The Central Connecticut women's soccer team was honored with the United Soccer Coaches College Team Academic Award for the 20th consecutive year it was announced. The honor recognizes teams that collected a combined team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2020-21 academic year.
The Blue Devils turned in a cumulative team GPA of 3.48 in 2020-21 and have earned the Team Academic Award each year, dating back to 2002. Under head coach Mick D'Arcy, the team had 22 student-athletes named to the NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, including Erica Bardes who was named the Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. D'Arcy is the program's all-time winningest coach and has led the Blue Devils to nine Northeast Conference championships, including each of the last three seasons.
A total of 602 soccer teams (220 men, 382 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 academic year. Of that total, 90 schools - including CCSU - had both their men's and women's programs recognized. United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of high school and college soccer teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full academic year. College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Blue Devils are back in action on Sunday, September 26, at Saint Francis U in Northeast Conference action.