KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Florida Southern College men's and women's soccer have earned its seventh consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards. United Soccer Coaches announced on Thursday the Team Academic Award winners at the high school and collegiate levels to recognize exemplary performance in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year. A total of 773 college teams (289 men, 484 women) earned the Team Academic Award. Florida Southern was one of 191 schools who had both their men's and women's programs among the recipients.
The men's team has now been recognized for the 12th consecutive year, while the women have been on the list for the past seven years. The women were ranked tied for 23rd among all Division II schools with a team GPA of 3.53, and the men were tied for 25th with a 3.25 GPA.
Last years women's squad posted a 3.53 GPA (Fall: 3.54, Spring: 3.52). Bellarmine (KY) had the highest team GPA among NCAA Division II women's soccer programs at 3.79, followed by Drury (MO) at 3.75, Seton Hill (PA) at 3.69, and Ferris State at 3.67 and Minnesota State-Mankato at 3.66 to round out the top five teams. Joining Florida Southern in a tie for 23rd place with a 3.53 team GPA is Concordia-St. Paul, Flagler, and Ohio Dominican. Four Sunshine State Conference women's soccer teams earned the award and the Mocs finished second behind Lynn (3.59).
Nine members of the 2017 team maintained perfect 4.00 GPAs during the entire year: Brittany Butler, Alex Daley, Juliana Guida, Paige Koetter, Izzy Loyd, Candace Metcalf, Helena Norrstrom, Caitlin Quaempts, and Delaney Riggins. Senior Dominique Cirnigliaro earned a 4.00 GPA during the fall semester, while Jess Goedde posted a 4.00 for the spring semester.
The 2017 men's soccer team posted a 3.26 GPA (Fall: 3.35, Spring: 3.14). The Mocs finished third among four SSC teams honored, behind Rollins (3.63) and Lynn (3.45). Rollins team GPA of 3.63 lead all of NCAA Division II men's soccer programs. Lincoln Memorial was second with a 3.55 team GPA and Missouri S&T was third with a 3.47 team GPA. Lynn, Mississippi College, and Southern Wesleyan tied for fourth with a 3.45 team GPA. The men's team was listed third among SSC teams as they trailed Rollins (first) and Lynn (T-fourth).
Three members of the 2017 team maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA during the entire year: Georg Michajlov, Carl Spansk, and Martin Wall. Zack DeFrank, Dani Morillo and Edward Spansk all earned a 4.00 in the fall semester.
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 academic year.
College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster.