Women's Soccer Captures 2011 CHAMPS Cup
Feb. 20, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer team has been named the winner of the CHAMPs Cup, awarded by the UMass Athletic Department's Academic Services Office. The squad received the honor after all 19 UMass varsity athletic program's were tracked throughout the 2011 calendar year in the categories of Academic Excellence, Athletic Achievement, and active participation in Community Service, Personal Development Events, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Big Game attendance. The team will be recognized at halftime of Tuesday's men's basketball game at the Mullins Center.
In 2011, the Minutewomen posted their most successful season since 1997 with a record of 14-5-2 and a runner-up performance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The squad broke into the NSCAA regional rankings for the first time since 2006 and finished the year No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic region. Over the past two seasons, head coach Ed Matz's tenure with the Minutewomen, the team has jumped over 200 spots in the RPI, finishing 46th in 2011 after concluding the 2009 season at #257.
This past fall, four individuals earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, three were tabbed All-New England and five collected All-Atlantic 10 accolades.
Off the field, the student-athletes continued to be active members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, taking part in community service and projects, all while performing exceptionally in the classroom. Leading the way, senior co-captain Meghan Collins was named the female UMass Fall Scholar-Athlete for 2011.
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