Men’s Soccer Gears Up for Landmark Conference Semifinal Showdown with Drew Wednesday

Senior goalie Eric Hintz has the second lowest goals against average in the Landmark Conference (0.90) and has recorded four shutout victories on the 2016 season.
Senior goalie Eric Hintz has the second lowest goals against average in the Landmark Conference (0.90) and has recorded four shutout victories on the 2016 season.

The second-seeded University of Scranton men's soccer team is ready to host a Landmark Conference Tournament semifinal match at Fitzpatrick Field for the second straight season on Wednesday night, as the Royals entertain third-seeded Drew at 7 p.m.

Fans attending the match are reminded that admission will be charged at the gate: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Scranton (12-3-1) comes into Wednesday night's match in a similar position to where they were last season when the Royals captured their first Landmark Conference Championship.

Just like last season, the Royals are the second seed in the tournament field and also come in on a bit of a tear of late, winning five of their last six matches, with their only non-victory in the last six contests coming in a hard-fought 1-1 draw against nationally-ranked Haverford.

Leading the way for Scranton on the offensive end has been senior forward Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School), who has scored a team-high seven goals. The Royals defense - led by seniors Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) and Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) - has been just as dominant, registering eight shutout victories in the regular season.

In goal, senior Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) has registered another strong season for Scranton, recording a goals against average of 0.90, along with 47 saves. Hintz has also recorded four shutout victories on the year, the last coming in Scranton's regular season finale win at Catholic on Saturday (1-0).

Drew, meanwhile, enters the match sporting a 10-4-3 overall mark. On offense, the Rangers are led by freshman Andy Imoh, who has scored eight goals and added three assists for a 19-point total.

In their regular season match in Scranton on Oct. 5, Drew roared back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime, scoring twice in a four minute span in the second period to take a 2-1 victory from the Royals. This also proved to be Scranton's final regular season loss of the year, as well.

Fans that are not attending Wednesday's match are reminded that live stats and a live video stream will be available at athletics.scranton.edu, as well.

--ROYALS--