Joseph Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship The sophomore goalkeeper boasts highest GPA of Final Four teams.
Will Joseph, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.
Joseph, majoring in accounting and classics, currently carries a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). Joseph was presented the award during the men’s soccer banquet on Thursday evening in Salem, Virginia, ahead of the national semifinals on Friday, Dec. 1.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above academically who have participated in a sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Joseph becomes the second W&L men’s soccer player to earn the award and just the fourth W&L student-athlete across all sports to claim the honor. Tyler Bernard ’23 was the men’s soccer recipient in 2021, Brooke Donnelly ’17 (Women’s Tennis) and Luke Farley ’18 (Men’s Golf) each earned the distinction in 2016, and Donnelly repeated as the winner in 2017.
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The Generals will meet No. 13 Amherst in the national semifinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia.