The Central Connecticut baseball and women's lacrosse teams were among the winners of Northeast Conference Team Sportsmanship Awards for the spring season announced on Tuesday. The league announced the winners in 10 spring sports.
Instituted by league Presidents in 2008, the Team Sportsmanship awards acknowledge the team in each 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.
"The Northeast Conference holds the principles of sportsmanship and pursuing victory with honor in the highest regard," said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner. "I applaud our student-athletes, coaches and fans for their commitment in this area, and congratulate those teams honored for their role in promoting the ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanship."
The Blue Devils won their fifth NEC baseball championship in 2017, collecting a league-high 36 victories. Head coach Charlie Hickey also surpassed the 600-win plateau during the season and collected his 500th win at CCSU with a 6-3 win over Sacred Heart in the championship.
Head coach Princess Livingston guided the Blue Devils to a fifth-place standing in her first season at the helm of the women's lacrosse program. Central had three players named to the All-NEC First and Second Teams following the season.
Central finished the 2016-17 season with three awards overall, which trailed only Wagner (five).