Ursuline Academy Awarded 2018 Boston Globe Singelais Trophy

Ursuline Academy Awarded 2018 Boston Globe Singelais Trophy
Ursuline Academy Awarded 2018 Boston Globe Singelais Trophy
Janet Reynolds

The Ursuline athletic program was recently named a divisional winner in the Boston Globe Scholastic Awards, which rank secondary school athletic programs based on their regular-season win percentage. In winning the 2018 Singelais Trophy, Ursuline earned its first Globe award since 2004, topping its division of all-girls Catholic schools with the highest winning record for the year. Outstanding performances were turned in by many teams; the swimming and diving team was 7-1 in the fall, while basketball finished 13-7 in the winter and golf was 13-4-1 in the spring. Varsity basketball coach Sarah Conlon commended her team for their enthusiasm, noting that the scholar-athletes on her team "are competitive, they are driven,and they work to improve every day."

Bookending their 2017-18 season, all five fall sports as well as all five spring sports participated in post-season play for the first time in Ursuline Academy history. In the spring, both the tennis and golf teams also won the South Sectional Championship in their division. The tennis and lacrosse teams both received the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) sportsmanship award, a team designation that recognizes a spirit of sportsmanship that goes beyond what is expected. As it is unusual for one school to receive two sportsmanship commendations in a single season, Athletic Director Michael O'Connor is understandably impressed with Ursuline's athletes. "Our girls compete very hard, but we also get recognized constantly by the MIAA for our sportsmanship and our behavior, and in this day and age, that's something I take a lot of pride in."