KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For the 11th consecutive year, the Carleton College women’s soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. The Knights were equally successful on the pitch as they were in the classroom. This fall the Carleton women won their second straight MIAC regular-season crown and were ranked as high as No. 11 in the national poll, the program’s best-ever ranking.
A total of 10 MIAC women’s soccer programs received the honor, and Carleton easily owns the highest total number of NSCAA academic awards as well as the longest streak. Macalester is next on the list with an active streak of six years.
The Knight women, under the direction of head coach Keren Gudeman, posted a team grade-point average of 3.41 (for the 2010-11 academic year). A total of 571 women’s programs received the award after posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Carleton was one of 154 schools nationally—with six of them competing in the MIAC—to have both its men’s and women’s program receive this honor, making this the 11th consecutive year the Knights earned double academic recognition. All of the other MIAC institutions have combined to record only 20 occurrences of double men’s-women’s honors during the previous decade.