Laura Boyer to Receive McCahill Award

Nov. 21, 2008

MILWAUKEE - Laura Boyer will receive the 62nd annual Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award at halftime of the Marquette versus Cincinnati men's basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.

The postgraduate award is based on achievement in athletics, scholarship and service to the university. Established in 1946, it has been given each year to a student-athlete who has graduated, and demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.

"Laura represents the best of what we strive for as an Athletics Department," said Director of Athletics Steve Cottingham. "She embodies our mission of excellence in athletics, academics and leadership in service to others in the Jesuit tradition."

"Congratulations to Laura and her family," added head coach Markus Roeders. "She had an outstanding career at Marquette as a student and an athlete. Laura excelled in the classroom, on the field, in the community and on campus; the McCahill award is a wonderful tribute to her accomplishments. Her passion and energy about Marquette continues grow and she is a proud ambassador of the University. Laura has left her mark on our Marquette Soccer 'family' and our program's success reached new heights during her playing years."

Boyer complied a 41-14-10 record over three seasons at Marquette and completed her career ranking near the top of every goalkeeping statistical category. While helping the Golden Eagles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006 and a first-ever berth in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Boyer finished first all-time in career goals against average (0.82), second all-time in save percentage (81.5), career victories (41), career shutouts (23) and minutes played (6050:46). She also holds the single season saves record with 112 for the 2005 season.

The Overland Park, Kan., native was Marquette's first ever M.A.C. Herman Award candidate in 2006, and was honored by the BIG EAST Conference as a third team All-BIG EAST honoree in 2007 and an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2005. For her work in the classroom she was honored with CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team accolades in 2007 and was two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 selection in 2006 and 2007.



"I am extremely humbled to be receiving an award that honors two great American heroes," said Boyer. "All I can say is that I have been blessed to be a part of the Marquette community throughout my three-and-a-half years here. I am grateful to the McCahill family for establishing this award. I must also thank my amazing teammates and coaches, the athletic administration (who works hard every day for Marquette athletes), and my tremendously supportive family and friends."

The award was established by the McCahill family in memory of Captain Robert L. McCahill, a student-athlete who played football and 1942 graduate of the college of liberal arts. After college he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams and then entered the Marine Corps as an officer. He served his country as a para-marine throughout the South Pacific during World War II, earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and gave his life in 1945, in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

This year marks the 62nd presentation of the award that was established with the help of Marine Colonel William P. McCahill, Robert's brother, also a Marquette alumnus, with undergrad and masters degrees in journalism, and who was also the captain of the MU Track Team. He was a noted historian and author of three books, and served as the Executive Director of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped for 27 years.

After Colonel McCahill's death in 1999, Marquette University officially renamed the award to recognize the lifetime accomplishments of both Captain Robert and Colonel William McCahill.


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