Dual Awards for Men's and Women's Soccer
Dec. 12, 2011
CHICAGO – DePaul’s soccer players are on the ball---on and off Wish Field.
For the fourth year in a row, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams received the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) that was announced on Monday.
Soccer teams must post a 3.0 grade-point average or higher to qualify for the award. Across the entire NCAA landscape from all three divisions, just 158 schools saw both their men’s and women’s soccer programs claim the Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 school year.
Led by ESPN Academic All-American and NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American Alex Mangan, the Blue Demon men’s team finished No. 8 in the nation with a 3.39 team GPA.
Of the 29 players on the men’s roster in the 2010-11 season, 24 were named to the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team.
This is the sixth year in a row the Blue Demon men have earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led all men’s soccer programs with a 4.20 team GPA.
Led by Michelle Scandora, the Blue Demon women’s soccer team placed in the upper 28 percent of the 571 soccer programs that received the NSCAA award. The women had a team GPA of 3.37 for 2010-11.
Of the 26 players on the 2010-11 roster, 21 earned BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team honors.
This is the third year in a row and fifth time in the last six years that the DePaul women’s soccer program has won the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Among the women’s programs, MIT finished No. 1 with a team GPA of 4.30.
Credit for this impressive stretch of academic success goes to the DePaul soccer student-athletes who have remained focused on their studies during competition along with the school’s Athletics Academic Advising office.