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Brian Visser Adds NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American to 2007 Resume



CHICAGO Following regional academic recognition from the NSCAA, DePaul goalkeeper Brian Visser earned national honors by being named first team NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American. Visser was one of two keepers on the first team with Scholar Athlete of the Year, George Josten of Gonzaga, headlining the squad.

Visser, along with Eric Hermosillo, was named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-North/Central Region teams for their efforts on and off the field. Visser earned first team regional recognition while Hermosillo was named to the second team.

Visser rewrote the DePaul record books in 2007 with new marks for career shutouts, season shutouts and consecutive shutouts. The junior finished this season with 10 shutouts breaking the previous mark of six shutouts with a 1-0 victory over Rutgers on Oct. 13. He started the season with four straight blankings to break the previous consecutive shutout record of three straight set by four different players. In his 55 career matches in three seasons, Visser also holds the career record with 17 shutouts. In addition to the 10 shutouts, Visser also totaled 62 saves and allowed just 16 goals in nearly 1,864 minutes in goal for the Blue Demons. He finished the season ranked among NCAA leaders in goals against average at 38th and was third in the BIG EAST with 10 shutouts. The 2007 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year is a finance major at DePaul with a 3.34 grade point average.

These two awards continue DePaul’s postseason collection of NSCAA honors as Visser was also named a third team All-Great Lakes honoree and head coach Craig Blazer picked up Region Coach of the Year honors. The Blue Demons finished the season tying the program record for most wins with 12 in 2007. DePaul claimed the BIG EAST Regular-Season Championship by winning the Red Division and earned the program's first NCAA Championship appearance.

Josten was the 2007 NSCAA/adidas Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and leads a group of 47 athletes named to the 2007 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America Team. The Scholar All-America team is divided into a University Division (which includes all NCAA Division I teams) and a College Division (which includes all non-Division schools). Visser and the all of the honored players will be invited to the NSCAA All-America Luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, as part of the 2008 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Md.

2007 NSCAA/adidas Men’s Scholar All-America Team
University Division First Team
Pos., Name, Class, School, Major, GPA, Hometown
GK, Sean Milligan, Jr., Dartmouth, Economics, 3.43, Westport, Conn.
GK, Brian Visser, Sr., DePaul, Finance, 3.34, Elmhurst, Ill.
D, Ryan Miller, Sr., Notre Dame, Accounting, 3.41, Barrington, Ill.
D, Adam Chavez, Sr., Binghamton, Human Development, 3.47, Binghamton, N.Y.
D, Scott Bolkan, Sr., Stanford, Human Biology, 3.63, Salem, Ore.
M, Shea Salinas, Sr., Furman, Health and Exercise, 3.30, Dallas, Texas
M, Michael Videira, Sr., Duke, Sociology, 3.34, Milford, Mass.
M, George John, Jr., Washington, Business Foundation, 3.47, Shoreline, Wash.
M, Patrick Murray, Jr., Furman, Accounting, 3.43, Peachtree City, Ga.
F, Gregory DeMartin, Jr., Michigan State, Finance, 3.91, Mason, Mich.
F, Anton Axelsson, Sr., Jacksonville, Philosophy/Psychology, 3.98, Jacsonville, Fla.
F, George Josten *, Sr., Gonzaga, Mechanical Engineering, 3.82, Idaho Falls, Idaho

University Division Second Team
GK, Chay Cain, Jr., Indiana, Business   , 3.91, Plainfield, Ill.
D, Mike Zaher, Sr., UCLA, Political Science, 3.43, Las Vegas, Nev.
D, Dirk Dittrich, Jr., VCU, Business Foundation, 3.75, Stuttgart, Germany
D, Matt Besler, Jr., Notre Dame, Pre-Professional, 3.39, Overland Park, Kan.
D, Luke Frieberg, Sr., Drake, Finance, 3.71, Cumming, Iowa
D, Tim Jepson, Sr., Duke, Sociology, 3.37, Yorba Linda, Calif.
D, Daniel Newell, Sr., U.S. Military Academy, Engineering Management, 3.77, Scottsdale, Ariz.
M, Adam Gartner, Jr., Eastern Illinois, Finance, 3.76, Iowa City, Iowa
M, Joe Germanese, Sr., Duke, Economics, 3.70, Ballwin, Mo.
M, Adam Montgomery, Sr., Memphis, Business, 3.77, Morristown, Tenn.
F, Chris Wright, Jr., New Mexico, Portuguese, 3.98, Sacramento, Calif.
F, Jason Yeisley, Jr., Penn State, Management, 3.55, Allentown, Pa.

College Division First Team
GK, Derek Christiansen, Sr., Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Chem.& Ex. Physiology, 3.69, Cedarburg, Wis.
GK, Tim Melia, Sr., Lynn, Criminal Justice, 3.45, Great River, N.Y.
D, Matthew Brumfield, Sr., Loras, Accounting, 3.37, Davenport, Iowa
D, Elvin Perez, Sr., Dominican, Business, 3.65, Chicago, Ill.
D, Matthew Hemphill, Sr., Washington (Mo.), Bio-Medical Engineering, 3.81, Los Alamos, N.M.
D, Nathan Elwood, Sr., Williams, Biology, 3.83, Andover, N.J.
M, Edison Bilbao, Jr. , New Jersey City Univ., Business Administration, 3.31, Carteret, N.J.
M, Elie Zenner, Sr., Washington (Mo.), History, 3.71, Evanston, Ill.
M, Isaac Lee, Jr. , North Park, Exercise Science, 3.34, Seoul, South Korea
M, Christopher Rowe, Jr. , Manchester, Pre-Medicine, 3.33, Belleview, Mich.
F, David Seefedlt, Sr., Benedictine, Biology, 3.75, Louisburg, Kan.
F, Harry Abraham, Sr., UC-Santa Cruz, Business Mgmt/Econ, 3.39, Encino, Calif.

College Division Second Team
GK, Jamison Dague, Sr., Ohio Wesleyan, Politics & Government  , 3.98, Bexley, Ohio
GK, David Steinberg, Sr., Trinity (Texas), Mathematics, 3.68, Potsdam, N.Y.
D, Peter Grassman, Sr., Carleton, History, 3.40, Evanston, Ill.
D, Alex Minten, Sr., Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Biology, 3.52, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
D, Isaac Laubach, Jr. , Susquehanna, Business-Finance, 3.80, Millville, Pa.
D, Jack Underwood, Sr., Gustavus Adolphus, Political Science, 3.96, Fergus Falls, Minn.
D, Drew Taylor, Sr., Aurora, History, 4.00, Aurora, Ill.
D, Lee Porter, Jr. , Lynn, Psychology, 3.70, Taunton, England
D, Chris Nitta, Sr., U.S. Merchant Marine Acad., Systems Engineering, 3.80, Scottsdale, Ariz.
M, Jonathan Bilbao, Jr. , New Jersey City Univ., Business Administration, 3.60, Carteret, N.J.
M, Skye Henderson, Sr., Whitworth, Business Management, 3.72, Spokane, Wash.