PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three Rutgers University men’s soccer players were named to the adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid Atlantic Region All-American Teams. Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) earned First Team honors. Junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) earned Second Team laurels, while junior Ricardo Arenas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was named to the Third Team.
Gros, the 2003 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, had a standout senior campaign, scoring 16 goals and adding five assists for 37 points. He finished the season tied for 10th in the Rutgers single-season record book in points and goals. Gros was among the national leaders in scoring, finishing 15th in goals (0.73) and 21st in points (1.68) per game. His five game-winning goals are tied for fifth on the Rutgers single-season charts. Gros was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, while earning league Player of the Week accolades three times in 2003, the most of any player in the conference. He scored at least one goal in 13 of 22 matches this past season, leading Rutgers to a 9-3-1 record in those games.
Karcz earns his second-consecutive All-Region award after recording third team accolades in 2002. Karcz was an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick at the league’s post season banquet in November. He tallied 18 points (7g, 4a) to finish third on the team in scoring. He registered the game-deciding score in RU’s 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Sept. 14. The junior forward was active in the Scarlet Knights attacking third, leading the BIG EAST in shots with 96.
Arenas excelled in his first season at the Division I level after earning Junior College All-American honors in 2002 at Mercer County College in West Windsor, NJ. The junior attacker finished second on the team in scoring with 19 points (8g, 3a). His eight goals were also second on the Scarlet Knights’ roster. He had a pair of game-winning goals in overtime at No. 25 William & Mary, 3-2, on Aug. 30, and at Monmouth, 2-1, on Sept. 17. His free kick set up freshman Bart Koffeman’s (The Hague Holland) winning goal against Seton Hall in the BIG EAST quarterfinals on Nov. 8.
Rutgers posted an 11-7-4 record in 2003, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. RU finished fourth in the BIG EAST regular season standings, reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights ended their season with a loss at No. 21 Akron, 3-2, on Nov. 26, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
2003 NSCAA/adidas Middle Atlantic Regional All-American Team
Andrew Nucifora, SO, GK, Farleigh Dickinson University
Michael Lookingland, JR, D, Bucknell University
Stephen (Jeff) Hare, SR, D, Princeton University
Douglas Cusick, SR, D, Lehigh University
Damien Pottinger, SR, M, Duquesne University
Josh Gros, SR, M, Rutgers University
Ryan McGowan, SR, M, Seton Hall University
Johnny David, SR, M, Farleigh Dickinson University
Rinaldo Chambers, SR, F, St. Peter’s College
Luke Vercollone, SR, F, Seton Hall University
Antonio Nunziata, JR, F, Farleigh Dickinson University
Patrick Hannigan, JR, GK, Temple University
Jason Kutney, SR, D, Duquesne University
Kevin Coleman, JR, D, LaSalle University
Tom Wajda, SR, D, Lafayette College
Douglas Narvaez, JR, M, St. Peter’s College
Derek MacKenzie, JR, M, Duquesne University
Nadav Gottesman, SO, M, Farleigh Dickinson University
Sacha Kljestan, FR, F, Seton Hall University
Scott Visnic, SO, F, Bucknell University
Chad Severs, JR, F, Penn State University
Chris Karcz, JR, F, Rutgers University
Adam Edwards, SO, GK, Bucknell University
Jason Hernandez, SR, D, Seton Hall University
Jeff Parke, SR, D, Drexel University
Joe Brocker, SO, D, Temple University
Brian Devlin, SO, M, Penn State University
David Walters, SO, M, Penn State University
Dan Massimini, SR, M, Villanova University
Jamie Mullarkey, SR, F, Lafayette College
Said Ali, SR, F, Robert Morris College
Ricardo Arenas, JR, F, Rutgers University
Chris Megaloudis, SO, F, St. Peter’s College