of Sacred Heart's defense and into cage. As the clock winded down, SHU midfielder Liz Bergman rebounded a loose ball at MU goalkeeper Christen Piersanti but was denied in a diving save. The Hawks finished the half with a 2-0 lead.

The second half was a back and forth battle between both teams. Both offenses attempted three corners but could not capitalize. It was in the 67th minute that the Pioneers drew a foul in the MU defensive circle. Liz Bergman fired in a penalty stroke to make the final score. The Hawks walked away with the victory, leading into Sunday's championship final.

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The March to Madness Begins this Friday

deon-jones-st-peters-jim-remeThe men's basketball team is set to tip-off their season on Friday, Nov. 14, at West Virginia. The team is coming off an 11-21 season last year, which includes a conference record of 5-15. That placed them ninth out of eleven teams in their first season as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The MAAC was won by Iona during the regular season, while Manhattan won the conference tournament to move on to the NCAA tournament. MU lost to Rider in the first round of the MAAC tournament to finish their season.

This season looks to be a more promising one for the Hawks, who hope to make it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. They will be lead by fourth year head coach King Rice. Four of five starters will return as the team is filled with experience; something that many collegiate teams do not have the luxury of. The team will be led by junior guard, and All-MAAC preseason third teamer Deon Jones.

Jones was the Hawks leading scorer (15.1 ppg), rebounder (6.9 rpg) and free throw shooter (.772) a season ago. He will be joined in the backcourt by senior guard Andrew Nicholas. Nicholas was the team's second leading scorer (14.3 ppg) a season ago, and a key contributor behind the three point line. The pair will be joined by Max DiLeo, a senior guard who shot 48.2 percent from behind the three point arc last season.

Alexis Knowles, a sophomore economics and finance major who attended the majority of the men's home games last season, loves what Dileo brings to the team. When asked who her favorite player was, Knowles responded, "It's hard to pick a favorite because each of them played such an instrumental role in the teams' success last year. If I did have to pick one, Max DiLeo would be my pick because of the nonstop energy he brings to the court."

DiLeo, Jones and Nicholas will be joined by sophomore Josh James, senior Brice Kofane, sophomore Greg Noack, freshman Micah Seaborn, sophomore Justin Robinson, freshman Austin Tilghman, and sophomores Collin Stewart, Zac Tillman and Chris Brady. Junior transfer Je'lon Hornbeak will sit this season out and freshman Ba'shawn Mickens will redshirt. The Hawks have some encouraging stats to build off from last year, with a positive rebounding margin of +.9 and positive turnover margin of +.5. If the Hawks can build on this +1.4 possession margin, the wins should follow.

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Surfers “Drop-In” Despite Drop in Temperature

Surf-Pic-GSCold. It's starting to become a part of our lives again. As much as we've blocked it out of our minds, it is upon us. As the fall season grows old and winter creeps in, surfing will not (can not) stop. The days that end at five o clock, the days that happiness seems impossible, the days that we hate to get out of bed, can very well be transformed by pumping surf.

On the first day of the new month of November the sun was shining, the swell was there.

"A definite 3/2 wetsuit day," I thought.

The sun had me fooled. I stepped outside ready to surf and immediately knew I would be missing my 5/4. With howling winds and temperatures in the 40s, this session would mark the beginning of what we'd all been blocking out of our minds since the year prior.

The destination was Belmar. Hunter Rainis was driving Tyler and I that day. The car ride felt anxious. Tyler was wrapped up in a detailed conversation, trying to give directions to Hunter who seemed dumbfounded. At the same time, Hunter and I were just as confused, hitting every red light on the way to the beach.

It was big. We stepped out of the car and saw nothing but barrels as far as the eye could see. Big, frothy barrels, catching every bit of the blustery wind.

Chilled to the bone, we sprinted down the beach, trying to get a slight sweat up before plunging into the bitter ocean.

The waves were consistent and the current was ripping. Every wave forced one knee to the board, a crouched stance and an unending effort to make it out of the dark, foamy pits.

Brain freeze was common, especially after a big set of waves and nowhere to go but underneath the looming surf. Hunter got barreled, Tyler got pitted and Andrew got "chubed" if I heard correctly. All the same, we had a great time.

"It was the first northeast storm to come up the coast," said sophomore Hunter Rainis. "It brought the waves, but definitely also brought the cold and gave us a little taste of what winter will be like."

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Men’s Soccer Advances to Semifinals

After clinching a birth in the MAAC Championship Tournament with a 2-0 win over rival St. Peter's, the men's soccer team stayed hot and advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament with a 3-0 win over the Sienna Saints.

Before they could focus on tournament play, the Hawks had to take care of business when they traveled to St. Peter's with their playoff hopes still in question. The blue and white did just that, putting on an impressive performance against the Peacocks, and grabbing the fourth seed in the MAAC tournament.

Sophomore forward Dave Nigro led the way for MU, as he assisted on fellow sophomore, Brandon McCarthy's, opening goal in the 14th minute, and then added a goal of his own in the 27th minute of play. Eric Klenofsky, the Hawks' sophomore goalie, also played a key role in the victory with his 11th shutout of the season. Klenofsky made four total saves on the night, including two in the final seconds of the game that took away any hope the Peacocks had of a late comeback.

"It was a convincing performance today at a very difficult place to play," said head coach Robert McCourt. "This group has so much character, and we are excited to get the tourney started."

That excitement was evident three days later when the Hawks welcomed fifth seeded Sienna to Hesse Field at The Great Lawn for the quarterfinal round of the MAAC Championships. Despite being outshot 13-9 by the Saints, MU took advantage of the opportunities they did have and came away with a relatively easy victory.

After a quiet start to the contest, the Hawks began to pick things up and got off three shots while dominating possession for a span of about 13 minutes. Unfortunately, for the blue and white, freshman midfielder, Andrew Gee's, shot was blocked by a Saint defender, and junior defender Derek Luke had his attempt saved by the Sienna goalkeeper, while his second attempt went wide of the net in the 27th minute.

MU was finally able to break through just two minutes later when sophomore midfielder Miguel Alves was on the receiving end of senior forward, Dom Sarle's, cross, and headed it past the keeper to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.

Just a little more than ten minutes later, the Hawks increased their lead when Gee and Luke were able to finally find the back of the net. In a play similar to the first goal, Gee received a cross into the box from Luke, and headed it in to make the score 2-0.

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Hawks Hang Tough, But Fall Late to Liberty

The Hawks' football team's pursuit of their first Big South win will have to wait another week after falling to the Liberty Flames, 34-24. With their third straight loss, the Hawks' record drops to 5-4 (0-3 in Big South) while the Flames improve to 7-3 (3-0 in Big South).

"I was really proud of the way our team played today," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "They put forth a great effort and made some difficult plays in critical situations. Unfortunately, we were not able to pull the game out in the fourth quarter. I felt that we went into the game with a great plan on both sides of the ball and our players did a good job of executing it."

Playing without six notable contributors, the Hawks stood tall and hung tough with the Flames, matching their each and every move with a big play of their own. However, the Hawks were unable to sustain momentum by yielding 10-points over the final 10-minutes of the contest. Senior quarterback Brandon Hill connected on 18-of-28 pass attempts for 189-yards and two scores despite not having two of his top targets, fifth year wide receiver Neal Sterling and senior wide receiver Eric Sumlin.

Both of his touchdown passes, a three yard dump-off to senior fullback Jake Mauro and a 37-yard rainbow to sophomore receiver Darren Ambush, tied the ballgame following Liberty scoring drives. Sophomore running back Lavon Chaney also contributed with 92-yards on the ground and 125-all-purpose yardage on 20-touches.

With the Hawks trailing early in the first quarter, the offense turned to a little trickery early when sophomore wide receiver Matt Choi took a reverse handoff and tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Valles to even the score at seven. Choi's touchdown pass was the second such touchdown this season tossed by a non-quarterback, the first was Chaney who threw two against Columbia on Oct. 11.

Liberty's offense secured 407-yards in the game while MU's offense was able to pick up 344-yards. However, the Hawks were a lot better in sustaining drives this week, going 6-of-12 on third downs, as opposed to last week against Charleston Southern, where MU was 1-for-13 on third down conversions.

Fifth year defensive lineman John Sieczjkowski led all Hawk defenders with 13-tackles, a new career high, while junior linebacker Tyler Thompson finished the day with 11-tackles, two for a loss and a fumble recovery. Sophomore Darnell Leslie and freshman Mike Basile each contributed with eight tackles a piece. The Hawks also had two sacks in the game, one by Thompson and another by Basile, doubling their sack total in the last three games.

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SIDE LINES: 11/12/14

The men's basketball team kicked off their season with a 84-72 win over Wesley College in an exhibition contest.

Sophomore's Collin Stewart and Chris Brady led the Hawks with 14 points a piece, while the blue and white spread the ball around effectively with seven players scoring at least eight points. Senior forward Brice Kofane had a solid debut for the Hawks, with eight points on 3-5 shooting as well as a team leading six rebounds.

After leading by two at the half, MU went on a 31-14 run to start the second half and put the game away. The Hawks face a tough task when they open their regular this Friday, Nov. 14, as they travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers, a member of the Big 12 Conference. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.

The men's soccer team had two players receive weekly honors this past Monday. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, and freshman midfielder Andrew Gee was voted as the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Klenofsky posted two shutouts in the Hawks wins over St. Peter's and Sienna, while Gee recorded his first career goal and assist in the teams quarterfinal win. This is familiar territory for Klenofsky, as it is his sixth time receiving the honor, but new for Gee, who was given the honor for the first time in his career.  

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Field Hockey Wins League Title: First Time Since 2000

trish_o_dwyer_gsThe field hockey team had a weekend for the books on So Sweet A Cat Field. The Hawks faced two conference contenders, Siena College and Bryant University, both crucial games needed to solidify first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). On Friday, the Hawks defeated the Siena Saints 9-1 and on Sunday, they topped the Bryant Bulldogs 4-0 to celebrate 'senior day.' The victories put them at a new MAAC record of 4-1, making them the 2014 regular season MAAC champions.

With the final two regular season games at their fingertips, the Hawks went into the weekend level-headed.

"Our mindset going into the weekend was to take one game at a time. We knew that being co-regular season champions meant that we had to win both games, so we took it each game at a time. This week we really worked on stringing passes together and executing on all of our attacking opportunities," said senior forward and captain Amanda Schoenfeld.

Friday's first half consisted of plenty of attacking opportunities. The Hawks had a comfortable four-goal lead, one that began just two minutes into the game. Senior midfielder Trish O'Dwyer found the cage off of a give-and-go from Schoenfeld. Five minutes later, freshman forward Meg Donahue capitalized on the rebound of Siena goalkeeper Mary Drabich. With a two-goal lead the Hawks never lost momentum.

In the 15th minute of play, junior midfielder and captain Cori Allen powered through the circle and fired a shot past the Siena goalkeeper. With ten minutes remaining in the first half, O'Dwyer dribbled to the corner and connected with Schoenfeld again. Schoenfeld received the cross and put it away to make the score 4-0. The Saints found few opportunities for their offense, but put themselves on the board in the last five minutes of the half. Senior midfielder Callie Weise fired a shot into the far right corner for the Saints, making the score 4-1.

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Football Still Seeks First Big South Win

football_11.05.14The Hawk's football team was shutout by the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 27-0, on Saturday at a rain soaked Kessler Field. With the loss, MU drops to 5-3 (0-2 in the Big South) while Charleston Southern improves to 6-3 (1-2 in the Big South).

"Obviously we didn't play very well today," said Hawks head coach Kevin Callahan. "When you play against a good team and you don't play your best football, the result we had today is what is going to happen. Early in the game we had some tough field positions on defense and never really got into sync in defending the option until the second half. Even then at 14-0 at the half I thought we had an opportunity to get some things going but we really needed to stay on the field on offense and get some production there but it was difficult for us today. I don't think the weather had anything to do with the play today, we just played a good football team and they did a better job than we did."

The Hawks' defense was unable to contain the Buccaneer's triple option rushing attack. They gashed the MU defense, rushing for 338-yards. The rushing attack was led by sophomore running backs Ben Robinson and Mike Holloway who each recorded 91-yards on the ground. Robinson also added a touchdown. Charleston Southern junior quarterback Austin Brown added to the total with 54 rushing yards and throwing for 74-yards. Brown also ran for two touchdowns.

"They were just running the triple option that we were practicing," said senior defensive end Pat O'Hara. "They were just getting outside some of our force looks that we were working on. We really weren't able to settle in, like coach said, until the second half."

MU's offense was highlighted by sophomore running back Lavon Chaney. Chaney had 43 rushing yards while hauling in five receptions. Senior quarterback Brandon Hill was held in check completing 14 of 28 passes for only 97-yards while also being intercepted twice by the stingy Buccaneers defense.

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Surfers Know the True Meaning of Wanderlust

Surfers are a spontaneous breed. The thrill of travel and the excitement of a new surf break spark anxious joy in surfers wherever they are. Two weekends ago, my friends and I succumbed to the lure of wanderlust.

I boarded my first bus at 1:40 pm on Thursday in hopes of arriving in Atlantic City, NJ before 5:30 pm. My friend Shane would be waiting, outside the terminal wondering if I bailed on him or was stopped, completely baffled by the NJ Transit system.

The plan, on paper, was to take as many busses as necessary to get to Atlantic City. From there, Shane would drive to Philadelphia, PA to pick up two other stragglers, Bill and Brendan, and finally take the whole squad to Avon, NC.

More of our friends were already in Avon waiting for our arrival. We had eight hours of driving, standing between us and this upcoming weekend filled with friends and froth.

As skeptics do, we doubted the surf for our weekend in NC. The previous weekend consisted of overhead barrels supplied by Hurricane Gonzalo. We were kicking ourselves for not going the week prior. On the way down we checked reports and debated about our forecasts. Question still remained about what we would receive this weekend and the perilous drive ahead did not make us much more confident.

As we exited McDonald's with the entire group, squished in between board bags, guys at the house who surfed all day called us to check in. Bragging over the phone made us mad at first for not being down there with them, but in the end helped morale throughout the car. The guys told us that they had two fun sessions that Thursday after they arrived at the house. The forecast looked as if it would be more of the same or even better the next day. Needless to say, we were pumped.

The car ride was long but filled with stops at Wawa, gas station skate sessions and one unwanted detour. As we arrived, we called our friends to open the door and blasted "Freebird." It was straight to bed after we got into our house, all of us tucked away dreaming of surf.

I was awoken the next morning by a shining sun and loud music around 7:30 am. Breakfast consisted of Fruity Pebbles and warm sun on our backs. We packed everything in the cars and shoved off to surf to a spot the rest of the guys surfed the day before. We got there around 9:30 am and there were a bunch of people out right in front, so as we walked down the beach a bit we realized no one was in the water.  We figured we'd take this other spot to avoid the crowds, and it looked as good, maybe even better, than the crowded point break that we saw at first.

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