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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Cross Country Competes at Princeton

The University's men's and women's cross country teams participated in Princeton University's Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18. Out of 35 teams, the men tied for 15th with 417 points while the women placed 16th out of 37 teams with 481 points.

The 278 women competing in the race were to run a 6.1k course. Winning first overall was Sarah Rapp from Virginia Tech; she finished the race in 21:11.

Sophomore Jenna Cupp was the first Hawk to finish the race at 22:48 earning her 60th overall. Junior Sydney Engelberger finished 13 seconds later earning 82nd place. The third Hawk to complete the race was sophomore Molly McKeon in 23:10 making her 97th overall. MU's fourth runner was freshman Allie Wilson whose time was 23:25 while sophomore Kristen Rodgers-Erickson ran 23:51.

Sophomore Lennon Cooper finished next followed by juniors Kendal Hand and Nina Poccia.

The men, who ran against nearly 250 runners, raced on a 8k course. Senior Khari Bowen crossed the line at 24:54 which made him the first Hawk to finish for the men's side. He finished 33rd overall. Next to cross was junior Graham Huggins-Filozof at 25:22, good enough for 72nd overall. MU's third finisher was junior Domenick D'Agostino at 25:37 for a 96th place finish. Senior Alex Leight came in at 25:41 with freshman Ben Dillon close behind at 25:43. Rounding out the Hawk's top seven was senior Tommy Darlington at 25:44 and junior Kevin French at 26:03.

MU's next feat will be to host the 2014 MAAC Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 at Holmdel Park. The men will begin at 11 am and the women will begin at 12 pm. Admission is free.

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Women’s Soccer Victorious Against QU

MU women's soccer was able to improve their record to 11-4 overall (6-1 MAAC) as they defeated conference rival, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, with a score of 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

Currently, the women are on a five game win streak in conference play and lead the league. The win over QU gave MU its second shutout in a row, bringing the Hawk's total shutouts for the season to eight. The shutout also accounted for head coach Krissy Turner's 199th career win.

Less than 11 minutes into the first half, the Hawks scored the only goal of the game as freshman forward Rachelle Ross found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Alexis McTamney was given the assist, her fifth of the season. As of now, Ross leads the Hawks in goals with seven and has a team-high 17 points.

The Hawks outshot the Bobcats, 14-7, and held an advantage in corner kicks, 5-2. Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino played the entire game for MU and registered two saves.

The Hawks will compete in their final home game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 22 against MAAC opponent Iona at 7 pm. They will then travel to Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY to compete against Marist on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Their final regular season game will be against Rider University on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, NJ.

These final three games will help the Hawks prepare for the 2014 MAAC Women's Soccer Championships which is set to begin on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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SIDE LINES: 10/22/14

The Monmouth University men's golf team finished 11th in the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club's Grace Course, a 7,091-yard par-72. The Hawks were led by senior Brady Goodling who tied for 18th overall with 158 strokes during the two day tournament. This marks his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Junior Kyle Deisher finished second for MU with 163 strokes after the two rounds. Freshman Mariano Medico followed close behind at 165. Sophomore Jesse Hazam had rounds of 84 and 82 to finish at 166. Senior Colin Buckley ended the event at 177.


Earlier this week it was announced that MU's field hockey team received three individual honors. Midfielder Trish O'Dwyer was named this week's Female Student-Athlete of the Week (presented by Crons). O'Dwyer has played and started in all 15 games of this season. She currently leads the team in points (29), goals (10), and assists (9).

Freshman Christen Piersanti was named Defensive Player of the Week as she collected one win and one shutout this weekend. Piersanti has 62 saves in 12 games and a .729 save percentage.

Freshman Meg Donahue was named the Offensive Player of the Week. She scored two goals this past weekend and now has eight goals on the season.


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Hawks Football Steamrolls Robert Morris University

football-pictureIf the Hawks' football team needed to prove that they would be okay without one of their star players, they made a quick statement as they dismantled their former Northeast Conference foe, the Colonials of Robert Morris University by a score of 51-20. The Hawks improve their record to 4-1 for the first time since 2006 while RMU drops to 0-5.

Even though the Hawks' up-tempo offense was in full effect, the defense stole the show by forcing six turnovers. The defense also placed a ton of pressure on Colonial quarterback Derik Abbott, sacking him a season-high seven times as well as accumulating 12 tackles-for-loss. In back-to-back possessions in the second half, the Hawks intercepted errant Abbott passes, one of was by sophomore Kevin Butler for a 40-yard score in the fourth quarter, the Hawks' first pick-six since 2010.

Freshman Mike Basile also continued his stellar play in his rookie campaign by hauling his third interception of the season and returning it 56-yards deep into Robert Morris territory. His forced turnover led to a six yard scoring plunge by sophomore sophomore running back Zach Welch.

"It's a great win on our final trip out here to Robert Morris. I was particularly pleased with the way our offense and defense seemed to feed off each other," said Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan. "I thought the defense made an awful lot of big plays and turned some of them into touchdowns. They gave the ball to our offense in prime field positions and our offense took advantage of that and put points on the board. It was a very good team win collectively."

The Hawks defensive pressure started up front with their defensive front seven, who deliver bone-crushing hits from the opening start until their last. Sophomore outside linebacker Payton Minnich led the way for with the Hawks with 11 tackles while junior linebacker John Sieczkowski contributed with nine tackles of his own. Basile and junior linebacker Tyler Thompson also added to their defensive efforts with eight tackles and several hellacious hits.

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Women’s Soccer Dominates Saint Peter’s

The women's soccer team made a statement on Hesse Field this past Wednesday, Oct. 1 as they conquered the Saint Peter's University Peacocks in a dominant 8-0 victory. This puts MU's record at 2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 7-4 overall. Coming off of a tough conference loss at Canisius on Saturday, the Hawks needed to prove their presence in the MAAC. Fortunately for MU, they did just that, posting their sixth shutout this season amongst five different goal scorers.

"We were coming off a disappointing performance on Saturday in which we didn't deserve to win. The other team wanted it more and that was very disheartening to us," said head coach Krissy Turner.

The Hawks came to play from the first whistle. Just 2:28 into the first half, freshman forward Rachelle Ross crossed the ball into the box to find sophomore forward Alexis McTamney ready off of the goalie's deflection. Just moments later, the Hawks struck again. Another underclassmen duo, freshman midfielder Sophia Centi and sophomore forward Julie Spracklin paired up to put another on the board. It was at 19:15 into the game when the Hawks became a triple threat. Senior defender Kristen Brett passed the ball wide to sophomore forward Erica Murphy who touched it into the box and crushed the net. The Hawks had a solid lead of 3-0 less than 19:30 into the first half.

As the clock read 19:58, junior defender Cara Poole found Spracklin for her second of the night and fourth of her career. In the 24th minute Ross took the ball to goal herself earning her sixth career goal. By the 25th minute mark, the Hawks had solidified their lead to 5-0.

With five minutes left in the first half, MU proved they were not yet finished on their offensive attack. Sophomore forward Madi Grieve stood tall in the box awaiting a cross from senior midfielder Breynn Collazo. Grieve headed Collazo's cross to earn her first collegiate goal and the sixth goal of the night.

MU goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino and the Hawks' defense saw little offensive action from Saint Peter's as D'Agostino made just one save. In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Lavan replaced D'Agostino and made her first collegiate appearance.

With the responsibility to maintain the shutout on the team's shoulders, Coach Turner motivated the Hawks to keep their heads in the game, regardless of the score. "I think the approach to the second half was that we needed to keep playing. We needed to get better and I think they responded well. We played a lot of players. Everyone had the opportunity to contribute," she said.

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Field Hockey Edged by No. 20 Michigan State

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the Hawks faced the nationally ranked Spartans of Michigan State on So Sweet A Cat Field to conclude their five game home stand. MU had the momentum early in the 22nd minute as senior forward and team captain Amanda Schoenfeld scored the first goal of the game. Three minutes later, a controversial call gave Michigan State a penalty stroke. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Alli Helwig put it past starting goalie Christen Piersanti to tie the score at one leaving momentum up for grabs.

With the game tied again both teams were looking for that next goal. The Hawks opportunity came in the 31st minute when seniors Schoenfeld and Trish O'Dwyer seemed to be passing the torch to freshman forward Meg Donahue when the two seniors passed it back and forth leaving Donahue open for an easy goal giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead. MU's defense continued to play well holding the Spartans to minimal scoring chances.

With the clock winding down in the first half, junior midfielder Cori Allen set up the two seniors once again as she sent one into the circle. O'Dwyer tipped a pass to Schoenfeld who quickly passed it back to O'Dwyer who had an open net after she faked out the Spartans' goalie and knocked in her fifth goal of the year. The Hawks went into half time up 3-1.

"We had a really balanced first half, from playing good defense to balanced midfielders to great attackers," said head coach Carli Figlio.

In the first half of play, MU outshot the Spartans 13-5, but the second half went in favor of Michigan State. With just over fifteen minutes left in the game, the Hawks were able to maintain the lead. The Spartans then turned things around, scoring two goals at the 10 and five minute marks bringing the game to a tie at 3-3. Late in the second half, the Spartans scored again producing a 4-3 lead, but after a talk between the two officials the goal was called off and the game remained tied.

Still tied at 3-3, the Hawks and Spartans went into overtime. Michigan State scored the decisive goal. With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-4 while the Hawks fall to 4-6.

Coach Figlio believes that if the second half performance could match their first half dominance, the Hawks would have pulled out a win against the nationally ranked no. 20 Michigan State.

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SIDE LINES: 10/8/14

Freshman forward, Rachelle Ross, was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for women's soccer this past Monday, October 6.

Ross had a goal and two assists in the Hawks 8-0 win over St. Peter's Wednesday, October 1, and it is the second time she's received the Rookie of the Week award this season. Ross currently leads the team in total points , with 15, and goals, with six. She also is tied for the team lead with three assists.


Freshman safety Mike Basile was named the Crons Brand Big South Freshman of the Week for his play against Robert Morris this past Saturday, October 4. It was the third time this season Basile was given the honor.

For the game, Basile recorded eight tackles, and also grabbed an interception that eventually led to an MU score. He currently leads the Big South with three interceptions on the season.



The men's golf team finished 10th out of 16 teams at the Binghamton Invitational this past weekend. Senior Brady Goodling led the way for the Hawks by shooting back to back rounds of 72.


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A Look at Zach Fabel

zach-fabelTypically, shore towns are known to produce surfers and sailors. Junior tight end Zach Fabel is an exception. Originally hailing from Brigantine, NJ, he arrived at the University in 2012, but red-shirted as a freshman and did not see the football field until last season. The true freshman came bursting onto the field last year. Coming in at 6'3" and 265-pounds, Fabel made an impact in his second career game when he caught a 42-yard pass for a touchdown against Liberty University. The Hawks would go on to lose that particular game, however, Fabel was a bright spot and proved his football ability.

Fabel was immediately drawn to MU in 2012 before he officially committed. "I chose MU because it was close to home, and the coaches and veteran players really bonded with me," Fabel said. "It made me feel this was the right place for me, plus it's by the beach." Not only did Fabel connect with coaches and players at the University, he also had support from home. Throughout his football career, his parents were there for him, whether it was peewee, his four years at Holy Spirit High School (where he won back-to-back state championships), or his seasons at MU, he has always had a backbone. "My parents instilled the words 'never give up' into me as a kid, and it made me strive to be the best player I could be, not only for myself, but for them as well," said Fabel.

Young athletes not only seek guidance from home, they look towards their role models. "For me, I liked watching Jeremy Shockey play," Fabel said. "Even though I am an Eagles fan I loved how Shockey played the game with a lot of heart and determination, and I try to mimic that when I step onto the turf."

It very quickly became apparent that Fabel would surely live up to his role model's determination and dedication during his career as a Hawk. In his first year, No. 85 played all 12 games for the blue and white catching nine receptions for 19 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Unfortunately, all of Fabel's accomplishments came at a price. Throughout the 2012 season, Fabel battled hip pains and eventually had to undergo offseason surgery. "I had been battling all year, but that was not going to stop me from playing," he said. "I had my surgery after the season was over and worked every day to get back to 100 percent."

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Hawks Defeat Lehigh for Third Win

brandon-hillThe Hawks' football team edged the Leigh University Mountain Hawks 28-21, on Sept. 27 at Goodman Stadium. The win pushes MU's record to 3-1 while Lehigh falls to 0-4 for the season.

"We knew it was going to be tough game, a game that would go the full 60 minutes and it was, coming right down to the final seconds," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "Our defense got a stop when it needed to and ended up blocking a field goal which was huge. Then our offense took the field and put on a very impressive 74-yard drive to go down the field and score a touchdown. It was a game in which our guys showed a lot of heart, a lot of desire and made plays when we had to."

With the score tied 21-21 and only 3:49 remaining in the game, Lehigh lined up to attempt a 32-yard field goal, but redshirt freshman DJ Martin blocked the kick giving the ball back to the Hawks' offense.

The offense proceeded to move quickly down the field, highlighted by a 15-yard late hit penalty on Lehigh, and a 15-yard reception by senior wider receiver Neal Sterling. The drive culminated with senior quarterback Brandon Hill's 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Eric Sumlin with only 12 seconds left in the game.

"We were just running the plays that we were running all game. We knew the matchups we had," explained Hill. "We knew we had that play in the arsenal so we just waited on it and at the end of the game it was there."

MU was led by their tandem of seniors Hill and Sterling, who both had career days. Hill completed 33 of 44 passes for a career-high 390 yards while also adding three passing touchdowns. His 33 completions and 44 attempts were both also career highs. Sterling completed his day with 11 receptions for a career-high 183 yards and a touchdown.

The Hawks started the game quickly, scoring on their first possession. Just 1:47 into the game, Hill hit Sterling with a pass that he quickly turned up field for a 59-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

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Freshman Leads Golf

The men's golf team finished sixth overall, in a nine team field, at the Tuxedo Autumn Invitational hosted by Columbia University this past weekend.

On a difficult course that consisted of very firm and fast greens, the Hawks shot 80 over par as a team, with a total score of 932. The 932 score was only eight strokes behind the third place finisher of the tournament, Lehigh University.

Head Coach Dennis Shea thought his team played well, but realized they have the potential to play even better. "Overall, I think we played relatively well. The course played a little tough, especially around the greens, and I thought par could have been around 74," said Shea. "Unfortunately, we just aren't consistent enough right now. Everyone's going to have some bad swings and shots, but we need to cut out some of the mental mistakes."

Despite the sixth place finish, MU did have several strong moments, including shooting a 297 in the second round of the tournament. The score was the lowest round of any team, and only one of two sub-300 rounds at the Invitational. Central Connecticut State, who finished fourth and were seven strokes better than the Hawks, had the other sub-300 at 298, which also came in the second round of the tournament.

"I was very happy with the 297," said Shea. "We had already played 18 holes earlier in the day, and I think those first 18 helped everyone get a feel of the course, and they really took advantage of that experience in the second round."

Freshman Mariano Medico was another bright spot for the Hawks. Medico shot a 229 on the weekend, which was good enough for 14th overall individually. It was Medico's first top-20 finish on his young career.

Shea was excited about the success the freshman had in what was only his second collegiate tournament. "I was pleased with the way he (Medico) played," Shea said. "It's obviously a good thing for the future of this program, and I think he has a very promising career ahead of him."

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Surfing is Not Just a Hobby; It’s a Lifestyle

We left off last time hoping for waves during the upcoming week, as usual. This week, Mother Ocean delivered. On Sunday the swell was building, from early morning to the sun's last rays, surfers found some clean three to four footers.  Although, no one was satisfied, the prediction for the next day was even better. When Monday rolled around there was excitement in the air. I woke and went to my first class hoping that it would go fast.

As I sat in class, I felt a buzz in my pocket; I swiped right to a text from my friend Andrew that read and I quote, "It's sick, I just got best barrel of life." A small, solitary tear ran down my face as I sat in my 8:30 am class, knowing that I had another class waiting for me afterwards. When I finally went out, I got the notorious, "Shoulda been here earlier dude!"

Personally, I had a great time, but I could not help but think about Andrew's text and what the waves were like while I was in class. Either way, we all scored early in the week.

On paper, surfing seems like a hobby, maybe a sport, yet there is a certain culture that surrounds it. Surfing and being a surfer are two very different things. One is an action and one is an encompassing idea. What does it really mean to be a surfer in NJ?  From the clothes you wear and the music you enjoy, to your personal characteristics and interests, being a surfer defines a person.

Surfers are all similar in some ways, yet in other ways, they are rather different. There is a real fine line in surfing where you want do what the other guys are doing and be like them but you also want to strive to have your own style. Your head is constantly filled with thoughts about, your next wave.

How am I going to surf it? What if I do this, how can I branch off from it and do something new or something I saw in that last video I watched?

There is a constant intra-self-battle between being someone totally different and being like that guy you just surfed with who killed the session.

A big part of this battle has to do with the reason you surf. In other destination surf areas, the surfers are looking for instant satisfaction from the multitude of cameras that are always rolling. In NJ, no one cares. There is a tight-knit surfing community who are interested, but other than that, NJ is filled with fake New Yorkers and people who aren't even associated with the beach. Because of this, NJ surfers don't surf for fame, but for the love of surfing. For this reason, NJ is totally different from anywhere else in the world.

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