Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/23/15
From Press Release
Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse senior captain Nora McGeever (Archbishop Carroll) and Delaware’s Elyse Andrews (Archmere Academy) has been selected one of five finalists for the 2015 Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, it was announced.
Also, University of Delaware junior Elyse Andrews (Archmere Academy, DE) was named as a finalist for the second straight season for the 2015 Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award.
Established in 2011, the YRL Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of one men’s and one women’s Division I lacrosse player who demonstrates the qualities that Yeardley Love so humbly displayed, including dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship.
The One Love Foundation was co-founded by Sharon and Lexie Love in May 2010 to honor their daughter and sister, Yeardley Reynolds Love, a University of Virginia student-athlete who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. The organization supports its mission to end relationship violence through the core values that Yeardley exemplified: education, service, kindness, dedication, humility and sportsmanship. The “One” represents the number Yeardley wore on her jersey during her high school and collegiate lacrosse careers. In her memory, the University of Virginia has since retired the number.
The Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award recognizes the accomplishments of two student-athletes (one male, one female) who demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship – all qualities Yeardley Love exemplified throughout her life. These student-athletes make a significant contribution to the team in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls.
“Nora is an excellent representation of what it means to be a committed, hard-working student-athlete,” said St. Joe’s coach Alex Kahoe. “While extremely dedicated to pushing herself to be the best she can be both on and off the field, Nora has always put her teammates first. We are so proud of her for being selected a finalist for this very special award.”
McGeever and Andrews are joined by Mary Sean Wilcox of the University of Florida, Ali Curwin of James Madison University, and Katherine McManus of the University of Notre Dame.
“Servant leadership is an important part of our program and we want to empower each and every team member to grow in her leadership,” commented Blue Hens head coach Kateri Linville. “Elyse truly thinks of the needs of others first and has taken it upon herself to not only make a positive impact in our program, but also in the Delaware community.
An honors student who maintains a 3.9 cumulative GPA, Andrews is a pre-med major at UD. In addition to being a Division I student-athlete, she focuses her time with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation and UDance, the largest philanthropic event on Delaware’s campus.
“It is beyond impressive what Elyse accomplishes in a day as she pursues academic and athletic excellence while still finding time to give back to her teammates, our athletics department and her hometown community,” Linville remarked. “I am thankful for her efforts and for the inspiration that she brings to our program each and every day.”
One Love will announce its winner in May; each winner will choose a charity to receive a donation on their behalf and will receive a silver bowl to commemorate this high honor.
One Love’s goal is to educate, empower and activate young people in a movement to end relationship violence.