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For Immediate Release: January 11, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton men's soccer posts fourth-best team GPA among NCAA Division I programs in 2006-07

Complete List of Team Earning Academic Honors

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's soccer team, which has won two of the past five America East Conference championships, posted the fourth-highest combined GPA among over 300 NCAA Division I programs during the 2006-07 academic year. The results were posted by the NSCAA.

The Bearcats finished the 2006-07 year with a GPA of 3.26, trailing only Dartmouth (3.35), Fairleigh Dickinson (3.30) and Cornell (3.27). On the field, last year's squad swept both the America East regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

"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."

The 2006-07 academic year marks the second consecutive time that the Bearcats have ranked among the top four Division I teams in terms of their overall GPA. The 2006-07 squad finished third with a 3.30 overall GPA.

In addition to its success as a team, Binghamton has also earned its share of individual academic honors. Senior back Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) was named a NSCAA/adidas First-Team Scholar All-American for the 2007 men's soccer season. Chavez and junior midfielder Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland) were named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar 2007 All-East Region Team. In addition, Chavez was named to the America East 2007 Fall Academic squad.

Binghamton finished 14-6-0 this past season and won its second consecutive America East regular-season title. The Bearcats also advanced to the their fifth consecutive conference championship game, which ties the America East record held by Boston University (1993-97).

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