Three senior members of the University of Scranton men's soccer team - Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn.), Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), and Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School), were honored for their work in the classroom by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently, as the trio earned spots on the organizations 2016 Division III Men's Scholar All-American Teams.
Hintz and Codispoti were both named to the NSCAA Scholar All-American Second Team, while Bergen was named to the Third Team.
On the pitch in 2016, the trio helped Scranton record another strong season, as the Royals finished with a 15-4-1 overall mark, winning their second straight Landmark Conference title in the process.
Scranton also advanced to the Second Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, winning a First Round game over Penn State Behrend (2-1) to advance on in tournament play for the second consecutive year, as well.
Hintz, a goalie, recorded a 3.52 GPA as an International Business major at the University of Scranton to nab a spot on the Scholar All-American Second Team.
On the pitch in 2016, Hintz was a NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Region First Team selection after finishing off his career at Scranton on a high note, making 44 saves, while posting a 0.92 goals against average in five shutout victories. For his efforts, Hintz was named to the All-Landmark Conference Second Team, as well.
Codispoti, a defender, posted a 3.67 GPA as a History and Psychology major at the University of Scranton to earn his spot on the Scholar All-American Team.
On the field this season, Codispoti was one of Scranton's team captains, and a leader on a defensive unit that allowed just 16 goals the entire season, while recording nine shutout victories.
Codispoti also got in on the act on offense, scoring three goals, including a game-winner in Scranton's 2-1 victory over Drew in the Landmark Conference Semifinals. He also earned All-Landmark Conference First Team honors late in the year, as well.
Rounding out the list of Scholar Athlete All-Americans for Scranton was Bergen, a midfielder, who notched a 3.66 GPA as a Human Resource Studies major at the University.
On the pitch, Bergen was a force yet again in the Royals midfield all season, scoring four goals, while adding five assists to end the year with a point total of 13. In the NCAA Tournament, Bergen (who was also an NSCAA All-Region Second Team and All-Landmark Conference First Team selection), notched an assist on both goals Scranton scored in the Penn State Behrend victory.
For the full 2016 NSCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-American Teams list, click here.