Mitch Grotti left Millville High School as the school's all-time leading boys soccer goal scorer.
On Saturday, Grotti ensured he will leave Rutgers-Camden the same way.
The former first-team Press All-Star scored his school-record 44th career goal as the Scarlet Raptors beat Rutgers-Newark 4-3.
"He's the kind of guy that can connect passes and finish his opportunities, and he's proven that over the course of his career," Rutgers-Camden coach Tim Oswald said Monday night. "And this is his final season, so he's looking to go out on a good note."
Grotti entered this week with 108 career points, leaving him two shy of 1995 grad Mike Zeno's program record.
"He's dynamic," Oswald, who also coached the Ocean City Nor'easters to the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's semifinals this summer, said about Grotti. "He can pass, he can score and he can make guys around him better.
"Anytime a player gets over 100 points in their college career, they've had a pretty good run."
Rutgers-Camden is in the midst of a special run and is ranked No. 7 in the country among NCAA Division III teams by D3Soccer.com. The Scarlet Raptors are off to the best start in school history (9-0 overall, 1-0 conference) and are riding a 21-game unbeaten streak.
"Ultimately we have to stay grounded in our approach," Oswald said. "We have to take every game as another game. As much as what we're doing is special, we can't forget where we started and where we want to go."
Hammonton grad Joe Auleta is a team captain. St. Augustine Prep grads and former Press Players of the Year Matt Macey and Connor Hurff each started their careers playing Division I soccer (Macey at St. Joseph and Hurff at Rutgers-New Brunswick) before coming back to South Jersey. Stevan Austino, a first-team Press All-Star from Buena Regional, is also on the team.
Rutgers-Newark goalkeeper Matt Broomall (Mainland Regional made six saves in the loss.
A.J. Gazzara scored twice as Cumberland County College lost 3-2 on Saturday to the County College of Morris. Cornel Lawrence (Cumberland Regional) added an assist. Goalkeeper Brandon Bischer (Cumberland Regional) had five saves.
Ryan Costello (Oakcrest) had one save on three shots faced as Gwynedd Mercy College beat Penn State-Berks 8-1 on Sept. 17.
Carly DiGiovanni (Ocean City) was named Central Athletic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two games for Chestnut Hill College. DiGiovanni scored a goal against Bloomsburg on Sept. 10 and then added two second-half goals in the team's 5-2 win against Post University on Sept. 15.
Jill Baltz (Ocean City) scored twice on Saturday to lead Gettysburg College to a 4-0 win on Saturday against Washington College. Gettysburg (6-0-2) moved its unbeaten streak to eight games with the win.
Katie Lindacher (Egg Harbor Township) scored her third goal of the season as TCNJ beat Ramapo 5-0 on Saturday. TCNJ improved to 7-0 with the win.
Jasmine Miro (Buena Regional) scored her fourth goal of the season in Cumberland County College's 1-1 tie with Raritan Valley Community College on Sept. 14. Miro scored two goals in the team's 3-1 win against Salem Community College on Sept. 12.
Stephan Thomas (Egg Harbor Township) was named The Sports Network's FCS National Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Sacred Heart's 26-24 win against Lafayette on Sept. 7. Thomas had eight tackles, two interceptions and a fumble forced in the game. Sacred Heart is now 4-0.
Megan Comunale (Hammonton/Bishop Eustace) had three saves as Catholic University beat Rowan University 3-1 on Sept. 14.
Men's cross country
Gloucester County College's Pat McCurry (Hammonton) finished 14th at the Stockton Open on Saturday at Richard Stockton College, covering the eight-kilometer course in 28 minutes, 23 seconds as GCC took fifth out of 10 teams. Jeff Bash (Hammonton) finished 21st for Rutgers-Camden in 28:52.80.
McCurry finished second in the Duke's Invitational at Cumberland County College on Sept. 13 in 17:56 as Gloucester County College won the team title. Joe Amendolia (Hammonton) finished 28th in 25:11.
TCNJ's Kevin Scott (Ocean City) finished 21st at the second annual Ramapo Roadrunner Invitational on Sept. 14. Scott finished the course in 27:43 as the Lions finished in a tie for second place. Fellow Ocean City alum Dan Murray finished 45th in 28:43.2 for Rowan.
Women's cross country
Christin Bettis (Hammonton) finished third in 18:16.67 on Saturday as Rowan won the UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Meghan Borz (Buena Regional) took fourth in 18:24.13 and Priscila Antuna (Southern Regional) 16th in 19:12.31. The Profs also took first in the sub-varsity race with Kathryn Juniewicz (Absegami) taking first in 19:30.
Borz finished seventh in 24:18.1 as Rowan finished third in the Ramapo Roadrunner Invitational on Sept. 14. Bettis finished 22nd in 25:12, Antuna 31st in 25:30.3, Juniewicz 41st in 26:17.4 and Catherine Nolan (Holy Spirit) 64th in 27:18.7.
Brianna Paulus (Cumberland Christian) finished ninth in 24:36 as Gloucester County College won the Duke's Invitational at Cumberland County College on Sept. 13.
Former Press Player of the Year Alex Hicks (Middle Township) of William & Mary was named co-Golfer of the Week in the Colonial Athletic Association for his play at the Marshall Invitational on Sept. 9-10. Hicks opened the 54-hole event with a career-best 3-under-par 68 and did himself one better the following day with a 4-under-par 67. Hicks tied for second overall in the tournament. Hicks and the Tribe next host the Joe Agee Invitational on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Sarah Lippincott (Millville) and Anna Prestera (Barnegat) helped The College of New Jersey win its 31st straight New Jersey Athletic Conference title on Sunday as the Lions beat Rutgers-Camden 9-0. Lippincott and Prestera each won in straight sets at fifth and sixth singles, respectively, before joining up to win 8-0 at third doubles. TCNJ has won all 154 conference matches it has played since the league's inception in 1982.
Prestera went 2-0 in singles play and won a doubles match with Lippincott in the TCNJ Lions Fall Invitational on Sept. 14.
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