Xavier is just one of 154 schools in the NCAA to have both teams receive the award.
Dec. 6, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's and women's soccer teams were recently announced as recipients of the 2010-11 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, and are just one of 154 schools nationwide to have both programs win the award.
To earn the award teams must have had a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. The women's team achieved a GPA of 3.37 during the year, while the men's team notched a team GPA of 3.13.
"This is a tremendous honor yet it doesn't surprise me," Xavier men's soccer head coach Andy Fleming said. "We recruit capable students and have demands and expectations much like we do on the field. One of those expectations is academic achievements and the NSCAA team academic award is one of them. What's most impressive is that in one year we went from four to 17 players with a 3.0 or better GPA and that we were also able to win a conference title and compete in the NCAA tournament. To me that's excellence and our guys truly epitomize the term student-athlete."
The men's squad was just one of 21 NCAA Div. I teams to receive the award and qualify for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. They were also just one of 12 Div. I teams to go to the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments and receive the award. Among Atlantic 10 teams, they were one of five to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Xavier just finished its best season in program history, which included its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Musketeers finished the season with a 12-5-4 record and set single-season school records for goals allowed (19) and goals against average (0.85).
In addition to the academic team award the Xavier women's soccer team is coming off of its best season in six years with a 7-8-3 overall record in 2011 coming in just shy of a berth in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
"We are honored to receive the team academic award," said Xavier women's soccer head coach Woody Sherwood. "The relationship between academics and athletics here at Xavier is a strong point of pride. One of the things that makes Xavier so attractive to potential recruits is our student-athletes' commitment in the classroom and on the field. Our team holds themselves to a very high standard so it's nice to see them rewarded for it."
Xavier sophomore defender Lauren Heap and freshman goalkeeper Katie Markesbery earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors and helped XU set a new school record in games decided by one goal or less (17) and tie the school record for most overtime contests with seven. The XU defense held nationally-ranked Ohio State and Big 10 power, Indiana to just one goal this season. The Musketeers also took nationally-ranked Dayton to double-overtime.