June 13, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Boston University women’s soccer team was the recipient of the 2011-12 America East Sportsmanship Award, the league announced Wednesday evening at its annual awards dinner in Annapolis, Md.
The Terriers were the female recipients of the America East Sportsmanship Award while Kevin Brandon from the University of Hartford was the male award winner. The winners were determined in a vote by the America East Sportsmanship Committee and are not automatically eligible for the NCAA Sportsmanship Awards, which the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct will determine in July.
To be nominated, an individual or team must have demonstrated consistently the values of caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility in his or her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics. The student-athletes or team nominees must be a member of an intercollegiate athletics team during the 2011-12 academic year.
Guided by head coach Nancy Feldman, the BU women’s soccer team showed that it is possible to win with class during the 2011 soccer season. The Terriers went 19-3-1 en route to their fifth straight America East title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament without receiving any disciplinary cards, yellow or red, in any of their 23 games. They were the lone Division I program and one of just 13 men’s and women’s programs total nationwide to receive the NSCAA Gold Certificate for zero cards.
America East began awarding a conference Sportsmanship Award to a male and female student-athlete for the 2005-06 academic year based on the same criteria as the NCAA Sportsmanship Awards.