Kansas City, Mo. (October 4) – The MIT men's soccer team posted the second best cumulative grade point average among all NCAA Division III men's soccer programs last year as the Engineers earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Team Award for the ninth time in program history when the organization announced its selections this morning.
The United Soccer Coaches organization recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom and on the field. A total of 773 teams – 484 women's and 289 men's – posted a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher, thus earning the College Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 academic year. Among the 773 soccer programs, MIT was one of 191 schools that earned both the men's and the women's awards. As a team, the MIT men's soccer program registered a 3.59 grade point average, which ranked just behind Middlebury College for the top spot in Division III.
MIT earned the College Team Award for the ninth-time in program history in 2018 and for the third straight year as the Engineers were also honored with the accolade previously in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
In 2017, the MIT men's soccer team went 6-7-5 overall and 2-4-1 in conference play. The Engineers earned wins against Framingham State, Wheaton, Wentworth, Babson, UMass Boston and Worcester State. MIT made its way back to the NEWMAC Tournament and forced the quarterfinal match against Clark into penalty kicks.
This year's squad, which is currently 4-4-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the NEWMAC heads to Springfield College for a conference match on Saturday beginning at 12:00 pm.