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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Baseball Takes Two of Three from Manhattan

MBB 4 6The MU baseball team split two games against in-state rival Rutgers and took two out of three against MAAC conference opponent Manhattan last week.

MU traveled to Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY to take on Manhattan in a weekend series. The two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 2.

Senior southpaw Frank Trimarco got the ball in game one and gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings, but left the game with his team up by a run.  Freshman Joe Molettiere came in the game in the seventh and pitched into the ninth, when he gave up two runs on a Jose Carrera double to tie the game at five and an RBI single by Fabian Pena gave the Jaspers game one.

“They’re always tough,” head coach Dean Ehehalt said about Manhattan. “They’re kind of like we are. They’re a scrappy team, they throw strikes and are tough outs at the plate and they have some guys who can really run. They had some injuries last year and their season didn’t go quite as well as they wanted it to. They’re a very talented team that is well coached.”

The Hawks bounced back in game two defeating Manhattan 5-4 behind junior right hander Ricky Dennis, who allowed four runs [one earned] in five innings on six hits and five strikeouts. The Blue and White scored all five of their runs in the fifth. Freshman catcher Clay Koniencki led off with a single and advanced to third on singles by senior shortstop  Robbie Alessandrine and sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano to load the bases. Back-to-back walks plated two run and cut the deficit in half and senior left fielder Dan Shea singled home two more runs to tie the game at four. Senior center fielder Cary Jacobson’s sacrifice fly gave the Hawks a 5-4 lead they would not give up.

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Baseball Sweeps Rider in First MAAC Series

MB Beats Rider

In their opening series against a MAAC opponent and the first home series of the season, the Hawks baseball team swept the Rider Broncs (3-17, 0-3) in a three game series at MU Baseball Field.

MU trailed Rider 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning in the home opener on Friday, Mar. 25. Junior right fielder Chris Gaetano led off with a walk and stole second. He came around to score on an RBI single by junior catcher Ryan Bailey, who advanced to second on an error by the Rider right fielder. With the game tied at four, sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Bailey to third with one out.

After senior shortstop Robbie Alessandrine struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, leadoff man and junior third baseman Grant Lamberton picked up his fourth hit of the day, an infield single in between home and third base, giving the Hawks runners on the corners with two out. After Lamberton advanced to second on a wild pitch, Rider decided to walk sophomore first baseman and reigning MAAC Player of the week Shaine Hughes to load the bases and set up a force at any base.

Senior left fielder Dan Shea came to the plate and worked the count full before sending the 3-2 offering over the right-center field wall for a grand slam. Shea’s third homer of the season gave MU an 8-4 lead that they held onto after sophomore left hander Justin Andrews worked around a leadoff single and ended the game with only four pitches by inducing a 4-6-3 double play, giving the Hawks a victory in their first home and conference game of the season.

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Men’s Tennis Defeat Niagra 6-1 in MAAC Opener

MT Beats NiagraThe MU men’s tennis team opened MAAC Conference play with a win against the Niagra Purple Eagles on Saturday by a score of 6-1.

The victory for the Hawks comes after a challenging pre-conference schedule, competing with opponents such as Boston College and Yale University.

This season marks the first year in the MAAC Conference for Head Coach Kyle Bailey, coming to MU after coaching at the University of Maryland.  He is impressed with what he has seen so far from the MAAC, and believes an early win is great for a team in such a competitive atmosphere.

“Niagara came out strong in the doubles, playing with good energy,” said MU head coach Kyle Bailey. “It was good to see our guys step up to the challenge and hold their ground.”

Freshman Nicola Pipoli, junior Christian Vieira and freshman Alberto Giuffrida each claimed wins at both singles and doubles as the Hawks improved their overall record to 4-7.

Pipoli paired with junior Przemyslaw Filipek at No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-2 to start the winning ways for the Hawks.

However, the Purple Eagles tied the score with junior Felipe Fuentes and junior Francis Nadeau’s 6-4 victory over MU junior Vidit Vaghela and sophomore Ale Gomez Estrada at No. 1. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Battles Siena, Wins 16-15

WL Beats SienaThe women’s lacrosse team started their 2016 conference play by battling for a victory over the Siena Saints 16-15 on Saturday at the Siena Turf Field in Loudonville, NY.

In a game where six different Hawks scored goals, junior attacker Marial Pierce and junior attacker Olivia Higson combined for 11 points.

“Starting 1-0 in MAAC play is very important,” said Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent. “This league is competitive and every win will be earned, which makes this win even more significant. Today was an exciting, hard fought game. Siena is an explosive offensive team and one that will surely find success.”

The Hawks hit the ground running in the first half when senior attacker Michelle Gonzales netted a goal 43 seconds into regulation, setting the tone for a half which contained 22 combined goals by both teams.  After a 3-0 run by Siena, MU answered with a sophomore midfielder Kate Ryan goal at the 23:48 minute mark, bringing the Blue and White within one.

After a two-goal stint with 15:48 remaining in the half gave Siena an 8-6 lead, MU would score the next five goals in just over five minutes.  Siena stopped the bleeding with a goal by senior attacker Sarah Croutier which was followed by Higson’s third goal of the game with 2:28 left on the clock, putting MU ahead 12-9. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Tops Manhattan, 10-5

ML Beats ManhattanThe MU men’s lacrosse team dominated Manhattan College for their first MAAC victory in the 2016 season Saturday, winning 10-5 in a game in which they never trailed.

Four of MU’s ten goals came from the stick of junior attacker Chris Daly, in an effort where eight different Hawks registered a point.

“The staff and I are proud of how hard we played this afternoon,” MU head coach Brian Fisher said. “The effort, energy and excitement was contagious and once we settled into the game we began to play well.”

MU immediately took charge of the first half when reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week and freshman attacker Eamon Campbell set Daly up for one of his three goals of the half within the first two minutes of regulation, and they never looked back.  After Manhattan freshman attacker Parker Giarrantana answered with a goal on the following faceoff, MU sophomore attacker Bryce Wasserman scored with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, sparking a five-goal run for the Hawks.

Entering the second quarter leading 3-1, MU increased its lead behind a pair of goals from Daly and a marker from redshirt sophomore midfielder Dylan Schulte before Manhattan halted the run with a goal from junior midfielder Alex Abiog at the 4:31 minute mark.  The Hawks headed into halftime with a 6-2 lead. 

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Men’s Basketball Defeated in Second Round of NIT

MBB Loss Second RoundA season to remember came to an end for the men’s basketball team at the hands of an 87-71 defeat by the George Washington Colonials in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Mar. 21.

The Colonials had the lead from the first basket on, not trailing once all game. MU head coach King Rice gives them all the credit.

“We didn’t play our best basketball but that was because of their physicality and their size, so give George Washington a lot of credit,” Rice said. “We need to hold our heads high. A lot of firsts happened for these guys this year and at some point we will look back and know it was a pretty good year.”

GW contained junior guard Justin Robinson to just six points on 2-16 shooting. Colonials head coach Mike Lonergan had 6’8” sophomore guard Yuta Watanabe guard Robinson for the entire game. However, Robinson does not think the mismatch effected his performance.

“I’ve seen longer defenders all season,” Robinson said. “Drexel threw a 6-7 defender on me. When we play pickup in the summertime, I’m going against Micah [Seaborn], who’s 6-5, or Deon [Jones], who’s 6-6. Seeing a longer defender is not anything different. I just wasn’t hitting shots tonight.”

That could be said for the entire team, who only shot 34.2% (25-73) from the floor compared to 51.9% (28-54) from George Washington.

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Marist in First MAAC Game

ML Loss MaristThe MU lacrosse team faced Marist College in their 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener, a thriller that featured seven ties and eight lead changes.

The Hawks (4-3, 0-1 MAAC) went behind 9-8 on a late goal with 2:36 on the clock, which proved to be too little time to equalize.  MU’s squad had six different players score a goal, including two by redshirt sophomore midfielder Dylan Schulte and freshman attacker Eamon Campbell.

Marist goalkeeper Brian Corrigan held off Monmouth’s last efforts to tie with key last minute saves of Schulte and Chris Daly.  

“After the game around the locker room was mostly anger and disappointment because we knew we had the opportunity to win the game,” junior midfielder Kevin Murphy said. “I think we showed that we’re going to compete for a MAAC championship and we need to follow this loss up with a hard week of practice and a win this weekend against Manhattan.”

Marist (2-4, 1-0 MAAC) senior attacker Joeseph Radin tallied the first two goals of the contest with back-to-back goals.  MU answered with 4:26 to go in the first quarter as sophomore attacker Bryce Wasserman assisted junior midfielder Eric Berger for his fourth goal of the season. Not long after, Campbell fed junior attacker Dan Bloodgood for a man-up goal to even the score at two. Marist answered with a goal of their own to take a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.

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Men’s Baseball Beats Number 17 ECU

BB Beats No17Coming off the program’s first ever victory against a top-10 program against the University of Virginia on Mar. 6, the MU baseball team went 4-4 over spring break.

The Hawks took one out of three against George Washington, defeated James Madison and VCU and won one game against an East Carolina team that is ranked 17th in the country.

Junior RHP Ricky Dennis took a no-hitter into the eighth for Monmouth against ECU on Mar. 20, which was broken up by a single. But the next batter lined into a 3-3-6 triple play to end the inning and the day for the 6’8” right hander. He threw eight innings, allowed the one hit, walked and hit a batter while striking out six.

“Ricky Dennis was the story of the day,” said head coach Dean Ehehalt. “He got into a great rhythm early and took it from there.”

The Hawks scored a run in four straight innings starting in the first when junior right fielder Chris Gaetano drove in junior third baseman Grant Lamberton, who led off the game with a walk. Back to back doubles by sophomore first baseman Sophomore second baseman Justin Trochiano’s first home run of the season in the fourth made it 3-0 and redshirt freshman outfielder Ryan Byrd pinch ran in the eighth and scored on junior catcher Ryan Bailey’s RBI single.

Dennis was perfect through 6 1/3 until a hit batsman broke that up, but a groundout and a fly out kept the no-hitter in tact through seven.

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Softball Goes 5-4 Over Spring Break

The MU softball team had a successful spring break this past week, going 5-4 with one rainout in ten games while taking multiple trips across the country.

The Hawks (9-8) traveled thousands of miles playing in three different locations, with games in Los Angeles, CA and DeLand and Jacksonville, FL.

“The preseason is great, especially for our sport,” head coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It gives us a chance to grow together and figure out what we need to work on, while also building a team chemistry.”

MU kicked off the break in Los Angeles with a 12-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Blue and White were led offensively by junior outfielder Justene Reyes, who crushed two home runs and drove in four RBI, and freshman infielder Nicole Wieczorek, who recorded three hits and also added four RBI. Junior Sydney Underhill took home the win, throwing four scoreless innings.

After a pair of one-run losses to Harvard and Loyola Marymount University, the Hawks battled back to finish the tournament with two wins, beating FDU 11-2 and Harvard 6-5.

“The competition we faced this break was great,” Salsburg said. “There were three teams there that can win their division—LMU, Harvard and us.”

MU recorded a six-run sixth inning to secure their second win against FDU and walked-off on Harvard on a throwing error by the Ivy League university in the bottom of the seventh. Underhill earned wins in both games, hurling four innings and giving up no runs in each contest.

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Men’s Basketball Suffers Heartbreaking Loss to Iona in MAAC Championship Game

MBB Iona LossIt came right down to the wire, but the men’s basketball team fell short in their quest for a MAAC Championship as they were defeated by the Iona Gaels 79-76 on Monday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

The Hawks, who played this game in front of 3,115 fans, had an opportunity to tie the game with 13 seconds left. Junior guard Je’lon Hornbeak inbounded the ball to senior guard Deon Jones who gave it off to junior guard and MAAC Player of the Year Justin Robinson, who looked for a lane to the rim. Instead, he handed the ball off to an open Deon Jones who had it taken away and the Gaels escaped with the victory and their ticket to the big dance punched.

“The play was to come off the double ball-screen and throw it back to a shooter and that wasn’t open,” Robinson said postgame. “I heard Coach Rice say to go get one. I made a play to the middle of the court. Deon stepped up, so I dumped it off to him for an easy bucket and the defense made a good play.”

The game was the best in an MU uniform for Hornbeak, who finished with 20 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the floor, including 5-5 from three. Robinson finished with 14 points while freshman guard and MAAC Rookie of the Year Micah Seaborn had ten. This was the first loss all season for the Hawks when they had a lead at halftime (22-1). Both of the losses for MU over their last 15 games have come against Iona, after the Hawks defeated the Gaels 110-102 in New Rochelle on Jan. 15.

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Women’s Basketball Drops MAAC Semifinal to Fairfield, 66-59

WBB Semi FairfieldThe fifth-seeded MU women’s basketball team fell to number one-seed Quinnipiac 66-59 in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament Sunday afternoon at the Times Union Center.

Senior guard Sarah Olson scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, and senior guard Jasmine Walker was the only other Hawk to reach double figures, scoring 11 points and collecting seven rebounds.

“We’re disappointed that we lost this game, but we leave the locker room with our heads held high,” head coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “I felt like we played as hard as we possibly could. Everyone left everything out there and in the end, that’s all you can ask for.”

It was a tight game from the start, the two teams trading four point leads in the first quarter, with MU claiming a one-point advantage after one. The teams continued to play each other close in the second quarter, as no lead exceeded one possession. There was no separation after one half of play, as the teams went into the locker room with the score tied at 28 apiece.

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