PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Gros recorded three goals and one assist in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Providence in Rutgers’ home-opener at Yurcak Field.
His three goals against Providence give him four on the season, as he also scored the game-tying goal in RU’s 3-2, come-from-behind win against No. 25 William & Mary in the season opener. He leads the team in points with nine (4g, 1a) through two games.
He has tallied nine goals in Rutgers’ last six games, dating back to October 30, 2002. Saturday’s performance marks the second time he has achieved the three-goal mark in his collegiate career, also netting three goals in Rutgers’ 7-1 victory over Princeton on October 30, 2002.
After playing two full years without scoring a goal, the defensive minded Gros was moved to a more attacking midfield position halfway through last season. He responded to the move by scoring six goals in the final 12 games.
“He deserves this honor,” said head coach Bob Reasso. “I don’t know if you can have a perfect performance in a match be he was real close on Saturday. He had three great goals and one assist. Josh has been a great performer for us for years and I am excited to see him receive this honor.”
The conference honor is the first for Gros in his Rutgers career and the first since Sammy Castellanos was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Sept. 30 of last season.
Rutgers will travel to Jamaica, NY, on Wednesday to face No. 19 St. John’s in a match-up of two of the top teams in the BIG EAST.