Santo Arena (left) and Ben Zakowski earned MAAC awards. (Photo courtesy of Monmouth SID)
Monmouth University junior Santo Arena Monday was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference offensive player of the week and freshman Ben Zakowski was selected rookie of the week.
In Monmouth’s 1-0-1 week, Arena led the team with five points. After assisting on the first goal against Siena College Wednesday, the junior scored the game-winner. At Rider University, Arena scored the equalizer in the 58th minute.
Zakowski scored two goals last week, including one in the win over Siena and another in the draw at Rider. The freshman registered his first career goal on a header Wednesday. In the 2-2 tie Saturday, he intercepted a pass and scored an equalizer in the 25th minute.
Both earned league honors for the first time in their careers.
Monmouth, which improved to 1-2-1 in the MAAC, will host Saint Peter’s College Wednesday night.