Kansas City, Mo. (October 1) - The MIT men's and women's soccer teams have both earned the United Soccer Coaches Division III Team Academic Award for their work in the classroom during the 2019-20 academic year. Both teams earned the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches for the tenth time.
A total of 931 soccer teams (350 men, 581 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher, thereby earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 academic year. Of that total, MIT was one of 200 schools that had both their men's and women's programs recognized this year.
The men's soccer team posted a grade point average of 3.67 on a 4.00 scale, while the women's soccer team posted a grade point average of 3.63 on a 4.00 scale. The men's team posted the best mark in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while the women's squad ranked third in the league only behind Clark (3.79) and WPI (3.72).
In 2019, the men's soccer team under head coach Ken Bovell made it to the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament, finished the year with a 7-5-6 record and qualified for the postseason for the third straight season and 21st time overall in program history.
In 2019, the women's soccer team under head coach Martin Desmarais went 20-1-3 overall and became the first NEWMAC team to post a perfect record in conference play since 2007. The Engineers won their eighth straight NEWMAC Regular Season Championship, their sixth NEWMAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the third consecutive season. Additionally, MIT reached its highest ranking in program history of No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III poll and finished 2019 ranked No. 7 in the nation.