KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Purdue women's soccer's 3.40 grade-point average during the 2016-17 school year has earned the Boilermakers the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award.
Purdue was among the 10 Big Ten women's program recognized for its academic excellence in the spring. The Boilermakers were one of six conference teams with GPAs of 3.40 and higher.
Headlined by All-Region Scholar Megan Kaser and five Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (3.70-plus GPA), 12 Boilermakers had compiled cumulative GPAs of 3.50 and higher through the end of the 2017 spring semester. Current Purdue players Gabby LaMere and Erika Yohn were both Big Ten Distinguished Scholars last year. Twelve others were named Academic All-Big Ten in December 2016.
The Boilermakers received the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the ninth time dating back to 2002.
A total of 813 collegiate teams (282 men, 531 women) earned the Team Academic Award, including 195 schools who had both their men's and women's programs among the recipients.
United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of high school and college soccer teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full school year.
College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point of average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster.
Purdue enters its important Wisconsin-Minnesota road trip this weekend in first place in the Big Ten standings. Kickoff in Madison on Friday is slated for 8 p.m. ET.