Women’s Soccer Classroom Performances Land Them Academic Honor, #2 National Spot

Women's Soccer wraps up season with NSCAA Team Academic Award

Published Dec. 03, 2008

Lynn University’s women’s soccer team finished second out of 261 NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA eligible schools with a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average, earning NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America ) Team Academic Award honors. The Fighting Knights finished just behind Central Michigan University (3.70) in gaining academic recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

To be eligible for this award, teams must post a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Six of the nine Sunshine State Conference institutions also earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards. 

This season, a program-record five women soccer student-athletes earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors, led by senior Courtney O’Connell who was a first team selection.  Fellow seniors Summer McPhillips and Molly Anderson were picked for the second team while juniors Natalie Feller and Mindy DeCara were honored on the third team.

The Fighting Knights closed out the regular season 10-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the SSC, reaching the SSC Tournament for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall.  Melissa Ortiz became the second player in program history to garner SSC Freshman of the Year accolades and DeCara also earned Second Team All-SSC accolades.