RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University men's golf team has been voted the winner of that sport's 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Team Sportsmanship Award. The balloting was performed by the league's nine head coaches in consultation with their teams, with the results announced on Monday.
Felician has earned the honor for the seventh time, all since 2008-09.
"When I saw we've won the Team Sportsmanship Award seven times in 10 years, I thought it was a pretty neat thing," said 13th-year Felician head coach Ben DiNallo Jr. "It speaks volumes as to what the conference's coaches have thought of our players over the years."
The CACC Team Sportsmanship Award is presented annually in each conference championship sport to the program, in the collective opinion of that sport's coaches and student-athletes, which best exemplifies the spirit of competition and sportsmanship throughout the season.
DiNallo, also Felician's director of athletics, is the only coach in the history of its men's golf program.
"The game of golf lents itself to sportsmanlike and honorable behavior," DiNallo said. "I would like to think we have had young men that have embodied that ideal, and other teams and their players like to be around Felician golf. This is not an accident."
The complete list of 2017-18 CACC Men's Golf All-Conference Team members and special award winners can be viewed at www.caccathletics.org/sports/golf/2017-18/releases/57AllCACC.
Team members that played regularly in both the fall and spring seasons were seniors Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills), junior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) and sophomore Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional).
Felician finished in seventh place in the 2017-18 CACC Championship tournament, held on Oct. 1-2, 2017, in Middletown, Del.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,200 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.