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High Scores in the Field, and the Classroom

Women's soccer and men's cross-country were to the top women's and men's scholar-athlete teams in the fall, led by defender Savannah Courtney, left, and Kyle Gronostaj. (Photos by Bill Ziskin)

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 6, 2018) — Good grades are always in season for University at Albany athletic teams.

Figures from the Athletics Department show that student-athletes at UAlbany posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.14 for the fall semester, with 11 of the department’s 18 teams earning combined GPAs of 3.20 or better.

In total, 58.8 percent of UAlbany’s student-athletes had a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 56.4 percent have a cumulative GPA at least 3.0.

“I would like to congratulate all of our student-athletes on their academic success and accomplishments,” said Lori Friel, associate athletic director for academic services. “I am so proud of each of them and their continued dedication and hard work in the classroom.”

The women’s soccer program posted the highest team GPA for the fall with a 3.65. The team has a cumulative GPA of 3.48. The program has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for eight eighth consecutive years.

Scholar Athlete GPA achievements UAlbany

Impressive fall numbers. (Graphic by UAlbany Athletics Marketing) 

“This is an extremely motivated group of young women both on and off the field,” Women’s Soccer Head Coach Nick Bochette said. “They have continually shown the drive and determination to achieve excellence, and displayed the maturity to do so during their busiest and most demanding time of the year.

“With four student-athletes achieving a perfect 4.0 and 17 earning over a 3.5 GPA, this has been an impressive semester. Our ethos, however, will not change; and we will aim to continue to improve in every way we can.”

Cross country posted the highest GPA of any men’s team, earning a 3.55. The program’s cumulative GPA is 3.32. In addition, Friel noted that all other programs involving runners — women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track for both men and women — posted plus-3.00 GPAs for the fall term.

Other outstanding women’s program GPA performances for the fall included that of Volleyball (3.46) and women’s lacrosse (3.41).

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