UNC Women's Lacrosse Bio
15 Kara Cannizzaro
Cannizzaro Cannizzaro 817033

General - The 2013 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... Winner of the Honda Award for women's lacrosse ... Also grabbed the 2013 Patterson Medal, the top honor given by UNC athletics.

Senior (2013) - Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Tournament after tallying four goals in the semifinal win over Northwestern and four goals and two assists in the final vs. Maryland ... Winner of the 2013 Honda Award for women's lacrosse as the National Player of the Year ... One of five finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award ... Two-time All-America ... Named a 2013 first-team All-America by the IWLCA, WomensLax.com and Synapse Sports ... First-team All-South by IWLCA ... Won the 2013 Patterson Medal as the top female student-athlete at UNC ... Member of the 2013 All-ACC team, earning the honor for a second year in a row ... Scored 157 goals and added 46 assists for 203 points in 81 collegiate games ... As a senior, she established personal bests with 61 goals and 22 assists for a UNC single-season record 83 points ... Set career highs in goals, assists and points in 2013 ... UNC team captain ... Led UNC in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, ground balls and caused turnovers in 2013 ... Third in the ACC in goals per game and points per game and first in caused turnovers per contest ... Scored three goals or more in 14games this season ... Scored at least one goal in 20 consecutive games (every game in 2013 but the season opener vs. Florida) ... Started 62 consecutive games to close her career ... Member of the All-ACC Tournament team after tallying a goal and two assists in both the semifinal win over Boston College and the title game loss to Maryland ... Nominated for a 2013 ESPY award for best female college athlete ... The women's lacrosse team's Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

2013 GAME HIGHLIGHTS:  Had 16 goals on 26 shots and dished out six assists in four 2013 NCAA Tournament games ... Had four goals and two assists in the NCAA final win over Maryland ... Scored four consecutive goals in a span of 4:44 of the second half in the NCAA semifinal win over Northwestern ... Finished with three goals, two assists, five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the NCAA quarterfinal win over Virginia ... Tied her career high with five goals and seven points (on five shots) in the NCAA second-round win over Loyola ... Three-time ACC Offensive Player of the Week in 2013 ... Won the award on March 12 after leading all players with four goals and five points in a win over Virginia ... Also won it on March 26 after totaling eight goals and three assists in wins over Cornell and Boston College ... On April 2, she won the award after scoring four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, at Duke and tallying four goals and an assist in a win at Virginia Tech ... Also scored the game-winner against Virginia ... Scored four goals in eight different games in 2013 ... Scored four goals in four of five regular season ACC games (Virginia, Boston College, Duke, Virginia Tech) and had three goals and an assist at Maryland ... Had four goals and two assists for a season-high six points against Cornell on March 20 ... Had three goals and a career-high four assists in the regular season finale at Vanderbilt on April 20.

Junior (2012) - One of 25 midseason candidates for the Tewaaraton Award, the top individual honor in the sport ... Named to the All-ACC Team ... Earned second-team All-America honors from SynapseSports.com ... Named third-team All-America and second-team All-South by the IWLCA ... Fourth on the UNC team with 52 points on 42 goals and 10 assists ... Tied for third on the team in goals with Becky Lynch ... Fourth on the team in assists ... Led the team with 23 caused turnovers ... Tied for the team lead with 94 shots ... Also fourth on the team in draw controls (19), tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (three) and tied for fourth on the team in ground balls (26) ... Scored a career-high five goals in the regular season win over Maryland and in the NCAA quarterfinal loss at Syracuse in front of a hometown crowd ...  Gathered a season-high four ground balls vs. Maryland in Chapel Hill ... Caused a Tar Heel season-high four turnovers in the win over Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals ... Took a season-high eight shots vs. Maryland (regular season) and vs. Navy (NCAA Tournament) ... Scored at least one goal in 15 of 19 games and at least one point in 16 of 19 contests ... Big games included five goals vs. both Syracuse and Maryland (regular season) and four goals and one assist at Richmond ... Also scored four goals against Florida, Virginia Tech and Virginia (ACC Tournament) ... Named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week after her four goals in the win over Florida ... Tallied a combined seven goals and one assist in two NCAA Tournament games ... Named All-ACC Tournament after scoring four goals against Virginia in the semifinals.

Sophomore (2011) - Named second-team All-South by the IWLCA ... Finished fourth on the UNC team in scoring with 48 points (35 goals and 13 assists) ... Fourth on the team in goals and fifth in assists ... Led Carolina in caused turnovers with 21 from her midfielder position ... Second among Tar Heels with 27 ground balls and third in draw controls with 24 ... Second on the team with 11 goals and 15 points in ACC regular season games, including four goals and one assist at Duke, three goals and one assist at Maryland and two goals and one assist at Virginia Tech ... Her six goals in three NCAA Tournament games ranked second on the team behind Laura Zimmerman ... Set career highs with four goals and one assist at second-ranked Duke on April 15 ... A week later, had five points vs. Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals on a goal and a career-high four assists ... Controlled a career-high four draws in the season opener against Florida ... Gathered a career-high four ground balls against Richmond and Georgetown.

Freshman (2010) - Saw action in all 20 games, starting against Cornell in the regular season finale ... Finished the season with 19 goals and one assist for 20 points ... Boasted a shooting percentage of 55.9 ... Scored five goals in five ACC regular-season games ... Tallied two goals and one assist in three NCAA Tournament contests ... Ranked fifth on the UNC team with 17 caused turnovers on the season ... Scored multiple goals in six games, including a season-high three against both Vanderbilt and Old Dominion ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Women's Lacrosse Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Earned a spot on the Dean's List.

High School - First-team US Lacrosse All-America and National Tournament All-Star as a senior in 2009 ... Played in the 2009 Under Armour All-America game, scoring two goals in the contest ... Played varsity lacrosse at Cazenovia Central High School for coach Mark Evans ... Two-time team MVP ... Holds school records in goals, assists, ground balls, caused turnovers and points ... Finished her career with 323 goals, 129 assists, 376 ground balls and 212 caused turnovers ... Four-time, first-team all-league choice ... Empire State Team bronze medalist in 2007 and 2008 ... Also played varsity soccer and ran track and cross country at Cazenovia Central ... Three-time MVP of the indoor track team and 2009 MVP of the cross country squad ... Named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Cazenovia Central ... Honor roll student.

Personal - Kara Rose Cannizzaro is the daughter of John and Katie Cannizzaro ... Born on Oct. 27, 1990, in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Double-majoring in journalism and communication studies.

Kara Cannizzaro's Career Statistics
Year GP/GS Sh G A Pts GB CT DC
2010 20/1 34 19 1 20 24 17 19
2011 21/21 78 35 13 48 27 21 24
Total 41/22 112 54 14 68 51 38 43

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cazenovia, N.Y.
High School: Cazenovia Central
UNC North Carolina Women's Lacrosse


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