WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- The Williams College men's lacrosse team that opened the 2020 season with four straight wins before their season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been named one of eleven regional recipients of the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award for the 2020 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.
"I'm very honored to accept this prestigious team award on behalf of my players, coaches, and support staff here at Williams College," stated Eph head coach George McCormack. "We emphasize good sportsmanship and properly hosting visiting teams and officials with all our sports here at Williams and it's a reflection of great leadership within the whole athletic department that we have received this honor.
The award is named after the legendary Army and Virginia head coach and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member James "Ace" Adams. Adams was 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.