October 7, 2006

Football Blanked at Monmouth, 24-0

Oct. 7, 2006

Final Stats

W. LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Monmouth University defense held the Sacred Heart University offense to just 83 total yards, while Hawk QB Brian Boland threw for 118 yards and a TD and ran for 37 more yards to lead his team to a 24-0 Northeast Conference win over the Pioneers. The shutout was the first against the Pioneers in seven years, when they were blanked by Albany on November 6, 1999, 41-0.

The Hawks, 5-1 and 1-1, used a balanced attack to take a 24-0 lead at the intermission. Fred Weingart got it started with a 25-yard field goal with 4:13 left in the first quarter. The Pioneers turned the ball over on its next possession when Evin Jones fumbled. Five plays later Monmouth used a five-yard pass from senior QB Brian Boland to Shane Sharpley to take a 10-0 lead with 1:52 left in the period.

Senior tailback Rob Lutz gave Monmouth a 17-0 lead with 11:48 left in the half with a seven-yard TD run. Perhaps the most impressive drive of the game for the Hawks came late in the half. After a punt pinned them back at their own ten, Boland engineered a 90-yard drive that was finished off on a two-yard TD run by freshman running back David Sinisi. Sinsi led all runners in the game with 85 yards.

Sacred Heart, 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the NEC, was held to just 22 yards in the first half and QB Tyler Arciaga was sacked three times. Arciaga would fall once more in the second half.

Sacred Heart, 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the NEC, was held to just 22 yards in the first half and QB Tyler Arciaga was sacked three times. Arciaga would fall once more in the second half.

Sophomore punter Derek Marks was one of the few bright signs for SHU. Forced to punt an amazing nine times, Marks averaged 41.4 yards a kick, including a career-best 59-yarder in the first half. Marks leads the NEC in punting with a 40-yard average.

The Pioneers will take on Albany University next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at home on Family Weekend.