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Upcoming Games 1-29-20

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Men's Basketball at Saint Peter's
Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Women's Basketball at Rider
Lawrenceville, NJ 2:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs LaSalle
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Men's and Women's Track
Villanova Invitational
Staten Island, NY 4:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs Wagner
West Long Branch, NJ 7:30 p.m.

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Indoor Track Breaks Records

Track 01.29.20The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track & field teams competed at the Dr. Sander Invitational, hosted by Columbia University as well as the Boston Terrier Classic, hosted by Boston University this past weekend [Jan. 24 & 25].

The teams had multiple outstanding performances, most notable being fifth year Kyle Mueller breaking his own school record for the 5000-meter race at the Boston Terrier Classic. Coming in fourth with a time of 14:09.47, he surpassed his previous mark by 15 seconds. Mueller’s previous record was a time of 14:24.37 which he achieved at the 2019 ICA4 indoor championships.

Coming off of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Track & Field Performer of the Week, senior Khalid Slocum continued to bring the heat at the Dr. Sander Invitational. Slocum finished second overall in the long jump event with a mark of 7.42m, right behind Jason Schrage of UCLA (7.51m). Sophomore teammate Dorian (DJ) Jackson also placed in the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.21m, awarding him seventh place.

“As a team, this was a good meet for us to use as a measuring stick as we pursue another MAAC Championship. Overall, we had several good performances and posted some great times and distances,” said Slocum. “Being named MAAC Performer of the Week [Week of Jan. 20] was icing on the cake for our program.”

In the men’s weight throwing event, Monmouth had three members place in the top 20: fifth year Andrew Tummino (15.74m) placing 11th, senior Daniel Gilligan (15.45m) coming in at 13th, and senior Brandon Davis (15.15m) at 15th.

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Swimming Victorious on Senior Day

Swimming 01.29.20Both men and women’s swimming secured victories in their meets this weekend as the men’s team defeated NJIT in the Steadman Natatorium on Friday by a score of 169-93 while the women’s team defeated Sacred Heart by a final score of 155-107 this past Saturday.

Men’s swimming held their Senior Day in their meet against NJIT. Prior to the event Monmouth honored Austin D’Angelo, Frank Nicola and Nate Lardieri, who represents the Hawks senior class.

Sophomore Callen Smith was a big contribution to the blue and white’s win. Smith contributed three individual victories in the 1000 free, 100-yard backstroke and the 500-yard free with times of 10:06.48, 52.80 and 4:55.53 respectively. After Friday’s performance, Smith now has 20 first place finishes for the 2019-20 season as well as 51 for his career.

Freshman Blake Reynolds also had two first place finishes in the contest as he won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.39 and a 100-yard butterfly where he swam a 51.17. Reynolds now has 16 first-place finishes on the season.

Junior Trevor Askew won the 100-yard breaststroke as well as the 200-yard breaststroke. Askew finished the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.66 and the 200-yard-breakstroke with a 2:10.62. This gives him 15 first place finishes for the year and 21 for his career.

Other Hawks that recorded first place finishes were freshman Dylan Edge in the 200-yard backstroke as well as junior Hunter Klingener who won the 200-yard Individual Medley. With their performances, Edge and Klingener secured their 11th and first victories of the season respectively. 

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Women's Basketball Falls With a Fight

WBB 01.29.20Women’s basketball failed to get a win in two games last week with a 39-51 loss against Siena on Thursday night and a 53-74 loss at home against Marist on Saturday afternoon.

In Thursday’s contest the blue and white missed their first 11 shots of the game, but back to back layups by senior forward Alexa Middleton, brought the score to 9-4, with the Hawks’ trailing behind. At the end of the first quarter, the Saints led the game 16-5. Monmouth shot 2-19 in the first quarter and had six shots blocked.

In the second quarter, Monmouth went on a 7-0 run. At halftime, Siena led 26-16, but the closing points of the half came from another Middleton layup. Middleton led the first half with ten points.

In the middle of the third quarter, Monmouth went on a 9-0 run, bringing the score to 31-27, with the Saints still leading. To close out the quarter, sophomore forward Lucy Thomas put up four points.

The Hawks scored their first points in the fourth quarter with only 4:17 on the clock, which ended a 9-0 Siena run. Monmouth scored 23 points in the second half. Seven of those points came from Middleton, while eight of them came from Thomas.

Overall, the Hawks shot 16-67 or 23.9 percent from the field and 1-21 or 4.8 percent from three-point range.

Middleton had her sixth double-double in the last 11 games. She had 17 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Thomas also had her fourth double-double for the season and had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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Men's Basketball Stays Hot at Home

MBB 01.29.20Men’s basketball remained atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after back-to-back wins this past weekend against conference opponents Niagara and Iona led by junior guard Deion Hammond’s 47 combined points.

The Hawks made it a perfect 7-0 home record at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday night against the Purple Eagles of Niagara behind Hammond’s game-high 22 points leading to the 82-71 victory.

“This one feels great, especially when your teammates get you involved and get you the ball,” said Hammond. “I feel like everyone was clicking today and it was a great team effort for a win.”

Monmouth was in control from the very beginning of Friday night’s affair as they quickly got out to a 20-5 lead with Hammond scoring nine of those points. It appeared as though the blue and white would run away with this one until Niagara put together a run of their own and eventually took the lead towards the end of the first half.

“We’ve been trying to play for 40 minutes and the way we started the game, I thought we were about to do it tonight,” said Head Coach King Rice. “But we’re still young in areas and probably started to think they had this already.”

However, all momentum seemed to sway in favor of the Hawks in the final moments of the half as Hammond finished home an alley-oop in dramatic fashion going into the locker room with a 34-33 advantage.

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Upcoming Games 12-04-19

Friday, Dec. 6

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Saturday, Dec. 7

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Football vs #2 James Madison
NAAC FCS Playoffs
Harrisonburg, Virginia 1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Lafayette
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

M/W Track
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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All-East Honors For Cross Country

XC 12.04.19The men’s cross-country team was led to fifth place by sophomore Louis DiLaurenzio last weekend at the Cross Country IC4A Championships in Bronx, New York. The women’s team, led by freshman Sammi Ragenklint, placed in sixth.

Saturday, Nov. 23 was an action-packed day for the blue and white. The Hawks end their cross-country season with strong finishes and places at the Cross Country IC4A Championships. Ragenklint was able to finish, as the second among freshman in the race, placing sixth in the 5K with her time of 18:22.

‘’Both teams raced strategically well and moved up throughout the competition,” said Head Coach Mike Nelson. “They showed a lot of heart and resilience. In our program, we talk a lot about racing with intelligence, toughness, and confidence. That’s exactly what they displayed today.”

Ragenklint finishing sixth place is the highest a woman on the Monmouth team has ever placed at the Cross Country IC4A Championships. Ragenklint also set a record for the women’s team with her time of 18:22 at Van Cortlandt Park. This record was set in 2011 by Jennifer Nelson.

The women’s second to finish was junior Melanie Pfennig. Pfennig placed 37th and her time was 19:09. The next two to finish were junior Alyssa Repsher and freshman Jenny Tavares, and they finished with a time of 19:26. Junior Natalie Tavares was the fifth to finish for the Hawks at a time of 19:36.

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Men's Basketball Opens Home Play 2-0

MBB 12.04.19Men’s Basketball won both of their games at home this past week, defeating Radford 80-63 on Tuesday and beating Norfolk State by a slim margin of 75-71 on Wednesday.

Monmouth got off to a fast start against Radford as they started off the contest on a 13-4 run. Radford would then answer back with a 10-0 run putting them in front. With the game tied at 24, the Hawks were able to score six unanswered points. By the end of the half, Monmouth held a 39-35 lead thanks to a pair of free throws by senior forward Mustapha Traore

Radford started the second half by scoring the first six points which ultimately gave them a one-point lead. Junior guard Deion Hammond went on a small run that pushed the Hawks lead to seven. The Hawks then began to pull away as they were up by 14 with less than five minutes in the game. Monmouth only allowed six points in the final 3:27 against Radford in route to their win.

“Tonight, our first home game, so many people showed up and our kids were just not going to be denied,” said Head Coach King Rice. “I’m glad that our older guys really carried the load for us the group is fun, it’s a long year but we will fight and battle for the Monmouth Hawks and the fans.”

Monmouth dominated just about the entire game as they were only trailing for a total of 1:15. Leading the Hawks were Hammond who finished with a team high 20 points in 32 minutes of action. Traore also had an impressive performance as he logged a double-double with 16 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

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Women's Basketball Splits in San Diego

WBB 12.04.19Women’s basketball split in the University of San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend in San Diego, California with a 49-57 loss against San Diego on Friday night and a 60-46 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday night, earning the team their first win of the season.

Monmouth started strong and shot 13-26 or 50 percent in the first half, but only shot 4-25 or 16 percent in the second. The Hawks also went 7-17 from the free throw line.

Senior guard Akilah Jennings was tough in the first half with nine points and five points in the second half. She matched her career high with 14 points for the night. Jennings has averaged 10.3 points in her last three games.

Senior guard Sierra Green led the team with 16 points in the game. She put up eight points in the first half and eight more in the second. Impressively, this is the 26th time Green has scored double figures in 35 games.

Sophomore forward Lucy Thomas led the team in rebounds with seven in the contest.

“We had moments where we played well and battled back a couple of times. Defensively, we were able to create some turnovers to get some momentum, but we just couldn’t sustain it,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “We keep making poor decisions on offense and tur the ball over at inopportune times. We just weren’t in sync on both ends of the floor. This was a frustrating loss.”

Following the loss, Monmouth went on to face Purdue Fort Wayne the next night.

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Football Wins First Ever FCS Playoff Game

FB 12.04.1911th ranked Monmouth football hosted and were victorious in their first ever Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff game against visiting Holy Cross on Saturday 44-27 as senior captain linebacker and FCS New Jersey Player of the Year Evan Powell anchored the defense with two interceptions.

Powell’s first multiple interception game of his career got off to a quick start on just their second defensive possession of the game as the team captain read the opposing quarterback like a book dropping back into the defense to pick off the pass and change momentum early on.

“I think that what is key is that we have confidence in each other, we can rely on each other,” said Powell. “No matter who is in the game, we have a bunch of guys and we do not miss a heartbeat. Our cohesiveness and our confidence help out as a unit.”

From here the Hawks’ offense took advantage as after a long rush from fifth year quarterback Kenji Bahar, junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV took an end around reverse handoff from 17 yards out to give MU the early 7-0 advantage.

Both defensive pass rushes were on point early on forcing a variety of punts in the first quarter of play as Monmouth went into the first intermission leading by a mere 7-0 margin.

After an underwhelming Holy Cross punt set Monmouth up with excellent field position, senior kicker Matt Mosquera capitalized from 30 yards out for the first of his three field goals on the day to make it 10-0.

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Upcoming Games 11-20-19

Wednesday, Nov. 20

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

Friday, Nov. 22

Women's Bowling vs UMES
UMES Hawk Classic
Millsboro, DE TBA

M/W Swimming vs St. Francis
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Kennesaw St.
MAAC/ASUN Challenge
Orlando, FL 8:30 p.m.

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Contact Information

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
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

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