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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, 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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Football Team Knocks Off Second Consecutive NEC Opponent

default article imageThe football team traveled to Sacred Heart on Saturday and defeated the Pioneers 3117. Monmouth improved to 43 on the season, 31 in the Northeast Conference. The Hawks stayed perfect on the road, sporting a 40 record away from Kessler Field. Sacred Heart fell to 43 on the season, 22 in the NEC.

Monmouth had a huge second half to secure the win in this game. At the half, the Blue and White led 107. They went on to score three second half touchdowns and cruise to a 14point win over the Pioneers.

The Hawks relied heavily on the run. Running back Julian Hayes carried the ball 25 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns for Hayes came in the second half, when the team needed to rally. He was able to score from eight, four, and 15 yards away.

This is the second week in a row that Hayes carried a heavy workload. Last week against Bryant, he carried 32 times. Hayes also scored three touchdowns in that game.

As a team, MU carried the ball 41 times. Despite being able to gain 133 yards rushing, the time of possession was just about even.

Craig Peterson started at quarterback in this contest. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Neal Sterling and Mitchell Pollard both had good games. Combined, the two accounted for seven catches and 111 yards. Justin Pandorf had two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.  

The defense was bringing pressure all game. Pioneers’ quarterback Tim Little was sacked six times. Eric Macik led the defense with two sacks. Brad Harris, Chris Luma, Mike Upham, and Austin Kugler also contributed to the sack count.

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Field Hockey Clinches NEC Tournament Bid with Sunday Win

default article imageThe University field hockey team had the chance to clinch the number one seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament, but failed to pull it off. The Hawks lost to Rider University on Thursday by a score of 32.

Monmouth and Rider went into the matchup tied for first place in the Northeast Conference, and the winner would most likely have the opportunity to seal the number one seed for the postseason tournament.

Rider got on the board first to take a quick 10 lead. Monmouth responded a little bit after with a pass at the baseline from Michelle Pieczynski to Patricia O’Dwyer to tie the game up. Rider responded with two more goals in the first half to take a 31 halftime lead.

Monmouth finally added another goal in the 55th minute when O’Dwyer received a redirected pass from Morganne Firmstone, to make it a 32 game. Now with only about 15 minutes remaining, Monmouth resorted to their offensive attack to make something happen, but in the end, they weren’t able to find the back of the net again.

Overall, it was a fairly even game, as Rider led Monmouth in shots 1311 while Monmouth led in penalty corners.

Despite the tough loss, the Hawks moved on to face off against Saint Francis(PA) on Sunday. It was also senior day, as Monmouth honored the team’s six seniors, which included Morganne Firmstone, Tara Brown, Emily Rosati, Melissa Murphy, Kayleigh Kalamar, and Ashley McPeek. The ceremony was held right before the opening whistle. Monmouth got off to a fast start in the first half when Michelle Pieczynski found Kayleigh Kalamar who struck for the first goal of the game. The score remained 10 at the end of the first half.

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The Gun Show || Business of the Sport: A Look at the Impact of the NBA's Lockout on NCAA Basketball

default article imageAs the basketball season approaches, it’s hard not to focus on the lingering problem centered in professional basketball right now. The National Basketball Association, currently in a lockout because of conflicts between the league and the player’s union, has a lot of repercussions in NCAA basketball. First off, a significant amount of media attention will be jolted at the NCAA because of a lack of NBA developments. This is a dream come true for college fans looking for broader national media attention.

It’s presumable that many CBS televised college games will be the center of the sports world this year. With the NBA season approaching and still no deal cut and both sides clearly far apart on the issue, college basketball is looking at a hugely profitable season. But this week’s piece centers in on more of an inside look at a facet dealing with both the college and professional sides: impact of the lockout on recent graduates and draftees into the NBA.

Two rounds of draftees, or 60 college athletes just gave up career aspirations and possibly the remainder of a college education to enter the professional sports world. Many without their bachelor’s degree and most barely 21 or 22 years-old, were plunged into the business side of the profession. Shortly after having their dreams come true and being drafted onto a NBA class roster, the player’s union and league officials drifted apart in terms of division of revenues, length of agreements and salary cap.

Now all the money these players would (and should) be making is stalled as some have not signed contracts or whose contracts involve on court bonuses. These pros, or what you can also call recent students, have forgone significant income possibilities in the work world, giving up a further career path to join a basketball squad.

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Men’s Soccer Wins Back-to-Back Games in Shut Out Fashion

M Soccer 10.26.11As the soccer season dwindles to an end, the men’s team continues to show their dominance over the conference. The Hawks hosted two opponents this weekend: the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday and St. Francis College on Sunday. With both games being conference games and the playoffs approaching, the team did not hesitate to start off the games in complete control.

The men began Friday’s match up with a fighting fever. Monmouth was able to shoot off 10 shots in the first half alone while Quinnipiac could not even manage a single shot. Monmouth did have eight fouls but they were overshadowed by freshman Kalle Sotka’s goal 35 minutes into the first half. Junior Ryan Clark and senior RJ Allen were awarded with the assist.

Quinnipiac became more intense during the second half after realizing that Monmouth was not going to ease up after scoring one goal. Quinnipiac had a total of seven shots in the second half while Monmouth had nine. The Bobcats were able to take four corner kicks which is double the amount Monmouth conducted. Although Quinnipiac brought a tougher game in the second half, they also became physically tougher. In a span of three minutes, they received three yellow cards; one card penalized the whole team. As a whole, the Bobcats were given four yellow cards while the Hawks restrained their selves and came away with their hands clean. Within the 53rd minute of play, Monmouth was able to increase their goals by one as freshman Andres Penfold found the net off of sophomore Joseph Schmid’s corner kick.

The game’s final score was a 20 win in Monmouth’s favor. MU’s goalie, Alex Blackburn, recorded another shutout along with six saves. With this game as a confidence booster, the team was prepared to host an 832 St. Francis College.

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Soccer Team Defeats FDU in Double Overtime, but Falls to Sacred Heart

M Soccer 10.19.11Sometimes things are worth the wait. This statement proves to be true in the men’s soccer team match against Farleigh Dickinson on Friday.

Monmouth immediately attempted to overcome their opponent early on in the game by keeping the ball on FDU’s side on the midfield. It was clearly seen that this early pressure began to intimidate FDU as they had six fouls by the 30 minute mark of the first half.

Although Monmouth attacked viciously early, FDU did not hesitate to retaliate. For most of the game, the teams were evenly matched in skill level.

Three minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Max Hamilton received a yellow card, but besides that, the second half resembled the first half: shot after shot but no net found. The Hawks were applying every tactic against FDU’s players. They were crossing the ball, used headers, and even did some brief moves but it was not enough.

At the end of the second half, the score was still tied sending the game into overtime. Overtime consists of 10 minute periods in soccer and the winner is determined by sudden death. The first overtime period was completely dominated by FDU who only allowed Monmouth to take two shots.

Meanwhile, Farleigh Dickson took three shots, two corners, and received a yellow card with two minutes left in the period.

However, when the buzzer sounded to end the first overtime period, the score remained 00. The second overtime period began and Monmouth dominated this time with two shots and a corner kick while FDU had nothing to show.

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Football Team Ends Two Game Skid by Defeating Bryant 40-35

default article imageThe Hawks went on the road and picked up a win in a high scoring affair against Bryant, 4035. Monmouth improves to 33 on the season, and 21 in NEC play.

Monmouth is now tied for third in the NEC. Albany and Duquesne are currently ahead of the Hawks. Both of these teams have to come into West

Long Branch later in the season for games that could decide the winner of the conference. The Blue and White opened up a large lead in the second half, 3313 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The lead almost slipped away, but the Hawks made the plays they needed when the chips were down.

MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan said, “Early on we generated some positive momentum with the three turnovers and the safety.” He continued, “Unfortunately, late in the third quarter it began to slip away from us but the players responded. I was really happy with the way the players stayed with it, fought and played hard.”

For the Hawks on offense, Julian Hayes and Neal Sterling had huge games. Hayes carried the ball a whopping 32 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. Sterling tallied 11 catches for 102 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown to put the Hawks up 12 with only seven minutes remaining in the game.

Kyle Frazier also had a good day running the ball. Having only three carries, Frazier was able to gain 67 yards and a touchdown. Most of the yards came on a 50yard run by the quarterback.

Frazier had to leave the game with a knee injury. Craig Peterson came in and didn’t miss a beat. Peterson completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 70 yards and the game winning touchdown to Sterling.

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Field Hockey Extends Winning Streak to Six Straight Games

Field Hockey 10.19.11The field hockey team added two more wins to their record this past weekend, improving to a record of 124(40).

The Hawks hosted Quinnipiac University on Friday afternoon. It was Monmouth who got on the board very quickly, when Patricia O’Dwyer scored just 33 seconds into the game. About 12 minutes later, she took it to the hole and scored again, notching her ninth of the season. “The midfielders did a lot of work on the possession, setting up my opportunity to score,” O’Dwyer said.

The Hawks were off to a very fast start, but Quinnipiac responded only a few minutes later. Quinnipiac’s Kaitlyn Notarianni scored two consecutive goals, tying the game up at two. Both of her goals were unassisted.

A rain delay for over an hour at halftime held the match up for a while, but the teams got back on the field eventually. “With a delay, it can go one way or another, but it did let us regroup mentally and physically,” Coach Carli Figlio said.

The game remained knotted at two until Michelle Pieczynski scored off a deflection in the 57th minute. It proved to be the game winning goal, giving the Hawks their 11th victory of the season. The Hawks also dominated in shots on net, 179 and led on penalty corners, 63.

On Sunday, the Hawks hosted Sacred Heart University. It was a quiet game overall, but Monmouth got on the board in the 19th minute when Michelle Pieczynski received a pass from O’Dwyer, who then fired it in the back of the net.

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The Gun Show || Freshman Task: Silence the Critics

An Inside Look at Freshmen in College Football

default article imageBarely three months out of high school and already your number’s being called. The lights are cast down, the pressure is set on your shoulders and the beaming eyes of 80,000 spectators monitor your every move. Third and long…better hope coach draws up a play that will get the first down, if not there will be some hell to pay as a media frenzy ensues and immediately questions about talent level arise. What could possibly be the scenario?

True college freshmen, most 18 or barely 19 suit up, put on pads and enter an extremely structured, professional like surrounding. Following the binding pressure of being named starter, these freshmen are immediately cast into the spotlight and pressured to perform. In a 2011 season where more and more roster vacancies seem to appear, these freshmen teenagers are bound to the largest commitment of their lives up to that point.

A true inner test…the football season can become that for the freshman, tested in nearly everything he’s learned up to that point in life. NCAA Division I football and its brutal, topnotch and highly competitive atmosphere is a breeding ground for showcasing talent but also can be home to something far more severe. This is, watching a life’s worth of talent fickle out into the shape of a quarterback no one will remember in two years, or a defensive lineman whose dedicated lifestyle got him only as far as four years of ball could.

Today’s question is analyzing and describing the life of the true college freshman in NCAA football, and their impact on the game as a whole. All these players, from all positions embody the future of their programs but also show us what true talent is about, and on a scope far more broad and demanding than what they knew in the past. To perfectly display this topic, the brief careers of Braxton Miller and Gary Nova will be relayed.

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