Kansas City, Mo. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s soccer team picked up recognition from the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Thursday morning for their academic excellence during the 2017-18 academic year, receiving the USC College Team Academic Award.

A total of 773 collegiate soccer teams (289 men, 484 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

St. Mary’s is earning its 12th team academic award in a row (16th overall) and the fourth under fifth-year head coach Peter Krech ’09. The Seahawks tallied a team grade point average of 3.39 during the 2017-18 academic year, notching a 3.435 GPA in the fall and a 3.359 GPA during the spring semester.

The Seahawks were one of six Capital Athletic Conference programs to be honored as Christopher Newport University (3.29 GPA), Frostburg State University (3.48), Penn State Harrisburg (3.20), Salisbury University (3.26), and York College of Pennsylvania (3.37) made the cut as well.

About the USC: Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the United Soccer Coaches has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game.

United Soccer Coaches works every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass it on to players and others in the soccer community.

For more information about the United Soccer Coaches, visit unitedsoccercoaches.org