Kansas City, Mo. (October 5) – The MIT men's soccer program registered the third highest grade point average a year ago as the Engineers were one of 813 teams to earn the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization earlier today.
The United Soccer Coaches organization recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom and on the field. A total of 813 teams – 282 men's and 531 women's – posted a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher and earned the College Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Among the 813 soccer programs, MIT was one of 195 schools that earned both the men's and the women's honor. As a team, the MIT men's soccer registered a 3.59 grade point average, which ranked just behind Washington and Lee (3.66) and Elmira (3.61) for the best mark in the entire country.
MIT earned the College Team Award for the eighth-time in program history and for the second straight years as the Engineers also were honored with the accolade previously in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016.
In 2016, the MIT men's soccer team registered a record of 6-10-1 and a 2-5 mark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Engineers claimed victories over Stevens Institute of Technology (1-0), Framingham State University (1-0), Roger Williams University (2-1), Emerson College (1-0), Worcester State University (2-1) and WPI (2-0).
This year's squad, which is currently 4-4-2 overall and 2-1-0 in NEWMAC action, returns to the pitch at home tomorrow afternoon as the Engineers host NEWMAC rival No. 20 Springfield College at 5:00 p.m.