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Men's Basketball Falls to Iona in MAAC Championship

M Basketball 03.13.19Men’s Basketball saw their season come to an end after a loss to the No. 1 Iona Gaels, 81-60, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship on Monday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Iona’s a tough out. We’ve tried everything, and I have to give [Iona Head] Coach Tim Cluess all the credit in the world again and I truly mean it,” Head Coach King Rice said. “He’s a super coach and really gets his kids to play together, more than most people… I thought we were going to get this today and I was way off on that. I thank Diago Quinn for choosing us and believing in what we were doing these last four years and I’m sorry that we couldn’t get over the hump for him.”

After netting the first four points, Iona went on a 17-2 run to take an 11 point lead on off a three pointer and extended it to a 12 point advantage at 12:45 on a layup. Monmouth got back in it, rushing through a 6-0 run in the latter stages of the period with a pair of makes from sophomore guard Deion Hammond to cut it to three before a late three made it 36-30 at the half.

Back-to-back triples from sophomore guard Marcus McClary and junior guard Nick Rutherford cut it to a three-point game early in the second half, but Iona hit a pair of threes in an 11-0 run to make it 52-38 at 14:41. The Hawks scored to halt the stretch, only to see the Gaels score the next nine to lead by 21 with 12:00 remaining. Iona held that margin through the remainder of the half, with sophomore guard George Papas coming on late to knock in a pair of threes for the Blue and White.

Quinn lead the way in his final game with 13 points a on perfect 5-5 from the field. The Hawks shot 43 percent on the game. Monmouth’s bench outscored Iona’s 24-2.

The No. 6 Hawks went on a run to the championship game by winning three games in four days.

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Women's Basketball's Season Ends in Semi-Final

W Basketball 03.13.19The season came to an end for Women’s Basketball on Sunday afternoon, as they fell 80-42 to No. 1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals of the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament in Albany, NY.

“It was a tough one for us today,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “We didn’t get off to a great start, and when you play a team like Quinnipiac, that could be a deadly combination. We dug ourselves in too big of a hole, but I was proud of our team for continuing to fight.”

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the game, but Monmouth came within one on a three-point shot from junior guard Sierra Green. That was the closest the Hawks would be for the rest of the day. Quinnipiac embarked on a 13-2 run to take a 17-5 lead with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. Monmouth was able to bring the deficit down to nine on free throws from junior forward Alexa Middleton, but the Bobcats answered with eight consecutive points to balloon the lead to 25-8. After ten minutes, they led 27-11.

Monmouth made a run in the second quarter, hitting three straight field goals to make the score 34-17, while holding the Bobcats scoreless for over three minutes. Quinnipiac, however, answered again, utilizing a 7-0 run to take a 41-17 score into the halftime break.

The Bobcats continued their run into the second half, scoring the first 11 points to expand the lead to 52-17, while holding the Hawks scoreless until the 3:31 mark of the frame. Quinnipiac closed the third quarter with eight-straight points, giving them a 62-21 lead after 30 minutes.

Monmouth won the fourth quarter, outscoring Quinnipiac 21-18, but couldn’t overcome the deficit, as the Bobcats advanced to their sixth-straight MAAC Championship Game.

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Track and Field Shines at NCAA Championships

Track Field 03.13.19Graduate Student Allie Wilson came in fourth place at the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Indoor Championships on Saturday with a time of 2:04.12 in the 800-meter run, the best ever finish for a Monmouth female in the competition.

“It was an incredible experience overall and I was very proud to be able to represent Monmouth at the highest level,” Wilson said.

Wilson had slowly found her way to the front of the pack over the first 400 meters and led the race for nearly 300 meters. The first five runners all finished within a second of each other as she was edged by athletes from Penn State, Penn, and Virginia Tech, respectively.

“Although I was hoping for a little bit more, I gave it my all in that moment and to walk away with a fourth place finish and to be up on that podium was something I will never forget,” she said.

With the result, Wilson earned a plethora of distinctions. In addition to becoming the first female to be named a two-time All-American in Monmouth history, she is the first in the program to be named a First Team All-American since 2016. Her fourth place finish on Saturday is the best for the Hawks since Tisifinee Taylor’s fourth place finish from over a decade ago at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

“Allie was super brave today. She took the lead in the second half and really went for it,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “She has come a long way with Coach Chris Tarello’s guidance and had an incredible season.”

The day before, Wilson booked her ticket to the finals by finishing second in the second of the semifinal heats with a time of 2:05.94.

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Upcoming Games 02-27-19

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Women's Lacrosse at Sacred Heart
Fairfield, CT 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Women's Basketball vs Marist
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 1

Softball vs Hartford
Townson, MD 12:30 p.m.

Baseball at Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, FL 6:30p.m.

Men's Basketball at Manhattan
Riverdale, NY 7:00 p.m.

Women's Bowling
Hawk Fight Invite
Egg Harbor, NJ TBA

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Men's Basketball Suffers Late Season Losses at Home

M Basketball 02.27.19Men’s Basketball dropped down to the middle of the pack in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after losing back to back home games against Canisius and Quinnipiac, seeing the Hawks fall to 10-20 on the season and 9-8 in conference play.

Friday’s matchup at the OceanFirst Bank Center against Canisius came down to the final seconds with just a couple of plays determining the eventual 59-60 outcome.

The game fittingly fell into the hands of senior center Diago Quinn, who found the basket on a turnaround with less than a minute to go to make it a one-point game.

Friday’s game was Quinn’s 130th of his career, making him just the fourth player in program history to reach such a total as he joined Chris Brady, Austin Tilghman, and Justin Robinson.

Quinn, who tallied 13 points on the night to go along with eight rebounds had an opportunity to win the game following a forced shot clock violation by the Hawks defense. The shot was unable to fall however as the Blue and White suffered the loss in the back and forth affair.

“Congratulations to Canisius,” said Head Coach King Rice. “They played 40 minutes and we did not.”

The Hawks were still able to get three players in double figures including Quinn, with sophomore guard Deion Hammond leading the way yet again with 14 points while junior forward Mustapha Traore tacked on ten points and eight rebounds.

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Track and Field Sends Athletes to U.S. Championships

Track Field 02.27.19Track and Field sent four current athletes and one former athlete to Staten Island, New York to compete in the U.S. National Indoor Championships this past weekend at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

The women’s team sent both graduate student Allie Wilson and senior Brianna Stratz to compete in the 1000-meter run. The men’s team sent redshirt seniors Corey Murphy and Bryan Sosoo to compete in the shot put event and the 60-meter dash, respectively. Additionally, former Hawk Dylan Capwell (‘18) competed in the men’s 1000-meter run as a professional with the Atlanta Track Club.

Both female athletes made their mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships last week. Wilson won the mile while Stratz won the 800-meter run as well as being a part of the winning 4x800 meter relay team.

Murphy is also coming off of a winning weekend as he not only won the shot put event, but set a new meet record aswell. His mark of 64’6” from the MAAC Championships is currently ranked ninth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Wilson ran in the third heat on Saturday, Feb. 23 and placed second with a time of 2:42.51, breaking her school record and coming behind unattached runner Laura Roesler (2:42.20). This time qualified Wilson to move on to the next day of events.

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Wilson came in sixth overall with a time of 2:41.76. With this time, Wilson re-broke her school record in the 1000-meter run which she had set in the preliminaries the day before.

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Bowling Finishes Fifth in Second MEAC Meet

Bowling 02.27.19Bowling finished fifth overall out of eleven teams at their second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) meet of the season at AMF All-Star Lanes in Greensboro, NC which stretched across Saturday and Sunday.

“We improved our overall average this weekend for the regular season conference rounds, but still have work to do to be at our best for the MEAC Championships next month,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel.

Monmouth, ranked 22nd, kicked off the meet with three straight wins in traditional play.

After conquering Norfolk State by a score of 867-812 and Howard 901-765, the Hawks earned a huge victory over No. 6 Maryland Eastern Shore. The 966-914 win was also Monmouth’s highest pin total in a match over the weekend.

The Hawks dropped their last two games in traditional play, falling to the No. 14 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) 851-901 and Coppin State by just twenty pins, 869-889.

Monmouth continued their losing form into baker format, where they lost two in a row to two more nationally-ranked teams. Twelfth-ranked Delaware State defeated the Hawks 878-905 and No. 10 North Carolina A&T beat Monmouth by nearly 100 pins at 960-868.

The Blue and White were finally able to bounce back with their largest win of the tournament, 845-532 over Bethune-Cookman, before closing out the weekend with an 819-853 loss to Morgan State.

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Women's Basketball Wins Two of Three

W Basketball 02.27.19Falling victim to a 10-0 scoring run in the fourth quarter, Women’s Basketball was defeated by Canisius 65-56 on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, NY, slipping to 12-15 on the season and 8-8 in conference play.

Monmouth put three players in double figures, as junior guard Sierra Green led the way with 15 points, including four three-point shots, while freshman forward Lucy Thomas scored 12 points. Junior forward Alexa Middleton added seven points while corralling ten rebounds.

The Hawks opened the scoring on the afternoon, but the Golden Griffins responded with ten-straight points to take a 10-2 lead. Green hit a three later on in the frame to cut the Canisius lead to 12-7 with 4:38 remaining in the first. Canisius scored the next four points to take their largest lead of the game at 16-7, but Monmouth closed the first quarter on a 10-0 scoring run to make it 17-16 after ten minutes.

In a game of many scoring runs, the Golden Griffins opened with a 7-0 sprint to begin the second quarter, but Monmouth battled back with two-straight baskets from junior guard Rosa Graham. The two teams played each other close for the remainder of the half, as the hosts took a 32-29 lead into the halftime break.

The two teams continued to trade baskets early on in the second half, but a Thomas three brought Monmouth to within two points, 41-39, with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter. The Hawks would only score two points the rest of the frame, as Canisius scored seven of the last nine points of the third to take a 48-41 lead after 30 minutes.

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Upcoming Games 02-20-19

Thursday, Feb. 21

Men's Tennis at George Washington
Washington, DC 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22

Softball vs Rutgers
Miami, FL 1:30 p.m.

Baseball at East Carolina
Greenville, NC 4:00 p.m.

M/W Track & Field
USATF Championship
New York, NY TBA

Women's Basketball at Niagara
Niagara University, NY 7:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Canisius
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Men's Basketball Falls Out of First Place in the MAAC

M Basketball 02.21.19Men’s Basketball had their four-game winning streak snapped, suffering back-to-back losses this week at the hands of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents Rider and Marist despite consecutive double-doubles from senior center Diago Quinn.

The Hawks traveled to Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, NJ on Friday to face one of the middling teams in the MAAC, Rider, who came into play with a 12-13 record overall and 7-6 in the conference.

Monmouth could not recover from a six-point deficit in the first half, as they fell out of first place in the MAAC, losing by a final score of 81-72. The Broncs got off to a quick 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back, hanging on for the remainder. Four different players scoring in double-figures for the Blue and White was not enough to get them over the hump as they gave up a season-high 23 turnovers.

“Rider was too much tonight,” said Head Coach King Rice. “They had a good plan, they pressed and trapped so we couldn’t run our stuff and we didn’t handle it very well.”

Quinn was one of the top performers in the losing effort with his third career double-double, putting up 11 points and 12 rebounds. However, it was sophomore guard Ray Salnave who led the Hawks in scoring for the 12th time this season with 17 points and six rebounds. The other scorers in double figures included sophomore guard Deion Hammond with 11 points and junior guard Nick Rutherford with 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

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Swimming Improves at MAAC Championships

Swimming 02.21.19Men’s and Women’s Swimming improved on last year’s performance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, which spanned from Wednesday to Saturday this past week at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY, finishing 6th and 7th respectively.

“A great weekend for the Monmouth swimming program as we continue to make positive progress,” said Head Coach Matt Nunnally. “Each year the expectation is to raise the bar and this season is proof that we are headed in the right direction.”

The men’s team finished with a total of 207 points, a 104-point improvement from last year’s MAAC Championships, while the women’s team improved by 106 points to 281.

Freshman standout Callan Smith continued his strong first season, winning the program’s first-ever gold medal in the 500-yard freestyle and placing second in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Smith was named MAAC Rookie of the Meet for his performances.

Freshman Camryn McHugh also brought home a gold medal for the Hawks in the women’s 200-yard backstroke.

On Wednesday, a fourth-place finish for the men in the 200-yard medley relay broke a school record. Junior Austin D’Angelo, sophomore Ethan Lucas, and freshmen Kevin Del Giorno and Ricky Thomas finished in 1:31.59.

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CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
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07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu