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Softball Goes 1-3 Over Weekend, Falls to Eighth in NEC

softball-picThe softball team defeated Saint Joseph’s, split with Robert Morris, and was swept by Saint Francis (Pa.) last week and is now 11-11 on the season, 3-5 in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

The Hawks defeated Saint Joseph’s 3-2 last Wednesday thanks to a Chealsea Paprocki‘s double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tish Derer, Kayleena Flores and Alicia Desanto each had two hits for MU, accounting for six of the team’s nine hits.

Alissa Schoelkopf was the winning pitcher for the Blue and White, improving her record to 3-1. In two innings of work, she allowed one run while striking out four and walking two. Jordan Barnett pitched five innings, allowing one run with one strikeout. 

In the bottom of the sixth, the game was tied at two. Flores walked to start the inning. Kate Kuzma grounded out, moving Flores to second. That’s when Paprocki stepped up and put the Hawks ahead. She doubled to right-center, knocking in Flores and giving MU the 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish.

Monmouth traveled to Robert Morris for a double-header Saturday. RMU won the first game 5-2. The Hawks took the second game, 3-2.

Barnett took the loss for Monmouth in game one. In 2.1 innings, she allowed seven hits and four runs. Lauren Sulick pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and a run. She struck out three and walked four.

Christine Scherr and Vanessa Cardoza each had an RBI for the Blue and White. Each of them hit solo home runs.

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Women’s Golf Team Looks to Drive Home an NEC Title

wgolf-teamMost college sporting events are easily accessible to students because they are located right on the campus. This is unfortunately not the case for the women’s golf team. As they kicked off their season this past weekend, these dedicated girls were not there to play in front of their whole university. 

After speaking with different girls from the team, I was able to understand the incredible passion and devotion they all demonstrate for a sport they love to play. 

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, junior Kelsi Kavanagh has been playing golf since she was three-years-old. She has been practicing with him twice a week since she was four. Grateful to play at the division one level, she has spent most of her time at the University focused and dedicated to golf. With such a strong passion for the competitive aspect of college level golf, Kavanagh hopes to take a swing at professional golf after graduation.

Sophomore Michelle Rosenhouse has also been playing since she was three years old, following in the footsteps of her entire family. “It’s a family sport that we all have played together for years,” explained Rosenhouse. She described golf as something that her and her brother have been able to bond over. If not playing golf after college, Rosenhouse hopes to one day broadcast for golf tournaments. 

After spending hours working out in the gym and practicing on the course, the team looks and feels ready to play. As a team, their main goal is to aim high. “This year I think our team can finish in the top three at conference championships in Florida,” stated Kavanagh. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Sacred Heart, but Falls to Quinnipiac

default article imageFreshman Allison Stathius scored twice in the final 13:45 to play, including the game-winning goal as the Hawks topped Sacred Heart (3-6, 2-1) in women’s lacrosse on Friday afternoon by a score of 9-7.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pioneers, dating back to the 2008 Northeast Conference semifinals. Stathius, who entered into the game with just one career-goal scored with 13:45 to give the Hawks their fourth lead of the game, 7-6. After SHU tied it up two minutes later, freshman attacker Meghan Hess (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) found Stathius near the net where she beat Pioneer goalie Kelly Keenan to put Monmouth up for good, 8-6. The MU defense held SHU to just two goals in the second frame, allowing their second lowest goal amount in 2012.

“This was a great win in the NEC for us over a good team in Sacred Heart,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “I think this is a special win for our seniors, who up until today had not beaten Sacred Heart. I thought we were composed and confident when the game was close on both sides of the ball. Our defense shut them down in the second half and Katie [Donohoe] stopped some big shots for us down the stretch. Offensively we worked the ball into good shots, their goalie really kept them in the game.”

The Hawks peppered Keenan, who made 17 saves, outshooting the Pioneers 33-14. Twenty-six of the MU shots found the goal while the Hawks dominated loose balls, gathering 27 ground balls, compared with just 13 for Sacred Heart.

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Khari Bowen Sets Freshman Record at Lafayette

default article imageFreshman Khari Bowen (Monroe, N.J./Monroe Township) ran a new freshman record in the 3,000-meter run and Erik Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) finished in second with a jump of 6’ 5” in the high jump to lead the Monmouth men’s track and field squad, which earned 12 top-eight finishes at Lafayette’s Seven- Way Meet Sunday afternoon. The women’s team claimed three top-eight finishes at the meet, which was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to the inclement weather.

Bowen completed the 3k in 8:42.15 to claim second overall and set the new Monmouth rookie standard.
For the women’s squad, Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) cleared 10’ 2” in the pole vault to earn fourth, while also running 12.81 in the 100-meter dash to claim 10th.

Danielle Branco (Old Bridge, N.J./ Old Bridge) ran 10:53.78 in the 3,000-meter run to finish 12th.

Monmouth is back on the track next weekend at Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, while others will travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Sam Howell Invitational.

The Gun Show || Taliban and the Tournament: North Carolina Congressman Makes Controversial Basketball Comments

default article imageIf you didn’t believe my testament about the powerful nature of the NCAA Basketball tournament, maybe you will when a political figure gets involved. Not only is basketball pride a way of life, but in North Carolina this week it came above national security, in a sense.

Commenting on North Carolina’s trip to the Sweet 16 (and later the Elite 8), U.S. Representative Brad Miller, a Democrat from North Carolina made extremely controversial comments. He noted basketball’s importance into the lives of North Carolina residents and the extreme rivalry present between North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University.

He showed no remorse or political correctness for his (apparent) hatred for Duke University. “I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.”

Miller made it clear that if UNC was placed up against the Blue Devils, then Duke would receive no “Congressional neutrality.” In Miller’s world, the Blue Devils sit at the bottom of the totem pole. Even if North Carolina is divided between Tar Heel and Blue Devil nations, Miller added that he would pull for the Taliban instead of Duke.

Sure the comment was probably made as a playful gesture, but bringing up the Taliban in such controversial times with the War on Terror and continuous threats at out freedom, begs the question of whether this Congressman is completely sane.

”The Dagger” Sports Blog mentions that the Congressman’s comments were a good way to have Homeland Security knock on his door. Plus, bringing up the Taliban in any circumstance is controversial, never mind saying that he’d root for them.

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Softball Doomed by Errors, 2-2 Over Weekend

sportsThe softball team split a doubleheader Saturday against Sacred Heart. Monmouth won the first game, 2-1. The Pioneers avenged the loss in the second game, 10-6.

“In my mind we’re better than we performed, but we have to play hard every game,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We can’t keep going up and down, up and down. We have to perform better. We didn’t do our jobs.

In the first game, Kayla Weiser was the hero for the Hawks (9-8, 2-2). In the bottom of the third, Weiser homered to right-center, putting MU ahead 2-1. This proved to be the game-winning hit.

The Blue and White scored in the opening frame. Tish Derer walked, stole second and scored when Weiser singled to left-center.

The Pioneers tied the game in the top of the third. Liz Tsipouras was hit by a pitch, and Noelle Cahill came in to pinch run. Justine Sibthorp stepped up and doubled down the left field line. Cahill scored on the play.

Jordan Barnett picked up her first win of the season for the Hawks. She pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits. She struck out four and walked seven in the game.

“We had too many walks, and too many walks that the umpire took away from us. We struck kids out twice or gave them extra pitches,” said Berndt. “They have to be better. We can’t have the number of walks that we have because we’re giving up way too many walks. Whether the umpire is working for us or against us.”

Defensive errors tormented the Hawks in the second game against Sacred Heart.

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Baseball Team Knocks Off UMass, Splits With Wagner

baseball-picThe baseball team took on a five game week hosting the University of Massachusetts for a one game series this past Wednesday and traveling to Wagner College over the weekend to play in two doubleheaders.

As the Hawks were going through their pre-game drills before playing UMass Wednesday, they were confronted with a minor set back. Sophomore shortstop Jon Guida had suffered a hand injury and was benched for the game.

“Guida got hurt in the pre-game. He got hit in the hand before the Georgia State game and he played through it. The same thing happened today,” Ehehalt stated, “We just sat him as a precaution, he will be good to go for the weekend.” Looking to the bench, Ehehalt decided upon sophomore Jake Gronsky to fill the vacant spot. MU quickly adapted to the change by reconstructing their line-up, and took the field as if this speed bump had never happened.

The Hawks called on right-hander John Shippee to be the starting pitcher against UMass. Shippee pitched five innings, allowing eight hits, one run, two walks, and striking out four batters. Although eight hits in only five innings of work may appear like a mediocre thrown game on paper, Shippee did very well considering the circumstances. He had not pitched at all in the last year and his last win was back in April of 2010. When asked if he was just running out of steam by that point, Shippee responded, “Yeah probably, I haven’t thrown five innings in a long time.”

Relieving Shippee were Van Woert, Loiodice, Yunginger, and Battis: a set of four right-handed pitchers who contributed for allowing three hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over a span of four innings. Although there were many fresh arms coming in and out of the bullpen during MU’s last couple of innings, they came very close to losing their lead more than once.

Thankfully, MU outscored UMass with a final of 2-1. Key players were junior third baseman Danny Avella who went 2-for-2 with two walks and center fielder Josh Boyd who was 2-for-4. Others who also showed impressive lines were Gronsky who went 1-for-3 with an RBI and freshman catcher Kyle Perry who had the second RBI. Perry did not just aid his team offensively, but defensively as well.

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Women’s Lacrosse Splits Weekend Home Stand

womens-laxThe women’s lacrosse team opened up NEC play with a win and a loss over the weekend. The Lady Hawks now stand at 2-8, but despite what the record is, they have plenty of optimism and confidence to improve as conference play gets under way. 

On Friday afternoon, they defeated Saint Francis (PA) 11-6. SFU got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0, but Monmouth responded by scoring four consecutive goals in a nine minute span. SFU struck for a second time not too long after the Monmouth run. The Hawks then struck for one last time before halftime, taking a comfortable 5-2 lead at the break. 

SFU began the second half with two straight goals to turn Monmouth’s lead into a one goal ballgame. Less than four minutes later, Alex Marino struck for the second time of the game. The Monmouth lead then disappeared when SFU added two more goals to tie the game up at six goals apiece. 

It was a nail biter with about 13 minutes left in the game, but Monmouth then blew it wide open by scoring five straight goals to seal the victory.

Marino led the charge with three goals on nine shot attempts. Kayleigh Gibbons compiled two goals and three assists. Sam Lillo and Erica Abenschoen each added two goals apiece. Monmouth dominated in shot attempts, 33- 19. They also only committed a total of nine turnovers, compared to SFU’s 17. 

The Hawks stayed on campus to take on Robert Morris University on Sunday afternoon. This time around, it was a lot tougher. The matchup of two 2-7 teams proved to be a tight one, didn’t prove to be victorious for the Hawks. Monmouth and Robert Morris exchanged goals back and forth throughout the first half, and went into the half with a one goal disadvantage to Robert Morris. 

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Track and Field Extend Home Winning Streak in Season Opener

default article imageThe men’s and women’s track and field teams opened its outdoor season at the 17th Annual Season Opener, which featured over 1900 competitors from 35 different schools and 12 club teams, Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who claimed the Northeast Conference Championships a year ago, qualified for the ECAC/IC4A Championships in nine event areas, while Qiyana Hill set the school record in the discus throw.

The men’s team has not lost at home since the 1996 season, while the women’s team has not dropped a meet in West Long Branch since the 2001 campaign.

“Yesterday’s record setting mile was a fun way to start off the meet and we are happy to continue our winning streak at home,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “We had great efforts in every event area and it is a positive sign to have a number of qualifying marks this early in the season.”

Hill took first in the discus throw, registering a toss of 42.79m (140’ 5”), which earns her a trip to the ECAC Championships. Rookie Taylor Johnson finished in third with a mark of 40.83m (133’ 11”).

Anne Moccia, who will join Hill at the championships, landed a javelin throw of 41.44m (135’ 11”) to earn second overall.

Rachel Aliotta moved into second all-time in the MU record books with her mark of 13.55m (44’ 5.5”) in the shot put, which was good for a first place finish. Sandra Jean-Romain took third with a throw of 12.69m (41’ 7.75”).
Laura Williams ran a MU-best 1:03.30 in the 400 meter to finish second overall, followed by Rachel Watkins .06 seconds later in third. Ali Hehn crossed the finish line in 1:03.66 for fourth, while Lindsey Walsh took fifth with a time of 1:04.48.

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Zink Named to All-Rookie Team For Women’s Bowling

default article imageSophomore Holly Zink (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Earl Vandermeulen) was named to the 2012 Northeast Conference Bowling All-Rookie team as Monmouth wrapped up the 2012 NEC Bowling Championships Saturday in Reading, Pa.

The Hawks entered the tournament as the eighth-seed, faced the daunting task of bowling against the top-seeded and 2010 NCAA National Champion Farleigh Dickinson Knights. FDU prevailed but the road didn’t get much easier for MU which had to then bowl fourth-seeded Kutztown which was upset by fifth-seeded New Jersey City University in the opening round. Monmouth’s season ended.

“We put up some decent numbers but unfortunately we fell short,” said second year head coach Karen Grygiel.

The MU bowling team, which his in its second year of existence, finished the season with a 50-60 record and were ranked 19th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. Monmouth recorded eight wins against teams ranked in the top-10 this season.

The Gun Show || The Bolder the Better: A Look at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

default article imageIt’s that time of year again. Flip on the TV: brackets. Log onto the Internet: brackets. If you dare turn on an ESPN network, you get bracketology. But what is the rage around these brackets, I mean aren’t they just pieces of paper? Well once March rolls around, NCAA basketball becomes a way of life. Suddenly it rules the lives of millions of fans.

All of these fans will be monitoring each game-break as if it were a drastic world event. And they’ll be on top of the NCAA and its every happening during the tournament. A high-ranked loss in the tournament to the NCAA fan is like the outbreak of a world-war to an average person. There is no other sporting event that carries such excitement, besides (arguably) the Super Bowl. March Madness seems to literally turn some fans mad; for weeks they’ll be glued to every inbounds pass and blown call.

If you need a little brushing up on the subject, here it goes. The NCAA tournament occurs every March when the NCAA selection committee chooses 68 teams (slimmed to 64 teams after play-in games) to compete in the ultimate basketball tournament. This, as you will see in late March, produces the champion of collegiate basketball.

This year, there has been an uncanny anticipation for the start of the tournament. As we’ve encountered scandals, surprises and superiority in the regular season, fans recognize the tournament could contain even more. Starting last weekend, teams began participating in the matchups. In what seemed to be battles to the death, players and coaches gave their all for the chance to represent their University in each succeeding round.

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