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Kara Cannizzaro makes U.S. national lacrosse team

Former Caz record-breaker now a standout at North Carolina

— An extraordinary year for the Cannizarro family of Cazenovia continues to get better as Kara Cannizzaro, a standout at the University of North Carolina, was named to the United States national senior women’s lacrosse team.

Cannizzaro, about to enter her junior year at UNC, was one of 36 players selected for the national team from more than 80 that tried out over the course of three days late in July in Baltimore.

In making the team run by U.S. Lacrosse, the nation’s governing body for the sport, Cannizzaro joined her UNC teammate, Laura Zimmerman (Westhill), as well as former UNC goalie Erica LaGrow (CBA), as the only three Central New York players to make the national team. In all, seven current or former Tar Heels made the squad, the most of any college.

Together, this group will appear at events like the Stars and Stripes Weekend in October and the Champion Challenge in January. Many of these same players are expected to be in the hunt for spots on the U.S. national team that, in 2013, will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.

An All-American at Cazenovia, Cannizzaro had an astonishing 323 goals and 129 assists, plus 376 ground balls (all school records),in a high school career that also included stints in soccer, track and field (she was a three-time indoor track team MVP) and cross country.

While at UNC, Cannizzaro earned 19 goals, 24 ground balls and 19 draw controls in her freshman campaign in 2010. As a sophomore last spring, she nearly doubled her goals total to 35, added 13 assists, 27 ground balls and 24 draw controls as the Tar Heels reached the NCAA tournament semifinals before falling to Northwestern.

This adds to a year where both of Cannizzaro’s younger brothers, Sean and Connor, won two state championships at Cazenova in ice hockey and boys lacrosse. Sean starts this fall at the University of Denver, while Connor is a high school junior this fall.

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