CHICKASHA – Five Drover men stood out above other Sooner Athletic Conference athletes as the conference season wound down this week.

Senior forward Nikola Cakarevic was named SAC Offensive Player of the Year and freshman forward Nicolas Alberto was named SAC Newcomer of the Year. Both Cakarevic and Alberto also were named to the All-Conference First Team, along with teammate Niall Crick.

Both senior John Gardner and freshman Scott Parkinson were named All-Conference Second Team.

Nikola Cakarevic
Cakarevic, from Belgrade, Serbia, was the team’s leading scorer this year. He netted 16 goals, which ranks him first in the conference in goals per game and 16th in the division in total goals.

He also sits first in the conference in points per game and tied for third in game winning goals per game, a position he holds with teammate Daniel Gibson

He was named SAC Player of the Week in September and was All-Conference Second Team in 2008.

Cakarevic is a business major. He is the son of Srecko and Mila Cakarevic.

Nicolas Alberto
The freshman from Paris quickly became one of the team’s most powerful scorers, notching six goals in the first six games.

He ended the season with 10 goals and seven assists, which placed him in the top five in the conference in several categories and earning him the Newcomer of the Year award.

He ranks second in assists per game and third in points per game and goals per game.

Alberto, also a business major, joined USAO from Marie Curie High School. He is the son of Nyoka-Victor and Valerie Alberto.

Niall Crick
Crick, a midfielder from Leith, Scotland, returned for his third season as a Drover and came in first in the conference in assists per game and No. 29 in the division in total assists.

He ended the season with seven goals and nine assists, which earned him an All-Conference First Team honor.

In 2009, Crick was named All-Conference Second Team.

The junior is a communication major. He is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.

Scott Parkinson
Parkinson is one of four SAC defenders to be named All-Conference Second Team.

In addition to helping the Drovers get five clean sheets this season, Parkinson scored four goals — including two game winners.

The freshman from Liverpool, England, was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week in October.

He is a physical education major and the son of James and Susan Parkinson.

John Gardner
Gardner, one of the Drovers’ team captains, also was named All-Conference Second Team because of his defense in center back for the Drovers.

Gardner helped USAO post five shutouts this season.

In 2008, the defender was named an NAIA All-American and All-Conference Second Team. Additionally, he was named a Daktronics Scholar-Athlete last year.

He is a business and physical education senior from Liverpool, England. He is the son of John and Joan Gardner.

Published: Nov. 12, 2010