PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the Rutgers University men’s soccer team have earned spots on the 2002 NSCAA/adidas Mid-Atlantic All-Region teams. Seniors Sherif El Bialy (Cairo, Egypt) and Guy Abrahamson (Livingston, NJ) earned First Team honors, while sophomore Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) earned a place on the third team." />
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RU Men’s Soccer Trio Earns All-Region Honors
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the Rutgers University men’s soccer team have earned spots on the 2002 NSCAA/adidas Mid-Atlantic All-Region teams. Seniors Sherif El Bialy (Cairo, Egypt) and Guy Abrahamson (Livingston, NJ) earned First Team honors, while sophomore Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) earned a place on the third team.

    El Bialy started 18 of 19 games in 2002, missing just one match due to a mild concussion. He posted four goals and three assists from the midfield, including a two-goal effort in a 5-0 win over Villanova (Sept. 25). He also added two assists in a 3-2, OT win vs. ODU (Oct. 6) and registered a goal and assist in a 5-2 win vs. Monmouth (Oct. 17). El Bialy was a first team all-region pick in 2001.

    Abrahamson started all 19 matches for the Scarlet Knights, leading a defense that allowed just 24 goals in 19 matches. He scored his lone goal of the season vs. Villanova (Sept. 25) and added assists vs. ODU (Oct. 6) and Monmouth (Oct. 17). Abrahamson is a three-time all-region selection and earned Second Team All-America status in 2001 as well.

    Karcz, who finished second on the team in scoring with 15 points (6g, 3a), earned third team honors. He struck for a goal and an assist in RU’s BIG EAST opening 3-0 win at Providence (Sept. 7) and scored the game-tying goal in a 3-2, OT win vs. ODU (Oct. 6). Karcz then added two goals in a 5-2 win vs. Monmouth (Oct. 17) and scored in back-to-back wins vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 26) and Princeton (Oct. 30). He also set up the lone goal in a 1-0 win over West Virginia on Nov. 2, which clinched RU’s spot in the BIG EAST Championship.

    Rutgers posted an 8-8-3 overall mark, including a 5-4-1 mark in BE play. Tied for fourth and seeded fifth in the BIG EAST Tournament, RU’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Connecticut in the quarterfinals on Nov. 9.

    First Team*
    NAME POS. CLASS COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY HOMETOWN/STATE/COUNTRY
    Evan Bruno F Sr Lehigh Middletown, NJ USA
    Rinaldo Chambers F Jr St. Peter's Brooklyn, NY USA
    Sherif El Bialy F Sr Rutgers University Cairo, Egypt
    Damien Pottinger F Jr Duquesne Scarborough, ONT, CAN
    Rhian Dodds M Sr Robert Morris Hamilton, ONT, CAN
    Dan Perciballi M Sr Lehigh Augusta, NJ USA
    Phil Swenda M Sr Seton Hall Downingtown, PA USA
    Guy Abrahamson B Sr Rutgers University Livingston, NJ USA
    Brent Jacquette B Jr Penn State Walingford, PA USA
    Mike Lookingland B So Bucknell Fallston, MD USA
    Matt Haefner GK Jr UPENN Amherst, NY USA

    Second Team*
    Said Ali F Jr Robert Morris Hamilton, ONT CAN
    Aaron Paye F Sr FDU Brooklyn Center, MN USA
    Chad Severs F So Penn State Ocean City, NJ USA
    Nick Taylor F Sr Bucknell Cleveland, OH USA
    Paulo Coelho M Sr Lafayette Whippany, NJ USA
    Kevin Hartwyk M Fr Monmouth Turnersville, NJ USA
    Jeff Parke M Jr Drexel Downingtown, PA USA
    Erik Hallenback B So UPENN Laguana Hills, CA USA
    Jeff Hare B Jr Princeton Richmond, VA USA
    Bob Nye B Sr Princeton Downingtown, PA USA
    Terry McNelis GK Sr Duquesne Reading, PA USA

    Third Team*
    Chris Karcz F So Rutgers University Clifton, NJ USA
    Steve Kroculick F So UPENN Delran, NJ USA
    Craig Lindwuist F Sr Monmouth Medford, NJ USA
    Pete Pittaoulis F Sr Drexel Philadelphia, PA USA
    Jamie Dodds M Jr Robert Morris Hamilton, ONT CAN
    Nadav Gottesman M Fr FDU Haifa, Israel
    John Rhodes M Fr UPENN Mendham, NJ USA
    Ben Dawson B Sr Penn State Newcastle, England
    Jason Kutney B Jr Duquesne Freehold, NJ USA
    Nate Salsi B Sr Duquesne North Huntingdon, PA USA
    Justin Gaul GK Sr Pittsburgh Philadelphia, PA USA

    * All players listed alphabetically by position

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