Soccer teams earn classroom recognition

UCCS-Mountain-Lion-LogoUCCS men’s and women’s soccer teams earned their first National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award Nov. 21. The award is for the 2012-13 academic year when both Mountain Lion teams finished with a team grade point average above 3.00.

The UCCS women finished with a GPA of 3.31 and was one of nine RMAC teams to earn the academic award. Five conference teams each had a GPA above 3.30, and the Mountain Lions were one of two RMAC teams to rank in the top four in both team GPA and in the conference standings for the 2012 season.

UCCS placed nine student-athletes on the RMAC All-Academic teams last season, led by First Team selection Hannah Rather. The Mountain Lions also collected 12 President’s List or Dean’s List honors in the 2012-13 academic year with individual semester GPAs above 3.75.

The Mountain Lions academic performance for the 2013 season, which will be submitted to the NSCAA next fall, includes the first Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection in program history. Agnes Arnadottir will learn on Nov. 25 if she will become the first Academic All-American in program history.

The UCCS men’s team was one of two RMAC teams, with Regis, to earn the academic award with a 3.14. The NSCAA presented the honor to 270 men’s teams in the NAIA and NCAA.

The Mountain Lions had two RMAC All-Academic First Team selections last season and a total of four named to the conference academic lists. Mash Shaswar earned the first Capital One Academic All-America honor last season, and James Roberts will have the chance to make it back-to-back appearances for Mountain Lions on the Academic All-America teams when they are released on Monday.

The NSCAA recognized a total of 863 collegiate soccer teams with the Team Academic Award. UCCS was one of 184 institutions, and two within the RMAC, with both men’s and women’s teams to earn the award.

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