2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team: Aly Messinger, Sloane Serpe, Megan Ward, Emily Garrity and Kara Cannizzaro (Tony Yount photo)
2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team: Aly Messinger, Sloane Serpe, Megan Ward, Emily Garrity and Kara Cannizzaro (Tony Yount photo)
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Tar Heels Honor 2013 NCAA Champs
Release: 10/06/2013

CHAPEL HILL - Head coach Jenny Levy and the University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team gathered with the program's alumnae, families and friends on Saturday evening and honored its 2013 NCAA championship team at its annual awards banquet at the Blue Zone in Kenan Stadium.

Tar Heel lacrosse alumnae gathered for the weekend in Chapel Hill, scrimmaging the 2014 squad on Saturday before convening for the awards banquet that evening to honor the 2013 group that won the first NCAA championship in program history with a 13-12, triple-overtime win over Maryland in the title game.

National Player of the Year Kara Cannizzaro won the team Most Valuable Player Award and Ground Ball Award.  She also took home the Kellie Thompson Shiley Award for the player who excels in the classroom and on the field while always displaying leadership with passion.  The award is named after former Tar Heel All-America Kellie Thompson (UNC '02), who died unexpectedly in 2012.

Senior Jessica Griffin won the Draw Control Award, while classmate Emily Garrity took the Leadership Award and Unsung Hero Award.  Freshmen Aly Messinger and Megan Ward, both members of the 2013 NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team, shared the team's Rookie of the Year Award.

Courtney Waite grabbed the Most Improved Award after blossoming into a valuable defender late in the season.  Brittney Coppa won the Hustle Award and Caileigh Sindall won the Kelly and Kristen Taylor Perseverance Award.  Zoe Skinner won the Class of 1996 Award (named in honor of the senior class on the first UNC varsity team).


2013 Team Awards

Ground Ball Award:  Kara Cannizzaro

Draw Control Award:  Jessica Griffin       

Co-Rookies of the Year:  Aly Messinger, Megan Ward

Hustle Award:  Brittney Coppa

Most Improved:  Courtney Waite

Leadership Award:  Emily Garrity

Unsung Hero:  Emily Garrity

MVP:  Kara Cannizzaro

Class of 1996 Award:  Zoe Skinner

Perseverance Award (Kelly & Kristen Taylor):  Caileigh Sindall

Kellie Thompson Shiley Award:  Kara Cannizzaro

*Player who excels in the classroom and on the field, displays outstanding leadership at all times, sets a positive example for younger players and has a true passion for the game of lacrosse. All traits Kellie displayed.

Tewaaraton Award Finalist:   Kara Cannizzaro

* The Tewaaraton Award is one of the highest honors in the game of lacrosse. This award  recognizes excellence in the game by annually honoring the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA players.

2013 Honda Award:   Kara Cannizzaro

* The Honda Sports Award is an annual award given to the best collegiate female athlete in the United States in each of twelve sports.

2013 ESPN Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year Finalist:  Kara Cannizzaro

*The ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by ESPN to recognize sports-related performance during the calendar year.

2013 Patterson Award (UNC top student-athlete):  Kara Cannizzaro


Team Accomplishments for the 2012-2013 Season

Dean's List Spring 2013

Paige Hanson

Devin Markison

Sam McGee

Zoe Skinner


ACC Honor Roll Spring 2013

Carly Davis

Kelly Devlin

Breada Farrell

Mallory Frysinger

Emily Garrity

Taylor George

Eileen Giles

Paige Hanson

Stephanie Lobb

Lauren Maksym

Kate Martino

Sam McGee

Paige Patterson

Morgan Rubin

Zoe Skinner

Courtney Waite

Megan Ward

Maddie Zeigler

2013 Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award - Zoe Skinner

*Recognizes the accomplishments of a student-athlete who helps their team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls, including leadership and community service

Elite 89 Award - Paige Hanson *Highest GPA among participants in the NCAA Tournament semifinals

Paige Hanson - Journalism School scholarship, plus an invitation to write a senior honor's thesis

IWLCA All-America:

1st Team: Kara Cannizzaro, Sloane Serpe

2nd Team: Abbey Friend

3rd Team: Brittney Coppa

IWLCA All-South Region:

1st Team: Kara Cannizzaro, Abbey Friend, Sloane Serpe

2nd Team: Brittney Coppa, Aly Messinger

All ACC Team:

Kara Cannizzaro, Emily Garrity, Abbey FriendBrittney Coppa, Sloane Serpe

NCAA All- Tournament Team:

Kara Cannizzaro (MVP), Aly Messinger, Megan Ward, Emily Garrity, Sloane Serpe

2013 Capital One Cup Award  *Top collegiate sports programUNC women's athletics

2012-2013 US National Team - Laura Zimmerman '12, Kristen Carr '10, Jenn Russell '10, Amber Falcone '09, Erica LaGrow '08

2013 US World Cup Team - Kristen Carr '10, Jenn Russell '10, Amber Falcone '09    

2013 Canadian World Cup Team - Abbey Friend '14, Katie Brooks '09, Kristen Hordy '07

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