KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 12th straight year, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award. The Lumberjacks as a team posted a team grade point average of 3.31 during the 2013 season.
"Our commitment to recruit quality student-athletes continues to generate positive results both on the field and in the classroom," said head coach Andre Luciano. "A lot of credit goes to our student-athletes and academic staff."
Northern Arizona has won the award every year since 2003 posting the minimum 3.0 grade point average in order to receive the NSCAA Award. The NSCAA Team Academic Award runs one year behind in order for the student-athletes to complete the academic year and the 2013-14 Lumberjacks saw success not only on the pitch, but also in the classroom. Luciano's squad continues to excel in the classroom as 33 of last year's players earned the Golden Scholar-Athlete Award maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Last year's seniors Alana D'Onofrio, Lauren Weaver, Elinor Priest and current senior Diane Buzzard were named to the 2013 NSCAA University Division Women's Scholar All-West Region Team for their achievements on the field and in the classroom. In order to be selected to the All-West Region Team, a player must have a minimum 3.3 GPA while making a significant impact on the field.
Eleven players from the Lumberjacks' squad received All-Big Sky were named to the Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team by participating in at least half of the team's competitions and yet achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
"Our academic staff does a great job of making academics a top priority here at Northern Arizona University," said Luciano.
This award comes after the Lumberjacks finished in second place in Big Sky Conference in 2013, bringing NAU back to the Big Sky Championships for the first time since 2010.