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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Men’s and Women’s Track Place in Top-Twelve at ICA4/ECAC Championships

Track Top 12The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track teams went to Boston University this weekend to compete for the ICA4/ECAC Championships.  The women took 9th place with their third straight season in the top-10.  The men finished in 11th place, which was the fourth best in school history.

Junior Tionna Garner took home the gold in the 500m, running a time of 1:10:31, which bested her own previous school record.  This was the first ECAC gold medal for the event in school history.  The men’s team also represented five out of the Hawk’s total eight All-East members. 

“After winning conferences and going after a big race last weekend I was excited about ECACs,” Garner said.  “I knew running a fast time should come from the weekend, but I wasn’t really expecting for the results to be that great.”

Garner also participated in the 4x800 relay along with Jenna Cupp, Lindsey Bellaran and Kendal Hand, taking home second place with a time of 8:44.08.  This mark was also an MU record.  Bellaran and Cupp took fourth and fifth respectively in the mile with times of 4.51.31 and 4:52.25, earning them both All-East Honors.

“Boston’s atmosphere is always high intensity and being able to be in that atmosphere with my teammates only made the weekend better,” Cupp said.

Also earning All-East honors were the distance medley relay team of Allie Wilson, Andrea Olsen, Brianna Stratz and Molly McKeon as the squad ran to a time of 11:45.80 to claim eighth.

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Baseball Beats No. 8 Ranked UVA

BB Beats No8The MU baseball team (3-7) came away with a victory against top-ten nationally ranked program the University of Virginia (7-4) on Sunday, beating the Cavaliers 6-4.

The victory against number eight seed UVA is the first top-ten defeat in program history for the Hawks, and the first win against a nationally ranked opponent since they beat sixteenth ranked East Carolina University in 2010. 

Coming off of an eleven-inning 11-10 loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday, MU started junior pitcher Ricky Dennis on the mound, and the 6’9” right-hander held UVA to two runs in six innings, giving him his first win of the season.  Left-handed redshirt sophomore Justin Andrews tossed three innings in relief to seal the victory and earn the save.

“Our team really battled today and showed a great deal of resiliency, especially after yesterday,” head coach Dean Ehehalt said. “We answered the bell today. Ricky Dennis was excellent and of course Justin Andrews was solid.”

MU’s offense was led by junior outfielder Chris Gaetano and junior infielder Grant Lamberton, both recording three hits on the day. 

UVA struck first blood in the bottom half of the second when freshman infielder Ryan Karstetter doubled down the left field line and later scored on freshman infielder Nate Eikoff’s single. 

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Men’s Basketball Clinches Top Seed in Tournament

MBB Micah SeabornThe men’s basketball team concluded their regular season over the weekend and clinched the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament with their 79-58 victory against the Rider Broncs on Friday, Feb. 26 on ESPN2.

Monmouth came out fast against the Broncs as they jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead with a jumper by junior center Chris Brady and two layups by junior guard Josh James and never looked back.

“I think tonight was an amazing night,” MU head coach King Rice said. “I’m the luckiest coach to be able to coach the young men in that locker room. It was way too long for Monmouth to be the champs. We got the first one but we’re not done.”

The Hawks did not trail once all game and had four players in double figures. MU was led by freshman guard Micah Seaborn, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds.

Junior center Zac Tillman added 12 points while junior guard Justin Robinson and sophomore guard Austin Tilghman put up 10 points each. The blue and white shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the floor while holding the Broncs to just 37.9 percent (22-58) on the night.

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Softball Begins Season with New Head Coach

WSB Sydney UnderhillThe University’s softball team opened the 2016 season by participating in the Lancer Lead-Off Tournament this past weekend.

The new season welcomes new challenges and two new coaches for the blue and white, assistant coach Jayme O’Bryant and head coach Shannon Salsburg.

O’ Bryant will be joining the Hawks after being a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015, while Salsburg comes to West Long Branch after a nine-year career as head coach at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“I’m excited to draw on things that I used to do at Bowling Green and bring them into a fun, new environment,” said Salsburg, who’s MU team finished 1-3 in their opening weekend.  “It’s been interesting to learn some new ways [of living] and figure out the Northeast area.”

Salsburg, who posted an overall record of 196-232-1 at BGSU, was named head coach of MU softball in September and will be replacing six-year head coach Louie Berndt. She was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and will bring a power-hitting approach to MU, as she was the only BGSU coach to have her team reach 30-plus homers in consecutive seasons.

“I definitely preach power hitting,” Salsburg said.  “But in this conference, our team will have to be more balanced.  We won’t be able to rely on power alone.”

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King Rice Signs Five-Year Deal with MU

MBB King RiceThe top sports story on campus this year has been the success of the men’s basketball team. The Hawks wrapped up their season with a 77-68 win against Niagara on Senior Day and secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.

It is undeniable that the expertise of King Rice, who is in his fifth season as head coach, has been a key to the team’s success.

“I always wanted to be a pro basketball player,” Rice said. “I worked hard to get to the NBA but I fell a little short. My second thing was coaching. I get to do that at a great school with great people and I couldn’t be happier.”

Prior to his coaching days, Rice played collegiate ball under the legendary Dean Smith at The University of North Carolina. Rice was recruited to Chapel Hill by current Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams when he was an assistant under Smith before he took the head coaching position at the University of Kansas in 1988.

As of Friday, Feb. 26, Rice prolonged his collegiate coaching career with a five-year contract that will keep him in West Long Branch through the 2020-21 season.

“King’s success as a head coach at Monmouth is not surprising me at all,” Williams said in an email. “He is extremely intelligent, very competitive and truly loves being a coach. He cares about his players a great deal and pushes them to reach their potential. He sees the big picture and is able to get his players to see it as well. Monmouth Basketball is one of the great stories of the season and he is the driver of that ship. I know the entire University will benefit a great deal.”

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Men’s Basketball Falls to Iona, Rebounds at St. Peter’s

MBB Austin TilghmanFour thousand five hundred and twenty two fans packed the MAC in one of the most highly anticipated home games in years. But ultimately, the men’s basketball team fell to the Iona Gaels 83-67 on Friday, Feb. 19 in front of the largest crowd in the history of the Multipurpose Activity Center.

The student section was filled an hour before the 10 p.m. tip-off on ESPNU. The Hawks came out fast and took a two point lead at the first media timeout, but the Gaels were in control the rest of the way.

Iona responded by going on a 19-0 run and took a 19 point lead into the locker room while holding MU to just 28 percent (9-32) in the first half and 2-11 from three. MU’s 25 first half points were the fewest they have scored in a half all season.

“They scored and we didn’t,” junior guard Justin Robinson said when asked about Iona’s 19-0 run. “We put our heads down defensively, which is something we’ve reiterated that we can’t do and we did that for an extended period of time. It’s not just Iona. If you do that against any team in the country, they’re going to capitalize on it. We have to learn from that.”

The Hawks came out in the second half by going on a 7-4 run to cut the deficit to 16. Iona extended the lead back to 20 with 15:20 to play. A pair of layups by sophomore guard Austin Tilghman made it a 15 point game with 10:58 remaining.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Two on the Road

WBB Tyrese PurvisThe MU women’s basketball team defeated Canisius 81-71 Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center. Junior guard Tyese Purvis led all scorers with 21 points, including five three-pointers, setting a new season high for the Hawks. MU improved their record to 11-16 (9-9 MAAC), moving into a tie for sixth place with Siena.

“I shot the ball well today,” Purvis said after the game. “My teammates definitely found me a lot out on the three-point area. We set a lot of great screens to get ourselves open, and we held it down on the defensive end as well.”

The Hawks put three other players in double figures, including senior guard Sarah Olson (16 points), senior guard Jasmine McCall (14 points) and junior forward Christina Mitchell (12 points, seven rebounds). Senior guard Jasmine Walker added seven points, seven rebounds, and 4 assists.

Canisius opened the first two minutes with a 5-4 lead, but MU responded with a 13-0 run. After the Golden Griffins cut the MU lead down to single digits, McCall scored the last five points of the first quarter, making the score 25-11 after one.

The Hawks continued to extend their lead in the second, as Mitchell hit two consecutive shots to make the lead 18. Canisius was able to once again bring the lead down to single digits, making it a 36-27 game with 1:36 remaining in the first half. McCall scored again, and Canisius sunk one out of two free throws to make the halftime score 38-28.

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Track Sweeps MAAC Championship

MU Track 2016 ChampionsThe MU men’s and women’s track teams each swept the field and took home the gold at the 2016 MAAC Conference Championship on Sunday.

This is the third year in a row that the men and women’s teams have swept the competition and been crowned MAAC conference champions. MU has now swept their last five conference championships, including two Northeast Conference championships.

The meet took place at the 168th Street New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in the Bronx, NY.

The men’s team took gold scoring 170 total points and the women got the win tallying 205 points.

“It was a very hard-fought, well-rounded win for our team,” head coach Joe Compagni said. “We pulled together and competed tough, and with a great team attitude.”

Junior Lindsey Bellaran was named women’s Indoor Track Most Outstanding performer. She individually won the 800 (2:10:29), and took second in the mile (4:48:63), which is a Hawks school record.  She also anchored the victory for the DMR team, which set a new MAAC record of 11:44:68.

 “It was a great experience,” Bellaran said. “The energy was amazing. I definitely attribute my success to my coaches and teammates. It’s so easy to go out and leave it all on the track for them.”

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Baseball Beats Penn State in Season Opener

BB MU Vs PSThe MU baseball team opened their 2016 season at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC this past weekend, going 1-3 in four games.

The Hawks picked up a victory on Opening Day against Penn State by a score of 3-1. Senior southpaw Frank Trimarco got the ball and hurled six innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out five.

Gloucester County College transfer Ben Hoffman debuted in the eighth inning, escaping a one out, bases loaded jam by getting two batters to foul out to first base. After hitting the first batter in the ninth, Hoffman retired the next three Nittany Lions in order to record his first career save at MU. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Shaine Hughes set the tone on offense, going 2-3 with an RBI.

“I am really proud of the way we played today,” said head coach Dean Ehehalt. “Frank Trimarco was outstanding. He pitched out of a jam or two and really set the tone. Ben Hoffman got five huge outs to close it down.”

Saturday saw the Hawks get swept in a double-header (8-5, 8-4) against the Bryant Bulldogs, with the second game being 17 innings, the longest game the team has played since March 9, 2008, a 16 inning affair against UCF.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Eight Straight

MB Micah SeabornThe magical season for the men’s basketball team continued after they stormed back from a 14 point deficit with 3:58 to go to take down the Rider Broncs (10-16, 6-9) in front of a sellout crowd of 1,650 at Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville on Feb. 12.

Monmouth went on a 17-2 run to close out the game after trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half. Junior point guard Justin Robinson put the blue and white on top for good as his 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining gave MU a 79-78 lead.

“Big time players want the ball at the end of the game,” Malcom Huckaby said on the ESPNU broadcast after Robinson’s clutch shot. “I’ll say that again: big time players want the ball at the end of the game. Some guys don’t embrace the moment, the great ones do. Justin Robinson is one of the best guards in all of college basketball. Period.”

The Broncs were unable to convert a last second shot and the Hawks escaped with their third consecutive single digit victory against the Broncs on the road, dating back to November 2006.

“Our kids made incredible plays,” head coach King Rice said. “To come that far back and get it done in regulation is a credit to these young men.”

The Hawks came out flying and took a 44-35 lead into halftime while holding Rider to just 12-31 from the floor and 2-12 from three. But the Broncs left the locker room looking like a different team, as they went on a 31-9 run to begin the second half and made good on their first seven 3-pointers to give them a 13 point advantage with 11:50 to play.

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Women’s Basketball Splits with Fairfield, Manhattan

WB Jasimine McCallThe women’s basketball team fell to the Fairfield Stags 80-70 Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, CT.

Senior guard Jasmine McCall led the Hawks with 16 points off the bench, with senior guard Jamiyah Bethune contributing 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists. With the loss, the team’s record fell to 9-16 (7-9 MAAC), while Fairfield improved to 15-10 (10-6 MAAC).

“They went inside a lot, and we were undersized so that worked out in their favor,” Bethune said after the game. Fairfield scored 34 of their 80 points in the paint, taking advantage of the mismatches inside, having three players over six feet.

Fairfield came out with hot shooting, beginning the game on a 7-0 run. MU quickly responded with an 11-3 run of their own to make the score 11-10 at the first media timeout. The two teams would remain close throughout the remainder of the first quarter, ending the first 20-17 in favor of the Stags.

The Stags opened the game up in the second quarter, their lead increasing to eight at the media timeout, and 13 at halftime. McCall and junior guard Tyese Purvis led the Hawks with eight points at the intermission, while Fairfield had three players already in double digit scoring, junior forwards Casey Smith (13), Kelsey Carey (10) and senior guard Kristin Schatzlein (10).

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