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By Paul Ohanian
US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse have named the Rochester Rattlers as the winner of the league’s monthly sportsmanship award for Weeks 1-4. The Rattlers, coached by Tim Soudan (pictured above), were selected for the honor based on voting conducted among the league’s game officials.
Rochester is the inaugural winner of this new award, introduced in 2014 as part of a joint partnership between Major League Lacrosse and US Lacrosse to promote good sportsmanship in lacrosse. Three monthly sportsmanship winners will be recognized through the 2014 season, with one of those teams then selected by the officials as the MLL’s Sportsmanship Team of the Year Award winner. That announcement will be made during championship weekend in August.
"This was a very close vote, with every official participating, and we are pleased to recognize the Rattlers for their sportsmanship and professionalism as it relates to actions on the field,” said Kevin O’Leary, coordinator of officials for the MLL. “We enthusiastically endorse the concept of recognizing an MLL team each month for demonstrating the highest quality of sportsmanship by everyone associated with their franchise.”
“Congratulations to Coach Soudan and the Rochester Rattlers on receiving the Sportsmanship Team of the Month award for May,” said Stephen Berger, men’s game director at US Lacrosse and an active MLL player for the Boston Cannons. “Growing the game has a lot of responsibility tied to it, and as professional lacrosse players and ambassadors for lacrosse, there is an even larger responsibility in being a great role model for younger players. The sportsmanship award is a great way for MLL players, teams, coaches and officials to embody the true meaning of “competing with class” and “honoring the game.”
US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse encourage all lacrosse participants take the pledge to compete with class and honor the game. To read more about this sportsmanship initiative, please visit uslacrosse.org/competewithclass.
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