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Friday, August 18, 2006

MU intra-squad football scrimmage kicking off Saturday, men's soccer scrimmaging a strong Hofstra team

Monmouth football will conduct its first intra squad scrimmage 2 p.m. Saturday at Kessler Field.
"'Everyone will play,'' Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan said. He said there will be combinations of regular series and created red zone and goal line situations amounting to about 100 plays.
Callahan said several upperclassmen will be held out with minor injuries. They include linebacker Mike Nunziato, corner David Jiles, and running back Rob Lutz. Also, freshman Bobby Cole from Jackson (hamstring) will not suit up.
Fans should be especially interested to see who looks to emerge from among the running backs and wide outs, positions that for the most part appear to be open though there are lots of candidates.

The Monmouth University men's soccer team will scrimmage Hofstra at MU 11 a.m. Saturday, the second of its two game scrimmages. This should be a good test for the 2006 Northeast Conference favorites as Hofstra's two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champions were picked to finish second in 2006 in a vote of the league's coaches. Hofstra, which is one of only 11 teams in the country to enter the 2006 season as two-time defending conference champions, returns four All-CAA performers.
Thursday coach Rob McCourt said the Hawks defeated Mercer County College in a scrimmage 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Rob LaRocca, a CBA graduate.
Brazilian keeper Daniel Schenkel, a junior transfer from NAIA Virginia Intermont University played "very well"' McCourt said.
""It seems like this year we're little more technical,'' said McCourt. ""I thought we did good job of possessing the ball.''
I wondered if only defeating a junior college by one goal was something less than impressive. ""Mercer is one of the best (junior colleges) in the county,'' said third-year coach McCourt who said Monmouth hadn't defeated the Vikings in fall or spring scrimmages since he's been here.
This item today from the MU web site: Coming off an unbeaten conference season in 2005, Monmouth is ranked No. 42 in Top Drawer Soccer's 2006 preseason poll. Monmouth, which was recently selected as the preseason favorite in the NEC by the league's head coaches, also boasts a highly-touted recruiting class according to College Soccer News, and six returning starters, which includes the Blue and White's top two scorers, and six of the top seven, from a season ago.

I hope to be here Saturday evening with a football report and, hopefully, results of the soccer scrimmage as well.


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