Kansas City, Mo. (October 4) – The MIT men's soccer team posted the top cumulative grade point average among all NCAA Division III men's soccer programs last year as the Engineers earned the United Soccer Coaches Division III Team Academic Award for the ninth time in program history when the organization announced its selections yesterday.
The United Soccer Coaches organization recognized college and high school soccer programs that excelled in the classroom and on the field during the 2018 season. A total of 989 teams – 345 men's and 644 women's – posted a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher, thus earning the College Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Among the 989 soccer programs, MIT was one of 255 schools that earned both the men's and the women's awards. As a team, the MIT men's soccer program registered a 3.64 grade point average which was tied for first with Sarah Lawrence College. Right behind MIT and Sarah Lawrence was Middlebury (3.63), Haverford (3.59), Vassar (3.59) and Mount Aloysius (3.56).
MIT earned the College Team Award for the ninth time in program history in 2019 and for the fourth straight year as the Engineers were also honored with the accolade previously in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, MIT posted a record of 8-6-3 overall (2-3-2 NEWMAC) and made its way into the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason tournament as the fifth seed. The Engineers forced the quarterfinal game against Wheaton into penalty kicks, but saw their season come to an end in Norton. At the conclusion of the season, Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.) was named as a CoSIDA Academic All-American and an All-Region pick by the United Soccer Coaches.
MIT (4-1-4, 1-0-1 NEWMAC) returns to NEWMAC play on Saturday, October 5 with a road match at Babson College beginning at 1:00 pm in Wellesley.