PERRY, N.Y. – When Adrian men's lacrosse head coach Don LaSala tells recruits that at Adrian you can compete for a national championship and play in a great environment, evidently there are others- at the national-level- who concur.
The team became the 2012 recipient of the James "Ace" Adams Award.
The James "Ace" Adams Award honors the lacrosse program that best embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and creates a model game environment.
"I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of the administration, team and fans at Adrian," said coach LaSala.
"It's great to be recognized for something which we put a high priority on (sportsmanship), and to be recognized on a national stage."
The Award recognizes a program's coaching staff, team, administration and fans for their displays of sportsmanship and for creating a quality environment for the game of lacrosse and is voted on by active collegiate lacrosse officials. It is awarded through the Collegiate Officials Committee via the U.S. Lacrosse Men's Division Collegiate Officials Committee.
"This is quite an honor because it takes into consideration all aspects of your
program from coaches, to players, fans and administrators," said Chuck Cohen, Chairman of the USL Men's Lacrosse Officials Awards.
The award is named in honor of James "Ace" Adams, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member who served as head coach at both Army and Virginia. Adams was not only renowned for his positive sideline demeanor but also for the exceptional strength of character that was exhibited by his teams.