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Former Surf Dawg Elizabeth Eddy is making her mark

By playing lacrosse, former Surf Dawg standout Elizabeth Eddy is now a two-sport athlete at USC
 Elizabeth Eddy, one of the original members of the Surf Dawg pack, is showing off her lacrosse prowess just up the road, joining the newly formed Division I women’s program at USC.

Eddy, a scholarship soccer player for the Trojans, decided to pursue playing lacrosse this spring in USC’s inaugural NCAA Division I season. She is now a two-sport student-athlete, a rare, and impressive feat in modern day collegiate athletics.

“It does not surprise me in the least,” commented Surf Dawg executive director G.W. Mix. “Lizzy was a terrific 'boys' lacrosse player. She was athletic and had an incredible ability to understand the game very quickly. For a number of years, and much to the dismay of the rest of the teams, she was one of the best players in the OCLA boys lacrosse league at the time. To this day, she remains one of the most coachable, determined and talented athletes I have ever had the privilege of coaching.”

The Surf Dawgs caught up with Eddy while she was enjoying a mid-season spring break trip to Hawai‘i with her USC teammates.

SD - What are some of the more difficult challenges you faced progressing from a high school student-athlete to a Division I student-athlete?

EE- One of the biggest challenges transitioning from high school to college as a student athlete has been time management. Time management is something that can only be learned through experience and it is a constant thing to work at. It's part of growing up and maturing. It's nothing to be scared of, just be aware of it. 

I love sports and want to play in the Olympics in 2016, but that doesn't mean all I do is sports. I can't tell you enough how important it is to maintain a balanced life. So while you figure out your time management don't let that deter you from fully embracing the college experience. You only get to go to college for four years, make sure it's the best four years of your life. That decision is 100% in your hands. I'd encourage everyone to get as involved as they can. For me that looked like joining a sorority, taking leadership roles in on campus clubs, and playing two sports in college. 

My advice for you is:
Do your best and let God take care of the rest. It'll all work out how it's supposed to, just promise me you will ENJOY the process. Sports are meant to be enjoyable. I believe when you are having fun with a balanced life, you will play your best!

SD - What is the typical in-season day like for a Division I scholarship student-athlete?

EE - A typical in-season day for a student athlete at USC varies on the sport. Currently, lacrosse is in-season and soccer is out-of-season. 
5-530am: wake up, read bible
530-645am: study and do homework
7am-9am: soccer practice 
10am-2pm: class (pack lunch)
2pm-4pm: lacrosse practice 
5pm-6pm: dinner 
6-9pm: club meetings/study hall
9-1030pm: free time
1030-11pm: organize and pack for next day and sleep 

SD - What do you remember from your early days in the Surf Dawg program, if anything, that you might rely upon now?

EE - From my early days in the Surf Dawg program, I remember that the fundamentals were central to our success. It's the same today. If I could share anything with you about sports in general, I'd say master the fundamentals and the rest will come. For lacrosse it's ground balls and catching and throwing. These are the things that I continue to focus on improving. 

SD - You are now playing soccer and lacrosse for USC. How much harder has it been to add the second sport?

EE - Adding lacrosse as a second sport has made the skill of time management become very valuable. It's a continual learning process, but as long as I'm learning something each day and carrying it over, then that day was a success. I see it as a huge blessing to be able to play both sports at a school like USC. 

SD - What has been your favorite moment so far this lacrosse season?

EE - My favorite moment this lacrosse season so far has been playing in the Coliseum against the best team in the country (Northwestern). It was such a special moment, and the best part of it was being able to share it with my teammates. We were able to make history playing in the inaugural game and season for women's lacrosse at USC. 

SD - What advice would you give to developing youth lacrosse players?

EE - The best advice to give youth lacrosse players is to enjoy the process. Focus on developing the fundamentals. It's the little things in life that add up to make the big things. Compete everyday and enjoy pushing yourself. You will fail, everyone does. When failure happens, get up again and compete again. Each failure brings you a little closer to getting it just right. 

SD - What advice would you give to girls looking to play collegiate soccer or lacrosse?

EE - To all the girls wanting to play college soccer or lacrosse I'd say:
Everyday be thankful for the opportunity to play and give it your best. Do what you love and you will be successful. Put in the extra time because when you aren't working, someone else is. Good ole fashioned hard work works! Smile often :)

SD - Spoken like a true leader of the pack. Thanks Lizzy, and good luck with the rest of the season.