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Saturday, August 11, 2007

NEC Women's Soccer Poll - MU picked No. 2, Men No.1. In national men's poll MU unranked

The Monmouth University women's soccer team can't seem to overcome Long Island University
lately, whether it's on the field or in league rankings.

In a voting quirk Monmouth received more first place votes, but defending champion LIU
received the nod as as the preseason favorite to win the 2007 Northeast Conference women's
soccer championship.

The poll of the league's head coaches was announced Thursday with LIU receiving three
first place votes.

Monmouth, last season's runnerup, collected four first place votes. The Hawks dropped their
last two meetings to LIU in 2007 including a 2-0 setback in the NEC Tournament championship

Monmouth coach Krissy Turner said the poll results did not surprise her. ""Typically the
defending champion is the preseason favorite the following year,'' she said. ""That's been the

Perennial NEC power CCSU claimed the remaining three first place votes. Saint
Francis (PA) edged out Sacred Heart for fourth, with Quinnipiac coming in sixth. Rounding out
the field were Fairleigh Dickinson in seventh, followed by Robert Morris, Wagner and Mount St.

"" To be honest, we're much more interested in the end of the year,'' said Turner.

(more on the poll at the NEC web site)

MEN - This from the NEC web site -

Defending conference champion Monmouth has been selected as the preseason favorite to capture the 2007 Northeast Conference men’s soccer championship, according to a poll of league head coaches. The Hawks received seven first place votes to beat out Fairleigh Dickinson, which was picked second and earned three first place votes. Robert Morris took the third spot in the poll, followed by Sacred Heart in fourth and Long Island in fifth. Central Connecticut State and Saint Francis (PA) tied for sixth, with Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis (NY) and Quinnipiac rounding out the poll. The NEC will be looking to build upon a strong 2006 season when three teams - Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut State - earned national rankings at various points in the NSCAA/adidas poll.

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The 2007 NSCAA/adidas pre-season rankings for senior and junior college men and women is out, and MU men were unranked. Nor did the Hawks receive any votes.

MU opens its season with No. 16 North Carolina and No. 3 Wake Forest soo.. it has a chance to make a quick statement....

I believe we under played this and I apologize. This is quite an honor for MU and for Gray. So here is an opportunity for all to make comments and or discuss Gray and MU men's soccer.

There is more to this recent release at the MU and NEC web sites...also.. the NEC will be eleasing its preseason polls for football, and men's and women's soccer this week and we will also release them here, run them in the Press, and have MU coaching reaction..

We will also have flull fledged features previewing the sports the last week in August......

Monmouth University senior Tom Gray (Middletown South High School) is among the 29 players who are included in the Men’s 2007 Hermann Trophy Watch List, awarded to the top player in the country, as released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Notre Dame senior forward Joseph Lapira, the 2006 winner of the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, headlines the list.

“This is an honor for both Tom and the program,” said head coach Robert McCourt. “I truly believe he has the potential to be the top player in the nation. It is a tribute to all the hard work and dedication he has put into his development and for the program.”

Gray, a 2006 first-team All-Northeast Conference and first-team All-Region performer, led the NEC with a career-high 14 assists in 2006, helping lead the Hawks to the NEC Championship, an NCAA Tournament appearance and the program’s first-ever national ranking. Gray is the first Monmouth player to be added to the Hermann Trophy watch list, as he ranked second in the NCAA in assists per game last year.

The Blue and White, which has won back-to-back NEC regular season titles, and is on a 19-game conference unbeaten streak, face three players on the list during the 2007 regular season.

Players are selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists.

Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, January 11, 2008.

The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised news conference that evening.

Monmouth opens its 2007 campaign at the Carolina Nike Classic, as the Hawks face North Carolina and Wake Forest on August 31 and September 2, respectively, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

ALSO - I spoke with MU AD Marilyn McNeil Friday urging her that MU provide Game Tracker and Viedo Streaming for men's and women's soccer. She agreed it was important and that MU would look into it.

The rest is up to you - the MU fans - and MU.


Anonymous Hawkfan22 said...


Who will be handling all of the work for this video streaming? Are there professionals coming in, does Monmouth have a good enough communications program to make kids interested in helping out?
Just wondering from a technical standpoint.

12:54 PM, August 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I understand Greg Viscomi has volunteered to work 24 hours a day...just kidding!!!

I believe, not sure, they just need one director for the video streaming (student or students) )and they may already have someone or two in mind.

It is an excellent opportunity for students eager to learn about this field....

5:24 PM, August 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I was talking with my boss Friday about doing a story on it (for the Community section of the Press) once they get it going...

5:26 PM, August 11, 2007  
Blogger Christian said...

Good pickup.

Good luck to Tommy and The Hawks. The program is getting better and better with each season.

The Hermann award is the most coveted trophy for an individual in this sport and it is a great achievement just being on the watch list.

Waakaaaa (my best Hawk impression)

11:38 AM, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I think you need to work on that Hawk call...

Am waiting to see if MU is nationally ranked preseason ....

12:00 PM, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Fear the Hawk! said...

Not a bad recovery blog following the slip up on the original release of Tommy Gray (not "Grey") on the Hermann watch list. I understand you may have been waiting for the preview write up but this kind of award is MAJOR NEWS. (The same as a Rutgers' football player being nominated for the Heisman Trophy)
Either way, things look good again for the Hawks this year. The recruiting classes seem to get better each year and will compliment the returning players very well. Should be another exciting year for the Hawks. Hopefully they can work on getting the live video feed going.


6:47 PM, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"(The same as a Rutgers' football player being nominated for the Heisman Trophy)"

HAHAHAHAH... poll 100 people in NJ and ask them if they have heard of the Heisman Trophy and ask them if they have heard of the Hermann Award, see what you get.

It is a great honor for one of MU's best soccer guys but lets be realistic about his chances of winning it, just as if a MU football player was nominated for the Heisman (or Peyton Award for I-AA)

1:31 PM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re:Gray. As you say - a great honor and the fact it's at MU, which until McCourt got here, was virtually invisible on the D1 soccer map - makes it even more note worthy.

2:10 PM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Hit a free throw said...

Hey anonymous,

Is that about as far fetched as a Monmouth football player being playing in the NFL? You have to put this all in to prospective, Tommy G made the list! We've come a long way and soon enough an MU player will be a serious contender for the award. Did we ever think an Monmouth football player would make an NFL roster and be in the playoffs record book for longest kick return in club history?
You are right that not many people ever heard of this award (count me as one)but one day we will have a hawk player as a finalist for this award. And don't count Tommy G out just yet for this year!

4:14 PM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To hit a free throw... touche'

Good point about Miles.

8:15 PM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Fear The Hawk! said...


"HAHAHAHAH... poll 100 people in NJ and ask them if they have heard of the Heisman Trophy and ask them if they have heard of the Hermann Award, see what you get"

Ignorance is no excuse to ignore Tommy as being nominated as one of the Top 30 players in the nation. He deserves credit for this. There's no taking away from that. Very ignorant comment on your part.

"Hit a Free Throw" - Great Point.

9:35 AM, August 15, 2007  
Anonymous Fear the Hawk! said...

Monmouth ties Seton Hall at their place and rumor has it Monmouth could have played better...not bad Tony...Hawks are looking good!!!

11:34 AM, August 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Here is an update on the women's team from the MU Web site..this team also should be very good....

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth women's soccer team posted a 3-0 win over Georgian Court in the Hawks' first preseason contest of the 2007 season. In the win, sophomore Alessandra DeTata, freshman Gianna Russo and junior Illiana Blackshear each netted goals for the Blue and White.

“We got off to somewhat of a slow start but after 15 minutes we settled in and started to play within our system," stated head coach Krissy Turner. "Overall, there were several positives that came out of it and the game also gave us a few ideas of what we really need to focus on in the remainder of preseason. We are looking forward to playing St. Joe's on the Great Lawn on Saturday.”

The Hawks' goalkeeping trio of junior Katie Buffa, freshman Lia Fierro and junior Adele Kozlowski combined for the shutout.

Monmouth faces St. Joseph's in an exhibition match on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m.

12:31 PM, August 24, 2007  

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