With graduation approaching, my time as sports editor at The Signal, like the rest of my college career, has quickly come to an end. This past semester, my Sunday and Monday nights have been spent in the student center basement, doing my part to help produce a school paper that I hope provided some entertainment and enlightenment to the campus.
With three NCAA provisional times and nine Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying times, the men's and women's track and field teams held their own at the University of Maryland's Terrapin Invitational on Saturday.
"It was definitely a very solid showing," head coach Eric Mobley said.
Silence blanketed the crowd like a midnight snowfall. The cheers that echoed in Packer Hall gymnasium moments before had quickly turned into gasps as freshman guard Chadd Barnes rattled in a three-pointer from 25 feet out to bring jubilation to his Rutgers team and disbelief to a suddenly deflated Lions squad.
Following back-to-back losses, the Lions fell out of first place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and limped into the conference tournament as the fourth seed.
The good news is they started the playoffs with a home game. However, last week, they let the momentum they built up in a seven-game win streak slip away and lost out on a bye in the first round, which the first-and second-seeded teams are awarded in the tournament.
A month ago, the Lions sat at 4-5 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, with fans yearning for something to cheer about and the coaching staff frustrated with the inconsistent offensive play.
Four-and-a-half weeks later, the Lions are sitting pretty at 11-5 atop the conference and 17-6 overall.
By defeating the defending New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) champion Roadrunners of Ramapo College 74-62 at home on Saturday, the Lions got their fifth straight win and moved into a second-place tie in the conference.
Once again rallying behind senior forward Scott Findlay, the Lions built an early 12-point lead in the first half and controlled the tempo for the rest of the game.
With a blossoming offensive threat, the men's basketball team knocked off two more conference opponents, including a 76-58 win over Kean University on Saturday and a 65-42 win against Richard Stockton College last Wednesday.
With a developing offensive punch, it appears the men's basketball team has found the kind of balanced scoring to compliment its already-established defensive presence, which ranked third in the country as of Jan.
After losing three straight conference games, the men's basketball team proved it is as talented as any team by knocking off the top-ranked Pioneers of William Paterson University 73-63 at home on Saturday.
Not only did the Lions defeat the Pioneers, who came into the game on a nine-game winning streak and tied for first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), but they also did it with their most balanced scoring attack of the season.
After defeating New Jersey City University (NJCU) one night before, the Lions men's soccer team lost its hope for a national title after falling to the defending national-champion Falcons of Messiah College 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Nov.
The men's basketball team remains unbeaten, slipping by the Profs of Rowan University 50-49 last Tuesday thanks to some late-game heroics by senior guard Jason Stallworth. With the win, the Lions improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
With the shot clock winding down, Stallworth hit the go-ahead three-pointer, putting the Lions on top 48-47.
Following students' complaints, Sodexho Dining Services has changed its policy at Eickhoff Dining Hall to make food immediately available at 4 p.m. just as dinner charges begin. The policy was put into effect Nov. 10.
In the past, students who paid for dinner between 4 and 4:30 p.
With five interceptions and an inconsistent offense, the Lions football team came up short in its season-finale conference game at Kean University 21-14 on Saturday.
It was too little too late as the Lions failed to complete a late comeback. Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Lions cut the lead in half as sophomore running back Mike Feaster punched it in from one-yard out with just over three minutes remaining.
On a day commemorating the seniors for their long-standing athletic and academic efforts, the Lions football team had little to be proud of following a demoralizing 27-0 shutout loss to the Golden Eagles of SUNY-Brockport at home on Saturday.
This was not what head coach Eric Hamilton had in mind for the last home game of the year.
With a slow start and costly miscues, the Lions football team suffered a tough 21-14 loss to rival Montclair State University on Saturday, disappointing a packed Lions Stadium crowd at the annual Homecoming game.
The Lions ended the game just as they started it, with critical turnovers.