Brian Holt Named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year

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Brian Holt is the Academic All-America of the Year.
Courtesy: Justin Casterline

OMAHA, Neb. - Senior goalkeeper Brian Holt of the Creighton men's soccer team has been named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in Division I, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Holt leads the Academic All-America First-Team, while his teammates and fellow seniors Ethan Finlay and Jace Peters were honored on the Academic All-America Second-Team.

In addition to earning the top Academic All-America honor among Division I men’s soccer players, Holt becomes the first Creighton men’s soccer player to be named a First-Team Academic All-American.  A finance major with a 3.73 grade point average, Holt is scheduled to graduate with degrees in both finance and entrepreneurship this month.  The MVC Goalkeeper of the Year currently leads the NCAA with a 0.23 goals against average and 91.5 save percentage.

Holt tied the NCAA record for career shutouts in Creighton’s 3-0 win over Northern Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 20.  His 42 career clean sheets are also the school and league-record, as are his 56 wins and 0.63 career goals against average.  A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the Omaha native is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Teamer.

Finlay, who was also a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, carries a 3.41 cumulative GPA in finance.  The senior forward ranks among NCAA leaders and leads the MVC with 13 goals and 32 points this season.  The two-time MVC Player of the Year and three-time MVC First-Teamer is the Valley’s active leader with 42 goals, 17 assists and 101 points, while his career goal and point totals rank in the MVC and CU career top-10.

Peters, a senior defender, has been a key part of Creighton’s record-setting defense this season.  The Glenwood, Iowa native, has a 3.61 GPA in biology.  He has started 14 of Creighton’s 22 matches this season, helping the Bluejays lead the NCAA with 0.22 goals against average, 91.9 save percentage and 77.3 shutout percentage.  The Jays have allowed only five goals all season, with Peters helping the Bluejays to a school and MVC record 17 shutouts this year.

Prior to this season, the Bluejays owned just two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in men’s soccer.  Shane Havens (2003) and Matt Wieland (2005) were each third-team Academic All-Americans for the Bluejays before this season’s trio garnered the awards from CoSIDA.

The No. 2-seeded Bluejays (20-2-0) will face the No. 7-seeded South Florida Bulls (13-3-4) this Saturday in the NCAA Quarterinals.  Kickoff at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium is set for 1 pm, with the winner advancing to the 2011 College Cup.

View complete CoSIDA Academic All-America release at the link above.

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