JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville men's soccer is celebrating another outstanding academic semester after the team finished with a 3.461 GPA. The fall marked the second consecutive semester the team has achieved a record-high GPA, with a total of 19 players ending up above a 3.0.
The team finished the spring of 2018 with a GPA of 3.44, which was the best mark they had accomplished before outperforming that number in the fall, again setting a new academic standard under fifth year head coach Mauricio Ruiz. The 3.46 was also the highest recorded by any male team on campus.
Four members of the team recorded a 4.0 or higher, eight came in above the 3.5 mark, and seven more maintained a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5.
The team challenges themselves with a diverse range of majors such as Finance, Mechanical Engineering, and International Business. The fall semester also saw Jacksonville's Juan Sebastian Ramirez and Eli Lasley named to the Davis College of Business' Top-40 Students list.
Last year, Jacksonville was awarded the ASUN Presidents' Academic Trophy, which goes to the member institution with the highest percentage of student-athletes earning All-Academic honors for the year. The men's soccer team is looking to keep JU on pace to win the award once again.
"I'm a big believer that your commitment to academics has a direct correlation with your discipline to athletics and maturity as an individual. Our guys have a great buy in to the holistic approach that it requires to be a Division I Student-Athlete at our university. I'm very proud of our guys for this academic achievement during a fall semester that was filled with travel and missed classes," said Ruiz.
To go along with their success off the field, the Dolphins were a top ASUN team on the the field last fall, ending the season with a .500 conference record and advancing to the ASUN semifinal round for a third consecutive season. The team will begin their spring schedule with a home contest against Florida Southern on Feb. 22.