2017 Season Review
Release: 06/04/2017

♦ North Carolina won its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title and its second ACC Tournament championship in a row in 2017, posting a 17-3 record (6-1 ACC) and ranking among the nation's top five teams throughout the season. The Tar Heels reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

♦ Carolina was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the postseason IWLCA coaches poll and No. 6 in the Cascade media poll. 

♦ Carolina enters the 2018 season having won 34 of its last 37 games, including 23 of its last 24 vs. ACC opponents.

 

FETZER FIELD UNDER RENOVATION

♦ The NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game against Navy on May 20, 2017, marked the final event in Fetzer Field, the longtime home of the Tar Heel lacrosse and soccer programs, before renovations began at the venue on Monday May 22.  

♦ Carolina teams will play elsewhere during the 2017-18 academic year until Fetzer is scheduled to reopen for the fall of 2018.

♦ Fetzer was built in 1935, and the Carolina women's lacrosse team has played games at Fetzer since the inception of the program in 1996.   

♦ Carolina is 139-28 all-time at Fetzer Field, including 18-2 in NCAA Tournament games.

 

RECENTLY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

♦ The Tar Heels are 21-7 in the NCAA Tournament since 2009 and 13-3 since 2013, winning two national championships.  

♦ In its last nine NCAA Tournament appearances, Carolina has:

• Advanced to the NCAA semifinals six times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)

• Reached the NCAA championship game four times (2009, 2013, 2015, 2016)

• Won two NCAA championships (2013, 2016)

 

CAROLINA'S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

♦ UNC is 30-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and made its 19th NCAA appearance in 2016.

♦ The Tar Heels have made nine semifinal appearances (1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016), including six in the last nine years.   UNC has reached the NCAA title game four times, winning twice (2013, 2016).

♦ Carolina is 21-3 at home in NCAA Tournament games, losing only in 2000 to Loyola, in 2014 to Virginia and in 2017 to Navy.  UNC has won 20 of its last 22 home NCAA Tournament games.

♦ UNC is 15-1 with 15 consecutive wins in the NCAA Tournament second round.

♦ The Tar Heels are 9-9 in NCAA Tournament quarterfinal games and have won six of their last nine quarterfinals, beating Notre Dame in 2009, Virginia in 2010, Loyola in 2011, Virginia in 2013, Penn State in 2015 and Notre Dame in 2016 while losing at Syracuse in 2012, at home to Virginia in 2014 and at home to Navy during that stretch.  

♦ Carolina is 8-3 in quarterfinal games played in Chapel Hill.  The Tar Heels are 1-6 in NCAA quarterfinal appearances played on the road.

♦ Carolina is 4-5 in NCAA semifinal games and has won three in a row.

♦ The Tar Heels are 2-2 in NCAA championship games, beating Maryland in 2013 and 2016 while losing to Northwestern in 2009 and Maryland in 2015.

♦ Head coach Jenny Levy has led Carolina to 19 NCAA Tournament berths, including 13 in a row. Levy's 30 NCAA Tournament wins rank fourth in the history of the sport.

♦ Carolina in 2016 made its 19th NCAA appearance in 22 years as a varsity program (since 1996).

♦ UNC in 2016 was a top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth year in a row.  

 

McCOOL NOMINATED FOR HONDA AWARD

♦ Marie McCool of North Carolina, Kenzie Kent from Boston College, Stony Brook University's Kylie Ohlmiller and Zoe Stukenberg from the University of Maryland are the four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Lacrosse.

♦ McCool becomes the fifth Tar Heel to be a Honda Award nominee, joining Christine McPike (2002), Amber Falcone (2009), Jen Russell (2010) and Kara Cannizzaro (2013).

♦ The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles.

 

FOUR IWLCA ALL-AMERICAS

♦ Four Carolina players earned All-America honors for the 2017 season from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. 

♦ Senior attacker Molly Hendrick and junior midfielder Marie McCool made the first team, while junior attacker Ela Hazar and senior attacker Sammy Jo Tracy are on the third team.

 

FIVE INSIDE LACROSSE ALL-AMERICAS

♦ Four Tar Heels earned spots on the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Media All-America team.

♦ Senior attackers Molly Hendrick and Sammy Jo Tracy made the first team, along with junior midfielder Marie McCool. Senior defender made the third team. 

♦ Tar Heels Ela Hazar and Caylee Waters were honorable mention All-Americas. 

 

HAZAR BREAKS UNC SINGLE-SEASON ASSIST RECORD

♦ Junior Ela Hazar broke the Carolina single-season record with 40 assists in 2017. Becky Lynch had the previous record with 36 in 2011. 

♦ Hazar is fifth in school history with 74 career assists.

 

HENDRICK BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR GOALS IN A SEASON

♦ Senior Molly Hendrick scored 72 goals in 2017, a single-season Carolina record.  Abbey Friend set previous record of 65 in 2014.

♦ Hendrick finished her career third in school history with 186 career goals and sixth with 220 career points.

 

HENDRICK TIES POINTS RECORD

♦ Senior attacker Molly Hendrick tied the single-season UNC record with 83 points on 72 goals and 11 assists. Kara Cannizzaro also had 83 points in 2013.

 

RECORD-BREAKING OFFENSE IN 2017

♦ Carolina scored a school-record 318 goals in 2017, snapping the single-season UNC record of 299 set in 2016.

♦ Carolina tallied a UNC-record 466 points in 2017, breaking the previous record of 442 set in 2016. 

♦ The Tar Heels had 148 assists as a team, which broke single-season record of 143 set in 2016.

 

MCCOOL A FINALIST FOR TEWAARATON AWARD

♦ Junior midfielder Marie McCool was one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, the highest individual honor in the sport of lacrosse.

♦ McCool is the sixth Tar Heel to be a Tewaaraton finalist, joining Christine McPike (2002), Amber Falcone (2009), Jen Russell (2010), Becky Lynch (2012) and Kara Cannizzaro (2013).

♦ Senior Molly Hendrick, the 2017 ACC Attacker of the Year, was one of the top 25 Tewaaraton nominees.

♦ Six Carolina players, most of any school in the nation, led the initial Tewaaraton Watch List prior to the season: Hendrick, McCool, junior Maggie Bill, senior Carly Reed, senior Sammy Jo Tracy and senior Caylee Waters.  

♦ In early April, junior Ela Hazar was added to the list.

 

SIX TAR HEELS NAMED ALL-ACC

♦ Carolina led the way with six selections on the 2017 All-ACC Team, as voted upon by the league's head coaches and announced after the regular season. 

♦ The Tar Heels placed attackers Molly Hendrick and Ela Hazar, midfielder Marie McCool and defender Maggie Auslander on the first team. 

♦ Attacker Sammy Jo Tracy and goalkeeper Caylee Waters were second-team selections.

 

BACK-TO-BACK ACC TOURNAMENT TITLES

♦ Carolina won its second straight ACC Tournament, beating Duke, Boston College and Syracuse by an average of over seven goals per game. 

♦ The Tar Heels have won three ACC Tournaments, including each of the last two (2002, 2016, 2017).

 

TAR HEELS WIN ACC REGULAR SEASON TITLE

♦ Carolina was the ACC regular season champion for the third year in a row and the eighth time overall:  1998 (outright), 2000 (tie), 2006 (tie), 2010 (tie), 2012 (outright), 2015 (outright), 2016 (outright) and 2017 (outright). 

 

CAROLINA HAS WON 23 OF LAST 24 VS. ACC

♦ Carolina has won 23 of its last 24 games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, losing only to Syracuse on April 15, 2017, in Chapel Hill since the 2015 ACC Tournament final.

 

TAR HEELS ARE 34-2 IN LAST 36 GAMES

♦ The Tar Heels enter Saturday's game having won 34 of their last 36 games, dating back to early in the 2016 season. 

♦ Prior to the Feb. 25, 2017, loss at Maryland, UNC won 20 games in a row, the longest winning streak in program history. 

♦ Carolina closed its 2016 NCAA championship run on a 17-game winning streak.  

 

QUICK ON THE DRAW 

♦ Carolina led the ACC and was second in the nation with 17.50 draw controls per game as a team.

♦ Fifth-year senior Sammy Jo Tracy was among the nation's top draw control specialists, ranking first in the ACC and fourth in the nation with 7.25 draw controls per game.  

♦ Tracy tallied a school-record 145 draw controls in 2017. She broke her own school single-season record of 108, set in 2016, against Duke on April 22.

♦ Tracy also set school records for most draw controls in a game (14 vs. High Point in 2016) and a career (327).

♦ Carolina won 350 draws in 2017 as a team, a school record. The previous record was 295, set in 2016.

 

300 WINS FOR LEVY

♦ On March 5, Levy won her 300th career game, becoming the third coach in NCAA Division I history to do so with a 16-8 win over Canisius.  Levy joined Navy's Cindy Timchal and Princeton's Chris Sailer in the 300-win club.

♦ Levy has a record of 312-109 entering her 23rd season as a head coach in 2018 (all at Carolina).

 

FOUR TAR HEELS ON 2017 WORLD CUP TEAM

♦ US Lacrosse and U.S. women's senior team head coach Ricky Fried in January announced the 18-player U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup, July 12-22 in Guildford, England.  

♦ Four Carolina players made the squad: midfielder Marie McCool (class of 2018), midfielder Laura Zimmerman (2012), defender Kristen Carr (2010) and defender Jennifer Russell (2010).  McCool is one of two current college players to make the cut, the other being junior Gussie Johns, a goalie at USC.


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