Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
June 20, 2013
Benz Named Academic All-Area
As an All-American goalie for the 15-2 Eagles, Benz had already earned the MAC Scholar Athlete Award and been named as a first-team All-Conference performer. He finished third nationally in goals against average and second in save percentage.
The senior from Lousiville, Ky. is the goalie of record in more than half the wins in program history. His four seasons are the four lowest goals against averages in school history. His 5.94 goals against average this year helped the Eagles to be the second stingiest defense in the nation. The Eastern man-down unit led the nation in efficiency.
He is a math major with a 3.65 GPA in the Templeton Honors College, and he was chosen as the student speaker for commencement.
His leadership credentials are more impressive than his shot-stopping skills and classroom intellect. Along with fellow senior AJ Ryan and several other student-athletes, Benz helped to orchestrate several fundraisers to create a Prom for kids at St. Christopher's Children's Hospital . Benz played fall ball in his freshman season while finishing his final rounds of chemotherapy. With the blessing of his doctors, he had Eastern's athletic training staff construct a special pad to protect his port and allow him to play.
"Aaron is a program-changing type player," head coach Kevin Wallace said. "There are a lot of other really good players in his class, but his leadership and character impact the entire team. We hope that our younger players will have seen and learned and carry on his legacy."
The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team is voted on by Sports Information Directors from 28 local Colleges and Universities. Villanova's John LoCascio was selected as the Performer of the Year.
Updated: Thursday, 20 June 2013