May 23, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sarah Driscoll, a field hockey and women's lacrosse star for the Bulldogs, was presented with the 2005 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale, at the Class Day exercises on May 22.
The 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, the Belle Mead, N.J., native 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 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 coaches' 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."
Sarah Driscoll, the daughter of Denise and Philip Driscoll, is a history of science, history of medicine major in Trumbull College. She is a graduate of Stuart Country Day School.