June 6, 2013

Men’s Lacrosse Earns NEC Spring Team Sportsmanship Award

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was honored with the Northeast Conference Spring Team Sportsmanship Award as announced on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The award program, conceived by league Presidents, is designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct. 

Voting of the awards is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team captain and head coach, who rank teams within the conference based on a predetermined set of criteria. Quinnipiac finished the school year tied for fourth among NEC members with the one Sportsmanship Award.

"The NEC Council of Presidents has been steadfast in their commitment to the ideals of good sportsmanship and integrity," said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner.  "To demonstrate that commitment our member institutions have adopted the NCAA's Respect campaign as their own, and truly value those who compete with respect and dignity at all times.  The NEC Team Sportsmanship Awards program serves as an excellent forum to recognize those teams that extol the virtues good sportsmanship."

2012-13 Northeast Conference 
Spring Team Sportsmanship Award Winners

Baseball - Wagner
Men's Golf - LIU Brooklyn
Women's Golf - Mount St. Mary's
Men's Lacrosse - Quinnipiac
Women's Lacrosse - Wagner
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - CCSU
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Sacred Heart
Softball - Sacred Heart
Men's Tennis - Mount St. Mary's
Women's Tennis - Saint Francis U

In addition to their good sportsmanship, the men's lacrosse team fared well in their final season in the NEC. The Bobcats earned their fifth straight postseason appearance when they defeated Wagner on April 20th to clinch a spot in the NEC Tournament. For the first time in program history, the Bobcats were nationally ranked after a perfect 3-0 record to start the season. Quinnipiac got hot again down the home stretch winning three of four games to move up the NEC standings. The Bobcats captured the third seed in the NEC Tournament but were ousted in the semifinals with a loss to Robert Morris.

Please refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest news and events pertaining to the men's lacrosse program. When finalized, the 2014 Men's Lacrosse Schedule will be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @NECsports.