PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A total of four men's and women's soccer programs hailing from the Little East Conference have been named recipients of the 2017 United Soccer Coaches College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award "for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game." A total of 162 programs spanning all two and four-year collegiate programs across the nation were honored by the association, only three of which were men's programs.
Eastern Connecticut State University saw both of its programs honored, with the women's program earning the Gold Award and the men's program earning the Bronze Award. Plymouth State University's women's program was also a Gold Award recipient, while the women's program at UMass Dartmouth earned the Silver Award.
The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given to United Soccer Coaches members at four levels. Teams honored at the platinum level went an entire season without a player or coach receiving a yellow card or red card. Teams honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%) and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on a percentage calculated by the total number of cards received by players/coaches divided by the team's total number of games played.