Jan. 2, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Purdue women's soccer was recognized with the silver edition of the NSCAA's Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes a side that exhibits fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game.
The Boilermakers garnered a Silver Award after having no red cards and fewer than five yellow cards this fall. Purdue was only issued four yellow cards during its season. That total was down from nine in 2012 and 14 in 2011. Minnesota and Purdue were issued the fewest yellows in the Big Ten this season.
In all, 254 college teams (across all NCAA and NAIA Divisions) received either the gold, silver or bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The Gold Award is given to the program that had no cards during the season. As one might expect, no NCAA Division I teams were among the 25 on that list. The Bronze Award goes to teams with no more than 10 cards.
Other NCAA Division I women's programs to garner the Silver Award included: Air Force, Appalachian State, Belmont, Central Michigan, Harvard, High Point, Liberty, Louisiana-Lafayette, Loyola (Chicago), Manhattan, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Northern Kentucky, Ohio, Pepperdine, Prairie View A&M, Rider, Toledo and Virginia.
The Boilermakers also were the recipients of an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the fifth consecutive year and eighth time since 2002.