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

Men’s Lacrosse Downs Siena, Quinnipiac

MLAX Downs Siena QuinnipiacThe men’s lacrosse team has opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play 2-0 for the first time in program history after they overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down Siena 17-9 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn on Saturday, Mar. 25.

“Siena came out firing and we were a little slow to get started and adjust to their style of play,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Despite the slow start, we were proud that the guys kept their poise and battled through some adversity in the first quarter before we settled in and got going in the second. Once we picked up the pace and started to play our way, the game turned in our favor as we made the plays to get some separation down the stretch.”

Monmouth responded with a 9-1 run beginning at 2:44 in the first period, when senior midfielder Tyler Keen scored his first of three goals on the day. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman, who finished with five goals on the day, scored with 54 seconds remaining, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Keen opened the scoring in the second period and Wasserman added two more. His second at 8:13 gave Monmouth a 5-4 lead. Siena responded to tie the game, but the Hawks scored four unanswered – one from Keen, two from Wasserman and one from senior midfielder Eric Berger – that extended Monmouth’s lead to 9-5.

Monmouth outscored Siena 8-4 for the remainder of the game. Freshman attacker Anthony Sardo and sophomore attacker Hunter Jones each scored two goals for the Hawks for the remainder of the game. It was their first career multi-goal games.

Wasserman’s five goals ties a career high and he is the only Hawk to score five goals in a game. Wasserman also had an assist and his six-point game ranks second all-time for points in a game. He has 13 goals this season and 49 for his career and was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

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Women’s Lacrosse Downs Quinnipiac

WLAX Downs QuinnipiacThe women’s lacrosse team broke a three game losing skid on Saturday, Mar. 25 defeating conference rival Quinnipiac 12-8 at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Monmouth was able to prevail in a closely contested match by scoring five goals in the final 17 minutes while holding Quinnipiac to none in the same timeframe to achieve victory. The Hawks improved to 3-7 on the season with the win and 1-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Play.

“The start of the MAAC season was exactly what we expected: highly competitive and exciting,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said.

Monmouth jumped out to a quick lead in thanks to standout freshman attacker Nicole Ceraso who scored in the 27th minute. The Hawks would bolster that lead over the course of the next three minutes by burying three more goals, all unassisted, from senior attacker Olivia Higson, senior mid-fielder Claudia LaMarca and Ceraso to take a 4-0 lead.

The Bobcats were able to get on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute and another goal would not be scored for 10 minutes. Monmouth senior attacker Alexandra Stambaugh restored the Hawks to a four goal lead, converting her free position opportunity. But Quinnipiac was responsible for the next two goals and before halftime was reached, the Hawks had a 6-3 lead.

Quinnipiac was the first to score coming out of the half, reducing the lead to two. However, Higson answered with her second of the day to put the Hawks up three. Quinnipiac did not go down so easily as the Bobcats scored four unanswered goals over a period of eight minutes to tie and then take the lead. With 19:15 left on the clock, the Hawks, for the first time in the game, found themselves trailing 8-7.

The Monmouth offense proceeded to answer the call as junior mid-fielder Kate Ryan netted her first of the day, assisted by LaMarca at the 17:20 mark. At this point both teams would stifle each other’s offense until Higson was able to break through and tally her third of the game to give the Hawks the 9-8 lead with 8:40 to go. Monmouth would not look back at this juncture and over the remainder of the game, they were able to score three more goals to achieve a 12-8 win.

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Bright Future for Women’s Basketball

WBB Bright FutureDespite a 67-51 loss to in-state rival Rider in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament, there is still a lot to look forward to for the women’s basketball team.

The Hawks finished the season with a record of 15-16, winning 10 games in conference play, including an opening round victory versus Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament. This was an improvement over last year’s record, as Monmouth went 14-17 in the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming into this season, the Hawks were looking to replace seven players, four of which played integral roles in their rotation the year prior. As a result, Monmouth welcomed in seven new players, including six freshmen.

The young Monmouth team struggled out of the gate, losing five of their first seven games. The Hawks quickly turned things around, winning eight out of their next 12 to jump one game above the .500 mark. As the month turned to February, however, the Hawks hit another rough patch in which they lost five out of seven games for the second time during the season. They finished the year strong, winning three in a row, including the 62-46 triumph over the 10-seed Manhattan, before falling to Rider the following day.

“I was pleased, we did a lot of really good things,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We were really competitive and we had some big wins. More importantly, however, I thought that our players got a lot of valuable experience, and I think that will help us the most going forward.”

The Hawks had to say goodbye to three seniors who greatly contributed to the development of Palmateer’s team. Helena Kurt, a senior guard who saw action in 91 games over a three-year span, played a key role as a veteran towards the end of the year. Kurt’s career was interrupted by a knee injury before her junior season, forcing her to miss the entire year.

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Softball Looks to Rebound After Spring Break

Softball Rebound Spring BreakThe softball team competed in two tournaments over spring break, playing 13 games over a 10 day span in the Under Armour Showcase and the Clearwater Parks & Rec/Michele Smith Spring Break Invitational in Clearwater, FL.

The team won four games including a shutout win against Army on Wednesday, Mar. 15. This was the second game of a doubleheader for the Hawks, who dropped the first game to Indiana State, 6-5.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sydney Underhill threw all seven innings against Army, allowing seven hits and striking out three. She threw 138 pitches and 81 strikes. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior outfielder Katie Baron each drove in two runs. Barron and freshman shortstop Deangie Jimenez recorded two hits in the win.

Reyes was also successful at the plate against Indiana State, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run that gave Monmouth a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. But junior right-hander Amanda Riley allowed four runs in the sixth inning, giving the Sycamores a lead they would not relinquish. Junior catcher Alex Holzman also homered, a two-run shot in the first to give the blue and white a 2-0 lead at the time.

“We played and won 13 innings today. When we play 14, we will be a dangerous team,” Monmouth Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “It was great to see a lot of different people step up today. Sydney pitched outstanding and did a great job of working out of jams. We continue to focus on us and being better in all facets of the game.”

The blue and white picked up two more victories on Friday, Mar. 17 sweeping a doubleheader from Tennessee at Chattanooga (9-6) and Bethune-Cookman (9-8).

Senior shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger led the way against Chattanooga, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored. She drove in two in the first with a double that gave Monmouth a 2-0 lead and drove in her third run with a single in the third, with the Hawks down 4-3.

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Women's Lacrosse Looks Forward to Conference Play

WLAX Conference PlayThe women’s lacrosse team was defeated in all three of their matchups over spring break. They competed against three highly talented teams in Delaware, Boston College (BC) and Towson. Monmouth now has a season record of 2-7 and have concluded non-conference play.

The Hawks faced off against the Blue Hens on Wednesday, Mar. 8 under the lights at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn. A closely contested first half ended up meaning nothing as Delaware dominated the second half to easily triumph 19-9 in the end.

Monmouth once again scored first, registering a goal within the game’s first three minutes. Delaware recorded back-to-back goals to gain to the lead, but Monmouth answered with a goal of their own to tie the contest.

Delaware took the lead in the 17th minute and carried that lead into half in a close 6-4 game. But the Blue Hens took control in the second half scoring 13 goals on 20 shots to win handily, 19-9.

“Delaware took advantage of their opportunities on the draw, which led to many more opportunities on offense, especially in the second half,” Head Coach Eileen Ghent said after the game. The Blue Hens controlled 23 of 30 draws and with 16 of those coming in their second half explosion.

The Hawks next opponent was Boston College and that game took place on Wednesday, Mar. 15 in Chestnut Hill, MA. Monmouth once again kept the first half close but eventually succumbed to a talented Boston College team.

The Eagles struck first in the initial minute but the Hawks retorted with a goal of their own three minutes later. BC netted back-to-back goals but Monmouth scored right before half to make the score 3-2.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Ole Miss in NIT

MB Falls to Ole MissThe season came to an end for men’s basketball in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on Tuesday, Mar. 14 as the fourth-seeded Hawks fell to fifth-seeded Ole Miss, 91-83 at OceanFirst Bank Center.

“It was a big honor for our program to be in the NIT and get a home game,” Head Coach King Rice said. “What we have accomplished as a group with (Vice President/Director of Athletics) Dr. (Marilyn) McNeil at the head has been amazing.”

Monmouth had a 42-39 halftime lead but were outperformed by the Rebels in the second half, who shot 65.4 percent from the floor and 7-11 from deep. It was only the second time this season Monmouth lost when having a halftime lead – the other game being the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament semifinal game against Siena on Sunday, Mar. 5.

Senior point guard Justin Robinson scored his 2000th career point on a three-pointer with 4:33 to play in the second half that cut the Ole Miss lead to 76-73. He became the second Hawk ever to score 2,000 points, joining Ron Kornegay (1966-69).

“It stings to lose your last game in your home building, but it’s hard to be down when you realize what we’ve done in our careers,” said Robinson, who will end his career with 2,003 points. “Now is the time when we can take a step back and look at what we’ve done. We couldn’t do that throughout the season until that final buzzer went off. It hurts but it’s hard to be down about it.”

Robinson and senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak combined to make 13 three-pointers. Hornbeak finished with 18 points on 6-for-13 from deep and Robinson had 23 on seven three-pointers and two free throws. Junior guard Austin Tilghman, who made his first career start, and sophomore forward Diago Quinn also scored in double-figures.

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Baseball Wraps up Spring Break Trip

Baseball Wrap Spring BreakThe baseball team recorded wins over Wofford on Saturday, Mar. 11 and another against George Washington on Sunday, Mar. 19 over spring break.

The Hawks scored four of their six runs in the top of the ninth inning against Wofford, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Senior outfielder Ryan Crowley came up with the bases loaded and hit a fly ball to left field, which was dropped and allowed freshman catcher Zach Schild to score the go-ahead run from third base. Senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski then hit a three-run home run to right that gave the Hawks a 6-2 lead.

Wofford scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth but sophomore right-handed pitcher Joe Molettiere secured the win with a strikeout securing their 6-4 victory. Junior infielder Aidan Favia finished the game going 4-for-5 and Crowley finished with an RBI and two runs scored.

Pitching was the key for the Hawks. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Ksiazek pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing only three hits and two earned runs. Molettiere tossed 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs and recording six strikeouts.

“It is nice to get back that W (win) that has been somewhat elusive,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “Ksiazek and Molettiere pitched excellent. Joe definitely gave us a lift with some late inning energy. Zach Schild was a huge contributor both on offense and defense. Of course, Tommy (Tom Jakubowski) had the big blow, which was nice to see. I hope that gets him jumpstarted.”

MU won their second game against George Washington 3-1 on Friday, Mar. 17.

“We played with some toughness today and the result was a solid team win.” Ehehalt said. “We played with some purpose today and it is encouraging to see.”

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Side Lines 3/22/17

Men’s Lacrosse: The men’s lacrosse team recorded their fourth win of the season and opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with an 8-7 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac in New Haven, CT on Saturday, Mar. 18. Junior attacker Bryce Wasserman was assisted by junior midfielder Chandler Vanderbeek on the game-winning goal after senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko’s 12th save of the night. Hreshko was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Mar. 20. The Hawks snapped the Bobcats’ nine-game conference regular season winning streak, dating back to last season.

“It feels good to be on the right side of an overtime game and start off conference play with a win,” Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “Tonight was as good as it gets in terms of a total team win.”

Monmouth will continue conference play on Saturday, Mar. 25 when it will host Siena on Hesse Field on The Great Lawn at 1 p.m. It will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Upcoming Games 3/22/17

Wednesday, Mar. 22

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 2:00 p.m.

Softball at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 4:00 p.m.


Friday, Mar. 24

Outdoor Track & Field

Monmouth Season Opener

West Long Branch, NJ TBA

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 1:00 p.m.

Softball at Columbia

New York, NY 3:00 p.m. 

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Women’s Basketball Reaches Quarterfinals in MAAC Tournament

WBB MAAC TournamentAfter an opening round victory over Manhattan, the women’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament to Rider, 67-51, Friday, Mar. 3 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Freshman guard Rosa Graham led the Hawks with nine points, and freshman guard Alaina Jarnot added eight. No Hawk scored in double figures for the game.

“I just didn’t feel like we had our best game today,” Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said after the game. “A lot of credit goes to Rider because they had a great defensive game plan.”

Rider jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes, and Monmouth responded with five straight points of their own to tie the game at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter. The teams traded baskets, as a three from senior guard Tyese Purvis gave Monmouth its first lead of the game at 8-7. The Broncs and Hawks traded baskets again throughout the remainder of the first quarter, as Rider held a 13-12 lead after ten minutes.

Rider started the second quarter strong, as they opened a 22-17 lead with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Broncs then embarked on a 13-2 scoring run to blow the game open, as it was 35-22 with just over three minutes to go in the half. Monmouth was able to close the gap to eight, a small push that was capped off by a three-point shot from sophomore guard McKinzee Barker, which made the score 38-30 at half.

The Hawks continued to cut into the deficit in the second half, as two free throws from freshman forward Taylor Nason made it a six-point margin. Monmouth would not score for the remainder of the quarter, as Rider went on a 16-0 run over the final 7:36 of the quarter to make the score 54-32 after 30 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Monmouth came as close as 16, but could not overcome the large deficit, falling 67-51 to their in-state rival.

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Sharp Shooting Stuns Men’s Basketball in MAAC Semifinal

MBB Sharp Shooting Stuns MAACIt was far from a perfect ending at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament for the men’s basketball team this weekend.

After falling three points shy to Iona in the championship game a season ago, the top-seeded Hawks were not able to get back to that stage as they fell to number four seed Siena, 89-85, in the semifinal on Sunday, Mar. 5 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“I truly give Siena all the credit,” Head Coach King Rice said. “Their kids kept fighting and fighting and that was an incredible college basketball game. We are really, really crushed about it. But as I told our kids in the locker room, we had a lot of things go our way this season. Tonight, we got caught by a team that outplayed us for 20 minutes. No one has outplayed us for a long time. But today, we got outplayed by Siena, and I give those kids all the credit in the world.”

Leading by 14 points at halftime, things seemed to be going right for Monmouth. But Siena sophomore guard Nico Clareth put on a performance for the ages in his first game coming off an ankle injury. Clareth scored 27 points in only 19 minutes and shot an absurd 7-9 from three-point range. Every point he scored came in the second half.

“I’ve seen a lot of pro and college basketball and a lot of different things, but what Nico did today was unbelievable,” Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “In person, seeing Larry Bird and Kirk Gibson’s home run – gutty performances. He couldn’t walk two days ago and to come back with that was unbelievable. Congratulations Nico, but we have to get one more.”

“I got angry at halftime with the score and the way we were playing,” Clareth said. “I can’t let this team lose. I needed to do everything to help this team win.”

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