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MIT Men's Lacrosse Receives James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award

MIT Men's Lacrosse Receives James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 14) – The MIT men's lacrosse team has been named one of 11 recipients of the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award for the 2016 season by the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NILOA).

Established in 2006, the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award is presented 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. Additionally, consideration is given to facilities available for the officials and treatment of the officials prior to, during and after games. Recipients are selected by collegiate lacrosse game officials.

"It is an honor to receive this award named after one of the all-time legends in lacrosse," remarked head coach Walter Alessi. "It is a team award and I am proud to accept it for our present and former coaches and players. We stress sportsmanship and do our best to be gracious hosts. The MIT staff does a superior job welcoming and accommodating visiting teams and officials to our campus."

"Throughout his longtime commitment to the men's lacrosse program at MIT, Coach Alessi has built and demonstrated a strong sense of sportsmanship in the MIT program," said Tim McCaffrey, NIOLA District 1 Governor. "His team always plays hard, by the rules and respectfully to both their opponents and to the game officials. The New England Officials organization is very proud and pleased to present this honor to the Coach Alessi, the men's lacrosse team as well as the entire athletic department of MIT."

The award is named after legendary Army and Virginia head coach and national Lacrosse Hall of Fame member James "Ace" Adams. Well known and respected for his positive sideline demeanor as well as the exceptional character which his teams displayed, he amassed 284 collegiate victories during a coaching career that spanned five decades. At the time of his retirement in 1992, Adams had the most wins of any active NCAA Division I coach.

The Engineers (1-2) are back in action on Thursday, March 16 when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology at 4:00 p.m.