KANSAS CITY, MO -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has named Williams College junior midfielder Mai Mitsuyama (Natick, MA) to its East Region Scholar All-America First Team and the Eph team has earned an NSCAAA Team Academic Award.
To be named to a regional Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by his institution.
Mitsuyama played primarily in the midfield for the Ephs this season, but has played every position except keeper for the Ephs. Although she did not score a goal this fall, Mitsuyama was a prime factor in the Ephs' attack setting up scoring opportunities and recording six assists on the year.
A double major – Japanese and psychology – Mitsuyama was previously named to the NESCAC First Team and earned Academic All-NESCAC honors.
Annually the NSCAA recognizes college soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field.
A total of 861 collegiate soccer teams (279 men, 582 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year. Of that total, 195 schools had both their women's and men's programs recognized.
Both the Eph women's and men's teams earned the Team Academic Award in the 2013-14 academic year with the women compiling a team GPA of 3.39 and the men posting a team GPA of 3.27.