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June 19, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md/Roland Park Country) was named to the GTE Academic All-American Team, Womens University Spring, becoming the third Cavalier so honored this academic year. Boutilier was a member of the GTE Academic All-American Second team in 1996-97.

Boutilier, the 1998 Intercollegiate Womens Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Player of the Year (Defense), picked up her second Academic All-American award in the 1997-98 academic year. She was also named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic All-American team in December of 1997. Her National Player of the Year (Defense) award was her second such selection in a row.

Boutilier was also the recipient of a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Preseason Games Scholar-Athlete Award, which she accepted on Tuesday, June 16. The ACC Player of the Year was also named the 1997-98 Robbins/ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Virginias Female Athlete of the Year, Boutilier was the MVP for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams and the recipient of the Ernest Ern Award recognizing outstanding contributions to student life by an athlete. She was also awarded the prestigious Gray-Carrington Scholarship at the University of Virginia, recognizing a Virginia student who excels in areas of personal integrity, achievement, leadership, and humility. Selected to live on Virginias Lawn, Boutilier also received the Outstanding Student-Athlete Mentor Award as well as the ACCs Weaver-James Corrigan Scholarship.

Boutilier, a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, led the Cavaliers in goals scored (37) and ground ball pickups (79) in helping the Cavaliers reach the title game in the NCAA Womens Lacrosse Championship for the second time in her career. Although she is primarily a defensive player, having also been named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, Boutilier exploded offensively this year, scoring a career-high 37 goals. Boutilier has also recorded two games in which she has 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 still 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 last week.

Boutilier joins Andriy Shapowal (mens soccer) and Stephen Phelan (football) as members of the GTE Academic All-American First Team in 1997-98.

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