It is sad to see so many young women tearing ACL’s in lacrosse. Another star went under the knife after tearing her ACL. Maggie Bill recently had surgery in New York to repair a torn ACL that sidelined her for much of the second half of the 2017 season. From our knowledge, Bill did not tear her ACL during a game, but that is not confirmed.
Here is a picture of Maggie smiling after her surgery.
In the second round NCAA Tournament game against the University of Virginia, Molly Hendrick was wearing a very unusual glove on her left hand. We have learned that she dislocated her left thumb and the glove will likely be worn throughout the 2017 NCAA tournament.
You can see the glove in this picture:
Molly hasn’t taken many, if any, draw controls for the Tar Heels in 2017 as she has been used mainly as an attacker. For this reason, we do not foresee any issues arising due to this injury.
This was a tough one. UNC had plenty of candidates for tournament MVP. Megan Ward played amazing in goal. Sammy Jo Tracy and Kelly Devlin has a number of important goals to keep them in games. Aly Messinger had the game winning goal and a hat trick in the championship game to go along with two assists. In the end, the MVP went to sophomore Marie McCool.
ILWomen.com has ranked the 2016 recruiting class and UNC comes it at #1.
The 2016 captains are:
- Kelly Devlin
- Stephanie Loeb
- Molly Hendrick
- Caylee Waters
This years team will have very little depth and experience on defense so Jenny Levy will look to both Stephanie Loeb and Caylee Waters to anchor the defense. Kelly Devlin is a fifth year (redshirt) senior that has been on two teams that made it all the way to the national championship game. Molly Hendrick will be coming off ACL surgery and will be the vocal leader in the midfield.
Aly Messinger could be the one player that determines if the UNC Tar Heels win the 2015 National Championship. In her freshman year, she fed off double teams of Kara Cannizzaro and put the ball in the back of the net in many timely situations. Although she had a great year in 2014 it was not the progress most were expecting. Now that Messinger is heading into her junior year it is her time to shine and lead the Tar Heels in scoring.
One of the biggest unknowns for the 2015 UNC Tar Heels team is USC transfer Alex Moore. Moore was a high school All American two years ago with Maggie Bill, Carly Reed and Sydney. Now she will rejoin fellow All Americans on the field in Chapel Hill this spring. After watching Moore play in the scrimmage against Elon I can say that she will be a contributor on this years team.
When Caileigh Sindall stepped on campus in Chapel Hill she had already been anointed as the next great Tar Heel defender. She was a high school All American and she played on the U-19 US National Team. She basically started from day one on campus and has been a staple on the defensive side of the field for the Tar Heels. While she has been a great defender, I look for her to step up and have her best year every in 2015 as a senior.
Seeing the UNC Tar Heels women’s lacrosse jersey of #18 not on Abbey Friend is quite unusual. Friend ended up as one of the all time leading goal scorers for the Heels and helped lead them to the 2013 National Championship. Now, high school All American Bridget Curran will wear #18. This young woman is very talented and could be a force on a talented Tar Heel team.
After watching the scrimmage versus Elon it is quite obvious that #14 Ela Hazer will get significant playing time for the Tar Heels in 2015. Although I don’t think she got on the scoreboard she was a factor attacking the goal. Last year she was rated as one of the top 20 high school players and in 2015 she will be asked to step up her game to help the Tar Heels make a run at the 2015 ACC and National Championship.