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Tuesday November 3, 2009Lauren Hyde Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year; Six Gators Recognized by League

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Florida is represented by six players on SEC teams.

University of Florida senior All-American Lauren Hyde is the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the SEC announced Tuesday morning. She is one of three Gator soccer players named to 2009 All-SEC teams. Hyde is joined on the 11-member All-SEC first team by junior goalkeeper Katie Fraine. Sophomore forward/midfielder Lindsay Thompson is an All-SEC second team selection. Florida also placed three on the SEC All-Freshman team – Brooke Thigpen, Erika Tymrak and Kathryn Williamson.

Hyde (Carmel, Ind./Bishop Chatard H.S.) is the first Gator to pick up the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award since the league began naming an offensive and defensive player of the year in 2004. She is the sixth UF player to be named a SEC soccer player of the year - Danielle Fotopoulos (1996, ’98), Erin Baxter (1997), Sarah Yohe (1999), Abby Wambach (2000, ’01) and Stephanie Freeman (2003, 2004-offensive). This is Hyde’s fourth appearance on an All-SEC team (first team in 2006 & 2007; second team in 2008) – joining former Gators Danielle Murphy and Wambach as the other Florida players to earn a spot on an All-SEC team each year. She has played the entirety of 13 matches this season and leads UF with her average of 89.7 minutes per match from her center back position.

Fraine (Titusville, Fla./Titusville H.S.) is the second Gator goalkeeper to earn All-SEC honors and joins Jordan Kellgren (2002) as the only UF goalkeepers to appear on the All-SEC first team. She leads the SEC with her goals-against-average of 0.61 in league play. Fraine has registered a career-high eight shutouts in 2009, including six of the last seven matches. She shares the 2009 lead in shutouts in SEC matches (6) with LSU’s Mo Isom.

Thompson (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch H.S.) leads Florida and shares third among SEC players with nine goals. She also leads UF with her career-high 20 points. Thompson has started every match at either forward or attacking midfield. She provided UF with the game-winning goal in three league matches - scoring both goals, including the overtime game-winner, in UF’s SEC opening match versus Kentucky (2-1 OT), versus Alabama (2-0) and also hitting the only goal in UF’s 1-0 win at Arkansas.

Florida leads the SEC All-Freshman team for the second consecutive year with its three representatives. Thigpen is third among the 2009 Gators with six goals and tied for third with 15 points. Tymrak leads UF with seven assists, which places her second in the SEC for assists in league matches. She is second among the Gators in points (17) and tied for fourth in goals (5). Both Thigpen and Tymrak have picked up SEC Freshman of the Week honors in 2009. Thigpen earned the honor on Sept. 14 after turning in a goal and two assists in the matches versus Duke and Colorado. Tymrak was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Oct. 12 after hitting a goal in the Alabama and Auburn matches plus adding two assists versus Auburn. Williamson has started every match at center back. She is second among Florida’s field players with her average of 84 minutes per match and has played the entirety of 14 matches.

In other awards announced Tuesday, LSU’s Malorie Rutledge collected her second consecutive SEC Offensive Player of the Year honor. Laura Eddy, a Georgia defender, is the SEC Freshman of the Year and South Carolina’s Blakely Mattern is the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. South Carolina’s Shelley Smith is the SEC Coach of the Year.

The Gators now head to the SEC Tournament which begins Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Orange Beach, Ala. Top-seeded Florida will open play with defending SEC Tournament champion Tennessee (8-8-3, 4-5-2 SEC) on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. (ET). The Gators have won eight SEC Tournament titles with the last coming in 2007.

The match be heard live on AM 850 WRUF or via simulcast on Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 946. Adam Schick and Matthew Stubbington will cover the action Wednesday. The match can also be heard live on www.GatorZone.com and a complimentary video stream of the match can also be seen at the same site.

2009 SEC Women's Soccer Awards

Defensive Player of the Year:

Lauren Hyde, Florida

Offensive Player of the Year:

Malorie Rutledge, LSU

Freshman of the Year:

Laura Eddy, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:

Blakely Mattern, South Carolina

Coach of the Year:

Shelley Smith, South Carolina

 

First Team All-SEC

Name

Year

Position

School

Katie Fraine

Junior

GK

Florida

Lauren Hyde

Senior

Florida

Megan Forester

Senior

D

Vanderbilt

Blakely Mattern 

Senior

D

South Carolina

Chelsea Potts

Senior

D

LSU

Katy Frierson 

Sophomore

MF

Auburn

Danielle Johnson

Senior

MF

Mississippi

Malorie Rutledge

Senior

MF

LSU

Kayla Grimsley

Sophomore

F

South Carolina

Mick Imgram

Senior

MF

Tennessee

Carrie Patterson 

Senior

F

Georgia

 

Second Team All-SEC

Lindsay Thompson

Sophomore

Florida

Becca Howell

Senior

F

Auburn

Hannah Weatherly

Senior

Mississippi

Melissa Clarke

Senior

MF

LSU

Molly Kinsella 

Junior

MF

Vanderbilt

Kim Miller

Senior

MF

South Carolina

Allysha Chapman

Sophomore

D

LSU

Samantha Diaz-Matosas

Senior

D

South Carolina

Laura Eddy

Freshman

D

Georgia

Kim Schleif

Senior

D

Arkansas

Sammy Towne

Junior

D

Auburn

Justine Bernier

Sophomore

GK

Alabama

 

All-Freshman Team

Name

Position

School

Allie Chandler

 F

 Arkansas

Amy Howard

GK

 Auburn

Brooke Thigpen

MF

Florida

Erika Tymrak*

MF

Florida

Kat Williamson

D

Florida

Susannah Dennis

MF

Georgia

Laura Eddy*

D

Georgia

Carlie Banks

F

LSU

Arielle Cohen

MF

Ole Miss

Amy Harrison

MF

Tennessee

Chelsea Stewart

MF

Vanderbilt

 

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