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Soccer: Sporting Behavior Cited by NSCAA

Institution is only one in New England to have both programs honored

Eshield72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University is one of only four institutions nationwide - the only one from New England -- to have both its men's and women's soccer programs qualify for a 2012 National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics Award.

The Eastern men's and women's soccer team both qualified for a Bronze Team Ethics Award for accumulating ten or less yellow and no red cards over the course of the 2012 season. The Eastern men were issued eight yellow cards in 20 matches during a 17-2-1 season and the women's team was given three yellow cards in 18 matches during a 9-6-3 campaign.

"I am so proud of our student athletes from both the men's and women's soccer teams," noted Eastern Director of Athletics Dr. Jeff Konin. "This past fall, not only did they perform successfully on the field and exemplary in the classroom, but the recognition of being just one of four universities in the nation to have both men's and women's teams receive the award demonstrates the high standards portrayed every day at Eastern.  Additionally, our coaches are to be commended for instilling these values in our student athletes."

In addition to Eastern, the only other soccer programs to feature both their men's and women's programs with an Ethics Award were Division III institutions Grinnell College, Grove City College, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Eastern was among only six men's programs in the country to be recognized with an Ethics Award.  Five of those programs earned spots in the Bronze category and one in the Silver category.

Men's and women's four-year and two-year collegiate teams holding membership in the NSCAA were eligible for the award, presented for the first time. Eight institutions received a Gold Award for being issued no yellow cards during the season; 48 programs earned a Silver Award for receiving five or less yellow cards, and 18 were presented a Bronze Award for receiving ten or fewer yellow cards. Programs which received even one red card were not eligible for the award.

"As the athletic director, this accomplishment combined with the success these programs have had on the field and in the classroom tells me that we are meeting the mission of the University and the true purpose of Division 3 athletics," added Konin. "If I were a parent of one of these student-athletes, I would feel very comfortable that my son or daughter made the right choice coming to Eastern!"  

This past fall, five members of the men's team and five members of the women's team achieved Little East Conference All-Academic status, with seniors Jordan Munsell (Waterford) and Cory Tobler (Portland) of the men's program earning additional honors when they were named to the NSCAA College Division Men's Scholar All-East Region Team.

The Eastern women are under the direction of 13-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, the men under the direction of six-year head coach Greg DeVito.


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