Clarksville, Ark.-Senior goalkeeper Brian Sarber added another major award to his resume when he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team, it was announced on Wednesday.
After receiving ESPN The Magazine First Team All-District honors in early November, his named was forwarded to the national ballot from which Sports Information Directors from across the country vote upon. Wednesday’s announcement marks the second major honor Sarber has received this month. He was named to the All-American Southwest Conference First Team last week.
In his senior campaign, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen, Texas, native, finished second in the ASC in goals against average (0.77) and saves percentage (.866), and third in shutouts (8). He recorded 110 saves, fifth-most in the ASC. His goals against average and saves percentage placed him in the top-50 among NCAA III institutions. Sarber helped the Eagles (14-3-4) to four straight playoff appearances during his career.
The four-year starter played 1977 minutes in goal for Ozarks in 2008. In his 21 starts, he never allowed more than two goals in a match. He had a season-high 14 saves against UT-Dallas. The four-time All-ASC performer finishes his career as the conference leader in career goals against average (0.80).
His single-season school records include goals against average (0.67), saves (110) and saves percentage (.874). He is tied for the single-season record in most wins (17). His career records at Ozarks include most saves (375), saves percentage (.862), goals against average (0.80), and he has the second-most shutouts (25) and second-most wins (49).
Sarber was named ASC Defensive Player of the Week twice during the 2008 season. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District All-America team in 2007. He is a three-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
He owns a 3.84 cumulative grade point average as an accounting major.
ESPN The Magazine recognizes outstanding NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA student-athletes in the college division. To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must be a starter with legitimate athletic achievements and maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average for his career.