PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was named to the 2003 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Division I All-America Third Team, the group announced.
It is the senior tri-captain’s second All-America award this season, also earning Second Team All-America honors by College Soccer News.
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. The forward 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 sixth on the Rutgers single-season charts. 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.
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 was recently selected to the adidas/NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team.
Gros was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week on Sept. 22 after scoring the game-deciding goal in Rutgers’ 2-0 victory over No. 12 Connecticut on Sept. 20. Earlier in the week, he assisted on junior Ricardo Arenas’ (Guatemala City, Guatemala) game-winning goal in overtime against Monmouth on Sept. 17.
His best offensive performance of the season came on Sept. 6 when the forward scored three goals and assisted on the Scarlet Knights’ fourth to eclipse the Yurcak Field record for points in a match with seven. Gros’ efforts earned him BIG EAST and ECAC Player of the Week honors on Sept. 9. His second multi-goal game of the season came in a 3-2 loss at No. 21 Akron in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gros becomes the second Scarlet Knight in as many years to earn All-America status after back Guy Abrahamson was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American in 2002.
“Josh has been a great asset to our program throughout his career here,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “His versatility allowed him to play a number of different positions for us. He had an exceptional senior season and has truly earned this distinguished honor. Josh was a leader for us both on and off the field.”
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 3-2 loss at No. 21 Akron on Nov. 26 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.