Kansas City, Kans. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced that the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's soccer team has earned the distinction of being a 2011 NSCAA College Team Academic Award winner.
St. Mary's posted a team grade point average of 3.26 for the 2010-11 academic year, picking up the honor for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall. The Seahawks were one of four Capital Athletic Conference institutions to make the cut as Frostburg State University, Stevenson University and York College of Pennsylvania notched a 3.0 or higher GPA.
A total of 789 soccer teams (571 women, 218 men), across all three NCAA divisions, were recognized by the NSCAA for their excellence in the classroom. Of those 789, 158 institutions had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
St. Mary's finished third in the 2010 conference standings with a 6-8-3 (5-2-1 CAC) overall record. After eliminating the 2009 CAC champion, University of Mary Washington, in the first round, the Seahawks suffered a 2-1 setback at Frostburg State in the semifinals.