Rutgers-Newark’s Catania, MSU’s Chesney and NJCU’s Vizcaino earn weekly NJAC Men’s Football honors

Rutgers-Newark’s Catania, MSU’s Chesney and NJCU’s Vizcaino earn weekly NJAC Men’s Football honors





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PITMAN, NJ — The New Jersey Athletic Conference has announced its weekly men’s soccer honors for the week ending September 18.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FRANCO CATANIA • Rutgers-Newark
Senior • Forward • Elmwood Park, NJ/Elmwood Park

Catania added another NJAC Offensive Player of the Week award, his second in the first three weeks of the 2022 season. He scored three goals in two games last week to bring his season tally to seven. scored a brace against Marywood in a 4-0 win before converting a penalty against NYU in a 4-2 loss. He continues to be the Scarlet Raiders’ attacking catalyst this season, picking up where he left off last year. His seven goals lead the NJAC, three more than the next closest and his 15 points are five more than 2nd place.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
IAN CHESNEY • Montclair State University
Sophomore • Return • Oakland, NJ/Ramapo

Chesney retains the NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honor with the Red Hawks, earning his second and MSU’s third in just three weeks of the 2022 season. Chesney anchored a Red Hawk back line that posted another game white and conceded just one goal in 180 minutes. They limited Moravian to just five shots in total and none on goal in a 3-0 victory. Chesney also scored the third goal in the victory, his second of the season. Chesney and the MSU defense also beat Vassar, forcing eight shots wide as the opponent went just five of 13 as the Red Hawks won 2-1. Chesney anchored an MSU defense that has allowed just three goals in seven games with four shutouts as they are now 4-0-3 overall.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JUAN VIZCAINO • University of New Jersey City
Freshman • Forward • Clifton, NJ/Clifton

Vizcaino wins NJAC Rookie of the Week for the first time in his young career. Starting all five games to start the season, Vizcaino broke through in NJCU’s only men’s soccer game this week. The rookie forward played a season-high 61 minutes and scored the first two goals of his college career on Monday night, September 12, as the Gothic Knights beat Sarah Lawrence College 4-0 on the road in Yonkers . Vizcaino and the Gothic Knights started 5-0 and outscored their opponents 14-1.

Helen J. Jimenez