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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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Men’s Basketball Team Qualifies For NEC Tournament

The men’s basketball lost to Wagner Thursday night 74-67. They bounced back on Saturday and defeated Mount St. Mary’s 68-66 to secure a spot in the Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament in a couple weeks.

The Hawks (10-19, 8-8) are tied for fifth in the NEC with Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

Thursday night, Tyler Murray scored 20 points for Wagner (23-4, 14-2). Latif Rivers added 13 points and four assists.

Four players scored in double figures for MU, but it wasn’t enough to get passed one of the NEC’s top teams. Phil Wait, Jesse Steele, Andre Nicholas, Austin Tillotson and Dion Nesmith combined for 56 of the team’s 67 points. Steele led the team with four assists.

Free throw and three-point shooting hurt the Blue and White in this one. The team made only 55.6 percent of its free throws. Nesmith and Steele each made a three, as the team shot only two of 10 from beyond the arc. Wagner was 21 of 26 from the charity stripe, and 11 of 28 from three-point land.

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Indoor Track Breaks MAC Records in Blue and White Invitational

default article imageFresh off its 2012 Northeast Conference Indoor Championships, the Monmouth University women’s and men’s track and field teams, ranked ninth and 10th respectively in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Index, returned home for the 2nd Annual Blue-White Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. At the event, which featured six collegiate teams, pole vaulting freshman Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) set the new freshman record and facility mark for the women’s team. On the men’s squad, Joshua Lewis (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) qualified for the IC4A Championships in the long jump.

“While we did not have our full team in action after last weekend’s league championships, this was a great day for our field event athletes,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “They had some great results and lined up with some top-notch post-collegiate competitors.”

McDonald cleared 3.38m (11’ 1”) to earn first in the pole vault and set the new freshman standard. Her mark is .03m better than MAC record which was set last February.

Alison Day (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) set the MAC record in the high jump with her mark of 1.73m (5’ 8”), also good for first in the event.

MU finished in the top-four of the weight throw led by Tilah Young’s (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) toss of 17.57m (57’ 7.75”), which also resulted in a facility record. Rachel Aliotta (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) finished second with her toss of 14.84m (48’ 8.25”) followed by Qiyanna Hill (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) and Jessica Toritto (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) who posted marks of 14.28m (46’ 10.25”) and 13.54m (44’ 5.25”), respectively.

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Baseball Team Jumps Out to 3-0 Start

default article imageThe baseball team participated in the Cary, NC Tournament. The team knocked off all other opponents they played and their game against Marshall on Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Friday, the Hawks knocked off Wright State 10-2. Saturday they defeated St. Joseph’s 7-1 and they blew out Youngstown State 14-2 later that day.

Pat Light started off the season strong by pitching seven innings with six strikeouts. He allowed only one run in the season opener against Wright State.

The next day, the Hawks got two strong pitching performances out of their starters on Saturday. Dan Smith, who threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits against Saint Joseph’s. Stephen Frey threw five innings, struck out two and allowed two runs on four hits.

Offensively, Jake Gronsky and Owen Stewart led the way for the Hawks. Both drove in six runs and had five hits each over the weekend.

The Hawks will be back in action next weekend as they travel down to the University of Virginia in a three game series.

The Gun Show || What’s on the ‘Linside’: A Look Into Jeremy Lin’s Ascent and His Link to College Athletics

default article imageWhat exactly is the plight of today’s modern college basketball athlete? Well for some it could be NBA stardom and a life no one could forget, for others it could be trouble-filled years of D-League debacles and mishaps. But what if I told you there was one person, who in his actions, revolutionized the sport in only two weeks and has put the NBA back on the map after its lockout.

What if I also told you that this person has cast an example for thousands of college athletes and those pursuing their dreams? Many of you may know already who this week’s spotlight will be on, but for others, read on to find out just why college athletics, a little bit of good luck and a coach’s gamble has changed the sports world.

A quality (but apparently not stand out) Palo Alto High School senior, Jeremy Lin knew he had what it took. But he was not given a chance as talent scouts did not even put him on their radar. When it came time for applying to nearby Stanford University, the team discussed the possibility of having Lin walk on for them. But he denied this offer and headed to Harvard University, without a scholarship.

Earning a degree in economics, Lin became a leader on his college squad. Told he might have the potential for an NBA draft spot, Lin graduated Harvard University with the intent of making it big, but not knowing if his dream was absurd or not.

Lin went on to become an undrafted free agent who was invited to the Dallas Mavericks mini-camp. Later offered contracts from three teams, Lin choose to sign with the Golden State Warriors. But fate was not ready to overtake Lin’s ascent just yet, and he was later cut. After being a part of two Houston Rockets preseason games, Lin would again meet the same ill-fated result.

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Indoor Track NEC Championship Goes to the Hawks

First Title for Men Since 2007 and First Title for Women Since 2009


indoor track field nec championship 2012The men’s and women’s track teams both claimed the overall first place team titles this past weekend in the NEC Championships. The men set a new school record for points scored with 170, which is also the second most in NEC Championship history.

“It feels amazing,” said junior Shane Carle. “We have missed out the last few years indoors and we just came together as a team. Everyone stepped up and did their part and I’m glad we were able to get an indoor title, especially for the seniors.”

Head Coach Joe Compagni said “It feels great. I’m proud of our team and our coaching staff. We are very fortunate to get so much support from everyone on campus, as the past few years we’ve come up just short in the NECs, but it was nice to see both teams win it this season.”

The men’s team dominated Sacred Heart University came in second overall with 116 points. For the women, it went down to the wire for them. The Hawks scored a team total of 143 points and Long Island University came in second overall with 142.

Heading into the final race of the day for the women, the Hawks were up by three points on LIU. The final race would be the 4 by 400 relay. Monmouth just needed either a first or second place finish, and they would claim the title. That’s exactly what happened, as the relay team of Rachael Watkins, Colleen Rutecki, Kate Frye, and Laura Williams took second place in the race.

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Women’s Basketball Splits Conference Games at the MAC

wbb splits conference games at the macThis past week, the Hawks split their home stand with a win over Sacred Heart but a loss to Farleigh Dickinson. The Hawks are now have a 13-11 record while being 8-5 in the NEC bringing them to a tie for third place with Saint Francis College. With the playoffs approaching, Coach Jenny Palmateer does not believe it matters whether you face first or last place, it just matters if you win. “Right now every game is just important as the next,” Coach Palmateer states, “All the teams in conference are jockeying for position as the regular season winds down.”

Opening up the home stand was a win over first place in the NEC, Sacred Heart University. Star of the game was, as usual, Alysha Womack who scored a career high 27 points. Alexis Canady also put up impressive stats with 13 points, four rebounds, and three steals. The game started with a three-pointer from Sacred Heart followed by four more points from the opponent. MU quickly recuperated, and within six minutes of the first half, the score was tied 11-11.

The Hawks were able to pull ahead creating the first lead change of the game with a score of 16-13. The second lead change of the game occurred when Sacred Heart pulled ahead by two points bringing the game to a score of 18-16. Then MU’s Gabby Singer sunk a three-point shot giving the Hawks a one point advantage. Sacred Heart did not fall far behind and was able to steal the lead with a three-point shot.

The Hawks did not give up and with eight minutes left on the court, they were able to create a slim advantage over Sacred Heart at 24-23. Sacred Heart then hit another three-point shot bringing the game to 26-24 in their favor. Monmouth was able to recapture the lead via Womack and at 3:50, the game was 29-28. But Sacred Heart managed to go on a four point streak making the game 32-29 in their favor.

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Football Team’s 2012 Schedule is Announced

default article imageMonmouth University’s Head Football Coach Kevin Callahan has announced the team’s 2012 schedule.

Monmouth, which will be celebrating the 20th year of Division I FCS football, will take on a non-conference schedule that includes a rematch with NCAA quarterfinalist Lehigh University, a home game against future NEC member University of Rhode Island and the team’s first contest against Ivy League opponent Cornell.

“We are excited for the challenge of the 2012 schedule,” said Callahan. “Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium offers a great atmosphere to start the season. We are looking forward to the rematch with URI and the first ever meeting against Cornell.”

Monmouth opens the season for the second straight season against Lehigh, a team which has won 10 games in back to back years.

The following weekend, MU welcomes future Northeast Conference member University of Rhode Island to Kessler Field for the first time in history. The Rams were 3-8 last season in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Conference but two of those wins came over nationally-ranked Delaware and William & Mary. The Hawks fell to the Rams 27-24 in the 2008 season opener in Kingston.

The quest for Monmouth’s sixth NEC Title begins against conference rival Wagner in Staten Island on September 15. The visiting team has won seven out of the eight contests in the series and it should be noted that MU was a perfect 5-0 on the road in 2011. Monmouth hosts Sacred Heart on September 22, a team which the Hawks have won eight of the last nine meetings against.

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Carly Thibault Named to Academic All-District 2

default article imageMonmouth University junior women’s basketball guard Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 2 Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced. Thibault carries a 4.0 grade-point average as a psychology major, and has averaged 8.0 points per game while shooting a team-best 40.2 percent from three-point range this season.

“I’m just really happy for Carly,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “She’s a hard worker on the basketball court and in the classroom. This is really a tribute to her just being a total student-athlete and really taking pride in that. It’s something that’s really important to her and I’m sure it’s an award that will mean a lot to her.”

This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar athletes honored.

The Gun Show || One Small Step for the NCAA, One Giant Leap to the 35

default article imageBeing that it is a week after the Super Bowl, we now enter football limbo...a time of months upon months without the game we all love. We can only sit in our dorm rooms or houses and start the countdown until the next kickoff. Luckily, drastic moves take place in the off-season that catch our eye and shed a little light on the game we all miss. Instead of a Saturday afternoon top-ranked matchup or a Sunday Night Football NFL spot, we get a statement from the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

This past week, the NCAA made a striking proposal to its rule book. Like the NFL, the NCAA has asked to revise the kickoff process. The rule-change would involve the ball being spotted at the 35 yard line on the kickoff instead of the 30. Also, touch-backs result in having the ball spotted at the 25 yard line instead of the 20.

This proposal will drastically change the college special teams game, but will (in the committee’s belief) dramatically lessen injury. It was analyzed that a majority of injuries in NCAAF come on kick returns. Now, as kickers boom the ball past the uprights, teams will start at the 25 yard line. There is somewhat of a trade-off in this rule because as the kicking team you lose five yards in field position on a touch-back. And as a receiving team, you might lessen injuries towards your ‘x-factor,’ game-changing kick returner as they may not return the kick as much. Also, another side-note to this proposal is that kicking-team players can be no closer than five yards from the 35 yard line at the time of the kickoff.

Citing safety precautions, if passed, the NCAA could enact this rule before the start of the 2012 season. The committee acted quickly this off-season with the proposal after the NFL limited some of its injuries with a similar move. The NCAA plans to follow in their footsteps and make the game a little safer. But, this could have a deeper effect on the game.

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