UNC Women's Lacrosse Bio
27 Aly Messinger
Messinger Messinger 839806

General – One of the top attackers in the nation ... Returning for her fourth year as a starter ... Participates in the Carolina Leadership Academy’s Rising Stars program ... ACC Honor Roll member.

Junior (2015) – Named third-team All-America by the IWLCA ... Carolina’s leader in goals (42)  and points (60) ... Second on the team with five game-winning goals ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team ... Led the Tar Heels with 10 goals and 13 points in four NCAA Tournament games ... Tallied three goals and two assists in the NCAA semifinal victory over Duke ... Had two goals and an assist in the NCAA quarterfinal victory over Penn State ... Scored four goals in the NCAA second round vs. Florida ... Ended the season by scoring in each of the last 10 games of the year ... Named All-ACC Tournament after recording 10 goals and two assists in three games in Charlottesville, Va. ... Had a career-high six goals against Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals ... Her 10 goals were one off the ACC Tournament record of 11 ... Her six goals against Notre Dame were one off the ACC Tournament single-game record of seven ... Gathered a career-high six ground balls at Florida ... On the Tewaaraton Award Watch List ... Third-team preseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse.

Sophomore (2014) - Second-team All-South choice by the IWLCA ... Earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2014 ... A lightning-quick attacker who can create her own shot ... Named to the watch list for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award ... Started all 20 games ... Scored in 16 of 20 games, including 10 multi-goal games ... Tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals ... Finished with three goals on four shots in the April 5 win over Maryland, adding a ground ball ... Scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner in the final seconds, at No. 4 Boston College and earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors  (March 25) ... Followed up that effort by scoring five goals again four days later against Virginia Tech ... Had four goals and one assist against both Boston University and Canisisus ... Three goals and two assists in the win over Notre Dame ... Scored three goals in the season-opening win over No. 4 Florida.

Freshman (2013) - A member of the All-NCAA Tournament team ... Scored three goals in the NCAA championship game win over Maryland, tying her season high ... All three goals came in the first half as Carolina built an early lead ... Named to the national 2013 All-Rookie Team by Synapse Sports ... Named First-Team All-South by the IWLCA ... Third on the team in points (46), tied for fourth in goals (31) and tied for third in assists (15) ... Carolina's top-scoring freshman ... Started the last 17 games of the season on the attack end ... Scored at least one goal in 17 consecutive games, a streak that ended in the NCAA quarterfinals against Virginia ... Had a season-high three goals and four points in the ACC semifinal win over Boston College ... Scored two goals in seven separate games (Virginia, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Jacksonville, Vanderbilt and Loyola in the NCAA Tournament) ... Named to the All-ACC Tournament Team after totaling four goals and an assist in two games ... Had three goals and an assist in the semifinal win over Boston College ... Tallied two goals and one assist in her first career NCAA Tournament game, the second-round win over Loyola ... Dished out a season-high three assists in the NCAA quarterfinal win over Virginia, tallying all three assists in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the game as the Tar Heels built a 10-2 halftime lead ... Had a goal, an assist and two draw controls in the NCAA semifinal win over Northwestern.

High School - Named an Under Armour All-America in 2012 ... Started for the South team in the Under Amour game and finished with two goals, one assist and a caused turnover ... Also named a 2012 first-team US Lacrosse All-America ... Tallied 100 goals, 77 assists and 30 ground balls as a senior for Coach Jessica Shoulberg at West Mendham HS in Mendham, N.J. ... Had 67 goals and 34 assists as a junior  ... Set a West Mendham school record with 400 career points ... Led West Mendham to an 18-3 mark and a state title in 2012 ... Earned all-state and all-conference honors as a senior ... Two-time all-county choice ... Named Player of the Year by the Daily Record as a senior ... Also played soccer and ran track (long distance events).

Personal - Alyson Joan Messinger is the daughter of Debra and Craig Messinger ... Her older sister played lacrosse for the Tar Heels and graduated in 2012.

Position: Attacker
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mendham, N.J.
High School: West Mendham
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
UNC North Carolina Women's Lacrosse

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