The University of Scranton men's soccer team had six student-athletes named to the 2016 All-Landmark Conference Teams, as head coach Matt Pivirotto was named the Landmark's Coach of the Year, the conference office announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Leading the group of All-Landmark Conference selections for Scranton was seniors Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School), Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) and Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), who all earned First Team honors at their respective positions.
Earning second team honors were three more seniors in Tim DiBisceglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gill St. Benard's School), Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), and Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor).
For Bonilla, this marks the first time in his career that he has nabbed All-Landmark Conference honors, taking it at forward. Bonilla ended the regular year as the Royals' offensive leader, scoring a team-high seven goals, five of which were eventual game-winners.
Bergenand DiBisceglie nabbed spots in the midfield on the All-Landmark First and Second Teams, respectively. For Bergen, it marks the first time in his career that he has been named to the All-Landmark Team, while DiBisceglie earns All-Landmark honors for the second straight season (he was named to the First Team in 2015).
In 2016, Bergen scored four goals and added three assists, with two of those goals being game-winners, while DiBisceglie scored two goals and added two assists throughout the course of the season.
Codispoti and Busch were stalwarts all season on the Royals defense to earn All-Landmark honors, with Codispoti earning First Team honors for the second straight season, and Busch earning the accolade for the first time in his career.
The pair has led an defense that has been solid all season long, registering nine shutout victories throughout the course of the year, while allowing just 13 goals throughout the course of the year. Codispoti also scored three goals and added an assist, while Busch registered three assists, as well.
In goal, Hintz was solid again for the Royals in earning All-Landmark Conference honors for the second straight year (he earned First Team honors last year). In 2016, Hintz recorded five shutout victories and a goals against average of 0.83. He also made 52 saves in 17 matches, as well.
Pivirotto, who is in his 18th year as the head coach of the Royals in 2016, earned Landmark Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career (he won the award in 2012), as well as the third time in his time at Scranton that has won a conference's Coach of the Year award (he won the Freedom Conference Coach of the Year award in 2006).
For the second straight year, Pivirotto led the Royals to a Landmark Conference Title last Saturday night, as the Royals went to top-seeded Elizabethtown for the second consecutive season and knocked off the Blue Jays, 1-0, to take the crown. Scranton will also head to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, as Scranton enters the tournament on an eight-match unbeaten streak.
The Royals will open the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday evening at SUNY-Cortland, as Scranton takes on Penn State Behrend in a First Round contest. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.