|Kyle Robbins||Gavin Coutts||Connor Casey|
University of Scranton men's soccer head coach Matt Pivirotto has announced that the senior trio of Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), and Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) have been named team captains for the upcoming 2017 season.
This season, Scranton will enter the campaign (which will begin in September) as the two-time defending Landmark Conference Champions, reaching the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons after winning their First Round match in both 2015 and 2016.
Over the last two years, the Royals have also won 26 matches, going 15-4-1 in 2016, the highest win total in a season for Scranton since winning 17 games in 2012.
Robbins, a defender, has started 49 times on the back line for the Royals over the last three years. Last season, Robbins appeared in 17 of the 20 matches Scranton played in, making 16 starts.
Coutts, a midfielder, has played in 58 matches over the last three years, starting 38 times in the Royals midfield. In 2016, Coutts made 18 starts, scoring four goals, with four assists for a 12 point total. In the First Round of the NCAA Tournament against Penn State Behrend, Coutts scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
Casey, a forward, has also earned three letters at Scranton, playing in 36 career matches, with 21 starts up front. In 2016, Casey saved his best performances for the end of the season, scoring goals in each of the final four matches of the season for the Royals to finish the year scoring six goals with three assists (15 total points)
At the end of the year, Casey scored the game-winner in the Landmark Conference Championship match at Elizabethtown for the second straight season in a 1-0 win, then scored in each of Scranton's NCAA Tournament games against Penn State Behrend and SUNY-Cortland, as well.
Scranton will begin their 2017 campaign in September. For more on the program, follow the Royals on Twitter @royals_soccer.