CHAPEL HILL—Lacrosse Magazine recently revealed its Best of Lacrosse award winners for 2016, and the 2016 NCAA champion Tar Heel women's team naturally was well represented in the honors.
To close the 2016 calendar year, the magazine honored the best in both men's and women's lacrosse in 2016, a year that saw the Tar Heels win both the men's and women's national titles. The awards include both a fan's pick and a magazine pick for best coach, player, breakthrough, performance and best game.
Head coach Jenny Levy won the magazine's Women's Coach of the Year award, writing:
Levy led the Tar Heels to its second NCAA crown, defeating the two-time defending champion Maryland. Levy managed her roster well, overcoming injuries of star players yet again (Olivia Ferrucci and Sydney Holman), and making good decisions with their equally talented goalies Caylee Waters and Megan Ward, ultimately handing the reins to Waters in the semifinal and back to Ward in the final. Levy was the only coach to solve Maryland as the Terps never led.
Goalkeeper Megan Ward, a 2016 senior who was in goal for Carolina for both the 2013 and 2016 NCAA championship games, won the award for Best Women's Performance. The magazine wrote:
After goalie Caylee Waters made eight saves, including a last-minute stop, in relief of Megan Ward in North Carolina's NCAA semifinal win over Penn State, Ward stepped back in for the Tar Heels in the NCAA championship, starting and playing the full 60 minutes, making seven saves in each half to hold off the reigning champion. The rebound factor combined with her impressive resolve was on full display.