Kansas City, MO --- Led by then-junior Pavolas Christidis (Fairport, NY), the 2016 WPI men's soccer team was lauded by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) for its work inside the classroom.
The team combined for a 3.46 GPA which tied for 21st overall among the 290 eligible (cumulative 3.0 GPA or better) and participating teams across all three divisions at the time of the original release. In all, there are 838 teams in the NCAA, of which 415 are full members of Division III. The Engineers were also second among NEWMAC programs.
Christidis, a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, was a repeat NEWMAC All-Academic honoree (cumulative 3.5 GPA or better) along with classmates Jordan Finzel (Northport, NY), Derrick Naugler (Westford, MA), Andrew Rottier (Plainville, CT) and Ryan Stokes (Fairport, NY). Then-sophomores Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA), Spencer Ralphs (Simsbury., CT) and Jake Steinberg (Shrewsbury, MA) collected their first conference academic award last autumn.
"This group, led by those mentioned above continues to impress on and off the field," remarked head coach Brian Kelley. "They are committed to the classroom, WPI and most importantly each other. They also have the potential to be ranked nationally solely for their on-field achievements, a mark that this 2017 team is determined to achieve! I would like to thank our Athletic Department and Professors campus-wide that continue to work with and support our men's soccer program. I am sure they enjoy working with our group as much as I do!"