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Somerset, NJ -- The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced its fall Team Sportsmanship Award winners this afternoon. Monmouth was honored in women’s cross country and shared the football award with Duquesne. LIU Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson were the men’s and women’s soccer award winners, respectively. St. Francis (NY) claimed the men’s cross country award, while Saint Francis (PA) was the field hockey recipient and Quinnipiac earned women’s volleyball honors.
2011-12 Northeast Conference
Team Sportsmanship Award Winners
Men’s Cross Country - St. Francis (NY)
Women’s Cross Country - Monmouth
Field Hockey - Saint Francis (PA)
Football - Duquesne/Monmouth
Men’s Soccer - LIU Brooklyn
Women’s Soccer - Fairleigh Dickinson
Women’s Volleyball - Quinnipiac
Instituted by league Presidents in 2008, the awards are 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 is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.
“One of our core values is the commitment to sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and fans,” said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner. “The Northeast Conference strives to be a leader in this area, and I congratulate these teams for an outstanding job promoting the ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanship.”
About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 31st 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 Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner. Bryant will become the NEC’s 12th member upon completion of the NCAA Division I reclassification process in 2012. For more information on the NEC, visit www.northeastconference.org.