2011 In-Season Honors:
MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist (1 of 3)
NSCAA All-America First-Team
NSCAA Midwest Region First-Team
MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (1 of 15)
College Soccer News All-America First-Team
MVC Player of the Year
MVC All-Tournament Team
MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team
Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team
Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-Region VII First-Team
5x MVC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6, 19 & 26, Oct. 17 & 31)
3x MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 19)
Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week (Dec. 5)
3x Soccer America National Team of the Week (Sept. 28, Oct. 17, Nov. 1)
3x Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (Sept. 5, Nov. 21, Dec. 5)
3x College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21)
Soccer America National Player of the Week (Sept. 28)
Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Preseason Candidate (1 of 30)
MAC Hermann Trophy Preseason Watch List
CREIGHTON CAREER: 2011 (Senior) – NSCAA First-Team All-America, the third player in Creighton history to twice earn All-America honors from the NSCAA ... MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist, after being named a semifinalist for the second straight season ... First two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in school history and third in league history ... One of six players in school history to earn First-Team All-Midwest Region honors three times ... Name MVC First-Team for the third time and tabbed an Academic All-American by CoSIDA ... Set a league record by earning MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors five times ... Led the MVC in game-winning goals all four years of his career, as 20 of his 43 career goals were game-winners ... Finished career ranked fifth in CU history and seventh in MVC history with 43 goals ... Ended career ranked sixth in school history and 10th in league history with 103 points ... Started all 79 matches played in his career ... Had five multi-goal matches in 2011 and finished with 10 in his career ... Ranked 12th in the NCAA with 34 points and 13th in the nation with 14 goals ... Tallied a hat trick against No. 7 UC Irvine on Oct. 15 ... Led the Bluejays to the College Cup semifinals and a 21-2-1 record ... Scored the game-winning overtime goal against No. 7-seeded South Florida in the NCAA quarterfinals (watch video here) to deliver the No. 2-seeded Bluejays to their first College Cup since 2002.
2010 (Junior) – Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, NSCAA Second-Team All-American, NSCAA First-Team All-Midwest Region and All-MVC First-Team ... One of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy after being named to the award’s preseason watch list ... CollegeSoccerNews.com Second-Team All-American, Soccer America MVP First-Team, Goal.com Second-Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com Third-Team ... MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team ... Named the inaugural Creighton Male Athlete of the Year ... Ranked sixth in the NCAA with 0.75 goals per game and seventh with 15 goals ... Ranked seventh in the NCAA with 34 points and ninth in points per game (1.7) ... Led the MVC with 15 goals and 34 points ... Ended junior season tied for sixth in school history with 29 career goals ... Topped the league for the third straight season with five game-winning goals to move his career total to 14 winners ... Set Morrison Stadium records with 10 goals and 23 points at home, establishing school career records with 16 goals and 40 points at the venue ... Scored two goals in a match four times, the most multi-goal matches by a Bluejay since Mike Tranchilla in 2000 ... Had two goals against UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4), No. 5 Tulsa (Oct. 5), Indiana (Oct. 9) and in the NCAA Tournament against New Mexico (Nov. 18) ... His five career multi-goal matches rank sixth in school history ... Notched a point in nine straight matches from Sept. 17 - Oct. 23, the longest point streak by a Bluejay since Brian Mullan in 2000 ... Named MVC Offensive Player of the Week and College Soccer News Team of the Week after his four-goal week (Oct. 11) ... Scored overtime game-winner at Evansville (Oct. 16) ... Assisted one goal and scored the other in 2-2 draw against SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 30).
2009 (Sophomore) – NSCAA First-Team All-Midwest Region, All-MVC First-Team and MVC All-Tournament Team ... Voted to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First-Team and named honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete ... Led the team with eight goals, 19 points and 41 shots ... Five game-winning goals led the team and MVC for second straight season ... Five goals in MVC play tied for the league lead ... Assisted the game-winning goal against No. 23 Cal Poly (Sept. 5) ... First goal of the season was the game-winner at Washington (Sept. 25) ... Named MVC Offensive Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week (Oct. 5) after scoring goals in consecutive games against Bradley (Sept. 30) and Evansville (Oct. 3) ... Scored a pair of goals at Bradley (Oct. 21) ... Tallied the game-winning goal against No. 7 UCLA on Oct. 31, earning him MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
2008 (Freshman) – Named to the MVC All-Freshman Team and MVC All-Tournament Team ... Honored by College Soccer News as a third-team Freshman All-American after starting the season on the publication’s Top 100 Freshmen to Watch list ... Led the team and MVC with four game-winning goals, finishing second on the team with six goals ... Tied for second on the team with 16 points ... First three goals of career all served as game-winners – Portland (Sept. 5), UC Riverside (Sept. 7), Stanford (Sept. 19) ... Assisted only goal in 1-0 win over Memphis (Oct. 8) ... Started four-match scoring streak with assist against No. 24 Drake (Nov. 1) ... Scored a goal in three straight matches, starting with a goal and assist at Eastern Illinois (Nov. 8) ... Found the back of the net in both MVC Tournament matches, including the lone tally in the championship against Missouri State (Nov. 16).
PREP CAREER: Recognized by Rise Magazine as a national top-30 recruit ... Honored by the NSCAA as a Youth All-American ... Tabbed first-team all-state and all-conference as a senior when he was named team MVP after totalling 41 goals and 19 assists for 101 points ... Team won the regional championship in each of his final three prep campaigns ... Holds school record with 98 career goals and 59 career assists for 255 career points ... Had 21 goals and 16 assists as a junior, 24 goals and 16 helpers as a sophomore ... Played club soccer for FC Milwaukee, scoring the game-winning goal in the Region II championships to help his team advance to nationals ... Club won four state championships, two regional titles and finished third and second at nationals ... Member of Wisconsin ODP ... Also served as kicker on football team as a senior.
PERSONAL: The son of Brent and Julie Finlay, Ethan was born Aug. 6, 1990 in Duluth, Minn. ... One of four children, Tiffany, Jarryd and Kelsey ... Father played hockey at the University of North Dakota, winning the Division I National Championship in 1982 ... Finance major ... Enrolled at Creighton in January 2008 and trained with the Bluejays in the spring of 2008.