June 1, 1998
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Four University of Virginia graduates and one assistant coach were named to the United States National Lacrosse team yesterday by Denise Wescott, the chair of the United States Womens Lacrosse Association national team selection committee.
Cherie Greer (Narbeth, Pa./Harriton) and Bonnie Rosen (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Harriton), who were members of the 1997 World Cup Championship team, remain on the squad, as does Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood), who joined the team in 1997-98. Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md/Roland Park Country), the ACC Player of the Year in 1998, was named to the team for the first time yesterday. In addition, Jess Wilk (Maryland 90), who is an assistant coach with the field hockey team, also was renamed to the team.
The assistant coach of the team is Heather Dow, currently an assistant coach for the NCAA national runner-up Virginia lacrosse team. This is her twelfth year as a part of the team; she won a silver medal as the goalie in 1986 and has won three gold medals as an assistant coach (1989, 1993, 1997).
Greer (Virginia 94), who won two NCAA Championships in 1991 and 1993, was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. Greer is the only Cavalier womens lacrosse player to have her number retired. As a defense wing, she led the nation in scoring in 1994. Greer was a member of the 1993 and 1997 Gold medal team womens lacrosse team. She was named the MVP of the World Cup championships in 1997.
Rosen (Virginia 93) is the University of Connecticuts first head womens lacrosse coach. She also won two NCAA titles with the Cavaliers in 1991 and 1993, and was a defender on the 1997 World Cup Championship team.
Boutilier (Virginia 99), led the 1998 Cavaliers in goals scored (37) and ground ball pickups (79). Although she is primarily a defensive player, having been named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, Boutilier exploded offensively this year, scoring a career-high 37 goals. 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. The 1998 ACC Player of the Year, Boutilier is a two-time member of the All-Conference team. She set a school record with her 71st consecutive start in the national championship game, which is also 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 a first-team All-American in 1997 and 1998.
Ariza (Virginia 98) ranked in the top five of all statistical categories for the Cavaliers in 1998, including third in goals, caused turnovers, and draw controls. She had five game-winning goals on the season and has notched three hat tricks while leading Virginia in scoring in five games. She is also a part of the nations top-rated defense and was also an IWLCA First-team All-American in 1997 and 1998. She shares the 71 games played record with Boutilier. This is her second year on the squad.
Wilk was the starting keeper in 1993 when the United States captured its fourth gold medal at the Championships and in 1997 was named one of the teams captains. The 1997 Virginia field hockey team reached the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history.