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Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Back-to-Back NEC Opponents

default article imageThe men’s basketball team swept the home-and-home series against Farleigh Dickinson last week. On Wednesday, the Hawks handled FDU 7562 in Hackensack, N.J. Saturday night MU rolled again 8268.

The Hawks (918, 77) are tied for sixth in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The Knights (223, 113) are tied with Bryant for last in the NEC.

“I think our team is growing up right before your eyes,” said Head Coach King Rice.  

In Wednesday’s game, the Blue and White built a 20point first half lead and cruised in the second half to a victory over their instate rival. The Hawks shot the lights out from three-point land in the first half, going eight of 10 from beyond the arc.

Jesse Steele led the Hawks with 15 points and six assists. Andrew Nicholas scored 11 points off the bench. Dion Nesmith added 10.

Melquan Bolding was the Knights leading scorer with 17 points off the bench. George Goode added 16 points and six rebounds.

“I am so proud of the effort they came out with. I want to take my hat off to my whole team,” said Coach Rice. “To get another road win is awesome, and with it being Rivalry Week, that’s even better.”

In Saturday’s game, Monmouth never trailed. The game was close at times, but FDU could never take over control. With the help of a strong student section wearing “FD WHO?” shirts, the Hawks kept the energy up for 40 minutes.

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Running in the Moonlight

Track and Field has Strong Showing in “Moonlight at the MAC” Tournament

running in the moonlight track and fieldThe University track and field team competed twice this past week in anticipation for the upcoming NEC Championships. Last Wednesday, the men’s and women’s teams hosted the “Moonlight in the MAC Classic” in the MAC.

The Hawks were highlighted by some personal records from Tilah Young, Sandra Jean-Romain, and Josh Mann. Mann came up short from qualifying for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump. His mark of 14.25 m/46’9” was not only a personal best mark but was also the fifth best mark in the triple jump for the men in school history.

“We performed to our expectations in about every event,” Coach Compagni said.

Monmouth also featured throwers in the top five finishing for the weight throw. Errol Jeffery’s throw was good enough for first as he was followed by Taylor Bernstein, Dan D’Amato, Ryan Snyder, and Shane Carle. Three Hawks also finished in the top three for shot put, as Shane Carle came in first and was followed by Bernstein and D’Amato.

The Hawks continued to dominate the games. Two Hawks finished in the top two for both the high jump and long jump. Jake Bartlett came in first place in the high jump while Erik Anderson trailed in second. In the long jump, Stevenson Cajuste came in first and Darvin Hendersen finished in second. Cajuste also came in first in the 60 meter hurdle with a time of 8.59 seconds.

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Women’s Basketball Falls to First Place Quinnipiac

wbb falls to first place quinnipiacThis past Saturday, the University’s women basketball team went head to head with a 16-5 Quinnipiac University at the MAC. A solid fan base came to support their third place Hawks take on the second place Bobcats.

With the playoffs approaching and number of games winding down, the Hawks realized how important it was to win this game. “As conference play continues and begins to wind down,” Coach Palmateer states, “Every game becomes exponentially more important. With the structure of our conference tournament, we are playing for home court advantage.”

Quinnipiac quickly took the lead in the first half and within four minutes, they had a five point advantage over the Hawks. With an official time-out called at 15:59, Monmouth was able to take a breath and prepare themselves for the next minutes of play.

The ladies scored the next four points bringing the score to a 7-6 game with 14:47 left on the clock. The Bobcats sunk the next basket but Monmouth retaliated quickly and the game stayed at a close score of 9-8. With a little less then 10 minutes left in the first half, Quinnipiac was to create a 10 point lead against Monmouth as the scoreboard read 22-12. The Bobcats increased their lead to a 14 point advantage over the Hawks within 20 seconds of creating the 10 point lead.

Monmouth slipped far behind Quinnipiac on the scoreboard and with 5:25 remaining, the Hawks were down by a whopping 18 points. But these next five minutes were Monmouth’s most impressive moments of the game. The Hawks scored the next 14 out of18 points with two three-pointers with junior guard Carly Thibault scoring one and junior forward Betsy Gadziala scoring the other. The score read Quinnipiac 38 Monmouth 30 by the half.

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Pat Light Looks to Shine in 2012 Season

pat light looks to shine in 2012 seasonDrafted right out of high school, junior baseball star Pat Light’s dream of playing professionally is becoming a reality once again, being named to Baseball America’s Early 2010 Top College Prospects, and selected at number 25 on the top-100 chart.

Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Light started his baseball career while in kindergarten. “I wanted to be like my Dad,” stated Light. “We’ve always done a lot together.” After trying out soccer and basketball, he realized that baseball was his true calling. When Light first started playing, he started out in the infield. However, as the six foot six athlete began getting taller he went in as a pitcher.

Light attended Christian Brothers Academy, where he collected a 20-0 career record with 1.52 ERA. That record is still the best career record in Shore Conference History. Light was also a two-time 1st team All-Shore selection and 3rd team all state. He was selected 28th in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins coming out of high school. However, he realized that aside from not being completely ready to play professional baseball, Light did not think that it was the best opportunity for him.

Freshman year, Light realized he needed to step his game up if wanted to continue playing baseball at this level. Coming off of what he referred to as his “worst season yet,” Light realized the work that he needed to put into his baseball career. As a sophomore, Light started 13 out of the 14 games he played in racking up 61 strikeouts for the season. Then, this summer Light was offered a prestigious opportunity to play in the Cape Cod summer league. After having much success there, Light is feeling good about his own personal game this year and hoping for a victorious season.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Home Games, Falls to Seventh in NEC

default article imageThe men’s basketball team split their home games this week. The Hawks defeated Sacred Heart on Thursday 63-56. On Saturday, Quinnipiac handled the Blue and White 71-48.

Monmouth (7-18, 5-7) had a chance to take control of sixth place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with these games and couldn’t take full advantage.

Quinnipiac (13-10, 6-6) is now in sixth place in the conference. The Hawks are tied with Sacred Heart (11-14, 5-7) for seventh.

Thursday night the Hawks faced one of the best scorers in the conference, junior guard Shane Gibson. Gibson averaged 26.1 points a game against conference opponents when they came into West Long Branch. The Blue and White did not allow Gibson to take over the game, but he still managed 22 points, 16 coming in the second half.

Andrew Nicholas kept the Hawks in the game in the first half. He had 11 of Monmouth’s 25 first half points.

“We all started off slow shooting wise. We started shooting too many three’s in the beginning. I just started moving around and my teammates found me. I took open shots,” said Nicholas. “I knocked down some shots. I feel like I got my shot back finally. I struggled the last couple of games.”

With 2:31 remaining in the game, the Pioneers were leading 54-46. The Hawks closed the game out with a 17-2 run.

Junior guard Jesse Steele made a three-pointer at 2:27 to cut the lead to 54-49. An Ed Waite steal at the 2:00 mark led to a Dion Nesmith layup to make it a 54-51 game.

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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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