COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore defender/midfielder Lauren Beachy, from Loveland, Ohio, has been named a 2008 Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award honoree. Beachy is one of 11 student-athletes selected for the award, and she is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, which goes to one male and female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year. 

The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Beachy is an OSU Scholar-Athlete who recently was named to the CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 4 Women’s Soccer Team. She is majoring in human resources.

On the playing field, Beachy has made 18 starts for the Buckeyes this season and she has 41 career starts. She has transitioned nicely from starting the season as one of the team’s top defenders into playing as a midfielder. She has contributed four assists for the Buckeyes this year.

The complete list of 2008 Big Ten sportsmanship honorees for women’s soccer are Illinois’ Krystin Miller, Indiana’s Kirsta Kellin, Iowa’s Kelsey Shaw, Michigan’s Kristen Thomas, Michigan State’s Kristi Timar, Minnesota’s Lindsey Dare, Northwestern’s Amanda Hoffman, Ohio State’s Lauren Beachy, Penn State’s Zoe Bouchelle, Purdue’s Alexis Tryba and Wisconsin’s Darcy Riley. 

Beachy and the Buckeyes departed Wednesday to compete in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. The 8-9-2 Buckeyes play Purdue at 2 p.m. Thursday in an opening round game.