WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ
– Monmouth University men’s soccer senior forward David Nigro
(Marlboro, NJ/Marlboro) has been named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, the league office today announced. The award is the third of the season for Nigro.
Nigro assisted on all three goals in the Hawks’ 3-2 win over Marist Saturday to keep their MAAC Championship hopes alive. On each of the three goals, Nigro utilized one additional pass to set up the goal scorer. Monmouth got on the board in the 23rd minute, when Jake Areman
(Freehold, NJ/Colts Neck) crossed to Nigro in the box, where the senior headed it across the mouth of goal to Geoffrey Schaefer
(Bridgeton, NJ/Woodstown) for the finish. After Marist tied the game on a Bruce Jeter finish in the 27th minute, Andrew Gee
beat his defender to the goal line and crossed to Nigro, who left it off for Brandon McCarthy
’s finish in the 39th minute.
Monmouth added what proved to be a needed insurance tally in the 54th minute, when Michael Luke
(Martinsville, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) played the ball into the box on a set piece, before Nigro chested it down to Schaefer for the finish inside the left post.
Nigro is the first Hawk to compile three assists in a game since Ryan Clark on Sept. 30, 2011, against LIU Brooklyn. With eight assists and 18 points on the season, Nigro joins some elite company among Monmouth greats. The eight assists are the most in the last 10 years, tying Ryan Clark (2011) and RJ Allen (2009). The last time a Hawk distributed more assists came in 2006, when Tom Gray finished with 14 assists. Nigro’s 18 points are the most by a Monmouth player since Ryan Kinne racked up 30 points in 2010.
The Hawks await a potential MAAC Championship Quarterfinal berth, pending Wednesday’s results around the league. A Canisius loss at Niagara or an Iona loss or tie at Manhattan would punch Monmouth’s ticket. In the event that both Canisius and Iona win on Wednesday, the Hawks’ final hope would be a combination of wins by both Rider over Saint Peter’s and Siena over Marist to form a three-way tie at 15 points between Monmouth, Marist and Iona. In that case, Monmouth would take the No. 5 seed by virtue of its 1-0 win over Rider on Oct. 5. The first tie-breaker compares the three teams’ records against each other, with all three teams being a collective 1-1 in the “mini conference.” Results against the top teams in the league standings are then compared, with Monmouth being the only team in the MAAC to defeat Rider, which in the aforementioned scenario would be, at worst, the No. 2 seed. Only the Broncs and Niagara have defeated Quinnipiac, which currently sits in first place in the MAAC Standings, forcing the tie-breaker to move on to results against Rider.