Soccer Team Earns National Academic Honor

Jan. 9, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its Team Academic Awards for the 2002-03 academic year with Arizona State among the top of the 265 women's teams and the top school from the Pac-10 Conference.

The list revealed that the Sun Devils boasted the highest team grade-point average among Division I programs that made the NCAA Tournament field, at 3.46. All 22 members of the ASU team earned at least a 3.0 GPA or higher, also garnering Maroon & Gold Scholar-Athlete honors.

To receive the NSCAA Team Academic Award, a program must have a combined GPA of at least 3.0. A total of 336 programs were named -- 71 men's and 265 women's teams -- ranging from every division in the NCAA and even the NAIA.

The teams will be honored at the College Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, as part of the 57th Annual NSCAA Convention, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, January 14-18, 2004.

Arizona State is #1 in the nation where it counts the the classroom.

The ASU women's soccer team set a standard of excellence in the classroom in 2002-2003 with a team grade-point average of 3.46. They have been recognized with the #1 team GPA in the nation, as well as the Pac-10, of all teams qualifying for the 64 team 2002 NCAA division 1 women's soccer tournament.

# 1 team GPA in 64 team 2002 NCAA division 1 women's soccer tournament.

ASU #1 team GPA in Pac-10.

ASU #5 team GPA in Division I women's soccer (297 teams).

ASU had 100% of their soccer team make above a 3.0 in 2002.

Top 10 Team GPA's Overall in Division Top 1:

1. Saint Louis University 3.56

2t. Eastern Washington 3.50

2t. Seton Hall 3.50

4. Elon University 3.48

5t. Arizona State University 3.46 (#1 in NCAA Tourney in 2002)

5t. South Carolina 3.46

7t. Cornell 3.45

7t. Oregon 3.45

9. Ball State 3.43

10. Toledo 3.42

Pac-10 Team GPAs:

1. Arizona State University 3.46

2. Oregon 3.45

3. Washington 3.28

4. California 3.23

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