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Men’s Tennis Falls to FDU in Championship

default article imageThe men’s tennis team fell to Farleigh Dickinson on Sunday 4-0 in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship match at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Knights were the number one seed in the tournament and the Blue and White were the third seed.

The Knights won the doubles point and the first three single matches finished.

In the No. 1 singles competition, the Knight’s Arvis Berzins defeated Freddy Marcinkowski 6-2, 6-4. In the No. 2 singles matchup, Ibrahim Shams topped Monmouth’s Francis Jedlinski 6-0, 6-1. Yuri Gricheno of the Knights faced Laurence Heads in the No. 3 singles match that went unfinished. The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matchups also ended unfinished. In the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles competitions, FDU defeated Monmouth 8-2. The No. 2 doubles matchup ended unfinished.

The Hawks finished the season with an 8-12 record, 5-4 in the NEC.

Farleigh Dickinson is 15-8 overall and 7-0 in the NEC. They will go on to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Men and Women’s Track Record First Place Finishes at Rider

default article imageOn Saturday afternoon, both the Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field squads claimed the team title at the Rider Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J., while a trio of distance runners competed at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University, which included ECAC qualifying marks for a pair of Hawks.

On the men’s side at Rider, Monmouth (266) defeated the host Broncs by 115 points to take home the trophy, while the Monmouth women (234) topped NEC foe Sacred Heart by 37 points to claim the top spot.

“We needed to take a step forward as a team this weekend, and for the most part we definitely did that,” commented Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We still need to get stronger in some areas, but overall it was a very positive day.”

The Monmouth men scored in 20 of 20 events, winning all three relays, two individual events on the track and six field events to highlight the day. Senior Vincent Elardo won three events - shot put, discus and hammer throw, all with performances that move him up among the top performers in the East.

Junior Ford Palmer qualified for IC4As in the 800, pulling away late in the race to win in 1:51.73, a time that ranks fifth in school history. Palmer came back later to anchor the winning 4x800 relay, joining with Colin McDonald, Andrew Langille, and Garth DeBlasio to win in 7:51.50.

The Hawks also won the 4x100 relay, with Josh Lewis, Geoff Navarro, Mike Drake and Ben Boyd running 41.78, while the 4x400 team made it a clean sweep of the relays, with Aaron Aquino, Jon Marques, Bayaan Oluy­adi and Joe DiBianca closing out the day with a win in 3:18.35.

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Softball Wins Three of Four, Sweeps Rival FDU

sports-softballpicThe softball team went 3-1 last week, splitting with Villanova and sweeping a Northeast Conference (NEC) double-header against Farleigh Dickinson.

The Hawks (16-14, 7-5) are in fifth place in the NEC. They are two games behind the conference leader, Robert Morris. Monmouth also trails Long Island University - Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

MU defeated their conference rival 6-5 in the first game and 8-0 in game two. Monmouth never trailed in either game.

“These were very big wins for us. We control where we want to be at the end of the season, so if we just go out and take care of our business and not worry about anything else, that’s all we can do,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We need to focus on one NEC game at a time and do what we did against FDU. Everyone needs to focus on their job and their job only and get it done. When we do that you saw against FDU the outcome that we can produce.”

Kate Kuzma led the team over the Knights (23-14, 5-7) with five RBI’s. She went three for eight with a double, triple and homerun. Kuzma also caught both games.

“I think Kate Kuzma did an outstanding job of calling both games. It’s mentally challenging to catch back-to-back games and then to call them on top of that. I think Kate yesterday played her best ball games and I hope she continues to play as she did because we are so much stronger when our battery is on and they were on yesterday,” said Berndt. “Kuzma made a play with two outs and threw out the tying run at third base to end the game.”

Alissa Schoelkopf (6-2) was the winning pitcher in game one. She pitched the entire game, allowing five hits and five runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out two and walked two.

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Baseball Team Splits Four Game Series With CCSU

default article imageMonmouth University’s baseball team had a six game straight stint this past week against three different opponents. While most teams may feel pressured when it comes to playing six games with­in the span of five days late in the season, the Hawks kept their cool. “I don’t think we feel any pressure, we’re 30 on games into the season and we all elected to play this game,” Coach Ehehalt states, “We’re going to deal with the pressure that comes with it.”

With that said, the Hawks opened up their week with a one game series against Temple Uni­versity. This game was meant to be played on Saturday, March 31 but was postponed due to rain. Coach Ehehalt handed right-hander Jon Shippee the ball, de­claring him the starter. Shippee went a career best seven innings, fanning five in the process. When asked what he attributes to his daily improvement, Shippee responded “I haven’t started con­sistently in a while. I’m just start­ing to get back into the groove of things.”

MU won the contest, 3-2, but had trouble securing their victory in the ninth. Freshman Charlie Battis relieved Neil Harm and got the first batter to fly out to right field. The next batter got on base due to a fielding er­ror by Battis. he then moved to second on a wild pitch. The next Temple player at bat also reached first base on an error by Guida, moving runners to the corners. At that point, Coach Ehehalt had figured Battis had enough and brought in Joe Loiodice to fin­ish off the Owls. Loiodice struck out the first batter and walked the second. The bases were now loaded and Monmouth was one swing away from losing their lead. Fortunately, Loiodice did not succumb to the pressure and got the last batter of the game to ground out to third.

Scoring runs for the Hawks were Jake Gronsky, Danny Avel­la and Owen Stewart. The RBI’s came off the bats of Avella, Chris Perret and center fielder Josh Boyd.

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Women’s LAX Wins Back to Back

womens lax wins back to backThe women’s lacrosse team added two wins to their record this past weekend after they defeated Wagner University and Long Island University. The Hawks traveled to Staten Island on Friday and came up with a big win, defeating the Seahawks 20-13.

MU dominated the first half, outscoring Wagner 11-5, but almost blew their lead in the second half managed to hold on. The Hawks drew first blood scoring the first three goals in the first half within the first five minutes. MU and Wagner exchanged goals throughout the first half, but the Hawks finished off the half with three consecutive goals.

In the second half, Wagner opened up with two consecutive goals but the Hawk’s responded with six additional goals throughout the next ten minute span. Wagner then added five goals in a row, decreasing the Hawks lead to five with four minutes left in the game. The run by Wagner wasn’t enough as MU added two more goals to officially seal it.

Attack Sam Lillo’s eights goal were good enough for her to be named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The eight goals tied a game record for the Hawks. Alex Marino scored two goals and added four assists and Kayleigh Gibbons had two goals and assists. Erica Abendschoen and Cassie Campasano each added two goals to the 20 goal effort. Goalie Katie Donohue racked up eight saves.

“Personally, my shot selection has gotten better. I have had better opportunities, and the attacking unit has been working a lot better together creating goals and assists,” Lillo said.

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Women’s Tennis Falls to RMU and The Mount

default article imageThe women’s tennis team played consecutive NEC opponents this past weekend as they faced off against Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the team lost both matches.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks fell 4-3 to Robert Morris. Dana Ferrari, Brooke Verdiglione, and Jessica Slinger all picked up singles victories for the team, but the doubles match-ups did not see the same outcome. Ferrari and Slinger fell 8-6, while freshmen Ashley Sandler and Sarah Turner fell 8-5.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks lost to Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 5-2. The Hawks dropped both doubles matches again, while Sandler and Slinger were able to come away with victories in single matches. Freshman Following these two losses, the Hawks closed their regular season with a 3-16 record in dual meets, while recording a record of 3-6 in the NEC.

Next up for the Hawks will be the NEC tournament, which will begin this Friday. The starting time and opponent is still to be determined.

The Gun Show || Freedom of Speech or Lack Thereof?

Another Issue in the Unfiltered World of Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen

default article imageIn an average baseball conversation, do you normally discuss terms like riots, communism, dictators, misinterpretation and oppression? Well this is not out of the ordinary in today’s baseball world after Ozzie Guillen, the new Miami Marlins manager made extremely controversial statements to Time magazine.

“I love Fidel Castro,” he said. “A lot of people have wanted to kill [him] for the last 60 years, but that (SOB) is still here.”

Immediately, the Cuban and Cuban-American communities went into mayhem. Prominent figures in all walks of life have called for his resignation. Riots were scheduled to appear outside of the Marlins’ new stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami.

MLB officials were also disgusted with the statements, handing Guillen a five game suspension.

“Major League Baseball supports the decision by the Marlins to suspend Ozzie Guillen. As I have often said, Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities. All of our 30 Clubs play significant roles within their local communities, and I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s many cultures deserve. Mr. Guillen’s remarks, which were offensive to an important part of the Miami community and others throughout the world, have no place in our game,” said Bud Selig in a prepared statement on the issue.

Upon learning about his suspension and the devastating effects his comments had on the baseball community, Guillen issued a disheartened apology. Many even came to question the authenticity of the apology.

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The Gun Show || Gender Equality in Sports?

Hardly: Analysis of Women’s Sports Coverage Using the Baylor Championship

default article imageFrom net-cutting, to pre-game dunks, national viewers missed out on a memorable women’s basketball championship game this year. Although it has been reported that the game received positive TV ratings (and its best since 2004), it still had a sub-par standing compared to other popular sports. It sure seems like the media just ‘forgot’ to cover Brittney Griner’s pursuit of championship and its aftermath.

A 26 point, 13 rebound, and five block game seems quite memorable, correct? Well if you didn’t log onto Yahoo! Or ESPN.com, chances are you wouldn’t find out about Brittney Griner’s powerful play versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Is this a question of what commercialization and a media marketing stance has done to the sports world? In 2012 it seems that ad revenues drive programming, which ultimately decides what gets national coverage, from live airing to post-game analysis. So, noting how men’s sports and their cult-following drive more viewings and therefore generate better business, programmers decide to cut or limit women’s sports coverage.

Is this analysis controversial, considering you may go online and read a story about how good the championship did with ratings? Well my personal opinion still tends to lean towards “no.” Throughout the season you could have easily found a powerhouse men’s program playing during prime time ESPN or network broadcasting hours. You’d be hard-pressed to find the same for women’s basketball.

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Softball Sweeps Wagner, Kuzma is Hero

sports-kate-kuzmaThe softball team took both games of a double-header in West Long Branch on Saturday against Wagner to reach .500 on the season.

Kate Kuzma was the hero for the Hawks (13-13, 5-5), getting the game-winning hit in both games.

Lauren Sulick was the winning pitcher in each game, improving her record to 8-4 in 2012. She pitched a total of 11 innings, allowing three runs, all coming in the second inning of the second game.

“We have three pitchers that can do their job on any given day, and today Lauren just happened to be on and she stepped up and did a little bit more than what I would have liked,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “But in the situation right now we just need conference wins and she was on, they really weren’t hitting her. So I wanted to stay with her.”

The Blue and White won the first game 4-3.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Monmouth answered right back. Kayla Weiser and Kaitie Schumacher hit back-to-back home runs to take a 3-2 lead.

Wagner tied it in the top of the second and there was no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh.

Monmouth faced a scare in the fifth inning. Sulick walked the first two batters and coach Berndt headed out to the mound.

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Women's Lacrosse Team Defeats First Place CCSU

sports-katie-donohoeMU women’s lacrosse squad used a total team effort to hand Central Connecticut State their first conference loss of the season, 12-7 on Kessler Field Thursday, April 5.

The Hawks (4-9, 3-2 NEC), which never trailed, opened up an 8-1 lead in the first half. The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-1 NEC), who are off to their best start in program history, scored six second-half goals but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Monmouth offense.

“To me it was a lot about the stats today,” said MU head coach Denise Wescott. We started getting the draw, we got some good looks early. Our defense just shut them down, our assistant coaches’ scouting report was good and that really helped us shut the door. Our offense pressure and ran our ride as well as we have all year. We eased up a little in the second, we felt a little too confident. We gave up the draws and they capitalized.”

Offensively, the Hawks were led by sophomore Kaleigh Gibbons, who had a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists. The MU defense was impressive, forcing CCSU into 14 turnovers. Sabrina Heskins had three ground balls and two caused turnovers while freshman Katie Donohoe backstopped the Hawks with six saves, six ground balls and four caused turnovers.

The Hawks jumped all over the Blue Devils with Gibbons tallying back to back goals in the first 2:38 of the game. Senior Sam Lillo tallied two straight of her own, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead with 14:10 to play. Lynn White added a goal, with Gibbons on the assist before the New Hampshire native scored her third of the first half on a free position goal. Senior Olivia Salata pushed the lead to 7-0 with 12:22 to play before CCSU’s Betsy Vendel got her squad on the board with 10:52 remaining. Monmouth’s Sam Savona put MU up 8-1, scoring with 34 seconds left in the half.

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Men’s Tennis Team Goes 1-1 Against NEC Opponents

default article imageThe men’s tennis team went 1-1 on the week, after facing two fellow NEC opponents.

On Thursday, the Hawks fell to Quinnipiac 4-3. Freddy Marcinkowski and Carl Jedlinski both won their singles matches, but Quinnipiac was able to edge out the Hawks in four out of the six singles matches to take the victory. In doubles action, Francis Jedlinski/Laurence Heads and David Sherwood/Tom Kowalski won their matches 8-5 and 8-3 respectively.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks defeated Sacred Heart 5-2 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Francis Jedlinski and Sherwood were both instrumental in the victory, as they both won their singles and doubles matches. Carl Jedlinski and Jason Rothstein were also able to pick up victories in singles matches as well. The win brought the Hawks record to 4-9 overall (1-2 in the NEC).

The Hawks return to West Long Branch on Wednesday afternoon when they face off against Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:00 pm.

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