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The Gun Show || “Country Roads” Elicits Near Riot and Unfolds the Power of the Student Section

default article imageYouTube phenomenon and Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly brought on a full-fledged riot at West Virginia Coliseum on February 24th after pantomiming a ballroom dance to John Denver on WVU’s home court. The action greatly angered the West Virginia student section, who gave Williams a piece of their mind during an ESPN interview conducted shortly after.

Here, the power of a college fan-base was unfolded. They are without a doubt comparable to the three-headed monster, as seen when numerous security guards struggled to hold WVU students back from physically approaching the head coach.

The dance came after Marquette beat West Virginia 61-60 and greatly hampered the Mountaineers’ shot at the NCAA tournament. Already a YouTube sensation, Williams, who danced “Walk it out” two years ago on the court, offered a sarcastic apology for the event.

He stated that he liked John Denver’s rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and was so amped after the game that it was just natural. Later that night he offered a more extensive apology but still, West Virginia students and fans of all ages are not very fond of Williams.

YouTube users have taken pleasure in watching the coach glide across Mountaineer mid-court, but while doing so, ask whether the move was professional or a display of poor sportsmanship. Should a college coach blatantly poke fun at a song that is so dear to the hearts of the home team’s fans? Then, should he deny its impact?

From an outsider’s standpoint, this move is irresponsible and a lack of judgment. Sure, you may be excited after a huge win for your program, but that should not result in you sarcastically grooving to the other team’s alma matter-like song. Show some dignity and respect for the opposing program, shake the other coach’s hand and head into the lockerroom to begin your celebration. This move, Coach Williams, is just unnecessary.

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Men’s Basketball Stuns First Place Long Island

Ends Regular Season with 106-78 Thumping of LIU-Brooklyn


mbb stuns first place long islandThe men’s basketball team finished the regular season with two big home wins against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island University – Brooklyn. The Hawks finish the season as the sixth seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and will face Robert Morris in the first round of the conference tournament.

Monmouth (12-19, 10-8) has won nine of its last 12 games and is on the right track heading into the NEC tournament.

Jesse Steele scored 18 points and Dion Nesmith added 15 as Monmouth defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) 79-73 Thursday night.

“We are playing our best basketball right now,” said Monmouth’s Head Coach King Rice after Thursday’s win. “One more game and then it’s the conference tournament.”

The Terriers (15-14, 12-6) led 36-18 following a Stefan Perunicic three-point basket with 5:57 remaining in the first half. From here, Monmouth went on a 34-9 run over the next 14:06 to surge ahead 53-45. During the run, Steele scored eight points and Marcus Ware added seven. Andrew Nicholas scored seven of the Hawks’ final nine points during the game-changing stretch.

Ben Mockford led St. Francis (N.Y.) with 16 points. Jalen Cannon tallied a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

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Baseball Team Drops Three Straight to Virginia

baseball team drops three straight to virginiaFollowing a 3-0 start, the men’s baseball team took a step back this weekend after dropping three straight games to the seventeenth ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers.

On Friday afternoon, UVA exploded offensively and defeated the Hawks in blowout fashion 18-4. The game was delayed an hour and 12 minutes due to rain, but once it cleared up the Hawks opened the game scoring two runs right off the bat.

Josh Boyd opened the game with a triple, who was then driven home thanks to a double by Jamie Rosenkranz. Jake Gronsky singled up the middle in the next at bat to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. UVA would rally in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at two. The following inning the Cavaliers would take the lead after a sacrifice fly and they would not look back.

In the bottom of the third, the Cavaliers exploded for five runs off a Hawk error, a hit batsman, and a bases loaded double making the score 7-2. UVA would put the game out of reach in the sixth when they scored nine runs on seven hits, extending the lead to 16-2. UVA would add two more runs bringing the final score to 18-2 in favor of the Cavaliers.

Pat Light dropped to 1-1 after pitching five innings and giving up five runs. Neil Harm, Reid Van Woert, Charlie Battis and T.J. Hunt all saw action out of the bullpen for the Hawks.

On Saturday, the Hawks had much better pitching performances, but unfortunately the Hawks would fall to UVA for a second straight game.

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Women’s Basketball Team Finishes Regular Season on High Note

default article imageThe women’s basketball team finished off the 2011-12 regular season with back-to-back home wins over Long Island University – Brooklyn and St. Francis (N.Y.). The Hawks finished the season third in the NEC and will host LIU Brooklyn in the first round of the conference tournament on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Alysha Womack scored 24 points and Chanel Gomez added 11, including the go ahead basket with 0.9 second remaining. The women’s basketball team was able to defeat LIU – Brooklyn 55-54 on Saturday.

The Hawks’ win put them in a tie for third place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with Robert Morris.

The NEC opponents played a close game throughout the contest. The Hawks led 26-25 at the break. The game featured six tied scores and 15 lead changes.

Monmouth was inbounding the ball from under the Blackbirds’ basket with 2.3 seconds left in the game trailing 54-53. Gomez checked into the game, hoping for the chance to win it. Alexis Canady inbounded the ball to Gomez on the interior, and she laid it in for the decisive basket with 0.9 second left.

LIU was forced to throw up a prayer. A three-quarter heave fell short and the Hawks celebrated their 16 win of the season.

Canady led the Blue and White with five assists. Gena Broadus paced the team with nine rebounds. Gomez added eight boards.

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Ford Palmer and Vincent Elardo Post Strong Finishes This Past Weekend

default article imageMonmouth University junior Ford Palmer (Smithville, N.J. (Absegami) ran 4:08.08 in the mile to snap the program record set in 1987 Thursday afternoon.The men and women’s track and field teams competed at the Armory’s Collegiate Challenge, the final test for both squads before the ECAC/IC4A Championships next weekend.

“We are proud of Ford for breaking a record that stood for 25 years,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We had some strong efforts in every event area to give us great momentum heading into the ECAC/IC4A Championships.”

Palmer, who took fourth overall and was the third collegiate finisher in the event, broke Ed Hendricks’ record of 4:10.63 set 25 years ago.

Errol Jeffrey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Transit Tech [Bronx CC]) finished first place in the weight throw, landing a toss of 55’ 6.5”, while also earning first in the shot put with a mark of 57’ 3”. Dan D’Amato (Matawan, N.J./Old Bridge) threw 48’ 6” for fifth overall in the shot.

Josh Mann (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) cleared 45’ 7” in the triple jump to claim second.

Erik Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) and Jake Bartlett (Middletown, N.J./CBA) shared fourth place in the high jump, each clearing 6’ 4”.

Led by Palmer, the squad of Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland Regional), Mark Bernardo (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell), and Alex Leight (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), ran to a sixth place finish in the 4x400, posting a time of 3:26.60.

Peter Matano (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) vaulted himself to fifth place with a mark of 14’ 5” followed by Tom Jeffers (Bellmawr, N.J./Triton) who cleared 13’ 8”.

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Softball Team Jumps Out to a 3-1 Start

default article imageThe softball team kicked off the season at the Spartan Classic at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. They took three out of their four games, starting off the season in a solid fashion.

The first game was against Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks dominated the Spartans 10-4 and then defeated the University of Delaware 6-3. Second baseman Christine Scherr led the way for the Hawks with a home run and four runs batted in.

Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Monmouth used an eight run inning to take a commanding 8-3 lead. They never looked back from there.

Against Delaware, the Hawks scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away with the win.

On Sunday, Monmouth split their two-game doubleheader. They lost to Army 8-4 in the first game, and defeated Delaware again by a score of 14-6 in the second game of the day.

The Hawks return back to action on March 8 at the Aggie Invitational at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. They will play five games in a three day stretch.

Women’s Basketball Team Clinches NEC Berth

Alysha Womack Scores 1,000 Career Point in Victory over Wagner


With the playoffs beginning in only a week, the Hawks have secured their position in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament. Using their final games as practice for the tournament, the team had the pleasure of versing two conference opponents this past weekend.

On Saturday, the women traveled to Staten Island to compete against the Wagner Seahawks. MU was able to notch a win improving their record to 15-11 as well as improving their NEC record to 10-5 keeping them at third place in the conference. The game began with the Seahawks quickly taking charge over the Hawks’ defense.

The Hawks failed to take the lead until the scoreboard’s time showed 9:12 was left in the first half. Junior Chevannah Paalvast’s three pointer was the key for the lead change making it a 10-9 game. The Seahawks managed to stay in the competition and by 6:20 they had successfully taken the two-point lead with a score of 19-17. But Monmouth did not fall far behind and when there was 1:25 left in the first half, the two teams had evened it up at 24-24 which is where the score would remain until both reentered after halftime.

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Attendance on the Rise for Home Basketball Games

Basketball season is coming to an end, but that does not stop the sudden increase in attendance to the men’s home games.

2000 students, families, faculty, alumni, and community members came out to support the University’s men’s basketball team at their last home game. The rapid improvement is overall exciting for both the team and the crowd that come out to cheer on the team.

“When we see the crowd hyped, we get hyped,” stated junior player Jesse Steele. The energy that the crowd produces for the team is contagious and it’s evident how the excitement level at the games is increasing each week with fans coming out.

What brought on this sudden increase in game attendance? There are numerous answers for this question, because with a new team, new program, and new coaches, many people are curious how the team will respond to all of these changes. At each of the games it seems as if there is always something going on. Between the cheerleaders and dance team performing in between plays to the announcers that keep the crowd intrigued, there is no shortage of entertainment.

According to junior Brittany Herrmann, there is definitely a major difference between the games last year and this year. “The atmosphere is very different compared to last year, more upbeat, exciting, and fans are behind the team percent,” described Herrmann.. “There’s an obvious increase in supporters from last year because the games are always crowded now.”

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Men’s Basketball Team Qualifies For NEC Tournament

The men’s basketball lost to Wagner Thursday night 74-67. They bounced back on Saturday and defeated Mount St. Mary’s 68-66 to secure a spot in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament in a couple weeks.

The Hawks (10-19, 8-8) are tied for fifth in the NEC with Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

Thursday night, Tyler Murray scored 20 points for Wagner (23-4, 14-2). Latif Rivers added 13 points and four assists.

Four players scored in double figures for MU, but it wasn’t enough to get passed one of the NEC’s top teams. Phil Wait, Jesse Steele, Andre Nicholas, Austin Tillotson and Dion Nesmith combined for 56 of the team’s 67 points. Steele led the team with four assists.

Free throw and three-point shooting hurt the Blue and White in this one. The team made only 55.6 percent of its free throws. Nesmith and Steele each made a three, as the team shot only two of 10 from beyond the arc. Wagner was 21 of 26 from the charity stripe, and 11 of 28 from three-point land.

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Indoor Track Breaks MAC Records in Blue and White Invitational

default article imageFresh off its 2012 Northeast Conference Indoor Championships, the Monmouth University women’s and men’s track and field teams, ranked ninth and 10th respectively in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Index, returned home for the 2nd Annual Blue-White Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. At the event, which featured six collegiate teams, pole vaulting freshman Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) set the new freshman record and facility mark for the women’s team. On the men’s squad, Joshua Lewis (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) qualified for the IC4A Championships in the long jump.

“While we did not have our full team in action after last weekend’s league championships, this was a great day for our field event athletes,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “They had some great results and lined up with some top-notch post-collegiate competitors.”

McDonald cleared 3.38m (11’ 1”) to earn first in the pole vault and set the new freshman standard. Her mark is .03m better than MAC record which was set last February.

Alison Day (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) set the MAC record in the high jump with her mark of 1.73m (5’ 8”), also good for first in the event.

MU finished in the top-four of the weight throw led by Tilah Young’s (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) toss of 17.57m (57’ 7.75”), which also resulted in a facility record. Rachel Aliotta (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) finished second with her toss of 14.84m (48’ 8.25”) followed by Qiyanna Hill (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) and Jessica Toritto (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) who posted marks of 14.28m (46’ 10.25”) and 13.54m (44’ 5.25”), respectively.

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Baseball Team Jumps Out to 3-0 Start

default article imageThe baseball team participated in the Cary, NC Tournament. The team knocked off all other opponents they played and their game against Marshall on Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Friday, the Hawks knocked off Wright State 10-2. Saturday they defeated St. Joseph’s 7-1 and they blew out Youngstown State 14-2 later that day.

Pat Light started off the season strong by pitching seven innings with six strikeouts. He allowed only one run in the season opener against Wright State.

The next day, the Hawks got two strong pitching performances out of their starters on Saturday. Dan Smith, who threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits against Saint Joseph’s. Stephen Frey threw five innings, struck out two and allowed two runs on four hits.

Offensively, Jake Gronsky and Owen Stewart led the way for the Hawks. Both drove in six runs and had five hits each over the weekend.

The Hawks will be back in action next weekend as they travel down to the University of Virginia in a three game series.

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