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Lake Placid Legends Profile: Kara Cannizzaro

By SLV Staff, 03/07/22, 1:30PM EST


LPSC Silver Anniversary Team Member

Kara grew up playing lacrosse at Cazenovia High School and then went on to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She participated in the Lake Placid event starting her junior year of high school. Playing and being coached by other Lake Placid legends fostered Kara's passion for lacrosse. Coming back for ten consecutive summers, Kara shared her love for lacrosse and Lake Placid with many high schools, club, and college teammates. The Lake Placid tournament brought together Kara's family and her best friends to one of her favorite places. Kara's two younger brothers, who both won an NCAA Championship at Denver, joined in and also played for years in Placid.

Kara led the Tar Heels to their first NCAA championship as a senior team captain in 2013, earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and the Honda Award for Lacrosse as national player of the year that spring. She is the only Tar Heel lacrosse player to win the Honda Award and one of three women's lacrosse players to win the Patterson Medal as the most outstanding female student-athlete at UNC.

After her senior season, she became the first women's lacrosse player to be nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award. She took part in the U.S. National Team program from 2011 to 2012 and was a Nike athlete from 2013-2020. Kara was inducted into the Cazenovia Hall of Fame in 2015.

Since graduating from UNC, Kara has coached high school, club, and college lacrosse and continues to be heavily involved in the growth of lacrosse. Currently, Kara is a Division II Collegiate official, director of the Carolina Women's Lacrosse Camp, and an Assistant Athletic Director at UNC.