2016 NCAA champs
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17 Megan Ward
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General – Teams with Caylee Waters to form the top set of goalies in the nation ... Her hot play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament was a key factor in winning the national championship ... Has participated in the Carolina Leadership Academy as part of the Rising Stars program  ... ACC Honor Roll member.

Junior (2015) – Part of perhaps the nation’s top goalie rotation in the nation for the second year in a row ... Saw action in 16 games in relief of National Goalie of the Year Caylee Waters ... Played over 440 minutes in the cage, making 52 saves and allowing 57 goals with a save percentage of .477 and a goals-against average of 7.77 ... Led the ACC in goals-against average and was third in save percentage ... Played over 73 minutes in three NCAA Tournament games, posting a save percentage of .467 with a goals-against average of 6.57 ... Came off the bench to play the second half in the NCAA quarterfinal win over Penn State, allowing just one goal to pick up the victory and send UNC to the NCAA semifinals ... Made a season-high seven saves in the ACC Tournament versus Virginia Tech ... Also had six saves against Virginia and Virginia Tech in the regular season ... Credited with the win in goal in the season-opener versus James Madison ... Had a season-high four ground balls in the win over Virginia and three in a loss at Maryland ... Honorable mention preseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse.

Sophomore (2014) - One of the nation's top goalies ... Earned second-team All-ACC honors in goal ... Led the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation in save percentage at .480 ... Was fifth in the ACC and 40th nationally in goals-against average at 9.42 ... Posted an 11-3 record in the cage, making 11 starts ... Two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week in 2014 (Feb. 11, April 7) ... Earned the honor on April 7 for her efforts in the win over Maryland in Chapel Hill ... Came off the bench and played the final 41:15 to pick up the win in the cage the No. 2-ranked Terrapins on April 5 ... Had a then season-high-tying nine saves and held the Terrapins scoreless for over 15 minutes as UNC went on a 7-1 run to seize control of the game ... Started 18 games in a row in goal (the seven of 2013 and the first 11 of 2014) prior to not playing on March 31 at Northwestern ... Often played the first half of Tar Heel games earlier this season before giving way to Caylee Waters, who typically played the second halves ... The two reversed roles in the last month of the season with Waters starting and Ward playing in the second half... Named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 11 after the win over No. 4 Florida ... Went the distance in the cage for the Tar Heels, making a season-high nine saves and gathering two ground balls, limiting the Gators (who averaged nearly 15 goals per game last season) to just eight goals ... Allowed four first-half goals in a pair of first-half wins over Boston University and Notre Dame ... Played the second half and overtime against Duke, allowing three goals in 36:00 minutes while making five saves ... Was brilliant against top-ranked Syracuse in the ACC semifinals, making a season-high 11 saves in the second half alone ... Made eight second-half saves and picked up the win in the NCAA second round over Georgetown ... Made six saves in the second half of the NCAA quarterfinals against Virginia.

Freshman (2013) - One of the top freshman goalies in the nation ... Started the last seven games of the season (the regular season finale at Vanderbilt, both ACC Tournament games and all four NCAA Tounament games) ... Made her first career start in the cage at Vanderbilt on April 20, picking up the victory ... Also started and won the ACC semifinal against Boston College, tying her then-season high with seven saves (including six in the second half) ... Played all 60 minutes in the ACC final against Maryland ... Came off the bench in 11 other games earlier in the season ... Posted a total record of 7-2 in goal ...Began the season often playing the second half of games in a pre-arranged splitting of duties with third-year starter Lauren Maksym ... Made eight saves in the ACC championship game loss to Maryland ... Tallied a season-high 12 saves in 55:02 of action in the NCAA second round win over Loyola, allowing eight goals ... Made seven saves in the NCAA quarterfinal win over Virginia ... Held Northwestern to four goals (tying the Wildcats' season low) in the NCAA semifinals, making seven saves ... Made six saves, including three in overtime, to preserve the national title-clinching victory over Maryland ... A member of the All-NCAA Tournament Team ... A member of the All-ACC Academic Team.

High School - Named an Under Armour All-America in 2012 ... Started in goal and played the first half for the South team in the Under Armour game ... Picked up the victory after tallying six saves along with four ground balls and a caused turnover ... Also played in the Under Armour Elite tournament ... Posted a 13.0 goals against average and made 178 saves for coach Linda Brogan at St. Mary's HS in Annapolis, Md. ... 2012 county MVP ... Two-time, first-team all-county selection ... Team captain ... Also played soccer (earning MVP honors), basketball and ran indoor track ... Also team captain and team MVP in soccer ... Member of the Spanish Honor Society and Environmental Club ... Nominated for the National Honor Society.

Personal - Megan Anne Ward is the daughter of Karen Ward ... Born on Sept. 17, 1993, in Annapolis, Md. ... Majoring in economics.


Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5'2"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Annapolis, Md.
High School: St. Mary's
Major: Economics
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