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For Immediate Release: January 17, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Men's soccer posted third-best GPA in the nation during 2005-06 academic year

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's soccer team, which has won two of the past four America East Conference championships, posted the third highest combined GPA among over 300 NCAA Division I programs during the 2005-06 academic year. The results were posted by the NSCAA.

The Bearcats finished the 2005-06 year with a GPA of 3.30, trailing only Adelphi (3.34) and Gonzaga. On the field, last year's squad was nationally ranked early in the season and earned a runner-up finish in the America East Tournament.

"This honor is a testament to all of the hard work our players have put into our program," head coach Paul Marco said. "They have set a standard of excellence and been successful in every way."

In addition to the Bearcats' success last year, the 2006-07 squad has been just as successful. While winning the America East Conference championship, Binghamton posted a 3.24 cumulative GPA.

"I'm extremely proud of the combination of academic and athletic successes of our men's soccer team," Binghamton Athletic Director Joel Thirer said. "Coach Marco and his staff continue to emphasize to their student-athletes that achieving at a high level is mutually compatible inside the classroom and on the athletic fields. They represent the best of what Binghamton University's student-athletes are all about."

Binghamton advanced to the NCAA Tournament last November but was defeated by No. 17 Harvard 2-1 in the first round. The Bearcats, who also won the America East crown in 2003, have advanced to the past four conference championship games.

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