PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 19, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer program announced its postseason award winners at its annual postseason banquet, held at the Rutgers Audi Club at High Point Solutions Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Four Scarlet Knights took home awards, including redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.), who was named the 2013 Most Valuable Player. Sophomore defender Maggie Morash (Bernardsville, N.J.) was awarded the Scholar Athlete Award, sophomore Brielle Buis (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was given the Coaches Award and junior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) was named Most Improved Player.
Jess Janosz – Most Valuable Player
Janosz closed the 2013 season and her career with 360:99 minutes of scoreless soccer, recording three-straight shutouts and ending the year with a 0.91 GAA and .804 save percentage. Janosz’s nine shutouts in 2013 are tied for the seventh-most recorded by an RU player in a single season.
The Lakeland Regional product finishes her career sixth in save percentage (.814), seventh in GAA (0.89), eighth in shutouts (12) and ninth in saves (118). She was named the American Athletic Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player for making 14 saves in a pair of shutouts.
“The first name that came to me, without any hesitation or reservation was our senior keeper, Jess Janosz,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Not just the saves, but the number of crosses she cut off saved so many dangerous opportunities both in the run of play and off set pieces, especially on corner kicks.”
Stef Scholz – Most Improved Player
Scholz led the Scarlet Knights with 10 goals and 21 points in 2013, scoring four goals in one game on Sept. 15 against Princeton. She became the first player since 1984 to score at least four goals in a game.
The South Hackensack HS product also scored one of the biggest goals of the season against Villanova, volleying a pass from redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.) with her right foot from around the 18-yard mark. The goal beat the Wildcat keeper with 31 seconds left in regulation, sealing a 2-1 RU win to close out nonconference play.
Scholz’s goal production jumped significantly from her sophomore season, when she notched just two goals and no assists in 14 games played. Her 10 goals made her the second player with double-digit goals in the last nine seasons, as redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) notched 15 last season. Coming into the season Scholz had just five goals to her name.
“Stef had only five career goals coming into the season – with no goals in the first seven matches this year,” Crooks said. “Then the Princeton match – four goals, each of them great finishes, which was the start of a 10 goal season. Three of those goals were game winners and one of the goals against USF was important in earning a draw.”
Brielle Buis – Coaches Award
Buis was given the Coaches Award for her positive attitude and commitment to the squad in 2013. Despite playing 80 minutes this season, Buis’s commitment to the Scarlet Knights’ mantra, “one more level,” never wavered.
“Brielle was totally dedicated to the cause of her helping her team get better every day – one more level,” Crooks said. “Brielle goes at it the right way, always positive without having the opportunity to play as often as many of her teammates.”
Maggie Morash – Scholar Athlete Award
Morash took home the Scholar Athlete Award for her commitment to academics. Morash boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA as a genetics major, leading a squad that was awarded a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic Team Award in 2013. It was the third straight year the team was recognized for its academic excellence by the NSCAA.
“I told Maggie the other day that I am amazed at the number of faculty that I have met this year that know Maggie. She is so thoroughly involved in the Rutgers community, especially in her research,” Crooks said. “All the while maintaining the highest standards academically and having a major impact on the success of the women’s soccer program.”
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