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May 26, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –University of Virginia lacrosse and field hockey player Peggy Boutilier and rower Kirsten Eckelmeyer have been selected to the GTE University Division Academic All-District III Women’s Spring At-Large First Team. The team was selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in District III which includes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Boutilier, a senior from Baltimore, Md., is a first-team lacrosse All-America selection and the Atlantic Coast Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year for 1998. She also earned All-ACC, All-ACC Tournament and All-NCAA Tournament honors in lacrosse this spring. She led UVa in scoring with 37 goals as a defender and established a Virginia record by starting 71 consecutive games during her career.

Boutilier was a South Regional All-American in field hockey last fall and started a school-record 88 consecutive field hockey games. She was a team captain in both field hockey and lacrosse. The 1998 UVa women’s lacrosse team finished second in the NCAA Tournament and Virginia’s field hockey team reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals for the first time in 1997.

Boutilier is Virginia’s Outstanding Female Athlete for 1997-98 and received the Gray-Carrington Scholarship which is awarded to a UVa student who excels in the areas of personal integrity, achievement, leadership and humility. She also received the Ernest Ern Award for outstanding contributions to student life and the Outstanding Student-Athlete Mentor Award. She is the female recipient of the 1997-98 Division I ECAC/Robbins Scholar Athlete Award and she received a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC.

Boutilier is enrolled in the five-year Teacher Education Program in Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Curry School of Education.

Eckelmeyer, who is from Noank, Conn., is the third seat on Virginia’s varsity eight. She will compete with the varsity eight in the second NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships scheduled for May 29-31 in Gainesville, Ga.

Eckelmeyer, an economics major, attended Virginia the last two years after transferring from Trinity College. She received the Duncan Clark Hyde Award as the graduating economics major with the highest grade point average during graduation ceremonies earlier this month at UVa.

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