Boston, MA - Both Suffolk University Men's and Women's Soccer teams earned recognition by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA)as each team received the NSCAA Academic/Adidas College Team Award for 2008-09. Suffolk is one of only 97 institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II & III) to have both their men's and women's teams named to both lists and is one of two teams from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to do so.
It is the second year in a row Suffolk's Women's team has earned recognition by the NSCAA for team academic performance under Head Coach Ernst Cleophat. The Rams also received the team award in 2008. The Rams were one of 326 women's teams to be named to the list as they posted a team GPA of 3.00. To be eligible a team must post a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
It is the first time that a Suffolk University Men's Soccer team has earned such recognition by the NSCAA. The NSCAA team academic award was instituted in 1996. Suffolk's men posted a 3.07 GPA under Head Coach Andrius Zeikus in 2008-09. There were just 141 men's teams who were named to this year's list.