Nov. 20, 2012
NSCAA Team Academic Award National Lists
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer was recognized by the NSCAA for excelling in the classroom for the fourth consecutive year, earning the annual Team Academic Award for again sporting a team grade point average better than 3.0.
Purdue was one of 497 women's teams recognized nationally across all three NCAA Divisions as well as the NAIA ranks. The NSCAA Team Academic Award is based on the team's GPA from the 2011-12 academic year. The Boilermakers compiled a 3.15 team GPA in 2011-12, up slightly from their 3.12 mark in 2010-11.
Purdue made the national list for the fourth year in a row and for seventh time since 2002. All but one Big Ten team made the Team Academic Award list this year. The Boilermakers are one of eight universities from the conference to be recognized each of the last four years. Illinois' current 12-year streak is the longest in the league.
Nine Purdue players -- Shae Desmond, Tayler Francel, Alex Hairston, Mollie Kuramoto, Marta Lynch, Taylor Niewoit, Jordan Pawlik, Hadley Stuart and Soraya Toppin-Herbert -- are expected to be named Academic All-Big Ten when the conference office unveils its fall honor roll list later this month. A student-athlete must sport an individual GPA of 3.0 and better to be an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Freshmen are not eligible for Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
A total of 717 college soccer teams (220 men, 497 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2011-12 academic year. Of that total, 148 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.