Shore Sports Network Player of the Week - Week Three

Dan Russo, Jackson Memorial

Although a perennial contender in Class A South, Jackson Memorial is off to a surprising 9-1 start to the season considering the Jaguars start just two seniors and are coming off a fifth-place finish in Class A South last year. Russo is a big reason why, following up a strong freshman season with a hot start this year.

The Jaguars remained red-hot last week and it was Russo who helped keep them that way. The sophomore scored two goals in a 6-1 win over St. Rose, another one in a 3-1 win over Toms River East and two more in a 2-1 win over Steinert to cap a five-goal week.

The sophomore standout has continued his scoring this week with a goal in a 5-0 win over Central and a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Brick Memorial.

Russo won this week's Player of the Week honor by drawing 38 percent of the more than 16,000 votes cast. He beat out Point Pleasant Boro goalkeeper Steve Redler (26.9 percent) and Wednesday opponent Erik Fatovic of Brick Memorial (19.8 percent). Freehold Township senior Kevin Finn also reached double-digits with 11 percent of the vote.

Jackson Memorial junior Dan Russo. (Photo by Paula Lopez)