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Baseball Team Knocks Off UMass, Splits With Wagner

baseball-picThe baseball team took on a five game week hosting the University of Massachusetts for a one game series this past Wednesday and traveling to Wagner College over the weekend to play in two doubleheaders.

As the Hawks were going through their pre-game drills before playing UMass Wednesday, they were confronted with a minor set back. Sophomore shortstop Jon Guida had suffered a hand injury and was benched for the game.

“Guida got hurt in the pre-game. He got hit in the hand before the Georgia State game and he played through it. The same thing happened today,” Ehehalt stated, “We just sat him as a precaution, he will be good to go for the weekend.” Looking to the bench, Ehehalt decided upon sophomore Jake Gronsky to fill the vacant spot. MU quickly adapted to the change by reconstructing their line-up, and took the field as if this speed bump had never happened.

The Hawks called on right-hander John Shippee to be the starting pitcher against UMass. Shippee pitched five innings, allowing eight hits, one run, two walks, and striking out four batters. Although eight hits in only five innings of work may appear like a mediocre thrown game on paper, Shippee did very well considering the circumstances. He had not pitched at all in the last year and his last win was back in April of 2010. When asked if he was just running out of steam by that point, Shippee responded, “Yeah probably, I haven’t thrown five innings in a long time.”

Relieving Shippee were Van Woert, Loiodice, Yunginger, and Battis: a set of four right-handed pitchers who contributed for allowing three hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over a span of four innings. Although there were many fresh arms coming in and out of the bullpen during MU’s last couple of innings, they came very close to losing their lead more than once.

Thankfully, MU outscored UMass with a final of 2-1. Key players were junior third baseman Danny Avella who went 2-for-2 with two walks and center fielder Josh Boyd who was 2-for-4. Others who also showed impressive lines were Gronsky who went 1-for-3 with an RBI and freshman catcher Kyle Perry who had the second RBI. Perry did not just aid his team offensively, but defensively as well.

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Women’s Lacrosse Splits Weekend Home Stand

womens-laxThe women’s lacrosse team opened up NEC play with a win and a loss over the weekend. The Lady Hawks now stand at 2-8, but despite what the record is, they have plenty of optimism and confidence to improve as conference play gets under way. 

On Friday afternoon, they defeated Saint Francis (PA) 11-6. SFU got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0, but Monmouth responded by scoring four consecutive goals in a nine minute span. SFU struck for a second time not too long after the Monmouth run. The Hawks then struck for one last time before halftime, taking a comfortable 5-2 lead at the break. 

SFU began the second half with two straight goals to turn Monmouth’s lead into a one goal ballgame. Less than four minutes later, Alex Marino struck for the second time of the game. The Monmouth lead then disappeared when SFU added two more goals to tie the game up at six goals apiece. 

It was a nail biter with about 13 minutes left in the game, but Monmouth then blew it wide open by scoring five straight goals to seal the victory.

Marino led the charge with three goals on nine shot attempts. Kayleigh Gibbons compiled two goals and three assists. Sam Lillo and Erica Abenschoen each added two goals apiece. Monmouth dominated in shot attempts, 33- 19. They also only committed a total of nine turnovers, compared to SFU’s 17. 

The Hawks stayed on campus to take on Robert Morris University on Sunday afternoon. This time around, it was a lot tougher. The matchup of two 2-7 teams proved to be a tight one, didn’t prove to be victorious for the Hawks. Monmouth and Robert Morris exchanged goals back and forth throughout the first half, and went into the half with a one goal disadvantage to Robert Morris. 

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Track and Field Extend Home Winning Streak in Season Opener

default article imageThe men’s and women’s track and field teams opened its outdoor season at the 17th Annual Season Opener, which featured over 1900 competitors from 35 different schools and 12 club teams, Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who claimed the Northeast Conference Championships a year ago, qualified for the ECAC/IC4A Championships in nine event areas, while Qiyana Hill set the school record in the discus throw.

The men’s team has not lost at home since the 1996 season, while the women’s team has not dropped a meet in West Long Branch since the 2001 campaign.

“Yesterday’s record setting mile was a fun way to start off the meet and we are happy to continue our winning streak at home,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “We had great efforts in every event area and it is a positive sign to have a number of qualifying marks this early in the season.”

Hill took first in the discus throw, registering a toss of 42.79m (140’ 5”), which earns her a trip to the ECAC Championships. Rookie Taylor Johnson finished in third with a mark of 40.83m (133’ 11”).

Anne Moccia, who will join Hill at the championships, landed a javelin throw of 41.44m (135’ 11”) to earn second overall.

Rachel Aliotta moved into second all-time in the MU record books with her mark of 13.55m (44’ 5.5”) in the shot put, which was good for a first place finish. Sandra Jean-Romain took third with a throw of 12.69m (41’ 7.75”).
Laura Williams ran a MU-best 1:03.30 in the 400 meter to finish second overall, followed by Rachel Watkins .06 seconds later in third. Ali Hehn crossed the finish line in 1:03.66 for fourth, while Lindsey Walsh took fifth with a time of 1:04.48.

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Zink Named to All-Rookie Team For Women’s Bowling

default article imageSophomore Holly Zink (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Earl Vandermeulen) was named to the 2012 Northeast Conference Bowling All-Rookie team as Monmouth wrapped up the 2012 NEC Bowling Championships Saturday in Reading, Pa.

The Hawks entered the tournament as the eighth-seed, faced the daunting task of bowling against the top-seeded and 2010 NCAA National Champion Farleigh Dickinson Knights. FDU prevailed but the road didn’t get much easier for MU which had to then bowl fourth-seeded Kutztown which was upset by fifth-seeded New Jersey City University in the opening round. Monmouth’s season ended.

“We put up some decent numbers but unfortunately we fell short,” said second year head coach Karen Grygiel.

The MU bowling team, which his in its second year of existence, finished the season with a 50-60 record and were ranked 19th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. Monmouth recorded eight wins against teams ranked in the top-10 this season.

The Gun Show || The Bolder the Better: A Look at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

default article imageIt’s that time of year again. Flip on the TV: brackets. Log onto the Internet: brackets. If you dare turn on an ESPN network, you get bracketology. But what is the rage around these brackets, I mean aren’t they just pieces of paper? Well once March rolls around, NCAA basketball becomes a way of life. Suddenly it rules the lives of millions of fans.

All of these fans will be monitoring each game-break as if it were a drastic world event. And they’ll be on top of the NCAA and its every happening during the tournament. A high-ranked loss in the tournament to the NCAA fan is like the outbreak of a world-war to an average person. There is no other sporting event that carries such excitement, besides (arguably) the Super Bowl. March Madness seems to literally turn some fans mad; for weeks they’ll be glued to every inbounds pass and blown call.

If you need a little brushing up on the subject, here it goes. The NCAA tournament occurs every March when the NCAA selection committee chooses 68 teams (slimmed to 64 teams after play-in games) to compete in the ultimate basketball tournament. This, as you will see in late March, produces the champion of collegiate basketball.

This year, there has been an uncanny anticipation for the start of the tournament. As we’ve encountered scandals, surprises and superiority in the regular season, fans recognize the tournament could contain even more. Starting last weekend, teams began participating in the matchups. In what seemed to be battles to the death, players and coaches gave their all for the chance to represent their University in each succeeding round.

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University to Add Men’s Lacrosse Team as Division I Sport

ryan-gergelyFollowing three seasons of competing as a club team, Athletic Director Dr. Marilyn McNeil announced on March 8 that men’s lacrosse will now be the University’s 21st NCAA Division I sport with regular season competition starting in the spring of 2014.

“The final decision came about when the University was considering ways to increase male enrollment here on campus. We’ve been talking about trying to change the demographic here for a couple of years and we thought adding a varsity men’s sport was one way to do that,” said McNeil.

Getting the sport to become an official varsity team on campus took a lot of hard work from the team, especially sophomore president Mike Fedele and vice president Ryan Gergely.

“I’m excited to see the growth of the sport on campus. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports and to experience that at the Division 1 level is going to be great for Monmouth University,” said Fedele.

“To me, the feeling is bittersweet. I’m currently a junior and I will graduate in the spring of 2013, one year before the team is actually a Division 1 sport. That being said, I was instrumental in starting the club team here at Monmouth my freshman year so in a way it almost feels like myself and my fellow founders are leaving a legacy here at Monmouth from what we started and the success we have had,” said Gergely.

In their first year of competition as a club sport, there were 16 team members and they competed in eight games, while only winning one.

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Baseball Team Wins Three of Four Against FDU Softball

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0001This past weekend, the Hawks Knights, their first NEC competition this season, in a four game series.

Pitching on a six day rest, righty to open the series against FDU. In Light’s last appearance, he allowed five runs and seven hits in only five innings pitched and recorded the loss against a difficult Troy line up. Fortunately for the Hawks, Light’s game against the Knights provided a much different result. Light pitched all nine innings with great control, keeping his pitch count at 115 with 81 of those deliveries being strikes. He also struck out a career high of 13 batters. When asked what had changed Light’s game, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt responded, “Troy is a lot better than the team we played really good pre-conference schedule so that has a lot to do with it. Pat’s very good... it is not an uncommon thing to see him do that again [in our conference].”

With support from his team, Light was able to keep the Knights off the base path by allowing a mere six hits. Though Light had pitched a the scoreboard in the first off a RBI double to right field. Thankfully, Monmouth quickly retaliated and scored three runs in the bottom half of the first inning making the game 3-1, which would also be the final score.

Highlights from Friday’s game included senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who went 3-for-3 against FDU’s pitching staff and also contributed a run. Junior third Hawks as well by batting 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Designated hitter, senior Chris Perret, provided the third RBI and went 1-for-3.

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Softball Team Competes in the Seton Hall Pirate Classic

03.21.12_Page_22_Image_0002The softball team sits at 7-6 after going 2-3 in the 2012 Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. over the weekend. The Hawks lost to Texas Tech and Seton Hall twice, and defeated Manhattan in two games.

Vanessa Cardoza has the highest batting average through 13 games, batting .415 and leading the team with 17 hits. She also leads the team with 14 RBI’s. Katie Schumacher is right behind her with 12.

Lauren Sulick has pitched in eight games, starting six. She is 5-2 and has a pair of complete games. She pitched 34.1 innings and sports an ERA of 2.24. Alissa Schoelkopf is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Schoelkopf leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

As a team, the Hawks have a .965 fielding percentage. They have committed 14 errors this sea-son, nine less than their opponents.

Cardoza leads the team defensively with 24 assists, followed by Tish Derer with 23.

The Blue and White opened the tournament Friday with a loss to Texas Tech. Despite out-hitting their opponent 11 to six, MU lost 4-2.

Sulick pitched the entire game and took the loss. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked six.

Christine Scherr, Kayleena Flores, and Schumacher each had two hits for the Hawks.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to Sacred Heart in NEC Title Game

default article imageThe women’s basketball team erased an 18-point deficit but fell to top-seeded Sacred Heart, 58-48, in the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center. Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) finished with a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, whose season ends at 19-13. The Pioneers (25-7) advance to the NCAA Tournament with the win.

“I’m really disappointed to fall short in that one,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “But at the same time, I’m really proud of the team to get to this point. I’m really, really proud of our team and what we achieved this season. I thought Sacred Heart was phenomenal today. They did a great job. They really jumped on us in that first half.”

Chanel Gomez (Perth Amboy, N.J./Perth Amboy [Brookdale C.C.]) added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Hawks, while Gena Broadus (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll [George Mason]) also grabbed 11 boards for Monmouth. Betsy Gadziala (Whiteboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) also chipped in eight points. For their contributions during the NEC Tournament, Womack and Abby Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Ericka Norman scored a team-high 18 points, while also adding six steals and two assists for the Pioneers. Gabrielle Washington chipped in 13 points and six rebounds, while Morgan Merriman had 11 points. Callan Taylor also contributed seven points and eight rebounds.

“[Sacred Heart] had some people who really stepped up, people who are solid, but not really known for putting up many points,” said Palmateer. “Norman was phenomenal. Merriman was phenomenal. Our goal going in was to be able to shut down Taylor and Washington. I thought we did a decent job on those two. So, give a lot of credit to them. I think they’ll do well in the NCAA Tournament. I’m going to be pulling for them as they move on.”

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Women’s Lacrosse Drops to 1-6 on the Season

default article imageThe women’s lacrosse team sits at 1-6 nearly halfway through the 2012 campaign. The Hawks fell to Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. 13-7 for their third consecutive loss.

MU had a couple of leads in the first half but never took full control. Rutgers scored four consecutive goals before half time to take a 5-3 lead, and the Hawks never tied it again.

Alex Marino scored for the Blue and White to get within one and sent the game to intermission 5-4.

Sam Lillo tallied a hat trick for MU, all coming in the first half, while leading the team with nine shots. Lynn White and Marino added two goals apiece.

Freshman goalie Katie Donohoe tied a career high with 13 saves against RU.

Ali Steinberg led the Scarlet Knights (3-3) with five goals and 12 shots. Annie McGinley scored a hat trick. Lauren Sbrilli and Stephanie Anderson each added two scores.

Monmouth opens up the Northeast Conference (NEC) portion of its schedule Friday at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) at 3:00 pm. Robert Morris travels to West Long Branch for a Sunday matchup at noon.

Women’s Basketball Triumphs Over LIU-Brooklyn

Will Now Face-off Against Quinnipiac in NEC Semifinals


wbb triumphs over liu brooklynWith the regular season over, the Universities women’s basketball team defeated Long Island University-Brooklyn this past Saturday 68-56 in the quarterfinal game for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament. Thirdseed Hawks rivaled the number six Blackbirds, beating them for a third time this season.

Together the team worked hard for their defeat. “The game went good,” Junior Abigail Martin stated “The game went good and we played well as a team too.”

Head Coach Jenny Palmateer was excited about the girls win. She explained how the team had a successful first half, hitting three pointers to give them a safe lead. LIU came back wanting revenge for their previous two losses against the Hawks. However, the team did not allow any room for a win.

Junior Alysha Womack played a tough game with 23 points and a strong first half. With her help, they were able to spring ahead from the beginning. Martin had her fourth double-double of the season by scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Junior Chevannah Paalvast scored eight points and had a career high five steals and two blocked shots.

Even with a sprained ankle, senior Alexis Canady was able to triumph over LIU with 13 points. With her first attempt at a threepointer it was obvious that not even her injury could hold her back from pushing herself further along in the game. Wearing her boot during practice and working hard in rehab the week leading up to the game, she felt comfortable and prepared to play. The team felt a spark with her perseverance to come out and play.

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