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The Gun Show || Freshman Task: Silence the Critics

An Inside Look at Freshmen in College Football


default article imageBarely three months out of high school and already your number’s being called. The lights are cast down, the pressure is set on your shoulders and the beaming eyes of 80,000 spectators monitor your every move. Third and long…better hope coach draws up a play that will get the first down, if not there will be some hell to pay as a media frenzy ensues and immediately questions about talent level arise. What could possibly be the scenario?

True college freshmen, most 18 or barely 19 suit up, put on pads and enter an extremely structured, professional like surrounding. Following the binding pressure of being named starter, these freshmen are immediately cast into the spotlight and pressured to perform. In a 2011 season where more and more roster vacancies seem to appear, these freshmen teenagers are bound to the largest commitment of their lives up to that point.

A true inner test…the football season can become that for the freshman, tested in nearly everything he’s learned up to that point in life. NCAA Division I football and its brutal, topnotch and highly competitive atmosphere is a breeding ground for showcasing talent but also can be home to something far more severe. This is, watching a life’s worth of talent fickle out into the shape of a quarterback no one will remember in two years, or a defensive lineman whose dedicated lifestyle got him only as far as four years of ball could.

Today’s question is analyzing and describing the life of the true college freshman in NCAA football, and their impact on the game as a whole. All these players, from all positions embody the future of their programs but also show us what true talent is about, and on a scope far more broad and demanding than what they knew in the past. To perfectly display this topic, the brief careers of Braxton Miller and Gary Nova will be relayed.

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“MAC Madness” Set to Fire Up Fans for Upcoming Basketball Season

default article imageWith the fall athletic season more than halfway over, winter sports have begun practice and are gearing up for the upcoming season. This winter, the University will see the debuts of two new head basketball coaches for both the men’s and women’s team, in King Rice and Jenny Palmateer. Since there is no 6:00 am game this year, the University will be hosting “MAC Madness” on Friday October 21 at the Mac.

“MAC Madness” is a University-wide event to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season.

All students, faculty, and employees are welcome to attend the two hour event, which will run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The event will consist of free food from local restaurants, free Monmouth gear, and there will be several giveaways and prizes as well. Students will have the opportunity to participate in “Minute-to-win-it” events, as well as a few games of knockout. Additionally, the first 100 people in attendance will receive free MAC Madness t-shirts.

Not only will attendees be able to compete in events for prizes, but both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be competing in various events as well. They will be taking part in a three-point contest, a 20 minute mixed men’s and women’s game. The game will work as an all-star game, as there will be opportunities for double points, 50 point shots, and most likely some trick shots and dunks.

Edward Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Advertising and Promotions, says the overall goal is to get people pumped about the upcoming basketball season. “We want this to be an entertaining event for all of those who are in attendance and we are gearing towards growing attendance for the games. Our goal with this event is to do a lot of stuff in a short amount of time to raise excitement on and around campus,” Occhipinti said.

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Football Teams Suffers Second Straight Loss at the Hands of Colgate University

Football 10.12.11The Hawks lost their second home game in a row this week against Colgate, falling to 23 on the season.

Everything was set for a great day at Kessler Field. The weather was beautiful, 75 degrees and sunny, with 3,452 fans in attendance providing a great atmosphere. Ex-Monmouth wide receiver Miles Austin was even on the sideline for the game.

It looked like the great day was going to continue, as the Hawks took a 146 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first half. From this point on, the day turned sour for the Blue and White and their fans.

Colgate has one of the top running backs in the country, Nate Eachus. Eachus lived up to the billing in this contest, carrying 27 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 29 receiving yards.

One reason for Monmouth’s poor showing was time of possession, and Eachus played a big role in that, grinding out the clock late in the game. Colgate had an 11 minute advantage here.

Along with Eachus, third and fourth down conversions kept drives alive, kept the MU defense on the field, and the offense on the sidelines. Colgate converted seven of 15 third downs, and all three fourth downs they attempted.

The defense is going to make mistakes when they spend over 35 minutes on the field. Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs said, “We weren’t wrapping up, we weren’t tackling. They were making big plays, converting third downs.”

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Field Hockey Team on Four Game Winning Streak

default article imageThe field hockey team added two more wins to their slate this past weekend. The Hawks had two road matchups against Bryant University and Siena College.

The Hawks traveled to Smithtown, Rhode Island on Friday night to take on Bryant. It was the conference opener for Monmouth.

Monmouth got to a very fast start, as they scored four goals in the first half. Michelle Pieczynski finished with a goal and two assists while Patricia O’Dwyer added a goal and an assist. Goalie Teresa Mathews had six saves, only allowing one goal. The Hawks scored their first goal in the 17th minute when Pieczynski found Kayleigh Kalamar who connected to the left corner of the cage to score her second goal of the season.

Just three minutes later, Pieczynski fired a pass to O’Dwyer who connected for the Hawk’s second goal of the game. It was O’Dwyer’s seventh goal of the season. With a little under 10 minutes left in the half, this time Pieczynski was the one on the scoring end. She used a backhand shot to sink the ball, and she was successful. It was her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

MU scored again two minutes later, as Kimmy Baligian passed the ball to Ashley McPeek on a corner who then pushed it over to O’Dwyer who gave it to Alex Carroll who struck for the fourth goal of the game. The strong team effort proved how dominant the Monmouth offense has been all season. Bryant scored their first and only goal with just under two minutes left in the first half.

The second half shared no action from either team, but it was good enough to preserve the 41 win for the Hawks. Monmouth controlled shots 1911 and penalty corners 159.

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Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Bryant With a 2-0 Victory

M Soccer 10.12.11The Monmouth Hawks men’s soccer team has improved their overall record to 83 with a win over the Bryant Bulldogs this past weekend. Just like the men have been doing for most of the season, they once again dominated the field early on in the game.

Eighteen minutes into the first half, freshman midfielder, Derek Luke, was able to put the Hawks on the board with a quick shot finding the back left corner of the net to make the scoreboard read 10. The assist was awarded to senior Christian Nogueira. Freshman Kalle Sotka scored the second goal shortly afterwards at the 36 minute mark by finding the left corner just like Luke was able to do; Sotka was assisted by junior standout Ryan Clark making the score 20 Monmouth.

With the theme of both goals being scored to the left of Bryant’s goalie, it could be assumed that the men noticed trends in their opponents play. “We do a balance of both [focus on their own skill as well as the opponents weakness] but try not to focus on the opposition too much. We don’t go crazy with scouting of other teams.” Coach McCourt continues, “We may find one or two weaknesses our opponents have and go with that but we try to focus on our own strengths over scouting the other team.” McCourt also commented on the freshmen’s play by stating, “The freshmen stepped up that game and are having a good season all together.”

Beginning the second half much like the first, the Hawks took complete control over Bryant right from the opening tap. The most noticeable difference in the teams’ play was the physical aspect of the sport. It appeared that both teams had less precautions about receiving a card and were mainly concerned about finding the goal. In a span of five minutes, Bryant managed to receive four fouls. Three of Bryant’s players were handed yellow cards while Monmouth stayed clean. Bryant finished the game with 19 fouls while Monmouth had 13 fouls.

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The Gun Show || The Twelfth Man to Monmouth: Light Up Kessler Field

default article imageThe time and place are set, the plans are made, just need the finishing touches and soon your group of friends will be going out to watch a sporting event. The setting is a Saturday evening on a warm day in fall and the occasion calls for an intriguing football matchup.

The only problem…this whole situation is completely unattainable. The reason for this disheartening statement: no lights on Kessler Field. No sporting events or social gatherings will be occurring there past sun down as the field can accommodate only day games.

In the bold move over the summer, lights were installed on the Great Lawn for our prestigious soccer program, a strategy that is sure to bring fans out at night to enjoy a ranked soccer team take on an NEC opponent. Or they will be able to witness the girls soccer team do the same, an increasingly popular site as the team is rising in NEC ranks.

But as the move is sure to draw crowds, still not too far away at Kessler Field, the facility does not employ night games. A football game, drawing much larger crowds than soccer, justifiably needs these lights for a change of pace and a new touch to the Monmouth athletic outlook.

As the stands are filled during our day games, with fans of all ages, even more would be able to be drawn to a night game. Following any daytime activities and or obligations the Monmouth fan would be able to enjoy the night game and unwind as the Pep Band cheers on Hawk fans and the players vie another win.

It’s clear-cut common sense at this point that the installation should occur. Becoming moments to mark off on the calendar, the night game could become another illustrious addition to the Monmouth resumé.

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Squawk with A Hawk 10/12/11

Squawk With A Hawk 10.12.11I sat down with the Hawks’ sophomore wide receiver Mitchell Pollard before the team faced off against Colgate. The 5’9 175 lb. receiver has put together a great start to the 2011 season. Pollard recorded 10 catches for 88 yards in last week’s loss to Robert Morris, becoming the first Monmouth player to grab ten catches in a game since 2006. Pollard is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA in receptions per game, averaging 6.75.

Outlook: What is your favorite High School Football memory?

MP: Playing our rivals who went 140 that year and won states but we came real close to beating them. I had a couple 80yard plays against them, so that was a big game.

Outlook: What can you do individually to help the team win?

MP: Just stick with the team concept, run the plays that they tell us to run. And when I touch the ball just try to make big things happen.

Outlook: What does the team need to do in order to reach the top of the NEC again?

MP: We have to stay in the races. Keep doing what we’re doing. Just work harder every day to get better. Eventually we’ll get there.

Outlook: Who is your favorite NFL player? Why?

MP: DeSean Jackson because I try to emulate my game after him.

Outlook: Who is your favorite NFL team?

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Field Hockey Team Shows Promise at the Midway Point of the Season

Field Hockey 10.05.11Standing at 84 looking into October, head coach Carli Figlio and the field hockey team has plenty to be proud of, but have plenty of work to do as well.

The Hawks started off the season in a rough fashion, as they dropped their first two matches. They opened up the season on August 27 at Syracuse University, who was ranked fifth in the nation at the time. The Hawks were dominated by the much stronger Syracuse squad by a score of 40, but Coach Figlio stresses the fact that games like these against very strong opponents prove to be learning experiences.

“Playing up always benefits us in the long run. It shows our character, concentration, and what we need to fix as a team,” Coach Figlio said.

Later that week, the Hawks then fell to Hofstra University in the home opener by a score of 43. Senior Morganne Firmstone scored twice for the Hawks.

The Hawks got their first win to open up September. They defeated the University of Miami (Ohio) 32 in overtime. Sophomore Michelle Pieczynski scored the game winning goal deep into overtime to seal the victory for the Hawks.

After a loss to the College of William and Mary two days later, Monmouth bounced back in their next game to defeat Lehigh University, 41. Pieczynski was dominant once again, as she recorded a hat trick. The victory was the first of an upcoming five game win streak for Monmouth.

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Football Team Falls to RMU 23-20

default article imageThe Hawks lost to the Robert Morris Colonials on Saturday 2320. The Hawks fall to 22 on the season, 11 in the Northeast Conference.

The Hawks shot themselves in the foot all day. Penalty yardage was unacceptable. 13 penalties for 136 yards. The biggest penalty came in the fourth quarter.

The Colonials were losing 2017 and facing a fourth down in their own territory. As they lined up to punt, Monmouth had too many players on the field. The five-yard penalty resulted in a Robert Morris first down, and they went on to score the game winning touchdown on that drive.

The Hawks’ offense never got into a groove in this one. Kyle Frazier threw for 241 yards, but had two costly interceptions.

Their running game was never established. Julian Hayes led the team on the ground, taking 14 carries for 41 yards.

“We knew going into the game that Robert Morris is excellent against the run. The strength of their defense is in their front seven and probably in their defensive line. I think that they kind of won the battle on the defensive line, particularly in the run game there up there,” said Coach Callahan.

Callahan also pointed to penalties as a reason why the run game never got going. “There was also sometimes though, because of penalties we had ourselves in first and twenties, first and twenty-fives, first and fifteens. It’s really difficult to say ‘okay we’re going to come out and establish the run’.”

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Men’s Soccer Starts NEC Play with a Victory and a Loss

default article imageThe Men’s soccer team battled in league opponents Long Island University and Central Connecticut State University to a draw this weekend.

Within the first ten minutes of Friday’s game against LIU, it was clear that Monmouth would be controlling the play. By using the width of the field rather than the length, the team was able to manage the game in an efficient manner.

To start the scoring spree, freshman Matt Jeffery headed the ball into the right pocket of the goal off a corner kick by junior Ryan Clark to put MU on the scoreboard. Clark continued to be a dominant force as he weaved through three LIU defenders and made a perfect pass while falling on the ground to sophomore Joseph Schmid making the game 20 MU.

When Schmid was asked how he and Clark played so fluently together, he replied “In general if you are a good soccer player, when you play around good soccer players it becomes natural. I had a whole spring with them, practice four times a week, played a few games.”

As the clock wound down to four minutes left in the first half, the Hawks gained another corner. Clark took the kick and placed it perfectly to junior Kevin Davis who headed it towards George Quintano who put the ball in the back of the net. At the halftime, the scoreboard read 30 Monmouth.

Although MU maintained their game in the second half, Long Island University began to play a new one. LIU started to utilize the width of the field and applied more pressure on the Hawks.

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The Gun Show || Is Race Still a Factor in the Hiring of College Football Coaches?

default article imageIt’s Saturday afternoon during the fall season, and inevitably the vibrant college football season. You flip on an ESPN game to find top notch, bowl contending matchups. With the fans crazy and players amped, there’s nothing more you could look for in a college game. Except, that’s where you’re wrong; what is missing from this scene? The answer is the presence of African-American (and minority) coaches in NCAA football.

NCAA Division IA teams attract high caliber recruitments and a large fan base but cannot hire/draw in African-American coaches. In 2011, only 11 black coaches are at the helm of a College Football Sub Bowl Division team.

Although this is a high amount compared to years past, it is a remarkably low number considering the 117 schools involved. It is a problem that still reigns clear throughout the sport and uncovers the fact that still today, there remains discrimination. It is still a problem that is right out there in front of our eyes, and poked and prodded at by a variety of analysts in the past.

No direct link can be correlated and no concrete answer will solve the problem. In a sport dominated by African-American athletes, the coaching staffs misrepresent the sport’s population and show that greed and image still lie at the heart of hiring.

Minority coaches that eventually do get the privilege of heading a program seem to take control of programs which have had notoriously losing traditions, placing a negative damper on the image of the black coach. Although many have been successful in changing their respective programs, only a few have had winning records, possibly deterring college officials from hiring more black coaches.

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