USCL women's soccer honored

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Lady Lancers earn ethics national award

By Robert Howey



The University of South Carolina Lancaster women’s soccer team has been recognized for winning an annual sportsmanship award presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics Committee.

The Lady Lancers received the Bronze Award, which is presented to teams that receive no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows during the season.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said USCL women’s soccer coach Nicole Bulinsky. “This is great recognition for the team’s hard work this past fall soccer season.”

The award winners will be recognized at the NSCAA convention for the College Coaches Awards Reception in Indianapolis on Thursday, Jan. 17.

“This is one of the most difficult awards to achieve in soccer,” said Brian Crossman, chairman of the NSCAA  Ethics Committee. “Well done, and congratulations to your team.”

Twelve intercollegiate teams received the NSCAA’s Gold Team Ethics Award for completing the entire 2012 season without receiving either a yellow, or red card.

In all, 82 teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards, or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.

“This is a real tribute to coach Bulinsky and the women’s soccer team and what she has done here,” said USCL athletic director Rick Walters. “Our objectives for our teams are academics, image and performance.

“This award and the fact that these girls, as a team, had a 3.5 GPA, shows they put their heart into it,” Walters said. “This is major recognition not only for our women’s soccer program and our athletic department, but also for our school. I think coach Jordan (Randy, the former women’s coach who now leads the USCL men’s program) did a good job of establishing the base and coach Bulinsky has carried it through.”

A total of 51 teams claimed the Silver Award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards, while the Bronze Award went to 19 teams, including the USCL women’s team.

The USCL team was nominated by Bulinsky, who was in her first season as a head soccer coach.

The USCL women’s team went 4-10-1, including a 4-9-1 region record last fall.

The Lady Lancers season was highlighted by the team’s 5-4 overtime win over Wake Tech on Aug. 26 when the USCL women won for the first time on the new on-campus field.

The Lady Lancers had four players earn all-region, including first-team players, sophomore keeper Hattie Ruch and freshman midfielder Lauren White of Lancaster.

Second-team selections were sophomore defender Shelby Bazemore and sophomore forward Cyndle McGuinness.

Criteria for the sportsmanship award:

1. A team may not have received any (0) red cards at any time during the season.

The “season” includes all regular season and playoff contests.

2. Gold Award – no yellow cards, 0 red cards

3. Silver Award – 1-5 yellow cards, 0 red cards

4. Bronze Award – 6-10 yellow cards, 0 red cards

The awards by the numbers:

NCAA D I women – 7 teams: 5 silver, 2 bronze

NCAA D II women – 9 teams: 5 silver, 4 bronze

NCAA D III women – 41 teams: 9 gold, 27 silver, and 5 bronze

NAIA women – 8 teams: 6 silver, 2 bronze

NCCAA women – 1 team: 1 silver

NJCAA women – 4 teams: 3 silver, 1 bronze

NCAA D III men – 6 teams: 1 silver, 5 bronze

Total number of awards: 82 teams: 12 gold, 51 silver, 19 bonze,