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The Keystone College men’s lacrosse team was honored as the Colonial States Athletic Conference’s 3-D Award winner when the conference announced Spring 2017 recipients of the CSAC’s 3-D Awards.

The awards honor the teams from each sport that best exemplified the NCAA Division III principles of “Discover, Develop, Dedicate.”

This spring’s CSAC 3-D award is the first for Keystone’s men’s lacrosse team, which completed just its third season of varsity competition this past spring.

The Giants posted a 1-12 (0-7 CSAC) record under the leadership of first-year head coach Joe Lodato.

The honor also marks the seventh CSAC 3-D award for a Keystone program as the men’s lacrosse team matches awards won by men’s tennis (2014, 2016), women’s tennis (2011, 2012), women’s cross country (2013) and men’s golf (2012).

The 3-D Award was developed prior to the 2011 academic year by the CSAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Following each conference contest, participating teams were asked to evaluate their opponents based on the three aforementioned Division III principles, giving a rating of 1-10 in each “D” category.

A total of seven different institutions were honored with 3-D awards during the 2017 spring season.

In addition to Keystone claiming the men’s lacrosse award, Cairn University won the softball 3-D award, while Gwynedd Mercy University captured the baseball award. Notre Dame University of Maryland took home the women’s lacrosse award.

In men’s tennis, Rosemont College was chosen by its peers as the 3-D award winner, with Marywood University taking home the golf award.

Franciscan University of Steubenville was named the 3-D award recipient in both men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

Both Cairn and Notre Dame earned the award for the second time in their respective sports, while the other five institutions won the award in their sport for the first time.