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Monday, October 08, 2007

General local college sports

This is basically what is going in our local college notebook Tuesday and applies not just to Monmouth.

I have decided to run this on the blog as well to afford anyone opprtunities for comments on these, other sports, or other local schools besides MU.

Riding a four-game winning streak for the first time since 2000 the Monmouth University Field hockey team (4-7, 3-0) returns home for a stretch of three Northeast Conference games.
It begins 3 p.m. Friday vs. Saint Francis, Pa. (2-1, 2-10), then 1 p.m. Sunday vs. defending NEC champion Lock Haven, Pa. (9-5, 4-0), and 4 p.m. Oct. 19 vs. Rider (6-5, 3-0).
""The biggest thing was that we needed to get a win under our belts,'' said first year coach Carli Figlio whose Hawks began 0-7. But a 2-1 non-conference win over Fairfield brought with it much needed confidence.
""The girls needed to feel what it felt like to win,'' said Figlio. ""From there we began to build our momentum which was great because it was right when we were starting NEC play.''
Sophomore Kelly Crist, a graduate of Middletown North High School, leads Monmouth with four goals and eight points.
Redshirt freshman goalie Melissa Katz, a Monmouth Regional graduate who transferred from Michigan State, has been in the cage during the bulk of winning streak while filling in for injured starter Megan Smith.
""This weekend is going to be critical, especially here at home to knock these teams off,'' Figlio said.
Monmouth will dedicate its new turf field prior to Friday's game.

Monmouth soccer
The Monmouth women (6-2-3, 2-0) took great satisfaction from Friday's 2-1 double-overtime win over defending champion LIU Friday in that it snapped a five-game losing streak to the Blackbirds (with four of the losses 1-0) dating back to 2002.
Monmouth will look to extend its unbeaten mark to nine Friday at Fairleigh Dickinson (3-8, 1-1).
On the men's side Monmouth's defending NEC champions (6-2-2, 1-0) hosts LIU (2-5-2, 0-1-1) 3 p.m. Friday and St. Francis, N.Y. (3-5-3, 1-1) 1 p.m. Sunday.
In Saturday's 4-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's Ryan Kinne, Michael Millar and John Castro each scored their first goals of the season, and freshman Drew Von Bargen registered his first collegiate point with an assist on a goal by CBA graduate Rob LaRocca.

Brookdale/Ocean soccer
The defending Division III Region 19 champion Brookdale women (11-1) closed in on the No. 1 seed for the 2007 event later this month with Saturday's 3-0 win over Ocean. The Jersey Blues will clinch the top seed with an Oct. 16 win at Bergen (4-6).
In the win over OCC sophomore goalie Melissa Scaduto (Freehold Township) registered her school record 19th career shutout.
Bookdale faces three Divsion I teams this week when it hosts Delaware Tech Tuesday, visits Harford, Md. Thursday, and Essex County College Saturday.
The Ocean women (7-2) got a strong effort in the Brookdale game from freshman Becky Hodnicky (Lacey). Freshman Dani Pagano leads OCC in scoring with 15 goals. Ocean visits Gloucester today, Division I Mercer Thursday, and Lackawanna. Pa. Saturday.
The Brookdale men (11-1-3) have tied two of of their last three games including Saturday's 2-2 contest with Ocean.
"""It was a frustrating week,'' said Brookdale coach Mike Costa. ""Our inability to finish has been a problem all season and has put our tournament seed in a perilous position.''
After a visit to Raritan Valley today the Jersey Blues host No. 1 Union (14-0-0) Saturday.

Note: The MU SIDs contributed to this report.


Anonymous Hit a Free Throw said...

Tony looks like you left off Rutgers University football. Seems as though the wheels of the mighty RU bandwagon are falling off. Did the RU fans really believe that this program was actually going to stay in the top 25? They were basically riding off of last years great season. This year they played 3 weak programs and when they finally played a legit Divsion 1 team they showed their true colors.
If they lose this weekend to Syracuse, I'd have to guess that the people who decided to give Coach Schiano the big bump in pay will realize they jumped the gun a few seaons by paying him that outragous salary. They even increased their season ticket prices and all the silly belivers all jumped on the bandwagon.
Don't get me wrong, they had a great season last year but I think they jumped the gun just a little to fast thinking that they had now come full circle and are now a legit divison 1 team. They are close but not there yet.

4:56 PM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To free throw: RU really isn't local - for this blog anyway...but that the heck!! A very interesting comment.

Rutgers first three games were like Monmouth U. playing three games against LaSalle, Marist, and Frostburg State.

6:02 PM, October 08, 2007  
Blogger Alvin said...

Sorry about my last post I tried to preview it and clean up the spelling and grammer, but somehow posted it prematurely.

2:34 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Alvin said...

Tony--I am curious if you have heard anything about next years freshman class for MU Men's Soccer?
There is talk going around that Max Hamilton and RJ Allen from Matchfit and Cesar Blacido of World Class (I believe), Ben Lowry from Ocean and Christian Noguera from Kearny have all given verbal commitments. I have been watching RJ, Max and Cesar for several years now in youth soccer and think they are among some of best NJ has to offer. I don't know Christian or Ben but understand they have both been very succesful on the Region 1 ODP Team.
I am wondering if you have any informtion on this. I will admit one place I got this from is the High School Soccer Forum, not known to be a bastion of accurate information.......
But if it were true what a great group to have coming in to replace the graduating Seniors.

10:49 AM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: men's soccer. I haven't heard specific names, but I have heard another blue-chip recruiting class is on the way...

The names you list would not surprise me..

If I get a chance I will look into it further.

For the record - as you may know - coaches in D1 are not allowed to announce who they are recruiting or who have committed before they actually sign..

Soccer early signing date - according to the NLI web site "other sports" would be Nov. 14, 2007.

`Same date for men's and women's hoops by the way.

I believe MU women have a bunch of early have one opening..may not be filled until the spring ..

12:28 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Alvin said...

Sorry Tony I didn't realize you couldn't talk to the coach about recruits this early, thanks for the heads-up. I am just trying to confirm some rumors.

1:22 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: soccer. No problem. I can run reports of verbals, - or the player, his coach, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, pet cat, etc. can tell me he's verbaled.

The only person on the planet who can't tell me - on the record - is the coach.

3:42 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

According to MU coach McCourt NLI for college soccer is in February...

3:51 PM, October 11, 2007  

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