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The Gun Show || What’s on the ‘Linside’: A Look Into Jeremy Lin’s Ascent and His Link to College Athletics

default article imageWhat exactly is the plight of today’s modern college basketball athlete? Well for some it could be NBA stardom and a life no one could forget, for others it could be trouble-filled years of D-League debacles and mishaps. But what if I told you there was one person, who in his actions, revolutionized the sport in only two weeks and has put the NBA back on the map after its lockout.

What if I also told you that this person has cast an example for thousands of college athletes and those pursuing their dreams? Many of you may know already who this week’s spotlight will be on, but for others, read on to find out just why college athletics, a little bit of good luck and a coach’s gamble has changed the sports world.

A quality (but apparently not stand out) Palo Alto High School senior, Jeremy Lin knew he had what it took. But he was not given a chance as talent scouts did not even put him on their radar. When it came time for applying to nearby Stanford University, the team discussed the possibility of having Lin walk on for them. But he denied this offer and headed to Harvard University, without a scholarship.

Earning a degree in economics, Lin became a leader on his college squad. Told he might have the potential for an NBA draft spot, Lin graduated Harvard University with the intent of making it big, but not knowing if his dream was absurd or not.

Lin went on to become an undrafted free agent who was invited to the Dallas Mavericks mini-camp. Later offered contracts from three teams, Lin choose to sign with the Golden State Warriors. But fate was not ready to overtake Lin’s ascent just yet, and he was later cut. After being a part of two Houston Rockets preseason games, Lin would again meet the same ill-fated result.

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Indoor Track NEC Championship Goes to the Hawks

First Title for Men Since 2007 and First Title for Women Since 2009


indoor track field nec championship 2012The men’s and women’s track teams both claimed the overall first place team titles this past weekend in the NEC Championships. The men set a new school record for points scored with 170, which is also the second most in NEC Championship history.

“It feels amazing,” said junior Shane Carle. “We have missed out the last few years indoors and we just came together as a team. Everyone stepped up and did their part and I’m glad we were able to get an indoor title, especially for the seniors.”

Head Coach Joe Compagni said “It feels great. I’m proud of our team and our coaching staff. We are very fortunate to get so much support from everyone on campus, as the past few years we’ve come up just short in the NECs, but it was nice to see both teams win it this season.”

The men’s team dominated Sacred Heart University came in second overall with 116 points. For the women, it went down to the wire for them. The Hawks scored a team total of 143 points and Long Island University came in second overall with 142.

Heading into the final race of the day for the women, the Hawks were up by three points on LIU. The final race would be the 4 by 400 relay. Monmouth just needed either a first or second place finish, and they would claim the title. That’s exactly what happened, as the relay team of Rachael Watkins, Colleen Rutecki, Kate Frye, and Laura Williams took second place in the race.

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Women’s Basketball Splits Conference Games at the MAC

wbb splits conference games at the macThis past week, the Hawks split their home stand with a win over Sacred Heart but a loss to Farleigh Dickinson. The Hawks are now have a 13-11 record while being 8-5 in the NEC bringing them to a tie for third place with Saint Francis College. With the playoffs approaching, Coach Jenny Palmateer does not believe it matters whether you face first or last place, it just matters if you win. “Right now every game is just important as the next,” Coach Palmateer states, “All the teams in conference are jockeying for position as the regular season winds down.”

Opening up the home stand was a win over first place in the NEC, Sacred Heart University. Star of the game was, as usual, Alysha Womack who scored a career high 27 points. Alexis Canady also put up impressive stats with 13 points, four rebounds, and three steals. The game started with a three-pointer from Sacred Heart followed by four more points from the opponent. MU quickly recuperated, and within six minutes of the first half, the score was tied 11-11.

The Hawks were able to pull ahead creating the first lead change of the game with a score of 16-13. The second lead change of the game occurred when Sacred Heart pulled ahead by two points bringing the game to a score of 18-16. Then MU’s Gabby Singer sunk a three-point shot giving the Hawks a one point advantage. Sacred Heart did not fall far behind and was able to steal the lead with a three-point shot.

The Hawks did not give up and with eight minutes left on the court, they were able to create a slim advantage over Sacred Heart at 24-23. Sacred Heart then hit another three-point shot bringing the game to 26-24 in their favor. Monmouth was able to recapture the lead via Womack and at 3:50, the game was 29-28. But Sacred Heart managed to go on a four point streak making the game 32-29 in their favor.

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Football Team’s 2012 Schedule is Announced

default article imageMonmouth University’s Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan has announced the team’s 2012 schedule.

Monmouth, which will be celebrating the 20th year of Division I FCS football, will take on a non-conference schedule that includes a rematch with NCAA quarterfinalist Lehigh University, a home game against future NEC member University of Rhode Island and the team’s first contest against Ivy League opponent Cornell.

“We are excited for the challenge of the 2012 schedule,” said Callahan. “Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium offers a great atmosphere to start the season. We are looking forward to the rematch with URI and the first ever meeting against Cornell.”

Monmouth opens the season for the second straight season against Lehigh, a team which has won 10 games in back to back years.

The following weekend, MU welcomes future Northeast Conference member University of Rhode Island to Kessler Field for the first time in history. The Rams were 3-8 last season in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Conference but two of those wins came over nationally-ranked Delaware and William & Mary. The Hawks fell to the Rams 27-24 in the 2008 season opener in Kingston.

The quest for Monmouth’s sixth NEC Title begins against conference rival Wagner in Staten Island on September 15. The visiting team has won seven out of the eight contests in the series and it should be noted that MU was a perfect 5-0 on the road in 2011. Monmouth hosts Sacred Heart on September 22, a team which the Hawks have won eight of the last nine meetings against.

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Carly Thibault Named to Academic All-District 2

default article imageMonmouth University junior women’s basketball guard Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 2 Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced. Thibault carries a 4.0 grade-point average as a psychology major, and has averaged 8.0 points per game while shooting a team-best 40.2 percent from three-point range this season.

“I’m just really happy for Carly,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s a hard worker on the basketball court and in the classroom. This is really a tribute to her just being a total student-athlete and really taking pride in that. It’s something that’s really important to her and I’m sure it’s an award that will mean a lot to her.”

This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar athletes honored.

The Gun Show || One Small Step for the NCAA, One Giant Leap to the 35

default article imageBeing that it is a week after the Super Bowl, we now enter football limbo...a time of months upon months without the game we all love. We can only sit in our dorm rooms or houses and start the countdown until the next kickoff. Luckily, drastic moves take place in the off-season that catch our eye and shed a little light on the game we all miss. Instead of a Saturday afternoon top-ranked matchup or a Sunday Night Football NFL spot, we get a statement from the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

This past week, the NCAA made a striking proposal to its rule book. Like the NFL, the NCAA has asked to revise the kickoff process. The rule-change would involve the ball being spotted at the 35 yard line on the kickoff instead of the 30. Also, touch-backs result in having the ball spotted at the 25 yard line instead of the 20.

This proposal will drastically change the college special teams game, but will (in the committee’s belief) dramatically lessen injury. It was analyzed that a majority of injuries in NCAAF come on kick returns. Now, as kickers boom the ball past the uprights, teams will start at the 25 yard line. There is somewhat of a trade-off in this rule because as the kicking team you lose five yards in field position on a touch-back. And as a receiving team, you might lessen injuries towards your ‘x-factor,’ game-changing kick returner as they may not return the kick as much. Also, another side-note to this proposal is that kicking-team players can be no closer than five yards from the 35 yard line at the time of the kickoff.

Citing safety precautions, if passed, the NCAA could enact this rule before the start of the 2012 season. The committee acted quickly this off-season with the proposal after the NFL limited some of its injuries with a similar move. The NCAA plans to follow in their footsteps and make the game a little safer. But, this could have a deeper effect on the game.

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Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Back-to-Back NEC Opponents

default article imageThe men’s basketball team swept the home-and-home series against Farleigh Dickinson last week. On Wednesday, the Hawks handled FDU 7562 in Hackensack, N.J. Saturday night MU rolled again 8268.

The Hawks (918, 77) are tied for sixth in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The Knights (223, 113) are tied with Bryant for last in the NEC.

“I think our team is growing up right before your eyes,” said Head Coach King Rice.  

In Wednesday’s game, the Blue and White built a 20point first half lead and cruised in the second half to a victory over their instate rival. The Hawks shot the lights out from three-point land in the first half, going eight of 10 from beyond the arc.

Jesse Steele led the Hawks with 15 points and six assists. Andrew Nicholas scored 11 points off the bench. Dion Nesmith added 10.

Melquan Bolding was the Knights leading scorer with 17 points off the bench. George Goode added 16 points and six rebounds.

“I am so proud of the effort they came out with. I want to take my hat off to my whole team,” said Coach Rice. “To get another road win is awesome, and with it being Rivalry Week, that’s even better.”

In Saturday’s game, Monmouth never trailed. The game was close at times, but FDU could never take over control. With the help of a strong student section wearing “FD WHO?” shirts, the Hawks kept the energy up for 40 minutes.

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Running in the Moonlight

Track and Field has Strong Showing in “Moonlight at the MAC” Tournament


running in the moonlight track and fieldThe University track and field team competed twice this past week in anticipation for the upcoming NEC Championships. Last Wednesday, the men’s and women’s teams hosted the “Moonlight in the MAC Classic” in the MAC.

The Hawks were highlighted by some personal records from Tilah Young, Sandra Jean-Romain, and Josh Mann. Mann came up short from qualifying for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump. His mark of 14.25 m/46’9” was not only a personal best mark but was also the fifth best mark in the triple jump for the men in school history.

“We performed to our expectations in about every event,” Coach Compagni said.

Monmouth also featured throwers in the top five finishing for the weight throw. Errol Jeffery’s throw was good enough for first as he was followed by Taylor Bernstein, Dan D’Amato, Ryan Snyder, and Shane Carle. Three Hawks also finished in the top three for shot put, as Shane Carle came in first and was followed by Bernstein and D’Amato.

The Hawks continued to dominate the games. Two Hawks finished in the top two for both the high jump and long jump. Jake Bartlett came in first place in the high jump while Erik Anderson trailed in second. In the long jump, Stevenson Cajuste came in first and Darvin Hendersen finished in second. Cajuste also came in first in the 60 meter hurdle with a time of 8.59 seconds.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to First Place Quinnipiac

wbb falls to first place quinnipiacThis past Saturday, the University’s women basketball team went head to head with a 16-5 Quinnipiac University at the MAC. A solid fan base came to support their third place Hawks take on the second place Bobcats.

With the playoffs approaching and number of games winding down, the Hawks realized how important it was to win this game. “As conference play continues and begins to wind down,” Coach Palmateer states, “Every game becomes exponentially more important. With the structure of our conference tournament, we are playing for home court advantage.”

Quinnipiac quickly took the lead in the first half and within four minutes, they had a five point advantage over the Hawks. With an official time-out called at 15:59, Monmouth was able to take a breath and prepare themselves for the next minutes of play.

The ladies scored the next four points bringing the score to a 7-6 game with 14:47 left on the clock. The Bobcats sunk the next basket but Monmouth retaliated quickly and the game stayed at a close score of 9-8. With a little less then 10 minutes left in the first half, Quinnipiac was to create a 10 point lead against Monmouth as the scoreboard read 22-12. The Bobcats increased their lead to a 14 point advantage over the Hawks within 20 seconds of creating the 10 point lead.

Monmouth slipped far behind Quinnipiac on the scoreboard and with 5:25 remaining, the Hawks were down by a whopping 18 points. But these next five minutes were Monmouth’s most impressive moments of the game. The Hawks scored the next 14 out of18 points with two three-pointers with junior guard Carly Thibault scoring one and junior forward Betsy Gadziala scoring the other. The score read Quinnipiac 38 Monmouth 30 by the half.

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Pat Light Looks to Shine in 2012 Season

pat light looks to shine in 2012 seasonDrafted right out of high school, junior baseball star Pat Light’s dream of playing professionally is becoming a reality once again, being named to Baseball America’s Early 2010 Top College Prospects, and selected at number 25 on the top-100 chart.

Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Light started his baseball career while in kindergarten. “I wanted to be like my Dad,” stated Light. “We’ve always done a lot together.” After trying out soccer and basketball, he realized that baseball was his true calling. When Light first started playing, he started out in the infield. However, as the six foot six athlete began getting taller he went in as a pitcher.

Light attended Christian Brothers Academy, where he collected a 20-0 career record with 1.52 ERA. That record is still the best career record in Shore Conference History. Light was also a two-time 1st team All-Shore selection and 3rd team all state. He was selected 28th in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins coming out of high school. However, he realized that aside from not being completely ready to play professional baseball, Light did not think that it was the best opportunity for him.

Freshman year, Light realized he needed to step his game up if wanted to continue playing baseball at this level. Coming off of what he referred to as his “worst season yet,” Light realized the work that he needed to put into his baseball career. As a sophomore, Light started 13 out of the 14 games he played in racking up 61 strikeouts for the season. Then, this summer Light was offered a prestigious opportunity to play in the Cape Cod summer league. After having much success there, Light is feeling good about his own personal game this year and hoping for a victorious season.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Home Games, Falls to Seventh in NEC

default article imageThe men’s basketball team split their home games this week. The Hawks defeated Sacred Heart on Thursday 63-56. On Saturday, Quinnipiac handled the Blue and White 71-48.

Monmouth (7-18, 5-7) had a chance to take control of sixth place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with these games and couldn’t take full advantage.

Quinnipiac (13-10, 6-6) is now in sixth place in the conference. The Hawks are tied with Sacred Heart (11-14, 5-7) for seventh.

Thursday night the Hawks faced one of the best scorers in the conference, junior guard Shane Gibson. Gibson averaged 26.1 points a game against conference opponents when they came into West Long Branch. The Blue and White did not allow Gibson to take over the game, but he still managed 22 points, 16 coming in the second half.

Andrew Nicholas kept the Hawks in the game in the first half. He had 11 of Monmouth’s 25 first half points.

“We all started off slow shooting wise. We started shooting too many three’s in the beginning. I just started moving around and my teammates found me. I took open shots,” said Nicholas. “I knocked down some shots. I feel like I got my shot back finally. I struggled the last couple of games.”

With 2:31 remaining in the game, the Pioneers were leading 54-46. The Hawks closed the game out with a 17-2 run.

Junior guard Jesse Steele made a three-pointer at 2:27 to cut the lead to 54-49. An Ed Waite steal at the 2:00 mark led to a Dion Nesmith layup to make it a 54-51 game.

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