Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) of the University of Scranton men's soccer team was a key leader on a defense that allowed just 16 goals all season long, as the unit carried the Royals to their second consecutive Landmark Conference Championship and a victory in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Off the pitch, Busch has been as strong of a student, posting a 3.9 grade point average as a Neuroscience major (and a math minor) at the University.
For his efforts both on and off the field, Busch has been named the 2016 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete for Men's Soccer, the conference office announced this afternoon.
For Busch, who was named to the Landmark Conference's Fall Academic Honor Roll for the third time in his career earlier this week, earns another award for his work in the classroom, as he ends his career at Scranton as a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District selection, as well.
On the field, Busch was one of Scranton's captains this past season, as the Royals finished with a 15-4-1 overall mark. Starting all 20 matches the Royals played in on the year, Busch eventually earned All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors on the defensive end after Scranton recorded nine shutouts throughout the year.
Busch also chipped in on the offensive end throughout the year, adding three assists. For his career, Busch played in 70 career matches, making 65 starts overall on the Scranton defense.