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Men's Tennis Improves to 10-1 with Weekend Wins

M Tennis 04.03.19Men’s Tennis dominated last weekend, winning two matches on Saturday and one on Sunday in Little Silver, NJ, sweeping two of their opponents and extending their winning streak to eight matches.

“The season is looking good so far,” said junior Max Benaim. “We are 10-1, which gives us a lot of confidence going into conference tournament. We’re just going to keep training hard and do what we’re doing. The goal is definitely to win the conference again and then go further.”

Monmouth’s first match of the weekend was at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday against Saint Joseph’s, where they won 7-0. The Hawks were victorious in all six single matches, beginning with senior Srdjan Jakovljevic’s 6-4 and then 7-5 win.

Senior Nicola Pipoli won his match, 6-2 and 6-3 before Benaim won his by a combined score of 12-1. Senior Alberto Giuffrida defeated his opponent 6-4 and 6-2 while junior Sergio Martinez got his win in the form of 6-4 and 7-6 score lines. Freshman Austin Klapman finished out the singles portion with 6-0 and 6-3 wins.

In doubles, Pipoli and sophomore Will Cooke Wharton won their match 6-1 and Benaim and Martinez won theirs 6-2. Freshman Sacha Pachnev and sophomore David Weltz won by a score of 6-1.

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Baseball Dominates Saint Peter's in Conference Opener

Baseball 04.03.19Baseball opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play in spectacular fashion, taking two of three against Saint Peter’s while outscoring them 45-8 in the series on the road at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field.

The Hawks opened the floodgates right off the bat in Saturday’s double header with fifth year left fielder JD Andreessen clobbering a two-run homerun to left in the top half of the first to open the day’s scoring. This was the first of three homers on the day for him, as Andreessen also went yard in the top half of the ninth on a solo shot. He was later named MAAC Player of the Week for his performances.

The Blue and White tacked on two more runs in the first when freshman first baseman Robbie Holmes doubled to right field, driving in two runs to stretch the early lead to 4-0.

Senior designated hitter Clay Koniencki kept the lineup rolling in the third when he launched his first homerun of the season over the left field fence.

After Saint Peter’s pushed one across in the bottom half of the third, sophomore pitcher Dan Klepchick and the MU bats made sure that they would not get any closer with pure domination the rest of the way.

The Hawks would go on to score 22 consecutive runs in the following six innings to reach a final score of 27-1 in the first half of the double header.

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Women's Lacrosse Extends Win Streak to Five

W LAX 04.03.19Women’s Lacrosse earned two more wins in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this past week, defeating Iona 13-8 on Wednesday in New Rochelle, NY, and then beating Marist 15-12 on Saturday at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

In the Hawks’ game against Iona, Monmouth started off strong by taking a 3-1 lead within the first ten minutes of the game thanks to goals from junior attackers Allison Turturro and Nicole Ceraso.

After trading goals back and forth, the game was locked at 5-5 with 7:52 left in the first half. Two unanswered goals were then scored by Turturro and sophomore attacker Caroline Bleck, giving the Blue and White a 7-5 lead. By the end of the half, the Hawks were still out in front 7-6.

Monmouth started the second half on an offensive tear scoring five unanswered goals in a span of just over three minutes to take a 12-6 lead. Scoring for the Blue and White in this stretch was Ceraso, freshman attacker Hope Steuerwald, and junior midfielder Sarah Gillogly. Iona then chipped away at the lead, but Ceraso netted her third goal of the game with just 51 seconds remaining which ended any speculation of a possible comeback for the Gaels.

Turturro finished the game with five goals, matching her career high that she set last season against Brown.

“I feel like as a unit everyone stepped up, cuts were open,” said Turturro. “When we go fast and play hard everything works out well. Film this week was really good because we saw some opportunities we could exploit.”

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Softball Sweeps Weekend Behind Perfect Game

Softball 04.03.19Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Irons threw the first perfect game for Softball since 2006 in game one of the program’s home double header with Niagara on Friday, where they won both games before sweeping Canisius in a double header on Saturday.

The performance was impressive enough to earn Irons Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Week honors.

In the first game Monmouth swept Niagara with a 6-0 shutout. Irons pitched all seven innings without allowing a single run, walk, or hit.

“Today was an awesome way to start conference play,” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “Obviously in game one, Alyssa set the tone. To throw a perfect game was awesome, and she did a great job of attacking the hitters all day. Our defense made the routine plays.”

Monmouth wasted no time getting into the groove of things in game one with freshman infielder and outfielder Lindsey Baron bombing a triple to left field. Junior infielder Sam Tomasetti was up to bat next and hit a single, allowing Baron to score and getting Monmouth on the board early. They scored again in the bottom of the third inning with junior first baseman Kayla Rosado hitting an RBI single to left field, scoring Baron to make it 2-0.

The energy picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning, where Monmouth scored four runs to solidify their 6-0 win in game one. Junior infielder Deangie Jimenez hit a single to left field which resulted in two runs, scoring junior utility Amanda Hopeck and sophomore outfielder Katie Harrington. Then, Rosado hit a single to right field, batting in Jimenez and Irons for two more RBIs.

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Upcoming Games 03-27-19

Wednesday, March 27

Women's Tennis vs LaSalle
West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse at Iona
New Rochelle, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29

Men's Golf at Trump Gold Course
Colts Neck, NJ 10:00 a.m.

M/W Track & Field
23rd Annual Monmouth Opener
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

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Baseball Goes 1-2 in Home-Opening Weekend

Baseball 03.27.19Baseball opened up their home schedule in West Long Branch this past weekend, splitting a two-game series with Wagner before losing the second half of Sunday’s double-header to Seton Hall.

The home opener was over from the beginning, as sophomore pitcher Dan Klepchick got the start on the mound and could not miss the Wagner bats getting charged for 12 runs, 11 of which were earned, on 13 hits in 4.2 innings of work.

The scoring got going in the second inning when the Seahawks climbed to a 5-0 lead on five hits and an error from the Monmouth defense. They expanded upon their lead with three more runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Junior catcher Zach Schild got the Hawks their first run at home this season in the bottom of the inning with an opposite field double to score one.

After Wagner tacked on another four runs thanks to a triple and double in the top half of the fifth, the Blue and White were able to cross home for their only other runs of the game, scoring three in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a trio of run-scoring walks.

“Early in the game we couldn’t do anything to stop the bleeding,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “They went up big early and we couldn’t make a play to keep the score down and then we had to fight back and were unable to do that.”

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Women's Lacrosse Rides Three-Game Win Streak

W Lacrosse 03.27.19Women’s Lacrosse won both of their games this past week, cruising by Central Connecticut State 12-3 on Wednesday at Kessler Stadium and defeating Niagara 13-12 on Saturday on the road in New York.

In the game against Central Connecticut State, Monmouth gave up the first goal just over a minute into the match, but the Hawks replied with three unanswered goals from junior attacker Nicole Ceraso, who finished the day with a tally of four goals and four assists for the Blue and White. After her performance Ceraso now has 88 career assists which is only four away from tying the second place record for career assists. “We’ve been focusing on spreading out on our cuts in the past few practices and that resulted in us connecting on more passes,” said Ceraso.

Also contributing to the offensive outburst for the Hawks were juniors midfielder Rachel Mills and attacker Allison Turturro, who scored three goals each while senior attacker Logan Smet and sophomore attacker Allison Stofregen each netted one. On the defensive side, senior defender Monica Cortes had an outstanding performance by gathering nine ground balls and forcing five turnovers.

Monmouth not only dominated on the scoreboard but on the stat sheet as well. The Hawks were able to get off 42 shots while the Blue Devils only had nine, with just two in the first half. Monmouth also led in the draw circle 14-3. In this game, the Hawks set a season high for ground balls with 36.

The Blue and White committed 14 less turnovers than the Blue Devils while also causing seven more turnovers as well. Nine different Hawks forced at least one turnover in Wednesday’s game. This dropped Central Connecticut State to a 2-5 record on the year.

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Bowling Participates in MEAC Championship

Bowling 03.27.19Bowling placed fourth out of six teams and posted a record of 2-2 at their first ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship at AMF Chesapeake Lanes in Chesapeake, VA last weekend.

“We made a run in the bracket, but fell short on our frame closing in the Delaware State match,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel. “Overall, we finished the season on a high note and I’m very proud of the fight our team showed through the end of the season.”

The MEAC Championship is a double-elimination style tournament that operates on a best of three Mega Match format.

Monmouth kicked off the weekend with a 2-1 win over the No. 14 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Friday morning.

The Hawks opened up the match with a 918-880 win in the traditional team game. Freshman Skylar Smith bowled a 225 in the victory, which was the highest pin total for an individual on the team and the second-best total amongst the entire tournament. It was also Smith’s second 200-plus pin game of the season.

UAB responded with a win in the Baker total pinfall game, 948-912. Then, with the Baker best-of-seven game tied at 3-3, Monmouth hit two strikes at the end of the seventh to snatch the victory.

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Softball Sweeps Wagner in Home-Opening Series

W Softball 03.27.19Softball swept Wagner in their first home series of the season, shutting them out and winning by a combined score of 12-0 over the two games on Sunday at MU Softball Park.

Monmouth won by eight runs in the first game and four runs in the second. Sophomore pitchers Lilly Robles and Alyssa Irons both threw six scoreless innings, only allowing for a combined seven hits throughout the day.

The Hawks began game one with explosive energy in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore outfielder Katie Harrington started it off by hitting a single out to center field, followed by her stealing second base. Irons was walked to first base, and then she and Harrington stole second and third base, respectively. Junior infielder Deangie Jimenez hit an RBI groundout to first base, allowing Harrington to score the first run.

In their next at bat, Monmouth scored three more runs. Junior first baseman Kayla Rosado hit an RBI single to left center field, bringing home freshman infielder/outfielder Lindsey Baron for a run. With junior outfielder Amber Wozniak and senior outfielder Jasmine Higa on second and third base, Harrington hit a single out to center field to score them both.

There was a bit of a stalemate for a few innings, neither team scored any runs until the bottom of the sixth when Monmouth ended the game with a 8-0 shutout. After two fly outs in a row, junior infielder Sam Tomasetti hit a two-RBI double to left center field, with Jimenez and Irons crossing home plate to score two more runs.

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Upcoming Games 03-13-19

Wednesday, March 13

Women's Lacrosse vs Wagner
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Baseball at Rutgers
Piscataway, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Softball vs Army
USF Spring Break Classic
Clearwater, FL 1:00 p.m.

Baseball at George Mason
Fairfax, VA 3:00 p.m.

Softball vs Lafayette
Clearwater, FL 5:45 p.m.

Women's Bowling
Music City Classic
Smyrna, TN TBA

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Softball Takes Three of Four in George Mason Classic

Softball 03.13.19Softball returned home from a strong weekend at the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, VA, where they won three out of their four games and outscored their opponents twelve to eight.

In an unexpected turn of events, their first game of the set against Marshall on Friday was called prematurely in the fifth inning due to snow. The lone run of the game came in the first inning when the Thundering Herd scored on a sacrifice ground out, leading to the 1-0 victory.

Despite the loss, it was a strong effort from sophomore pitcher Alyssa Irons, who went all five innings giving up just the one run on three hits.

“Our team handled the elements and Alyssa pitched well, but we just simply could not get a run,” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “I’m hopeful the weather will move through and we can get back out there tomorrow.”

That is exactly what happened as the Hawks never looked back from there, going undefeated the rest of the weekend in improved weather.

The Blue and White topped tournament host George Mason 4-2 on Saturday thanks to solid offensive efforts from their juniors.

Shortstop Sam Tomasetti and third baseman Amber Wozniak each had RBI singles in the fifth inning to give Monmouth the 4-2 lead that they held onto for the rest of the game. Another junior, first baseman Kayla Rosado also had an RBI double in the first to get the Hawks on the scoreboard.

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