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Men’s Tennis Start The Season 2-1

Men's TennisMen’s tennis was selected first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletics Preseason Coaches’ Poll as they received six out of seven possible first place votes. They also won the first two of their first three matches of the season to get out to a 2-1 start.

The Hawks led the way with a total of 48 points in the poll and second place Quinnipiac only received 38 votes as well as the only other first place vote.

Following Quinnipiac was Fairfield who received 36 points. Marist and Siena took fourth and fifth in the coaches’ poll finishing with 29 and 22 points respectively. Niagara claimed the sixth spot as they received 15 points and rounding out the poll was Rider who received eight points.

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Field Hockey Opens the Season with a Nail-Biter

Field HockeyThe preseason poll leaders in the America East conference, Monmouth field hockey, capitalized on their season opener against Hofstra with a 2-1 come-from-behind win.

The Hawks started slow going down 1-0 in the early part of the game at the 21:47 mark off of a put-back rebound. This game was a defensive battle through and through as the score remained 1-0 heading into the locker room at half time. 

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Women’s Bowling Competes in Conference

WBOWL 1The Monmouth bowling team competed in their first conference competition of their 2021 season at the MEAC Meet in North Carolina this weekend and finished with a .500 record.

In the three-day tournament, the Hawks went 5-5 and racked up two wins over top-25 teams. The team finished third with 4,624 pins over five traditional games.

The overall competition included five MEAC teams, North Carolina A&T, Delaware State, UAB, Coppin State, and Monmouth. The Hawks beat North Carolina A&T, who is ranked 13th and Delaware State who is ranked 15th in baker format. The Hawks also split the two matches with Sunday’s bracket play with a win against UAB.

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Cross Country Opens Up 2021 Season

XC 1Cross country opened up their 2021 season after a long, 350-day hiatus due to COVID-19 with the Jasper Winter XC Invitational this past weekend. It was the first time any Monmouth runner had raced this course in Montgomery, New York.

Typically, the cross-country season takes place in the fall as this will be the first ever winter cross country season in Monmouth history.

Heading into the season, MU was tied for third place in the men’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll with Manhattan. Both schools received 93 points while the Monmouth women tied for fourth with Quinnipiac with 84 points each.

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Women’s Bowling Earns All-Tournament Honors

WB 1The Monmouth Hawks women’s bowling team participated in the Garden State Classic at Bowlero in North Brunswick, New Jersey this past weekend.

Their head-to-head record on the weekend was 4-6 but they did achieve three individual match victories over Felician, Bloomfield, and New Jersey City University on Saturday. Most impressively, they led the entire tournament in total pinfall on Saturday with an average score of 185.8.

“We didn’t perform to our abilities Friday but turned things around Saturday and landed our first tournament win in our program’s history,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel. “I’m proud of the way our athletes rebounded off of a rough start. We still have many things to improve on before we leave for our conference meet on Thursday, but this team is improving every day.”

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Women’s Ball Victorious Behind Rookie Star

WBBWomen’s basketball split a weekend series on the road against Saint Peters earning their second win on the season, losing their first matchup by a score 70-60 and taking the home victory in their second game by a score of 63-57.

Freshman center Belle Kranbuhl, got the scoring opened up early with six points in the opening minutes, finishing with eleven on the night. She performed on both ends of the floor as she would also add eight boards and seven rejections to her total for the night. After this performance, she is averaging 3.0 blocks per game, which leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). This was also the fourth game that Kranbuhl scored in the double digits.

Saint Peters started to pull away as they were in front at one point by 22 points. However, Monmouth battled back in the second half as they went on an 18-2 run and were able to narrow the lead to just five. However, it would be too little too late as they would fall in the end for their eleventh loss of the season.

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Monmouth Football is Favored to Win Big South

FB 1On Feb. 11, 2021, Monmouth University was selected as the favorite to finish in first place in the 2021 Big South Spring Football Preseason Poll.

Football is back! In the 2021 Big South Spring Football Preseason Poll, Monmouth earned 44 points with Kennesaw State coming in second, earning 43 but the Hawks obtained six of a possible 10 first place votes.

Following Kennesaw State is Charleston Southern in third and Gardner-Webb and Robert Morris tied for fourth. Typical Monmouth opponents, Campbell, Hampton, and Northern Alabama were ineligible due to opting out of the spring season.

This is a very exciting time for the Hawks as last week; they were also selected 21st nationally in the Athlon Preseason Football Championships Series (FCS) Poll in addition to 22nd in the HeroSports preseason poll.

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Cross Country Season Set to Take Flight

XC 1As many college athletic programs around the country begin to compete again, the local Monmouth University Hawks prepare for a potential winter cross-country season.

Head Coach Mike Nelson, who is going on his second year as coach at the local college, said, “I’m both excited and a little apprehensive about the potential season. Anything could happen but I think if protocols are safely executed, like testing, wearing masks, etc. racing as a full team is a huge possibility.”

He continued, “I want the men and women to know that this season is not the same from seasons in the past; arbitrary features like time might not be as important. Just go out there, have fun, and run your best.”

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Women's Basketball Gets Their First Win

WBB 1It was a busy week for women’s basketball who played three games in the span of five days, featuring a home game against Siena on Wednesday and a road set against Quinnipiac this past weekend. 

Wednesday’s matchup between the Hawks and Saint Bernard’s was quite the battle as a 61-60 final score resulted in Monmouth’s first win of the season by the skin of their teeth. Junior guard Jen Louro came up clutch in the end with a game-winning basket with just 2.2 seconds left on the clock. The layup was the difference between a win and a loss for the blue and white as Louro finished with 9 total points along with six assists and a three pointer.

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Deion Hammond Breaks 30-Year Record

Hammond 1Monmouth won both of their contests on the road against Manhattan this past week. On Friday, they beat the Jaspers 70-65 while they narrowly escaped them by a score of 71-69 in overtime on Saturday.

The Hawks were led by their seniors on Friday as three of them scored in double digits. Melik Martin, Deion Hammond and George Papas scored 18, 16 and 14 points respectively.

Martin started the game by scoring the first five points giving the blue and white an early 5-0 lead. The Hawks would lead the majority of the first half and a late Hammond three would give them a four-point lead at the end of the first half.

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Shawn Clark Football Player Turned Rugby Pro

Shawn ClarkIn November, former Monmouth tight end, Shawn Clark, became a two-sport pro athlete after becoming one of the newest additions to the pro rugby team, the Colorado Raptors.

The Potsdam, New York native has played sports his whole life but says, “Football has always been my one love.”

Clark sees his time at Monmouth as the best time of his life. “Monmouth Football, the whole program, just the atmosphere helped me really just find myself as a person,” said Clark.

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