Nov. 6, 2004
W. LONG BRANCH, NJ - Senior running back Joe Migliore ran for 74 yards and two of Monmouth's four rushing touchdowns to lead the Hawks to a 28-10 win over Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. The win put Monmouth, 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference, in the driver's seat for the NEC title, needing just a win over St. Francis of PA next week to secure the crown.
Monmouth, winners of six straight, took its opening possession and drove 64 yards on 11 plays and took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard plunge by Migliore. The Hawks' second possession also resulted in a touchdown when Bobby Smith ran five yards for a score.
Sacred Heart, 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the NEC, got back within 14-7 when junior tailback Ed Pricolo ran 65 yards for a TD with 4:11 to play in the first quarter. The Pioneers would cut the Hawk lead to 14-10 at the half when senior Lars Anderson (Fairfield, CT) booted a 19-yard field goal with 6:36 left in the half.
Monmouth took control of the game on both sides of the ball in the second half, holding the Pioneers to just 60 yards of total offense in the half while running up 163 of its own. Migliore scored on another one-yard plunge with 4:15 left in the third that gave the Hawks a 21-10 lead.
Sophomore quarterback Brian Boland put the game out of reach for the Pioneers when he ran a bootleg 22-yards for a touchdown with 1:00 left in the third quarter.
Pricolo, who had run for over 100 yards for a school-record eight straight games, had his streak snapped when he left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. He finished with 91 yards on 12 carries.
The Pioneers will conclude the season next Saturday at home against the Colonials of Robert Morris University at 12:30.