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June 29, 1998

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md/Roland Park Country) and Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) were both named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association Academic All-American squad for the 1998 season. The announcement was made by Andrea Golden, the head coach at Rochester.

Boutilier, the two-time IWLCA National Player of the Year (Defense), led the Cavaliers in goals scored (37) and ground ball pickups (79) in helping the Cavaliers reach the title game in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the second time in Boutilier’s career. Although she is primarily a defensive player, Boutilier exploded offensively this year, scoring a career-high 37 goals. The 1998 ACC Player of the Year, Boutilier also recorded two games in which she scored a career-high five goals, including against then-#2 and undefeated Princeton and then-#6 James Madison. Her 42 points on the season is a career high.

Boutilier did not lose any of her defensive prowess as she anchored a Cavalier defense that ranked first in the county in scoring defense, allowing only 6.00 goals per game. Boutilier also ranked third at Virginia in caused turnovers and draw controls.

Boutilier was also named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference tournament team in 1998 as the Cavaliers captured the ACC title for the first time in school history. Her selection to the All-Conference team was her second such selection in the two years the conference has sponsored a team. She set a school record with her 71st consecutive start, which she reached in the national championship game. The 71 games also stands as the record for most games played in a career. She already holds the record for consecutive starts and games played in field hockey with 88. She was also a first-team All-American in 1997. Boutilier was named to the United States national lacrosse team earlier in June.

Hayes, who started all 20 games this season, was named to the 1998 NCAA All-tournament team and to the ACC All-Tournament team. As a line defender, Hayes played a critical role in helping Virginia maintain the country’s top scoring defense, allowing only 6.00 goals per game. Hayes was invited to the US national team trials in 1998. A junior in 1997-1998, Hayes will return in 1998-1999 as a member of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams.

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