December 9, 2009

Conner Burt Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete Of The Month

Butler junior Conner Burt, who helped lead the Bulldogs to an NCAA Tournament bid this fall, has been named the U. S. Army Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November.  He’s the third consecutive Butler athlete to earn the monthly academic award.

Burt, a starting defender from Elkhart, Ind. (Concord), helped the Bulldogs capture the Horizon League men’s soccer regular season title and advance tot he League tournament championship game.  Butler and Green Bay tied, 0-0, in the title game, with Green Bay advancing to the NCAA Tournament based on penalty kicks.  Butler, ranked in the “Top 25”, then received an at-large bid to the national tournament.

Burt was a key performer on Butler’s defensive unit, which yielded a League-low 12 goals this season.  The Bulldogs tied for second in the league in shutouts with eight.  Burt started all 19 Butler matches this fall, and he earned second team All-Horizon League recognition.

In the classroom, Burt boasts a 3.97 grade point average as a marketing major.  He was voted first team on the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, and he has been named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Team during his career.

Earlier this fall, Boris Gatzky of the Butler men’s soccer team was named Scholar-Athlete of the Month for August/September, while Butler cross country standout Andy Baker was tabbed for the honor in October.

Lauren Felsing, volleyball standout at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was selected as the U. S. Army Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November.