Kansas City, MO. – The United Soccer Coaches Team Academic awards were announced last Thursday for the 2018-19 year with Clark University women's soccer earning a spot inside the top-five in Division III while finishing atop the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
The United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievement of collegiate soccer teams whose student-athletes collect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, honoring those schools that demonstrate excellence in the classroom over the course of an academic year.
The Cougars, who recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.67 for the 2018-19 year under head coach Brie Smith, finished fourth amongst all Division III women's teams in the country. The award recognized 989 team's in totality (647 women's teams), with Clark University joining an exclusive group of just 258 schools that had both their women's and men's teams honored with the team achievement from the United Soccer Coaches.
The award marks the sixth consecutive year that the Cougars' academic efforts have been recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with all six occasions in the history of the program coming with Smith at the helm. In 2018, the Cougars finished with a 9-7-1 overall record on the field while placing 15 student-athletes on the NEWMAC all-academic team.
So far in the 2019 season, the Cougars hold a 5-4-1 overall record while sitting at 0-2-1 in the NEWMAC slate. The Cougars return to the pitch on Tuesday when they travel to take on Springfield College for a 4:00 pm conference matchup.
To view the complete list honored with the 2018-19 United Soccer Coaches team academic award visit: unitedsoccercoaches.org/awards/college-awards/2018-19-college-team-academic-award-winners