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April 22, 2004

Virginia’s Amy Appelt, the nation’s leading scorer, was named the ACC Player of the Year as announced by the conference office this morning after a vote by the league’s four head coaches. Appelt is Virginia’s second ACC Player of the Year in women’s lacrosse and first since 1998 when Peggy Boutilier was so honored. She is joined on the team by teammates Nikki Lieb and Caitlin Banks, who are both making their first appearance on the All-Conference Team.

Appelt leads the nation with 90 points and 68 goals. Her 90 points ranks fourth all-time at Virginia for a single season and her 68 goals stands just three shy of the record set by Lauren Aumiller in 2002. Appelt has notched a hat trick in 15 of Virginia’s 16 games this season, including the first 13 to open the year. She scored four goals in every ACC game this season. Appelt was named the ACC Player of the Week twice, on February 23 and April 19.

Banks leads the Cavaliers in draw controls with 38 and now has 120 in her career, which places her third all-time at Virginia. She also ranks third on the team in scoring in 2004 with 34 points on 18 goals and 16 assists, including three hat tricks. Banks had a hat trick and five draw controls against then-#3 Loyola and was named the national player of the week by maax.

Lieb leads the team in ground balls with 52 and ranks second in caused turnovers with 18 and third in draw controls with 29. She has been an integral part of Virginia’s defense, which has allowed only 50 8-meter opportunities this season, including 18 in the last nine games. She was named an honorable mention National Player of the Week by on March 8.

The Cavaliers open play in the ACC Championships on Friday, April 23 against defending champion Maryland. Game time is 3:30.

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