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Women's Basketball Breaks Losing Streak

WBB 02.12.20Women’s basketball split at home this past week with a 45-52 loss to Quinnipiac Thursday morning and a 59-57 victory over Saint Peter’s Saturday afternoon.

With over 2,500 fans in attendance, mostly made up of local elementary and middle school students because of Monmouth University’s annual “Kids Day”, the Hawks’ struggled to get a win over the Bobcats in Thursday’s contest.

Quinnipiac started strong with an 8-0 lead over Monmouth, making their first four shots. To end the first quarter, they went on a 6-0 run and forced 11 Monmouth turnovers as they went into the second quarter with a 14-4 lead.

With a layup from senior forward Alexa Middleton and two successful free throws from sophomore forward Lucy Thomas, the Hawks’ cut the deficit to ten in the second half. Quinnipiac answered quickly, scoring twice in the last minute of the quarter and took a 31-17 lead going into halftime.

Monmouth came out into the third quarter focused, scoring the first five points and outscoring the Bobcats 14-10 for the quarter. This run cut the deficit to ten going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Hawks trailed by as little as seven points and refused to allow a Quinnipiac point for the first 5:00. Thomas had a successful three-pointer with 3:42 remaining, which cut Quinnipiac’s lead to 43-37.

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Men's Lacrosse Shines in Season Opener

MLAX 02.12.20The men’s lacrosse team started their 2020 season with an 11-8 win against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Highlanders at Kessler Stadium on Saturday.

Monmouth got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes. The lead was 5-2 at halftime, before the Hawks scored four more goals in the third quarter to extend their lead to 9-3 going into the last quarter.

Monmouth continued to score in the fourth, with two more goals. NJIT added the final goals of the game, which resulted in the final score of 11-8.

The Hawks had a balanced attack with four different players finding the net. Redshirt sophomore Cade Stratton, junior Brock Anderson, sophomore Mike McIntyre, and junior David Cormack each scored two goals.

Junior captain Chris Hervada was pleased to see multiple Hawks contribute. “We don’t like to play selfish lacrosse,” said Hervada. “So it is really important to have different guys step up when their number is called.”

Junior goalkeeper Noah Lode recorded 12 saves on the afternoon, which allowed the Hawks to maintain a sizable lead through the game.

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Upcoming Games 02-05-20

Thursday, Feb. 6

WBB vs Quinnipiac
West Long Branch, NJ 11:30 a.m.

Men's and Women's Track
Millrose Games
New York, New York 2:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Men's and Women's Track
UAlbany Winter Classic
Staten Island, New York 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Men's Lacrosse vs NJIT
West Long Branch, NJ 11:00 a.m.

WBB vs Saint Peter's
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs Bucknell
West Long Branch, NJ 4:00 p.m.

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Women's B-Ball Caves in Conference

WBB 02.05.2020Women’s Basketball failed to get the win with a 25-48 loss against Rider in Saturday afternoon’s contest at Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Monmouth won the tip-off and scored the first basket of the game. From here, Rider took over and went on a 7-0 run.

In the first quarter of Saturday’s matchup, the Hawks’ shot 4-of-17 or 23.53 percent, while Rider shot 5-of-17 or 29.41 percent. By the end of the quarter, Rider led by a score of 12-10.

Monmouth shot 1-16 from the field in the second quarter, although they still held onto their tough defense. At halftime, Monmouth trailed 23-14.

In the first half, Senior guard Akilah Jennings led the Hawks’ in scoring with six points. Senior forward Alexa Middleton led the first half in rebounds with five for Monmouth.

With 7:38 on the clock in the third quarter, Monmouth was forced to call a timeout following a 6-0 Broncs run. Rider went on another 6-0 run to close out the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter, Monmouth was behind 40-19.

In the fourth, the Hawks were outshot 8-6, which concluded in the loss.

“I thought we actually generated some pretty quality shots. We had a number of missed layups and free throws today,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “It’s unfortunate that for whatever reason, we’re just not finishing the play.”

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Men's Basketball Bounces Back Strong

MBB 02.05.2020Men’s basketball split their games this past week losing a tight battle on the road to Saint Peter’s Wednesday before continuing their undefeated season at the OceanFirst Bank Center Sunday afternoon against Rider.

Wednesday’s defeat was a tough one to swallow for the Hawks who had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds with a three pointer that fell just short losing by a score of 63-66. MU trailed by seven points with less than a minute to play in what appeared to be a lost cause until a three-point play from junior guard Deion Hammond brought them within one.

The Hawks’ defensive effort led them to a game-tying opportunity after forcing a turnover that set up a three-pointer from junior guard George Papas that just missed.

“We got it back together in the second half, we had a chance and a good shot at the end by one of the best shooters in the league and it just didn’t go down,” said Head Coach King Rice. “We’ve been playing high level ball for about a month now and we just got caught tonight.”

Despite the loss Hammond continued to lead all scorers with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. Junior guard Ray Salnave also contributed 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-of-3 from three-point range.

The last Monmouth scorer in double figures was sophomore guard Samuel Chaput who recorded five field goals on the night for 12 points. This was his third time this season in double figures and fourth for his career.

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Track & Field Breezes Through Ocean Breeze

T&F 02.05.2020The Monmouth University Men’s and Women’s track & field teams both competed at the Villanova Invitational, which was hosted at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, New York this past weekend [Feb. 1].

It was a successful weekend for both teams, most notably for the weight throwers. Junior Montel Johnson and senior Daniel Gilligan of the men’s team finished in the top two spots in weight throwing for the entire meet, with Johnson throwing 17.80m and Gilligan throwing 17.05m. Junior Chibuzo Amonu had an astonishing 17.07m toss for the women’s team, which was plenty to secure a decisive win in the weight throw.

Monmouth also had impressive finishes in the men’s and women’s shot put events. For the men’s team, fifth-year senior Andrew Tummino was able to secure second place with a toss of 17.02m. Jordan Wildermuth of the women’s team threw 13.17m, which was enough to snag fourth place.

Aside from the various victories in the field portion, Monmouth’s runners also saw much success at the invitational. In the men’s 200-meters, Monmouth had two members place in the top five. Senior Ibrahim Massey came in third with a time of 22.37 and was trailed closely by freshman Michael Cannon Jr., who finished with a time of 22.45 in fourth place.

The men had another close finish in the long jump. Sophomores DJ Jackson and Romaine Rhoden both had impressive jumps, finishing in second and third, respectively, with marks of 7.10m and 6.93m. Fellow sophomore teammate Mohamed Diagourga also had a great finish with a jump of 14.19m in the triple jump, which secured a fourth place finish.

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Men's Tennis Serves Opening Double Bagel

MT 02.05.2020The Monmouth University men’s tennis team kicked off the spring season with two victories at the Little Silver Tennis Club. They defeated both La Salle University and Wagner College by a score of 4-0 on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The men’s tennis team was selected number one in a preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) league poll, receiving 49 votes. They were able to start the season off with two impressive sweeps, or bagels as referred to in tennis terms. 

Highlighting the action against La Salle for Monmouth was senior Max Benaim. Benaim earned a singles win in straight sets. The first set against La Salle came against Nassim Fenjiro and Benaim won both sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

Benaim has racked up many honors in his tennis career at Monmouth so far. He was named to the All-MAAC First Team at singles and doubles. He placed No. 3 in singles and No. 2 in doubles.

Senior Sergio Martinez was another standout for the Hawks and is also an All-MAAC first teamer in both singles and doubles. Martinez defeated Brandon Caban of La Salle in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Benaim and Martinez also won a doubles match against Caban and Fenjiro of La Salle by a score of 6-2. They have proven to be a strong doubles duo, compiling an impressive record of 18-4 last season.

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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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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
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