By Luke McGrath Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Student athletes don’t normally excel at being both a student and an athlete, at least not to the extent that Hendrik Hilpert does.
Hilpert, an Eiterfeld, Germany native is a dual major in finance and economics who has registered a perfect 4.0 GPA in all six of his completed semesters, according to Hilpert. He is also a four year starter for the Men’s Soccer team and one of this year’s captains.
Hilpert has racked up the accolades during his time in Orange. His freshman year he helped SU win its first ACC title, as well as make a run to the College Cup, NCAA Men’s Soccer’s version of the final four. He also received the Martin J. Whitman School of Management Freshman of the Year Award.
During his sophomore campaign, Hilpert tied a single season program record with 11 shutouts and boasted a .545 goals-against average, the sixth best in the nation. He also received College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Third team honors as well as First Team All-District.
The 6 foot goalkeeper continued to pile up the accomplishments in his junior season where he recorded a career high 60 saves- nine of those saves were in a single game in a 0-0 tie at No. 1 Wake Forest. He also received CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors and was once again an All-District Team selection.
Already in his senior season, Hilpert has been named as one of 30 candidates to receive the Senior CLASS award, which recognizes students for notable achievements in the community, in the classroom, in competition and in overall character.
Hilpert said he is grateful for the opportunity the Syracuse soccer program has given him to succeed on the pitch and in the classroom.
“First of all when you speak about academics I really have to highlight that, the coaching staff of SU Men’s Soccer… they really give us the opportunity to do both and I have friends at other schools who play soccer and that’s not necessarily the case,” Hilpert said.
Although his athletic and academic careers are far from over, he said he is excited for what the future holds.
“Obviously I perceive my time at Syracuse always as an opportunity to enjoy soccer and to become a better soccer player, but ultimately also to work on my future so it was always a big privilege to work on both,” Hilpert said.
Hilpert, and the rest of the SU Men’s Soccer team, will next be in action Friday at 7 p.m. when they travel to take on ACC rival No. 21: Virginia Tech.