W&L Mourns the Passing of Soccer Great Bill Boyle '57

W&L Mourns the Passing of Soccer Great Bill Boyle '57

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University has learned that Athletics Hall of Famer Bill Boyle '57 passed away on September 14, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda.  Boyle was 83 years old.

W&L inducted Boyle into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007 after a famed soccer and tennis career for the Generals.  He was W&L's first-ever soccer All-American, earning third team laurels from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1956.

Boyle started as a member of the freshman team in 1953 and earned the team's most valuable player award. As a sophomore, he led the varsity squad in scoring and helped the Generals to a 5-3-2 overall record that included a pair of wins over Virginia and a scoreless tie against ACC Champion Maryland. Boyle and the Generals posted just a 3-6-1 mark in 1955, but produced another victory and a tie against UVA in the process.  Boyle's senior season resulted in an 8-4 overall record and he was widely recognized as one of the South's top offensive threats as he garnered All-America honors.

Boyle also lettered all four years as a member of the tennis team, helping the Generals' varsity squad post a 21-12 overall record over his final three seasons. W&L finished among the top half in the Southern Conference Tournament all three years and topped out in third-place at the 1956 championship event.

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