WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior defender Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) has been selected as the Brine Patriot League men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week after recording his first career goal against American on Saturday, Oct. 31. His goal helped propel the Holy Cross men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the Eagles, who came into the game undefeated in league play.
"Tom has emerged as one of our team leaders this season," said head coach Ted Priestly. "His performance against American was nothing short of inspirational. Tom comes to work and train with purpose every day and we have seen him improve each week as a result. It was fitting that he scored the winning goal in such an important game. Our team has begun to play well at the right time this season and we hope to see continued improvement throughout the week."
Van Grinsven tallied his first points in a Crusaders uniform after recording 15 shots over his career. This is the first Defensive Player of the Week award for Holy Cross since the week of Sept. 15, 2008 when former player Jerry Dickinson picked up the honor.
Van Grinsven has emerged as a must-have defender for the team this season. He has played and started in 14 contests thus far on defense, playing in all 90 minutes of every game. He has recorded six shots, five on-goal, one shot shy of his career-high seven shots from last season.
The Crusaders, who are tied for fourth in the Patriot League with a 3-3 record, will play in their final game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 7. They will take on Army, who is currently winless in league play. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Clinton Field in West Point, N.Y.