HADLEY, Mass. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the 2009 Fall All-Sportsmanship Team for each sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
The All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Of the 83 individuals selected for All-Sportsmanship honors, 17 also had NESCAC All-Conference recognition bestowed upon them in their respective sport this fall. For the second-straight year, the Golf All-Sportsmanship Team had four of its 10 members earn All-NESCAC honors, more than any other group. Notable individuals that earned All-Sportsmanship include Tufts senior Dena Feiger (Long Grove, Ill.), the 2009 NESCAC Volleyball Player of the Year. Feiger, who has also been recognized as AVCA Second Team All-America and New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Player of the Year, leads the conference with 11.18 assists per set heading into Thursday’s NCAA Quarterfinal match against Hope at John Carroll University. She also averages 2.50 digs per set. With Feiger as the catalyst, the Jumbos are ranked among the top 20 nationally for Division III in kills per set (13.23).
Nine individuals among this year’s All-Sportsmanship Teams earned the honor last fall: men’s cross country seniors Will Reid (Wellesley, Mass.) of Hamilton and Corey Watts of Williams, women’s cross country seniors Colleen MacPhee (Maplewood, N.J.) of Connecticut College and Kate Barton (Englewood, Colo.) of Trinity, Bates senior field hockey player Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.), Trinity senior golfer Reid Longley (Atlanta, Ga.), Tufts men’s soccer senior Ari Kobren (Silver Spring, Md.), and Bowdoin senior Gillian Page (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Colby sophomore Caitlin Burchill (Walpole, Mass.) from volleyball.
The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators. The committee provides a voice to represent the concerns of all student-athletes and to discuss issues impacting student-athlete welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.