One of the region’s top central defenders...a two-time First Team All America East selection and a Third Team South Atlantic honoree in ‘04...tough to beat in the air, controls the pace of play coming out of the backfield, and is dangerous around the goal on set plays.
2004-Maintained his rugged style of play, yet developed tremendous discipline, picking up just one caution in 17 games...named to the All Tournament Team at the adidas Kick Off Classic...shocked N.C. State with a perfect header from 12 yards out to give UMBC a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute...named Team’s Most Valuable Player.
2003-Named Outstanding Defensive Player at the Battle of Baltimore, leading UMBC to its first title with wins over Towson and Loyola...scored all of his points in league play, beginning with single assists vs. Albany and Binghamton...proceeded to score goals in three straight games, a successful penalty kick in a 2-0 win over Vermont, the game-winning goal in a 1-0 decision over Stony Brook, and the game’s first goal in a 3-1 triumph over UNH...named America East Player of the Week on October 20.
2002-Made his debut in the Battle of Baltimore Tournament and earned UMBC’s lone All-Tournament Team spot...started all 15 games he dressed for...tallied his first collegiate goal, UMBC’s lone PK of the year and the GWG in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart..his two assists both led GWG in back-to-back wins over St. Francis (NY) and St. Francis (PA).
BACKGROUND: Was a central defender and captain of the under-16 North Devon side and captain of the under-16 team which captured the South West England Championship…also competed in the half-mile for The Park School…patterns his game after Rio Ferdinand, central defender for England…likes Italian food and the television show Friends…chose UMBC over several other Division I schools for "its academic reputation and (my) belief in the coaching staff…son of Jane and Nigel Gross…born December 15, 1982.