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Men’s Golf Off to Good Start in Spring Season

M Golf 03.28.18The men’s golf team opened up season play with their annual Spring break trip to Port Saint Lucie Florida. There the hawks had the opportunity to prepare for the Florida Atlantic Spring Championship, which was their first tournament of the Spring season. The championship took place on March 23-25 and consisted of three 18 hole rounds. The event was played at Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The course was a par 72 played at 6,786 yards.

The field consisted of 114 competitors from 19 teams, including Bethune-Cookman, Canisius, Connecticut, DePaul, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, Hartford, Hofstra, Houston Baptists, Jacksonville State, Lynn, Manhattan, Monmouth, Morehead State, Murray State, North Dakota State, Oakland, Stetson. 

The men finished the tournament with a 54 hole score of 883, landing the team in 14th place over all. The Hawks’ card featured 12 of 15 rounds of 75 or better, while the team led the field in pars.

Head coach Dennis Shea was very pleased with the men’s performance in this event. “Our team was very consistent throughout the tournament.  It certainly was a very good start to our spring season and I am very pleased with the team’s performance this weekend,” he said.

Kyle Burke who led the Hawks for the first time this season and fifth time of his Monmouth tenure, set a new career 18-hole score (70) and 54-hole tournament (218).  The senior, who sank an eagle over the weekend, finished with 38 even holes and six-under on par-5 holes. Junior Drake Ferriter matched his season low round with his pair of 73s while tying his 222 ties his career-best for a 54-hole tournament. The third-year Hawk finished two-under on par-4 holes and finished with 37 even holes. Glen-Michael Mihavetz and Ron Robinson played in their first 54-hole tournament. Mihavetz finished tied for first in the field with 39 even holes. Sophomore Andy Stock set a new career-low for a 54-hole tournament.

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Upcoming Games 03-28-18

Thursday, Mar. 29

Track & Field

Florida Relays

Gainsville, FL TBA


Friday, Mar. 30

Baseball vs. Canisius*

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

W Soc at Columbia

New York, NY 7:00 p.m.


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Men’s Lacrosse Starts Conference Play 1-0

M LAX 03.23.18Coming into the week with a record of 2-3, the men’s lacrosse team split decisions in two road games against #19 Hofstra and Manhattan.

On Saturday, the Hawks opened Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play by paying a visit to the Jaspers in Riverdale, NY. The blue and white picked up the win in what was a high scoring affair by a final score of 12-8.

Monmouth started the game hot by scoring three first quarter goals courtesy of junior attack Griffin Figel, freshman midfield Rudy Beck, and senior attack/midfield Sean Tornetta. While the Hawks took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter over Manhattan, it quickly evaporated as the Jaspers responded with five goals in the frame. The Hawks tallied another three goals of their own in the second, however the game would be tied at six going into the half.

Monmouth came out of the half by outscoring the Jaspers 6-2 over the remainder of the game. The Hawks scored two goals in third quarter and tacked on another four to close out the game in the fourth. Figel added another goal with 8:44 remaining in the third to put the Hawks on top on the scoreboard for good.

Senior attack Bryce Wasserman led the Hawks on offense during the afternoon, scoring five goals and an assist. Four of the goals he scored came in the second half of the contest. In goal, freshman Noah Lode stood tall, making 12 saves.

Head Coach Brian Fisher admitted that his team wasn’t at their best in the second quarter before picking up their offense in the second half, “In the second quarter, we hit a little bit of a rough patch and I’m proud of our guys in how they responded in the second half. Our veterans, in particular, played really solid second halves and allowed us to pull away and win the game.” The win was Monmouth’s ninth straight (eight straight in regular season play) victory over MAAC opponents.

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Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season with Strong Start

W Golf 03.23.18The women’s golf team kicked off their spring season in Boulder City, Nevada earlier this month. The Hawks competed in The Battle at Boulder Creek at Boulder Creek Golf Course on March 5th and 6th for the second consecutive year. The golf course was played at 6,252 yards with a par of 72. The tournament was a 54 hole event, with 36 holes played during round one and 18 holes played during round two. The field consisted of 12 teams, including Austin Peay State, Eastern Washington, Georgetown, Idaho State, Illinois-Chicago, James Madison, Monmouth, Montana State, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Radford.

The women finished the tournament with a score of 997 (339-332-326). Junior Haley Goodling posted her seventh round in the 70s of the season and 20th of her career. Goodling led the Hawks’ card for the fifth of her career. Senior Sarah Kokotajlo inked her third round in the 70s of the campaign, the 19th of her career.

“Being able to play and practice in warmer conditions was exactly what we needed to prepare us for the rest of the season,” said senior captain Faith Garcia. “This was our first time playing since the fall, so this tournament allowed us to figure out what we need to improve upon moving forward.”

The Hawks scores from the Battle at Boulder Creek were: Goodling 82-79-83; 244 Kokotajlo 89-84-79; 252 senior Kaitlin Clancy 85-87-81; 253 Garcia 87-85-83; 255 freshman Carla Puig Jou 85-84-92; 261 sophomore Nicole Totland 90-83-95; 268 freshman Cassidy Gavaghan 93-86-92; 271 senior Erin DiDonato 92-92-88; 272.

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeats New Hampshire 10-8

W LAX 03.23.18Women’s lacrosse split their two away matchups over break. Beating the University of New Hampshire (UNH) 10-8 on Monday, March 12 and losing to Drexel 11-16 on Sunday, March 18. Monmouth now stands at an overall record of 2-7 and has completed their out of conference games. 

The Hawks staged a daring second half comeback to pull out the road win against New Hampshire. Monmouth outscored the Wildcats 7-2 in the second half, including the final five to pull off the impressive comeback.  

A sluggish and sloppy defensive effort in the first half left the Hawks nursing a 6-3 deficit. Monmouth let New Hampshire take a total of 23 shots in the first half while only mustering eight of their own. Junior goalkeeper Riley Brager stood tall in net as she made ten saves in the first half and 14 overall to keep her team in the game.

Monmouth circled the wagons in the second and showed a tremendous amount of grit to turn it around in the end. Junior attack Jenny Staines got it going in the second half for the Hawks. Staines was involved in two straight goals, scoring the first and assisting in the other to cut the deficit to 5-7 with 26 minutes left.

No scoring took place for nine minutes until The Wildcats responded with a goal of their own to reclaim a three-goal advantage. Five minutes later junior midfielder Logan Smet began the five-unanswered goal run with her first of two on the day.

With 6:27 left to play Staines buried a pass from sophomore attack Nicole Ceraso to tie it up at eight. Senior attack Alexa Smith than gave the Hawks the 9-8 lead with her team high third goal of the game with three minutes to play. Senior midfielder Claudia LaMarca capped off the exciting comeback off a Ceraso assist and who led the team with five points.

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Baseball Gets Swept in Spider Invitational

Baseball 03.23.18After Wednesday’s day game at Villanova was cancelled due to inclement weather and field conditions, 4-8 baseball traveled to Richmond, Virginia where they were swept in the Spider Invitational.

The packed three game weekend began on Friday morning where the Hawks were handed an 11-4 loss at the hands of the 2-9 Yale Bulldogs in a battle of struggling ball clubs looking to get back on the right track.

Monmouth did however get on the board first thanks to senior right fielder Pete Papcun who drove in sophomore left fielder John LaRocca. LaRocca was one of the few bright spots for Monmouth in the ballgame as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in (RBI) that gave them the lead in the third. Another bright spot was senior right-handed pitcher Ricky Dennis who took the bump for the Hawks and struck out a career-best seven batters in the defeat.

The story of the game was defensive struggles for Monmouth as Dennis threw six innings while allowing six runs only two of which were earned.

“Today was definitely a tale of two games,” Head Coach Dean Ehehalt said. “We didn’t do a very good job of collecting outs in the middle of the game and it definitely hurt us.”

All four of Monmouth’s unearned runs came in Dennis’ sixth and final inning of work where two errors turned the Hawk’s lead into a four-run deficit.

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Upcoming Games 03-23-18

Friday, Mar. 23

Softball at UMBC

Baltimore, MD 12:00 p.m.

M Golf

Florida Atlantic Invitational

Boca Raton, FL 12:00 p.m.

Track & Field

Monmouth Season Opener

West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Binghamton

Baltimore, MD 2:30 p.m.


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Baseball Scores Five in Ninth to Defeat Penn State

Baseball 02.28.18Following a three-game sweep at the hands of #11 Dallas Baptist to open the season, the Monmouth University baseball team collected its first two wins of the season during the Penn State Tournament this past weekend in Cary, NC.

Monmouth entered the Penn State Tournament this past weekend with a record of 0-3, facing games against #23 St. John’s, Penn State, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). They would go on to pick up back-to-back wins against Penn State and UMBC to wrap up the three-game set.

Monmouth’s first win of the season came in a dramatic fashion in a back-and-forth affair with Penn State on Feb. 24. Heading in to the ninth inning, down 8-4 the Hawks rallied back to take a 9-8 lead. The comeback in the ninth started with a one-out single courtesy of junior catcher Clay Koniencki who came in to pinch hit. Junior outfielder Kyle Norman followed with a double and then senior infielder Shaine Hughes drove them both in with a double of his own. The rally was completed when junior catcher J.D. Andreessen hit his first home run as a Hawk and senior infielder Pete Papcun followed with another homer to give the blue and white the lead. The Hawks’ first win of the season was secured following a save in the bottom half of the ninth courtesy of sophomore right-handed pitcher Danny Long.

Penn State opened the scoring in the game by plating two in second on a single and an error. The Hawks answered with two runs of their own in the third thanks to a run batted in (RBI) ground out by Norman and an RBI double by Andreesen. The Nittany Lions would go back on top again with three runs in the fourth. The Hawks would answer in the sixth to trim the score to 5-4 on a Papcun RBI double but Penn State responded with three more runs to make it 8-4 before the Hawks mounted their comeback.

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Delaware in Home Opener

M LAX 02.28.18Men’s lacrosse bounced back from their heartbreaking double overtime season opener with a huge 17-4 victory on Wednesday at Wagner. 

It was a come from behind effort for the Hawks to start the game as Wagner found the back of the net first striking within the first few minutes. Monmouth responded quickly however, as redshirt senior midfielder Dylan Schulte began a string of eight straight Hawk goals. Schulte and fellow senior Bryce Wasserman led the first half charge with two goals apiece helping lead Monmouth to a 9-2 advantage at the half.

Junior attack Hunter Jones got the second half scoring going as well with his early transition goal assisted by Wasserman. From here it was more of the same from the Hawks who continued the offensive outpour scoring seven more times while only allowing four goals in the game. 

“Today was a really good day for our guys,” Monmouth Head Coach Brian Fisher said. “We handled the adjustments really well on a short week and that showed today.”

The defensive effort was certainly on display in addition as Monmouth senior defender Joe Lucas made his first-career start on defense and his help was surely noticed.

One of Monmouth’s eight second half goals came from none other than Schulte who completed his second career hat trick.

Several young Hawks made their debuts in the game including freshman attack Max Brooks who ended the day’s scoring with his first-career goal in the final minute of the game, capping off the victory. Brooks was one of nine players in the game who made their Monmouth debuts against Wagner.

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Women’s Lacrosse Earns First Win of Season

W LAX 02.28.18Women’s lacrosse split their two matchups this past week, losing to George Mason 17-14 on Wednesday and defeating George Washington 14-8 on Saturday. With the win, Monmouth snaps their four-game losing streak and now stands at a 1-4 record overall.

Despite the 14-goal performance Monmouth failed to achieve a victory last Wednesday afternoon against George Mason. Both teams had their offensives firing on all cylinders as a total of 31 goals were scored between the two teams. George Mason jumped out to a three-goal advantage before the Hawks scored back-to-back unassisted goals to climb within one.

George Mason quickly responded with two more of their own to go up 5-2, but the Hawks would come within one thanks to senior attacker Alexa Smith who scored her first of the day off an assist from sophomore forward Nicole Ceraso. George Mason then would proceed to score the next five of seven goals to go into the half, up 10-6.

Monmouth’s senior midfielder Caroline Corbliss scored first in the second off an assist from junior midfielder Logan Smet to bring the Hawks within three. George Mason quickly put two more on the board to get back to a five-goal advantage with 24 minutes remaining. The Hawks scored seven goals over the remaining 24 minutes, including four in the final 15 but in the end came up short.

In the loss, the Hawks outshot their opponent to the tune of 39-35 and were positive in the turnover department. Also, junior goalie Riley Brager made ten saves to once again reach the double-digit mark. 

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Women’s Basketball Loses to Quinnipiac to End Season

W Basketball 02.28.18After two tough losses in Buffalo, the Monmouth women’s basketball team bounced back with a 73-65 senior night victory over Fairfield at the OceanFirst Bank Center Friday night.

Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored 24 points in 23 minutes, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Junior guard McKinzee Barker was the only other Hawk in double figures scoring, as she had 12.

“Our belief in each other secured this win tonight,” Monmouth Head Coach Jody Craig said. “The communication defensively was tremendous, and it was one of our best efforts on that end of the floor.”

Fairfield jumped out to an eight-point advantage with 4:02 remaining in the first quarter, but Monmouth was able to cut that lead in half. At the end of ten minutes, the Stags led 18-14. A jumper from Barker with 6:34 left in the second quarter tied the game at 23. Fairfield responded with a 6-0 run, but Spooner-Knight scored four-straight points to counter the Stags’ run. Monmouth went into the halftime break down by one, 31-30.

The Hawks took the lead with 7:18 left in the third quarter off of an and-one conversion from Barker. As they two teams traded baskets, senior guard Dana Carbone hit her second three-point shot of the game with 2:18 in the quarter to give Monmouth a 47-46 lead. They would eventually take a 49-46 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks expanded their lead to five with 8:46 remaining in the game, but the Stags stormed back once again to take a one-point lead with just over six minutes left. Freshman forward Carol Arfinengo knocked down a three, and junior center Erica Balman converted on a layup to give Monmouth the lead back, as the score was 58-54 with just under five minutes remaining. The run would expand to 9-0, as their lead grew to 62-54 with 4:10 left. Fairfield used one final push to get the game to four points, but a huge three-point shot from sophomore guard Kayla Shaw gave Monmouth a seven-point lead with 46 seconds on the clock. They would not relinquish that lead, closing out Fairfield for their ninth victory of the season.

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