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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Men’s Soccer Fighting for Playoff Spot

The men's soccer team currently finds themselves in the midst of an extremely close race to qualify for this year's MAAC Championships. After earning one win and one tie this past week, the Hawks currently hold a 7-3-6 overall record, and 3-1-5 record in conference.

MU's 3-1-5 mark in the MAAC gives the team 14 total points on the season, which ties them with Sienna. The two teams currently hold the final two spots for the six team championship.

Things looked good to start the week, as the Hawks came away with a 1-0 win over in-state rival Rider on Wednesday, October 29. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenosfky continued his stellar play this season by making four saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season.

Despite both teams combining for a total of 25 shots, the contest was low-scoring, and not many great balls were put on net.

With less than ten minutes remaining in regulation, MU finally managed to finish one of their opportunities, and found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Junior defender, Derek Luke, got the chance kick started when his shot attempt was blocked out of bounds, and gave the Hawks a corner kick. The corner proved to be the decisive moment of the match, as it resulted in senior forward, Dom Sarle, beating the keeper for his fifth goal of the season in the 83rd minute to give MU a 1-0 lead.

It wasn't easy sailing for the Hawks from there, however, as Rider continued to fight. The Broncs managed to get off three shots in less than minutes, but Klenofsky refused to be beaten and made saves on all three to preserve the win.

In their second game of the week the Hawks showed great toughness and perseverance by coming back to tie Sienna after trailing most of the game.

"Our guys showed tremendous character on the road," said head coach Robert McCourt after the game. "The team rallied up and played very well. We hit the crossbar twice and scored a fantastic goal. In the end, I feel we were unlucky to only get one point out of the game."

It was a bit of a disappointment for the Hawks, who could have almost solidified a playoff spot with a win, as they outshot Sienna 16-10 on the night, including a 12-4 advantage in regulation, but could only manage to equal the Saint Bernard's with one goal.

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Cross Country Hosts MAAC Championship

In their second year as members of the conference, the University's cross country team was host to the MAAC Championships on Friday Oct.31. Fortunately for the Hawks, they faced no hefty travelling as the race was held at their home course in Holmdel, NJ.

The women were able to pull away with a fourth place finish while the men took home a seventh place finish. Although the teams may not have placed as well as they hoped, both squads had strong finishers in a very talented field.

The men ran an 8,000 meter course, and featured a rather competitive field this year. Iona earned 15 points overall, and ultimately the conference title. Next was Canisius was second (66 points), Quinnipiac at third (94 points), Marist took fourth (113 points), and Rider finished fifth (143 points) to round out the top five teams. MU took seventh with 161 points.

Senior Khari Bowen was the first to finish for the men in 25:48.58, which is also a course record for MU at Holmdel Park. Freshman Ben Dillon was next at 26:41.07 and was trailed by sophomore Kevin Summonte who finished at 26:42.27. Juniors Graham Huggins-Filozof and Kevin French rounded out the top five finishing in 26:44.63 and 26:50.88 respectively. The men had a team average of 26:33, which is faster than their previous average for Holmdel Park on Sept. 20.

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SIDE LINES: 11/5/14

The University bowling team began their 2014 season this past weekend at the FDU Jamboree in North Brunswick, NJ. The Hawks finished 17 out of 26 teams with seven wins and seven loses on the tournament.

Senior Valerie Bermudez placed 28th individually overall to lead MU, with an average pin count of 192. Freshman Kim Klinger was the second leading bowler for the Hawks with an average of just over 190, and she also posted the highest overall game for the blue and white with a 264 in a win over UW-Whitewater.

Senior forward, Trish O'Dwyer, was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season this past Tuesday. O'Dwyer recorded ten total points for the Hawks in their two games over the weekend, including a seven point game against Siena where she knotched her third-career hat trick.

The women's soccer team is currently ranked eighth in the Northeast Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The blue and white recently clinched their second straight MAAC regular season title, and are 14-4 overall with a 9-1 record in conference. It is their fourth straight week being ranked regionally.

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Meet Morris

Coach_MorrisThe Hawks' football team, going through somewhat of a re-creation as they enter a new conference, is clicking on all cylinders. Up to this point, the Hawks are 5-2, the first time they have been this successful since 2006 when they were members, and champions, of their recently departed Northeast Conference (NEC).

Through their first six games of the regular season, MU is averaging 39-points-per-game, and racking up 462.3-yards-per-game, as an offensive unit while the defense is holding opponents to 22.7-points-per-game. In their new conference, the Big South, it's enough to make their newfound opponents take notice of their production. Even though fans have come to expect stellar defensive numbers, it's the offensive ingenuity that has opened eyes in West Long Branch.

The offensive mastermind of the University, the man in charge of calling the shots and pushing the pace, is Kevin Morris, first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach. Morris, a NJ native by way of Westfield in Union County, arrived at MU this past spring after holding the same position for two seasons at Yale University, an Ivy League program in New Haven, CT.

"It's the kids. If you get good kids that are willing to work and you get some good players in there that can make plays, and my job is to get them in position to make those plays," said Morris. "I drew it up on paper, but to execute those plays and to make those throws and those catches in the red-zone in a tough situation on third downs, that's all players; guys stepping up and making plays when given the opportunity."

Even though Hawks' fans are used to offensive stars, such as Dan Sabella, Dave Sinisi, Kyle Frazier, and even the great Miles Austin; never has an offense been so strong in Monmouth's football program. Kessler Field's scoreboard has been lighting up since the season debut against Delaware State on Aug. 30 when the Hawks defeated the Hornets en route to a 52-21 victory. This season, the Hawks have scored 50-points or more three times marking a first in the program history. The most recent of these 50 plus games came during MU's Homecoming with the offensive unit scoring 61-points against Columbia University.

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Women’s Soccer Win MAAC Title

womens_soccerThe women's soccer team clinched the regular season MAAC title this past week after improving to 8-1 in conference play with two victories.

The team increased their winning streak to six games against the Iona Gaels Wednesday, Oct. 22 in a wet and rainy battle on Hesse Field. The cold rainy weather made for an entertaining inter-conference match, with the Hawks eventually earning 2-0 win. It was head coach Krissy Turner's 200th career win.

It all started in the first ten minutes of play with instant offensive pressure. The MU offense consistently kept the ball out of the defensive end, even outshooting the Gaels 11-3 but could not capitalize. In the tenth minute of the game, MU had its first chance. Junior back Colleen Howard swept a cross to sophomore forward Alexis McTamney for a clear shot on goal, only to be denied by a header off of Iona's defense. In the 30th minute, the Hawks attempted three more shots off a corner play but were once again blocked by Iona goalkeeper Lauren Ferris. The score sat at 0-0.

Sophomore forward Erica Murphy and freshman forward Rachelle Ross each fired shots but missed just high and wide for the Hawks. With minutes left in the first half, junior midfielder Brianne Boyle and McTamney gave the Iona goalkeeper a little more heat, only to have the clock run out. With the score tied at zero, the second half was a new game, but one just as wet.

"In the second half we needed to finish our opportunities, considering we had more shots in the first half. Iona was playing in the same weather conditions and we couldn't use that as an excuse. We needed to increase our confidence and focus on finishing the job," said junior back Colleen Howard.

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Football Drops First Contest in Big South

It came and it went. All it took was one play to make an early statement in the Hawks' Big South opener, but lightning never strikes twice. MU's football team (5-2, 0-1) dropped its Big South opener at Bailey Stadium in heartbreaking fashion to the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College (5-3, 2-1). The final score read 18-12.

"I thought our guys came out and played hard, it was a very tight game where the outcome was going to be changed on a play or two," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "You have to give Presbyterian credit; they made some key plays at critical points that ended up being the difference in the game. I thought our defense had a great effort. As a unit they did a real good job for the most part but had some lapses towards the end of each half and that proved to be the difference in the game."

After putting on an offensive clinic through the first six games of the season, averaging 39-points-per-game and 462-yards of total offense, the most illustrious season up to this date in the history of MU's football program was a defensive struggle. On the first play for the Hawks, senior quarterback Brandon Hill found a streaking senior wide receiver Neal Sterling deep downfield and hit him in stride for an 81-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but the ensuing extra point attempt failed. From there, it looked as if the Hawks would continue where they left off two weeks ago against Columbia. However, as it turned out, the first half was a battle of the defenses and two of the Big South's best punters.

Through the first half, MU's Ryan Mohr and Presbyterian's Stephen Doar exchanged eight punts. Mohr, who averaged 43-yards per punt, was instrumental in the first half by pinning the Blue Hose deep in their territory. However, the first half was all about the defense that held tough and stern when the Blue Hose were plowing down the field. The Hawks' defense, who averaged 106-yards-per-game on the ground through their first six games, had their hands filled with Presbyterian's rushing attack, one that generated 182-yards on the ground despite being undermanned after losing Demarcus Rouse during their first offensive series.

Every time the Blue Hose offense marched deep into Hawks' territory during the first half, the defense tightened up and held their foes without a score. Presbyterian's lone touchdown in the first half, a 6-yard run by Blake Roberts, came right before halftime after a 10-play drive for 83-yards. Junior linebacker John Sieczkowski had nine solo tackles while freshman defensive back Mike Basile contributed with eight tackles and junior linebacker Tyler Thompson added seven tackles.

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SIDE LINES: 10/29/14

In a comeback overtime victory, MU's field hockey team defeated MAAC rivals, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, in a final score of 4-3. Senior Amanda Schoenfeld scored two goals and had two assists on the night while graduate student Trish O'Dwyer also had two goals including the game winner. The Hawks post a 9-7 record, 2-1 in the MAAC, and the Bobcats fall to 6-10 overall, 2-2 in the MAAC.

The men's soccer team ended their Saturday night home match against Marist in a scoreless tie. The tie moves MU's record to 6-3-5 (2-1-4 MAAC) and the Red Foxes are now 6-5-4 (2-3-2 MAAC).

MU outshot the Red Foxes, 19-14. Sophomore goalie Eric Klenofsky registered seven saves in the game. The Hawks will next play on Wednesday, Oct. 29 against Rider University. The game which acts as MU's senior night, is scheduled for 7 pm.

Sophomore Przemyslaw Filipek and senior Victor Pugliese each won matches at the ITA Regional Championships. The Hawks had five players at the championship; Filipek and Pugliese were chosen for the main draw bracket.

Filipek defeated Freddy Ruiz of St. John's to advance to the second round , however, he then fell to Penn's Jeremy Court. After a first round bye, Pugliese defeated Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka and advanced to the round of 32. He was challanged by Alex Steinroeder of Harvard. Steinroeder took the first set, 7-5, but Pugliese won the second set, 6-3. Pugliese fell to Steinroeder in the third set, 7-5.

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Men’s Soccer Ties Defending Champion Quinnipiac

soccerThe men's soccer team earned one point this past Saturday, Oct. 18, when they came away with a scoreless tie on the road against the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. The contest was a rematch of last year's MAAC Championship game, which the Bobcats took in a penalty kick shootout.

With the tie, the blue and white moved to 6-2-4 for the year, including a 2-0-3 record in the MAAC, while the Bobcats are now 6-4-3 overall and 3-0-2 in conference play. QU currently sits at third place in the MAAC, two spots ahead of the fifth place blue and white.

Behind sophomore goalie, Eric Klenofsky, the Hawks were able to record their fifth straight shutout, and eighth clean sheet on the season. The game marked MU's fifth double overtime game of the year; MU holds a 1-0-4 record in these matches.

"Today was a great game," said head coach Robert McCourt. "Both teams created good chances, and it was two teams playing a good brand of attractive soccer, which is great for a league."

The Bobcats came out aggressive after the opening kick, and generated two scoring chances in the first ten minutes of the game. However, QU's Ashton Pett's shot in the fourth minute went wide of the net, and Machel Baker's attempt in the ninth minute was blocked by an MU defender.

Things quickly changed after the early scare as the Hawks gained some momentum that resulted in two opportunities of their own. Unfortunately for MU, nothing came of the opportunities as senior forward, Dom Sarle, had his 11th minute attempt saved by QU goalie, Borja Angoita. Junior midfielder, Dan Pizzimenti also came close to scoring, however, he saw his shot go wide in the 12th minute of play.

QU was able to gain a bit of an upper hand the rest of the half, as they outshot the Hawks 3-1 over the next 30 plus minutes of play. Despite this shot differential, MU stayed tough and kept the game scoreless heading into the half time.

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Field Hockey Begins Conference Play

fhThe University's field hockey team moved into their conference play this past weekend as they faced the Rider University Broncs and Sacred Heart University.

"What we want to take away every year from our non-conference schedule is to play some really big teams which I think we did that this year," head coach Carli Figlio said. "I think the difference this year is that if we're not winning, we are coming really close to winning."

During the season's non-conference play, the Hawks faced two big opponents: Michigan State and Rutgers University. Against Michigan State, a nationally ranked opponent, MU played a tough game but lost at the last second, 4-3, in overtime. In their final non-conference game, the Hawks were able to defeat Rutgers, 3-2, at So Sweet A Cat Field on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Hawks could not carry this momentum to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season as the team fell 1-0 to Rider on Friday, Oct. 17. With the loss, the Hawks hit the .500 mark at 7-7 (0-1 MAAC) for the year.

"This year more than any other year, our conference is very strong. It's any team's game at any point," Figlio said before the game. "Heading into Rider and Sacred Heart, being not on our field, its a disadvantage to us but I think the girls are really focused in on how we want to play and just focusing on us as opposed to what are they doing and how can we stop it."

The Broncs gained the lead in the ninth minute of play as they earned a penalty corner which resulted in the only goal of the game. Rider placed a shot on net which sophomore defender Casey Hanna was able to clear, however, Rider's Melyssa Alonso received the cleared ball and put it in the back of the cage.

Sophomore Alyssa Ercolino had a team-high three shots on net. Senior Amanda Schoenfeld and graduate student Trish O'Dwyer both registered two shots each. This was the first time in seven games in which O'Dwyer did not score.

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Surfers: You are Among Friends at Monmouth

Fall break allowed students across campus to take a breather from schoolwork and return home for a long weekend.  Monmouth mothers rejoiced to see their loved ones at home under their wing once more, eating home-cooked meals and partaking in family bonding activities.  Mothers of student surfers were distraught however, as their children paddled into heaping, over-head waves this past weekend.  Although it was not ideal that students had to leave MU right before a big swell, it did not stop surfers from attaining a few highly sought after hurricane barrels.

Over the weekend, Hurricane Gonzalo distributed waves all along the east coast.  Friday and Saturday were two days that surfers would be bummed to miss.  Freshman Paul Kelly had some fun over the weekend, and the consensus was that Saturday was the day.

"I saw the swell was coming from the beginning of the week and knew I had fall break. I was excited and a bit skeptical about being home for a groundswell because my home break does not usually hold them well," Kelly said. "I woke up Friday morning and knew it was going to be a great weekend of waves when I paddled out into chest to head high clean conditions, and the swell hadn't even kicked in yet. I woke up early Saturday morning and checked. It was 2-3 feet over head, I sprinted back to my house, got my suit and board, paddled out and shared crazy barrels with some of my best friends from home."

To see more than what you were expecting is truly an amazing site as a surfer.  Nothing is better than the moment you realize you might have one of the best sessions of your life.  That combination of fear and excitement is one that cannot be replicated by any drug or drink.

The amount of people who seek that adrenaline rush, and those that share the love of surfing enough to achieve that rush are two different groups of individuals.  Anyone can talk about wanting to surf and scoring perfect waves, yet none other than that individual can know whether or not they emulate that determination.

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Football Ignites Inaugural Big South Campaign

With the first six games of the Hawks' football season out of the way, this weekend's contest against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College (4-3, 1-1 Big South) will mark a first in the football programs history.

Saturday afternoon's contest, which is slated for a 2 pm kickoff, will be the first football game MU plays as a member of the Big South conference. While the Hawks played against Flames of Liberty University last Sept., a 45-15 defeat in Liberty's favor, they were not a member of the conference yet. Now, with five games remaining in the season, the Hawks will finally be able to flex their muscles and see where they stand amongst their new foes in their new conference.

What do we know about the Big South thus far? First off, it's a step up in competition and in exposure from MU's former conference affiliate, the Northeast Conference (NEC). The conference's top dogs, the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina (7-0, 1-0 Big South), is currently ranked third in the FCS Coaches' polls, according to ESPN, and have been amongst the top-five for most of this season. Arguably the second-best team in the conference, Liberty, is receiving some votes for consideration into the Top 25 despite holding a record of 4-3. For further proof of increased competitive value, look to the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern (5-2, 0-1 Big South).

Despite falling last weekend in a defensive slugfest to Presbyterian, 7-3, the Charleston Southern lost in a nail-biter to the Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), 21-20. Vanderbilt's overall season record of 2-5 does not reflect the team's true talent. Just remember that the Commodores are members of a conference that won six of the past seven national championships.

With Charleston Southern dropping a one-point contest to Vanderbilt only to lose to Presbyterian this past weekend, what can be said about the Blue Hose?

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