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Frazier Recovers From ACL Tear

frazier recovers from acl tearNortheast Conference (NEC) Offensive Player of the Week after the Hawk’s second game of the season, fifth year senior Kyle Frazier, has proven that he has one thing on his mind this season, an NEC Championship ring.

Coming back this year after a season-ending knee injury against Bryant, Frazier has restored not only his knee, but also his mentality to strive for a winning season. “It was one of the hardest times of my life,” Frazier described after his ACL surgery. But with a few months of rehab and a lot of determination, he was able to work his way back up to where he was before his injury.

Now into his fifth year on the Hawks, Frazier first started playing football at the age of seven. Given the choice at a young age to play either soccer or football, Monmouth’s quarterback clearly made the right decision. Along with playing football, Frazier also tried baseball and basketball but realized playing football is what he wanted to continue with.

Frazier knew that he wanted to come to the University as soon as he visited the campus. He described how much he loved the coaches, other players and the area. “This has been the best time of my life,” explained Frazier. “I have no regrets of coming here. I made a lot of new friends and have enjoyed playing football.”

After red shirting as a freshman, Frazier came out his sophomore year starting seven out of the 11 games of the season. He finished off the year with 1,453 yards and 10 touchdowns. Frazier was named NEC Rookie of the Week for his success against Sacred Heart. As a junior, Frazier started all 11 games and ranked within the top five quarterbacks from Monmouth for completed passes in a season. He led the NEC and ranked fourth in Hawks history by completing 61.3 percent of his passes.

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Women’s Soccer Opens 3-4-1

womens soccer opens 3 4 1The women’s soccer team posted its first draw of the season Sunday night on the Great Lawn, with the final score of 1-1 in a match that went into double overtime against Rider. The Hawks now post a record of 3-4-1 as they end their non-conference schedule.

Starting the season off slowly, Krissy Turner’s women’s soccer team continued to play well and perhaps find their groove on Sunday night. Despite giving up an early goal in the first half, the Hawks changed the momentum of the game with a tenacious mentality to fight back no matter what. “We’ve been down so many times it doesn’t really phase us any-more,” explains Turner. It is that kind of mentality that has helped Monmouth climb up the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings.

Although the Hawks are a young team they have a great mixture of youth, determination and players that continue to step up. Those among many reasons have helped fuel the Hawks strong play in recent weeks. “We have had some players that were out with injuries and I think the players that have stepped in have done a pretty good job,” said Turner. Even though the team has a lack of experience they have fought hard against strong opponents this season and continue to improve week by week. “The experience of getting into these games is going to help us when we get into conference play,” states sophomore defender Alexa Freguletti.

In MU’s final non-conference game of the season, they gave up a goal early in the 14th minute. However, the Hawks would scratch and claw their way back into the game by showing poise and heart. Monmouth fought hard and tied it up in the 17th minute. The goal was scored by Freguletti and it was her first goal of the season.

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The Gun Show || Watch At Your Own Risk

Corruption Bleeds From Every Depth of the BCS

Four long months have gone by since everyone has heard from The Gun Show, and in that time, I’d say I’ve been graced by a few sports epiphanies. Luckily (I can only hope), you’re in for another year of college sports news decoding. Whether this saddens you or gives you comfort, there’s one thing I can say (as Peter Griffin once made clear), there are a few things that really grind my gears...

Nothing beats a great in-conference college football matchup, right? Fans of all walks of life just cannot wait to sit down with their popcorn in hand to watch their ranked team beat a lower-echelon no name... well if that’s what you’re thinking (and agreeing upon), then you’ve lost any sense of dignity regarding sports and its true motivating factor: Fun. Stemming from that: Friendly competition. It is all gone.

Three quarters of the games we see now are fifty point blowouts that don’t even deserve a minute of viewership.

This is not the powerful team’s fault either. Every now and then you may hear about a coach catching some scrutiny for purposely running up the score in an effort to cure some sort of personal vendetta with the opposite sideline. Yes, this is an exception. But in general, it’s the format of the NCAA football system that allows for such lopsidedness.

Highly paid college scouts for Big Ten or SEC programs bring in unparalleled talent through recruitment and the coaching staffs, which earn millions to mold these players into Heisman contenders and All-Americans. Succeeding that, these NFL ready rosters take on the lower caliber NCAA teams; these rosters are full of staffs which earn half as much and have a quarter of the talent. Put the two together, add in some television cameras and you get boring, predictable and unruly games. The Alabamas, LSUs and Oregons of the world will pummel their opponents, sometimes 60-0 or maybe even worse.

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Field Hockey Starts Season 0-6

sports_fieldhockeyThe University field hockey team has started the season slowly, but head coach Carli Figlio and her girls know what it takes to get back on track. Figlio is in her sixth year as the head coach, so she has plenty of experience going through ups and downs in a season.

The team has started the season 0-6, but they are headed to Newark, Del. today to take on the University of Delaware in a non-conference matchup.

The Hawks began the season with a tough loss to Syracuse University, ranked seventh in the nation at the time. Monmouth hosted Syracuse with expectations for a tough game, but also an opportunity to prove something big. Unfortunately, they fell short by a score of 8-1. Despite what the final score said, having the opportunity to match up against a powerful squad like Syracuse is only good for the Monmouth field hockey program. Playing up against tough opponents will only make them better.

Three days later, Monmouth traveled to Long Island to take on Hofstra University. It was another tough one, as the Hawks were held without a goal in the 6-0 loss. The Hawks wrapped up the month of August with an opportunity to host Rutgers University and add to the hype of the in-state rivalry. It was also the third year that the two schools have participated in the “Stick it To Cancer Game,” where both teams play to support and fund cancer research. The past two years, the two schools raised over $3,000. Rutgers came out on top with a 4-1 win.

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Hawks Fly Passed Rhode Island 41-6

sports_footballThe Football team dominated Rhode Island on Saturday 41-6 to improve their record to 1-1 on the season.

Kyle Frazier had one of the best games of his career. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He took control of the game with his feet as well, rushing seven times for 57 yards. Frazier didn’t even play in the fourth quarter.

On the Hawks’ first possession, Frazier led a 13-play, 85-yard drive for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The fifth year senior quarterback was six of seven passing for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball once for ten yards.

The Blue and White had lost their previous eight games at home, so starting strong got the crowd involved and confident for the first time in a while at Kessler Field.

Monmouth’s offense was able to do whatever they wanted against the Rams (0-1) for the entire game. Everyone was involved and the team was clicking on all cylinders.

The Hawks totaled 539 yards of offense, with 272 coming on the ground.

Pete Nagy led MU with 82 yards rushing on eight carries, despite losing a fumble at his own 12-yard line on the team’s second possession. K.B. Asante carried 14 times for 64 yards, a healthy 4.6-yard average. Sophomore Julian. Hayes took the ball 12 times for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his second and third scores of the season.

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Men’s Soccer Undefeated Through Five Games

sports_menssoccerIt’s been a great start to the 2012 season for the Hawks men’s soccer team. Yet to be defeated, they are 4-0-1 and currently sitting second in the Northeast Conference. Coming off three straight NEC tournament titles and seven straight NEC regular season championships, Coach Robert McCourt’s team is eager to continue their success this year.

“Our goals every year are to set ourselves up to get an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, to win the NEC regular season and to win the NEC tournament. Those are our three main goals,” said Coach McCourt. “We always feel that, as a program, anything less than that is a failure for us.”

Many changes have occurred since last season ended with a defeat to UCONN in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Hawks welcome four international players who have all earned starting spots on the team and are already making a huge impact. Junior transfer Francois “Paco” Navarro, originally from Paris, France, leads the team in points this year, recording two goals and three assists in the five games.

“Coach McCourt has done a great job putting in a lot of new pieces,” said junior Jacob Rubinstein. “We have a lot of new people this year, a lot of new faces getting a lot of playing time, so he’s definitely done a great job putting everything together.”

Early on, the Hawks have been getting recognition for their play from the Northeast Conference. Two weeks into the season, a Monmouth player has been named NEC Player of the Week as well as NEC Rookie of the Week each week.

The honors of Player of the Week went to Jacob Rubinstein for the week of August 27. Rubinstein scored the lone goal in the season opener at Towson University. A corner kick gave Paco Navarro the assist as Rubinstein put the ball in the back of the net. The goal was Rubinstein’s first since he netted the game winner against Saint Francis (PA.) in the 2010 NEC Championship game.

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A Look Back At The Spring Season

sports_springsportsMany students left the University in the middle of May after finals to return home for summer vacation. The spring sports teams, however, still needed to conclude their seasons and try to win championships.

Starting with the baseball team, Monmouth came up just short of winning the Northeast Conference (NEC) crown. The second seeded Pioneers of Sacred Heart defeated the Hawks 5-1 in the conference championship game.

Hawks’ baseball won 35 games on the season, eclipsing 30 wins for the second consecutive year and eighth time under the direction of Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. Pat Light and Jake Gronsky were both named to the NEC All-Tournament team.

Light was drafted into Major League Baseball by the Boston Red Sox.

The softball team lost its only two games in the NEC tournament to Robert Morris and Quinnipiac to finish the season with a record of 24-20.

Chelsea Paprocki was named to the NEC All-Tournament for her efforts. She knocked in all of Monmouth’s three runs in the post season. She scorched a double down the left field line in the second inning against Robert Morris to plate a pair of runs. Against Quinnipiac, her RBI came on a single to left field in the fourth inning to cut the Bobcats’ lead in half and make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Softball won its final seven games of the regular season to finish fourth in the NEC and beat out Central Connecticut State and Bryant by one game for the final seed in the conference tournament.

Women’s lacrosse won the NEC tournament for the first time since 2007. The third-seeded Hawks defeated Mount St. Mary’s 11- 3. The Blue and White’s defense allowed the fewest goals in the history of the NEC tournament, allowing only seven goals in its two games. The previous record was nine.

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The Gun Show || The Year That Was

default article imageA Summary of The Gun Show’s Most Impactful Stories

With the semester coming to a close, it is only natural to look back at the year that was. To say we had a substantial amount of news in sports would be an understatement. We saw everything from sex scandals to praises on the Cuban dictatorship to different Monmouth athletes coming out of college and entering professional sports.

This week, I will try to narrow down the year’s most impactful stories and sum them up a bit. It is my hope that this sum-up will cause you to reminisce a bit on the school year that was, and even how much sports has influenced the news we remember.

Just attempting to narrow down nearly 30 editions of “The Gun Show” was quite a hard task, but hopefully you have hung on to the hard copies and made some further assumptions yourself.

Before I begin with the summary, I would just like to thank all of you readers for sifting the pages of The Outlook to the back every week just to see what sort of opinion I had that week on the wide world of sports.

Hopefully in the next year, you will see many more opinionated articles that you can agree with me on; or maybe you may come find content that you strongly disagree with. Either way, this has shown the power of op/ed, even in sports. So finally, I would just like to reiterate my appreciation for all of my faithful readers.

So this year in sports, we have had!

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Baseball Sweeps Four-Game Series Against the Mount

default article imageMU faced a tough line up this past week as they competed against the non-conference Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday and competed in two double headers Friday and Saturday against NEC opponent Mount St. Mary’s.

Starting off for the Hawks was right handed pitcher Jon Shippee. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead in the first inning scoring three runs off three hits.

Senior left fielder Ed Martin led off in the first inning by hitting a single. Next was senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who got to first due to catcher interference. Sophomore second baseman, Jake Gronsky, nearly tired the game up by hitting a ball to the fence but it was caught.

Junior third baseman, Danny Avella, came up to bat and hit a sac fly deep to right field advancing both Martin and Rosenkranz. With two outs, senior designated hitter Chris Perret was able to connect for a single scoring Martin from third. Next was senior first baseman Owen Stewart who walked on four pitches bringing sophomore shortstop Jon Guida to the plate with the bases loaded.

Guida hit the ball in front of the home plate forcing a fielder’s choice ending the Hawks’ threat. Monmouth would not get another hit until the seventh when senior center fielder, Josh Boyd, connected for a single.

The scoreboard did not change again until the sixth when Rutgers was able to score making it a 4-1 game. After this run crossed the plate, Shippee was replaced by freshman righty T.J. Hunt. Shippee closed his line with 5.2 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits. Hunt was unable to calm the Rutgers offense as he pitched 1.1 innings serving up two earned runs against seven batters. Relieving Hunt in the eighth was fifth year senior John McDonald who pitched one-third of an inning allowing one earned run. Coming in for McDonald was freshman righty Adam Yunginger who finished off the eighth with only one hit and one walk held to his name. Right-handed freshman, Chris McKenna, pitched in the ninth giving Rutgers their final run off two hits bringing the final score to 8-1 in Rutger’s favor.

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Softball Falls in Three NEC Games Over Weekend

sports-softballThe softball team was swept by Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent Bryant on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Monmouth 7-4 in the first game and 5-4 in the second in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

In game one, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Alicia Desanto singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Desanto advanced to third on another wild pitch. Tish Derer doubled to center, bringing Desanto home. Kaitie Schumacher came up next and singled to knock in Derer.

The Blue and White added another two runs in the fourth. Chelsea Paprocki led the inning off with a solo home run. After a couple outs, Derer singled to shortstop. Schumacher doubled to center and Derer scored.

Derer and Schumacher combined for six hits, three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kayla Weiser and Desanto added two hits each.

Alissa Schoelkopf took the loss and her record fell to 7-3 in 2012. She pitched five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two. She had five strikeouts.

In game two, the Hawks tied the game at with a four-run sixth inning. Schumacher doubled to start the inning. Weiser singled to put runner on the corners for Vanessa Cardoza. The freshman singled to shortstop and Schumacher scored to give the Hawks their first run of the day. Colleen Kelly flied out next and both runners moved up a base. Kayleena Flores stepped up with runners on second and third and one out. A wild pitch brought Weiser home and moved Cardoza to third. Flores singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, Cardoza scored.

With two outs and the bases empty, the Hawks generated enough offense to tie the game. Paprocki was hit by a pitch, followed by Desanto’s single. Christine Scherr singled next to bring Paprocki home and tie the game at four.

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Hawks Reach NEC Tournament With Win Over the Mount

hawks reach nec tournament with win over the mountMonmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team qualified for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament on Friday after dispatching rival Mount St. Mary’s 11-6 on Kessler Field.

The Hawks, 7-10 6-3 NEC, used a complete team effort to defeat Mount, who also owns a 7-10 and 6-3 league record. The Hawks were led offensively by seniors Olivia Salata and Alex Marino, each who registered five points in the win. The Hawks were accurate with the ball, putting 18 of 21 shots on net and holding Mount to just six goals.

“This was probably the best I’ve seen our team play overall,” said MU Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Our offense settled and got good looks. They took great shots and moved the ball well together along with doing a a tremendous job tackling back. I thought some of the turnovers we created early created goals for us. Our midfield ran the field well and put pressure on them. Defensively, we did a nice job handling their drivers.”

MU expanded its lead to 6-1 on a pair of Sam Lillo goals, but Mount got those two back with two consecutive scores within 85 seconds of one another. After Coach Wescott called a timeout the Hawks regained their composure, scoring two straight to push the lead to 8-3. The two teams traded goals over the remaining 13 minutes, with MU coming out on top 11-6.

After almost 20 scoreless minutes, Monmouth senior Lynn White got the Hawks on the board, beating Mount goalie Brigid McTavish one on one. Two minutes later Marino tallied an unassisted goal at the 8:44 mark to put the Hawk ahead 2-0. The MU lead swelled to 3-0 after a Salata goal with 5:40 to play before Mount’s Erin Seipp cut the lead to 3-1 with 1:40 to play, capitalizing off a MU turnover in the midfield. Lillo notched the final score of the half, putting MU up 4-1 going into halftime.

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