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Sports

Men's and Women's Cross-Country Win Home Meet

Cross Country 09.26.18Both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams came away with victories at the 2nd Annual Henry Mercer Monmouth Invitational on Saturday morning at Holmdel Park, a meet that both teams have won on numerous occasions in their history.

The men began the morning by dominating a five-mile run. Leading the way were seniors Ryan Mitchell and Kyle Mueller, who finished first and second respectively. A half of a second was all that separated the two as Mitchell finished with a time of 27:02.80 and Mueller with a time of 27:03.10. The victory for Mitchell was the first of his collegiate career.

Sophomore Tim Euler came in third place overall and freshman Louis DiLaurenzio finished behind him to round out not only what was the Hawks’ top four racers, but the top four participants in the meet.

Historically, the men have dominated this home invitational. It was their 14th victory all-time at Saturday’s meet and fifth in the last six years.

 The course features a hilly terrain designed to challenge participants. Head Coach Joe Compagni was pleased with the way his runners handled the level of precision that the course calls for. “The men did a nice job of running under control and being decisive today,” he said.

Following the men’s five-mile run was the women’s 5K. The Blue and White were led by graduate student Christiana Rutkowski, who won her third 5K of the season on Saturday. She finished with a time of 19:04.87.

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Last-Minute Goal Adds to Field Hockey's Home Streak

F Hockey 09.26.18Field Hockey continued to roll this weekend at home, handing future America East Conference foe Vermont a 3-1 loss and staging a second half comeback on Sunday to beat Bucknell, 3-2.

“I thought we had some real moments of great hockey,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “What we are really hoping to do is string those moments together.”

Twenty-seven minutes of scoreless field hockey was interrupted on Friday when senior forward Kelly Hanna intercepted a pass over the middle and hit senior forward Georgia Garden Bachop with a perfectly placed pass. Bachop timed the pass up and buried the ball into the net to put the Hawks up one. Monmouth would carry that 1-0 advantage into the half. 

Hanna scored the second goal of the game in the 40th minute when freshman defender Lotte Boom turned a defensive play into an offensive chance. Boom came away with the ball after a defensive tackle and made a pinpoint pass to Hanna at the top of the circle. Hanna did not waste the opportunity and put the Hawks up two.

Vermont made it interesting by finding twine in the 49th minute to bring themselves within one. Bachop quickly added an insurance goal a minute later off of an assist from senior forward Elyssa Okken. The Hawks tightened up the defense from there and walked off with a 3-1 win.

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Upcoming Games 09-19-18

Friday, Sept. 21

WTEN at Rider
Lawrenceville, NJ 3:00 p.m.

FH vs Vermont
So Sweet a Cat Field
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

MXC at 24th Annual Henry
Mercer Monmouth Invitational
Holmdel, NJ 9:45 a.m.

WXC at 24th Annual Henry
Mercer Monmouth Invitational
Holmdel, NJ 10:30 a.m.

WTEN vs St. Francis Brooklyn
Outdoor Tennis Complex
West Long Branch, NJ 12:00 p.m.

FB at Princeton
Powers Field at Princeton Stadium
Princeton, NJ 4:30 p.m.

WSOC vs Saint Peter’s
Hesse Field on The Great Lawn
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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Women's Soccer Falls to Rider in Conference Opener

W Soccer 09.19.18Women’s soccer played their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game of the season away to Rider on Sunday at Ben Cohen Field where they were defeated by a goal to nil.

“Tonight’s game was a typical conference matchup,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “We created some chances, but Rider finished and we were unable to convert.”

The only goal scored in the game was the result of a corner kick in the 11th minute that was sent into the box by Rider junior midfielder Valeria Pascuet. The cross found senior defender Meghan McCabe at the far left post, who rose above her marker to head the ball back across goal. Freshman defender Niamh Cashin was there for the tap-in to give the Broncs the early advantage. The goal was the first of Cashin’s career.

The Hawks outshot the Broncs 17-8 during the game, including an 8-5 shots on goal advantage.

Freshman defender Jesi Rossman and junior midfielder Lexie Palladino both led the team with five shots each as they searched for a reply to Rider’s early goal. Two out of the five shots on target were executed by Rossman, while the other three came from Palladino. Monmouth also won eight corner kicks compared to Rider’s two.

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Football Hangs on to Beat Lafayette

Football 09.19.18After the defense gave up zero points in the second half, football came back to defeat the Lafayette Leopards 24-20.

“The defense did a good job in the second half, we knew we had a good plan in place and we needed just to execute it,” Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “I have to give credit to the defense for what they were able to do in the second half.”

After going into the half down 20-15, the Hawks score retook the lead on the last play of the third quarter. Sophomore running back Pete Guerriero scored on a 43 yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-20. MU’s two point conversion after the touchdown was unsuccessful. Junior kicker Matt Mosquera added a 27 yard field goal midway through the second to make it the eventual score of 24-20.

In the first quarter, the Hawks and Leopards traded touchdowns, first was a junior quarterback Kenji Bahar to Guerriero 12-yard touchdown pass. The point after was unsuccessful after a botched snap. On the impending kickoff, Lafayette returned it 95 yards for the score to make it 7-6 Leopards.

The Leopards expanded their lead late in the first, scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass. The point after was blocked by junior defensive lineman Adam Kakar, leaving the score at 13-6.

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Men's Soccer Edged by Columbia, 1-0

M Soccer 09.19.18Men’s soccer was defeated by Columbia on Friday night at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn after they were unable to reply to an early goal, dropping their record on the season down to 1-4-1.

“I thought, to be fair, we were a little bit flat tonight,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt. “We’ve got so many new guys in the group that I feel like right now they’re a little bit concerned about playing not to lose instead of playing to win, and that’s the difference in the mentality of a winning group.”

Freshman goalkeeper Sean Murray was tested early on with a shot from close range, but he was able to make his first of four saves to keep it out.

Columbia scored the match’s lone goal just past the ten-minute mark. Senior forward Dylan Mott received a pass with his back to goal, turned on the defender, and fired past Murray to put the visitors in front.

The Ivy-Leaguers continued to put on the pressure as they searched for a second goal. Senior forward Kynan Rocks had a shot blocked in the box and then sophomore midfielder Avi Eller hit the crossbar from point-blank range.

With less than five minutes to go in the first half, Monmouth came inches away from equalizing. Sophomore midfielder Chris Scheuerman launched a curling effort from outside of the box with his right foot that looked like it was going to fly into the top right corner. The shot was tipped over the bar by senior goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira in what was his only save of the match.

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Field Hockey Ends Losing Streak with Home Win

F Hockey 09.19.18Field Hockey responded to a Friday afternoon loss at No. 5 Princeton with a convincing 3-1 triumph over Villanova at So Sweet a Cat Field on Sunday, bumping their record up to 3-5 on the season.

After taking Big Ten teams Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan to double overtime and overtime the previous weekend, the Hawks travelled to Princeton on Friday. The match was their third time facing a nationally-ranked opponent this season including Aug. 24’s loss to No. 18 Saint Joseph’s.

Taking on its second-straight top ten ranked opponent, Monmouth played as well as could be expected. Princeton jumped to an early 2-0 lead due to two penalty corners in the opening half while simultaneously shutting down all of the Hawks attempts to score.

The Tigers carried that momentum into the second half by quickly adding a third goal. Freshman forward Natalie McNamara got the Hawks on the board in the 45th minute off of an assist from sophomore midfielder Ireen Frenken. Princeton scored their final goal twenty minutes later and walked away with a 4-1 victory.

A bright spot in the day for Monmouth was their improved play in the second half. After getting outshot 11-2 in the first, the Hawks closed the gap to 9-6 in the second.

“There were some moments of great hockey today against a very talented Princeton team,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “We need to look to hold possession and be consistent in our approach to each game. We look forward to being back home beginning Sunday.”

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Upcoming Dates 09-12-18

Friday, Sept. 14

MXC at Iona
Meet of Champions
Bronx, NY 10:00 a.m.

WXC at Iona
Meet of Champions
Bronx, NY 10:45 a.m.

WTEN at Navy
Bill & Sandra Moore
Invitational
Annapolis, MD 11:00 a.m.

FH at Princeton
Princeton, NJ 4:00 p.m.

MSOC vs. Columbia
Hesse Field on The Great Lawn
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15

WTEN at Navy
Bill & Sandra Moore
Invitational
Annapolis, MD 9:00 a.m.

FB at Lafayette
Fisher Stadium
Easton, PA 6:00 p.m.

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Field Hockey Defeated Twice in Michigan Road Trip

Field Hockey 09.12.18Field Hockey was on the road this weekend where they took both Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan into overtime but failed to bring home a win, losing 2-1 in both matches and slipping to 2-4 on the season.

“It is always great to be able to compete against a Big Ten opponent and get tested early in the season,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio.

Monmouth gave Michigan State all they could handle on Friday before ultimately losing in the fifth round of a shootout, 2-1. The Hawks took the lead after a scoreless first half when senior forward Georgia Garden Bachop buried a nifty backward shot right in front of the net in the 39th minute. Monmouth came within three minutes of a victory and shut out, but the Spartans tied it to force overtime. 

A scoreless overtime lead to a shootout where sophomore midfielder Ireen Frenken converted her try and was matched by Michigan State. Monmouth’s second attempt went to freshman forward Annick Van Lange who was stopped while the Spartans converted theirs to take the 1-0 lead. Bachop was tasked with the third attempt and came through while the hosts failed to convert, leaving the game was tied once again. 

The fourth try was given to junior forward Josephine van der Hoop whose shot found the post. Michigan State’s attempt was successful to regain the lead. Frenken was able to convert the fifth attempt after senior forward Kelly Hanna was tripped and the team was awarded another chance. The Spartans scored on their final attempt and walked away with the win.

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Men's Soccer Grabs First Win with Late Goal

M Soccer 09.12.18Men’s soccer gained its first win of the season away to Princeton on Saturday night on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium thanks to a late goal from senior defender and Captain Zachary Pereira.

“It felt good to get a win against a very good team in Princeton, especially at their facility where it’s hard to get a win,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt. “Our guys showed a lot of character, and we were up against it for a lot of the game.”

Princeton were prevented from having an opportunity to take the lead early on when the referee’s initial call for a penalty kick was revoked and changed to a corner kick.

Much of the game was played in Monmouth’s half as the hosts dominated possession and probed for an opening goal. Princeton came close to finding that goal just before halftime when senior defender Sean McSherry found his way past three defenders after a turnover, but his effort was saved.

Monmouth freshman goalkeeper Sean Murray made seven saves to keep his team in the game. The stopper was awarded both Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Week as well as Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts.

In the 57th minute, Princeton were once again denied a goal-scoring opportunity by the officials. Freshman midfielder Moulay Hamza Kanzi Belghiti put the ball into the back of the net after connecting with a cross into the box, but the referee blew for a high leg and disallowed the goal due to dangerous play.

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Women's Soccer Comes From Behind to Beat Rutgers

W Soccer 09.12.18Women’s soccer came from behind on the road to defeat in-state rival Rutgers, 2-1, on Friday and played American University to a scoreless draw after 120 minutes at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn on Sunday.

“This was a great victory on the road against a quality opponent, I am super proud of the effort we gave tonight,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner.

Rutgers opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match through sophomore forward Amirah Ali. The attacker beat two defenders as she cut in on her right foot across the top of the box before firing a shot. Junior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub dove to her right to make the save, but the ball deflected off of her palm and into the back of the net.

Monmouth senior forward Alli DeLuca responded quickly with her third goal of the season on a blocked shot. DeLuca currently leads the team with seven points on the season.

No sooner did junior midfielder Lexie Palladino give the Blue and White the 2-1 advantage that they would end up holding onto with her goal from 18 yards out. The 30th minute goal was the second of Palladino’s season and also her second game-winning goal of her career.

Knaub finished off Friday’s game strong, saving five shots in the second half to preserve the victory. The milestone win was the first against Rutgers since Aug.  2010 for the Hawks.

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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