Dec 4, 2012

Longwood Women Receive NSCAA Team Academic Award

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University women's soccer team has once again been named as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the Lancers have attained this prestigious team academic honor with their overall team GPA of 3.41 attained during the 2011-12 academic year, as recognized by the NSCAA.  The NSCAA recently honored 504 intercollegiate women's programs from all Divisions that posted team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher for the most recent academic year.  Longwood was just outside the Top 40 in Division I that was led by Western Michigan University (3.65), along with Lafayette College, Providence College and the University of Idaho tying in the 39th spot at 3.45.
   
“This award is not only a reflection of the importance that our team places on academics, but it is a credit to the commitment and hard work our student-athletes demonstrate on a daily basis inside the classroom,” said 19th-year head coach Todd Dyer '93.  “Our teaching faculty and academic support staff also deserve recognition for enabling and empowering our student-athletes to achieve so much in the academic environment.  It is only fitting that our success on the soccer field this year is accompanied by such an important team honor.”
   
Longwood finished 2012 with a final record of 13-6-2, including 8-2-1 in its first season of Big South competition, tying for second place during the regular season, and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals.  The Lancers posted their highest win total as a Division I program while enjoying their finest season since 2002 (15-3-1), also equaling the sixth-highest win total in the 19-year history of the program.