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D.C. United Goalie Eric Klenofsky Talks Rookie Year

M Soccer 1 12.06.17As you grow up and the past starts to fade, your youthful days pass and the fun of high school dims.  College shows up just in time for adulthood to start gnawing at you.  Just like any other adolescent, this process is the same for an aspiring professional athlete.

If you’ve wanted to be a professional all your life then you’ve always been a dreamer. Playing our sport and dreaming of making it your job are synonymous but only a lucky few turn those dreams into something tangible.

For me, it happened.

Draft day was special, I think back to hearing my name being announced with goosebumps on my arms. You work your whole life for a chance to be a professional; one second you’re an amateur with all the aspirations and the next you’re a freshman in college again, but this time they refer to it as rookie year and classes don’t exist.

Draft day only comes around once in a life time so when those words get spoken, and you hear your name called, stop scrolling on Instagram and pay attention. No one had to tell me twice, I had never been more anxious in my life.

“D.C. United selects, from Monmouth University, the goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky.” It’s crazy how one sentence can change everything.

When you wake up the next morning and you start to figure out what those words actually mean, the anxiety really begins. After all, preseason was in ten days. Two things came to mind; I need to train, and I need to pack.

The fastest ten days of my life came and went. Jan. 23 had arrived and I was a young professional soccer player with the open road ahead; I made it, 22 years of dreams and work to get to this point.

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Women’s Basketball Falls Twice to Navy, Robert Morris

W Basketball 12.06.17The Monmouth University women’s basketball team loss to Navy 73-49 on Thursday night in Annapolis, MD.

Junior center Erica Balman led Monmouth with 10 points, while grabbing five rebounds. Sophomore forward Adriana Zelaya added eight points, hitting two three point shots. Sophomore Alexa Middleton scored seven points and had seven rebounds, while junior guard McKinzee Barker also contributed seven points.

The Hawks struggled in the first quarter, shooting 2-11 from the field and turning the ball over 11 times, leading to a 15-7 Navy lead after ten minutes of play. Balman connected on two-straight layups early in the second quarter to make the score 22-14, but Navy went on an 8-0 run to make the deficit 14 at the second quarter media timeout. Navy then embarked on a 19-0 scoring run in the final 5:40 of the quarter to make the halftime score 41-14. The 14 points was the lowest scoring output for Monmouth so far this season.

Navy opened the second half on a 9-2 run to open their lead to 34 early in the third. They then used another run late in the quarter to take a 37-point lead, but Balman scored on another layup to make the score 60-25 after thirty minutes. Monmouth began to find their scoring touch late, outscoring Navy 24-13 in the final frame, but could not overcome the deficit, losing by 24.

“As a team, we are disappointed in our effort today,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We didn’t hit shots early and we let that impact our play in too many other areas.”

For the game, the Hawks shot 31 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. They did shoot 88 percent from the line, connecting on eight of nine free throws. Monmouth was out-rebounded 43-36, but did outscore Navy in bench points 34-31.

The loss dropped Monmouth to 2-5 on the season, as the game was part of a two-game road swing which took them to Robert Morris for a Sunday afternoon contest, where they lost 56-38.

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Men’s Basketball Loses to UConn in Overtime

M Basketball 12.06.17Men’s basketball was defeated by the University of Connecticut Huskies 84-81 in another overtime battle on Saturday night.

“I thought it was a great college basketball game and I thought the officials did a great job,” Head Coach King Rice said. “I know they just came off an overtime win and now they have another overtime win.”

Junior guard Micah Seaborn lead the Hawks with a career-high 27 points, 20 which came in the first half. Seaborn went 7-10 shooting with four threes. In the second half, UConn’s defense controlled Seaborn, not allowing him to score in the first 14 minutes of the second half.

“It started with me,” Seaborn said. “I have to take that one today and just learn from it for next game.”

MU and UConn would trade baskets for the first ten minutes of the first half before the Huskies would go on a 9-0 run in the span of two minutes to make it 29-20 UConn. The Hawks would then go on a run of their own, finishing the half going 22-7 run to give Monmouth the 42-36 lead at halftime. The Huskies ended the half with a deep buzzer-beater three to close the deficient to six points.

In the second half, UConn would take the lead back, going on a 20-7 run in the first eight minutes of the half to make it 56-49 Huskies.

After a media timeout, the Hawks would go on a 10-3 run, with sophomore guard Louie Pillari tying the game at 59 all after a three-pointer with eight minutes left in regulation.

Monmouth and UConn would trade baskets for the rest of the second half. With the Huskies up 73-72 with a minute left, senior forward Zac Tillman would make a layup to make it 74-73 Hawks with 48 seconds left.

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Upcoming Games 11-29-17

Thursday, Nov. 30

WBB at Navy
Alumni Hall
Annapolis, MD 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1
Hockey (Club) at NJIT Prudential Center
Newark, NJ 8:30 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

Saturday, Dec. 2

MBB at Connecticut
XL Center
Hartford, CT 4:00 p.m.
Hockey (Club) at West Chester Ice Line Quad Rinks
West Chester, PA 8:45 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

Sunday, Dec. 3

WBB at Robert Morris North Athletic Complex Moon Township, PA 1:00 p.m.
ECAC Championships Nassau Aquatics Center
East Meadow, NY TBA

*conference games

Former Hawk Eric Klenofsky Talks Draft Process

Former Hawk Draft Process 11.29.17 1I always talk about how the stars have to align for an athlete to become a professional; I’ve seen guys with more talent than I ever had never make it. Finding the right place to develop, avoiding injury, playing in front of the right coaches, picking the right agent, every little aspect matters. One thing goes wrong and it could all fall apart.

First Team-All Region, Goalkeeper of the Year, conference championships, a good enough resume to find an opportunity. I was going to get my shot, I thought. I had seen too many of my friends, with better resumes watch their professional aspirations crumble to not over analyze every step I took when it was my turn. This was something I wanted, something I’d dreamt about all my life. But there are some things you just can’t control.

Aug. 26, 2016 at home against the 20th ranked team in the country, first game of the season. Up 1-0 with a little over thirty minutes to play, corner kick Denver. It was just another play, just another ball I had to deal with, nothing I hadn’t seen before.

Everything had gone according to plan thus far. I made it to a division one program, I was playing, I was wearing the armband. This just wasn’t supposed to happen.

I remember trying to push the bone back into place after it happened. “It’s just dislocated, I just need to pop it back in,” I thought. The game ended 1-1, I got on a golf cart with my athletic trainer once it had ended, and went straight to get an X-Ray.

“You have the most severe thumb fracture there is, you’re going to miss most of your senior year.” Words that would give me nightmares.

Fifty-six straight games and it was a thumb that was going to hold me back and jeopardize everything I’d ever wanted.

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Women’s Basketball Beats North Florida 67-57

W Basketball 11.29.17The women’s basketball team defeated the North Florida Ospreys 67-57 Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium in the second annual Jacksonville Thanksgiving Classic in Jacksonville, FL.

Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw scored 19 points to lead the Hawks, and senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored a season-best 18 points. Sophomore forward Taylor Nason added eight and grabbed nine rebounds.

“It was great to get back on the winning side of things,” Head Coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We’ve been playing really hard and our effort has been there, but the execution hasn’t been there enough to get the win. I thought today we really cracked down on the defensive end and were able to shut down their go-to ideas, and that made all the difference in the world.”

Monmouth started the game out strong, forcing the Ospreys to call a timeout early in the first after jumping out to a five-point lead. The teams would then trade baskets the rest of the quarter, with Monmouth’s lead reaching as high as seven. Freshman forward Carol Arfinengo scored her first career points in the final seconds to give Monmouth a 17-11 lead after ten minutes.

The Hawks maintained their lead into the second quarter, and then used a push late in the frame to open their advantage. Sophomore forward Adriana Zelaya knocked down a three-point shot with 1:32 remaining to make the lead 12, and then Spooner-Knight hit a jumper to make the halftime score 33-19. That plus-fourteen margin was the largest lead at halftime that the Hawks had all season.

In a 1:06 span, Spooner-Knight scored on a layup, and Shaw connected on a three to open the Monmouth lead to 19. The Hawks continued to get the baskets they needed throughout the period, but North Florida scored six straight points to bring the game within 12, 48-36, after three quarters.

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Albany to End Losing Streak

M Basketball 11.29.17The men’s basketball team beat the previous undefeated Albany Great Danes 81-73 after trailing by nine at halftime on Monday night. The win comes after a quadruple overtime loss to University of Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

The Hawks were led in scoring by freshman guard Ray Salnave with a career-high 18 points and added three steals on the night.

“How Ray [Salnave] played today is just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” Head Coach King Rice said. “This is how good he is and I have him in a big role at this point in his career but he’s ready for the challenge.”

A big surprise in the game was when junior guard Micah Seaborn entered the game off the bench in the first half. This was the junior’s first game since being shut down due to injure after the Virginia game. Seaborn finished with 13 points and was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc.

After entering halftime trailing to the Great Danes, Monmouth came back to outscore Albany by 17 points in the second half.

Albany’s lead would be as high as ten in the second half, but MU came back with crucial threes and timely free throws. Monmouth would tie the game after a highly-contested three pointer by Seaborn.

Senior center Zac Tillman scored to take the lead with 3:10 left and the Hawks would keep the lead for the rest of the game. The Hawks would go 10-12 from the free throw line to lock up the win and to end the three-game losing streak.

For the game, Tillman finished with a season-high 15 points, playing only 15 minutes. Freshman guard Deion Hammond added ten points for the blue and white.

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Upcoming Games 11-15-17

Thursday, Nov. 16

WBB vs. Albany
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17
Bowling at TBA
UMES Hawk Classic Millsboro, DE TBA

Saturday, Nov. 18

Cross Country
ECAC & IC4A Championships Bronx, NY 11:45 a.m.
Cross Country
NCAA Division 1 Championship Louisville, KY 12:00 p.m.
Swimming vs. Manhattan* Richard Steadman Natatorium West Long Branch, NJ 1:00 p.m.
W Swimming vs. Siena* Richard Steadman Natatorium West Long Branch, NJ 1:00 p.m.
Football at Kennesaw State* Kennesaw, GA 2:00 p.m.
Bowling at TBA
UMES Hawk Classic Millsboro, DE TBA

Sunday, Nov. 19

MBB at Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1:00 p.m.
WBB at Clemson
Clemson, SC 1:00 p.m.
Bowling at TBA
UMES Hawk Classic Millsboro, DE TBA

*conference games

Women’s Soccer Ends Season in NCAA Tournament

W Soccer 11.15.17Women’s soccer was defeated 4-0 on Friday night by 13th ranked Princeton in the first round of the 2017 Women’s Soccer Tournament.

On Monday, Nov. 6. the first-round matchups were determined during the Tournament selection show, which gave Monmouth the 13th seed and a date with 4th seeded Princeton at Roberts Stadium.

This was Monmouth’s third trip to the tournament since 2013 and second consecutive appearance. It was also their 5th tournament berth in the history of the program.

As for Princeton, it was their second time in three years hosting an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament first round game. The Tigers looked to improve on their 8-6 all-time record versus Monmouth.

Over 750 people were in attendance for the first-round, 29-degree clash between the 15-4-2 Hawks and the 15-2 Tigers.

The game got off to a quick start in favor of the Tigers as their forward worked around a Monmouth defender at the 18 and found the back of the net to give Princeton the 1-0 advantage in the 6th minute.

Princeton would continue their dominance of the first half in the 21st minute when another forward of theirs took a pass inside the box and ripped it from 16 yards out to extend the lead to 2-0.

The shots advantage for the Tigers was the story of the game as they went into the break with a 13-3 shots advantage. MU looked to increase the offensive pressure in the second half in order to come back from the 2-0 deficit.

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Women’s Basketball Wins Season Opener

W Basketball 11.15.17The Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 69-64 in their season opener Friday night at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

Sophomore guard Kayla Shaw led the Hawks with 22 points on 8-12 shooting, including four 3-point shots. Senior guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight scored 11 points in her Monmouth debut, and three players contributed eight in the contest.

“I was so excited for this season,” Shaw said after the game. “So this feels really good. As a team, we played well through adversity today. It was a great first game of learning and adjusting.”

The two teams played a tightly-contested first quarter that featured five lead changes. Scoring 12 points in the paint in the opening ten minutes, the Pioneers used a 5-0 scoring run to close out the first quarter with an 18-14 lead. Monmouth fell behind by five early in the second quarter, before the Hawks stormed back on a layup by Spooner-Knight, a three from Shaw, and a three from sophomore guard Alaina Jarnot to give them a 22-19 lead. Sacred Heart responded by outscoring Monmouth 10-4 in the final seven minutes of the quarter to make the halftime score 29-26.

The third quarter featured five lead changes, as the Hawks took a lead in the final minute on a Shaw three before the Pioneers scored on a layup in the final seconds to tie the game at 42 after 30 minutes of play.

The fourth quarter featured more of the same, as the two teams stayed within two points of each other for the first five minutes of the quarter. Spooner-Knight hit a three with 4:30 remaining in the game to give the Hawks their largest lead of the half, at 53-50. A layup from Shaw gave Monmouth a lead of five a minute later, but the Pioneers converted on two layups to make it a 57-56 game with two minutes remaining. Shaw hit a three-point shot with 1:30 remaining to boost the Hawk lead to four, and Monmouth would did not look back from there. The team hit nine free throws in the final minute to close out the Pioneers for their first victory of the season.

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Men’s Basketball Splits Against Bucknell and Seton Hall

M Basketball 11.15.17Basketball split their owning weekend games, first beating Bucknell in their season opener at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday, then losing to #23 ranked Seton Hall at the Prudential Center on Sunday, 75-65.

“Tonight I felt like our kids really stuck together,” Head Coach King Rice said after the win against Bucknell. “I was probably as nervous as I was at my first game at Monmouth tonight, because we have a lot of new kids and kids in new positions.”

After a Monmouth timeout with 24 seconds left in the game while being down 78-77 to Bucknell, junior guard Micah Seaborn was fouled with five seconds left in the game and hit two crucial free throws to take the lead. Bucknell would attempt a game-winning buzzer beater, would would miss off the backboard to seal the opening night win for the Hawks.

In the first half, Monmouth and Bucknell would trade shots until late in the half. The Hawks would finish the half on an 18-10 run to give MU the 41-31 lead at half time.

Bucknell would close the deficient in the second half thanks to the three ball, hitting a total of nine threes to give them the momentum.

Junior forward Diago Quinn helped swing the momentum back in Monmouth’s favor, getting a big block and then hitting two free throws before the final media timeout. Quinn would then get an offensive rebound and would be fouled immediately, hitting another two free throws to make it 71-69 MU.

Bucknell and Monmouth would keep trading baskets and free throws until Bucknell took the lead with 25 seconds left. Seaborn would then hit the game-tying and game-winning free throws to give the Hawks the opening night victory.

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Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151