Francis Marion University has earned a pair of Team Sportsmanship Awards from the Peach Belt Conference for the 2018 fall semester.
The Patriots garnered the award for men's soccer and shared the award for women's soccer. Flagler College picked up the award for women's volleyball.
This program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport. Points are awarded based on how each team finished in the voting and in June, the institution with the highest totals will receive the PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award.
Francis Marion wins its 12th and 13th awards since the program began. The Patriot men's soccer team wins the honor for the fourth time in the 11-year history of the honor, while the women's soccer team claims it's first.
Head coach John Campbell's men's squad concluded its 2018 campaign with a 9-7-0 record, a three-win improvement over the previous season. FMU tied for third during the Peach Belt regular-season and reached the semifinals of the PBC Tournament before losing to the eventual champion.
The Patriot women, under the direction of head coach Lindsey Morgan, posted a 5-10-1 mark utilizing a young roster that included only one senior. During the season, FMU's 2-1 win over Georgia Southwestern State University on Sept. 10 was the 200th win in program history.