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Men's Basketball Goes on Road Trip

MBB 02.19.20Monmouth men’s basketball began their three-game road trip with an 85-71 victory at Canisius before dropping game two of the trip to Niagara, 72-77.

Junior guard George Papas was the talk of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after scoring a career-high 32 points while draining seven shots from behind the arc in Friday night’s win. This was the second time in as many games that a MU scorer reached this mark after junior guard Deion Hammond scored 30 last week versus Saint Peter’s.

“George is one of the most incredible shooters, it doesn’t matter what level,” said head coach King Rice. “If you watch him work out, he makes them all the time. It’s a confidence thing.”

Papas hit two threes late in the second half to stretch the MU lead to seven and then later put the Golden Griffins away after scoring his 30th point to go up 15.

“George has to always think if he gets a chance to shoot its going in, and tonight he felt it and that thing was going in like it always does,” said Rice. “All credit to him, nobody works harder and he’s proved himself at this level.”

The other scorers for the blue and white in double figures on Friday night were the usuals, junior guard Ray Salnave who finished with 14 and Hammond who poured in 11. Junior forward Melik Martin and sophomore forward Nikkei Rutty tied for the team-lead in rebounds with six a piece despite the team getting out-rebounded 37-36.

Monmouth however redeemed themselves by out-shooting Canisius 49.1 percent to 40.3 percent and winning the points off turnovers battle 25-10.

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Baseball Splits Weekend in NC

Baseball 02.19.20Baseball travelled to North Carolina to open up their season this weekend as the Hawks defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Friday by a score of 4-3, split a double-header with Bucknell winning 3-1 and losing 5-4 and fell to Penn State by a score of 14-2 on Sunday.

In their game against NJIT, Dan Klepchick got the nod to open the season. This is his second consecutive season where he was the starter on opening day. Klepchick pitched 5.2 innings of two run ball while striking out four. Monmouth was able to hold the NJIT offense to only two runs throughout 12 innings of offense during this heated affair.

After giving up an RBI double in the top of the fourth, the Hawks quickly responded in the fifth as senior outfielder J.P. Walsh drove in Monmouth’s first run of the ball game. Junior outfielder Jake Catalano answered with a two RBI double which put the Hawks in front 3-1. NJIT was able to tie the game up with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras. The Hawks would then go on to win in the 12th via a Highlanders throwing error. This was the first time Monmouth won their opener since 2016.

In their first game against Bucknell, the Hawks wasted no time getting on the board as junior outfielder Jalen Jenkins got on base via a double and later scored. Jenkins also drove in his first run of his collegiate career in the bottom of the fifth to give the blue and white a 2-0 lead. The Hawks would hold on to the lead and win their second consecutive game.

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Softball Rounds the Bases in Florida

Softball 02.19.20Monmouth softball opened the 2020 season in the Madeira Beach Invitational in Madeira Beach, Florida this past weekend with two wins and four losses.

Monmouth was unable to pull off a win in game one of the doubleheader to kick off the season against Mercer on Friday afternoon.

Senior pitcher Alyssa Irons pitched all nine innings against Mercer, not giving up a run until the eighth inning and struck out four batters.

Junior outfielder Katie Harrington sacrificed a bunt, sending junior outfielder Morgan Maziarz to third. Senior infielder Sam Tomasetti secured an RBI double, sending Maziarz home. Mercer answered in the top of the ninth with a pair of RBI singles, taking control of the game. The Hawks fell 4-1 in the end.

Monmouth took on Presbyterian Friday night and was able to come back from their loss earlier that morning, securing a win over the Blue Hose, 7-3.

Junior catcher Erika Coreth led the Hawks with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs.

Freshman pitcher Kyle Gletow earned her first career win, while she pitched six full innings giving up just two runs.

“Overall, it was a solid first day on the field. In game one, Alyssa threw very well, getting us into extra innings,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “To their credit, Mercer found a way to drop balls into slight openings in our defense, and that proved to be the difference. In game two, I thought Kylie pitched well and had a nice outing. Our defense was solid behind her, and the offense picked up from where we left off against Mercer. Erika had a huge day for us. We’re excited to get right back to it tomorrow and continue to grow.”

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Women's Lacrosse Soars into the Season

WLAX 02.19.20The Monmouth University women’s lacrosse team opened their 2020 season with an 11-5 win over Sacred Heart University on Saturday Feb. 15. This is the second time the team has won their opening game in the last three seasons under head coach Jordan Trautman.

Within the first six minutes of the match, Monmouth was leading 3-0 over Sacred Heart. Junior attacker Caroline Bleck scored the first goal for the Hawks just two minutes into the first half to put Monmouth on top 1-0. Freshman midfielder Maddie Murphy executed a free position shot which awarded Monmouth another goal about one minute after Bleck’s, followed by senior attacker Nicole Ceraso assisting fellow senior attacker Allison Turturro in scoring the third goal.

Sacred Heart got on the board due to junior midfielder Anna Mesham scoring off an assist from freshman midfielder teammate Emma Kittredge. This advanced the Pioneers to 3-1 trailing Monmouth, and was Meshman’s first career goal.

Shortly after Sacred Heart found the back of the net, Monmouth responded with another three goal run in the span of about six minutes. Ceraso scored again off a free position shot followed by a goal carried out by senior attacker Sarah Gillogly, and with an assist from Ceraso to senior midfielder Rachel Mills the Hawks were up three more shots over the Pioneers.

Kerri Metzler, Sacred Heart senior attacker, interrupted Monmouth’s scoring streak with a goal for the Pioneers to put them up 6-2.

With just six seconds left in the first half, Ceraso scored yet again on a free position shot to send Monmouth into halftime up 7-2 over Sacred Heart.

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Upcoming Games 02-12-20

Wednesday, Feb. 12

M/W Swimming
MAAC Championships
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, Feb. 13

Women's Basketball vs Fairfield
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14

M/W Track
MU Winter Collegiate Invitational
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

Basketball vs NJIT
Cary, North Carolina 2:30 p.m.

Softball vs Mercer
Madeira Beach Invitational
Madeira Beach, Florida 4:00 p.m.

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Men's B-Ball Suffers First Home Loss

MBB 02.12.20Following Tuesday’s heartbreaking two-point loss to Fairfield 53-55, Monmouth returned home falling short to Saint Peter’s 81-69 on Sunday afternoon at the OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch.

The dismantling was Monmouth’s first home loss of the season and second of the year to Saint Peter’s who they lost to on the road 66-63 on Jan. 29.

Despite the defeat, junior guard Deion Hammond put together a performance of epic proportions scoring a career-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a career-best 6-of-9 from three-point range. The 30-point outburst was the first of its kind by any Monmouth player in almost two years since Micah Seaborn on Feb. 22, 2018 against Rider.

Monmouth was certainly in the game throughout as they even held a five-point lead in the second half and were tied with less than ten minutes to play. However, 8-0 and 6-0 runs by the Peacocks stretched out their lead enough to gain them a double-digit victory.

“All the credit to Saint Peter’s. They are a much tougher team than us right now and they’re a much more together team than us right now,” said Head Coach King Rice. “Today it really showed that they are very hungry. We’re not hungry enough right now. We just haven’t been as sharp lately.”

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Track's Big Performances in NY Meets

Track 02.12.20The men’s and women’s track and field team competed on Friday at the UAlbany Winter Classic held in Staten Island, New York. Four throws representing Monmouth were also sent to New York City on Thursday for the 113th Millrose Games at the Armory.

The highlight of Friday’s meet was when fifth year senior Kyle Mueller broke the school record in the 3000-meter with a time of 8:12.79, winning the race by eight seconds. This was the second indoor record Mueller broke this season. The performance earned him Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Performer of the Week honors. Mueller also qualified for IC4As/ECACs in the 3000-meters, 5000-meters, and the mile.

Senior Mariah Hubbard won the long jump with a winning distance of 5.72 meters which won by a mere .02 meters

While these were the only two Hawks to take first place finishes on Friday, there were still many impressive performances for Monmouth. Freshman Sammi Ragenklint ran a time of 10:00:09 in the 3000-meter which was good enough for third place. Sophomore Louis DiLaurenzio finished fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 1:53.00.

In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Lauren Saifi took home second place with a jump of 3.50m. In the men’s competition of the event, sophomore Randy Showmaker also took home third place jumping a height of 4.65m. Sophomore D.J. Jackson earned second in the long jump with a distance of 7.24m

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Women's Basketball Breaks Losing Streak

WBB 02.12.20Women’s basketball split at home this past week with a 45-52 loss to Quinnipiac Thursday morning and a 59-57 victory over Saint Peter’s Saturday afternoon.

With over 2,500 fans in attendance, mostly made up of local elementary and middle school students because of Monmouth University’s annual “Kids Day”, the Hawks’ struggled to get a win over the Bobcats in Thursday’s contest.

Quinnipiac started strong with an 8-0 lead over Monmouth, making their first four shots. To end the first quarter, they went on a 6-0 run and forced 11 Monmouth turnovers as they went into the second quarter with a 14-4 lead.

With a layup from senior forward Alexa Middleton and two successful free throws from sophomore forward Lucy Thomas, the Hawks’ cut the deficit to ten in the second half. Quinnipiac answered quickly, scoring twice in the last minute of the quarter and took a 31-17 lead going into halftime.

Monmouth came out into the third quarter focused, scoring the first five points and outscoring the Bobcats 14-10 for the quarter. This run cut the deficit to ten going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Hawks trailed by as little as seven points and refused to allow a Quinnipiac point for the first 5:00. Thomas had a successful three-pointer with 3:42 remaining, which cut Quinnipiac’s lead to 43-37.

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Men's Lacrosse Shines in Season Opener

MLAX 02.12.20The men’s lacrosse team started their 2020 season with an 11-8 win against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Highlanders at Kessler Stadium on Saturday.

Monmouth got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes. The lead was 5-2 at halftime, before the Hawks scored four more goals in the third quarter to extend their lead to 9-3 going into the last quarter.

Monmouth continued to score in the fourth, with two more goals. NJIT added the final goals of the game, which resulted in the final score of 11-8.

The Hawks had a balanced attack with four different players finding the net. Redshirt sophomore Cade Stratton, junior Brock Anderson, sophomore Mike McIntyre, and junior David Cormack each scored two goals.

Junior captain Chris Hervada was pleased to see multiple Hawks contribute. “We don’t like to play selfish lacrosse,” said Hervada. “So it is really important to have different guys step up when their number is called.”

Junior goalkeeper Noah Lode recorded 12 saves on the afternoon, which allowed the Hawks to maintain a sizable lead through the game.

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Upcoming Games 02-05-20

Thursday, Feb. 6

WBB vs Quinnipiac
West Long Branch, NJ 11:30 a.m.

Men's and Women's Track
Millrose Games
New York, New York 2:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Men's and Women's Track
UAlbany Winter Classic
Staten Island, New York 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Men's Lacrosse vs NJIT
West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 a.m.

WBB vs Saint Peter's
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs Bucknell
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

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Women's B-Ball Caves in Conference

WBB 02.05.2020Women’s Basketball failed to get the win with a 25-48 loss against Rider in Saturday afternoon’s contest at Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Monmouth won the tip-off and scored the first basket of the game. From here, Rider took over and went on a 7-0 run.

In the first quarter of Saturday’s matchup, the Hawks’ shot 4-of-17 or 23.53 percent, while Rider shot 5-of-17 or 29.41 percent. By the end of the quarter, Rider led by a score of 12-10.

Monmouth shot 1-16 from the field in the second quarter, although they still held onto their tough defense. At halftime, Monmouth trailed 23-14.

In the first half, Senior guard Akilah Jennings led the Hawks’ in scoring with six points. Senior forward Alexa Middleton led the first half in rebounds with five for Monmouth.

With 7:38 on the clock in the third quarter, Monmouth was forced to call a timeout following a 6-0 Broncs run. Rider went on another 6-0 run to close out the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter, Monmouth was behind 40-19.

In the fourth, the Hawks were outshot 8-6, which concluded in the loss.

“I thought we actually generated some pretty quality shots. We had a number of missed layups and free throws today,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “It’s unfortunate that for whatever reason, we’re just not finishing the play.”

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Contact Information

The Outlook
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The Outlook
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