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Women's Soccer Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award

Nov. 21, 2012

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EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team was one of 497 collegiate soccer teams to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year. To be eligible for the award, a team must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

"The team deserves a ton of credit for their academic accomplishments, head coach Mick Statham said. “It takes time, commitment and talent to thrive in this environment. The older players past and present have set a magnificent example of academic standards that the youngsters observe and gravitate toward. It never ceases to amaze me how well they do and how ambitious they are."

Statham’s team combined for a 3.45 grade-point average, which ranked in the top-40 nationally and was the highest in the Patriot League. A total of 717 college soccer teams (220 men, 497 women) posted a team grade point average above 3.0 and 148 of those schools, including Lafayette, had both their men's and women's programs recognized with the honor.

Additionally, Lafayette was one of only four schools to have its men’s team in the top-10 and its women’s squad in the top-40. The others to accomplish the feat were Butler, Harvard and South Carolina.