VERNON, CT – Rutgers senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, the league announced at its awards banquet on Thursday evening in Vernon, CT. Gros joins two other Scarlet Knights who were honored by the conference. Junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and junior Richi Arenas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was an All-BIG EAST Third Team pick. Voting was conducted among the leagues 13 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players." />
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Gros Named BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year
Arenas and Karcz Named to All-BIG EAST Teams
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    VERNON, CT – Rutgers senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, the league announced at its awards banquet on Thursday evening in Vernon, CT. Gros joins two other Scarlet Knights who were honored by the conference. Junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and junior Richi Arenas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was an All-BIG EAST Third Team pick. Voting was conducted among the leagues 13 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

    Gros becomes the second Scarlet Knight to receive BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors in the past three seasons, joining Dennis Ludwig, who took home the award in 2001. He led the BIG EAST in points (31) and goals (13) this season. His five assists also ranked among the leaders in the conference. Gros’ 13 goals tie him for 12th in the Rutgers single-season record book, while his 31 points rank 16th in the record books. The tri-captain also ranks among the national leaders in both points and goals per game. He has also recorded five game-winning goals this season, including four in BIG EAST play.

    Thursday marks the first time Gros has been recognized by the league. He was held scoreless his first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights while playing a defensive-minded midfield position. After moving up front midway through last season, Gros scored six goals in 2002 before exploding offensively this season.

    Following a 2001 season where he tied for the team lead with six goals, Karcz tallied seven goals this season along with three assists for 17 points. He ranks second on the team in points, while recording a BIG EAST-leading 85 shots. Karcz earned All-BIG EAST Third team honors a year ago and was a preseason All-BIG EAST selection this season.

    In his first year at the Division I level, Arenas has registered seven goals and two assists to rank third on the team with 16 points. Arenas was a junior college All-American last season at Mercer County College in West Windsor, NJ. He led his team to the National Final before transferring to Rutgers for the 2003 season. In his first match with the Scarlet Knights, Arenas scored the game-winning goal in overtime to upset No. 25 William & Mary, 3-2, on Aug. 30. He also registered the game-winner in overtime at Monmouth to beat the Hawks, 2-1, on Sept. 17.

    Fourth-seeded Rutgers will take on top-seeded St. John’s in the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship semifinals in Storrs, CT, on Friday at 7 p.m.

    Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Gros, Rutgers, Sr., Forward
    Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Wingert, St. John’s, Sr., Back
    Midfielder of the Year: Matia Damiani, St. John’s, Sr., Midfielder
    Goalkeeper of the Year: Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Jr., Goalkeeper
    Rookie of the Year: Ben Nason, Virginia Tech, Fr., F
    Coaching Staff of the Year: Virginia Tech – Oliver Weiss (head coach); Kevin Korondi, John Sexton

    All-BIG EAST First Team
    Chris Corcoran, St. John’s, Jr., M
    Matia Damiani, St. John’s, Sr., M
    *Justin Detter, Notre Dame, Sr., F
    Matt Groenwald, St. John’s, Jr., M
    Josh Gros, Rutgers, Sr. F
    Guy Melamed, Boston College, Jr., B
    Simone Salinno, St. John’s, Sr., M
    Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Jr., GK
    Jack Stewart, Notre Dame, Jr., B
    Luke Vercollone, Seton Hall, Sr., M
    *Chris Wingert, St. John’s, Sr., B

    * - unanimous

    All-BIG EAST Second Team
    Bill Arnault, Boston College, Jr., M
    Jeff Curtin, Georgetown, So., B
    Bill Gaudette, St. John’s, Sr., GK
    Kevin Goldthwaite, Notre Dame, Jr., B
    Chris Karcz, Rutgers, Jr., M
    Ryan McGowan, Seton Hall, Sr., M
    Lasse Mertins, Virginia Tech, Sr., B
    Lindon Pecorelli, Connecticut, Sr., F
    Chad Riley, Notre Dame, Sr. M
    Steve Sealy, Connecticut, Fr., F
    Keeyan Young, Pittsburgh, So. F

    All-BIG EAST Third Team
    Chris Aloisi, Syracuse, Sr., B
    Ricardo Arenas, Rutgers, Jr., F
    Dan Gargan, Georgetown, Jr., B
    Sacha Kljestan, Seton Hall, Fr., M
    Greg Martin, Notre Dame, Sr., M
    Mpho Moloi, Connecticut, So., M
    Ben Nason, Virginia Tech, Fr., F
    Dave O’Donnell, Villanova, Sr., B
    Devon Prescod, Notre Dame, Sr., F
    Kevin Richards, Notre Dame, Sr., B
    Peer Rogge, Virginia Tech, So., F

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