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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Max DiLeo Signed to the Oettinger Rockets

BasketballMonmouth University has seen their fair share of athletes enter the professional sports realm. One of the most recent being former MU Hawks guard, Max DiLeo.

DiLeo entered the University’s basketball program during his freshman year at college as a walk-on point guard. He played high school basketball at Cinnaminson, where he lettered in basketball, soccer, and track and field. 

Although DiLeo excelled in every sport, he ultimately chose basketball because of his family roots. “My mom was professional; my dad played in college, coached in Europe and the NBA, he was with the 76ers at the time when I made the decision to come here; my brother played at Temple and now as a professional in Germany,” DiLeo said.

DiLeo finished his MU career a .736 free throw percentage, 107 assists, 120 steals, 490 points and 1,803 minutes played. Although these numbers are respectable, it was his heart that really made him stand out on the court.

Josh James, MU junior guard, “Max brought a different kind of energy and spirit to the court. He had a motor that is rarely seen from many players,” said Josh James, a junior guard for the MU basketball team.

DiLeo’s determination and passion attracted the attention of the Oettinger Rockets, a professional basketball team located in Gotha, Germany. 

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Men’s Soccer Rolls Over Seton Hall University

SoccerMonmouth University men’s soccer cruised past Seton Hall University by a score of four goals to one at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn Tuesday night, improving their record this season to 4-3-1, while the visitors’ dropped to 0-5-1. 

“We finished our chances tonight, so I was really happy about that. In soccer, anytime you get four goals, that’s a successful night,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt after the win.

Just fifteen minutes after kickoff, redshirt senior John Egan found junior midfielder Colin Stripling with his back to goal just inside the box. Stripling turned to goal and volleyed the ball into the far corner of the net giving MU the lead. 

“The first one [goal] really was a special one,” said Stripling. “I liked it because it just opened the gates for us [and] calmed the team down a little bit.”

Near the half-hour mark, freshman defender Zachary Pereira found some space down the right flank and served a hard cross into the box. The ball found the head of junior midfielder Miguel Alves, who flicked it into the top corner of the far post, leaving Seton Hall goalkeeper Julian Spindler with no chance. The goal put the Hawks in the driver’s seat, and they lead 2-0 as the half-time break approached.

However, it wasn’t long before the visitors pegged one pack in the 39th minute. Seton Hall’s Andres Arcila played the ball down the left-hand side to sophomore defender John Philbin, who brought it down to the touchline who fired it low and hard into the area to Arcila, who tapped it home with ease. 

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Football Falls To 16th Ranked Fordham Rams

Football2The Monmouth Hawks fell this past Saturday to the 16th ranked Fordham Rams 54-31 in the second ever meeting between the two schools. 

A crowd of 3,471 at Jack Coffey Field settled in as sophomore kicker Matt White kicked off for the Hawks. The initial drive of the game was highlighted by a 49 yard pass on a first and ten play from the Rams junior quarterback, Kevin Anderson, to junior wide receiver Robbie Cantelli bringing the Rams to the Monmouth five yard line. Fordham would get in the end zone two plays later as Anderson connected with freshman wide receiver Corey Caddle for a five-yard touchdown pass giving the Rams an early 7-0 lead.

The Hawks went three-and-out in their first possession but quickly regained possession after senior linebacker Anthony McDonnaugh recovered a fumble. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Williams would turn the ball over with an interception on the Hawks very first play following the recovery. The Rams returned to the end zone as Anderson threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Chase Edmonds to extend the Fordham lead to 14-0.

MU made their first appearance in the red zone on their next possession which was set up by a 27 yard completion from Williams to junior wide receiver Darren Ambush, which brought the Hawks to the Fordham 15 yard line. White connected on a 35 yard field goal to put the Hawks on the board, 14-3 with 2:12 to go in the first quarter.

Fordham was forced to punt but got the ball back after Williams fumbled; this was Williams’s second turnover of the quarter. A seven yard run by Edmonds ended the first quarter.

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Philadelphia Eagles Practice at Kessler Field; Pick Up First Victory of Season

Football1There was a different kind of bird on campus as the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League came to practice at Monmouth on Friday and Saturday. With Pope Francis staying in the Philadelphia area, the team needed a place to practice for the weekend. With their upcoming game being against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey was a logical choice.

“Coach Kelly and I have known each other for a number of years,” MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “It’s a professional relationship that goes back to when he was a college coach throughout the northeast. There are also a good number of coaches on his staff who were college coaches in the northeast that I know fairly well also.”

Kelly played collegiately at the University of New Hampshire as a quarterback and a defensive back from 1981-1984. His coaching experience in the northeast began in 1990 with Columbia when he coached the defensive backs and special teams. The next year he coached the outside linebackers and strong safeties before moving on to New Hampshire in 1992 where he coached the running backs. A brief stop at John’s Hopkins as their defensive coordinator in 1993 was followed by his return to his alma mater in 1994. He coached the running backs and the offensive line until he took over as offensive coordinator from 1999-2006, when he left for the University of Oregon. Kelly was their offensive coordinator for two seasons before he took over as Head Coach in 2009. While at the helm, Kelly took the Ducks to two Rose Bowls and a National Championship Game before taking the Eagles’ job in 2013.

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UPCOMING GAMES: 9/23/15

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, September 25

FH at Northeastern

Boston, Mass. 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 26

WSOC vs. Canisius

W. Long Branch, NJ 1:00 pm

Football at Fordham

New York, New York 1:00 pm

MSOC at Canisius

Buffalo, NY 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 27

FH at University of Albany

Albany, New York 1:00 pm

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Field Hockey Splits Weekend Home Stand

Field HockeyThe Hawks started their weekend on Friday, Sept. 18 with a loss to the Temple Owls 4-2. The Owls jumped out to a 1-0 lead Friday afternoon. The Hawks would respond when senior midfielder Cori Allen put Monmouth back into the game with two goals in the first half. This was Allen’s first career multi-goal game, which helped keep the game tied at two after one half of play. Not to be outdone, Temple’s Alyssa Delp registered a hat trick that propelled the Owls to victory over Monmouth on So Sweet A Cat Field. 

After a tough loss on Friday MU shifted their focus to the visiting Towson Tigers. MU did a good job early of moving the ball through the midfield to create opportunities on offense, outshooting Towson 24-3, on Sunday afternoon. 

An early goal from Towson triggered a response from MU as the Hawks went on to score three unanswered goals by three different players. The first tally came off the deflection of freshman midfielder Gab Girardi, who registered her first collegiate goal knotting the match at one. Allen, who assisted on MU’s first goal, knocked in the games second goal off a corner. 

Junior midfielder Alyssa Ercolino sent the ball in the circle where junior defender Casey Hanna set up Allen for the go ahead score. This gave Allen three goals on the weekend, and helped MU take a 2-1 lead in the first half.

MU had 18 total corners in the game and Ercolino helped start and finish one in the 53rd minute of the game. Ercolino sent the ball into the circle where it was moved around until Allen sent the ball towards the net and Ercolino deflected the ball off her stick to give MU a 3-1 lead. The midfielder registered her second goal of the season. With the win MU snapped a four-game losing streak. 

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Womens Soccer Cruises Past Marist in MAAC Opener

Women SoccerThe women’s soccer team managed a 3-1 victory this past Saturday at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn against the Marist Red Foxes in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season opener. This is Monmouth’s third victory over Marist in MAAC history.  

Hungry for the season’s first conference win, MU found the net within the first minute and a half. The Hawks forced early offensive pressure, keeping the ball in Marist’s defensive end for almost the first eight minutes. With 43:39 on the clock junior forward Alexis McTamney crossed the ball into the box, causing a Marist defensive deflection. Junior midfielder Julie Spracklin passed the rebound to senior midfielder Brianne Boyle at the top of the box for a hard finish in the bottom left corner.

Already behind one goal, Marist attempted three consecutive corner kicks at the 27-minute mark, but the MU defense remained steady.  With just under nine minutes in the first half MU junior goalkeeper Sydney Lavan dove into the line of Marist fire to prevent a crucial tying opportunity. 

With five minutes left in the half Marist drew a penalty kick inside Monmouth territory.  Freshman midfielder Hope Quinonez put it away for the Red Foxes past MU goalkeeper Lavan for the tie.  The Hawks outshot the Red Foxes 8-2 in the first half but both teams entered the locker room with one goal and countless missed opportunities.

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Football Grabs First Win of the Season at Wagner

FootballIn the past two weeks, the football team not only picked up their first win of the season but also faced the Chippewas of Central Michigan in the program’s first ever game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.  

The Hawks’ football team made history on Saturday, Sept. 12 when they traveled to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to take on the Chippewas of Central Michigan in what was the program’s first ever game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.

Playing in front of 21,092 fans at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Central Michigan came out motivated after a 24-13 loss to Oklahoma State the previous week. Their offense recorded six first downs on the drive, which ended in a Mark Chapman 11 yard run for a touchdown. The 14-play, 73-yard-drive took 6:02 off the clock and Central Michigan had an early 7-0 lead.

“We knew going in that they had a very effective defense, particularly their front seven,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “They were a pretty dominant group, as we saw, in their previous game against Oklahoma State. They were able to control the line of scrimmage at times but I think as the game went on, we started to have a little more success and our players began adjusting to what they were seeing.”

The Chippewas showed an impressive start to the second quarter. With a 17-yard-pass to sophomore wide receiver Corey Wills, CMU extended their lead to 14-0.

CMU added three more points with a 30-yard-field goal by junior kicker Brian Eavey. The Hawks punted again and the CMU offense exploded for an 83-yard touchdown pass from Rush to senior tight end Ben McCord on the second play of the drive. This lengthened the lead to 24-0.

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Monmouth and Rugters Play Out 110 Minute Draw

Mens SoccerLast Wednesday, the University Men’s soccer team shared the points with intrastate rival Rutgers in a scoreless draw at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn in front of over 1,700 fans. 

“We treat it as just another college game,” said MU Head CoachRobert McCourt Robert McCourt. “We respect Rutgers and are friends with their staff.”

MU secured the first opportunity within five minutes from kick off, a long ball found the feet of freshman forward Jalil Blalock. He pulled his shot wide of the back post. 

Around 15 minutes later, junior forward Dave Nigro showcased both his strength and skill by shrugging off a defender and drawing a foul from another. Junior midfielder Miguel Alves stepped up to the ball and attempted to curl a shot on goal. Unlike what happened in MU’s win against Villanova, Alves shot was caught with ease.

Junior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky was forced into action in the 34th minute when Rutgers’ Drew Morgan headed a Rutgers corner at the back post from close range; Klenofsky made the save and kept the score knotted at zero. 

With just seconds left on the clock at the end of the first half, Rutgers surged down the pitch and a left-footed cross found it’s way dangerously into the area, but an acrobatic save from Klenofsky ensured that the two sides would go into the break level.

The Hawks freshman defender Danny Figarella, had a chance to score almost immediately after coming on in the 55th minute, but the youngster was unable to keep his header down as it flew just over the crossbar. A long Rutgers through ball tailed wide left of the goal, but Klenofsky was forced out of his area in order to clear the danger before the opposition could reach the pass.

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SIDE LINES: 9/16/15

Monmouth Football fell to Central Michigan 31-10 in the Hawks first ever FBS contest. Freshman defensive back Deontà Fair was named CRONS Brand Big South Freshman of the Week after recording his first career interception in Mount Pleasant, Michigan this past Saturday. 


After beating Lehigh and Villanova, Monmouth Field Hockey has lost their last three matches including Rutgers, Lafayette and Cornell all away. Sophomore defender Julie Laszlo was named Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Hawks to their first two wins of the season. 


The Monmouth Men’s Soccer team has scored eight goals in the past two games against Howard and Villanova while only conceding one. Junior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky was name MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after matching his career high in saves with seven against the Wildcats. This was the Wildcats first loss of the season and were ranked in the Top 25 National Rankings before meeting with the Hawks. 

Men’s Soccer will square off against in-state rival, Rutgers University of the BIG 10 on the Great Lawn tonight at seven o’clock on ESPN3. The Hawks dismantled the Scarlet Knights last season 3-0 in Piscataway. 

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World Cup Veteran Honored by Alma Mater

RamponeFormer Monmouth Hawk and U.S. soccer legend Christie Rampone returned to the University to celebrate her recent World Cup victory and serve as honorary captain during the women’s soccer game against Seton Hall on Monday, Sept. 7.

A crowd of 1,577 gathered on Hesse Field to welcome back the captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team and support the Hawks. Rampone recorded a broadcast segment for ESPN3 before the game and greeted fans at halftime, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone that eagerly lined up along the Great Lawn.

For the Monmouth women’s soccer team, it was a privilege to share the field with such a distinguished alumni. “It was a great experience to honor Monmouth’s all-time great and represent the growth of the program,” said Kristen Brett, a senior defender. “She is a great role model for collegiate athletes who have dreams and aspirations of becoming the best they can be.”

Julie Spracklin, a junior defender, added that sharing the field with Rampone was a moment that she will always cherish. “It was an honor to stand next to Captain America as she handed over the game ball, making it seem as if we were getting ready to go on to the field together as captains,” Spracklin said.

Danielle Axelrod, a senior midfielder, expressed what it meant for the team to welcome back the former Hawk. 

“To have a World Champion come back to New Jersey and support our team was an amazing feeling. We were pumped to be able to play and represent the same school [Rampone] once did before her incredible journey as a national team member began,” Axelrod said. 

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Monmouth University
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