BOSTON – For the second straight season Suffolk women's soccer has been acknowledged for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game as the Rams picked up the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the United Soccer Coaches association Thursday afternoon.
The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given to USC 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. Squads honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%) and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on percentage calculated by the total number of cards received by players/coaches divided by the team's total number of games played.
The Rams collected a spot in the bronze category after receiving just five yellow cards (31.25%) in Suffolk's 11th season. The blue-and-gold is one of 28 institutions in the bronze category and is the only representative of the GNAC on the 103-team list.
Suffolk brings home its sixth Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award in the program's 11-year history, second under head coach Darren Lloyd and in as many seasons.
The Rams 2017 campaign featured their seventh postseason trip and second in as many years thanks to a 4-7 league ledger. Suffolk faced conference powerhouse Lasell in the GNAC Quarterfinals and despite the Rams regular season 2-0 triumph over the Lasers, the program's first-ever win over Lasell and the first time the Lasers were taken down by a conference foe since Oct. 15, 2012, the top seed ended the blue-and-gold's season by a 3-1 margin.
Individually, seniors Jennifer Martin and Alexandra Nagri secured their spots in Suffolk women's soccer history book as the pair completed their careers as two of the most successful players in program history. Nagri became the second-ever Ram to produce 100-plus points in blue-and-gold. The two-time All-GNAC second teamer concluded her career with 103 points with 46 markers and 11 helpers to sit second all-time. Nagri also shined in the classroom becoming the first-ever Suffolk women's soccer player to be recognized for her work inside the classroom with a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Martin, meanwhile, was seven points shy of the 100-point milestone, with the two-time all-league first-team selection finishing her four-years with 93 points thanks to 38 strikes and 17 handouts.