KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the sixth straight season, posting a combined grade point average of 3.33 for the second straight year during the 2012-2013 academic year, announced NSCAA officials Thursday.
Lees-McRae (10-7-1, 8-1 Conference Carolinas) is one of six conference schools to earn this award, and one of two members to have both the men's and women's programs receive the honor. The Bobcats claimed their third straight conference regular season championship this fall, posting an 8-1 record in league play while closing the regular season with a 10-match unbeaten streak. The stretch included eight straight clean sheets, and a period of more than 830 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Bobcats had the highest GPA of all Conference Carolinas schools last season, beating out Pfeiffer University's mark of 3.31 for the top spot. King University was third with a 3.19, followed by Barton College (3.15), Mount Olive College (3.14), and Belmont Abbey College (3.07).
Lees-McRae is expected to return 19 letter-winners from this year's Conference Carolinas regular season championship squad, including rising seniors Ariana Smith (Jackson, N.J.), Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.), and Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.).
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