June 3, 2014
From Colgate Athletic Communications
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate's Emily Speck is this year's national women's lacrosse recipient of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award.
Speck graduated last month with a neuroscience degree and also earned Colgate's Gottesman Award for Excellence in the Sciences and Athletics. She played in 13 games this season with 12 starts on defense, and caused the team's third-most turnovers with 15.
"Besides being one of the most consistent players since her freshman year, Specky was one of the most unselfish players I have coached," Raiders head coach Heather Young said. "While she was pushing herself to perfection, she always made sure her teammates came first. She was encouraging, motivating and a true leader on and off the field.
"We are so proud of her for winning this meaningful award."
Speck joined Yale's Dylan Levings on the men's side as being the Division I lacrosse players who share the qualities of former Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Reynolds Love. The YRL Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of two student-athletes who help his and her team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. It places value on characteristics that often are undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college lacrosse.
Speck and Levings each are awarded a donation to the charity of their choice.
"Emily is a positive role model as a player, teammate and student," One Love Foundation National Advisory Counsel member Sharon Robinson said when Speck was named a finalist. "She leads the defensive unit at Colgate and inspires her teammates to work hard each day.
"Through her dedication to her teammates and her community, she honors Yeardley's memory."