Xavier Men's Soccer Earns NSCAA Academic Award
Nov. 22, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its performance in the classroom, the organization announced Thursday, Nov. 21.
For the third year in a row, XU earned the National Team Academic Award after posting a 3.44 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 school year. This award runs one school year behind. This season's (2013-14) will be announced next November.
Six of the ten BIG EAST Conference teams earned the NSCAA's Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year, with the Musketeers leading the way their 3.44 GPA. The Team Academic Award is presented to collegiate teams with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or greater.
Overall, 862 college soccer programs, including 593 women's teams, earned the award. Of that total, 186 schools, including Xavier, had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
On the field, the Blue and White finished with a record of 10-7-2, including a 6-3-0 mark in BIG EAST play, and earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The 10 victories in the 2013 season gave the XU men's soccer program its fourth consecutive 10+ win season.
Senior Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) was named 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Conference selection, while senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) earned a second team All-BIG EAST nod and freshman Jalen Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebuf Jesuit) picked up a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
About the NSCAA
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.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit the NSCAA website at NSCAA.com.