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Cannizzaro leads North Carolina to national title

Cazenovia native was Most Outstanding Player in NCAA tournament

Cazenovia native Kara Cannizzaro charges up the field, defended by Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann, in last Sunday's  NCAA championship game at Villanova University. The Tar Heels would win its first national title, 13-12, in five overtimes and Cannizzaro, with four goals and two assists, would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Cazenovia native Kara Cannizzaro charges up the field, defended by Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann, in last Sunday's NCAA championship game at Villanova University. The Tar Heels would win its first national title, 13-12, in five overtimes and Cannizzaro, with four goals and two assists, would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Jeffrey Allan Camarati

All of it was part of an active weekend for Cannizzaro and her family, having seen one brother, Sean, and his Denver Pioneers lose a last-second thriller to Syracuse in the NCAA Division I men’s semifinal, but also seeing another brother, Connor (who will, ironically, attend Maryland next year) lead the Cazenovia Lakers to a second Section III Class C title in three years.

Later in the week, Cannizzaro, named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament, was up as one of the finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the nation’s best lacrosse player. Though Cannizzaro lost that award to Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann, she and her fellow Tar Heels got the prize that meant the most.

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