FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
South Easton, Mass. – The Northeast-10 Conference has announced the recipients of its fourth annual Spring 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.
Multiple teams repeated as sportsmanship award winners including Saint Michael's College who won its third straight sportsmanship award in the sport of softball. Saint Anselm College picked up its second straight award in the sport of women's lacrosse, while the College of Saint Rose earned its second straight award in women's outdoor track and field. The Golden Knights also received the sportsmanship award in men's outdoor track & field for the first time.
Bentley University picked up its second sportsmanship award in men's lacrosse after first winning the award in 2008, while the Saint Anselm men's tennis team earned the sportsmanship award for the second time in program history. The Hawks won the inaugural award in 2007.
The American International College baseball team and the Merrimack College women's tennis team are award winners in their respective sports, as both were selected recipients of the sportsmanship award for the first time.
On June 7, at the Northeast-10 Awards Banquet in Burlington, Vt., 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 College (2008) and Saint Anselm (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.
2010 Northeast-10 Spring Sportsmanship Awards
Baseball – American International
Men's Lacrosse – Bentley
Women's Lacrosse – Saint Anselm
Softball – Saint Michael's
Men's Tennis – Saint Anselm
Women's Tennis – Merrimack
Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field – Saint Rose