PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was named the BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. He shares the honor with Pittsburgh’s Keeyan Young, who scored three goals in two victories for the Panthers last week.
Gros entered last week in the top 10 nationally in points and goals per game. He added to his total in two games this past week, guiding Rutgers to a victory over sixth-ranked Notre Dame and tie with 19th-ranked Seton Hall. He scored Rutgers’ lone goal against the Pirates on Wednesday to force the 1-1 tie.
Against Notre Dame on Saturday, Gros tallied the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over the Irish in South Bend. IN. He also recorded two assists in the match, accounting for three of the Scarlet Knights’ season-high five goals against Notre Dame.
Gros currently leads the BIG EAST in scoring with 25 points (10g, 5a).
He is the first player in the BIG EAST to win Offensive Player of the Week honors three times in one season since Ken Jonmaire of Virginia Tech accomplished the feat in 2002.
“Josh is having a marvelous season for us,” Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso said. “He is as good a goal scorer as there is in the country right now. We withdrew him in the midfield late against Notre Dame so that he could help prevent us from giving up goals. Josh, being the loyal team player that he is, does what ever he needs to do to help us win games.”
Monday marks the third time this season Gros has received Offensive Player of the Week honors by the league. He was also named the Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.
Rutgers is currently 7-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the BIG EAST, sitting in second place in the conference with 13 points. The Scarlet Knights host BIG EAST foe Syracuse at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.