December 9, 2008

Men's And Women's Soccer Teams Honored For Academic Achievements

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's and women's soccer teams were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with a Team Academic Award for the 2007-08 academic year. A team must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or greater to be honored. Quinnipiac is just one of 61 institutions from across all divisions and the only school from the Northeast Conference to have both its men's and woman's teams recognized.

The Quinnipiac men's team was just one of 105 teams from across the nation to be named to the list. Quinnipiac posted the highest GPA in the NEC with 3.10 team cumulative. Fairleigh Dickinson was the only other school from the NEC to make the list.

"This achievement is proof of our commitment to excellence as a program both in the classroom and on the field," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "We have experienced tremendous growth over the course of the past four years, but we have always emphasized the importance of academic success. To come off of two of the best seasons in our programs history and also be honored on a national scale for our academic success is something special and an honor I am quite proud of. I am proud of our players, their continued dedication to this program and how they represent Quinnipiac."

The women's soccer team was recognized with a 3.26 team GPA. This is the fourth consecutive year that the team has been honored by the NSCAA for its accomplishments in the classroom. The Bobcats were one of four teams from the NEC to qualify for the award.

"This is the fourth year in a row that we have received this award," said women's Head Coach Dave Clarke. "I think that speaks volumes about the players we have and the academic programs that Quinnipiac offers. We hope to continue to be recognized in future years as our program maintains our academic standards."