– Monmouth University senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky
(Lincoln Park, NJ/DePaul Catholic) matched his season high with eight saves as the sixth-seeded Hawks played No. 3 Siena to a scoreless draw Saturday afternoon in the MAAC Championship Quarterfinals. However, the Saints (8-8-4) took a 3-1 advantage in penalty kicks and will advance to face No. 2 Rider in the semifinals on Friday at top-seeded Quinnipiac. Monmouth finishes the season at 6-9-3.
After the two teams played the full 110 minutes scoreless, Monmouth began the shootout with Klenofsky burying his opportunity to stake the Hawks to a 1-0 lead. But three-straight Saints also converted their chances, while three-consecutive Hawks were denied by Siena goalkeeper Aleksa Radosavljevic, punching the home team’s ticket to next weekend’s semifinals.
QUOTES & NOTES
“Congratulations to Siena. It was a typical, hard-fought conference tournament game. Our guys have worked really hard all season. I am very thankful to our seniors. They are disappointed right now. However, when they look back at their Monmouth careers, they will realize what an amazing four-year experience they have had as Monmouth Hawks.” – Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt
- Monmouth is now 3-1-2 all-time against the Saints, including a 1-0-1 mark in the MAAC Championships.
- With the tie, the Hawks moved to 17-9-6 all-time in conference tournaments.
- Monmouth is now 2-4 all-time in conference tournament penalty kick shootouts.
- The Hawks are the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to shut out Siena this season.
- Monmouth senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky
ends his collegiate career with 36 wins, good for second all-time in the MAAC behind only Iona’s Nils Binstock (38).
- The clean sheet was the Hawks’ fifth of the season, the fourth for Klenofsky and the 32nd of his collegiate career.
- Klenofsky’s 0.65855 career goals-against average leave him third all-time at Monmouth in GAA, .005 ahead of his goalkeeper coach, Alex Blackburn
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
- Siena took a 20-8 edge in shots. However, just eight were on target and all were saved by Klenofsky. Two Monmouth shots were on target, both from David Nigro
- Siena also took a 13-4 edge in corner kicks.
- Klenofsky made eight saves in the tie, while Radosavljevic made two saves.