Avans Tabbed Second-Team All-NJAC

PITMAN–New Jersey City University junior forward Walter Avans (Roselle Park/Union Catholic) a top scorer for the Gothic Knights—has been voted to the Second-Team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) squad for the 2010 season in voting by the league’s 10 head coaches announced this week.

Avans, who was also named Second-Team All-NJAC as a sophomore in 2009, earns all-conference accolades for the second time in his three-year career.


He registered 22 points on the season — 10 goals and two assists.

Avans, a 2010 tri-captain for NJCU (7-11, 1-8 NJAC), played in all 18 games, making 15 starts. One of four players on the club to play at least 1,000 minutes, he was on the field for 1,121 minutes and attempted 47 shots, including 24 on goal, for a .511 shots on goal percentage and a .213 shots rate. He netted two hat tricks and one game-tying goal.

Avans led NJCU in goals, shots, shots on goal, and hat tricks. In league games, Avans tallied one goal and one assist for three points while starting eight of the nine conference contests. After netting 15 total goals and five in NJAC competition in 2009, Avans consistently drew the opposition’s best defender, and that limited his shots to seven (.143) and three on goal (.429) during the NJAC schedule.

In the NJAC statistical rankings through Nov. 4, Avans ranks tied for third in goals, fourth in goals per game (0.56), tied for fifth in points per game (1.22), sixth in points, 11th in shots, and 12th in shots per game (2.61).

In three seasons, Avans has 27 goals and six assists for 60 points in 49 games and has uncorked 123 shots (66 on goal).

He is sixth in school history in goals and shots on goal and eighth all-time in points.

“I was happy to hear the news,” said Avans of his second straight selection. “I think every athlete dreams of making an all conference team and I was lucky enough to do it two years in a row. Not many athletes have that same opportunity. But there’s always room for more improvement and hopefully next year I can make it again.”

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