Mai Mitsuyama Named The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar Player of the Year

Mai Mitsuyama '16
Mai Mitsuyama '16

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Williams College senior midfielder and captain Mai Mitsuyama (Natick, MA) has been named the NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year for players competing in NCAA Division III, NAIA, & NCCAA.

In addition, Mitsuyama has been named an NSCAA Scholar-All-American First Team honoree for the second consecutive year. 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 his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.

Mitsuyama is majoring in Japanese and Psychology, is a Class Marshall, and last year served as a Junior Advisor residing in a first year student residence.

"What an honor for Mai and the program," stated Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "Mai is the epitome of "student-athlete" because she pursued excellence in all realms of her Williams experience. She selflessly committed her entire experience to being the very best student, athlete. and community member she could be by being curious, aware, hard working, diligent and disciplined in all facets of her life as a student. She did so because she wanted to contribute anything and everything she could to the classroom, the team, and the Williams community and in return she's being honored with such an amazing award from the NSCAA. I'm so proud for her."

Previously this fall Mitsuyama was named an Academic All-NESCAC honoree for the third year, First Team All-NESCAC for the third consecutive year, First Team NSCAA All-New England for the third year in a row, a three-time First Team ECAC All-New England selection, and a repeat First Team NSCAA All-American as well as being named to the All-NCAA Tournament team when the Ephs won the 2015 NCAA title in Kansas City on December 4.

This season Mitsuyama scored twice with no assists. The goals were the first of her collegiate career and both came by converting a penalty kick in regulation. For her career, the Ephs' field general netted two goals, registered nine assists and 13 points while playing, and starting in 84 games for Williams.

See all three Division III, NAIA and NSCAA Scholar All-America teams.