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Knights secure academic award; GPA is 14th in Division III

October 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm
Carleton Men's Soccer
Carleton Men's Soccer
Photo: Nathan Klok

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Carleton College men’s soccer team earned the United Soccer Coaches’ (formerly the NSCAA) Team Academic Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.46 for the 2016-17 academic year. This is the 18th consecutive year that the Knights have secured this recognition.

In addition to their stellar work in the classroom, the Carleton men have also qualified for the MIAC Playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons, the longest active streak among the men’s and women’s soccer programs around the conference.

A total of 282 men’s soccer programs (across all three NCAA Divisions) received the United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award after posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Carleton once again far exceeded the minimum requirement as the Knights’ 3.46 team GPA is tied for 14th among the 409 men’s soccer programs in Division III and is tied for 20th across all NCAA divisions (818 men’s teams).

Over the course of the award’s history, the Knights have posted the nation’s top overall grade point average three times. The Carleton men own the longest active streak among all NCAA men's programs by earning this academic award every season since the 1999-2000 academic year.

The Carleton women also extended their stretch of team academic awards to 17 years. The next-longest active streak among MIAC squads of either gender is 10 years.

Carleton was one of 195 schools in the nation to have both its men’s and women’s programs receive this award. While the Knight men and women have earned double academic recognition 17 times in as many years, only two other MIAC institutions have pulled off the men’s-women’s double even 10 times over that same span.