Nov. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer was recognized by the NSCAA for excelling in the classroom for the fifth consecutive year, earning the annual Team Academic Award for again sporting a team grade point average better than 3.0.
Purdue was one of 593 women's teams recognized nationally across all three NCAA Divisions as well as the NAIA ranks. The NSCAA Team Academic Award is based on teams' GPAs from the 2012-13 academic year. The Boilermakers compiled a 3.20 team GPA in 2012-13, up slightly from their 3.15 mark in 2011-12.
Purdue made the national list for the fifth year in a row and for the eighth time since 2002. All but two Big Ten sides made the Team Academic Award list this year. The Boilermakers are one of seven universities from the conference to be recognized each of the last five years. Illinois' current 13-year streak is the longest in the league.
Eleven Purdue players -- Melissa Casella, Shae Desmond, Kate Fowee, Nicole Hively, Mollie Kuramoto, Kim Love, Taylor Niewoit, Jordan Pawlik, Maggie Stinson, 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. Three other Boilers narrowly missed the cut off by.05 hundredths of a GPA point or less this year.
Kuramoto was also named First Team Academic All-District and remains in the running for Academic All-America honors.
A total of 862 college soccer teams (269 men, 593 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year. Of that total, 182 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.