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Swimming Completes 3-0 Weekend

SWIM 11.20.19The Monmouth men’s and women’s swim teams won their meets when they faced off against Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 16. The men defeated the Manhattan Jaspers easily by a score of 163 to 94. The women won by an even wider margin of 194-52.

The women also won against Siena College at Steadman Natatorium in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The women fought to beat Siena by a close score of 137-124.

The men improve to 5-1 after the victory over the Jaspers while the women’s record now stands at 4-3.

After a strong week of practice, Hawks’ head coach Matt Nunnally was pleased with how his swimmers have performed so far this season.

“The team continues to make steady positive progress,” said Coach Nunnally. “Even with a tough week of training leading into the meet the team showed a lot of toughness throughout by winning the close races and putting the score out of reach.”

Among the standout performers for the men on Saturday was sophomore Callan Smith. He won the 200 free, 200 back, as well as the 500 free. With that trifecta, Smith now has nine first place finishes this year, and a total of 40 in his Monmouth Hawk career.

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Women's Soccer Falls Short in Shootout

WSOC 11.20.19Women’s soccer ended their season after falling to Brown in penalty kicks in the First Round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field in Providence, Rhode Island.

950 people were in attendance for the matchup between Monmouth (14-2-3) and #16 Brown (14-1-3).

Monmouth first faced Brown on Nov. 5, 1988 where they lost 1-2. Their next time facing off was Sept. 11, 2010 where they also lost 1-2. Saturday’s match ended in a tie at the end of regulation and eventually went into two scoreless overtimes, but was forced into penalty kicks to decide a winner, where Brown prevailed.

The Hawks managed to get eight shots off in the first half and seven shots off in the second half. They had one shot in the first over time and three in the second.

The Bears had four shots in the first half and also four shots in the second. They had one goal for the first overtime and one in the second overtime period. Overall, Monmouth outshot Brown in the match 19-10 with six shots on goal, while Brown had four.

The defense on both ends played a huge role on Saturday. Monmouth’s senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub had four saves for the day. She saved two goals in the first half and two in the second half.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Powerhouses

MBB 11.20.19Men’s basketball lost to Kansas State 73-54 at the Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night and then again on Friday to Kansas by a score of 112-57 at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The Hawks got off to a hot start against Kansas State as they did not allow a single point for the first 3:57 seconds of the game and held the Wildcats to only eight points in the first 10:55. Monmouth did not give up a lead until 13:44 into the contest when Kansas State scored to make it 14-13.

The blue and white were able to close out the half on an 11-2 run. During this run, junior guard Ray Salnave went on a stretch of scoring nine consecutive points for Monmouth. By halftime, the Hawks were leading by nine. Monmouth played excellent defense in the first half as they limited their Big-12 opponent to 0-for-10 from deep and 20 total points on 27 percent from the field.

In the second half, the Wildcats gained control of the contest. They started off the half on a 9-0 run, tying the game by 16:46. After Monmouth stopped the run for a bit, the Wildcats took over and went on a stretch where they outscored the Hawks 28-5. Monmouth was able to trim the deficit down to 13, thanks to consecutive three pointers from Salnave. However, they were unable to come any closer and fell to Kansas State 73-54.

While the Hawks lost the matchup, they did not lose in all aspects of the stat sheet. They shot a better 3-point percentage as well a better field goal percentage than Kansas State. Monmouth shot 33 percent from deep compared to the Wildcats’ 21 percent, while Monmouth made 83 percent of their free throws compared to Kansas State’s 71 percent.

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Football Clinches Big South and a Playoff Spot

FB 11.20.1912th ranked Monmouth football clinched their first ever Big South conference title and a spot in the playoffs after defeating Campbell on the road in North Carolina 47-10 behind a career-best day from junior running back and Big South Offensive Player of the Week Pete Guerriero.

Guerriero rushed for a career-high 237 yards while scoring three touchdowns on the ground and added 66 more yards through the air including a 50-yard screen pass for a score to make it four total touchdowns on the day. The standout back’s 303 total yards came just four yards shy of breaking the Monmouth program record for all-purpose yards in a single game.

“It was one of those days where big time players make big time plays, as an offensive unit we were able to step up as a team and get this win,” said Guerriero. “The entire line is strong up front, and they work hard each and every day and that’s what has gotten us to this point. They are the heart of this offense. As the season goes on, they just keep getting stronger and stronger.”

The now three-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week this season, leads the conference in all-purpose yards, rushing yards and rushing yards per game with his 12 rushing touchdowns being second most in the league.

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Upcoming Games 11-13-19

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15

M/W Cross Country
Mid-Atlantic Regional
Bethlehem, PA TBA

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

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Basketball Splits Opening Week

MBB 11.13.19Men’s Basketball began their season 1-1 with two road matchups as they won against Lehigh 66-62 at the Stabler Arena on Tuesday and fell to Hofstra 94-74 on Saturday at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

In their first game of the season, the Hawks faced off against Lehigh at their home court. Senior guard Louie Pillari scored eight straight points in the game including two three pointers which was part of a 15-0 run the Hawks went on in the first half.  Monmouth was in control early and held a 16-point lead at one point in the contest.

Lehigh was able to go on a run in the second half however and get themselves right back into the game. They made it a one-point game with just 4:16 remaining. Junior guard Ray Salnave, who led the Hawks with 15 points on 39 percent shooting, made two free throws to give the Hawks a three-point cushion. Monmouth then forced a turnover which led to junior guard George Papas connecting on a left wing three shortly followed by Salnave converting a three-point play to make it a nine-point game with only 2:29 left in regulation.

Lehigh was able to trim their deficit to three. They had an opportunity to tie the game in the final moments, but Monmouth’s lockdown defense was able to hold down the win. This is the sixth time the Hawks won their season opener in nine seasons under head coach King Rice and the fourth out of their last five.

“From our first win last year through the end of the season, I think we grew up a lot and now we’re an older team,” said Rice. “We have some nice, new pieces and we have a lot of kids that can come in and get into people defensively.”

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Football Rises to 15th in the Nation

FB 11.13.19Just a week after receiving their highest national ranking in program history, Monmouth football moved up four spots in the polls to number 15 in the country after handing it to North Alabama by a score of 49-38 on Saturday for their eighth win of the season.

Kenji Bahar threw five touchdowns on the afternoon for the second time in his collegiate career while converting 27 of his 36 passes for 319 yards on his way to becoming Big South Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and second consecutively.

“We are really excited to get the win and our goal is to just keep moving forward,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “We came out this week to go 1-0 today and we got the job done. We showed a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Kenji had a great game but I think all 11 guys were out there contributing.”

Bahar also received an enormous accolade on Saturday at Kessler Stadium as he passed Brian Boland for the most touchdown passes in program history with 59 after throwing two first half touchdowns. The first kicked off the day’s scoring as following two forced fumbles by the defensive line, Monmouth used their field position to execute a 24-yard strike to junior wide receiver Terrance Greene Jr. The wideout broke off the would-be tackler with ease which was a theme of the game as Greene Jr. hauled in nine catches for 125 yards and a score.

After North Alabama would tie the game up early in the second quarter, Bahar broke the all-time passing touchdown record on a 15-yard fade route to the back of endzone. Junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV came down with the phenomenal catch for the first of his two touchdowns on the day to make the score 14-7.

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Field Hockey Falls Short in Conference Final

FH 11.13.19In an action-packed weekend in West Long Branch, Monmouth field hockey defeated the fifth seeded University of California Golden Bears, 4-3 at So Sweet a Cat Field on Friday afternoon. On Sunday, Monmouth lost 2-1 to the Stanford Cardinals at home in the American East Championship.

On Friday, Monmouth came back from a 3-2 deficit in the final three minutes of the contest and scored two goals. The dramatic comeback was started by junior midfielder Meg de Lange, who scored the game-tying goal with just under three minutes left.

In the final minute, sophomore forward Annick van Lange scored the game winning goal to cap a dramatic comeback for the Hawks. The win marked the Hawks’ ninth straight victory and fourth straight appearance in a final.

“The character that this team showed today was unbelievable. Credit Cal for a great game today; it was a tremendous hockey game,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “I am so proud of our team and how they responded at every turn, dug deep and never stopped for a full 60-minutes. We will enjoy this win, but we will have to quickly refocus for Stanford on Sunday.”

Freshman forward Yasmin Pratt put Monmouth on the board early with two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Kate O’Hogan recorded three saves. Van Lange’s game winning goal was her 18th goal of the season and her fourth game winner.

Playing in the championship game on Sunday, Monmouth field hockey lost in stunning fashion, 2-1.  The Stanford Cardinals earned a spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament with the win.

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Women's Soccer Soars to NCAA Tournament

WSOC 11.13.19Women’s soccer secured their fourth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship with two home victories against sixth seeded Niagara on Thursday and second seeded Fairfield on Sunday at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

In the first matchup, the first goal of the game came late in the first half from sophomore defender Jesi Rossman. After fifth year forward Madie Gibson’s corner kick was deflected by freshman midfielder Maddison Perna, Rossman was able to put the ball in the net.

Just a minute into the second half, junior defender Sarina Jones scored the second goal of the game off a penalty kick. This is Jones’ second career goal. This put the Hawks up 2-0 on the Purple Eagles.

In the 80th minute of play, sophomore forward Lauren Karabin was able to head the ball into the net off senior midfielder Jess Johnson’s free kick.

Senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub had four saves on the night.

This win sealed the deal for the Hawks’ to move onto the MAAC Championship game on Sunday.

“In the first half it took us time to settle into the game. The second half I thought we played very well and created some terrific chances,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “To score off of three restarts is a great way to advance to the championship game.”

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Upcoming Games 11-6-19

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Men's Soccer vs Iona
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Women's Soccer vs #6 Niagara
West Long Branch, NJ 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8

Field Hockey vs TBA
West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 a.m.

Women's Bowling
MEAC #1
Baltimore, MD TBA

M/W Swim at Iona
New Rochelle, NY 4:00 p.m.

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Cross Country Places 4th in MAAC

XC 11.06.19Men’s and Women’s cross country both took home fourth overall finishes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships on Saturday afternoon in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Championship season is in full swing for the Hawks as they raced in the MAAC Championship for their first championship race of the fall. The women’s 6k was led by freshman Sammi Ragenklint who finished the race seventh overall with a time of 22:12:01. This was also good for first among all the freshman racers and she was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Rookie for her performance.

“Sammi’s performance was outstanding. She competed like an elite veteran and she’s only a freshman,” said Head Coach Mike Nelson.

Finishing second for the Hawks in the women’s race was freshman Jenny Tavares. While having the Hawks second best time, she finished 29th overall running a 23:20:46. The freshman was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team for finishing fifth among all freshmen in the race.

Rounding out the top five for the blue and white were juniors Alyssa Repsher, Melanie Pfennig and Natalie Tavares. The women earned 128 points which was good enough for fourth place. The Hawks finished behind Siena who scored 81 points, Marist who scored 53 points and Iona who finished in first place for their fourth straight year.

The men also left the MAAC championship in fourth place. The highest finish for the Hawks was senior Ryan Rafferty who finished with a time of 26:33:64 which was good for 21st overall in the men’s 8k. Rounding out the top five for the Men were sophomores Carrington Retzios, John Spinelli and senior Dan Maida.

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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