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Men's Ice Hockey Honored Again By NCAA For Excellent Academic Progress Rate

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pittsburgh, Pa. - For the second consecutive season, the Robert Morris University men's hockey team has been honored by the NCAA for its excellent Academic Progress Rate (APR), as it received a Public Recognition Award on Wednesday.

The Colonials are one of just seven Division I men's hockey programs to be recognized in this way, joining Ivy League schools Dartmouth, Princeton and Brown, plus RPI, Merrimack and fellow Atlantic Hockey Conference member Air Force.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all D-I sports teams nationally. In order to receive a Public Recognition Award, a program must be ranked in the top 10 percent of its sport, which means its APR score ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000.

“We congratulate each of the teams and individual student-athletes for their dedication to academic success,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “This achievement demonstrates their hard work and the commitment of NCAA member schools to provide students with an opportunity to succeed academically and athletically.”

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

Since APR began being measured in 2004-05, 11 Robert Morris University teams had gotten the Public Recognition Award. Women's rowing has won it three times, while softball and women's volleyball have taken it home twice.

The men's hockey team has placed 25 players on the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in each of the past two seasons, following a conference-record 26 in 2011-12. 2014-15 will be another banner year in the classroom, as all 26 players posted a 3.0 grade-point average or better in both the fall and spring semesters.

Fresh off their first regular-season conference championship, the Colonials will begin their 12th season of Division I hockey in the fall. Stay locked into for more information, including the 2015-16 schedule release coming soon.

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(Photo Credit: Jason Cohn)