Mater Dei senior Maddie Hooks has verbally committed to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse for Butler University. Hooks was one of the top offensive weapons on last season’s Monarchs team that finished the year with a a perfect 21-0 record and the program’s first Southern Section championship. Hooks finished the season with 119 points (52 goals, 67 assists) and 37 groundballs. Her assist total ranked 10th nationally and third in California.
Hooks was the OC Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse Athlete of the Week after scoring 11 goals in three games last March, and was also named the West Player of the Week by Lacrosse Magazine after ringing up eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) against La Costa Canyon.
“Maddie has been a standout player for the Monarchs the last four years,” Mater Dei head coach Cressita Bowman said by email. Bowman added that Hooks is also a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation.
The Bulldogs will play their first season of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse in the spring, competing in the BIG EAST against Florida, Connecticut, Temple, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.
Hooks took a few minutes to talk about her commitment:
What attracted you to Butler?When looking for a University to attend I was hoping to find a school that would allow me to pursue my academic and lacrosse goals. And Butler fits both. Butler University has a rich tradition of academic excellence. With only approximately 4,000 students in 2017 US News has ranked Butler #2 in the midwest. That says a lot when there are many excellent schools in the midwest.
Secondly, Butler is also very competitive in sports. Being a D1 school combined with being in the Big East will provide a high level of competitiveness. There are many great athletic programs in the Big East. And I am looking forward to competing and hopefully succeeding with these new challenges ahead of me.
What are your personal and team goals for your final year at Mater Dei?
My personal and team goals for Mater Dei are the same. Each and every game we want to perform our best no matter the outcome. As a team unit we are stronger than we are as individuals. Winning this or winning that becomes secondary to being the best that we can be. By accomplishing that we are successful.
,h3>Anybody you’d like to thank for helping you along the way?
There are many people who have influenced me along my lacrosse journey. It all started with the coaches at Storm in middle school. And then progressed to Team OC and West Coast Starz programs. I tried to take a little from each person whom I worked with. And there have been many many good coaches. In high school I have spent the last four years with Cressita Bowman at Mater Dei. She has taught me many things that I will be able to carry over into my next step of my lacrosse journey. For that I am very thankful.
And lastly….my Mater Dei teammates. Believe….