Student-athletes, coaches and staff members celebrate another successful year in Friartown.
Members of the 2017 graduating class were honored at the event and the team’s annual award winners were announced.
Gressel was drafted to Atlanta United FC in the Frist Round.
Gressel will attend the 2017 adidas MLS Combine in Los Angeles, Calif. On Jan. 8.
Gressel is one of 53 players invited to the Combine in Los Angeles, Calif. From Jan. 8 – 12.
Honors & Awards
• NSCAA All-America First Team (2016)
• MAC Hermann Top-15 Semifinalist (2016)
• NSCAA Div. I All-Great Lakes Region First Team (2016)
• BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (2016)
• All-BIG EAST First Team - unanimous selection (2016)
• Team's Karl Anderson Most Valuable Offensive Player (2016)
• NSCAA Div. I All-Great Lakes Region Third Team (2015)
• NSCAA All-East All-America Scholar Second Team (2015)
• College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference First Team (2014)
• Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (2014, 2015, and 2016)
• BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (10/27/14, 10/29/16, 10/10/16, 10/31/16)
• BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (2014, 2015, and 2016)
• All-BIG EAST Second Team (2013 & 2015)
• BIG EAST All-Rookie Team (2013)
• BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (9/2/13)
• BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (9/30/13, 11/2/15, 9/6/2016, 10/25/16, and 11/7/16 )
2016: Started in all 22 games for the Friars … Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection … Led the team in goals (15), assists(6), and points (36) … Finished in the top four in the NCAA in goals scored … Scored five game-winning goals … Added a two-goal performance in the Friars’ 5-4 win over No. 1 Maryland in the NCAA Second Round… Recorded a career-high five points in the Friars’ 3-1 win against Villanova (Oct. 8) with two goals and one assist … Selected to the R.I. Capital City Classic All-Tournament Team … Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Oct. 31) … Selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three times (Sept. 6, Oct. 25, Nov. 7) … Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year … A unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Frist Team … Selected as a Top-15 MAC Hermann Semifinalist … Named to the NSCAA Div. 1 All-Great Lakes Region First Team … Selected as a NSCAA First-Team All-American … Awarded the teams’ Karl Anderson Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year Award … Became the first Friar to be selected in the MLS Draft in the first round … Selected to the Atlanta United (MLS) as the eighth overall pick … Finished his career ranked second all-time at Providence in goals (30), assists (26), and points (80).
2015: Started all 18 games for the Friars as a co-captain… Registered five goals, which were second-most on the team, and led the team in assists (11) for 21 points… Tallied five multi-point games, including one four-point game at Marquette (Oct. 28), with one goal and two assists… Named to the NCAA Div. I All-Great Lake Region Third Team (NSCAA)… Named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team… Named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team… Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 2… Named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team… Named to the NSCAA All-East All-America Scholar Second Team… Awarded the teams’ Bill Doyle Academic Achievement Award.
2014: Started 21 of the 22 games he played for the Friars … Tallied 15 points with five goals and five assists on the season… Ranked fourth on the team in points, goals, and shots (44) … Had a multi-point game (one goal and one assist for three points) in a 3-2 win of St. John’s on Oct. 18 … Had the game-winning goal in the BIG EAST Quarterfinal 2-1 win against Villanova on Nov. 11 … Named College Madness BIG EAST 2014 Preseason All-Conference First Team (8/5) … Named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (8/19)… Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (10/27) … Named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (11/16).
2013: Started all 22 games for the Friars ... Led the team in goals (5), assists (4), points (14), shots on goal (23) and tied for the most game-winning goals (2) ... Scored his first two goals for the Friars, including the game winner in his collegiate debut as Providence defeated Quinnipiac, 3-2 (8/30) ... Earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week Honors on Sept. 2 ... Registered a goal in the team’s 3-1 win against Harvard (9/12) ... Scored a goal in the team’s 3-1 win against Seton Hall (9/28) ... Was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (9/30)... Named to both the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team (11/14) and the All-BIG EAST Second Team (11/14).
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Played one season at TSV Neustadt/Aisch where he scored three goals and had 12 assists ... Prior to TSV, he played one season for FC Eintracht Bamberg, where he scored one goal and recorded 10 assists ... He also played two seasons for SG Quelle Furth and seven seasons for SpVgg Greuther Furth.
PERSONAL: Son of Barbara and Holger Gressel ... Has two younger brothers, Tobias and Valentin ... Interests and hobbies include golf and basketball ... Favorite athletes are Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lionel Messi ... Favorite team is FC Bayern Munich ... Management major.
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