North Carolina Tar Heels women's lacrosse

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North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
Founded1996 (varsity)
UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Head coachJenny Levy (20th season)
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Nickname Tar Heels
ColorsCarolina Blue and White [1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
2009, 2015
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1997, 1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
2002, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference regular season championships
1998, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017

The North Carolina Tar Heels women's lacrosse team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women's lacrosse [2] and currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). [2] The North Carolina women's lacrosse team won the ACC tournament in 2002 and their first Division 1 National Championship in 2013. [3]

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History

UNC started a women's lacrosse program in 1994 due to Title IX. [4] Jenny Levy, a recent graduate from the University of Virginia was hired as the head coach. [4] Reflecting on why she was hired Levy stated, “I was 24 years old, and I think I got hired because I was pretty cheap, very ambitious and high energy, I believed in the school and what we could sell here to student-athletes with academic opportunity and great tradition. I focused on what I knew and could do.” [4]

The task of creating a successful women's lacrosse team was challenging; during the preliminary years of the program Levy had only a part-time assistant and a small budget. [5] She still managed to bring in talented recruits, some of which were transfers and some were members of the UNC women's soccer team, which at the time had 14 NCAA Championships in 16 years. [4]

Another obstacle was being a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which had the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia, two established women's lacrosse teams. [5] Levy stated, “we rose pretty quickly, but there was not a lot of foundation, and it is very hard to establish tradition when you are a young program; sitting where I am today, I have learned that it takes a while to establish things that identify with the program that is unique to just that program.” [5]

Although the task at hand was difficult the Tar Heels started out with success early on with a 12–4 record in its first varsity season of 1996. [5] In their second year, UNC made the NCAA semifinals with a 14–4 record, tallying two victories against the Virginia Cavaliers. In UNC's third season, the Tar Heels beat the eventual NCAA champion Maryland two times and reached the semifinals of the NCAA again. [5] By the third season in program history UNC claimed the number 2 overall ranking. [4]

Levy's program grew stronger as years passed and certain perks came along with that success; Levy was granted a full-time assistant and UNC started to increase their athletic support staff overall. [4]

Levy spoke of the early years saying “It was a gradual process of pushing and asking; it was a process for all Carolina sports, and slowly we have made progress with that, but even with it, the athletic program has been very successful.” [4]

The UNC Women's Lacrosse team is in their 19th season of program history. Phil Barnes has served as the Assistant Coach for 10 seasons. [6] Katrina Dowd joined the Tar Heels in 2012–2013 season to help them win their first National Championship. [7]

Individual career records

Reference: [8]

RecordNumberPlayerYears
Goals198Abbey Friend2011–14
Assists132Katie Hoeg2017-present
Points256Corey Donohoe2008–11
Ground balls200Jenn Cook2004–07
Draw controls327Sammy Jo Tracy2013–17
Saves564Kristen Hordy2004–07
Save %.592Debbie Castine1996–99
GAA6.13Debbie Castine1996–99

Individual single-season records

RecordNumberPlayerYear
Goals81Jamie Ortega2019
Assists73Katie Hoeg2019
Points112Jamie Ortega2019
Ground balls87Sarah Dacey1997
Draw controls145Sammy Jo Tracy2017
Saves178Caylee Waters2017
Save %.602Debbie Castine1996
1997
GAA5.52Debbie Castine1997

Seasons

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
NCAA Division I (Independent)(1996–1996)
1996Jenny Levy12–4
NCAA Division I (Atlantic Coast Conference)(1997–present)
1997Jenny Levy14–42–12nd NCAA Semifinal
1998Jenny Levy15–33–01st NCAA Semifinal
1999Jenny Levy8–71–2T-2nd NCAA First Round
2000Jenny Levy12–62–1T-1st NCAA Quarterfinal
2001Jenny Levy11–71–23rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2002Jenny Levy17–32–12nd NCAA Semifinal
2003Jenny Levy7–90–34th
2004Jenny Levy9–70–34th
2005Jenny Levy14–62–2T-3rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2006Jenny Levy13–64–1T-1st NCAA Quarterfinal
2007Jenny Levy16–53–2T-3rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2008Jenny Levy13–72–3T-4th NCAA Quarterfinal
2009Jenny Levy16–54–12nd NCAA Runner-up
2010Jenny Levy17–34–1T-1st NCAA Semifinal
2011Jenny Levy15–63–23rd NCAA Semifinal
2012Jenny Levy15–45–01st NCAA Quarterfinal
2013Jenny Levy18–34–12nd NCAA Champions
2014Jenny Levy15–55–23rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2015Jenny Levy18–46–11st NCAA Runner-up
2016Jenny Levy20–27–01st NCAA Champions
2017Jenny Levy17–37–01st NCAA Quarterfinal

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championship =confbothseason = 2018name = Jenny Levyoverall = 17–4conference = 6–1confstanding = 2ndpostseason = NCAA Semifinal
Total:329–113 (.744)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

2013 National Championship

When asked about constructing a national championship-type team, Head Coach Levy stated that “its not just a one-year thing for us." [9] The team expects success because they have been a perennial final four team for the past 5 years. [9] Even though they had not won a National Title until 2013 they expect to be in a position to do so year in and year out. [9] She stressed the importance of the recruiting process; the team consists of not only talented lacrosse players, but also hard workers with an ability to sacrifice self-interest for the team. The freshmen are expected to be on “a constant ascension of personal development, athletically, academically, and in the community." [9]

The 2013 Tar Heels had a small senior class with only 5 players [3] and ended their previous season with an early loss in the post season (their first time not making it to the final-four in three years). [3] This was the first year that Katrina Dowd joined the coaching staff to help build a dynamic attacking unit. [7] This was a young team with a lot of change going into the 2013 season. In the season opener against The University of Florida, the Tar Heels lost 5–3. [3] The team went on an 11-game winning streak after the loss to Florida, but the margins of victory were not very large. [3] Their most notable win during the 11 game winning streak was their 11–8 win over the reigning National Champions, Northwestern. The Tar Heels went on to defeat every team they played besides Maryland once in regular season (April 6) and once in the ACC Championship (April 28). [3] These two losses were crucial to the team's success in the NCAA tournament because they eventually took down the Terrapins in a Triple OT thriller to secure their first National Championship in the 18-year program history. [3]

When Jenny Levy was asked: "What’s it going to take for UNC to repeat as national champions?" she responded "Nothing’s changed, but everything has changed. We’re a tough group, and I think more than anything this championship is a tipping point for us because it validates what we’ve always talked about. [9] Now our players have experienced that and they won’t forget that. [9] We’re going to enjoy the championship right now but we’ll begin again in August and we’ll start from the very beginning and work our way back up. It took a lot of hard work, a lot of belief and a lot of trust and I think those lessons will stay with us for a long time." [9]

2013 Season Performance

DateTeamOutcome
Feb 09Florida3–5 (L) [3]
Feb 15Towson9–6(W) [3]
Feb 17Richmond14–7(W) [3]
Feb 22Northwestern11–8(W) [3]
Mar 02Penn11–5(W) [3]
Mar 09Virginia8–7(W) [3]
Mar 12High Point15–6(W) [10]
Mar 16Georgetown17–11(W) [3]
Mar 20Cornell11–10(W) [3]
Mar 23Boston College19–11(W) [3]
Mar 28Duke12–11(W) OT [3]
Mar 30Virginia Tech18–11(W) [3]
Apr 06Maryland13–14(L) [3]
Apr 12Jacksonville16–4(W) [3]
Apr 20Vanderbilt20–5(W) [3]
Apr 26Boston College16–6(W) [3]
Apr 28Maryland8–12(L) [3]
May 12Loyola19–9(W) [3]
May 18Virginia13–9(W) [3]
May 24Northwestern11–4(W) [3]
May 26Maryland13–12(W)(30T)' [3]

Individual honors

First Team All Americans

Postseason Results

The Tar Heels have appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments. Their postseason record is 32–18. [12]

YearSeedRoundOpponentScore
1997 Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Virginia
Loyola (MD)
W, 12–11 (ot)
L, 8–10
1998 #2Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Temple
#3 Maryland
W, 10–9
L, 9–14
1999 First Round Georgetown L, 6–7
2000 #4Quarterfinal Loyola (MD) L, 5–7
2001 #6First Round
Quarterfinal
#11 Syracuse
#3 Georgetown
W, 14–9
L, 4–10
2002 #3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
UMBC
Virginia
#2 Princeton
W, 22–6
W, 14–13 (2ot)
L, 2–16
2005 First Round
Quarterfinal
#7 Penn State
#2 Duke
W, 7–6 (3ot)
L, 7–15
2006 #5First Round
Quarterfinal
Maryland
#4 Northwestern
W, 9–6
L, 6–17
2007 #6First Round
Quarterfinal
Richmond
#3 Virginia
W, 14–7
L, 8–14
2008 First Round
Quarterfinal
#4 Virginia
#5 Syracuse
W, 11–7
L, 11–13
2009 #3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Towson
#6 Notre Dame
#2 Maryland
#1 Northwestern
W, 15–4
W, 16–10
W, 8–7
L, 7–21
2010 #3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Navy
#6 Virginia
#2 Northwestern
W, 18–5
W, 17–7
L, 10–15
2011 #3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Virginia
#6 Loyola (MD)
#2 Northwestern
W, 15–7
W, 16–13
L, 10–11
2012 #5First Round
Quarterfinal
Navy
#4 Syracuse
W, 14–7
L, 16–17
2013 #3Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Loyola (MD)
Virginia
#2 Northwestern
#1 Maryland
W, 19–9
W, 13–9
W, 11–4
W, 13–12 (3ot)
2014 #3Second Round
Quarterfinal
Georgetown
#6 Virginia
W, 10–8
L, 9–10
2015 #2Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Florida
Penn State
#3 Duke
#1 Maryland
W, 11–6
W, 11–8
W, 16–7
L, 8–9
2016 #3Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Duke
#6 Notre Dame
Penn State
#1 Maryland
W, 15–10
W, 10–6
W, 12–11
W, 13–7
2017 #2Second Round
Quarterfinal
Virginia
Navy
W, 23–12
L, 14–16
2018 #2Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Virginia Tech
Northwestern
#3 James Madison
W, 17–8
W, 19–14
L, 12–15

Coaching staff

Jenny Levy

Phil Barnes

Katrina Dowd

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