SEATTLE – The US Lacrosse Men's Collegiate Officials Committee has named the recipients of the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award for the 2015-16 lacrosse season and the University of Washington men’s lacrosse program and head coach Jack Cerchiara were honored as the recipient of the Ace Adams Award for District 11.
The award, which was established in 2006, is given annually to the college or university in each of the 11 officiating districts whose coaches, players and fans exhibit the best sportsmanship throughout the season.
Both college varsity (NCAA) and non-varsity (MCLA) programs are eligible for consideration, with the winners selected by voting among each districts’ officials.
“It is an incredible honor for our team to be recognized with the Ace Adams Sportsmanship Award," said Cerchiara. "This truly wouldn’t be possible without the incredible dedication, time and effort of our players, coaches and staff. Our coaches and players are committed to not only playing lacrosse at highest level, but to treating the game and each other with the utmost respect and commitment, both on and off the field. I believe this exemplifies Husky lacrosse."
The award exemplifies the tradition of sportsmanship in lacrosse displayed by Ace Adams, who amassed 284 collegiate victories during a coaching career that spanned across five decades and included stints at the United States Military Academy (Army), University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia.
At the time of his retirement in 1992, Adams had the most wins of any active NCAA Division I coach. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1975.
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