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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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Women's Basketball Falls in Nail-Biter at Home

W Basketball 02.21.19Women’s Basketball was upset by Iona after a layup with 2.2 seconds left in the game edged the Hawks, 52-51, on Friday night at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Junior forward Alexa Middleton led Monmouth with 16 points and ten rebounds, while junior guard Sierra Green scored eight points and hit two three-point shots.

The Hawks opened with the first two points of the night, but the Gaels responded with seven to make the score 7-2 at the first media timeout. After Monmouth knocked down a free throw, Iona responded with a three to make the score 10-3 with 4:03 remaining, which would be their largest lead of the quarter. Monmouth made four of their last five shots to close the frame, as Iona took a 16-13 lead into the second quarter.

The Gaels’ offense slowed in the second quarter, and the Hawks took advantage, outscoring them 13-12 to cut the deficit to two at half, 28-26.

Iona came out of halftime hot, scoring seven of the first nine points to take a 35-28 lead. Monmouth then went on its biggest run of the game, scoring the next 12 points, including seven from Middleton, to take a 40-35 lead. The extended run to end the quarter was 18-7 in favor of Monmouth, as they led 46-42 after three.

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Track and Field Wins MAAC Championships

Track Field 02.21.19Both the men’s and women’s Track and Field teams were crowned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions this past weekend at the New York Armory. Women’s Track and Field has now won the conference for the sixth year in a row and the men’s team captured their fifth MAAC championship in six years.

The women’s team finished the meet with a total of 187.5 points, with Rider University (133 points), Manhattan College (117.5 points) and Quinnipiac University (105.5) following behind them in second, third and fourth place.

Senior Patrice Baston won the title of Field Event Athlete of the Meet after she came in first in the long jump event and second in the triple jump.

Baston won the long jump with a mark of 5.81 meters, and came right behind junior Mariah Hubbard (12.13m) in the triple jump with a mark of 11.78 meters.

“My performance this weekend was for my team… overall it is extremely humbling,” said Baston. “It just goes to show how much hard work really pays off in the end and when it matters.”

For the shot put event, senior Allison Taub (14.26m), freshman Catherine Light (13.47m), and sophomore Chibuzo Amonu (13.30m) finished 2-3-4 behind Manhattan sophomore Lasma Padedze (14.33m).

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Upcoming Games 02-13-19

Wednesday, Feb. 13

M/W Swimming
MAAC Championships
Buffalo, NY 8:00 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 15

Softball vs Ball State
EMU Madeira Beach Invitational
Madeira Beach, FL 2:00 p.m.

Basketball vs Penn State
Cary, NC 2:00 p.m.

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

Men's Basketball at Rider
Alumni Gymnasium
Lawrenceville, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Bowling Competes in Sunshine State Classic

Bowling 02.13.19Women’s Bowling finished with a record of 5-8 at the Sunshine State Classic, hosted by Stephen F. Austin and Sacred Heart which stretched across three days this past weekend at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, FL.

“This weekend we had a few good wins and our physical games are improving,” said Director of Bowling Karen Grygiel.  “We need to continue to work on our execution in pressure situations as well as our spare shooting.”

Monmouth placed 11th out of 14 at the event, highlighted by two victories over ranked opposition. They now have seven wins against top-ten teams this season.

The Hawks themselves became ranked at No. 22 a week ago in February’s National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Poll. Monmouth is now one of five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams to be ranked in the top 25.

The Hawks went 2-3 in baker format, with victories over No. 18 Maryville and Bethune-Cookman. Monmouth’s highest pin total in baker format came against the latter, racking up 998 pins.

Monmouth slipped to 1-4 in traditional play, with the lone victory being the most significant of the weekend as they edged No. 2 Vanderbilt by a single pin, 997-996.

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Men's Basketball Moves into First Place in the MAAC

M Basketball 02.13.19Men’s Basketball kept rolling on the road this week with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) victories at Saint Peter’s and Fairfield thanks to stellar defensive efforts. The Hawks have now swept the season series of MAAC teams Saint Peter’s, Fairfield, and Siena.

Thursday night’s matchup with the Peacocks was a defensive battle on both sides as the Hawks squeaked out one of the lowest scoring games of the season, a tight 53-51 nail-biter that came down to the final possession.

Saint Peter’s had an opportunity to win the game with a last-second three pointer that bounced off the iron to help secure Monmouth’s eighth conference victory and improve their MAAC record to 8-4.

“This is a credit to these kids,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We’re sitting right now in this league where we are and that’s a credit to them. They keep working, they always keep working and that’s what’s making it fun to coach them. There’s not a quitter in this group. Sometimes we don’t have our best nights and we keep fighting.”

It was the sophomore guard Marcus McClary who led the Blue and White in scoring in the quiet affair with a career-high of 13 points on five of six shooting from the field with four rebounds.

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Women's Basketball Clutches Overtime Victory

W Basketball 02.13.19Behind key free throws in the final moments of both regulation and overtime, Women’s Basketball won their fifth conference game of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Siena 56-54 in Loudonville, NY.

Senior guard McKinzee Barker led the Hawks with 14 points, including three three-point shots. She was the only Monmouth player to reach double-figures.

Senior center Erica Balman added nine points and four rebounds off of the bench after missing the previous two contests. Junior forward Alexa Middleton scored eight points, corralled eight rebounds, and had three blocks and three steals.

Monmouth began the game by scoring its first eight points, and after Siena hit their first shot of the game, the Hawks scored five-straight. Siena called a timeout, down 13-2 out of the gate. Monmouth continued its hot start, outscoring the Saints 9-4 the rest of the frame to take a 22-8 lead after ten minutes.

Barker’s shot with 8:26 remaining in the half put her in double figures and gave Monmouth a 24-8 lead. Siena rattled off ten-straight points to cut the deficit to six. The Hawks were able to stave off most of the Siena run, which ended at 15-5, as Monmouth took a 29-23 lead into the break.

The Hawks came out of the halftime break hot, going up by 11 points early in the third quarter, but another Siena run cut the lead to 38-34. The Saints hit a three late to bring them within one possession after thirty minutes, as Monmouth led 39-37.

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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