USC Soccer Recognized For Academic Strength

May 9, 2007

The NCAA recently extended honors to Division I programs around the country that have posted multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of each sport. For its success and academic strength, the USC women's soccer program has been included on the NCAA's list. The Women of Troy are one of only 33 programs highlighted for their outstanding APR scores, and the Trojans also stand out as the only Pac-10 team on the list.

The multi-year APR scores combine the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years, as each program is assigned points based on retention and eligibility status. Across those three years, USC women's soccer both kept up its graduation rate and maintained players' eligibility to boost its APR into the top 10 percent in the nation. Every semester, the team vies for the top team GPA at USC, and boasted the highest team GPA in Spring 2006 with a team average of 3.22.

The roster is also highlighted by many academic standouts. Senior Lindsay Parker was recently named USC's 2006 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection along with fellow senior Tracy Lansing. Lansing also was honored as a CoSIDA Academic Third Team All-American for District 8. USC had a grand total of seven Pac-10 All-Academic honorees in 2006 and 2005 and nine honorees in 2004.

USC's academic success has also been accompanied by competitive strength on the field. The Trojans have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Second Round, recently upsetting top-seeded Santa Clara (also an academic honoree) in the 2006 NCAA First Round.

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