Freshman goalkeeper Jake Hodlofski (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) of The University of Scranton men's soccer team recorded two shutouts last week to lead the Royals to a pair of crucial Landmark Conference victories. For his performance, he has been honored as the Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week.
In a pair of must-win games, Hodlofski made 15 saves to record a pair of clean sheets as the Royals kept their playoff hopes alive.
Making just the third start of his career on Wednesday night against Drew, Hodlofski came up big in net for the Royals, making eight saves to blanks the Rangers, 3-0. All eight of Hodlofski's stops came after Scranton took the lead in the 10th minute including six saves in the second half.
Hodlofski was equally impressive in a 1-0 win at Susquehanna on Saturday, making seven saves to blank the River Hawks. After turning aside three shots in the first half, Hodlofski made four second half saves including one in the 87th minute to preserve the victory for the Royals.
Hodlofski, who has not conceded a goal in his last 195:01 of action, lowered in goals against average to 0.72 on the season while boosting his save percentage to .885 on the year with his two shutouts last week.
Hodlofski and the Royals host Juniata on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Weiss Field to close out the regular season. In order to secure a spot in the postseason tournament, Scranton needs to earn at least one more point on the day than Moravian, which plays at Goucher at the same time.