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Men's Soccer Shows Promising Youth in Losses

MSOC 10.23.19Men’s soccer lost to Saint Peter’s 4-1 at home on Wednesday Oct. 16 before losing to Fairfield University 3-1 in Connecticut on Oct. 19. With the losses, Monmouth falls to 1-10-2, with a record of 1-2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

On Wednesday against Saint Peter’s the Peacocks capitalized on three second half goals to result in the three-point margin of victory. The only goal of the game for the blue and white came from freshman forward Ben Zakowski who scored his third goal in three consecutive games fresh off of being named the MAAC Rookie of the Week last week.

“Full credit to Saint Peter’s,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt. “They were very good in the second half and deserved the win. We will rally up and get ready for Fairfield.”

On Saturday, the Fairfield Stags jumped out to an early lead after Diallo Simon-Ponte scored the first goal of the game in the 38th minute. A short time after that, Fairfield scored another goal in the 46th minute. The goal was scored by Santiago Gonzalez and both goals came off an assist from Joseph Lozowski.

Monmouth had some shots early but were not able to take advantage. They totaled four shots in the first 15 minutes of the game. Junior forward Sebastian Rodriguez came close to giving Monmouth an early 1-0 lead, but his header hit the crossbar and missed.

After trailing 2-0, Monmouth got on the board in the 76th minute of the game. Sophomore defenseman Liam McGregor, a local kid who went to high school at Middletown North, scored the first goal of his Monmouth soccer career. For McGregor, this was just his 12th game as a Hawk. His only shot on goal against Farifield was a successful one.

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Football Prevails 49-28 in Homecoming Shootout

FB 10.23.19Monmouth football bulldozed over the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in their Homecoming game on Saturday at Kessler Stadium by a score of 49-28 led by Big South Offensive Player of the Week, fifth year quarterback Kenji Bahar.

Bahar, the Preseason Big South Offensive Player of the Year, converted 20 of his 26 passes on the afternoon compiling 327 yards through the air and three total touchdowns. He leads the entire league in total offense, passing yards, and completion percentage while also being just seven yards shy of passing former Hawk Brian Boland for most passing yards in program history.

“When the offensive line did as well as they did today, it’s kind of easy,” said Bahar. “Kudos to the line, when you have a line that’s protecting you, you can make plays, go through your reads and hit guys on the outside like the ones to Lonnie (Moore IV) and Terrance (Greene Jr.).”

Bahar led a Hawks offense that totaled seven touchdowns on the day and 599 yards total with 237 coming through the air and 272 on the ground.

Junior wide receiver Terrance Greene Jr. was Bahar’s go-to-guy on Saturday hauling in a career-best eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns both coming in the first half of play.

His first touchdown kicked off the game’s scoring on MU’s first drive as Bahar took a shot downfield to Greene Jr. for a 42-yard touchdown following a fourth down conversion for the 7-0 lead.

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Upcoming Games 10-16-19

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Women's Soccer at Iona
New Rochelle, NY 3:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs Saint Peter's
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Men's Tennis at TBA
Northeast Regional Championships
Phiadelphia, PA 3:00 TBA

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#23 Field Hockey Wins at Home

FH 10.16.19Sophomore forward Annick Van Lange, recently named National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) and America East Offensive Player of the Week proved to be a force as she registered a pair of goals in Friday’s win against Maine. So Sweet A Cat field hosted its 5th win for the Hawks this season as they continue to roll through conference play.

Right from the beginning, four minutes in, the Hawks took control with a corner strike from junior Ireen Frenken, this game being her fourth in a row scoring a goal. This will be her fifth registered goal of the season as she makes her place known as an offensive force. A mere 13 seconds later, Maine answered with a goal to tie the game up, but this was no match for Van Lange.

Van Lange was able to get her stick on the ball twice and into the back of the net within a short nine-minute span in order for the Hawks to take the lead going into the second half. These would make up Van Lange’s 21 career goals and her 12 on the season. Grauate student midfielder Stefanie Bigler got her name on the scoreboard with the final goal for the Hawks, sending a shot inside the far post off of a broken corner play.

Bigler is making a statement this year as this is her third goal of the season, and her fourth overall in her career. The Hawks have outscored their opponents 14-4 during their three-game winning streak and also improved to a 4-2 record since they have been nationally ranked.

There are also some other names that should not go unnoticed as junior defender Hannah Schavio added one assist to the board and freshman midfielder Aylin Aufenacker added two. Kate O’ Hogan also posted her 17th career win in goal and made two saves that were crucial towards the win.

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Football Shuts Out First Conference Rival

FB 10.16.19Monmouth football put a nearly flawless performance together in their first Big South matchup of the season, dominating visiting Presbyterian on Saturday 45-0 at Kessler Stadium in Long Branch. 

It was the fifth-year quarterback Kenji Bahar who led the way yet again for the blue and white despite getting pulled in the second half due to the massive lead. Bahar compiled 233 total passing yards while converting 16 of 23 passes for three touchdowns.

Bahar’s favorite target remained the same as it has been all year long, junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV hauled in six receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown fresh off of his game-winning touchdown last week at Wagner. His touchdown kick started the Hawks’ scoring early in the first quarter in the back corner of the endzone as he got one foot down for the 14-yard score.

Moore IV’s career-best season so far is becoming shockingly similar to Monmouth record-breaker Reggie White Jr.’s 2018 campaign which he was asked about after the game.

“One of the reasons why I actually came to Monmouth was because of Reggie. I took a visit here and he was the person who showed me around,” said Moore IV. “He just showed me the steps and being able to be behind guys like him was able to teach me a lot on and off the field. It’s a big testimony to those guys who set the standard for us.”

Among the players this season who are helping to fill the void of White Jr.’s departure are also junior and senior running backs Pete Guerrero and Devell Jones who each had huge games in Saturday’s victory. Guerrero ran for 83 total yards on 11 carries while breaking a 48-yard game changing touchdown run early in the first quarter to give Monmouth the 14-0 lead. This was also the longest run of the season for the starting running back.

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Women's Soccer Extends Winning Streak to Seven

WSOC 10.16.19The Monmouth University women’s soccer team is now on a seven game winning streak after adding two shutout wins against Siena College and Canisius College this week. The Hawks won 1-0 against Siena in double overtime this past Wednesday, Oct. 9 and then had a 6-0 victory over Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 12.

On Wednesday, the Hawks travelled up to Landonville, New York to compete against Siena College for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game at Siena Field.

Although Monmouth controlled the possession for the majority of the game, the first goal was not scored until double overtime at the 100 minute mark. Senior midfielder Lexie Palladino was assisted by junior defender Sarina Jones, who ran down the sideline to set up Palladino to take her shot. Palladino’s goal was her fifth of the season and ultimately the game-winning goal of the match, this was her fifth-game winning goal of her career.

Prior to the game-winner, Monmouth attempted scoring throughout the match. Senior forward Dana Scheriff attempted two shots on goal that almost broke the tie, but they were both unsuccessful. Likewise, fifth year forward Madie Gibson generated an opportunity in around the 74th minute of the match, but the attempt was thwarted by Siena goalie, senior Taylor Dorado.

“We have been on the road for so many matches this season,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “I credit our team for their resiliency to approach each match. It feels great to get the result as it was well deserved.”

Later in the week, the Hawks welcomed the Canisius College Golden Griffins to The Great Lawn for another MAAC match.

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Men's Soccer Gains First Win and MAAC Honors

MSOC 10.16.19Men’s soccer is coming off an impressive week against two conference rivals as they defeated Siena on the Great Lawn 2-1 on Wednesday for their first win of the season and tied with Rider 2-2 on the road on Saturday.

The Hawks earned their first win of the season against their conference rival Siena in a close game. Siena showcased strong offense right out of the gate as they recorded the first two shots on goal of the game which were both recorded in the first 16 minutes of the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Murray was able to make saves on both shots.

Monmouth scored their first goal of the game in the 40th minute off a header from freshman forward Ben Zakowski. This was Zakowski’s first goal of his career and assisting on the goal was junior midfielder Santo Arena and freshman defenseman Pablo Fonseca.

Zakowski scored two goals on the week which was a strong enough performance to earn him Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week. Arena on the other hand finished the week with a team-leading five points which named him the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Near the end of the first half Siena sent another shot that was on goal, but Murray was able to make a save to conserve the lead heading into halftime.

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Upcoming Games 10-02-19

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Men's Soccer at Manhattan
Riverdale, NY 7:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs Manhattan
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Women's Tennis at Marist
Poughkeepsie, NY 3:00 p.m.

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Women's Golf Finishes Fourth

WGOLF 10.02.19Women’s golf finished consecutive days of play by placing fourth out of 11 teams in the Hartford Invitational this past weekend. The Hawks finished only a lone shot out of third place as Farleigh Dickinson University (FDU) took home first in the event with a total score of 585.

Junior Cassidy Gavaghan and freshman Paige Diecidue led the blue and white each finishing in the top-10 overall for the weekend.

Both ladies finished with rounds in the 70’s as did freshman Liddie McCook who had the low score of the weekend recording a 71 on her card during the first day of play. This score by McCook was the lowest of any Hawk so far this season putting her in a class by herself.

Gavaghan led the MU card for the fourth time in her career as her opening round score of 72 and total score of 151 for the event were both career bests.

This was also the second time this season that Diecidue scored lowest on the Monmouth team card.

The low scores did not stop here as freshman Claire Orr also totaled her lowest numbers of the season finding the scorecard with an 87. Sophomore Amanda Hart also came in with a two-round low score of 162 which is a season best for her.

These young shining stars led Monmouth to a program low score of 297 in the first round on Saturday. However, their total score for both rounds combined was 616 after the Hawks shot a less impressive 319 on Sunday.

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Women's Soccer Shuts Out Marist

WSOC 10.02.19Monmouth Women’s Soccer proved to be victorious in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) yet again, shutting out the Marist Red Foxes in a 3-0 win on the Great Lawn on Saturday Sept. 28. They continue on an undefeated track in conference play, defeating both Saint Peter’s University in their first league game (3-1), and now Marist.

Goalkeeper and senior Amanda Knaub made a crucial save early in the match to keep it scoreless, providing the Hawks with some extra adrenaline to capitalize on the net. Sophomore forward Jill Conklin’s play of the day was the first goal to find the back of the net, coming from fifth year forward Madie Gibson’s free kick from 23 yards out on the corner. Conklin headed the ball just inside the lower left post, putting Monmouth ahead for the remainder of the game. This was Conklin’s first goal of the season, and the fifth of her career.

Scoring the first goal is always a huge sign for the Hawks who have won 41 straight games when getting on the scoreboard first.

The 35th minute of the game led to another goal for the Hawks, when senior midfielder Jessica Johnson had a penalty attempt that was originally deflected. This opportunity was thanks to freshman midfielder Alexa Correa who was fouled in the box. Despite the initial saving of the goal, Johnson still managed to knock the ball in off the rebound that was bounced right back to her. Just like Conklin, this marked Johnson’s first goal of the year and the fifth of her career.

Senior midfielder Lexie Palladino scored the final goal of the match against the Red Foxes in the 39th minute of the game, burying a penalty kick beyond the keeper’s head. This was the offensive force, Palladino’s, third goal of the year.

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Women's Tennis Earns Two Wins to Kickstart Fall

WTEN 10.02.19The women’s tennis team went undefeated this past week winning back to back games at home by a score of 4-3 against Delaware State and St. Francis Brooklyn.

“Everyone dug down. It was a great win for the team. Tennis is that weird sport where it is individual but you need a team to win. I am really proud of how everyone stayed together as a team and got the win,” said Head Coach Patrice Murray. “Nicole Gasser clinched the match for us in the last two wins, which is exciting and our doubles win today was very much needed,” said Murray.

Thursday’s matchup on Sept. 26 was a tight one against the Hornets of Delaware State as Monmouth got their first win of the season with just one point separating the two teams.

Freshman Ann Spurka led the way in the number one singles spot for the Hawks as she accounted for the first win of the day with a three-set victory.

Spurka showed resilience defeating her opponent in the first set 7-5 before dropping the second 5-7 and coming back to win the deciding set 10-7.

In the second singles spot sophomore Nicole Gasser took down her matchup in just two sets with consecutive 6-4 and 6-2 victories.

“Personally, it is a big confidence booster especially since they have been tight matches. As for the team, it brings such enthusiasm to the court. Every point is super close and having that energy and cheering from the team also helps bring confidence into the match,” said Sophomore Nicole Gasser.

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