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MAAC ANNOUNCES 2016 MENíS SOCCER MAJOR AWARDS, ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

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Release: November 10, 2016
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EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced the 2016 men’s soccer major award winners and All-MAAC teams, as selected by the leagues 11 head coaches.  The league announced the honors during the 2016 Awards Banquet at Quinnipiac University on Thursday night.

 

“I am excited to see the players get recognized,” said Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt. “Their individual sacrifices made it possible for our team to fight through adversity and make it to yet another MAAC postseason. Each of the players earned this recognition and we are very proud of them.”

 

Senior Eric Klenofsky was named Co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Klenofsky ranked first in the conference with a .841 save percentage, second with a 0.87 goals against average, and was tied for fifth with four shutouts. He averaged 4.82 saves per game, which was third in the MAAC and recorded 53 saves, which were the eighth-most in the conference. Klenofsky leaves Monmouth with the fourth-best goals against average in program history (0.745), the third highest save percentage (0.842). He was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, also earning a Second Team All-MAAC selection.

 

Senior David Nigro was named First Team All-MAAC after his 18-point outburst. Nigro scored five goals and added eight assists this season, earning him First Team All-Conference honors for the second time in his career. Nigro was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. He ends his Monmouth career with 18 goals and 15 assists, playing in 79 total games.  

 

In addition to Klenofsky, three Hawks were named to Second Team All-MAAC including sophomore Anderson Asiedu, senior Colin Stripling, and sophomore Zachary Pereira. After being named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List, which acknowledges college soccer’s top players, Asiedu started 17 games for the Blue & White this season.  He added 17 shots and an assist on the year.  Asiedu earned All-Northeast Region and All-MAAC First Team honors last year while also earning MAAC All-Rookie Team accolades.

 

Starting 11 games this season, Stripling was second on the team with eight points. He scored four goals on 26 shots, earning All-Conference honors for the second time in his career. Pereira played in 17 games all over the field, scoring one goal and adding an assist for a total of three points. He was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and All-MAAC Championship Team last year after scoring four goals, including one each in the MAAC Semifinals and Championship Game.

 

Klenofsky, Nigro, Asiedu, Stripling, and Pereira were all named to the Preseason All-MAAC team ahead of the season.

 

Freshman Andy Martinez was named to the All-Rookie squad after starting 16 games for the Hawks this season. Martinez helped anchor the Monmouth back line while registering six shots. The Paterson, NJ native figures to be cemented on the Hawks’ defense for seasons to come.

 

The MAAC also announced its 2016 MAAC Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team on Thursday. A total of 96 student-athletes comprise the 2016 MAAC Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Miguel Alves

Monmouth

Sr.

Business Finance

Newark, NJ

Andrew Gee

Monmouth

Jr.

Biology

Cranford, NJ

Eric Klenofsky

Monmouth

Sr.

Communication

Lincoln Park, NJ

Brandon McCarthy

Monmouth

Sr.

Health Studies

Ludlow, MA

Chris Seager

Monmouth

Jr.

Psychology

Ocean Township, NJ

Colin Stripling

Monmouth

Sr.

Business Finance

Scotch Plains, NJ

 

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