Women’s Soccer Garners NSCAA Team Academic Award

For the eighth-consecutive year, the Merrimack women’s soccer team received the NSCAA Team Academic Award. The Warriors owned a 3.42 grade point average to be one of 572 women’s soccer teams nationally to be recognized.

Merrimack was one of 161 institutions to have both its men’s and women’s squads earn the award.

The Warriors posted a 16-4-2 overall record in 2011 with an 11-2-1 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. Merrimack earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament and fell to top-seeded Saint Rose in the finals.

The Warriors made their 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament this fall, receiving an at-large berth as the No. 3 seed in the East Region. Merrimack edged Holy Family in penalty kicks in the first round before suffering a 5-0 loss at eventual-National Champion Saint Rose in the second round.

Gabe Mejail’s squad reached as high as #14 in the NSCAA National Rankings after rattling off 10-straight wins to open the year. The Warriors owned a 9-0-0 mark on home turf this season, including a pair of postseason victories at Martone-Mejail Field. Merrimack handed Saint Rose its first and only loss of the season in North Andover on October 15.