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Women’s Soccer Earns 40th Anniversary Team Honors

AmandaKnaubDespite the lack of a normal fall season for women’s soccer, the Lady Hawks found out monumental news on September 3. Five of their former players as well as Head Coach Krissy Turner were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) 40th Anniversary Team. Among these players were Madie Gibson, Jess Johnson, Amanda Knaub, Anna Lazur, and Alexis McTamney.

“It is a tremendous credit to the success we have had since beginning play in the MAAC in 2013,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “It is an honor to be selected as one of the premier coaches in the league and I am super proud of the individual success so many of our players have had. The seven regular season titles are credited to the talented players we have had in our program but in particular the five players chosen for this recognition played a major role in those titles.”

These players all helped Monmouth win four straight MAAC Regular Season Championships while the majority of them also helped win four MAAC Tournaments and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Amanda Knaub was deservingly on the list as the all-time conference leader in shutouts with 45. She not only leads in this statistical category but also in goals-against average at 0.56 and victories at 58. She has even reached national achievements such as leading the entire NCAA in goals-against average in 2019 at 0.202.

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Men’s Lacrosse Alumn Wins MLL MVP

Lacrosse 09 16 20Former Monmouth Alum Bryce Wasserman was named the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player after a campaign where he helped the Boston Cannons win their second MLL title in franchise history.

He was under recruited, the second to last draft pick, and cut from the team he was originally drafted to. Despite being faced with adversity, Wasserman prevailed.

Wasserman grew up in Southlake, Texas and first discovered lacrosse when he was at baseball practice as a child.

As a sophomore in high school, Wasserman experienced a turning point while attending the Top 205 Recruiting Camp in Baltimore. He said, “That was my first exposure to kids who had really been playing lacrosse since they were born.”

He added, “I kind of had to sit down and look myself in the mirror. I knew I loved the game, I knew I wanted to play it for as long as I possibly could so I saw what the standard was and I knew I needed to commit myself to kind of reach that standard that those kids set up on the East Coast.”

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Athletics Postpones Fall Sports Season

Callahan footballOver the summer, Monmouth was struck with the disappointing yet expected news that all Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) sports would be shut down for the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there was some optimism about the return of fall sports at Monmouth University, the decision to scrap sports comes “with a sense of utmost caution.”

“I think the greatest challenge was the lack of information about the virus,” said Director of Athletics Marilyn McNeil. “We worked on protocols for coming back to campus and athletics but the daily changes in knowledge, testing, and transmission were tough to manage.”

As the coronavirus began to soar through the country earlier this year, there are still many unanswered questions revolving around exactly what COVID-19 is. When the coronavirus first broke out New Jersey and New York had the highest cases by state in any part of the country. Since many schools in the MAAC are from these two states, a return to sports was in question right from the get-go.

Despite the early spike of the coronavirus in New Jersey and New York, there was some hope there could be a return of sports due to the states doing their parts in flattening the curve.

“It was anticipated that sports might be the last activity to return,” said McNeil. “However, as the spring and summer progressed, we became more confident we could play sports.”

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The Future of Sports in Post-COVID-19 World

default article imageDuring this bizarre time of quarantining and social distancing, athletes and sports fans across the country are reeling. There are only so many times you can watch re-runs of sports games that big-time networks, such as ESPN and NFL Network, are running daily.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about when and how sports will return this summer or fall. Will society return to complete normalcy? Or will we have to wait until 2021 to fill the stands of Citi Field or even MetLife Stadium? For starters, let me just get it out there. Nobody knows. I mean nobody. Not even doctors.

Some leagues, such as Major League Baseball, are formulating plans to return in the near future. MLB is proposing to play the season in Arizona. They will get rid of the American and National League and assign teams to their spring training divisions. There will be no fans allowed, and players will stay at hotels. Since there are many empty hotels at this time in Arizona (or any state for that matter), this plan could actually work. Players will be tested regularly, but if one of the players on a team tests positive, there goes all of the plans.

To combat this issue, the MLB will allow teams to have expanded rosters, so there will be extra players that can take the place of any player that may test positive. The plan is extensive, and outlined brilliantly by ESPN baseball writer Jeff Passan in a recent article.

The big issue, and this is with any sport, is that there are so many people that are present at a sporting event, not even including the fans. Let’s start with the team. A baseball team has around ten coaches, public relations and media staff, announcers and their production team, at least two bullpen catchers, trainers and front office people that may travel with the team. Not to mention the four umpires that are present at every game.

How can MLB protect all of these individuals, pay them and play a season? While this plan for the MLB should be approved due to the desperation of sports fans and players, it is not going to be easy. Of all the different people I mentioned, their age groups vary, and some may have preexisting health conditions that make them more susceptible to the virus.

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No Place for Females in Sports

default article imageHere’s the thing, a female’s place is in the kitchen, not on the field.

Why on earth would a female think that she could run, kick, or dribble a ball? The sporting world is no place for such delicate creatures. They might injure themselves and their womanhood.  As a female myself, I get exhausted with the slightest physical activity, let alone competition. I would much rather stay in my house all day cleaning and awaiting my family to arrive home.

Today, we see female athletes taking to the field and the court at the highest level. Many of them want to be paid in equal proportion to their male counterparts. Why should they even get paid? How dare they think this? How do these spouses expect those men to be the breadwinners of their families if their husbands do not get paid more? How do they expect those men to make a living? It just wouldn’t be fair, to the men of course.

Along with more money, females now want to be paid to have a baby. They should not be paid for their natural duty. Their husbands can cover the bill and work as they feed, burp, and bathe the child. Instead of having dreams of returning to the game that they play, child bearers should focus on becoming proper mothers.

And it’s not just money some players complain about, some females whine about not getting adequate media coverage. You know why there is less media coverage? Because no one wants to watch a sporting event that is slower and involves less athletic individuals. Men do not want to watch female athletes tarnish the sport that they themselves play. As a female, even I know that the sports that I play are not as competitive. They are not as exciting to watch.

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Upcoming Games 02-26-20

Wednesday, Feb. 26

WLacrosse vs Army West Point
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

MTennis vs Fairleigh Dickinson
West Long Branch, NJ 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Women's Basketball at Siena
West Long Branch, NY 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28

Softball vs Maryland Eastern Shore
Coastal Carolina Invitational
Conway, SC 10:30 a.m.

Softball at Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina Invitational
Conway, SC 3:00 p.m.

M/W Track
Fastrack Last Chance
Staten Island, NY 4:00 p.m.

Baseball at San Diego
San Diego, CA 6:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Rider
Lawrenceville, NJ 9:00 p.m.

Bowling at Hawk Flight Invite
Hamilton Lanes
Hamilton, NJ TBA

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Softball Pitches Their Way to Win

Softball 02.26.20Monmouth softball participated in Georgia Southern’s Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Georgia winning three and losing one.

The Hawks were able to secure a win against Furman on Friday afternoon, 6-1.

Furman took a quick lead, but junior pitcher Alyssa Irons struck out the next three batters. In the bottom of the first, Monmouth went on a hot streak with three consecutive hits.

The Hawks secured the win in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run home run from senior first basemen Kayla Rosado.

Rosado went 3-for-4 with two RBI singles and the home run. She leads the team with a .500 batting average and nine RBIs this season.

“Today was a solid team win,” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “Alyssa threw well and the offense did a solid job with our game plan. I was happy with the consistent effort and energy and look forward to continuing to grow tomorrow.”

Monmouth went on to split during Saturday’s matchups. The Hawks pulled off a win against Maryland Saturday afternoon, 2-1.

Junior outfielder Morgan Maziarz had a two-RBI single in the second inning, which ended up being the game-winner.

Irons pitched all seven innings, while giving up no earned runs and striking out five batters.

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Men's B-Ball Surges Down Stretch

MBB 02.26.20Monmouth men’s basketball shined down the stretch in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this past week with back-to-back victories over Marist on the road and Quinnipiac at home.

Friday’s nail-biter against the Red Foxes was the first overtime game of the season for the Hawks as they barely pulled out the defensive affair 65-61. It was the junior guard Ray Salnave who led the troops with a team-high 13 points on a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line as well as six rebounds.

Some of those free throws came in the clutch late in the second half to force overtime after drawing the foul on a pump fake.

“It was obvious that we needed a three to tie and I think the other player knew I was going to shoot a three,” said Salnave. “I knew I had him on his heels because I was driving at him and once he started backing up, I knew he thought I figured I would have enough room to shoot so I gave him a fake, leaned in and got the call.”

It was a very well-rounded performance for the blue and white who had two other scorers in double-figures, junior guard George Papas and junior forward Melik Martin. Papas contributed 12 points, adding five assists and three rebounds while Martin tacked on ten points and four rebounds. This was Martin’s second straight game scoring double digit points as he has been picking up his play down the stretch in the conference schedule.

The Monmouth defense kept Marist under wraps all game long allowing them to shoot only 32.7 percent from the field with only four two-point field goals in the entire game.

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Women's Lacrosse Lights Up Scoreboard

WLAX 02.26.20The Monmouth University women’s lacrosse team reigned victorious over Long Island University (1-3) and Central Connecticut State University (0-4), making them undefeated in the 2020 season.

On Wednesday afternoon Feb. 19 the Hawks welcomed the Long Island University (LIU) Sharks and came out on top with a 20-13 win. Junior attacker Caroline Bleck scored seven goals throughout the duration of the match, which is a career-high for her. The performance earned her Offensive Player of the Week honors.

“She was really strong today and had a nose for the cage in an aggressive way,” said Head Coach Jordan Trautman. “She is somebody that we have wanted to elevate her game and have pushed her and she has been responding. Today was evidence of her stepping up and taking responsibility for some of the things she has been working on and producing in a game.”

Along with Bleck’s offensive performance, senior midfielder Rachel Mills and senior attacker Nicole Ceraso both executed hat tricks during the game. This is Ceraso’s second consecutive game scoring seven points, as well as accumulating four assists on other goals. Senior attacker Allison Turturro scored four goals against the Sharks, bringing her career total up to 99 goals.

Ceraso scored the first goal for the Hawks about thirty seconds into the first half. LIU responded with three consecutive goals, two of which were free position shots accomplished by senior midfielder Alyssa Mallery and junior attacker Rachel Masullo.

In a span of less than four minutes, Monmouth scored five goals, two by Bleck, one by Ceraso, a free position goal by Mills, and one by senior attacker Sarah Gillogly. After a back and forth of goal scoring by both teams, the first half ended with the Hawks up on the Sharks 11-8.

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Track & Field Earns MAAC Championship

Track 02.26.20Men’s Track and field were crowned the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champions after their performance at the Conference Indoor Meet held in New York. The Women’s Track and Field team finished third in the MAAC Championships.

The Hawks scored 220 points and were crowned MAAC champions for the third consecutive year and also won six out of the last seven. They dominated the competition as the second-place team were still 69 points behind.

“The men’s team had a dominating performance scoring in every event to rack up 220 points,” said Head Coach Mike Nelson. “We had numerous event champions and tons of PRs and season bests. I’d also like to thank the coaching staff for all their hard work. They got their athletes ready to perform when it mattered.” Nelson also was named the Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year, in only his first season as coach.

The Hawks totaled ten event champions, including five in the second day of the meet. Senior Kyle Mueller ran a 14:07.39 in the 5000 which was good for a new conference and school record. Mueller was also named the Men’s Co-Most Outstanding Performer of the meet.

The blue and white took the top two spots in the 800m as freshman Ian Moore finished in first with a time of 1:54.96 and sophomore Louis DiLaurenzio placed second with a time of 1:54.99. Monmouth also took home first place in the 400m as sophomore Jalen Jones ran a time of 48.38. The 4x400 team also received gold medals for their efforts this past weekend.

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Upcoming Games 02-19-20

Wednesday, Feb. 19

WLAX vs Long Island University
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Women's Basketball at Niagara
Niagara University, NY 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21

Softball vs Maryland
Georgia Southern Round Robin
Statesboro, Virginia 2:00 p.m.

Baseball vs USC Upstate
Spartanburg, SC 4:00 p.m.

Softball vs Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern Round Robin
Statesboro, Virginia 7:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs Merrimack
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Marist
Poughkeepsie, NY 7:00 p.m.

Women's Bowling vs MEAC
Pensacola, Florida TBA

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

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