KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the NSCAA Team Academic Award Thursday morning for the 2012-13 academic year, and both Salisbury University men's and women's soccer teams were winners.
A total of 862 soccer teams, 270 for men and 593 for women, posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Of that total, 186 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized, with Salisbury earning that honor.
Last year's women's soccer team, led by Head Coach Jim Nestor, posted an overall grade-point average of 3.28. This is the second-consecutive year the Sea Gulls have earned the award.
This season, the women finished with a record of 10-6-4, 5-2-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference. SU advanced past the reigning conference champions, Frostburg State University, in the first round through a score of 4-3 in penalty kicks, before falling in the semifinal match to Christopher Newport University, 3-1.
Last year's men's soccer team, led by Head Coach Gerry DiBartolo, posted an overall grade-point average of 3.16. This is the eighth time the Gulls have earned the award and the sixth-consecutive year.
The men made their 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament this year, after receiving an at-large bid to the big dance. In the first round, the Gulls tallied their 15th shutout of the season with a 4-0 shutout of Greensboro College in the first round of play, before falling to the defending national champion, Messiah College, in the second round, 3-0. SU finished its season with a record of 18-4, 8-0 in the CAC.