2001: Started in 17 games in his first full season in goal for the Flames?tallied a 10-6-1 record as a starter with a 1.77 goals against average?recorded a pair of shutouts during the year, blanking Memphis on Sept. 9 and Northern Illinois on Oct. 11?made a season-high 10 saves in the Flames? 3-2 loss to nationally-ranked UW-Milwaukee on Nov. 3?also suffered a concussion which forced him to miss the first round of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament in the contest?after starting the season 0-3 in the net, guided UIC to nine straight wins while never allowing more than two goals during the stretch.
2000: Saw action between the posts in four outings ? versus Northern Illinois, Cleveland State, DePaul and Western Illinois?played a total of 47 minutes and finished the year with a 3.80 goals against average.
1999: Redshirted the season and will retain four years of eligiblity.
Prep/Personal: Lettered four years as a goalkeeper at Prospect High School?after leading the team in saves and goals against average as a senior, he earned Mid-Suburban South All-Conference honors as well as all-sectional and all-area honorable mention?was an alternate in Illinois' Olympic Development Program?born May 29, 1980?son of Steven Kusiciel and Connie Merrell?majoring in Exercise Physiology.