JERSEY CITY — Senior forward Walter Avans (Roselle Park /Union Catholic) is the first NJCU men’s athlete of the week of the 2011 season and receives the honor for the fourth time in his career. He rewrote the New Jersey City University single-game scoring record books, coming off the bench to bury five goals and 10 points in 34 minutes of action as the Gothic Knights crushed Medgar Evers College, 12-1, on the second day of the 16th Drew Fall Festival on Sept. 4. Avans erased school records in those categories that had stood for 37 and 36 years, respectively.
For the week, Avans, who also had an assist in NJCU’s loss to host Drew in the tournament opening round on September 3, totaled five goals, one assist and 11 points on 12 shots—10 of which were on goal for an .833 shots on goal percentage. He averaged 5.50 points, 2.50 goals and 6.00 shots per game. NJCU finished second in the Drew Festival tournament with a +4 goals differential.
Avans, who had previously owned a share of the single-game school record after scoring four goals against York College (NY) on Sept. 10, 2009, shattered the record held by four players. It was originally set by Hall-of-Famer Jose (Pepe) Casais on Oct. 30, 1974 and equaled by Andrew Onyewuenyi in 1975 and Alex Schuster in 1997.
Avans also eclipsed the points record of nine that Onyewuenyi achieved against Bloomfield College on Nov. 5, 1975 before being matched by all-time great Chris Rosenthal in 2004.
In that game against Medgar Evers, Avans, typically a starter for NJCU, entered as a substitution at the 16:19 mark and needed just 1:23 to get on the scoreboard, notching the first goal of his record-breaking day at the 17:42 mark.
Avans proceeded to score three consecutive goals for NJCU, adding tallies at 29:50 and 33:04 for a 7-0 margin, notching a hat trick in a span of 17:10. It was his fourth career hat trick.
Coming out of halftime, Avans bagged two goals in the first 3:39 of the second period to claim the single-game school record, with both goals coming in a span of 71 seconds. At 47:28, he picked off a pass outside the box and beat the opposing keeper 1-on-1. Then at 48:39, Avans one-timed in his fifth goal of the game on a cross into the middle of the box for a 10-1 lead, breaking the school record. Avans was subbed out of the game midway through the 51st minute.
Avans currently ranks second in the NJAC in points per game (5.50), goals (5), goals per game (2.50), shots (12) and shots per game (6.00), and third in points (11).
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