North Carolina Lacrosse Welcomes Top-Rated Freshman Class

"The 2013 national championship and the No. 1 recruiting class in the country are a great start to building our 2014 team. It is a new year and there is a lot of work to be done."

Maggie Auslander tallied 87 points and 62 ground balls for Green Hope HS in Cary, N.C., in 2013. She grabbed a spot in the Under Armour senior All-America game this summer, starting for the South team and tallying two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Inside Lacrosse writes that Auslander "could make an immediate impact for a Carolina defense that ranked in the Top 10 last season," listing her as the nation's No. 8 incoming freshman. She scored 47 goals and had 37 assists and 62 ground balls in 2013 at Green Hope, earning conference player of the-year honors. In her career, Auslander totaled 208 goals, 107 assists, 219 ground balls, 135 caused turnovers and 365 draw controls. She also is a gifted basketball player.

Maggie Bill was the Long Island and Catholic League MVP in 2013, leading St. Anthony's HS (South Huntington, N.Y.) to the No. 2 ranking in the nation. Also an honor roll student in the classroom, Bill played soccer and basketball and ran track at St. Anthony's. Inside Lacrosse writes that Bill is "is a do-it-all midfielder," listing her as the No. 2 incoming freshman in the nation for 2014. She started for the North Team in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game, tallying a goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover in the contest. Bill is also a freshman forward on the defending NCAA champion UNC women's soccer team this fall.

Kate Burbank starred for four seasons at Fox Lane HS in Bedford, N.Y., while also playing six seasons of varsity soccer and two of basketball. She was a US Lacrosse first-team All-America and an Under Armour underclassman All-America in 2012 while residing in New Jersey. Also an Academic All-America in 2013 at Fox Lane, she was an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete every season as a prepster, a member of the National Honor Society and the art honor society and a winner of the U.S. Marines Distinguished Athlete Award in 2012.

Molly Hendrick played four years of lacrosse, four of basketball and three of volleyball at Manheim Township HS in Lancaster, Pa., earning All-America honors twice and scoring over 400 goals on the lacrosse field. She was a two-time team Most Valuable Player and her conference and section MVP as a senior. For her career, she totaled 432 goals and 67 assists, including 179 goals and 22 assists as a senior and 125 and 20, respectively, as a junior. She was an honor roll student all four years of her prep career and served as the vice president of her school's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving.

Sydney Holman was a three-time US Lacrosse All-America and Academic All-America and a four-time team MVP at East Chapel Hill HS. Inside Lacrosse writes that Holman is "a smart player who does the little things that help make a team great," rating her the No. 5 freshman in the nation for 2014. The daughter of UNC women's lacrosse director of operations Laurie Holman, Sydney led East Chapel Hill to 14 consecutive victories and a state championship in 2013, scoring a combined 18 goals in the final two games. She set a North Carolina state record for career goals with 416 while also adding 134 assists and 241 ground balls in four years. She had 128 goals last spring while also tallying 44 assists and 69 ground balls. Holman had four goals (tied for the game high) in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game. She also was an honor roll student and a talented field hockey player, leading East Chapel Hill to a pair of state titles. Her father was an All-America lacrosse goalie at Johns Hopkins and now is an assistant coach with the Carolina men's team. Her mother played lacrosse at Towson. Her two older brothers played men's lacrosse at Carolina, with Marcus Holman leaving UNC as a Tewaaraton Award finalist and the school's career scoring leader after the 2013 season and Matthew playing goalie for the Tar Heels.

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