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Volume 88 (Fall 2016) and Volume 89 (Spring 2017)

Field Hockey Defeats Bucknell, Improves to 8-2

Laszlo JulieThe Hawks entered the week ranked as the number 14 team in the country in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which measures a team based on wins and losses and its strength of schedule. Once again Monmouth was home to the MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the week with junior forward Meg Donahue and junior defender Julie Laszlo earning the rewards respectively.

The Monmouth University field hockey team continued to impress as they improved this weekend to a record of 8-2 and hold on to their lead in the MAAC. The Hawks went 1-1 overall with a loss to Drexel on Friday and a victory over Bucknell on Sunday. 

Drexel got off to a hot start in the game burying a goal within the first two minutes. Monmouth was able to answer with a goal by freshman forward Josephine van der Hoop, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, when she tied up the game six minutes later. From there the game would continue as a stalemate until the Dragons were able to score on a corner shot right as time expired before the half.

Coming out of the half Drexel added another goal, again within two minutes of the start and extended their lead by two. Sophomore mid-fielder Gab Girardi scored her first goal of the season at the 44:29 mark making it 3-2. However it was all Drexel from there and they would tally the final two goals of the game and walk off the field with the 5-2 win.

“Drexel came out with a fantastic game plan,” Head Coach Carli Figlio said. “They outplayed us to every ball. We are going to look to regroup and clean up some things as we get ready for Sunday.”

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Football Falls to No. 11 Charleston Southern in Home Opener

Reggie WhiteIn the 24th and final home opener at Kessler Field for the Monmouth football program, the Hawks saw firsthand the gap that stands between them and the defending Big South champions.

MU held Charleston Southern to just seven first half points, but the No. 11 team in the country showed why they are one of the top teams in the nation as the Buccaneers topped the Hawks 35-7 on Saturday afternoon.

“We had opportunities early in the game, but we hurt ourselves with some penalties. Against a team like that, you’re only going to get so many opportunities so you have to make sure you maximize them and make the most of them,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said.

The blue and white held the Bucs offense to just seven first half points, a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Robert Mitchell to redshirt freshman wide receiver Kameron Brown with 7:40 in the second quarter.

But on the first play from scrimmage out of the locker room, senior running back Mike Holloway sprinted down the far sideline for a 75-yard touchdown run, putting Monmouth in a hole they would be unable to climb out of.

“In the second half, we came out and gave up a long score on the first play. It put us in a situation where we had to play from behind at that point,” Callahan said. “One of the things we said going in is we didn’t want to give up big plays to them, and we gave up too many big plays today.”

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Men’s and Women’s Golf Tee off Fall Season

Garcia FaithThe Monmouth University men’s and women’s golf teams have teed off their fall seasons. The men have competed in one event so far, while the women have competed in two.

The men placed 12th out of 14 teams in their opening tournament of the fall campaign, the Central Connecticut Invitational in Simsbury, CT. The Hawks carded back-to-back rounds of 310 in the two-round event that took place at Meadow Country Club, which is a par-72, 6,915-yard course.

“We were only in school for two days before we had to go and make that trip so I took most of the veterans who have some experience,” men’s Head Coach Dennis Shea said. “We went up there and we had seven rounds out of the ten that were in the 70s, but nobody went low. 310 is fair for our first tournament, but we have to shoot 300 or better in order to be competitive.”

Senior Tommy Whelan led the Hawks in an event for the first time in his career with rounds of 75 and 77 for a total of 152, finishing tied for 29th overall in the 36-hole event. Sophomore Drake Ferriter finished three strokes behind Whalen, posting rounds of 75 and 78 to card 155.

With the little time the team has together before going out to the first tournament, players need to make sure they are preparing throughout the summer.

“Most of us play in quite a few tournaments during the summer so we can stay sharp and in the weeks leading up to school, you start to really grind and get your game in shape and hopefully you come in playing well,” Whalen said.

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Side Lines: 9/28/16

W Tennis:

The women’s tennis team fell 6-1 to Wagner on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the MU Outdoor Tennis Complex. Freshman Victoria Nugent earned a three-set victory as the fourth player (6-0, 4-6, 6-1), but The Hawks return to the court on Thursday, Sept. 29 when Sacred Heart visits West Long Branch. First serve from the MU Outdoor Tennis Complex is slated for 3:30 pm.


M Tennis:

Sophomores Nicola Pipoli and Alberto Giuffrida and senior Christian Vieira all finished third in their singles flights in the Joe Hunt Invitational this weekend..

“It was great to see the guys compete and get our feet wet with the first competition of the fall season,” said first-year Monmouth Head Coach Alex Kasarov. “We have a good group of talented guys and we as coaches are looking forward to working with them.”

Their next invite will be the Farnsworth Invitational, which will take place from Oct. 7-9 at Princeton.

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Side Lines: 9/21/16

W Soccer:

The women’s soccer team began MAAC conference play with a 2-1 victory against Marist on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Early first half goals by seniors Julie Spracklin and Rachael Ivanicki each found the net in the game’s first 16 minutes.

“Today’s result was a terrific team win,” Head Coach Krissy Turner said. “We had significant contributions from many players and to start MAAC play with three points is fantastic.”

MU has now defeated Marist in each of their first eight matchups and have are unbeaten in their last 12 conference openers (10-0-2). They return to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 24 as they travel to Riverdale, NY to take on Manhattan.


W Golf:

The Monmouth University women’s golf team finished tied for ninth at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational in Phoenix, MD over the weekend. Junior Faith Garcia posted rounds of 77 and 79 to card a 156 while junior Erin DiDonato recorded rounds of 79 and 78, carding a 157 over two rounds.


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Men’s Soccer Downed by Columbia, but Records First Win Against Howard

Dave Nigro 4 3Monmouth University’s men’s soccer suffered its fourth defeat of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the hands of Columbia with a score of 4-3 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn in West Long Branch.

“There’s a lot of disappointment that we’re not winning games, but it’s a good group of guys so they’re working hard together,” said Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt. “They haven’t lost faith in the process, so no pressure.”

The first strike of the seven goal thriller came just over five minutes in when junior midfielder Jake Areman finished from inside of the box to give the Hawks the lead. Senior forward Dave Nigro assisted the goal, but there was much more to come from him as the game wore on.

About 20 minutes later, Columbia drew even when junior forward Arthur Bosua scored his first goal of the season with a close range header from a corner kick. But less than 60 seconds later, the Hawks took the lead back when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul that took place in the box. Nigro stepped up and rolled the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 2-1 in favor of the hosts.

Just before the end of the first half, Monmouth won a free kick in a good position outside of the box. Senior midfielder Colin Stripling’s low drive was easily claimed by junior Columbia keeper Zach Adler, though.

The second half saw a quick flurry of goals in which both sides went back and forth. After a foul in the box, the Lions had a penalty kick of their own, which junior defender Alex Bangerl converted.

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Strong Start to New Season for Cross Country

Cross Country HolmdelBoth the men’s and women’s cross country teams have started the new season on the right track, with both teams finishing first in the Monmouth XC Kick-Off at Thompson Park on Sept. 3.

“I think that we saw the potential for a really great group,” Head Coach Joe Compagni said. “They executed the plan that we gave them for that day really well. We had them run together for a good chunk off the race so they did a good job of executing that. They showed that they can be a good group if we take care of things and keep doing the work that we have to do the rest of the fall.”

The men were led by senior Graham Huggins-Filozof, who placed first in the 6K run with a time of 19:17.42. Compagni feels that his runners prepare more for the season as a whole during the summer rather than have their sights set on the first race of the season, which benefits the team over the long run.

“(Assistant) Coach Chris Tarello and I are in touch with them all summer long and they’re all getting a training plan from us every couple weeks. For the most part, I would say that they’re good at following it as far as progressing with their mileage and starting to do some workouts, depending on what we want them to do,” Compagni said.

Sophomore Matt Farrell finished 15th at Thompson Park with a time of 20:11.40, and he talked about how he went about preparing for the season.

“Throughout the summer, we just trusted our training. We moved to heart rate training and it’s just about trusting that, getting our recovery and making sure that we are fresh for the rest of the week and fresh for meets on Saturdays,” Farrell said.

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Football Falls to Kent State in Program’s Second FBS Game

Zach Welch 27 7There was plenty of build-up in the days prior to Monmouth’s match-up with the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-Amer­ican Conference in the program’s second game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) oppo­nent in as many years.

But the gap between FBS and Football Championship Subdivi­sion (FCS) football was evident in the Hawks’ 27-7 defeat at the hands of Kent State, their first of the season.

“I thought our players played hard. We were able to get them in third down situations on defense, but were unable to get off the field,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said.

Kent State redshirt fresh­man quarterback Mylik Mitch­ell proved to be too much for the Monmouth defense as a dual threat. He finished 14-18 for 106 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but also ran for an additional 77 yards on 14 carries.

“Their quarterback hurt us in the first half, pulling the ball down and running on pass plays. We weren’t as effective with our pressures as we needed to be. Our defense was on the field a lot in the first half and we never had the time to catch our breath, so to speak. Once we got into a situation where we had to throw the ball, they were able to just lay back and come after us and it was difficult to do anything from a protection standpoint,” Callahan said.

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Field Hockey Records Two Victories, Improve to 7-1

Alyssa Ercolino 7 1The Monmouth University field hockey team has had a successful start to the 2016 season. They cur­rently stand atop the MAAC with a 7-1 record after coming away with victories against Saint Joseph’s and Temple over the last week.

It was Hawks vs. Hawks on Fri­day, Sept. 16 as the Monmouth University Hawks took on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks at “So Sweet A Cat” Field. MU’s defense was on full display as they were able to record their fourth shutout of the season by a score of 3-0.

“It was a great victory against a very talented Saint Joseph’s team,” Carli Figlio said. “One of the biggest fo­cuses was protecting the middle of the field and having our recovery runs back to the middle because they are very good in moving the ball. Another focus was being able to finish in live play and finishing on the cage. I think we did a good job in both of those areas.”

Monmouth scored in the middle of the first half in this defensive battle when sophomore forward Kelly Hanna scored her first career goal off a rebound. The goal was clearly a game changer. According to Hanna, the goal was key to “get­ting some momentum building for us.”

From there, the Monmouth Hawks went into halftime with a 1-0 lead in a closely matched game.

MU came out of the intermission strong and - within two minutes - junior midfielder Rachel Konowal buried a one timer off a crossing pass from junior forward Meg Do­nahue. This was Konowal’s second goal of the season and it came at a crucial time in the game.

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Side Lines: 9/14/16

FH:

The Monmouth field hockey team is off to a strong start in 2016, going 5-1 in their first six games. They won their first five games, including a 3-2 victory over Kent State, before dropping a 4-0 contest against No. 19 Iowa in the first meeting between the two programs. Alyssa Ercolino and Julie Laszlo were named offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, by the MAAC.


Golf:

The Monmouth University women’s golf team opened up its 2016 fall campaign with a 10th place finish out of 16 teams at the 36-hole Navy Fall Invitational. The Hawks opened the event shooting 321 in Saturday’s first round before carding 327 in the second round to finish the event with 648. Junior Faith Garcia led MU, carding a 160 after rounds of 81 and 79.


XC:

Monmouth University’s women’s cross country team finished second overall at the Ed Joyce Fordham Invitational. The Hawks registered 57 points, topping host Fordham, Manhattan, St. John’s, NJIT, St. Francis (NY), and Farleigh Dickinson. Only nationally ranked Yale finished ahead of Monmouth.


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Football Opens Season 2-0 for Second Time in Three Years

Reggie White Delaware State 9 10After going 5-6 a season ago in their second season in the Big South and finishing in third place in the conference with a 3-3 record, the Hawks opened up the 2016 campaign in a place they will have to get used to: on the road.

With construction of Monmouth Stadium ongoing behind the current Kessler Field, the blue and white will play eight of their 11 contests this season away from West Long Branch.

MU is coming off a 34-20 win against Delaware State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Sept. 10, improving to 2-0 on the season. The Hawks never trailed in the contest.

The blue and white opened the scoring when sophomore quarterback Cody Williams completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Devin Phelps-his first career score-with 4:23 in the first quarter.

Junior kicker Matt White converted a 28-yard field goal and redshirt freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar, who was named the Crons Big South Freshman of the Week, scored his first career touchdown-an eight-yard run-giving the Hawks a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Another White field goal and the first of two touchdowns for senior running back Ed Royds increased the MU lead to 27-0, but Delaware State responded with 20 unanswered points, cutting the deficit to 27-20.

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