Women's Lacrosse's Boutilier Named ACC Player of the Year

Hook gets nods as conference's top rookie.

April 17, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia's Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country) was named the ACC Player of the Year and teammate Mills Hook (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) was tabbed as the conference's top rookie in awards announced last night at the 1998 ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament banquet. In addition, Boutilier is joined by fellow captain Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood), Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley), and Mia Mooney (Penn Valley, Pa./Shipley) on the All-Conference team.

Boutilier, a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, leads the Cavaliers in goals scored and ground ball pickups. Although she is primarily a defensive player, having been named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, Boutilier has exploded offensively this year, scoring a career-high 25 goals. Boutilier has also recorded two games in which she has scored a career-high five goals, including against then-#2 and undefeated Princeton and then-#6 James Madison. Her 30 points on the season is a career high. Boutilier has not lost any of her defensive prowess as she still anchors a Cavalier defense that is ranked third in the county in scoring defense, allowing only 5.83 goals per game. Boutilier also ranks third at Virginia in caused turnovers and draw controls. Her selection to the All-Conference team is her second such selection in the two years the conference has sponsored a team.

Hook is enjoying a very successful rookie season for the Cavaliers. Her 18 goals and 10 assists leads the conference in scoring among freshman, and she also leads the ACC rookies in ground ball pickups with 38. Hook has two game-winning goals on the season and has two hat tricks on the season, including a four-goal outburst against then-#10 Georgetown. Her four assists against Richmond is also a team-high for the season. In addition, Hook's 28 points already rank her fourth in scoring as a freshman, and her 18 goals puts her at ninth all-time at Virginia for goals as a rookie. She needs just two assists to take over the all-time assist record for freshman at Virginia. Hook also leads the team with two game-winning assists.

Ariza, a member of the United States national lacrosse team, is also making her second appearance on the All-Conference team. Ariza ranks in the top five of all statistical categories for the Cavaliers in 1998, including third in goals, caused turnovers, and draw controls. She has two game-winning goals on the season and has notched three hat tricks while leading Virginia in scoring in three games. She is also a part of the conference's top-rated defense and plays a pivotal role in helping Virginia have the conference's top scoring margin.

Fromal, the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year, makes her first appearance on the All-Conference team. Primarily a defensive wing, Fromal is a key ingredient to the defensive success as she is fourth on the team in ground balls and is second in caused turnovers. Fromal also has one game-winning assist on the season.

Mooney is the Cavaliers' leading scorer in 1998 with 23 goals and 10 assists. She has already doubled her career totals with her scoring this season. Mooney has led the Cavaliers in goals twice this season and leads the team with three game-winning goals. Mooney also has a game-winning assist. This is her first selection to the All-Conference team.