WEST POINT, N.Y. - All-America lacrosse star Jeremy Boltus and standout women's basketball player Erin Anthony were honored with Army's highest athletic honor on Friday when they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Award at this afternoon's Awards Convocation at Eisenhower Hall.
The prestigious Army Athletic Association trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadets who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet."
Boltus, a three-time all-league selection and 2011 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, was the male winner, while Anthony, a four-time league all-star and two-time first team Academic All-American, was presented with the female award.
This year marks the 107th anniversary of the award that was first presented to football player Horatio Hackett in 1904.
Boltus is the fifth lacrosse player to win the award and first since George Slabowski in 1984. Anthony is the 10th women's basketball player and first since Katie Macfarlane in 2004.
A Systems Engineering major from Baldwinsville, N.Y., Boltus will be well-documented as one of the best attackmen in Army's storied 94-year history. Recently named one of five national finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy Award, presented to the top college lacrosse player, Boltus finished his career ranked second on Army's career points (214) and assists (124) lists. He is one of four players to reach 200 points, three players to reach 100 assists and two players to be named a Tewaaraton Trophy Award finalist. His 124 career assists currently rank second only to Cornell's Rob Pannell among the nation's active leaders. During his four years on the banks of the Hudson, Boltus totaled 11 hat tricks and was part of the only class in Army history to beat Navy four times.
A co-captain during his senior season, Boltus quarterbacked a Black Knight team that spent much of the season ranked in both national polls and landed as high as eighth midway through the non-conference slate. A first team All-Patriot League player for the second year in a row, Boltus registered at least three points in all but one game, led the nation in assists (3.07 per game) and tied the Academy's single-season assist record (45). His 69 points on the year tied for second on Army's single-season ledger, while 4.67 points per game currently rank third nationally.
Following a junior season during which he led Army in scoring, lifted the Black Knights to their first Patriot League title since 2005 and assisted on the double-overtime game winner against No. 2 Syracuse in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Boltus garnered honorable mention All-America honors by Inside Lacrosse. So far in 2011, he has garnered All-America status by LaxPower.com and was a Mid-Season First Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. The final results of the latter have not yet been released.
One of three Army players drafted to play for Major League Lacrosse, Boltus made his professional debut last week and started for the Hamilton Nationals. He will continue to play before reporting to his Officer Basic Course.
Boltus played in 63 career games and made 51 starts and is set to enter the Field Artillery branch of the U.S. Army.
Similar to Boltus, Anthony will go down as one of the most decorated women's basketball players in recent memory. An impact player both on and off the court over all four seasons at West Point, Anthony is a two-time first team Academic All-American, three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, four-time All-Patriot League performer and was one of 10 national Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalists.
Anthony was the only player in the league to average a double-double during both her junior and senior seasons. During her stay at West Point, she led Army in rebounding during all four years and scoring twice. She led the Patriot League in rebounding three times and scoring twice. Anthony garnered 12 Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week citations during her career, which is more than any other Army women's basketball player and one shy of tying the Patriot League record.
A native of Allentown, Pa., Anthony led the conference in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg) and blocked shots (3.0 bpg) as a senior. She finished the season ranked 11th in the nation in blocked shots and 16th in rebounding. She started all 29 games, totaled 13 double-doubles and led Army in scoring 21 times and rebounding in 23 games. She scored at least 20 points six times.
Anthony broke Army's career blocked shots record (222) in her final season. The previous career mark, held by Army Hall of Famer Pam Pearson, had stood since 1984-85. Anthony finished her career ranked second on Army's all-time rebounding list (1,036) and fourth in scoring (1,429). She is one of just two players in women's basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound markers, joining Macfarlane, who remains the career leader in scoring and rebounding.
A Civil Engineering major and two-year team captain, Anthony will go down as one of the most well-rounded players to ever don a West Point uniform. Her performance inside the classroom shined and resulted in a 21st final ranking in a graduating class of 1,089 graduating cadets and a final grade-point average of 3.82. Anthony was a Rhodes Scholarship and National Science Foundation Fellowship finalist and recently won the Society of American Military Engineers David M. Fraser Award for Engineering Excellence and Leadership during the U.S. Military Academy Engineer's Dinner in late March.