Lawrie Named Honda Award Winner
June 9, 2009
NEW YORK - Danielle Lawrie, a University of Washington junior and pitcher for the Canadian Olympic team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has won the 2009 Honda Sports Award in softball, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in that sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 33rd year.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic nomination for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Lawrie was voted over three other nominees: Stacey Nelson, a senior at the University of Florida, Kaitlin Cochran, an Arizona State University senior and Tammy Williams, a Northwestern University senior. The nominees in softball were selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Noted Lawrie, 'It is a huge honor for me to win the Honda Award for softball especially after so many great Huskies before me have been nominated. To be the first is a great feeling but I have to thank my teammates and coaches because without them this award would not be possible. Just looking at the names of those who won before, they are great athletes and role models but they also played on great teams and winning a national championship was the greatest feeling I have had in my athletic career. Still, it is flattering to be recognized with individual awards and the Honda Award is certainly one of the most prestigious.'
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Lawrie red-shirted the 2008 college season while competing for the Canadian National Team at the Olympic Games in Beijing, where they came in fourth. This season the 5' 7' right-hander led the nation in strikeouts (521) and wins (42), was third in shutouts (21) and sixth in ERA (0.97). She pitched two no-hitters and in the postseason had 24 strikeouts in 15 innings during the deciding Regional game. She also struck out 12 batters and hit two home runs in the deciding Super Regional win over Georgia Tech and hit a Grand Slam in the semifinal of the Women's College World Series to send her Huskies to the Championship Series, where she led the team in a two-game sweep over the Florida Gators to give UW its first-ever softball championship.
Overall in the Series, she threw all 44.2 innings with 49 strikeouts, 13 walks, two shutouts and hit 4-for-18 with one home run, five RBIs, five walks and one grand slam. She was named 2009 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, and with her 42-8 record the 2009 season has been her best ever. She set UW single-season school records in six categories this year: wins (42), strikeouts (521), innings pitched (352.2), shutouts (21), starts (50) and complete games (46) and broke career records for strikeouts (1,365), shutouts (41) and complete games (108). She also set season school records in strikeouts in each of her prior two seasons at UW: 387 as a freshman in 2006 and 457 in 2007. With her 1,365 strikeouts in three seasons, she ranks 13th among NCAA career strikeout leaders.
Lawrie matches her skills on the mound with equally impressive batting skills. She has a .268 batting average with seven home runs and 30 RBIs this season. She is a two-time First Team-All-American, First Team All-Region and three-time First-Team All-Pac-10. She is as an Education and Communications major with a 2.85 GPA.
Previously announced Honda Sports Award recipients are Duke University's Mallory Cecil for tennis, Purdue University's Maria Hernandez for golf, Northwestern University's Hannah Nielsen for lacrosse, the University of Connecticut's Renee Montgomery for basketball, the University of Georgia's Courtney Kupets for gymnastics, Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego for cross-country, Susie Rowe from the University of Maryland for field hockey, Casey Nogueira from the University of North Carolina for soccer, Nicole Fawcett from Penn State University for volleyball and Dana Vollmer from University of California for swimming & diving. The Honda Sports Award winner in track & field will be announced later this week. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions and the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at a ceremony in New York on June 22, 2009.