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
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
ACC Honor Roll Spring 2013
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
2nd Team: Abbey Friend
3rd Team: Brittany Coppa
IWLCA All-South Region:
2nd Team - Brittany Coppa, Aly Messinger
All ACC Team:
NCAA All- Tournament Team:
2013 Capital One Cup Award *Top collegiate sports program: UNC 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