WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The first-ever USJ Athletes of the Week program has officially kicked off and the honors have been awarded to freshman forward Daniel Castro (Willimantic, Conn.) of the men's soccer team and junior goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) of the women's soccer team, announced by usjbluejays.com Tuesday afternoon. Stay tuned, as each Monday a new set of Blue Jays will be honored for their respective performances in his/her sport.
Daniel Castro | Fr. | F | Willimantic, Conn.
The first-ever USJ Men's Athlete of the Week is awarded to freshman Daniel Castro (Willimantic, Conn.) from Men's Soccer. Castro netted a pair of second-half goals to secure the first-ever USJ men's soccer victory in the history of the University as the Blue Jays toppled MCLA, 5-0, on the road on Friday evening. The Willimantic product found the back of the net in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, beating the Trailblazers' keeper twice in a span of 1:01 to put the game away in the Blue Jays' program and season opener.
The USJ men's soccer team returns back to the pitch Wednesday afternoon on the road at Sarah Lawrence at 5:00 p.m. before opening GNAC play at home on Saturday versus Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. against the Monks.
Megan Ricci | Jr. | GK | Center Morices, N.Y.
The first-ever USJ Women's Athlete of the Week goes to junior goalkeeper Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) from Women's Soccer. Ricci posted a pair of clean sheets to start the 2018 campaign 2-0 for the Blue Jays and was named the GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week. The 2017 All-GNAC second team netminder stopped 10 shots over the weekend without surrendering a goal in 180:00 minutes of action between the pipes. She made four saves in the season-opening 1-0 win on the road at Manhattanville on Friday before stopping six shots on goal in a 4-0 rout at Dean on Sunday.
The USJ women's soccer team returns back to the pitch Tuesday afternoon with its home opener hosting MCLA at 4:00 p.m. on the USJ Soccer Field before opening GNAC play at home on Saturday versus Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. against the Monks.