Nov. 20, 2007
VOTE FOR BARNES / LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARDANNAPOLIS, Md. --
Navy men's soccer senior goalkeeper has been named to the ESPN The Magazine
Academic All-America third team announced this morning. To be eligible for the award, a player must be voted as an All-District selection, in which Barnes earned a spot on for the second straight year. Barnes is one of three Patriot League players named to one of three All-America squads, and becomes just the second Navy player ever to be named Academic All-American, joining Donald Field (1996 - 3rd team; 1997 - 1st team).
On the field, Barnes appeared in nine games in goal for the Mids, posting a 1.39 GAA and a .705 save percentage while making 31 saves with three shutouts. He was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 4, after leading Navy to a pair of season-opening shutouts, including a blanking of rival Air Force on Sept. 2. In his last outing, he stopped a season-high eight shots in a 2-1 win over Longwood on Oct. 23.
In the classroom, Barnes owns a 3.88 GPA in honors systems engineering and ranks 57th (out of 1,085 students) on the academic order of merit. He has posted a 4.0 GPA during every semester he has been on the men's soccer team. Barnes led the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for Men's Varsity Soccer with a 4.0 GPA, and was one of two players in the Patriot League to have a 4.0 GPA throughout the championship season a year ago.
Barnes, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, is currently one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award which is based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-field performance thus far during the college soccer season was a factor in determining the finalists, the criteria also includes a large emphasis on the classroom, character and community service. Barnes currently leads in the voting process with 28 percent of the tallies, and voting will run end on November 21. A winner and subsequent All-America teams will be named at the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in Cary, N.C., on Dec. 14-16.
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