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KANSAS CITY, MO -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recognized select collegiate student-athletes as 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
To be named to a 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 selected to her regional NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American Team.
Previously this fall junior midfielder Mai Mitsuyama (Natick, MA) earned Academic All-NESCAC and First Team NSCAA East Region First Team Scholar All-American honors as well as additional recognition for her play this fall.
For the third consecutive season Mitsuyama started every game for the Ephs. This season she appeared in 24 games as the Ephs compiled a record of 21-2-1 and finished second at the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard has employed Mitsuyama in all but two positions on the ptich for the Ephs -- in goal and as a traget up front.
Mitsuyama is majoring in Japanese and psychology. "Mai is incredibly engaged in the life of the college both academically and extracurricularly," stated Pinard. "We encourage our student-athletes to discover and pursue their passions outside of soccer, which she has taken to heart as she tackles one of the more challenging majors and takes on the responsibility of being a Junior Adviser (JA). She is certainly taking advantage of all the opportunities Williams provides its students."
In her three years in the Purple Valley Mitsuyama has played in 63 games and has recorded nine assists (six this season) linking the Ephs' defensive third of the field with the offensive third. With Mitsuyama logging 63 starts in the 63 games played over the last three seasons the Ephs have compiled an overall record of 48-10-5 (.802).
Mitsuyama also compiled an impressive list of on field accomplishments this fall including: First Team All-NESCAC, First Team ECAC-New England, First Team NSCAA All-New England, and at the Final Four she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.