Panthers earn Team Academic Award
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's soccer teams both earned national recognition for success in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year as the United Soccer Coaches announced its annual Team Academic Award winners.
The honor comes for the fourth straight season for the men's program, while the women's team has earned the recognition in two of the last three years.
In all, a total of 778 soccer teams representing all three NCAA divisions and NJCAA membership received the honor, including 291 men's programs and 487 women's. Of that group, only 195 schools had both their men's and women's programs honored. Eastern Connecticut State University was the only other Little East Conference member school to receive the honor.
"I'm delighted our program has been recognized for the fourth straight year," said men's head coach Rob Wright. "It's a huge achievement given the diverse backgrounds of our squad and the number of guys for whom English is a second language. This recognition, along with the five Academic All-America awards our guys have received in the past three years, is a testament to all the hard work that our guys have put in while prioritizing their academic experience."
Women's head coach Ryan Joy shared a similar sentiment. "Excellence on the field can sometimes be easier than excellence off of it," he said. "I am very pleased with the accomplishments these young women are achieving in the classroom. It's one thing to talk about being a student-athlete. It's another to live it. I am proud to say that both the women's and men's teams are setting a standard for what it means to do both. We just take each day to try and be the best we can be and it's an honor to receive such a great team award once again."
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.
Both teams are preparing to face in-state and LEC rival Keene State College on Saturday (Oct. 6). The Panther women (5-3-2, 1-3-0 LEC) host the Owls at 1:00 p.m., while the men (3-4-2, 1-2-1 LEC) travel to Keene for 3:00 p.m. match.
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