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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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Men's Basketball Bounces Back Strong

MBB 02.05.2020Men’s basketball split their games this past week losing a tight battle on the road to Saint Peter’s Wednesday before continuing their undefeated season at the OceanFirst Bank Center Sunday afternoon against Rider.

Wednesday’s defeat was a tough one to swallow for the Hawks who had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds with a three pointer that fell just short losing by a score of 63-66. MU trailed by seven points with less than a minute to play in what appeared to be a lost cause until a three-point play from junior guard Deion Hammond brought them within one.

The Hawks’ defensive effort led them to a game-tying opportunity after forcing a turnover that set up a three-pointer from junior guard George Papas that just missed.

“We got it back together in the second half, we had a chance and a good shot at the end by one of the best shooters in the league and it just didn’t go down,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We’ve been playing high level ball for about a month now and we just got caught tonight.”

Despite the loss Hammond continued to lead all scorers with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. Junior guard Ray Salnave also contributed 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-of-3 from three-point range.

The last Monmouth scorer in double figures was sophomore guard Samuel Chaput who recorded five field goals on the night for 12 points. This was his third time this season in double figures and fourth for his career.

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Track & Field Breezes Through Ocean Breeze

T&F 02.05.2020The Monmouth University Men’s and Women’s track & field teams both competed at the Villanova Invitational, which was hosted at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, New York this past weekend [Feb. 1].

It was a successful weekend for both teams, most notably for the weight throwers. Junior Montel Johnson and senior Daniel Gilligan of the men’s team finished in the top two spots in weight throwing for the entire meet, with Johnson throwing 17.80m and Gilligan throwing 17.05m. Junior Chibuzo Amonu had an astonishing 17.07m toss for the women’s team, which was plenty to secure a decisive win in the weight throw.

Monmouth also had impressive finishes in the men’s and women’s shot put events. For the men’s team, fifth-year senior Andrew Tummino was able to secure second place with a toss of 17.02m. Jordan Wildermuth of the women’s team threw 13.17m, which was enough to snag fourth place.

Aside from the various victories in the field portion, Monmouth’s runners also saw much success at the invitational. In the men’s 200-meters, Monmouth had two members place in the top five. Senior Ibrahim Massey came in third with a time of 22.37 and was trailed closely by freshman Michael Cannon Jr., who finished with a time of 22.45 in fourth place.

The men had another close finish in the long jump. Sophomores DJ Jackson and Romaine Rhoden both had impressive jumps, finishing in second and third, respectively, with marks of 7.10m and 6.93m. Fellow sophomore teammate Mohamed Diagourga also had a great finish with a jump of 14.19m in the triple jump, which secured a fourth place finish.

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Men's Tennis Serves Opening Double Bagel

MT 02.05.2020The Monmouth University men’s tennis team kicked off the spring season with two victories at the Little Silver Tennis Club. They defeated both La Salle University and Wagner College by a score of 4-0 on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The men’s tennis team was selected number one in a preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) league poll, receiving 49 votes. They were able to start the season off with two impressive sweeps, or bagels as referred to in tennis terms. 

Highlighting the action against La Salle for Monmouth was senior Max Benaim. Benaim earned a singles win in straight sets. The first set against La Salle came against Nassim Fenjiro and Benaim won both sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

Benaim has racked up many honors in his tennis career at Monmouth so far. He was named to the All-MAAC First Team at singles and doubles. He placed No. 3 in singles and No. 2 in doubles.

Senior Sergio Martinez was another standout for the Hawks and is also an All-MAAC first teamer in both singles and doubles. Martinez defeated Brandon Caban of La Salle in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Benaim and Martinez also won a doubles match against Caban and Fenjiro of La Salle by a score of 6-2. They have proven to be a strong doubles duo, compiling an impressive record of 18-4 last season.

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Monmouth University
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