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May 22, 2012

Baseball at the BIG EAST Championships

May 21, 2012

Graduation Day

May 12, 2012

Baseball Senior Day vs. Pittsburgh

May 8, 2012

Senior Athlete Banquet

April 30, 2012

SAAC Banquet

Essex County Dedicates "Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field" in Ivy Hill Park

Softball Senior Day

Baseball Sweeps West Virginia

April 20, 2012


(Images from: Tennis Campus Kids Day)

Women's Golf

Men's Golf



(Images from: Craig Biggio's Retired Number Celebration)

March 30, 2012

Ahoy mates- number one fan here!

As the flowers begin to bloom with the start of the spring season, so are all our Pirate teams! There has been a lot of buzz recently with so many of our teams competing on campus!

Let's head over to the baseball diamond, where our Pirates have been busy this past week! Last weekend, our Pirates began their BIG EAST title defense against arch rival Rutgers in a three-game set at Owen T. Carroll Field.

In the first game of the day-night doubleheader on Friday, Seton Hall "took the bull by horns" and beat Rutgers 3-0. 

The Pirates didn't need much offense in this game because junior pitcher Jon Prosinski threw an impressive complete-game shutout, his second in as many starts! Prosinski mowed down five batters, but most importantly, didn't walk a single Scarlet Knight as he improved his record to 4-2 on the season.

Zack Granite, Sal Annunziata, and Ryan Sullivan provided the offense with a hit and an RBI apiece in the winning effort.

The nightcap of the doubleheader didn't go as planned for our Pirates. With so many chances to bring in runs, we left a total of 15 runners on base. We fell to Rutgers, 10-2, and eventually lost the rubber game of the series, 9-6.

In a mid-week matchup in Lawrenceville, the Pirates pulled out a gritty road victory over Rider University, 7-6.

Senior Will Walsh delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to go ahead in the top of the eighth and Benny Mejia shut the door in the ninth to give Seton Hall the "W".

On Wednesday, it was "Bonus Baseball Day" at Owen T. Carroll Field where each Pirate fan received three additional innings for attending. Okay, so it wasn't really a promotion but SHU downed the visitors from Lafayette College, 4-3 in a 12 inning affair.

Senior Mike Betz sent the game into the history books in walk-off fashion, singling home Ryan Sullivan for the game winner!

Greg Terhune baffled the Lafayette bats, tossing six shutout innings in his second start of the year.

Henry Warner dealt two and two thirds scoreless innings in relief, fanning three and picking up his second win of the season in the process.

While it was the veteran Pirates who came through in the clutch this past week, SHU's newcomers have been the engine behind the team's offensive machine. The future is bright at the Hall as freshmen Kyle Grimm (.354), Tyler Boyd (.304), and Sal Annunziata (.296) lead the squad in batting average.

Keep it up guys!

Seton Hall looks to take their momentum into a three-game series this weekend against UConn in Storrs!

Don't miss your chance to come out and join us next weekend when Seton Hall legend and seven-time MLB All-Star Craig Biggio returns to South Orange to have his #44 retired, becoming just the fourth player in program history to receive the honor.

The ceremony will take place at noon on April 7, prior to the Pirates' contest against Notre Dame. After the game, there will be a reception in the Richie and Sheila Regan Field House.

On the softball diamond, our Pirates are going through a rough stretch having lost to both UConn and Rutgers this past week.

Among the bright spots this past week was the play of junior shortstop Brittany Hammer, and freshmen Casey Moses and Danielle DeStaso.

Hammer, who leads the squad with a .402 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot, registered two hits and an RBI in the doubleheader against the Huskies.

Moses went the distance from the circle in the opening game of each-twin bill, allowing just four runs in 14 innings.

DeStaso surrendered only two runs in six innings against Connecticut and belted three hits, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the second game against RU.

Ivy Hill Park is the place to be this Saturday as the Pirates play two against Siena. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Off to the Links we go! Last week, both men's and women's golf flew down to the "Sunshine" state to play in tournaments!

Men's golf finished 10th in the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational. Senior John Neufeld tied 14th overall as he shot 2-under par, which matches his lowest career score, set at the Rutgers Invitational last fall.

Our women's team followed up their first ever tournament victory with a solid ninth place finish at the University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational. 

The team shot a collective 72-over-par over three rounds, tying them with hosts Cincinnati on the team leaderboard.

Christina Cantu (+15, T-25th) and Hannah Basalone (+16, T-29th) delivered the top individual performances on the squad.

Men's golf returns to action this weekend at the Fireline Towson Invitational while the women's golf team has the week off from competition before they make their own trip to Maryland for the Hoya Invitational on April 2.

In tennis action, the Pirates fell to UConn and Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Sophomore sensation Chloe Sher, who earlier in the week became the first player in program history to be named BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the Week, continued her dominance as she won both of her singles matches playing in the top spot in the SHU lineup.

Tennis travels to Queens to battle St. John's on Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. start.

I hope to see you out and about, supporting all the Pirates as the spring season continues at the Hall.

Until next time, Pirate fans!

March 20, 2012

Ahoy mates- number one fan here!

The Hall was buzzing with activity last weekend as the school hosted 17 athletics events over a three-day period. 

Unfortunately our Men's Basketball team was not awarded an NCAA tournament berth after finishing 20-12 in the regular season, the most wins for the program since the 2003-04 season.  The team was awarded a number one seed in the National Invitation Tournament, the Pirates second postseason appearance in three years.

The first round yielded a matchup against America East regular season champions Stony Brook. The game was played in historic Walsh Gymnasium, marking the first time since 2000 that the men played a game on campus. As a lifelong Pirate maniac, I can tell you that the atmosphere was something to be remembered!  The Pirates defeated the Seawolves 63-61 after an electric finish, led by 20-point games from seniors Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore. 

The second round of the tournament was also hosted in Walsh Gymnasium, as SHU drew a date with a storied UMass program. Pirate nation once again turned out in full effect and had the Richie Regan Athletic Center rocking.  On the court, the Pirates were paced by 21 points from sophomore Fuquan Edwin, but a valiant effort ended in a 77-67 loss.   

An exciting Men's Basketball season came to an end for the Pirates, and as the number one fan I'd like to sincerely thank our seniors for all their hard work and dedication throughout the years! 

To my fellow Pirate fans, my sincerest thanks for your devoted support this season and I hope to see you in the spring!

As one season came to an end this past weekend, other teams' seasons are coming into...dare I say...full swing.  Baseball and Softball hosted their Strike-Out Cancer Tournaments this past weekend. 

Softball started out the tournament with a loss to a very tough Texas Tech team on Friday.  The team came out with all hands on deck for the next three games beating Manhattan and Monmouth twice.  They met Texas Tech in the championship game but could not pull out the victory.  The Pirates finished the tournament 3-2 and are currently sporting a 13-12 record.

For their efforts, junior Brittany Hammer, senior Kristen Kaelin and freshman Casey Moses were named to the All-Tournament squad.  

 The team hosts St. Peter's, Wednesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Ivy Hill Park and follow @SHUSOFTBALL on Twitter for in game updates and be sure to return to Ivy Hill Park this weekend when the Pirates meet UConn on Saturday and Sunday.

Seton Hall Baseball entered the tournament with a 6-9 record and won all three tournament games in impressive fashion. 

Donning pink jerseys to support their efforts with the American Cancer Society, the Pirates had impressive pitching coupled with strong hitting and fielding all weekend long.  Junior Jon Prosinski was named Most Outstanding Player after surrendering just five hits in a complete-game shutout of Fordham in the opening game of the tournament.

The team returns to the diamond Tuesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. when they square off against St. Peter's at Owen T. Carroll Field.  Catch all the action live, or follow @SHUBASEBALL for in game updates. Support the Pirates this weekend when they host Rutgers in a weekend series.

In other action, two SHU programs recently concluded highly successful spring break trips to the Sunshine State.

The women's golf team took Florida and the field of the 2012 Homewood Suites Siena Invitational by storm, putting its first-ever team title in the record books, despite playing in just the 15th tournament it has entered since the program's inception.

The Pirates combined to eclipse the field by a staggering 32 strokes, led by a 6-over-par, second place individual finish by freshman McKenzie Cutter.

Sophomores Hannah Basalone (T-Third) and Christina Cantu (T-Fifth) along with freshman Erin McClure (T-Seventh) rounded out a strong Pirate contingent in the top-10 of the final leaderboard.  

On the tennis court, The Hall has won five of its last seven matches, including wins over Bucknell and Colgate during their spring break trip which included three matches in three days.

Sophomore Chloe Sher concluded the three-match swing with a perfect 5-0 record, posting two individual victories and three doubles wins with her partner Rocio Portela, all at the number one position.

Freshmen Anna Guryanova and Maria Rodriguez each ended the trip with a four-match individual winning streak.

The women's golf team returns to Florida on March 23 to hit the links at the University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational at the Plantation Inn Golf Course in Crystal River.

Next up for the Pirates on the tennis court are consecutive home matches against BIG EAST foes Connecticut (March 23, 2:00 p.m.) and Pittsburgh (March 25, Noon).   

Be sure to come out and support all the Pirates as they look to continue their success in the spring season.

Until next time, Pirate fans!

February 28, 2012

Ahoy mates-number one fan here,

Tourney time is right around the corner, and I have the urge to go dancing! With our Pirates leashing the #9 Hoyas with a convincing 73-55 win last Tuesday night at the "Rock," the Pirates improved their tournament résumé, and have a great chance to make the 2012 NCAA tournament! This win could not be possible if it wasn't for the senior leadership of Jordan Theodore, who willed the team with a career-high 29 points, 5-for-5 from behind the arc and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, but maybe most importantly effectively sharing the ball with a total of five assists! The Pirates needed this "W" and they showed the nation that they deserve a chance to "Go Dancing" in March!

With the crowd rocking "The Rock" on Senior Night this past Saturday, our beloved Pirates fell just short versus New Jersey rival Rutgers, losing 77-72 in overtime! It was a hard fought game from the Pirates, and even though the game was lost, you definitely felt that the excitement of Seton Hall Basketball is back for good! Now it's time for our Pirates to fly out to the windy city to face DePaul this Saturday night to secure a first round bye in next week's BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden!

The Seton Hall women's basketball team achieved its first BIG EAST win of the season this past Saturday when it squared off with the Pittsburgh Panthers! This was definitely a well deserved win after a difficult season. Last night, the Pirates took on #16 Louisville at historic Walsh Gymnasium. Despite losing to them on Senior night, our Pirates made a valiant comeback and almost pulled off the upset down the stretch! The last two games can definitely be positive momentum going into the postseason for Anne Donovan and Seton Hall!

Now let's head over to the baseball diamond! Fresh off their historic run to a BIG EAST Tournament Championship last year, our Pirates are ready to recapture their crown! The Pirates started their season in sunny Tampa, Fla., for the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. They went 2-2 last weekend, beating Penn State and Northwestern, both 6-3. This weekend, our Pirates went down to the "Rocky Top", Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Volunteers! Our Pirates lost this weekend, but it was definitely a great experience to face off against talented competition before BIG EAST play begins. Don't forget that the home opener is March 7, against Manhattan at 3:30 p.m.! Make sure you come out and support the team!

The softball team is eager to prove that it deserves to be a top team in the BIG EAST! To start the season, our Pirates took a trip down to Virginia to compete in the Lancer Lead-Off Tournament. They went 1-2 in the "Old Dominion" state, but beat rival St. John's 7-6 in a thrilling nine-inning game! Next, our Pirates flew down to Orlando, Fla., but not to hang out with Mickey Mouse and the gang at Disney World, but to take care of some business at the UCF & Courtyard by Marriott Tournament! They went 2-3 this past weekend facing off against great competition like Eastern Michigan, UCF, and Florida Gulf Coast! Make sure you all come out for the home opener on March 16, against Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m.!

All of our Pirates are performing well right now in their respective sports, and I could not be happier! Stay tuned for more updates as I will be writing back shortly!

Until next time, Pirates fans!

February 7, 2012

Ahoy mates, number one fan here!

What busy weeks the Pirates have had traveling outside of South Orange. The Pirates have seemed to face much adversity over the past few weeks which shivers me timbers! But that's what being a Pirate is all about, facing tough challenges and conquering our opponents; which our men's and women's basketball teams are preparing to do!

Here's a recap mates! For the last few weeks in the BIG EAST, women's basketball has struggled a bit with their opponents, losing a hard fought and well played defensive game to Villanova. Led by senior guard Jasmine Crew's 24 points, the Pirates were unable to take the "W." The women played St. Johns this past Sunday and struggled to score past the pressure of the swarming Red Storm's defensive efforts, and unfortunately suffered a 55-25 loss.

Although our men's basketball team got off to a great BIG EAST start, they too have struggled recently. After losing a close one to Marquette behind senior forward Herb Pope's 16 points, the Pirates were not able to bounce back this past weekend and were defeated by the UConn Huskies, 69-46.

With these disheartening losses, the Pirates will both continue to fight and seek their victories as they both prepare for games on Wednesday, February 8; as women's basketball travels to Georgetown, and men's basketball heads to arrgghhh rival Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights! Fans, the Pirates need you so cheer loud and proud!

Last year's BIG EAST Champions, the baseball team will be starting their season down south in Tampa, Fla. on February 17, where they will get ready to take on the BIG TEN! Let's Go Pirates!  Softball will also be opening up their season in the Lancer Leadoff Tournament in Farmville, Va.  Tennis is underway, and men's and women's golf have both had great opportunities to perfect their long and short game outside on the golf course in February!  Shocking how this warm winter weather is a delight to all Pirates!

Until next time, Pirate fans!

January 27, 2012

Ahoy mates- number one fan here!

What an exciting start to the month for the Pirates! Playing as a ranked team for the first time in over 11 years the Pirates handled the Blue Demons of Depaul 94-73 for their fourth straight win. Fuquan Edwin and Jordan Theodore both posted great nights with 28 and 26 points respectively.

The men's team hopped on the plane to Tampa Bay to play USF. The game went back and forth the throughout, with each team never having a bigger lead than four points at any given time. USF edged out the 'W' 56-55.  Haralds Karlis showed Pirate fans his potential hitting four three pointers and finishing with 12 points.

Coming off the loss to the Bulls, the Pirates traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to play Villanova. The Hall failed to get into a rhythm throughout the game shooting just 36.6% from the floor. The Wildcats pulled out a 84-76 in front of a sold out crowd at The Pavilion. Like Karlis in the USF loss, Brandon Mobley showed what he's capable of, hitting 3-of-3 from behind the arc. ONIONS, triple order!!

Overall, the Pirates suffered back to back losses for the first time this season. This just goes to show that road games in the BIG EAST are always a tough task.  The team looks to get back on track this week with two home games. The first is Wednesday (1/25) against the Fighting Irish at the Rock. The Irish are coming off an impressive win against Syracuse on the 21st but you can bet the Pirates will be up for the challenge.  The Pirates then host Louisville on Saturday night (1/28) in front of a blue out crowd for the Pirates. Don't forget to wear your blue Seton Hall gear!

The Women's team experienced some BIG EAST losses before taking on an aggressive Syracuse team last Sunday in Walsh Gym. The team put up a great fight behind Jasmine Crew's 19 points, but fell just short in the closing seconds. The Orange edged out the Pirates 70-66. The team traveled to South Florida Wednesday, January 25th, but unfortunately could not hold onto their lead. The Pirates return home to Walsh Gym hosting DePaul on January 28th at 2pm.  Come out to pack Walsh for the game!

Until next time, Pirate Fans!

January 5, 2012

Ahoy mates- number one fan here!

What an exciting week of basketball it was for The Hall! Men's basketball had a pair of arrrgghh-some matchups against West Virginia and UConn, while the women's team was on the road in good 'ol Memphis. Let's go to the recaps!

Last Friday, the West Virginia Mountaineers visited the Rock to take on the Pirates. The game marked the BIG EAST home opener for Seton Hall, and in front of a packed house, the team certainly did not disappoint! Sensational sophomore Fuquan Edwin led all scorers in the game, collecting 19 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. West Virginia could not handle the consistent scoring of Seton Hall, and senior Herb Pope hosted an impromptu "Block Party" at the game, tying his career-high with six rejections! When the dust settled, it was SHU who walked away with a convincing 67-48 win.

Four nights later, it was the #8 UConn Huskies visiting the Prudential Center.  Boasting an impressive lineup and national hype, many thought Seton Hall would be in for a difficult task against the defending national champions.  The Pirates were up to the challenge yet again, led by senior guard Jordan Theodore, whose 19 point, 11 assist double-double paced the team. The energy in the building was incredible for the entire game, and it was clear that the team fed off of the crowd throughout the night.  At the final horn, the final score read SHU 75, UConn 63. With the "W" the Pirates improved to 2-1 in BIG EAST play, and 13-2 overall! As for the Huskies... well, LET'S JUST SAY THEY WERE UPSET! BOOM!

Meanwhile, women's basketball was on the road in Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers. In a game that marked the final contest before BIG EAST play, the Pirates came out shooting. Senior Jasmine Crew led Seton Hall with a jaw-dropping 33 points! However, the high powered Memphis offense was able to weather the storm and come away with an 82-73 victory.  Seton Hall's overall record now stands at 7-8.

Three cheers to senior Jordan Theodore of the men's basketball team! Jordan was recently recognized before the game against West Virginia for scoring 1,000 career points. Congrats on reaching the impressive milestone Jordan, we Pirate fans could not be prouder!

Be sure to come out and support the Pirates when men's basketball takes on DePaul at the Prudential Center on January 10th at 7:00 p.m. Women's basketball returns to Walsh Gymnasium on January 14th to battle South Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Until next time, Pirate fans!

December 1, 2011

Ahoy mates- number one fan here!

Basketball season is underway here at the Hall, and both the men's and women's teams are off to great starts! The teams were hard at work during the Thanksgiving holiday taking on some tough opponents.

On the eve of the holiday break, the men's basketball team took on the Yale Bulldogs at the Prudential Center. The Rock was rockin' at tipoff, and the Pirates came out firing. Fuquan Edwin led the way for Seton Hall as he posted a career-high 20 points in a 73-62 victory. On November 26, local rival St. Peter's College was in town for the annual showdown between the two Catholic schools. The Peacocks gave the Pirates fits early, and Seton Hall struggled to score early on in the game. However, senior leaders Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore stepped up for the Hall, as each recorded double-doubles to propel the Pirates to a 63-54 victory. With the win, men's basketball is now 5-1 on the season. Way to go guys!

Our women's basketball squad spent its Thanksgiving break competing in the Paradise Jam tournament in the sunny U.S. Virgin Islands. The Pirates played a total of three games in the tournament, posting a 2-1 overall record and finishing second overall in their division. With wins against Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion, Seton Hall improved its overall record to an impressive 5-2!

Three cheers go out to senior Jasmine Crew of women's basketball. Crew was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on November 29 for her outstanding performance at the Paradise Jam tournament. She led the Pirates in scoring in each of team's three tournament games, and her 24.3 points per game average was enough to lead all players in the tournament. I tip my cap to you, Jasmine! What a way to start the season, keep up the great work!

I plan on seeing everyone on Friday night at the Prudential Center at 9:00 pm as men's basketball plays Auburn as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge. Sunday all Pirate fans are encouraged to head to campus to watch the women's basketball team hosts Wake Forest at 1:00 p.m. in historic Walsh Gymnasium. Bleed Blue!

Until next time, Pirate Fans!

November 15, 2011

Ahoy Mates- number one fane here!

Well folks, the time has come...basketball season! There is nothing more magical than the buzz around the Seton Hall campus right before another season of Pirates basketball begins. The elegant and historic Walsh Gymnasium fills with the cheers of SHU faithful as the pep band rises up and plays Onward Setonia while the team charges down the floor. Over in Newark, the bright lights of the Prudential Center burn bright over the court as the student section roars with every Pirate scoring chance while television and radio crews watch in awe. It is truly a spectacular time of year!

Friday night in Walsh Gym, women's basketball kicked off their season against Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. In front of a packed house, the Pirates sure did not disappoint! Senior Jasmine Crew led the way with her 20 point performance as the Eagles were grounded. After the win, the team stayed out on the floor to not only thank the fans for their unwavering support, but also to sing the Seton Hall alma mater. As the Pirate I cannot tell a lie, so when I say it brought a tear to my eye I am not kidding. I think it is great to see new traditions being born!

On Saturday, volleyball began the day with a matinee matchup against local rival St. John's with a berth in the BIG EAST Championship on the line. The Red Storm was all over Seton Hall early, stealing the first two sets with ease. However, the Pirates responded well to the adversity, and came all the way back to win the match in five-sets! Well done ladies!

Later that night in Newark, our mn's basketball team opened their season against St. Francis (N.Y.). Attendance was high... and so was the drama! The Terriers brought their shooting game, and made it difficult for Seton Hall to keep pace. In the dying seconds with the Pirates down by two, senior point guard Jordan Theodore drove the lane and scored the game-tying layup with 1.2 seconds left! In overtime, the Pirates never looked back and won 75-71! Theodore paced Seton Hall with 25 points, and senior Herb Pope chipped in with a 21-point, 14-rebond performance.

Volleyball was back in action on Sunday to cap an undefeated weekend for Seton Hall Athletics. The day also marked the team's Senior Day, the final home game for the graduating seniors. In front of family and friends, the Pirates delivered another strong performance and tamed the visiting UConn Huskies in five-sets to secure its third straight postseason apearance! Senior Day is a memorable experience regardless of the outcome, but earning the victory in front of close friends and family will be something our seniors will TREASURE forever!

Three cheers go out to volleyball's Meghan Matusiak for earning BIG EAST Player of the Week honors. Her leadership and strong play were driving forces both of the Pirates' victories over the weekend. Also, I want to take this time to wish our Volleyball team the best of luck in their BIG EAST quarterfinal matchup against Marquette. Go get 'em girls!

I expect to see all of the Pirate faithful this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Walsh Gymnasium as our Women's Basketball team takes on the Michigan Wolverines.

Until next time, Pirate Fans!

November 1, 2011

Ahoy Mates- number one fan here!

This past weekend brought about many things: Halloween, a snowstorm, AND A WHOLE LOT OF SETON HALL ATHLETIC EVENTS! Men's and women's soccer both finished up their seasons, while volleyball was working hard to secure a birth in the BIG EAST playoffs.

Here's what occurred:

On a frigid night in South Orange, women's soccer was creating a buzz all around campus as they hosted rival St. John's in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The appearance in post-season play was the seventh in the history of the program, and only the second time to host a first round game. Through gusting winds and torrential rain, Seton Hall and St. John's played a scoreless game through 88 minutes. Then, just as overtime seemed certain, senior Ashley Beamish scored in the 89th minute to secure a Pirate victory! The tournament win was the second in team history, and it secured a quarterfinal matchup in Morgantown against West Virginia. The #13 Mountaineers were too much for Seton Hall, who fell 5-0; a sad ending to what was a very impressive season for the Pirates! Nicely done girls, nicely done indeed!

After men's soccer's season finale was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday due to a powerful snowstorm, the Pirates were out to prove something against the #3 UConnHuskies. The night also honored the team's seniors, who were playing their final home games as Pirates. With the snow banks piled high around the field, and the temperature below freezing, many thought the conditions were better suited for Huskies. However, the Pirates nipped the Huskies 1-0, with Kai Greene scoring the lone goal. The win was the first of the year for Seton Hall in BIG EAST play, and also a great moment for our graduating seniors as they went out on top in front of family and friends!

Over in the friendly confines of Walsh Gymnasium, volleyball played host to Georgetown and Villanova over the weekend. The Georgetown Hoyas rolled into Seton Hall on Friday night to take on our Pirates. A highly-contested match saw Georgetown win in five sets, barely edging out the Seton Hall squad. On Sunday, Villanova was in town, looking to steal a win from the Pirates. The Pirates had other plans, and beat those pesky Wildcats in five sets to improve their overall record to 14-11, and 5-5 in BIG EAST play.

Three Cheers go out to Kai Greene of men's Soccer and Ashley Beamish of women's soccer. Both players earned Player of the Week honors from BigAppleSoccer.com. Greene and Beamish each led their respective teams to victory with timely goal scoring. Congrats Kai and Ashley on great seasons!!!

I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday from 4-8pm at Richie Regan Athletic and Recreation Center for men's basketball Blue & White scrimmage beginning at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Meet the Team Party, exclusive for season ticket holders, student season ticket holders, and junior pirates. 

Until next time, Pirate Fans!

October 4, 2011

Ahoy Mates- number one fan here!

During this past weekend, I was quite busy attending the numerous on-campus events for SHU’s University weekend.  A picture here, a handshake there, this Pirate was quite busy. Despite my crazy schedule, I still found the time to check out the various Pirate teams in action over the weekend!!

The weather was not kind to our Pirates this weekend, as both the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams played through less than ideal conditions. On Friday night under the lights of Owen T. Carroll Field, our Women’s Soccer team hosted Syracuse. The Pirates were out to improve on their already tremendous start. Unfortunately, the squad from Syracuse came to play and used timely scoring and strong team defense to earn the 4-1 win and hand Seton Hall its’ first home loss of the season.  Senior Ashley Beamish netted the only goal for the Pirates. Saturday night at Owen T. Carroll Field saw the Men’s soccer team take on Villanova. Through the rainy and windy conditions, Villanova was able to score a late 1st half goal and used that momentum to score 2 more in the 2nd half to earn the 3-0 victory. The loss dropped our Men’s team to 4-4-2. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Lady Pirates hosted local rival St. John’s and were out to avenge their loss earlier in the weekend. The game was close from beginning to end as they two teams were locked in a 1-1 tie with under a minute to go in regulation. With 53 seconds left, St. John’s was able to score a goal and silence the SHU faithful in the stands. The loss was the second on the weekend for Seton Hall, bringing their record to 7-4-2. Meanwhile, our Volleyball team was down in sunny Florida enjoying not only the weather but their match against USF as well. The Pirates took the match easily in four sets, notching their 5th straight victory and improving their overall record to 12-6 and their BIG EAST record to 3-0! Keep up the great work ladies!

3 cheers to freshman Shelby Manthorpe of Women’s Volleyball for her incredible performance in her team’s match against USF this past weekend. Manthorpe recorded the first triple-double in the program’s history! Her 13 kills, 27 assists, and 10 digs led the way for the Pirates as they cruised past USF.  Nicely done Shelby, nicely done.

I look forward to seeing everyone around campus and at our upcoming athletic events!

Until next time, Pirate fans!

September 22, 2011