Sept. 26, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's soccer player Joseph Greenspan received yet another pair of accolades on Wednesday as he was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week and the ECAC Division I Offensive Player of the Week for his role in two Navy victories last week. So far this week, he has been named the Patriot League / BRINE Offensive Player of the Week, the NAAA Athlete of the Week presented by Rolls Royce, the ECAC Division I Offensive Player of the Week and to two national teams of the week in CollegeSoccerNews.com and Soccer America.
Greenspan, a 6-5 sophomore forward from Westfield, N.J., scored eight points (3 g, 2 a) in two Navy victories last week. In last Wednesday's 2-1 double-overtime victory against No. 20-ranked George Mason, Greenspan recorded a career-high two assists. He followed that performance up with Navy's first hat trick since the 2007 season (Doug DeVuono vs. Florida Gulf Coast) in the Midshipmen's 4-2 victory over Lafayette. Greenspan scored Navy's first two goals in the first half, then added a penalty kick goal after he drew a foul in the box early in the second half.
The three goals scored by Greenspan is a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility first (on the men's side) and it was the first hat trick against a Patriot League opponent since Michael Paisant had three goals against Army in the 1999 season. He also became the first underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) with a hat trick since Cliff Carpenter scored three times against William & Mary in the 1990 campaign.
In last night's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, Greenspan added to his totals with an assist on Alex Wilson's (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) goal in the first half.
Greenspan is tied with his teammate Wilson for the Patriot League scoring lead with 10 points (3 g, 4 a). His four assists are tied with Wilson and Bucknell's Chris Thorsheim for the league lead while his three goals rank second.
For his career, Greenspan has tallied 18 points (7 g, 4 a) in 27 career games and leads an offense that ranks 31st nationally in goals per game (2.00) entering Tuesday's game. The Mids have scored 14 goals in the last four matches after scoring three goals in season's first four contests.
Navy travels to beautiful PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Sunday to face Army for the 79th time in series history. The match kicks off at 2:00 PM. For tickets call, 1-800-298-4200, or visit online at ComcastTix.com(.)
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