Finlay Named NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Duran, Holt Honored
OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton men's soccer player Ethan Finlay has been named the 2011 NSCAA Men's Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while his teammates Andrew Duran and Brian Holt joined him on the NSCAA Men's Collegiate Scholar All-America First-Team. Creighton was the only Division I team with more than one player represented on the first team.
Finlay, who recently graduated from Creighton with a degree in finance, carried a 3.41 cumulative grade point average into his final semester at Creighton. The first-team All-America forward was earlier named a second-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA for his work in the classroom. The native of Marshfield, Wis., is one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer's top individual honor. The two-time MVC Player of the Year led the MVC with 14 goals and 34 points this year, finishing his career ranked fifth in school history with 43 goals and sixth in CU history with 103 career points.
Holt has garnered several honors for his off-field achievements as well, earlier becoming the first player in school history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team honors as he was also tabbed the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year. Holt, an NSCAA First-Team All-American, also graduated this December with degrees in both finance and entrepreneurship, entering his final semester at school with a 3.73 GPA. The record-setting goalkeeper from Omaha set an NCAA record with a 0.206 goals against average this year, also leading the nation with 17 solo shutouts, while starting all 19 of CU's clean sheets. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner, MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP also led the nation with a 92.3 save percentage this season.
Duran, a second-team NSCAA All-American, carried a 3.30 grade point average in marketing into the fall semester. The left center back started all 24 matches for Creighton's record-setting defense this year. He helped the Bluejays post 19 shutouts, one shy of the NCAA record, while Creighton's defense set an NCAA record with a 0.20 goals against average. Duran was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Bluejays to a 21-2-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA College Cup semifinals.