CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- After earning his first-ever CAA Player of the Week honor on Monday, junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero earned the most significant honor of his career as he was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Defensive Player of the Week.

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Wisconsin. The ECAC recognizes the achievements of its member institution’s student-athletes through weekly and postseason awards. 

Barbero is just the second athlete from a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) institution who has earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades this season and is the first Blue Hen to receive this honor since Brandon Paul in November of 2010.

The junior goalkeeper led Delaware to its first-ever program win over an opponent ranked in the national top-10 on Oct. 1 as he did not allow a goal in the Blue Hens 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 7 UMBC. Barbero stopped all six shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the 2013 campaign. 

"Borja deserves any award that comes his way this season," said Blue Hen head coach Ian Hennessy. "His attitude and work ethic are second to none and the school is thrilled to have him as a member of our talented student-athlete group at UD."

Barbero currently owns a 1.29 goals against average and has registered 28 saves in nine matches. He holds 7-1 overall record while the squad has gone 8-1 in its best start in Delaware program history.

Delaware opens CAA play tonight, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. when the Blue Hens take on the Dukes of James Madison on the road.