It’s becoming an annual occurrence in West Long Branch.
The NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship bracket was unveiled on Monday afternoon and Monmouth’s Great Lawn will once again host a NCAA Tournament contest.
Fresh off its overtime victory over Garden State rival Fairleigh Dickinson in Sunday’s NEC Tournament final, Monmouth will host America East champion Stony Brook in a NCAA First Round game on Thursday, Nov. 17.
It will be the third year in a row during which the Hawks have played their NCAA First Round matchup at home, but the first time the game will be played under the lights. Stony Brook and Monmouth are slated for a 7:00 pm kickoff at the Jersey Shore.
The Hawks lost to Dartmouth, 4-0, in last year’s NCAA home game. In 2009, Monmouth played UConn to a scoreless draw on the Great Lawn before advancing past the Huskies via Penalty Kicks.
Monmouth senior seemed thrilled at the opportunity to host once again. In a story by Steve Edelson in today’s Asbury Park Press, Allen said…
“It’s really exciting to have a home game. We were disappointed with how we played last year, and this time we want things to be different. We have an experienced senior class and a lot of players who have been in this situation before.”
Calhoun up on his NEC hoops – UConn head coach Jim Calhoun had some nice things to say about the Northeast Conference after Wagner gave his team a bit of a scare last night. Following UConn’s 78-66 over Wagner, Calhoun said:
“The gap is closing. The Northeast Conference, with teams like Quinnipiac and Central (Connecticut), LIU, and now Wagner, that’s a pretty good league. They [Wagner] have tough kids who want to play hard. I really like the team.”
Quinnipiac (Tom Moore) and Central Connecticut (Howie Dickenman) both feature former UConn assistants as their head men. Meanwhile, Wagner has former Seton Hall guard Dan Hurley at the head of its bench. Hurley, of course, is the son of legendary St. Anthony’s (NJ) coach Bobby Hurley, Sr. Former Duke All-American Bobby Hurley, Jr. is on his brother’s staff at Wagner.
Wagner’s stock has been bullish since Dan Hurley took over the program following the 2009-10 season. Before taking UConn to the wire, the Seahawks dismantled Princeton in their opener.
Toole Back Close to Home – Looking to coach his Colonials to a 2-0 start, Robert Morris’ Andy Toole will be back in his home state on Tuesday night. The Garden State native, who hails from Monmouth County, starred at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and eventually made a name for himself across the Delaware playing college ball for Penn. He’ll bring his team to the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City for a 7:00 pm tip-off with MAAC member Saint Peter’s on Nov. 15. Toole took Robert Morris to the 2011 NEC Championship Game in his first season at the helm, and it’s so far, so good in Season No. 2. RMU ran past Rider, 83-57, in its opener last week.
Sacred Heart Beating Fast — The Sacred Heart women have come charging out of the gate, posting 17-point and 18-point victories in their first two contests of the 2011-12 season. The Pioneers look to make it three in a row when they host Lehigh on Nov. 16. Callan Taylor, a double-double threat every night out, has been on point thus far, shooting 60 percent from the field while averaging 14 and 10.5 per game.
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Articles of Interest
Robert Morris freshmen must adapt to road – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jerry DiPaola)
Wagner gives UConn a good fight before falling to reigning national champs — Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
Napier, Lamb lead UConn past Wagner – Connecticut Post (Kevin Duffy)
Stony Brook at SHU men’s game day – Connecticut Post
Hawks to host first-round game – Asbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)
Luke proves key to Hawks’ NEC title run – Asbury Park Press (Jerry Carino)
Around NEC Hoops: Opening Week – ColonialsCorner.com (Andrew Chiappazzi)
Hokies hand Hawks second loss – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
Next up for Krzyzewski: Career win No. 903 – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Lawyer: I stand behind emails to Jim Tressel – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Baylor still No. 1 in AP women’s basketball poll – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
MLB players, owners close in on deal – Yahoo! Sports (AP- Ronald Blum)
Paterno’s name removed from Big Ten trophy – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Bob Flounders)
Players reject NBA’s offer, threatening season – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (AP- Brian Mahoney)
Coin Toss to Determine NEC Volleyball Tournament Host…