PHILADELPHIA - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has announced its 2012-13 Team Academic Awards, and once again this year the University of Pennsylvania has both teams receiving the honor.
The honor was not a surprise for the Penn women’s team; after all, the Quakers have earned this award every year since 2001. No other Ivy League institution can make that claim.
It is yet another sign for the Penn women’s program is setting a high standard -- not that they needed it. The Quakers recently completed a 12-1-4 campaign, setting a school record for fewest losses in a season, and finished second in the Ivy League at 5-1-1. Penn shut out 12 opponents this year, and finished among the national leaders in shutout percentage and goals-against average. Individually, sophomore defender Caroline Dwyer was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, and was joined by classmates Erin Mikolai and Kalijah Terilli as a first-team All-Ivy selection by the coaches.
In order for a team to be eligible for the NSCAA Team Academic Award, the team members must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of this team,” said Penn’s women’s coach, Darren Ambrose, who has had a winning record each of his 14 seasons at the Quakers helm. “Not only on the field, but off of it as well -- as this award shows. The women also give back to the community in various ways. It is further proof that you can excel at the highest level of college sports in both arenas.”
This year, a total of 867 soccer teams across all college divisions earned the Team Academic Award. From that group, just 189 had both its men’s and women’s teams represented. That group included the University of Pennsylvania.