LEXINGTON, Va. - The Washington and Lee men's and women's soccer teams were both recipients of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, announced on December 2. The honor is given to those squads whose student-athletes average a 3.0 GPA or higher during the 2010-11 academic year.
A total of 789 teams were on the 2011 list, ranging from Divisions I, II, and III. Of these schools, W&L was one of 154 teams to have both their men's and women's programs receiving the award.
The women's team posted an overall GPA of 3.63, tying one school and behind only four others of the 571 women's teams. Massachusetts Institute of Technology claimed the highest score with an overall team average of 4.30, and Central Michigan was second with a 3.70. Only 0.02 points separated the rest of the Top-5 as Washington University in St. Louis came in at a 3.65 GPA, Illinois State University owning a 3.64 GPA, and W&L and Arkansas State University finishing up the group. This is the ninth year in a row the women were recognized.
The men accumulated an overall GPA of 3.38, putting them in the Top-15 of the 218 men's schools that made the list. This is the fifth time in school history that the men's team has collected the honor.
The women finished the 2011 season at 13-4-2 and advanced to the final round of the ODAC Tournament, losing to Lynchburg 1-0. The men ended this season with an 8-4-2 record, advancing to the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals where they lost 1-0 to Lynchburg.