North Carolina Welcomes Nine Lacrosse Newcomers for 2015

CHAPEL HILL – A talented group of nine newcomers is now on campus and taking fall semester classes as part of the University of North Carolina women’s lacrosse team. The group includes eight freshmen and a sophomore transfer and is comprised of four midfielders, three attacking midfielders and two defenders.

"We are very excited to welcome in our 2014 class to Carolina," says head coach Jenny Levy. "We believe each recruiting class we bring into UNC is talented and has great potential, and this class is no different. The four-year journey through Carolina and the legacy a specific class leaves is up to them, dependent on how committed are they to demonstrate a consistent standard of excellence, are they willing to work extra, do they spend time cultivating meaningful relationships with teammates, and show up every day to compete and exhaust their potential."

The incoming class includes midfielder Bridget Curran (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven Regional), midfielder Eliza Dorsey (Beverly, Mass./The Governor's Academy), defender Elizabeth Haus (Lutherville, Md./Notre Dame Prep), attacking midfielder Ela Hazar (Westwood, Mass./Westwood), defender Naomi Lerner (Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham Academy), midfielder Marie McCool (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), attacking midfielder Kacey McKinnon (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines), attacking midfielder Alex Moore (Millstone Township, N.J.), a sophomore transfer from the University of Southern California, and midfielder Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich).

"In the recruiting process, we not only look for the exceptional talent, but also student-athletes who buy into our overall philosophy of excellence in all arenas (academic, athletic and service)," Levy says. "This class fits all of our criteria. Their overall competitive mentality, work ethic and passion for the game will help them transition into the college game and be a key to blending in with our returning players."

The nine newcomers will join a strong cast of nine returning starters and 25 letterwinners who hope to carry Carolina to its second NCAA championship in the last three seasons next spring. The Tar Heels will return eight of their top 10 scorers from a season ago when they take the field in 2015 and also look forward to the return of Brittney Coppa, Sammy Jo Tracy, Kelly Devlin and Morgan Rubin and others who missed all or most of the 2014 campaign due to injuries.

"We are looking forward to the start of our fall practice," says Levy. "We have a lot of talent and experience returning and new players who I feel will be able to contribute right away. The energy, focus and competitiveness of our practice environment will be top-notch. The way our season ended last year stung and I know we will all use it as a motivating factor all year."

Bridget Curran started in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Classic, finishing with an assist, a ground ball and two draw controls to help lead the North team to the win. She also was named a 2014 US Lacrosse first-team All-America. Curran led Rumson Fair Haven Regional HS to a 2011 New Jersey sectional title, 2013 and 2014 Shore Conference championships and a berth in the 2014 state semifinals. A two-time team captain and two-time Under Armour Underclassman All-America, she finished her career with 155 goals and 104 assists for 259 points. A 2014 Academic All-America, Curran played four years of varsity lacrosse and two years of varsity basketball as a point guard. She was the sports editor of the school yearbook and earned honor roll status every semester of her high school career. From a large, extended family, her father played football and lacrosse at Amherst College and her brother is a lacrosse team captain at Villanova University. She has nine cousins who will be active college student-athletes in 2014-15.

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