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1999 NCAA Men's
National Player of the Week

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NCAA Player of the Week NCAA Player of the Week

Week Player Comment
Nov 8-14 Peter Byaruhanga
NCAA Player of the Week The the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Huntsville, Ala., resident, has scored at least one goal in 13 straight games, the longest streak in NCAA Division I history, three away from the record. Last week, he became the first UAB player to be named Conference USA's "Player of the Year." On Sunday, he had a goal and two assists to help UAB shock fourth-ranked Saint Louis 4-0 in the C-USA tournament title match. In a Friday semifinal, he had two goals and two assists as the Blazers beat South Florida 4-0. He leads the conference in goals (17), and points (44) and is ranked second in assists (10). His three-year career totals are 41 goals, 24 assists, 106 points in 51 games. The business major played high school ball in Uganda and trained with the Ugandan national team in the summer of 1998..
Nov 1-7 Ian Fuller
NCAA Player of the Week The Portland, Ore., native scored twice for the Tigers who stunned Atlantic Coast Conference foe, No. 3 Wake Forest 4-1 Sunday. He scored on a four-yard header for a 1-0 lead in the third minute and later put Clemson ahead for good 2-1 with another shot from point-blank range. Three of his seven goals in 1999 have been game-winners and he also has seven assists for the Tigers (9-7-2) who have consistently improved as the season has progressed. The team's leading scorer, an education major, has had at least a goal or an assist in the last five matches.
Oct 25-31 Heikki Ritvanen
Central Florida
NCAA Player of the Week The resident of Espoo, Finland, continued his torrid scoring streak for the Golden Knights (11-6) when he headed in a free kick from fellow Finn Rami Vehmas in sudden death to lift the Knights to a 2-1 victory over Alabama A&M Friday. Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 182-pounder, scored first for UCF in a 7-1 rout of Western Illinois, making it 10 straight games in which Ritvanen found net with a total of 13 tallies in that span. He has 16 goals and four assists for 36 points in 1999 and established a school career record with 20 game-winning goals. Ritvanen is already the UCF and Trans-America Conference career goal (87) and points (186) leader. If he scores four goals before the end of the season, Ritvanen will end his collegiate career as NCAA Division I's second-leading goal scorer. He is currently tied for third with Michael King of Fairleigh Dickinson (1982-85). He could catch up to Herb Schmidt of Rutgers (1959-61), who had 90.
Oct 18-24 Giuliano Celenza
Maryland-Baltimore County
NCAA Player of the Week With five goals and three assists in a pair of weekend victories, the junior college transfer leads the nation with 19 goals and 47 points in his first season of major college ball. He scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the 3-1 triumph over Robert Morris Friday and then tallied three goals and contributed two assists in the 6-0 shutout of St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. His 19 goals are a new UMBC Division I single-season record and is one shy of the school's 's all-time high of 20, set by Tom Brooks in 1970. His 47 points is a school record. Sixteen of his goals have come in the last eight outings with at least one in each game, leading UMBC to a 15-0-1 mark, 8-0-1 in the Northeast Conference. He has three three-goal games, all in conference.
Oct 11-17 Gabriel Gervais
NCAA Player of the Week The Canadian, from Brossard, Quebec, had a career weekend with five goals and an assist in powering the Orangemen (7-6) to two Big East victories. The team captain had three goals, including the deciding tally with 43 seconds to play, in a 3-2 win over Providence Friday. Then, on Sunday, netted the first two goals and assisted a second-half strike in a 3-0 triumph over Boston College. A 6-foot-1, 165-pound midfielder who is sometimes moved to the front line, Gervais is an intelligent playmaker, consistent performer and team leader. With 10 goals and two assists this season, his totals for three years at Syracuse are 27 goals and 10 assists. A graduate student working toward a Master's degree in engineering management, he is member of Big East Academic All-Stars and Athletic Director's Honor Roll. He is on the Canadian national beach soccer team.
Oct 4-10 Ali Curtis
NCAA Player of the Week When the Milan, Mich., native netted the decisive tally in a 3-0 victory at George Mason Saturday, it was the fourth straight game-winner the slippery striker had provided for the second-ranked Blue Devils (7-0-2). He has accounted for the winner in the last five Duke victories. He has 10 goals (on only 25 shots) and three assists for 23 points, leading the Devils in goals and points. His career totals are 31 goals, 16 points and 78 points, despite an injury-plagued sophomore season, where he started with eight goals in the first six outings before being hampered by serious ailments the rest of the year.
Sep 27-Oct 3 Kevin Jeffrey
Virginia Commonwealth
NCAA Player of the Week The Trin City, Trinidad & Tobago native, was instrumental in VCU's two victories this week that shot the Rams to No. 8 in the national rankings. He netted two goals in Wednesday's 6-0 Colonial Athletic Association triumph over George Mason, the Patriots' worst-ever conference setback. On Sunday, he assisted Ricardo Capilla's tying goal, then provided the impetus for the winning tally in a 2-1 decision at then-No. 7 Maryland. He sent a blast on goal that defender Nick Downing headed into the Terrapins' net for an own goal as the Rams recorded their first-ever win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in 15 tries. Jeffrey now has eight goals and three assists. His totals for two years in Richmond, Va. are 19 goals and six assists.
Sep 20-26 Mohamed Fahim
Southern Methodist
NCAA Player of the Week The engineering major from Cairo did all the scoring for the ninth-ranked Mustangs (6-1), who captured the Golden Panther Soccer Classic in Miami. He netted his hat trick in a 3-0 victory over host Florida International Friday and then the winner with eight minutes remaining in a 1-0 decision over Bowling Green Sunday. With three game-winners in 1999, Fahim leads the Mustangs with seven goals and 16 points.
Sep 13-19 Sasha Victorine
NCAA Player of the Week Victorine led the Bruins to a 3-1 victory at San Francisco Friday by registering two goals and an assist, in the process snapping USF’s four-game winning streak. A Hermann Trophy finalist, Victorine leads the Bruins with five goals and two assists for 12 points this season. He was a key contributor to the 1999 U.S. Pan American Games bronze medalist.
Sep 1-6 Conor Casey
NCAA Player of the Week Totalled five goals and three assists over the weekend, including three goals and an assist in Sunday's 6-0 win over Evansville. Barely edged out freshman teammate Kelly Gray who netted three goals against both Evansville and Marquette. Combined with 7-0 rout of Marquette Sunday, Portland captured its own tournament.

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