One of the driving forces behind the University of Scranton men's soccer team's 5-1 start to the 2016 season has been senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who has been a consistent presence in net for the first six matches of the year for the Royals.
For his efforts this past week, Hintz was named the Landmark Conference's Men's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon. This marks the fourth time in his career he has won the award, winning once in 2015 (Oct. 26) and twice in 2014 (Sept. 15, Sept. 29).
This past week, Hintz made three saves alone in the final 45 minutes against Misericordia on Tuesday, as Scranton held off a late charge to collect a 2-1 victory to go to 5-0 on the season.
Despite losing at Lycoming on Saturday 3-1, Hintz kept Scranton in the match throughout, making eight total saves on the afternoon, including five in the first half alone that kept Lycoming off the scoreboard.
For the year, Hintz has logged over 465 minutes in net and allowed just four goals. He has made a total of 25 saves and notched two shutout victories, posting a goals against average of 0.77.
Hintz and the rest of the University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, taking on Moravian on the road in the team's Landmark Conference opener for the year. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.