KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five Little East Conference (LEC) soccer programs were named recipients of the 2018-19 United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, it was announced by the organization Thursday.
Eastern Connecticut State University and Plymouth State University saw both its men's and women's programs honored by the United Soccer Coaches. Also making the grade was the women's soccer program at Castleton University.
The women's program at Eastern earned a LEC-best 3.36 team grade point average over the previous academic year, while its men's program boasted a 3.15 team GPA. Plymouth State's women's program tallied a 3.29 team GPA, while the Panthers' men's team posted a 3.15 team GPA. The Spartans women's program had a 3.22 team GPA in 2018-19.
A total of 989 college teams (345 men, 644 women) earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, including 255 schools who had both their men's and women's programs among the recipients. College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2018-19 academic year.