PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers men’s soccer senior forward Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) suffered a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during offseason workouts early in the summer that could possibly leave him sidelined for the 2004 season. His knee was surgically repaired in early June and will take several months to fully heal. The captain began his rehabilitation immediately and continues to work with the athletic department’s medical staff on a daily basis in hopes of a possible return this season.
“It is a big blow for Chris and his family, as well as our team and we wish him the best of luck on a speedy recovery,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “We are not ruling him out for the season. A severe knee injury is difficult to come back from but Chris is an extremely hard worker and, if anyone can come back from this, it is Chris. He has been working with our trainers on a daily basis and is currently ahead of schedule.”
Karcz is a two-time All-BIG EAST and All-Region selection. He has played in 65 career games, earning 61 starts. Through three seasons, he has accumulated 43 points on 15 goals and 13 assists. Last season, Karcz led the BIG EAST in shots with 96 and finished 10th in the league in goals with seven. His absence from the lineup results in a loss of the top three scorers from the Scarlet Knights’ 2003 season.
For Reasso, this is the third time in the past four years he has lost one of his captains for the season. In 2002, Todd Moser was forced to the sidelines after suffering a broken leg near the end of the 2001 season. Moser returned for his final season in 2003, starting all 22 contests for the Scarlet Knights. Post concussion syndrome ended David Boutilier’s playing career during the 2002 season. He missed the entire 2001 season before attempting a comeback in 2002. Boutilier remains symptom free today and was still a part of the team for his final season at Rutgers.