Best of Lacrosse - Women's Player of the Year Voting
Five deserving finalists made their way to the top of the women's game in 2013, earning gold and NCAA glory and setting records left and right. All-World, All-American, Tewaaraton, Honda and more, these players exemplified excellence in all aspects of the game this year.
Best Women's Player Finalists
Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina
In leading the Tar Heels to their first-ever NCAA women's championship, Cannizzaro earned the Honda Award after leading the team in goals (61), assists (22) and points (83) in 2013. She was also nominated for the ESPY Award for Best Female College Athlete this summer.
Katrina Dowd, Team USA
Scoring a Team USA record 26 goals a the FIL World Cup this summer in Oshawa, Ont., Dowd helped her country dominate the tournament with offensive fireworks that broke several records in July. As Team USA scored a record 127 goals and averaged over 18 a game, Dowd finished one point shy of the all-time record of 37.
Carly Reed, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
The LM National Player of the Year for H.S. women's lacrosse, Reed had a silly 131 goals and 33 assists this spring to lead her team to its fourth straight state independent league title. Finishing with 475 career goals in high school, Reed takes her talents to North Carolina for the upcoming season.
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland
Winning her second Tewaaraton award this spring, Schwarzmann finished her career third in Maryland's history in both goals (228) and points (304), helping the squad to an undefeated regular season and all the way to the NCAA final before bowing to North Carolina in the finals this spring. Barely skpping a beat, she had ten goals and four assists as the youngest member of the Team USA gold medal squad in Oshawa.
Jackie Sileo, LIU Post
Leading the Pioneers with 61 goals and 117 assists, Sileo earned ECC Player of the Year and IWLCA First Team All-America honors in 2013 and was named the IWLCA's Attacker of the Year to lead her team to the NCAA championship. Set a career-high with 13 points against Stonehill in April and had six points in the NCAA finals win over Limestone.