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The Gun Show || Business of the Sport: A Look at the Impact of the NBA's Lockout on NCAA Basketball

default article imageAs the basketball season approaches, it’s hard not to focus on the lingering problem centered in professional basketball right now. The National Basketball Association, currently in a lockout because of conflicts between the league and the player’s union, has a lot of repercussions in NCAA basketball. First off, a significant amount of media attention will be jolted at the NCAA because of a lack of NBA developments. This is a dream come true for college fans looking for broader national media attention.

It’s presumable that many CBS televised college games will be the center of the sports world this year. With the NBA season approaching and still no deal cut and both sides clearly far apart on the issue, college basketball is looking at a hugely profitable season. But this week’s piece centers in on more of an inside look at a facet dealing with both the college and professional sides: impact of the lockout on recent graduates and draftees into the NBA.

Two rounds of draftees, or 60 college athletes just gave up career aspirations and possibly the remainder of a college education to enter the professional sports world. Many without their bachelor’s degree and most barely 21 or 22 years-old, were plunged into the business side of the profession. Shortly after having their dreams come true and being drafted onto a NBA class roster, the player’s union and league officials drifted apart in terms of division of revenues, length of agreements and salary cap.

Now all the money these players would (and should) be making is stalled as some have not signed contracts or whose contracts involve on court bonuses. These pros, or what you can also call recent students, have forgone significant income possibilities in the work world, giving up a further career path to join a basketball squad.

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Men’s Soccer Wins Back-to-Back Games in Shut Out Fashion

M Soccer 10.26.11As the soccer season dwindles to an end, the men’s team continues to show their dominance over the conference. The Hawks hosted two opponents this weekend: the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday and St. Francis College on Sunday. With both games being conference games and the playoffs approaching, the team did not hesitate to start off the games in complete control.

The men began Friday’s match up with a fighting fever. Monmouth was able to shoot off 10 shots in the first half alone while Quinnipiac could not even manage a single shot. Monmouth did have eight fouls but they were overshadowed by freshman Kalle Sotka’s goal 35 minutes into the first half. Junior Ryan Clark and senior RJ Allen were awarded with the assist.

Quinnipiac became more intense during the second half after realizing that Monmouth was not going to ease up after scoring one goal. Quinnipiac had a total of seven shots in the second half while Monmouth had nine. The Bobcats were able to take four corner kicks which is double the amount Monmouth conducted. Although Quinnipiac brought a tougher game in the second half, they also became physically tougher. In a span of three minutes, they received three yellow cards; one card penalized the whole team. As a whole, the Bobcats were given four yellow cards while the Hawks restrained their selves and came away with their hands clean. Within the 53rd minute of play, Monmouth was able to increase their goals by one as freshman Andres Penfold found the net off of sophomore Joseph Schmid’s corner kick.

The game’s final score was a 20 win in Monmouth’s favor. MU’s goalie, Alex Blackburn, recorded another shutout along with six saves. With this game as a confidence booster, the team was prepared to host an 832 St. Francis College.

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Soccer Team Defeats FDU in Double Overtime, but Falls to Sacred Heart

M Soccer 10.19.11Sometimes things are worth the wait. This statement proves to be true in the men’s soccer team match against Farleigh Dickinson on Friday.

Monmouth immediately attempted to overcome their opponent early on in the game by keeping the ball on FDU’s side on the midfield. It was clearly seen that this early pressure began to intimidate FDU as they had six fouls by the 30 minute mark of the first half.

Although Monmouth attacked viciously early, FDU did not hesitate to retaliate. For most of the game, the teams were evenly matched in skill level.

Three minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Max Hamilton received a yellow card, but besides that, the second half resembled the first half: shot after shot but no net found. The Hawks were applying every tactic against FDU’s players. They were crossing the ball, used headers, and even did some brief moves but it was not enough.

At the end of the second half, the score was still tied sending the game into overtime. Overtime consists of 10 minute periods in soccer and the winner is determined by sudden death. The first overtime period was completely dominated by FDU who only allowed Monmouth to take two shots.

Meanwhile, Farleigh Dickson took three shots, two corners, and received a yellow card with two minutes left in the period.

However, when the buzzer sounded to end the first overtime period, the score remained 00. The second overtime period began and Monmouth dominated this time with two shots and a corner kick while FDU had nothing to show.

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Football Team Ends Two Game Skid by Defeating Bryant 40-35

default article imageThe Hawks went on the road and picked up a win in a high scoring affair against Bryant, 4035. Monmouth improves to 33 on the season, and 21 in NEC play.

Monmouth is now tied for third in the NEC. Albany and Duquesne are currently ahead of the Hawks. Both of these teams have to come into West

Long Branch later in the season for games that could decide the winner of the conference. The Blue and White opened up a large lead in the second half, 3313 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The lead almost slipped away, but the Hawks made the plays they needed when the chips were down.

MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan said, “Early on we generated some positive momentum with the three turnovers and the safety.” He continued, “Unfortunately, late in the third quarter it began to slip away from us but the players responded. I was really happy with the way the players stayed with it, fought and played hard.”

For the Hawks on offense, Julian Hayes and Neal Sterling had huge games. Hayes carried the ball a whopping 32 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. Sterling tallied 11 catches for 102 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown to put the Hawks up 12 with only seven minutes remaining in the game.

Kyle Frazier also had a good day running the ball. Having only three carries, Frazier was able to gain 67 yards and a touchdown. Most of the yards came on a 50yard run by the quarterback.

Frazier had to leave the game with a knee injury. Craig Peterson came in and didn’t miss a beat. Peterson completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 70 yards and the game winning touchdown to Sterling.

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Field Hockey Extends Winning Streak to Six Straight Games

Field Hockey 10.19.11The field hockey team added two more wins to their record this past weekend, improving to a record of 124(40).

The Hawks hosted Quinnipiac University on Friday afternoon. It was Monmouth who got on the board very quickly, when Patricia O’Dwyer scored just 33 seconds into the game. About 12 minutes later, she took it to the hole and scored again, notching her ninth of the season. “The midfielders did a lot of work on the possession, setting up my opportunity to score,” O’Dwyer said.

The Hawks were off to a very fast start, but Quinnipiac responded only a few minutes later. Quinnipiac’s Kaitlyn Notarianni scored two consecutive goals, tying the game up at two. Both of her goals were unassisted.

A rain delay for over an hour at halftime held the match up for a while, but the teams got back on the field eventually. “With a delay, it can go one way or another, but it did let us regroup mentally and physically,” Coach Carli Figlio said.

The game remained knotted at two until Michelle Pieczynski scored off a deflection in the 57th minute. It proved to be the game winning goal, giving the Hawks their 11th victory of the season. The Hawks also dominated in shots on net, 179 and led on penalty corners, 63.

On Sunday, the Hawks hosted Sacred Heart University. It was a quiet game overall, but Monmouth got on the board in the 19th minute when Michelle Pieczynski received a pass from O’Dwyer, who then fired it in the back of the net.

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The Gun Show || Freshman Task: Silence the Critics

An Inside Look at Freshmen in College Football

default article imageBarely three months out of high school and already your number’s being called. The lights are cast down, the pressure is set on your shoulders and the beaming eyes of 80,000 spectators monitor your every move. Third and long…better hope coach draws up a play that will get the first down, if not there will be some hell to pay as a media frenzy ensues and immediately questions about talent level arise. What could possibly be the scenario?

True college freshmen, most 18 or barely 19 suit up, put on pads and enter an extremely structured, professional like surrounding. Following the binding pressure of being named starter, these freshmen are immediately cast into the spotlight and pressured to perform. In a 2011 season where more and more roster vacancies seem to appear, these freshmen teenagers are bound to the largest commitment of their lives up to that point.

A true inner test…the football season can become that for the freshman, tested in nearly everything he’s learned up to that point in life. NCAA Division I football and its brutal, topnotch and highly competitive atmosphere is a breeding ground for showcasing talent but also can be home to something far more severe. This is, watching a life’s worth of talent fickle out into the shape of a quarterback no one will remember in two years, or a defensive lineman whose dedicated lifestyle got him only as far as four years of ball could.

Today’s question is analyzing and describing the life of the true college freshman in NCAA football, and their impact on the game as a whole. All these players, from all positions embody the future of their programs but also show us what true talent is about, and on a scope far more broad and demanding than what they knew in the past. To perfectly display this topic, the brief careers of Braxton Miller and Gary Nova will be relayed.

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“MAC Madness” Set to Fire Up Fans for Upcoming Basketball Season

default article imageWith the fall athletic season more than halfway over, winter sports have begun practice and are gearing up for the upcoming season. This winter, the University will see the debuts of two new head basketball coaches for both the men’s and women’s team, in King Rice and Jenny Palmateer. Since there is no 6:00 am game this year, the University will be hosting “MAC Madness” on Friday October 21 at the Mac.

“MAC Madness” is a University-wide event to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season.

All students, faculty, and employees are welcome to attend the two hour event, which will run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The event will consist of free food from local restaurants, free Monmouth gear, and there will be several giveaways and prizes as well. Students will have the opportunity to participate in “Minute-to-win-it” events, as well as a few games of knockout. Additionally, the first 100 people in attendance will receive free MAC Madness t-shirts.

Not only will attendees be able to compete in events for prizes, but both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be competing in various events as well. They will be taking part in a three-point contest, a 20 minute mixed men’s and women’s game. The game will work as an all-star game, as there will be opportunities for double points, 50 point shots, and most likely some trick shots and dunks.

Edward Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Advertising and Promotions, says the overall goal is to get people pumped about the upcoming basketball season. “We want this to be an entertaining event for all of those who are in attendance and we are gearing towards growing attendance for the games. Our goal with this event is to do a lot of stuff in a short amount of time to raise excitement on and around campus,” Occhipinti said.

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Football Teams Suffers Second Straight Loss at the Hands of Colgate University

Football 10.12.11The Hawks lost their second home game in a row this week against Colgate, falling to 23 on the season.

Everything was set for a great day at Kessler Field. The weather was beautiful, 75 degrees and sunny, with 3,452 fans in attendance providing a great atmosphere. Ex-Monmouth wide receiver Miles Austin was even on the sideline for the game.

It looked like the great day was going to continue, as the Hawks took a 146 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first half. From this point on, the day turned sour for the Blue and White and their fans.

Colgate has one of the top running backs in the country, Nate Eachus. Eachus lived up to the billing in this contest, carrying 27 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 29 receiving yards.

One reason for Monmouth’s poor showing was time of possession, and Eachus played a big role in that, grinding out the clock late in the game. Colgate had an 11 minute advantage here.

Along with Eachus, third and fourth down conversions kept drives alive, kept the MU defense on the field, and the offense on the sidelines. Colgate converted seven of 15 third downs, and all three fourth downs they attempted.

The defense is going to make mistakes when they spend over 35 minutes on the field. Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs said, “We weren’t wrapping up, we weren’t tackling. They were making big plays, converting third downs.”

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Field Hockey Team on Four Game Winning Streak

default article imageThe field hockey team added two more wins to their slate this past weekend. The Hawks had two road matchups against Bryant University and Siena College.

The Hawks traveled to Smithtown, Rhode Island on Friday night to take on Bryant. It was the conference opener for Monmouth.

Monmouth got to a very fast start, as they scored four goals in the first half. Michelle Pieczynski finished with a goal and two assists while Patricia O’Dwyer added a goal and an assist. Goalie Teresa Mathews had six saves, only allowing one goal. The Hawks scored their first goal in the 17th minute when Pieczynski found Kayleigh Kalamar who connected to the left corner of the cage to score her second goal of the season.

Just three minutes later, Pieczynski fired a pass to O’Dwyer who connected for the Hawk’s second goal of the game. It was O’Dwyer’s seventh goal of the season. With a little under 10 minutes left in the half, this time Pieczynski was the one on the scoring end. She used a backhand shot to sink the ball, and she was successful. It was her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

MU scored again two minutes later, as Kimmy Baligian passed the ball to Ashley McPeek on a corner who then pushed it over to O’Dwyer who gave it to Alex Carroll who struck for the fourth goal of the game. The strong team effort proved how dominant the Monmouth offense has been all season. Bryant scored their first and only goal with just under two minutes left in the first half.

The second half shared no action from either team, but it was good enough to preserve the 41 win for the Hawks. Monmouth controlled shots 1911 and penalty corners 159.

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Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Bryant With a 2-0 Victory

M Soccer 10.12.11The Monmouth Hawks men’s soccer team has improved their overall record to 83 with a win over the Bryant Bulldogs this past weekend. Just like the men have been doing for most of the season, they once again dominated the field early on in the game.

Eighteen minutes into the first half, freshman midfielder, Derek Luke, was able to put the Hawks on the board with a quick shot finding the back left corner of the net to make the scoreboard read 10. The assist was awarded to senior Christian Nogueira. Freshman Kalle Sotka scored the second goal shortly afterwards at the 36 minute mark by finding the left corner just like Luke was able to do; Sotka was assisted by junior standout Ryan Clark making the score 20 Monmouth.

With the theme of both goals being scored to the left of Bryant’s goalie, it could be assumed that the men noticed trends in their opponents play. “We do a balance of both [focus on their own skill as well as the opponents weakness] but try not to focus on the opposition too much. We don’t go crazy with scouting of other teams.” Coach McCourt continues, “We may find one or two weaknesses our opponents have and go with that but we try to focus on our own strengths over scouting the other team.” McCourt also commented on the freshmen’s play by stating, “The freshmen stepped up that game and are having a good season all together.”

Beginning the second half much like the first, the Hawks took complete control over Bryant right from the opening tap. The most noticeable difference in the teams’ play was the physical aspect of the sport. It appeared that both teams had less precautions about receiving a card and were mainly concerned about finding the goal. In a span of five minutes, Bryant managed to receive four fouls. Three of Bryant’s players were handed yellow cards while Monmouth stayed clean. Bryant finished the game with 19 fouls while Monmouth had 13 fouls.

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The Gun Show || The Twelfth Man to Monmouth: Light Up Kessler Field

default article imageThe time and place are set, the plans are made, just need the finishing touches and soon your group of friends will be going out to watch a sporting event. The setting is a Saturday evening on a warm day in fall and the occasion calls for an intriguing football matchup.

The only problem…this whole situation is completely unattainable. The reason for this disheartening statement: no lights on Kessler Field. No sporting events or social gatherings will be occurring there past sun down as the field can accommodate only day games.

In the bold move over the summer, lights were installed on the Great Lawn for our prestigious soccer program, a strategy that is sure to bring fans out at night to enjoy a ranked soccer team take on an NEC opponent. Or they will be able to witness the girls soccer team do the same, an increasingly popular site as the team is rising in NEC ranks.

But as the move is sure to draw crowds, still not too far away at Kessler Field, the facility does not employ night games. A football game, drawing much larger crowds than soccer, justifiably needs these lights for a change of pace and a new touch to the Monmouth athletic outlook.

As the stands are filled during our day games, with fans of all ages, even more would be able to be drawn to a night game. Following any daytime activities and or obligations the Monmouth fan would be able to enjoy the night game and unwind as the Pep Band cheers on Hawk fans and the players vie another win.

It’s clear-cut common sense at this point that the installation should occur. Becoming moments to mark off on the calendar, the night game could become another illustrious addition to the Monmouth resumé.

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