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Softball Team Knocks Off Delaware, but Falls to Army

softball team knocks off delaware but falls to armyThe softball team opened the season in Norfolk, Virginia in the 2012 Spartan Classic and won three of its four games.

The Hawks (3-1) defeated Norfolk State 10-4 in the season opener. Kayla Weiser went two for three from the plate, knocking in four runs. Kate Kuzma and Shannon Fitzgerald also knocked in two runs each.

The Spartans led 3-0 halfway through the fourth inning. The Blue and White exploded in the bottom of the inning for eight runs. Alicia Desanto started the inning off with a walk and stole second base. Weiser singled to knock in the Hawks’ first run. Kuzma came up next and singled. Vanessa Cardoza stepped up next with a single to knock in Weiser. Fitzgerald kept the flood gates open when she stepped up next, batting in Cardoza and Kuzma with a single. Two batters later, Chelsea Paprocki got a base hit up the middle, and Fitzgerald scored. Jenna Jaquish and Christine Scherr reached base to load them up with only one out. Two batters later, Weiser doubled to clear the bases and give the Hawks an 8-3 lead.

Alissa Schoelkopf pitched four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out eight. Jordan Barnett threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits. Barnett struck out four.

In the second game of the double-header, MU defeated Delaware 6-3.

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Baseball Team Goes 1-2 Against VCU

default article imageThe baseball team faced off against Virginia Commonwealth in a three game series this past weekend.

The Hawks were supposed to play the first game of the series on Friday, but the game was postponed due to rain. It was then rescheduled for Sunday, meaning the Hawks would be competing in a double header.

The series got off to a good start on Saturday afternoon, as the Hawks were able to defeat VCU 6-4 behind a strong pitching performance by Pat Light and a three hit, two RBI day for Jamie Rosenkranz.

However, the Hawks were not able to keep up their winning ways as they dropped both games of the doubleheader on Sunday. They were shut-out 8-0 in the first game, as they weren’t able to do anything offensively.

In the next game, the Hawks’ batters woke up, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Hawks fell 5-3.

The Hawks will travel down to Troy, Alabama this week to take on the University of Troy in a four game set. From there, they will travel to Georgia State next Tuesday before they come back home for their home opener on March 16 against Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Gun Show || A Message of Hope: UConn’s Jim Calhoun Overcomes Cancer and Spinal Stenosis

default article imageIf you’re looking for an inspirational story, you don’t need to flip on an HBO documentary or an ESPN 30 for 30 show, just look at the University of Connecticut. Instead of hearing the promising tale of a player who has made it from nothing to take the NCAA by storm, I’ll give you reason to believe that Jim Calhoun is an admirable man and an icon for the game of basketball.

His 871 wins and ranking of sixth all-time amongst NCAA coaches are not the reason behind this week’s spotlight. The head coach, riddled with health problems, has defied all odds to return back to the sidelines. He returned last week after missing nearly a month coping with the effects of spinal stenosis, a condition where the spine is narrowed and disk fragments push on spinal nerves.

The defending NCAA champions have not been much without their fearless leader, going 3-5 in his absence this past month and 5-6 in total without him on the season. To bring fire back to his squad, the head coach defied medical orders to coach them against Pittsburgh.

Instead of easing back to work and recouping at home, the 69-year-old head coach paced the sidelines and barked orders at his team which is holding onto their last hope for making the NCAA tournament. When he loosened his tie and seemed flustered throughout the game, it wasn’t a medical complication, but instead an example of his dedication for the job.

Players responded to his perseverance and noted to Yahoo Sports! that there is no substitute for Calhoun’s presence on the sideline. “He just brings that energy and it makes me want to fight harder, even when I’m tired, on my last straw,” said UCONN guard Shabazz Napier.

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The Gun Show || “Country Roads” Elicits Near Riot and Unfolds the Power of the Student Section

default article imageYouTube phenomenon and Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly brought on a full-fledged riot at West Virginia Coliseum on February 24th after pantomiming a ballroom dance to John Denver on WVU’s home court. The action greatly angered the West Virginia student section, who gave Williams a piece of their mind during an ESPN interview conducted shortly after.

Here, the power of a college fan-base was unfolded. They are without a doubt comparable to the three-headed monster, as seen when numerous security guards struggled to hold WVU students back from physically approaching the head coach.

The dance came after Marquette beat West Virginia 61-60 and greatly hampered the Mountaineers’ shot at the NCAA tournament. Already a YouTube sensation, Williams, who danced “Walk it out” two years ago on the court, offered a sarcastic apology for the event.

He stated that he liked John Denver’s rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and was so amped after the game that it was just natural. Later that night he offered a more extensive apology but still, West Virginia students and fans of all ages are not very fond of Williams.

YouTube users have taken pleasure in watching the coach glide across Mountaineer mid-court, but while doing so, ask whether the move was professional or a display of poor sportsmanship. Should a college coach blatantly poke fun at a song that is so dear to the hearts of the home team’s fans? Then, should he deny its impact?

From an outsider’s standpoint, this move is irresponsible and a lack of judgment. Sure, you may be excited after a huge win for your program, but that should not result in you sarcastically grooving to the other team’s alma matter-like song. Show some dignity and respect for the opposing program, shake the other coach’s hand and head into the lockerroom to begin your celebration. This move, Coach Williams, is just unnecessary.

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Men’s Basketball Stuns First Place Long Island

Ends Regular Season with 106-78 Thumping of LIU-Brooklyn


mbb stuns first place long islandThe men’s basketball team finished the regular season with two big home wins against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island University – Brooklyn. The Hawks finish the season as the sixth seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and will face Robert Morris in the first round of the conference tournament.

Monmouth (12-19, 10-8) has won nine of its last 12 games and is on the right track heading into the NEC tournament.

Jesse Steele scored 18 points and Dion Nesmith added 15 as Monmouth defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) 79-73 Thursday night.

“We are playing our best basketball right now,” said Monmouth’s Head Coach King Rice after Thursday’s win. “One more game and then it’s the conference tournament.”

The Terriers (15-14, 12-6) led 36-18 following a Stefan Perunicic three-point basket with 5:57 remaining in the first half. From here, Monmouth went on a 34-9 run over the next 14:06 to surge ahead 53-45. During the run, Steele scored eight points and Marcus Ware added seven. Andrew Nicholas scored seven of the Hawks’ final nine points during the game-changing stretch.

Ben Mockford led St. Francis (N.Y.) with 16 points. Jalen Cannon tallied a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

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Baseball Team Drops Three Straight to Virginia

baseball team drops three straight to virginiaFollowing a 3-0 start, the men’s baseball team took a step back this weekend after dropping three straight games to the seventeenth ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers.

On Friday afternoon, UVA exploded offensively and defeated the Hawks in blowout fashion 18-4. The game was delayed an hour and 12 minutes due to rain, but once it cleared up the Hawks opened the game scoring two runs right off the bat.

Josh Boyd opened the game with a triple, who was then driven home thanks to a double by Jamie Rosenkranz. Jake Gronsky singled up the middle in the next at bat to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. UVA would rally in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at two. The following inning the Cavaliers would take the lead after a sacrifice fly and they would not look back.

In the bottom of the third, the Cavaliers exploded for five runs off a Hawk error, a hit batsman, and a bases loaded double making the score 7-2. UVA would put the game out of reach in the sixth when they scored nine runs on seven hits, extending the lead to 16-2. UVA would add two more runs bringing the final score to 18-2 in favor of the Cavaliers.

Pat Light dropped to 1-1 after pitching five innings and giving up five runs. Neil Harm, Reid Van Woert, Charlie Battis and T.J. Hunt all saw action out of the bullpen for the Hawks.

On Saturday, the Hawks had much better pitching performances, but unfortunately the Hawks would fall to UVA for a second straight game.

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Women’s Basketball Team Finishes Regular Season on High Note

default article imageThe women’s basketball team finished off the 2011-12 regular season with back-to-back home wins over Long Island University – Brooklyn and St. Francis (N.Y.). The Hawks finished the season third in the NEC and will host LIU Brooklyn in the first round of the conference tournament on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Alysha Womack scored 24 points and Chanel Gomez added 11, including the go ahead basket with 0.9 second remaining. The women’s basketball team was able to defeat LIU – Brooklyn 55-54 on Saturday.

The Hawks’ win put them in a tie for third place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with Robert Morris.

The NEC opponents played a close game throughout the contest. The Hawks led 26-25 at the break. The game featured six tied scores and 15 lead changes.

Monmouth was inbounding the ball from under the Blackbirds’ basket with 2.3 seconds left in the game trailing 54-53. Gomez checked into the game, hoping for the chance to win it. Alexis Canady inbounded the ball to Gomez on the interior, and she laid it in for the decisive basket with 0.9 second left.

LIU was forced to throw up a prayer. A three-quarter heave fell short and the Hawks celebrated their 16 win of the season.

Canady led the Blue and White with five assists. Gena Broadus paced the team with nine rebounds. Gomez added eight boards.

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Ford Palmer and Vincent Elardo Post Strong Finishes This Past Weekend

default article imageMonmouth University junior Ford Palmer (Smithville, N.J. (Absegami) ran 4:08.08 in the mile to snap the program record set in 1987 Thursday afternoon.The men and women’s track and field teams competed at the Armory’s Collegiate Challenge, the final test for both squads before the ECAC/IC4A Championships next weekend.

“We are proud of Ford for breaking a record that stood for 25 years,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We had some strong efforts in every event area to give us great momentum heading into the ECAC/IC4A Championships.”

Palmer, who took fourth overall and was the third collegiate finisher in the event, broke Ed Hendricks’ record of 4:10.63 set 25 years ago.

Errol Jeffrey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Transit Tech [Bronx CC]) finished first place in the weight throw, landing a toss of 55’ 6.5”, while also earning first in the shot put with a mark of 57’ 3”. Dan D’Amato (Matawan, N.J./Old Bridge) threw 48’ 6” for fifth overall in the shot.

Josh Mann (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) cleared 45’ 7” in the triple jump to claim second.

Erik Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) and Jake Bartlett (Middletown, N.J./CBA) shared fourth place in the high jump, each clearing 6’ 4”.

Led by Palmer, the squad of Aaron Aquino-Rodriguez (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland Regional), Mark Bernardo (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell), and Alex Leight (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), ran to a sixth place finish in the 4x400, posting a time of 3:26.60.

Peter Matano (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) vaulted himself to fifth place with a mark of 14’ 5” followed by Tom Jeffers (Bellmawr, N.J./Triton) who cleared 13’ 8”.

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Softball Team Jumps Out to a 3-1 Start

default article imageThe softball team kicked off the season at the Spartan Classic at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. They took three out of their four games, starting off the season in a solid fashion.

The first game was against Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks dominated the Spartans 10-4 and then defeated the University of Delaware 6-3. Second baseman Christine Scherr led the way for the Hawks with a home run and four runs batted in.

Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Monmouth used an eight run inning to take a commanding 8-3 lead. They never looked back from there.

Against Delaware, the Hawks scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away with the win.

On Sunday, Monmouth split their two-game doubleheader. They lost to Army 8-4 in the first game, and defeated Delaware again by a score of 14-6 in the second game of the day.

The Hawks return back to action on March 8 at the Aggie Invitational at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. They will play five games in a three day stretch.

Women’s Basketball Team Clinches NEC Berth

Alysha Womack Scores 1,000 Career Point in Victory over Wagner


With the playoffs beginning in only a week, the Hawks have secured their position in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament. Using their final games as practice for the tournament, the team had the pleasure of versing two conference opponents this past weekend.

On Saturday, the women traveled to Staten Island to compete against the Wagner Seahawks. MU was able to notch a win improving their record to 15-11 as well as improving their NEC record to 10-5 keeping them at third place in the conference. The game began with the Seahawks quickly taking charge over the Hawks’ defense.

The Hawks failed to take the lead until the scoreboard’s time showed 9:12 was left in the first half. Junior Chevannah Paalvast’s three pointer was the key for the lead change making it a 10-9 game. The Seahawks managed to stay in the competition and by 6:20 they had successfully taken the two-point lead with a score of 19-17. But Monmouth did not fall far behind and when there was 1:25 left in the first half, the two teams had evened it up at 24-24 which is where the score would remain until both reentered after halftime.

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Attendance on the Rise for Home Basketball Games

Basketball season is coming to an end, but that does not stop the sudden increase in attendance to the men’s home games.

2000 students, families, faculty, alumni, and community members came out to support the University’s men’s basketball team at their last home game. The rapid improvement is overall exciting for both the team and the crowd that come out to cheer on the team.

“When we see the crowd hyped, we get hyped,” stated junior player Jesse Steele. The energy that the crowd produces for the team is contagious and it’s evident how the excitement level at the games is increasing each week with fans coming out.

What brought on this sudden increase in game attendance? There are numerous answers for this question, because with a new team, new program, and new coaches, many people are curious how the team will respond to all of these changes. At each of the games it seems as if there is always something going on. Between the cheerleaders and dance team performing in between plays to the announcers that keep the crowd intrigued, there is no shortage of entertainment.

According to junior Brittany Herrmann, there is definitely a major difference between the games last year and this year. “The atmosphere is very different compared to last year, more upbeat, exciting, and fans are behind the team percent,” described Herrmann.. “There’s an obvious increase in supporters from last year because the games are always crowded now.”

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CAMPUS LOCATION
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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
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Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
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Monmouth University
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Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu