PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers sophomore goalkeeper Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Monday, the online publication announced. Ancin is recognized as the nation’s top goalkeeper for the week ending Oct. 10.
“He has been sharp for us all season,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “We played two top-15 teams in the country last week and he did not give up a goal. I think this is a fitting honor for Lubos.”
The keeper earned his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season last week, holding No. 13 St. John’s and No. 12 Boston College without a goal in 209:04 of action.
He made several diving saves against St. John’s last Wednesday night, finishing with four total saves in the match. He helped Rutgers hand the Red Storm their lone tie in league competition this season. Against Boston College last Saturday night, he stopped one of the BIG EAST’s leading scorers, Charlie Davies of Boston College, from point-blank range late in regulation to help preserve the shutout. The stop eventual led to Scott Gahagan’s (Old Bridge, NJ) game-winning goal in overtime.
Ancin is tied for second in the BIG EAST in shutouts (6) and ranks third in the league in goals-against-average (0.51). He has surrendered just two goals in his last five matches and given up multiple goals in just one match this season – a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 18 Hartwick.
It is the first career honor for Ancin and the first national recognition for a Rutgers individual since forward Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week on Sept. 27, following his two goals in the Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 victory against No. 3 Michigan.
Rutgers (5-4-3, 2-1-2) continues its BIG EAST slate Wednesday when it hosts Georgetown at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field.