Excelling on the pitch is nothing new for Darrin Hedges and his Lady Friar soccer program, but it's their work both on and off the field that have garnered recent honors.
The Lady Friars have earned the United States Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance during the 2016-17 academic year.
The team earned this award thanks to a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.79. This prestigious award was given to just 333 total teams across the entire nation.
Also, the Lady Friars picked up the NSCAA's Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, given to just 18 teams nationally on three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Bishop Lynch was one of five programs to reach Gold Level status, given to teams with a percentage of red and yellow cards ranging from 1-10%. The Lady Friars were shown less than five total cards during the 2016-17 season.
The percentage is determined by the number of yellow card cautions or red card ejections teams are shown by referees, divided by the number of games played.
The Lady Friars played a total of 24 matches last season, finishing with an 18-6 record, with a 12-2 league mark. Hedges' team topped St. John XXIII and Antonian Prep in the postseason before falling to St. Agnes in the TAPPS Division I State Semifinals.