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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

MU Falls To USC, 101-90

The Monmouth men’s basketball team battled back from a 16-point first half deficit to go in front multiple times in a game that saw the lead change 12 times, but eventually fell to Pac-12 member USC on Monday night at the Galen Center, 101-90 on Monday night in Los Angeles. Junior guard Justin Robinson scored a career-high 28 points in the loss that drops Monmouth to 1-1 on the season after splitting a pair of Pac-12 matchups in Southern California. The Trojans improve to 2-0 this year.

“I have to give USC a lot of credit,” said head coach King Rice. “[USC head coach] Andy Enfield had his team prepared for what we do with a short time to turn it around. I’m very proud of our kids, and I probably should have helped them more by calling a few timeouts to try to get them a bucket here or there.”

USC used a 17-8 run in the final 3:29 to pull away after Chris Brady corralled a weakside rebound and put it back to cut the Trojan lead to two. Back-to-back triples from Katin Reinhardt and Elijah Stewart just 35 seconds apart stretched the lead to eight, and USC made nine free throws after that point to secure the win.

Monmouth led by as many as three in the second half when Austin Tilghman put home a hard drive through the lane to make it 63-60 with 11:07 remaining. Neither team led by more than four throughout the next four minutes, with Jordan McLaughlin scoring on two of three trips with a Nikola Jovanovic layup sandwiched in between. MU answered to tie the game at 66 when Collin knocked down a deep wing three with the shot clock expiring with 8:56 remaining.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Trips To California

Monmouth men’s basketball team opened up their season with an 84-81 overtime win on the road at the University of California Los Angeles Friday night. The team traveled 3,000 miles across the country to become the first Hawk’s to beat a PAC-12 opponent in school history. 

“This win is for our school, our program, our Athletic Department, our President,” said a humbled Coach King Rice following the victory. “This was a momentous win for us.  I really have to thank Steve (Alford) for this. We played in this tournament and I begged Steve over the summer to play us. I felt like something like this would be good for our program. I’ve known Steve and Coach Broussard for a very long time.”

During the final 18.9 seconds in overtime, senior guard Collin Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and went to the line making both free throws giving Monmouth an 82-81 lead over the Bruins. UCLA got the ball back down the court and freshman guard Aaron Holiday attempted a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game but failed.

Junior guard Je’lon Hornbeak used the miss to his advantage for the rebound and scored leaving the Hawk’s with the 84-81 win out in California. 

“We just basically stuck to what we know. Once they pulled ahead of us, we just kept our poise and got the win,” said junior Collin Stewart.

At the start of overtime, Monmouth went down 80-75 until junior center Zac Tillman made four free throws on back to back possessions to bring the Hawks within one. Redshirt-freshman guard Michah Seaborn then drew a foul making one on the line to tie the game at 80.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Lehigh in OT

Womens Basketball 11 18 2015The women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season this past Friday, falling to the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks 95-88 in overtime in Stabler Arena. Senior guard Jamiyah Bethune’s career-high 22 points and senior guard Sarah Olsen’s five three-point field goals were not enough to continue the programs 6-2 overall record over Lehigh.

“It was a shame we came out on the losing end. We forced 25 turnovers, got 100 shots off, matched Lehigh with points in the paint and only turned the ball over 11 times. We played Monmouth basketball…” said Head Coach Jenny Palmateer.

The Blue and White came out with an early five-point lead, until Lehigh responded with a quick six points. Senior guard Jasmine Walker, junior forward Christina Mitchell and freshman gurad McKinzee Barker each made contributions for MU. In time, Lehigh took a 20-16 lead with minutes left in the quarter, but the Hawks ended the first quarter on top, 23-21.

Just under a minute into the second quarter Bethune netted six points, adding to the Hawks’ lead. Junior guard Tyese Purvis put up a pair of three-pointers while Bethune added 10 points for the Hawks, making it 37-25. Four fouls cost the Hawks’ eight points in free-throws, closing the gap for Lehigh. But once again, MU held the lead at the halftime break, 44-37.

The Mountain Hawks came out on fire as Lehigh’s senior guard Amina Affini eventually brought the game to 48-49 with a pair of foul shots. The Mountain Hawks tabbed 11 of the first 16 points in the third quarter. Barker put up nine points, bringing life back to the Hawks, raising their lead to 58. Purvis and Walker combined defensive steals and points to solidify the third quarter lead, 61-56.

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Football Trumps Blue Hose on Senior Day

Football 11 28 2015In the final home game of the season, the Hawks defeated Presbyterian College 21-16 on Saturday afternoon on senior day in West Long Branch.

The Blue Hose got on the board first. Redshirt-freshman quarterback Cody Williams’ pass was intercepted and returned by Donelle Williams to the Monmouth 20 yard line. Freshman kicker Brett Norton converted a 34 yard field goal to give PC an early 7-0 lead.

Monmouth got on the board when Williams found freshman wide receiver Ugo Ezemma for a five yard touchdown pass to cap off a 13 play, 86 yard drive giving the Hawks a 7-3 lead with 4:06 remaining in the first half. But Presbyterian responded with a touchdown of their own; a one yard run by redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Cheek and the score was 10-7 Blue Hose at halftime.

PC got the ball to begin the second half but turned it over when Cheek’s pass was intercepted by freshman wide receiver Tymere Berry, setting up the Hawks on offense at the Blue Hose 40 yard line. MU drove 40 yards on eight plays that ended in a 13 yard touchdown run by junior wide receiver Darren Ambush off a double reverse, putting the Hawks back on top, 14-10. The Hawks scored again on their next possession as Williams found sophomore wide receiver Reggie White Jr. for 11 yards in the corner of the end zone. The play was initially ruled out of bounds, but was overturned as the sophomore made an impressive catch while dealing with pass interference and staying in bounds to bring Monmouth’s lead to 21-10.

“I was just focused on making the catch,” White said. “I didn’t realize they threw the flag until after the play.”

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Men’s Soccer Finish Season in the MAAC Finals

Soccer John EganAfter a long weekend of battles at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the men’s soccer team came up just short of a MAAC Championship Title. The first seeded Hawks suffered a 3-2 loss to the second-seeded Rider Broncs on Monday, Nov. 9 The loss breaks the Hawks’ 17-game unbeaten streak, which is now a standing national record.

The Blue and White fought hard through the final game this season and although they did not win the championship, Head Coach Rob McCourt said the team’s effort was a win in itself.

“The boys are disappointed right now, but we’ve had a fantastic season. I’d like to pay tribute to our group of seniors. They’ve had outstanding careers at Monmouth and should be proud,” Coach McCourt said.

The Hawks travelled a challenging road to get to the finals, first playing the ninth seed Manhattan Jaspers in the quarterfinals. During which, Monmouth dominated possession of the ball for a majority of the first half and striking in the ninth minute with a goal from junior mid Miguel Alves (his fifth of the season).

The Jaspers notched one goal in the 47th minute, but that would be their last. Monmouth junior goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky, saved eight shots on the. Senior mid David Acuna-Camacho scored during the 86th minute to seal the win.

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Field Hockey Falls to Fairfield in MAAC Semi-Finals

Field Hockey Alyssa ErcolinoThe field hockey team capped off their season this past Friday afternoon in a hard-fought Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semi-final, falling to Fairfield University 2-1.

“We really stuck together and played as a team. I thought we gelled really well and we found our fight. And we definitely didn’t give up in any game we played this season,” said senior captain Cori Allen. “I know obviously we didn’t get the result that we wanted at the end, but I couldn’t be any prouder of my teammates.”

As MAAC Regular Season Champions, the first seeded Hawks once again hosted the MAAC Championship Tournament on So-Sweet-A-Cat Field.

Fourth-seeded Fairfield got on the board only 2:09 into the game. 2015 MAAC Player of the Year Ann Burgoyne pulled across sophomore Co-Goalkeeper of the year Christen Piersanti and shot on an empty cage. The Stags held an early lead of 1-0.

Although MU outshot the Stags 7-1 in the first half alone, the game remained a draw going into the second half.

The Blue and White answered in the 52nd minute as freshman Georgia Garden Bachop blasted a shot from the top of the circle past Fairfield goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett. Her far post shot was her second of the season and it meant a new game for the Hawks.

As the clock struck 59:50 Burgoyne sealed the fate of the Stags.  A cross from Emily McCauley entered the center of the circle where Burgoyne deflected the ball high into the net past Piersanti.

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Siena in MAAC Championship Semi-Finals

Soccer Taylor JacksonThe Monmouth University women’s soccer team finished their season Friday, Nov. 6 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of sixth-seeded Siena College.

Within the opening three minutes of the match, Siena’s Madison Vasquez connected with a header that ricocheted off the crossbar into the penalty area. After a failed clearance and a blocked shot by the Monmouth defenders, the ball fell back at the feet of Vasquez, who side-footed it into the back of the net putting the Saints up by one.

Nearly ten minutes later, MU’s junior forward Erica Murphy charged past a defender and shifted the ball onto her left foot before unleashing a strike just outside the box. However, the shot was easily collected by Siena’s goalkeeper, Liz Rogan. Seconds later, MU junior forward Alexis McTamney also had her shot blocked.

In the 31st minute, Siena midfielder Kristen Connors floated a cross into Monmouth’s box to teammate defender Allison Clark. Clark sent the ball into the far corner of the goal with a header that glanced over the right shoulder of MU junior goalkeeper Sydney Lavan.

In the final fifteen minutes of the first half, Murphy saw a pair of shots go wide while McTamney also had an effort go wide.

The second half began with both sides testing the waters, as each team fought to score, but both had their shots fly wide of goal.

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Cross Country Bask in Success During 2015

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are once again enjoying successful seasons in 2015.

The teams are led by Joe Compagni, who is in his 21st year of coaching. Compagni took over the cross country program in 1995. He ran both cross country and track & field at the University of Delaware and served as the Blue Hens’ cross country captain during his senior year.

“I ran myself in high school and college,” Compagni said. “I enjoy both but cross country is unique because everybody is doing the same thing. You have a very close team and people who are really counting on each other and working towards a common goal.”

Before coming to West Long Branch, Compagni had an experience with the United States Olympic Training Center in 1989, where he worked with runners and cyclists over the summer.

Monmouth offered Compagni his first opportunity to coach at the Division I level. He has enjoyed being in charge of the program and sees a bright future ahead.

“Monmouth gave me an opportunity to come here. They were starting to grow as a university as well as the athletic department. It was a great opportunity for me to coach at the Division I level. We have had the same athletic director ever since I’ve been here. Dr. McNeil has always been supportive of cross country and track which has helped us grow. The school has done very well and continues to grow in the rankings. Once you have a tradition of success it’s easier for the folks who come in to want to take it to the next level,” Compagni said.

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Monmouth Swimming Returns From Hiatus

Anne SkimmonsAfter 32 years of absence, the Monmouth University Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming program has been reinstated and has begun competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the 2015-2016 season.

The Monmouth Swimming program had a successful past. The natatorium on the University’s campus is named after the program’s previous coach Richard E. Steadman, who had 127 All-American Swimmers, and one future Olympic Swimmer, who was also awarded Man of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in his time at Monmouth. Six members of the Monmouth University Hall of Fame were members of the swimming program as well as the entire 1974 men’s and women’s teams.

Fast forward three decades, Monmouth County native Matt Nunnally, will be coaching 23 swimmers in the newly restarted Division I program.

“I’ve been coaching D1 for 20 years. I did five years at Seton Hall as an Assistant Coach and then 15 years at La Salle as a Head Coach. Monmouth was attractive to me because of the potential I see in the program. When you look at the athletic department and how the teams are preforming, there’s a belief here that the swimming program can be successful,” Nunnally said.

Once Nunnally signed on, he had to find athletes willing to compete for a start up program. The recruits were found from three main sources; students already enrolled in Monmouth with swimming experience, the incoming freshman class, and students willing to transfer to Monmouth to compete. Two veteran swimmers transferred to MU for the upcoming season. On the men’s side is junior Sam Lynch, who was a State Champion from Ocean who competed for South Carolina last year. On the women’s side, is sophomore Anne Skimmons, who followed Nunnally from La Salle to Monmouth.

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Monmouth Soccer Programs Gear Up for MAAC Tournament

Soccer MAAC TournamentTwo weekends ago, both the men’s and women’s Monmouth soccer teams clinched the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title, while also claiming the top seed for the upcoming MAAC championships. As a result, both teams have also been granted a first round bye in the tournament.

“It is great to get a first round bye,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt, who has led the Hawks to their ninth conference regular season title whilst under his wing. “It helps with seeding for tournament games and gives your team extra rest as you have one less game to play.”

“The first round bye can be a huge advantage, if you go about it in the right way,” said Krissy Turner, the head coach of the women’s soccer team. “Everyone would think that it’s [having the first round bye] just a huge positive, but it’s hard to keep the players focused when you have such a long break.”

The Monmouth men’s soccer team finished the regular season up on Saturday, as they shared the points with Marist College on the road at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, New York, via a 2-2 draw. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-3-4 (7-0-3 MAAC) record and as the No. 22 ranked team in the country.

However, McCourt said, “National rankings are well deserved but it is something we never speak about. We take each game one game at a time and try not to let anything outside distract us.”

The women’s team finished with a record of 13-2-2 (9-1-0 MAAC) after defeating Niagara by a score of two goals to nil in their final regular season match two weekends ago. The squad clinched it’s third straight MAAC regular season title with the win.

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Football Dropped By Kennesaw State

Kennesaw StateAfter two tightly contested conference games at home, the Hawks hit the road again for their next game against Kennesaw State. MU fell to the Owls 23-13 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta.

The Hawks opened the game on offense and started at their own 35 yard line after the opening kickoff went out of bounds. They got the ball into the end zone when Cody Williams completed a 12 yard shovel pass to Darren Ambush to give MU an early 7-0 lead.

The Monmouth defense kept the Owls off the board in the first quarter and a big interception in the end zone by Mike Basile was a key play. But KSU returned the favor and shut out the Hawks in the next two quarters and responded with 23 unanswered points. The Owls got on the board on a two yard rush by Jae Bowen that capped off a 17 play, 80 yard drive that lasted 8:50 and tied the game at seven. Kennesaw State added points to the board in each of their next three possessions. Bowen got in once again from two yards out, this time on a pass from Trey White. The extra point attempt missed and the score was 13-7 KSU. A 37 yard field goal by Justin Thompson extended the Owl lead to 16-7 into halftime.

Kennesaw State opened up the second half going 11 plays for 58 yards as White kept it himself for a three yard touchdown run to make it 23-7. A 14 yard pass from Williams to Ugo Ezemma got the Hawks back in the end zone with 5:44 remaining in the fourth quarter and made it 23-13 after they failed the subsequent two point conversion. Monmouth recovered the onside kick, but Williams threw an interception that ultimately brought the game to an end.

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