Lehigh soccer programs honored with NSCAA Team Awards
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Both the Lehigh men’s and women’s soccer teams have earned 2010-11 NSCAA Academic Awards, as released earlier this month. Lehigh is one of only 162 schools in the nation with both men’s and women’s squads earning the award, presented to teams with a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Overall, 572 women’s teams in the nation were honored (across Divisions I, II and III) while only 220 men’s squads were recognized.
The Mountain Hawks’ women’s program has earned the team award every year dating back to 2003. Lehigh garnered numerous academic honors during a strong 2011 campaign. Senior Jana Basubas led the way with Academic All-Patriot League honors, posting a 3.40 GPA as a Sociology/Social Psychology major while also minoring in Political Science and Business. In August, she was named one of only 30 candidates nation-wide for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Basubas and 11 other Mountain Hawks also cracked the most recent Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last January.
Earning the team award for a second straight season, the men’s team has enjoyed a rich tradition of success in the classroom, including 2010-11 when 10 individuals earned a spot on the 2010-11 Academic Honor Roll. Seven were from this past year’s squad: Steven Avena, James Meyerkord, Daniel Odenwelder, Cameron Omsberg, Christopher Rabey, Taylor Sulmonetti and Matt Weaver.
The men’s squad finished the season with an 8-4-6 record, advancing to its third straight Patriot League Tournament. The year saw the Mountain Hawks tie #22 Cal and defeat Stanford while going on a seven-game unbeaten streak and losing only once in a 12-game stretch bridging the beginning of September through the end of October. Numerous individuals were recognized as well, including Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year (sophomore Ciaran Nugent) and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year (senior Kevin Strunk).
Meanwhile, the women wrapped up its season with a 6-9-2 record, 2-3-1 in Patriot League play after its game at Holy Cross was called 30 minutes in due to snow. The Mountain Hawks lose six seniors, but return 20 underclassmen next season, including the current freshman class of nine which saw significant collegiate action.