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Lawrie, Taylor win Player of the Year awards

It was quite the week for UW athletes, as Danielle Lawrie picked up her second straight softball player of the year award and Nick Taylor earned men’s golf player of the year honors.

Lawrie, a member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic team, became just the second player ever to win the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons. Taylor, a UW senior and the world’s No. 2-ranked amateur golfer, was presented with the 2010 Ben Hogan Award, college golf’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Way to go, Huskies!

Lawrie’s 24 shutouts led the nation and broke her own single-season school record, while her 40 wins are second on the UW’s single-season chart. The UW senior ranks in the top five nationally in strikeouts, ERA, wins, walks per seven innings and strikeouts per seven innings. This weekend, Lawrie leads the defending national champion Huskies into the Women’s College World Series.

Taylor finished in the top-10 in 9 of 12 events this year and led the UW with a 70.89 scoring average. His stroke average is the second-lowest in team history, and he is the first Husky to win the Hogan Award. Washington won the Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year and this week competes for the NCAA championship.

Photos courtesy of the University of Washington and The Seattle Times.

UPDATE: The UW men’s golf team fell short at the national championships, losing to Oregon in the quarterfinals. Washington’s softball team also saw its dreams of an NCAA crown dashed after losing two straight at the Women’s College World Series.

For parting shots with both Nick Taylor and Danielle Lawrie, read a pair of fantastic features from Jerry Brewer, columnist at The Seattle Times:

  • Humble Nick Taylor raises bar for Huskies golf.
  • Take a last look at UW softball great Danielle Lawrie.

Congratulations to Nick Taylor and Danielle Lawrie, both future Husky Hall-of-Famers!

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