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Men's Basketball Stays Hot at Home

MBB 01.29.20Men’s basketball remained atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after back-to-back wins this past weekend against conference opponents Niagara and Iona led by junior guard Deion Hammond’s 47 combined points.

The Hawks made it a perfect 7-0 home record at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday night against the Purple Eagles of Niagara behind Hammond’s game-high 22 points leading to the 82-71 victory.

“This one feels great, especially when your teammates get you involved and get you the ball,” said Hammond. “I feel like everyone was clicking today and it was a great team effort for a win.”

Monmouth was in control from the very beginning of Friday night’s affair as they quickly got out to a 20-5 lead with Hammond scoring nine of those points. It appeared as though the blue and white would run away with this one until Niagara put together a run of their own and eventually took the lead towards the end of the first half.

“We’ve been trying to play for 40 minutes and the way we started the game, I thought we were about to do it tonight,” said Head Coach King Rice. “But we’re still young in areas and probably started to think they had this already.”

However, all momentum seemed to sway in favor of the Hawks in the final moments of the half as Hammond finished home an alley-oop in dramatic fashion going into the locker room with a 34-33 advantage.

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Upcoming Games 12-04-19

Friday, Dec. 6

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Saturday, Dec. 7

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Football vs #2 James Madison
NAAC FCS Playoffs
Harrisonburg, Virginia 1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Lafayette
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

M/W Track
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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All-East Honors For Cross Country

XC 12.04.19The men’s cross-country team was led to fifth place by sophomore Louis DiLaurenzio last weekend at the Cross Country IC4A Championships in Bronx, New York. The women’s team, led by freshman Sammi Ragenklint, placed in sixth.

Saturday, Nov. 23 was an action-packed day for the blue and white. The Hawks end their cross-country season with strong finishes and places at the Cross Country IC4A Championships. Ragenklint was able to finish, as the second among freshman in the race, placing sixth in the 5K with her time of 18:22.

‘’Both teams raced strategically well and moved up throughout the competition,” said Head Coach Mike Nelson. “They showed a lot of heart and resilience. In our program, we talk a lot about racing with intelligence, toughness, and confidence. That’s exactly what they displayed today.”

Ragenklint finishing sixth place is the highest a woman on the Monmouth team has ever placed at the Cross Country IC4A Championships. Ragenklint also set a record for the women’s team with her time of 18:22 at Van Cortlandt Park. This record was set in 2011 by Jennifer Nelson.

The women’s second to finish was junior Melanie Pfennig. Pfennig placed 37th and her time was 19:09. The next two to finish were junior Alyssa Repsher and freshman Jenny Tavares, and they finished with a time of 19:26. Junior Natalie Tavares was the fifth to finish for the Hawks at a time of 19:36.

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Men's Basketball Opens Home Play 2-0

MBB 12.04.19Men’s Basketball won both of their games at home this past week, defeating Radford 80-63 on Tuesday and beating Norfolk State by a slim margin of 75-71 on Wednesday.

Monmouth got off to a fast start against Radford as they started off the contest on a 13-4 run. Radford would then answer back with a 10-0 run putting them in front. With the game tied at 24, the Hawks were able to score six unanswered points. By the end of the half, Monmouth held a 39-35 lead thanks to a pair of free throws by senior forward Mustapha Traore

Radford started the second half by scoring the first six points which ultimately gave them a one-point lead. Junior guard Deion Hammond went on a small run that pushed the Hawks lead to seven. The Hawks then began to pull away as they were up by 14 with less than five minutes in the game. Monmouth only allowed six points in the final 3:27 against Radford in route to their win.

“Tonight, our first home game, so many people showed up and our kids were just not going to be denied,” said Head Coach King Rice. “I’m glad that our older guys really carried the load for us the group is fun, it’s a long year but we will fight and battle for the Monmouth Hawks and the fans.”

Monmouth dominated just about the entire game as they were only trailing for a total of 1:15. Leading the Hawks were Hammond who finished with a team high 20 points in 32 minutes of action. Traore also had an impressive performance as he logged a double-double with 16 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

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Women's Basketball Splits in San Diego

WBB 12.04.19Women’s basketball split in the University of San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend in San Diego, California with a 49-57 loss against San Diego on Friday night and a 60-46 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday night, earning the team their first win of the season.

Monmouth started strong and shot 13-26 or 50 percent in the first half, but only shot 4-25 or 16 percent in the second. The Hawks also went 7-17 from the free throw line.

Senior guard Akilah Jennings was tough in the first half with nine points and five points in the second half. She matched her career high with 14 points for the night. Jennings has averaged 10.3 points in her last three games.

Senior guard Sierra Green led the team with 16 points in the game. She put up eight points in the first half and eight more in the second. Impressively, this is the 26th time Green has scored double figures in 35 games.

Sophomore forward Lucy Thomas led the team in rebounds with seven in the contest.

“We had moments where we played well and battled back a couple of times. Defensively, we were able to create some turnovers to get some momentum, but we just couldn’t sustain it,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “We keep making poor decisions on offense and tur the ball over at inopportune times. We just weren’t in sync on both ends of the floor. This was a frustrating loss.”

Following the loss, Monmouth went on to face Purdue Fort Wayne the next night.

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Football Wins First Ever FCS Playoff Game

FB 12.04.1911th ranked Monmouth football hosted and were victorious in their first ever Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff game against visiting Holy Cross on Saturday 44-27 as senior captain linebacker and FCS New Jersey Player of the Year Evan Powell anchored the defense with two interceptions.

Powell’s first multiple interception game of his career got off to a quick start on just their second defensive possession of the game as the team captain read the opposing quarterback like a book dropping back into the defense to pick off the pass and change momentum early on.

“I think that what is key is that we have confidence in each other, we can rely on each other,” said Powell. “No matter who is in the game, we have a bunch of guys and we do not miss a heartbeat. Our cohesiveness and our confidence help out as a unit.”

From here the Hawks’ offense took advantage as after a long rush from fifth year quarterback Kenji Bahar, junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV took an end around reverse handoff from 17 yards out to give MU the early 7-0 advantage.

Both defensive pass rushes were on point early on forcing a variety of punts in the first quarter of play as Monmouth went into the first intermission leading by a mere 7-0 margin.

After an underwhelming Holy Cross punt set Monmouth up with excellent field position, senior kicker Matt Mosquera capitalized from 30 yards out for the first of his three field goals on the day to make it 10-0.

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Upcoming Games 11-20-19

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Women's Basketball vs Providence
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22

Women's Bowling vs UMES
UMES Hawk Classic
Millsboro, DE TBA

M/W Swimming vs St. Francis
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Kennesaw St.
MAAC/ASUN Challenge
Orlando, FL 8:30 p.m.

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Swimming Completes 3-0 Weekend

SWIM 11.20.19The Monmouth men’s and women’s swim teams won their meets when they faced off against Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 16. The men defeated the Manhattan Jaspers easily by a score of 163 to 94. The women won by an even wider margin of 194-52.

The women also won against Siena College at Steadman Natatorium in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The women fought to beat Siena by a close score of 137-124.

The men improve to 5-1 after the victory over the Jaspers while the women’s record now stands at 4-3.

After a strong week of practice, Hawks’ head coach Matt Nunnally was pleased with how his swimmers have performed so far this season.

“The team continues to make steady positive progress,” said Coach Nunnally. “Even with a tough week of training leading into the meet the team showed a lot of toughness throughout by winning the close races and putting the score out of reach.”

Among the standout performers for the men on Saturday was sophomore Callan Smith. He won the 200 free, 200 back, as well as the 500 free. With that trifecta, Smith now has nine first place finishes this year, and a total of 40 in his Monmouth Hawk career.

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Women's Soccer Falls Short in Shootout

WSOC 11.20.19Women’s soccer ended their season after falling to Brown in penalty kicks in the First Round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field in Providence, Rhode Island.

950 people were in attendance for the matchup between Monmouth (14-2-3) and #16 Brown (14-1-3).

Monmouth first faced Brown on Nov. 5, 1988 where they lost 1-2. Their next time facing off was Sept. 11, 2010 where they also lost 1-2. Saturday’s match ended in a tie at the end of regulation and eventually went into two scoreless overtimes, but was forced into penalty kicks to decide a winner, where Brown prevailed.

The Hawks managed to get eight shots off in the first half and seven shots off in the second half. They had one shot in the first over time and three in the second.

The Bears had four shots in the first half and also four shots in the second. They had one goal for the first overtime and one in the second overtime period. Overall, Monmouth outshot Brown in the match 19-10 with six shots on goal, while Brown had four.

The defense on both ends played a huge role on Saturday. Monmouth’s senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub had four saves for the day. She saved two goals in the first half and two in the second half.

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Men's Basketball Falls to Powerhouses

MBB 11.20.19Men’s basketball lost to Kansas State 73-54 at the Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night and then again on Friday to Kansas by a score of 112-57 at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The Hawks got off to a hot start against Kansas State as they did not allow a single point for the first 3:57 seconds of the game and held the Wildcats to only eight points in the first 10:55. Monmouth did not give up a lead until 13:44 into the contest when Kansas State scored to make it 14-13.

The blue and white were able to close out the half on an 11-2 run. During this run, junior guard Ray Salnave went on a stretch of scoring nine consecutive points for Monmouth. By halftime, the Hawks were leading by nine. Monmouth played excellent defense in the first half as they limited their Big-12 opponent to 0-for-10 from deep and 20 total points on 27 percent from the field.

In the second half, the Wildcats gained control of the contest. They started off the half on a 9-0 run, tying the game by 16:46. After Monmouth stopped the run for a bit, the Wildcats took over and went on a stretch where they outscored the Hawks 28-5. Monmouth was able to trim the deficit down to 13, thanks to consecutive three pointers from Salnave. However, they were unable to come any closer and fell to Kansas State 73-54.

While the Hawks lost the matchup, they did not lose in all aspects of the stat sheet. They shot a better 3-point percentage as well a better field goal percentage than Kansas State. Monmouth shot 33 percent from deep compared to the Wildcats’ 21 percent, while Monmouth made 83 percent of their free throws compared to Kansas State’s 71 percent.

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Football Clinches Big South and a Playoff Spot

FB 11.20.1912th ranked Monmouth football clinched their first ever Big South conference title and a spot in the playoffs after defeating Campbell on the road in North Carolina 47-10 behind a career-best day from junior running back and Big South Offensive Player of the Week Pete Guerriero.

Guerriero rushed for a career-high 237 yards while scoring three touchdowns on the ground and added 66 more yards through the air including a 50-yard screen pass for a score to make it four total touchdowns on the day. The standout back’s 303 total yards came just four yards shy of breaking the Monmouth program record for all-purpose yards in a single game.

“It was one of those days where big time players make big time plays, as an offensive unit we were able to step up as a team and get this win,” said Guerriero. “The entire line is strong up front, and they work hard each and every day and that’s what has gotten us to this point. They are the heart of this offense. As the season goes on, they just keep getting stronger and stronger.”

The now three-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week this season, leads the conference in all-purpose yards, rushing yards and rushing yards per game with his 12 rushing touchdowns being second most in the league.

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