Wisconsin soccer senior Aaron Lauber was honored as a first-team Verizon Academic All-America selection as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. Lauber becomes the third UW mens soccer player to earn Academic All-America status, joining Ryan Kehoe and Alastair Steel who were named second-team selections on the 1996 fall sports at-large team. This is the first year that Verizon honored a team devoted exclusively to soccer.
Lauber, a forward from Franklin, Wis., ranked second on the team and tied the eighth-best mark in Badger history with 11 goals this season. Lauber was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 5 after notching five goals in a pair of Badger victories over Northwestern and Ohio State. He set the schools single-game record of four goals in the UWs 5-2 win at NU, then followed that performance by netting the lone goal in a 1-0 upset of the 14th-ranked Buckeyes. Lauber tallied both of Wisconsins goals in a 2-1 win over UW-Green Bay and also scored the game-winner in a 2-0 victory at Texas Christian.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time UW Athletic Board Scholar, Lauber carries a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average and will complete his masters in accountancy this May.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Verizon Academic All-America program, which was founded by CoSIDA in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the past 50 years, the Verizon Academic All-America program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports.
Colin Rogers, a senior goalkeeper at Indiana, was the only other Big Ten athlete selected to the team, earning second-team honors. Luchi Gonzalez of Southern Methodist, who led his team to the NCAA quarterfinals while being named national player of the year, was named Team Member of the Year in Verizons University Division.