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The Gun Show || #Privacyproblems: A View of Social Media in Sports

default article imageIn a world where social media can sway presidential elections and world events, surely it can influence sports. This fact has been proven time and time again as professional athletes have demonstrated their two cents on issues on sites such as Twitter and Facebook. But professional athletes aren’t the only ones who are networking online with millions of high school and college athletes alike joining the club. Coaches are taking notice to this as well.

As the social media frenzy grows and tweets are becoming more of our daily language, a look at their effect on the world of sports is our focus this week, especially after a recent scholarship scandal at Michigan University.

Yuri Wright, a four star rated corner back from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, was committed to the University of Michigan to play for head coach Brady Hoke. But after careful consideration and investigation into his character, the school chose to release Wright of his scholarship and right to be a Wolverine. As news broke of this event, sources confirmed that it was mainly in regards to racist and foul language used on the networking site Twitter.

From a top-notch college prospect bound for a successful future to a character tainted high school athlete, Wright has fallen out of the good graces of many. After the events unfolded, Wright narrowed down his choices to his local Rutgers University and Colorado.

After careful consideration, and possibly the mindset to run far away from the problem, Wright chose to play near Denver’s Tebow-country for Colorado University. In my view, he’s lucky to have the chance to suit up again after his filthy comments.

The soon-to-be Colorado Buffalo corner-back brought a huge burden not only on himself but on the issue of morality and whether (seemingly) private information should determine scholarship opportunities. It also begs the question of whether social media makes or breaks our view of athletes.

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Road Warriors

Hawks Win Back-to-Back Games on the Road

road warriors mbbWhile students were away for Winter Break, the Men’s basketball team had a couple of matchups with nationally recognized programs.

The Hawks traveled to North Carolina to face the sixth ranked Tar Heels on New Year’s Day. Freshman Andrew Nicholas was up to the task, as he scored 22 points. Junior Jesse Steele also made an impact, scoring 17 points. MU lost to the Tar Heels 102-65, but not many teams are going to go into Chapel Hill and come away with a win. Head Coach King Rice and some of the other coaches are former players at North Carolina.

“That was a great trip. It was a great trip for our school, it was a great trip for our team to be able to play down in North Carolina,” said Rice. “It was great for our staff, just to go back and be able to see all the people down there. Wish we could have won the game but our kids played really well.”

Monmouth also hosted 25th ranked Harvard on January 10th. With just over six minutes remaining in the game, the Hawks were down 57-56. From here, Harvard took over and won 70-61. Steele led the way with 16 points, Marcus Ware was right behind him with 14.

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Women’s Basketball Winning Streak Stops at Eight

wbb winning streak stops at 8Hard work often leads to success in the sports world. For Lady Hawks basketball team, this old adage rings true. The Hawk cagers started their season poorly struggling through a 3-8 record prior to the long winter break. Regrouping, the team put together a good run and currently stand with an 11-9 record. The women have high hopes of ending the season with a championship trophy sitting on their mantel.

Being able to bounce back from such a poor record truly shows the Hawks are prepared to put up a battle for their title. When asked why she believed the ladies have been playing so well, freshman Danica Dragicevic said “I think that we are winning because our team sticks together.”

The Monmouth Hawks had the chance to improve their winning streak to ten games with this past weekend since they played Bryant University on Saturday and Central Connecticut State on Monday.  They fell to Bryant University this past weekend with a final score of 55-49 snapping their eight-game winning streak.

When asked what sparked the streak to begin with, Coach Palmateer believes, “It was a culmination of the hard work the players have been putting in since the start of the season, the renewed energy the team came back with after Christmas break and great focus and determination. We faced some early season challenges coupled with a very tough non-conference schedule,” Coach Palmateer said, “The result was some tough early season losses but in the long run I feel those challenges have made us stronger as a team.”

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Several Track Athletes Qualify for ECAC and IC4A Championships

several athletes qualify ecac ic4aThe men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Bison Open at Bucknell University while some competed at the Terrier Classic at Boston University.

“At Bucknell, we had the most ECAC qualifiers ever for one meet between the men and the women,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. 14 athletes from both the men’s and women’s team qualified for the ECAC and IC4A Championships. 10 of the qualifiers were from the women’s team, which set a record for the most qualifiers in a single weekend in school history. The Bison Invitational was held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Some of the top finishers in the meet included a first-place finish in the high jump from Ali Day, who posted a mark of 1.70 m/5’7”. In the men’s high jump, Jake Bartlett came in second place with a mark of 1.99 m/6’6.5”.  Also for the men, Ed Kramer tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 1.94 m/6’4.25”. In the long jump, Stevenson Cajuste placed in third with a mark 6.60 m/21’7.75”.

In the Terrier Invitational at Boston University, the distance medley relay team of Amanda Eller, Colleen Rutecki, Emily MacEwen, and Jennifer Nelson finished in second place with a time of 11:54.02, good enough to qualify the group for the ECAC Championships.

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Women’s Lacrosse Hires New Assistant Coach

default article imageBrooke Foussadier has been added to the Monmouth University women’s lacrosse staff, head coach Denise Wescott announced on Thursday.

Foussadier comes from nationally ranked Johns Hopkins, where she played attack for the Blue Jays.  While at the Baltimore school, Foussadier helped lead Hopkins to a No. 17 ranking and was named Division I National Attacker of the Week for her part in upending then second-ranked Northwestern.

“I’m excited to have Brooke join our staff,” said MU’s Wescott. “I think her experience from Hopkins, a top-20 program, is going to bring a lot to this team.  As an attack player, she brings a lot to the table, she is definitely going to raise our stick skills. I love her passion for lacrosse, I think she is a great addition to us.”

 The Turnersville, N.J., native will work with the Hawk attack as well as handle some recruiting and camp duties.  Foussadier coached at the club level with the highly successful South Jersey Select team.  While with S.J. Select she developed practice plans, managed team travel and registration and helped plan and run clinics.

Foussadier finished as the 20th most prolific scorer in Hopkins history with 61 career points. She completed her playing career as the Blue Jays’ 17th all-time leading goal scorer (47) and is 12th in free position goals (15). Foussadier graduated from John’s Hopkins in May of 2011 with a degree in public health.

Keeping MU’s Women’s Basketball Team Alive

After 16 years as a collegiate assistant coach, Jenny Palmateer has become the University’s seventh head coach for the women’s basketball team. With the teams recent eight game winning streak, Palmateer seems to have stepped in to her new coaching position very successfully.

The New Jersey native grew up in South Amboy where she first started her basketball career. In high school, Palmateer led her team to four New Jersey State Championships, including the first ever girl’s Tournament of Champions Title as a senior. Making the game winning shot in the TOC Semifinals against Pascack Valley was only the beginning step in her road to success with basketball.

Attending North Carolina University, Palmateer was the co-captain of the Wolfpack women’s team her junior and senior years. After reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 twice, they were ranked eleventh in the country during the 1989-90 season. This placed them fifth in N.C. State’s ACC regular season championship. During that same season, the Wolfpack won nine consecutive road wins, leaving a mark that still remains in Raleigh.

When asked if she had always seen herself coaching, Palmateer simply replied, “I didn’t want to.” She decided to take a different route upon graduating from North Carolina State. The basketball sensation elected to take up a career at IBM in the marketing department for about six months after graduation. The star began missing the game that she loved so much and became involved in coaching as a volunteer at North Carolina State. Continuing to stay involved, Palmateer found herself in Virginia and coaching full-time. Palmateer then spent 10 years on the coaching staff at North Carolina State, followed by a period at Seton Hall as the recruiting coordinator.

With an eight-game winning streak under their belts, the Hawks are having quite a successful season with an 11-9 record to date. “The winning streak was phenomenal,” stated Palmateer. “Things are coming together and the team is working very hard.” It is apparent that the team’s hard work is paying off and they deserve each win that comes their way.

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The Gun Show || A Look at Super Bowl XLVI and its Campus Buzz

default article imageCan you name one sports moment that is quite vivid in your memory and you know you’ll hold onto? How about the David Tyree catch against Rodney Harrison in Super Bowl XLII. If that clip still runs goose bumps down your spine, then you might be in luck. You may have the chance to relive that experience…

As we sit just days away from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, the Big Blue will soon get another shot at the title. They will play for their second Super Bowl championship in four years against the New England Patriots. Sound familiar? Well this was the same matchup as Super Bowl XLII where the Giants beat the ‘Pats 17-14 in arguably the best Super Bowl ever played.

This year, the Giants carry much of the same momentum as they had in 2007. Rallying behind an explosive defense and the play of an elite Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin will lead his squad to Indianapolis against Bill Belichick and his always-trustworthy quarterback Tom Brady.

The 2007 road-warrior ideology reigns strong in the locker room today for the Giants as they have already beaten top-seeded Green Bay and 13-3 San Francisco to earn their spot in the Super Bowl. The Patriots, also 13-3, are still led by Brady who will be playing in his fifth Super Bowl.

One of the major developing stories out of this matchup, before a down has even been snapped, is the feat of Tom Coughlin. At mid-season, the Giants went from a top tier NFC team to a lower rank, .500 squad. But now, Coughlin has the opportunity to earn his second Super Bowl as a head coach of the Giants and possibly a Hall of Fame bid.

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Women’s Basketball Team Picking Up Steam

Hawks Have Won Their Last Seven Games After Starting 3-8

womens basketball picking up steamThe saying “there’s no place like home” could not have been truer for the Lady Hawks basketball team this break. While most of the students of the University were rewarded with a winter break, the same could not be said about their team. From December 21 to January 16, the women competed in six games. Heading into the month-long break, the women held a losing record of 3-8. By January 15, the Hawks managed to improve their record to an even 8-8 by winning five consecutive games.

The first team the women opposed over break was a 5-5 Norfolk State on December 29. Having home court advantage, the women were able to pass Norfolk 69-62. Although the Hawks did win, it was difficult to tell the outcome during the first half of the game. Both teams were consistent in their play during the first half which lead to a fairly close game at half time with Monmouth having a mere five-point advantage. The second half was much like the first, a game of ups and downs for the two teams.

It was not until the last two minutes of play did it become apparent that Monmouth was the dominating team. The key player of that game was junior wing Chevannah Paalvast. She had a career-high 16 points along with four assists.

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Ryan Clark Continues to Receive Awards and Recognition

ryan clark awards and recognitionShore Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-American two years in a row, and NSCAA/Adidas North Atlantic Region First Team Honors are only a few of the titles that can be added to soccer star, Ryan Clarks’, list of achievements. Being named player of the year by is just one more major accomplishment this junior can add to the list.

The Freehold native first started his soccer career at the age of three when he played for a recreational soccer team coached by his mother. Being the first one in his family to play soccer, Clark tried every sport before he made the decision to give up every-thing else.

“I’ve played everything,” explained Clark, “I gave it all up before high school to just focus on soccer.” And it’s a good thing he did because once he reached high school Clark was be-coming more recognized in the soccer community. He was named Player of the Year, First Team All-State, and All Region Player with 11 goals and 15 assists in his senior year.

Clark never imagined that his soccer career would have brought him to where he is today. “I’ll play through high school,” stated Clark. “But then people started telling me I could go pro.” When deciding what University to play for, Clark really connected with the coaches here and the direction that they were heading in.

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RJ Allen Selected Fifth Overall in MLS Supplemental Draft

default article imageRJ Allen became the third Hawk to be selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft in the past two years. He joins the likes of Bryan Meredith (selected by Seattle) and Ryan Kinne (selected by New England).

Allen was chosen fifth overall by Chivas USA last Tuesday afternoon.

Allen’s Hawk career came to a close with 37 points on 7 goals and 23 assists. He was monumental in helping the Hawks make three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four-straight Northeast Conference Regular-Season Championships.

This season he also received his second straight All-American Honor and third straight All-Region First Team honors.

Men’s Basketball Team Struggles Continued Over Winter Break

default article imageThe men’s basketball team fell to 4-17 Saturday night after falling to Robert Morris University (RMU) 81-73 in overtime. Junior guard Velton Jones carried the Colonials to their 15th win of the season.

“Velton Jones is one of the best players in this league as a junior. He’ll be one of the best guys in this league next year. I bet he was one of the best guys in this league last year. He’s a tough kid,” said Head Coach King Rice. “That young man just really, really, really had a good game.”

Jones led all scorers in the con-test with 35 points. He shot 10 of 20 from the field, making six of his 11 three-point attempts.

None of his shots were bigger than one with 2:50 remaining in regulation. Phill Wait had just made a layup to put Monmouth ahead 65-63. Jones silenced the crowd by draining a three-pointer from well beyond the arc to give RMU the lead and the momentum.

Junior guard Dion Nesmith was the leading scorer for the Hawks. He shot eight of nine from the field, six of seven from beyond the three-point line. Facing foul throughout most of the game and eventually fouling out, he scored 22 points in 24 minutes of action.

The Colonials led for most of the first half. Jones scored their first eight points, and eleven of their first 16. RMU was ahead 33-29 at the half, and Jones had accounted for 17 points. Nesmith was leading MU with 11.

The Blue and White came out firing in the second half. Jesse Steele hit back-to-back threes to give the Hawks a 35-33 lead early on. The Hawks went on a 19-1 run to start the half, leading RMU 48-34. The advantage was 15 after a Nesmith three with 12:15 remaining in the game.

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