University of New England’s Brionne Turcotte (left) battles against the University of Southern Maine in the 2016 season. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

University of New England’s Brionne Turcotte (left) battles against the University of Southern Maine in the 2016 season. ALEX SPONSELLER/ Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — The University of New England women’s soccer team capped off an impressive 2016 season with a playoff berth and an appearance in the Commonwealth Coast Conference final. 

The Nor’easters’ hard work continued to pay off as UNE was recently honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its sportsmanship this past year. UNE was awarded the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, and was one of just nine teams to receive a platinum distinction for receiving no cards throughout the season.

“Our team plays each game to win within the laws and spirit of the game. They consistently hold a high standard of sportsmanship and it is an honor to receive this award,” said UNE coach Heather Davis.

Davis was proud of her team’s discipline during the campaign, and felt that the Nor’easters conservative approach helped on the field.

“It is a big advantage. Often cards are awarded for a player losing her temper and reacting verbally or with an overly aggressive tackle. Many times the winner of a game is determined within those moments of chaos,” said Davis. “The team that manages their emotions and maintains their composure has a competitive advantage.”

UNE also had three players recently named to New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association’s All-New England team. 

Sanford’s Taylor Littlefield Langev, who was also named the CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was selected to the first team, while Brielle Robinson was named to the second and Maria Philbrick the third.

“I am so pleased for the players to receive this recognition. Spending the many hours necessary to become a top performer, all the while excelling in the classroom takes superior dedication … they are all tremendous,” said Davis.

Davis was proud of all her players and appreciates the strong program they have helped build.

“This program is built upon a foundation of talented, dedicated and driven student-athletes,” said Davis. “A large group of tremendous seniors are graduating and they are leaving a fantastic legacy.

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at [email protected] or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.


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