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Peters Awarded AEC Medal of Inspiration

Peters Awarded AEC Medal of Inspiration

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Atlantic East Conference continued celebrating their end of the year awards on Tuesday morning, giving way to Emily Peters of the women's lacrosse team, this year's Woman Medal of Inspiration winner. 

The AEC defines the award as: "awarded to the person(s) from the Atlantic East Conference who has persevered through extraordinary circumstances and whose determination, devotion, and passion are exemplary, revered among their peers, and worthy of special recognition."

Each season, the conference members nominate a pool of candidates for this honor, with the Athletic Directors from each institution reviewing and voting on the individuals.

On December 23rd, 2021, a few weeks before the start of her senior lacrosse season at Marymount, Emily's cousin, Olivia "Liv" Peters, was killed in a car accident. Liv was not just Emily's cousin —  she was her best friend and role model. Emily was advised to take as much time off as she needed to be with her family. Coach Athing came to terms with Emily potentially needing to take time off during the season or the whole season entirely. Instead, Emily did not miss a single practice or team commitment. She showed up and worked hard despite struggling daily to come to terms with the loss of her best friend.
During the 2022 women's lacrosse season. Emily used the loss of her cousin to become more open and vulnerable with her teammates, which also opened her eyes to a new perspective on life. She used her platform as a student-athlete to pay tribute to her cousin by organizing the inaugural "Live like Liv" women's lacrosse game. Emily remained positive, competitive and most importantly, stepped up as a great leader and teammate in the wake of such a tragedy.
"We are incredibly proud of Emily and how she honored her cousin and best friend, Liv, by playing in her honor and creating the Live Like Liv game," Marymount Director of Athletics and Recreation, Jill McCabe, stated. "Emily's leadership and resilience, commitment to her team and season propelled the team to a great season. Liv would be incredibly proud of Emily and honored she dedicated the season to her."
Peters, a Potomac, Md. native, has been a starter for the Saints' women's lacrosse team over the past four seasons, seeing success on the field. She has been awarded First Team All-Conference both in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, as well as being a two-time member of the Atlantic East All-Academic Team. 
"Emily showed up day in and day out of the season and showed true heart while being an example to those around her of resilience and fight," women's lacrosse head coach Kate Athing said. "I can see the ways that this has changed and shaped her as a person, athlete, and teammate. Emily has allowed our team to be a part of this journey with her and it has taught us all many valuable lessons. I am impressed and proud that in the wake of such tragedy that she can be positive, competitive, and most importantly a dedicated teammate."
This is the second such award that the Saints' women's lacrosse team has garnered, with Meagan Gagnon earning the accolade after the 2020 season. 
For more information on the award and other recipients, click here.



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