June 8, 1997
Boutilier Named Player of the Year
Virginia junior, Peggy Boutilier, was named the 1997 NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Boutilier, a first-team All-America selection in 1997, was also named the Virginia Most Valuable Player in the 1997 season.
Virginia's defense limited opponents to 17 shots per game and was ranked in the top five for team scoring defense during the season, allowing only 6.0 goals per game. Boutilier ranked sixth on the team in scoring (14 g, 4 a) and was often responsible for marking the opposition's fastest player.Boutilier led the team in both 1996 and 1997 in draw controls and ground balls.
Boutilier is the third Virginia women's lacrosse player to be named the Defensive Player of the Year, joining Robyn Nye (1991) and Cherie Greer (1994). In additioin, Jenny Slingluff was named Attack Player of the Year in 1992 and Michelle Cusimano was twice named Goalie of the Year (1995, 1996), making Boutilier the sixth Cavalier selection in the past seven years.
Virginia finished the 1997 season with a 14-5 record and a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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