WILMINGTON, North Carolina – For the ninth consecutive season, the UNCW women’s soccer program has been honored for its work in the classroom as it was recently recognized as a Team Academic Award recipient by National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA).

UNCW combined for a 3.59 team GPA during the 2012-13 season, the 2nd highest in the Colonial Athletic Association and 9th nationally among the more than 240 Division I women's squads that received the honor.

"To be successful and compete on the field is always a main goal of our program,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “That being said, to excel in the classroom is what this experience is truly all about. Our student-athletes are attending UNCW to get a first-class education and their hard work in the classroom has allowed them to achieve this goal. They are deserving of this honor. Our academic support personnel and our compliance staff also share in this award with our team."

The NSCAA Team Academic Award is given annually to any men's or women's program that posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the previous academic year. A total of 864 college soccer teams (271 men, 593 women) at the NCAA and NAIA levels were honored for the 2012-13 season.  

UNCW finished the 2013 season with a 9-10-0 overall record. The Seahawks advanced to the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the 13th time in program history, falling at defending champion Hofstra in the first round.