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South Easton, Mass. – The Northeast-10 Conference has announced the recipients of its fourth annual Winter 2009-2010 Sportsmanship Awards. The awards program recognizes one team from each of the conference's 23 championship sports that has exemplified the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducted themselves with a higher degree of integrity, character and class.
The Northeast-10 awards one team from its 23 championship sports with a 'Team Sportsmanship Award' at the end of each season's championship segment. The awards are decided upon by a vote of the conference teams' head coach, team captain and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative in their respective sports.
In the sport of men's basketball Southern Connecticut State University earned the sportsmanship award for the first time, while in women's basketball Le Moyne College picked up its first-ever award in that sport. In men's ice hockey, Stonehill College was recognized as this year's winner, as the Skyhawks have won the sportsmanship award for the third straight season.
The College of Saint Rose men's & women's indoor track & field teams both were named the sportsmanship award recipients, as the Golden Knights are receiving the award for the first time in both sports. Bentley University also picked up two sportsmanship awards, as the Falcons were recognized in the sports of men's & women's swimming & diving. Bentley earned its second sportsmanship award on the men's side, while on the women's side, the Falcons are receiving their fourth straight award after sharing the honor last year with Le Moyne.
In June, one of the 16 conference institutions will receive the 'David R. Brunk' Award honoring institution sportsmanship. Last year, Assumption College was selected as the award recipient. Previous winners include Stonehill (2008) and Saint Anselm College (2007).
With 16 member institutions the Northeast-10 shares the distinction of being the largest Division II conference in the country along with the PSAC and WVIAC. Its 23 championship sports provide athletic opportunities for over 5,500 student-athletes, the largest such program of any Division II conference.
2009-2010 NE-10 Winter Sportsmanship Awards
Men's Basketball – So. Connecticut
Women's Basketball – Le Moyne
Ice Hockey – Stonehill
Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field – Saint Rose
Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving - Bentley