Yale Students Win Sportsmanship Awards

Two Yale seniors who represent “the highest ideals of American sportsmanship” were presented athletic awards by Thomas A. Beckett, director of athletics, at the Yale College Senior Class Day exercises on Sunday, May 22.

Sarah Driscoll (field hockey and women’s lacrosse) was given the 2005 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, presented annually to a female member of the senior class “whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition.”

Robert Carr (football) won the 2005 William Neely Mallory Award, which is given “to the senior man who on the field of playing and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition.”

The Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.

In field hockey, Driscoll is Yale’s all–time assists leader with 42. She earned All–Ivy honors in each of her four years, including a unanimous first team selection in 2004. In her freshman and sophomore years, she was a second team choice and in her junior year she earned honorable mention recognition. In addition, she has twice been named to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

As a senior, Driscoll was named to the NFHCA All–Region first team after leading the Bulldogs in assists and finishing second in points. Driscoll led the Ivy League in assists in both her junior and sophomore seasons, and as a freshman, she was selected as the Ivy Rookie of the Week three times.

“Although we often kid Sarah about the insatiable desire she has for success, she truly does expect nothing less than the very best effort and work ethic from herself every day,” said Ainslee Lamb, who coached Driscoll for four years at Yale. “It is evident that her determination and will are major factors in each practice and every game.”

In women’s lacrosse, Driscoll was an honorable mention All–Ivy selection as a senior when she had a career–high 27 points, which was fourth on the team. She started

all 16 games for Yale in both her junior and senior years. She also was fourth on the team in points (22) as a junior and helped lead the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore.

“Sarah is a coach’s dream,” said Yale women’s lacrosse coach Amanda O’Leary. “She dominates with her speed and intelligence on the field but is most valuable because of her genuine commitment and loyalty to her teammates both on and off the field.”

Driscoll is a history of science, history of medicine major at Yale.

Carr’s inspirational acts on and off the field of play made him the perfect choice for the award named after the Yale Class of 1924 athlete. The award citation reads, “William Neely Mallory Award, given to the senior man who on the field of play and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition.”

Carr, who narrowly escaped drowning in a Connecticut lake last summer, recovered before the start of the 2004 season and put together his finest fall as an Eli with 1,185 yards on the way to breaking Yale’s career rushing yardage mark with 3,393 yards.

The 5–foot–7, 190–pound Bulldog ranked fifth in all–purpose yardage among Division I–AA players in 2004 with 168.9 per game, while he was tenth in rushing with 118.5 yards per game. He earned second–team All–Ivy honors in 2004, second–team Ivy status in 2003 and was a first–team all–league and All–New England selection in 2002 after running for 10 touchdowns and 1,083 yards.

Carr received Yale’s Edwin Foster Blair Award for the team’s most valuable player in 2004 as well as the Jordan Olivar Award for the Yale player who has earned the most respect from his teammates.

Carr, whose 235 yards at Cornell in 2002 were a school record, is the only Bulldog runner ever to gain 200 yards in consecutive games. He also owns the Yale career records for all–purpose yards, kick return yards and rushing attempts.

Carr is a history major.

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