- 36 Goals
- 17 Assists
- 53 Points
The greatest high school recruit in women’s lacrosse history. As soon as Wurzburger walked on campus in Chapel Hill there were unreal expectations. Sports Illustrated dubbed her as the Michael Jordan of women’s lacrosse. With the most decorated high school career in women’s lacrosse history (1,027 points on 503 goals and 524 assists), 2021 was her opportunity to bring her skills to the collegiate level.
If any argument could be made that Wurzburger was not the greatest high school women’s lacrosse player in history it was competition. She played at American Heritage School Boca-Delray in Florida which is not exactly a hotbed of high school lacrosse talent. While Belle Smith was playing against the stiffest competition on the Long Island Yellow Jackets club team, Wurzburger was scoring 10 points a game against girls that were just learning the game.
Wurzburger started the 2021 season slow with only 10 goals and seven (7) assists in the first 11 games. There were single games she had 10 goals in high school. When the second half of the season rolled around, Caitlyn Wurzburger became one of the biggest scoring threats on the UNC team. While Scottie Rose Growney, Tayler Warehime, All Mastroianni and Kerrigan Miller struggled to score on the back half of the season, Wurzburger had her best games.
From the Notre Dame game until the end of the season, Wurzburger was playing at an All-American level. She had 26 goals and 10 assists in the final 10 games of the season. When UNC needed her most, she showed up. She had five (5) goals against Duke and three (3) goals in the Final Four versus Boston College. She shot at a scorching rate of 72% (26 of 36) in the final 10 games of the season.
Carolina scores four in a row to take a 4-3 lead with 5:07 until the break.
Two goals for Caitlyn Wurzburger. pic.twitter.com/aYBIAREpNS
— UNC Women's Lacrosse (@uncwlax) May 22, 2021
Belle Smith deservedly received ACC Freshman of the Year honors but most would agree that Wurzburger and Smith are going to be two of the best players in the country over the next three years. Belle Smith has a National Championship and a Freshman of the Year award. This will motivate Wurzburger in the offseason as she will come back better than ever in her sophomore campaign. She will also have Jamie Ortega as a partner in that run for a National Title.
The highlight of the year for Wurzburger was this shot between her legs against Louisville in the 2021 ACC Tournament.
What a finish Caitlyn Wurzburger! 🤩
Tune in to the rest of the game on ACC Network! pic.twitter.com/7zgWxuK892
— UNC Women's Lacrosse (@uncwlax) April 28, 2021