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Women's Soccer Undefeated in MAAC

WSOC 11.06.19Women’s soccer defeated Fairfield University 2-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 30 under the lights at Hesse Field. The win allows Monmouth to finish the season undefeated, with a perfect 10-0 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Monmouth’s overall record for the regular season was 12-2-2.

Monmouth is the first MAAC team to finish the regular season with a perfect record. This is the third time the Hawks have posted an undefeated season while the other two were in 2013 and 2016.

In the 22nd minute of the game, Monmouth took a 1-0 lead over Fairfield. The Hawks scored off a corner kick. Freshman midfield Maddison Perna scored a goal on a header on a pass from senior midfield Jess Johnson. The goal was enough to earn Perna MAAC Rookie of the Week honors for the first time in her career. The senior Hawks were honored before the game on the Great Lawn as they capped off an undefeated season.

“This was a terrific send off for an amazing group of seniors, said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “They continued to build upon our culture of excellence and took it even further. They are wonderful ambassadors of our program in all facets of life.”

In the final minute of the contest, fifth year forward Madie Gibson scored the second goal of the game for the Hawks to seal the victory. That was Gibson’s sixth goal of the season and 33rd of her career. Her goal came off an assist from senior midfield Lexie Palladino, who leads the Hawks with 19 points. She now has an impressive 51 points in her career as a Hawk.

Gibson also achieved a milestone on Senior Night. She moved passed Meg Eberhardt for sole possession of fifth place in points scored as a Hawk. Eberhardt played for Monmouth from 1985 to 1987. Gibson now has 97 points scored, which also ranks ninth in MAAC women’s soccer history.

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Ranked Field Hockey to Host AE Tournament

FH 11.06.19Field Hockey closed out their regular season play after defeating the University of Vermont with a 4-0 shutout on Friday afternoon in Burlington, Vermont at Moulton Winder Field. The victory moved the Hawks’ up to the No. 20 spot in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

The win extends the Hawks’ hot streak to eight in a row, securing them the America East’s East Division Regular Season Championship. The winning streak is the team’s longest since the 2016 season. The team maintained a perfect 5-0 record in the division this season. This marks the third time Monmouth has been undefeated in conference play in program history.

The Lady Hawks were off to a strong start with the first goal coming in the 12th minute. That goal came from sophomore forward Annick van Lange. This is the third consecutive game where the forward has scored. The second goal of the game came just two minutes later from graduate student midfielder Stefanie Bigler. This is Bigler’s fourth goal of the season, totaling five goals for her career. The goal was assisted by junior midfielder Meg de Lange. This is her second assist for the season.

The Hawks’ held Vermont to a 2-0 lead, going into the second quarter.

Just ten minutes into the second quarter, van Lange scored her second goal of the game. The third goal of the game for Monmouth was assisted by junior midfielder Ireen Frenken.

In the last minute of the second quarter, van Lange scored again. This marked three goals for van Lange in just the second quarter of play. This was van Lange’s second hat trick of the season and third for her career. The performance earned her the final America East offensive player of the week for the season. This was the sixth game where she scored more than one goal this season. She totals 36 points for the season, which is credited to her 17 goals and two assists. Van Lange’s goal was assisted by freshman forward Yasmin Pratt. This assist brought Pratt to seven assists for the season and 25 points for the year.

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Football Ranked Highest in Program History

FB 11.06.19Football was rewarded their highest national ranking in program history at No. 19 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) following Saturday’s 45-21 dominance over fourth ranked Kennesaw State to gain full control of the Big South. The victory handed the Owls their worst home loss in program history while snapping a 17-game home winning streak.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenji Bahar received his second Big South conference player of the week honor on the season as the man behind center threw for 332 yards while rushing for a career-high 95 and adding on two scores for the blue and white. Bahar completed 20 of his 27 passes on the day and now finds himself just two passing touchdowns shy of possessing the program record.

“Obviously it’s a great win. We’ve been going at it for five years with them and its good as a fifth-year senior to get a win against the defending conference champions,” said Bahar. “It was a simple game plan; we executed the run to open up the pass. They had a lot of people in the box, so we beat them over the top a couple of times. We were clicking on all cylinders today.”

After trailing at the end of the first quarter 3-7, Bahar took over the game leading the Hawks to 42 unanswered points and an insurmountable 517 total yards of offense. The first touchdown came on the first drive of the second quarter as the Hawks capitalized on several completions to junior wide receivers Zach Tredway and Terrance Greene, Jr., to set them up with phenomenal field possession.

Fifth year running back Devell Jones punched in the first of his two scores in the quarter from two yards out to give Monmouth the 10-7 lead they never looked back on. This drive gave MU the momentum they were looking for sparking an electric 28-point second quarter that saw the Hawks find the endzone on four separate occasions.

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Upcoming Games 10-30-18

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Women's Soccer vs Fairfield
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Marist
Poughkeepsie, NY 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1

Men's Tennis vs TBA
Army Invite
West Point, NY TBA

Field Hockey at Vermont
Burlington, VT 3:00 p.m.

M/W Swim vs Mount St. Mary's
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

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Swimming Splits MAAC Opener

MSWIM 10.30.19The Monmouth University men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play against Fairfield University this Saturday, Oct. 26 at Leslie C. Quick RecPlex Pool. The men’s team pulled through with a close 154.5 – 133.5 victory, while the women’s team fell to Fairfield 105 – 189.

The meet took place in a meter pool, which is longer than the 25-yard pool Monmouth teams typically compete in during their season.

For the men, sophomore Callan Smith really showed up. Smith won three individual events: the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and 400m free stroke. These three first-place victories were Smith’s first of the 2019 season, and he now has 34 individual career wins.

Junior Trevor Askew came out victorious in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. This was Askew’s third and fourth first-place accomplishments of this season, and he now has ten in his career.

Freshmen Blake Reynolds and Thomas From both won events. Reynolds won the 50m free stroke with a time of 23.80 as well as the 100m fly with a time of 57.26. These were his third and fourth wins of the season. From earned his first two career wins by completing the 100m free stroke in 53.61 and the 200m free stroke in 1:59.45.

Reynolds, From, Smith and freshman Ben Yeung used a collaborative effort to come in first place for the men’s 400m free relay, finishing with a time of 3:34.68.

This victory for the men is their second-consecutive head-to-head win over the Fairfield University Stags.

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Field Hockey to Host League Tournament

FH 10.30.19Field hockey won both of their games on the road this week against conference opponent UMass Lowell 3-1 on Friday and Holy Cross, 2-1 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to seven games.

The 21st ranked Hawks came out of the gate hot scoring two goals in the first quarter to get them out to an early 2-0 lead. Freshman forward Yasmin Pratt scored the first goal of the game in just the 4th minute assisted by freshman midfielder Aylin Aufenacker.

By the 9th minute, sophomore forward Annick van Lange scored for the second consecutive game, increasing her point total to 30 for the year. Assisting on the play was junior midfielder Ireen Frenken. After a scoreless second quarter Monmouth went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.

Entering the second half, UMass Lowell showed some life as they scored in the 38th minute cutting the lead in half.

In the final 15 minutes UMass Lowell put some pressure on the Hawks defense but Monmouth prevailed. They were able to get off three shots as well as earning a pair of attacking corners late in the fourth quarter. Pratt was able to find the back of the cage with time expiring to send the Hawks home with a win to help improve their impressive winning streak.

“I am so proud of the girls to be able to get to this point,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “The progression throughout the year and to be in this position is a result of hard work from every single person on this team. I am so honored to be their coach and so excited to be hosting the America East Championship in our first year in the league.”

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Football Receives Votes for National Ranking

FB 10.30.19Hawks football improved their record to 6-2 and remained undefeated in conference play beating Charleston Southern on the road 35-13 behind a career-best day from junior running back Pete Guerriero who earned Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Guerriero ran the ball 22 times in the game for a career-high 221 yards and a touchdown which came late in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on a road domination for the blue and white. This is the fourth most rushing yards a running back has ever recorded in a single game in Monmouth history.

Senior quarterback Kenji Bahar also led the winning efforts throwing for 194 yards and three touchdowns in route to becoming the program’s all-time leading passer with 8,000 total.

“Kenji’s just a great performer for us,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “This is his third and a half year as a starter and you can see his growth and maturation each and every year. There is no question he’s the leader of our offensive unit and he runs the show out on the field.”

Bahar got the offense going again in this one as he typically does, putting the first MU points on the board early in the first quarter with a 36-yard touchdown on just his second completion of the day to junior wide receiver Terrance Greene Jr.

The matchup tightened up from here for most of the first half as Charleston Southern responded with two field goals in the ensuing drives to shorten the margin to a lone point, 7-6. Right before half the Hawks capitalized on back-to-back completions to junior standout wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV to set up a 13-yard touchdown pass to fifth year tight end Shawn Clark making the score 14-6.

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Women's Soccer Clinches the MAAC

WSOC 10.30.19Women’s soccer secured their seventh straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title after defeating Rider with a 4-0 shutout on Saturday afternoon at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn.

This win marks the longest streak of regular season titles in MAAC history. The team is currently in the midst of an impressive ten game winning streak, where they have outscored their opponents 34-2. In the all-time series against Rider, Monmouth leads 13-4-3.

Saturday’s game was off to a thrilling start as junior defender Sarina Jones scored her first career goal, the eventual game-winner in the ninth minute. This goal followed a notable 30-yard run from the defender.

“Sarina was one of the top scorers in high school as a senior in the state of New Jersey,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “She has an attacking presence. She gets forward really well out of the back. That’s her first collegiate goal and to come today to help us secure the regular season title is huge.”

The second goal of the game came just 15 minutes later from senior midfielder Lexie Palladino. This goal is Palladino’s 19th career goal, which helped her reach 50 career points. She has eight goals for the season with 17 points, ranking highest for the Lady Hawks. The goal was assisted by fifth year forward Madie Gibson.

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Upcoming Games 10-23-19

Wednesday, Oct. 23

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

Friday, Oct. 25

Women's Bowling vs Caldwell
Caldwell Cougar Classic
Rockaway, NJ TBA

Men's Swimming vs Montclair State
South Orange, NJ 4:00 p.m.

Field Hockey at UMass Lowell
Lowell, MA 7:00 p.m.

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Women's Soccer Wins 9th Straight

WSOC 10.23.19The Monmouth University women’s soccer team absolutely dominated their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents this past week beating Iona on Wednesday and Niagara on Saturday by a combined 9-0 total.

On Wednesday the blue and white kicked off their week with a road win as fifth year forward Madie Gibson began the scoring with a 17th minute goal for her fifth of the season. This was the lone goal of the first half as the Hawks would prove to be much more efficient offensively after the intermission.

MU compiled four goals in the second half starting with senior midfielder Jess Johnson’s free kick 30 minutes out of the locker-room. Then senior forward Dana Scheriff found the back of the net seven minutes after to make it an insurmountable 3-0 advantage.

Sophomore forwards Alexis Marino and A’Liah Moore each added goals to the Monmouth cushion late in the second half resulting in the 5-0 final score.

“Our ability to stay focused and prepared on the road is clearly a strength of this group,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “It is exciting to see a variety of players score goals for us and another shutout is a credit to our defenders and goalkeeper Amanda Knaub.”

From here the Hawks jumped out to an early start and easily sailed to a 4-0 shutout over Niagara this past Saturday afternoon.

There’s been a pattern as Scheriff started out the scoring for the Hawks 13 minutes into the game, with the assist from sophomore forward Lauren Karabin. Scheriff used the skills off of her left foot to ultimately bury the ball in the back of the net. This goal was Scheriff’s fifth on the season and her 14th career goal.

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Field Hockey Goes 2-0, Clinching Postseason Berth

FH 10.23.19Field Hockey put together a strong week of play as they defeated Albany 1-0 in the second overtime on Friday then notched another win against Columbia at home on Sunday, defeating them 2-1 in a shootout.

With the Hawks win against Albany, it is the first time in program history they defeated a ranked opponent as Albany was ranked 22 at the time. Also, with this win, Monmouth clinched a spot in the American East Championship which will be held on Nov. 7 through Nov.9 and will be hosted by the highest seed in the tournament. This is the first time they will play in this tournament and the 15th time in program history the Hawks clinched a postseason berth.

In the conference matchup, it was all defense as the score was knotted up at zero throughout regular time. The game was even on the stat sheet during the first half as the Hawks held a slight edge in both shots, 6-5 and corners, 5-4

The game was still scoreless by the time the second half started. The Hawks began the second OT with a player-up advantage and capitalized on it quick. Just seconds into the second overtime freshman forward Yasmin Pratt sent a cross to her teammate senior midfielder Josephine van der Hoop who found the back of the cage to send the Hawks home with their first overtime win of the season.

“I am so, so proud of the girls. We have overcome a lot this season in the sense of learning from a lot of our mistakes early on in the year,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “This was our first overtime win of the season and I am so proud of the effort and the overall mindset going into this game. I would love to see us continue to climb.”

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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
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07764

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