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The Gun Show || Monmouth University: Where Leaders Look Forward...To The Pros

default article imageMonmouth University; the small private college planted in the heart of the Jersey Shore, surely cannot produce professional quality athletes, correct? There is much doubt that a school of such size and caliber will ever contribute to the ranks of the NFL, NBA, MLB and various other professional outlets…Boy could that assumption be farther from right! Monmouth University, since its inception, has seen its share of draft picks and names heard once or twice on nationally broadcast television.

Today’s focus will not be so much on every name of an alumnus who wore a professional athletic jersey, but to focus in on a handful which will dramatically change your perspective on the athletic talent here at MU.

Surely the name Miles Austin jumps out, especially as he repeats the words “Attended Monmouth University” on Sunday Night Football, Monmouth is the alma mater of Kevin Owens, a New Jersey born professional basketball player who has seen time in the NBA Developmental League and is now in Estonian professional basketball. Fellow Hawk alumni and basketball player Alex Blackwell made the leap to the NBA in the early nineties and put Division-1 Monmouth on the map as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other notable alumni from the Monmouth hardwood, according to basketball-reference.com include names of draftees John Blair, Clair McRoberts, Bill Terry, and Don Wiley, who undoubtedly contributed immensely to the Hawk program in their heydays.

As a Division-1 AA football member, critics might claim the program cannot produce NFL ready players. But this again would be an untimely guess. Monmouth-groomed athletes have seen their share of NFL gameplay. This of course includes Dallas Cowboys’ stand-out receiver Miles Austin, but also: John Nalbone, former MU tight end who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2005. In more recent Hawk football history, former players Chris Hogan and Tom Ottaiano received serious NFL prospecting. Wide receiver Hogan was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent early in the season and later was signed to the New York Giants practice squad. Ottaiano, an MU offensive lineman, was drafted by the New York Jets before the 2011 season.

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Indoor Track and Field Sprints Ahead of Competition

indoor track and field sprints ahead of competitionThe indoor track and field team has posted some very strong finishes so far, this year.

The men’s and women’s teams kicked off the new year at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ the weekend of January 6-7 in the Rutgers Invitational. Monmouth won a combined 14 events for the men’s and women’s team, the most at the meet since 2003.

Vince Elardo shined once again, after winning back-to-back Northeast Field Athlete of the Week honors. He came in first place with a throw of 17.26 m. in the shot put event. He also finished in first place in the weight throw with a throw of 17.23 m.

Shane Carle finished in fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 15.29 m. In the weight throw, Taylor Bernstein posted a third-place finish with a distance of 13.84 m.

In the long jump, Joshua Lewis finished in second with a jump of 6.67 m. Stevenson Cajuste followed with a third-place finish, posting a mark of 6.44 m.

For the women, Lindsey Walsh qualified for the ECAC Championships in March after she recorded a high jump of 1.70 m. She also finished in third in the long jump. In the pole vault, Lauren MacDonald finished in first place with a mark of 3.2 m.

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Football Team Improves to 5-0 on the Road

default article imageThe Hawks stayed perfect on the road (50) this season, defeating Saint Francis 4845. This win improves their record to 54, 42 in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

The offense scored the most points they had in a single game all season. MU found many different ways to score in this one. The offense moved the ball effectively on the ground and through the air. They racked up 466 total yards. The rushing attack accounted for 150 yards. Quarterback Craig Peterson threw for 316 yards.

“It was an incredible effort by our offense, they just wouldn’t be denied. They retook the lead every time we relinquished it,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “It was an outstanding effort by Craig Peterson and our receivers did a nice job. I really liked the way Julian Hayes carried the ball and how hard he ran.”

Peterson completed 20 of 29 passing attempts. He threw two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Both touchdown passes came in the second quarter, hitting Tristan Roberts for 12 yards and Neal Sterling for 58.

Julian Hayes continued his strong freshman campaign. He carried the ball 26 times for 128 yards and four touchdowns. That brings his season total to 654 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Halfway through the third quarter, wide receiver Mitchell Pollard made a game-changing play on special teams. He fielded a punt, crossed the field, and raced 52 yards for a touchdown. This was the first punt return touchdown by a Monmouth Hawk since 2002 against Robert Morris. For his effort, Pollard was named the College Football Performance Award’s National Punt Returner of the Week.

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The Gun Show || Should College Athletes be Paid?

default article imageAs we close in on Thanksgiving and closer to the end in the NCAA football season, one issue has seemed to become prominent. This issue is responded to left and right in the online blogs and even major media outlets. It has brought legal analysts, head coaches, agents, players and fans into questioning and siding on the issue and has a substantial two-sided approach now.

This issue is “pay-for-play” college wages; or simply just salaries to NCAA athletes who partake in a sport for their university. I have formed a pretty decisive stance on the issue, of which you will gather as you read. But proponents of both sides have seemed to develop valid stances, as groups studying the issue have compiled studies and are seeking legal action.

The “pay-for-play” tactic has not been concretely committed to its terms, as the arguments are in the beginning stages. But proponents have laid out suggestions that would revolutionize the sport and change the NCAA into a profit-maximizing corporation. Suggestions include playing players their “worth” to their universities, which panels have suggested could be as much as $120,000 for the average NCAA football player and $265,000 for the NCAA basketball player.

These figures were put together by a group representing college athletes, who later stated that the change for salaries is necessary because these players generate so much revenue for their school, but cannot reap the benefits. Also, these millions of dollars generated cycle through school structures but do not get felt by the players, who may be living below the federal poverty line. Revenues for the players have been said to boost morale, help the school, aid the athlete and his family and without the wages, more harm is brought about. Because the players in the current system do not see any of the money they indirectly bring the school, it has led to instances where they accept money under-the-table and extravagant gifts from agents. This in theory would be eliminated upon the creation of a college wage system. Some arguers suggest that the players should also be allowed to delve into endorsements, and directly profit from them. This would mean that they would accept outrageous scholarship offers, make a salary and get paid through the endorsements they independently take part in.

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Field Hockey Team Falls to Rider 2-1 in the NEC Finals

default article imageThe field hockey team made it all the way to the NEC Championship game. Unfortunately, Coach Carli Figlio and the girls fell to Rider University in the championship on Saturday.

The second seeded Hawks faced Quinnipiac University, the third seed, in the semifinal on Friday. The only goal for either team was scored by sophomore Patricia O’Dwyer, who found the back of the net at the 36th minute in the second half on a rebound put-back. It was her 15th goal of the season. The score remained 10 until the final whistle, and the Hawk’s 10 win was good enough to advance to the NEC championship game.

MU’s defense as well as the goalkeeping was solid. Goalkeeper Teresa Mathews recorded seven saves in the victory. Defender Nicole Manziano also recorded a defensive save.

The Hawks and Quinnipiac each won 11 penalty corners while Monmouth led in shots 1612. The first half of the game was quite slow, as Monmouth and Quinnipiac combined for only seven shots. They had a total of 21 shots in the second half.

The victory marked the Hawks 15th win of the season, tying a program record.

Now MU would have to face the number one seed Rider on Saturday, who was 181, at their own field in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. It was the third straight NEC championship game that the Hawks have reached, and was a rematch of the 2010 championship game. Monmouth was still looking for their first NEC Tournament title.

Rider defeated St. Francis in the other semifinal game 20. The championship matchup is what most fans expected to see, the top two seeds squaring off.

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Women’s Soccer Team Looks to Reach New Heights in the NEC Tournament

W Soccer 11.2.11The women’s soccer team has concluded their regular season play this weekend by facing the Sacred Heart University Pioneers and the Farleigh Dickinson University Knights. The Hawks were able to even out this weekend and bring their final record to an impressive 117 stature.

MU entered the game against the Pioneers with a 106 record but unfortunately left the game with a 107 record. Right from the opening ten minutes, it was easy to see how evenly matched the two teams were. Both teams also showed their aggressive side by gaining two fouls each within the first five minutes of play. SHU quickly took over the game from there on.

They managed to take six shots off of MU goalie Joclyn McCoy within a seven minute span, McCoy was able to stop the Pioneers from all of their 16 shots taken during the first half. Although Monmouth only recorded two shots during the first half, one of those shots landed in the back of Sacred Heart’s net. It was junior Stacey Kadell who was able to score her second goal of the season off a pass from freshman Alexa Freguletti with two minutes left in the first half.

As the women retreated towards the sidelines for half time, the score was 10 in their favor.

With their heads held high, the Hawks came back on the field knowing they had to win this game against their NEC rival. Sadly, the chaos began within three minutes of the second half. Sacred Heart put a one on their side of the scoreboard with no effort lost. One MU’s own player’s headed the ball into her own net by accident, but it was not an accident which the Hawks could afford.

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Football Team Blanked by Duquesne in Homecoming Game

default article imageThe Hawks were shut out on Homecoming Saturday against Duquesne, 160. With this loss, Monmouth really hurt its chance at a Northeast Conference (NEC) title.

The Homecoming football game was a disappointment this year. The fans had to deal with tough conditions, and the team was unable to get anything done on the field.

The weather was wild for this game. When you think of October football, snow and freezing rain doesn’t usually come to mind. Along with 35 mile per hour wind, these were some crazy conditions.

MU fell to 44 on the season, 32 in the NEC. Duquesne is now 72 on the season, 51 in the conference. The Hawks would need some luck to be able to catch DU in the standings.

It’s been a while since the last time Monmouth was shut out in a game. The last time was September 25, 2004 against Stony Brook. The Hawks lost this game 270, and it was their only loss that season.

The home field struggles continue for the Blue and White. They are now 04 at Kessler field. Two of these games were against strong nonconference opponents (Lehigh and Colgate) and two came against conference teams (Robert Morris and Duquesne).

“It was a tough afternoon for us. I think field position and turnovers were two keys in the game. We gave them a couple of short fields, which they capitalized on. We had a short field early, and weren’t really able to get anything out of it,” said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “I thought they were a little more successful when they tried to throw the ball than we were able to be. Ultimately, that was the difference in the game. They were able to capitalize more so on those situations than we were.”

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Defensive Back Jose Gumbs Sets His Sights on the NFL

default article imageAll New England MVP as a senior in high school, NEC Defensive Rookie of the year, NEC Defensive Player of the year, First Team AllNEC Honors, and First Team Preseason All American can only be the accomplishments of one of the Hawk’s finest, Jose Gumbs. This fifth year senior has already made history on the football team, and his future is only looking brighter.

In the middle of his 15th season of playing football, Gumbs first picked up a football in 1996 when he was eight-years-old. His career started off as many young football stars careers do, playing for their local Pop Warner football team.

“Everyone played baseball in my family,” explained Gumbs. “My uncle even played 12 years on the major leagues.” Then how did Gumbs end up as the only football star in a family of baseball players?

“Football just came along for me,” stated Gumbs. “I used to play baseball, but everyone just told me to stick to football.” And good thing they did. Gumbs started making history well before he even made it to college. As a sophomore and senior he led his team in tackles and was the two-time All-League selection sophomore and junior year. Gumbs helped lead his team to the New England Bowl with a winning record for the season.

Gumbs continued his football legacy his sophomore year in college after being red shirted as a freshman. Sophomore year he led the team with 60 tackles, 43 unassisted, five pass breakups, and one fumble recovery. After his first year on the team, it was clear that Gumbs was a force to be reckoned with. His junior year only brought him more success as he finished the season with a team high of 95 tackles, including 45 solo stops. Gumbs was the second in the NEC in tackles per game with 10.6, and was named Defensive Player of the Week against Wagner with 95 tackles, which is the seventh most in school history.

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The Gun Show || The 2011 NCAA Puzzle: A Look at the COnference Realigments

default article imageThought you knew NCAA sports? An expert on the ins and outs of the sport? Well that may be all fine and dandy, until the NCAA completely undergoes its conference realignment.

Yes, the NCAA has been in the process of shuffling around teams to different conferences. By the time it’s all said and done, you may not even recognize the structures of the conferences you once knew! So if you’re still anticipating on being that avid follower…better read up on some of these changes to find out who your favorite team may be playing against next year.

The ACC is letting the changes come to it, believing that they may be able to attain UCONN and Notre Dame. On September 18, the conference added Syracuse University and Pittsburgh to its lineup. That increase in the conference lineup could expand to 16 teams, including Rutgers by the time the reshuffling is complete.

In the Big East, similar changes have been baffling fans of late. The next move planned seems hard to read, but according to CollegeSportsInfo.com, the conference is also in a waiting mode. It lost Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC and recently saw the Mountaineers of West Virginia bolt for the Big 12. With Louisville on the chopping board now, its nerve-racking to see what the Big East will do next.

The Big Ten, unlike many other conferences, seems to be doing alright for itself, stabilizing its programs and not really looking to expand, unless it were to incorporate a Fighting Irish program into its midst. If push came to shove and they were forced to change, it’s rumored they would eye schools like Rutgers, Boston College and UCONN as well.

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Field Hockey Team Knocks off RMU; NEC Tournament on the Horizon

default article imageThe field hockey team finished their regular season on a very strong note. They defeated Robert Morris University 41 on Sunday in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

The game was dominated by the Hawks on both sides of the ball, as they were able to take a comfortable lead which was preserved into a 41 victory.

The Hawks got on the board first when Alex Carroll converted a corner in the 22nd minute. Only about a minute later, Patricia O’Dwyer blasted a shot from the top of the circle to increase the Monmouth lead to 20. Robert Morris got on the board three minutes later, making it a 21 ballgame.

The score remained 21 at halftime. It took until the 62nd minute to see another goal. Patricia O’Dwyer scored off of a corner, which was assisted by Carroll and Kimmy Baligian. O’Dwyer scored again four minutes later off of another corner attempt. The 41 Monmouth lead was sealed, and the Hawks were about to earn their 14th victory of the season, including their sixth conference win. Robert Morris would drop to 812(25).

“It took us until the second half to get going. We stressed forward movement today which we have been working on all year,” explained Coach Figlio.

O’ Dwyer was dominant, recording seven points, including three goals. It was her first career hat trick. Alex Carroll put up four points, including one goal. Teresa Mathews racked up four saves for the Hawks.

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University Celebrates the Beginning of Basketball Season With “MAC Madness”

M Basketball 10.26.11Friday, September 21 kicked off the start to this year’s men’s and women’s basketball season at MAC Madness. With two new head coaches, both teams seem to be more fired up than ever.

“The skies the limit,” stated women’s head coach Jenny Palmateer.

Palmateer previously spent 10 years on the North Carolina staff. “We’re very top heavy this season,” says Palmateer as they start off their season against Georgetown, East Carolina, and Villanova.

With this schedule, Palmateer hopes to start her team off hard and focused. “We are very settled down now after getting to know each other. The whole team is having a lot of fun.”

With new head coaches, comes a new transition period that each team must work through. However, both teams seem right on track with their new coaches. “It’s been good, we’ve been learning a lot,” stated junior Ed Waite, ”how we play is totally different, we’re a more fast paced team.” This was obvious to see by the high energy each player had throughout the entire event.

“The transition is over so it’s good,” explains junior Abby Martin. “Now we’ve just been learning new things.” The team is very excited to start embracing their new coaches with a whole new approach to this year’s season.

“We want our kids to be the hardest playing kids. We’re at the lower half of the league, we want to be up higher this season,” stated Men’s coach King Rice, who was very pleased with his teams’ transition to him and his new coaching staff. “Hats off to the kids, they accepted me and my staff,” stated Rice, “they come to work very hard and we’re very lucky to coach them.”

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