June 5, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer junior Laura Eddy was named one of three recipients of the fifth annual SEC Sportsmanship Award, according to an announcement by league commissioner Mike Slive on Tuesday. Winners were selected in a vote of the athletic directors of the SEC’s member institutions.
Eddy becomes Georgia’s first recipient of the award since its inception in 2008.
Eddy and Florida tennis player Joanna Mather were named co-recipients of the female award while Arkansas tennis player Matt Walters was named the male recipient. All three winners will be submitted to the NCAA for consideration for its national sportsmanship awards to be announced in July.
Despite being sidelined for the 2011 season with an ACL injury suffered during preseason, Eddy was a leader and role model for her teammates as she endured hours of rehab in working her way back into playing shape. On the field, Eddy has served an integral role in the Bulldog lineup during her first two seasons in Athens as a central midfielder. She is often matched up with the opposing team’s toughest defender and is fouled more than others on the field due to her position, though she never retaliates and continues to demonstrate respect and sportsmanship.
In 2010 as a sophomore Eddy started 19 games and played in all 21, scoring two goals and adding three assists for seven points. In her career she has started 40 of 42 games in which she has played.
The Bulldogs open the upcoming campaign on Fri., Aug. 17 at home vs. UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m.
A complete list of SEC Sportsmanship Award recipients follows:
2012 – Matt Walters, Arkansas (Tennis); Joanna Mather, Florida (Tennis); Laura Eddy, Georgia (Soccer)
2011 – Louis Day, South Carolina (Track & Field); Ole Miss Softball Team
2010 – Rodney Scott, Ole Miss (Football); Sam Arbaugh, South Carolina (Softball)
2009 – Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas (Track & Field); Alabama Women’s Tennis Team
2008 – Chris Lofton, Tennessee (Basketball); Jessica Yadloczky, Florida (Golf)