North Carolina‘s Aly Messinger might never have gotten the recognition she deserved during a decorated college career that included two NCAA championships and two IWLCA All-American nods, but never a first-team mention. Often overshadowed on her own team by Molly Hendrick and Marie McCool this year — and over the course of a career that coincided with transcendent and flashier talents like Maryland‘s Taylor Cummings and Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor — it’s easy to overlook how good the 5-foot-4 jitterbug attacker was during her time in Chapel Hill
But on the biggest stage, no one outshone Messinger.
Shredding up Maryland’s defense with precision passing, Messinger dropped four assists in the first half of the NCAA championship game and tacked on two goals for good measure to earn NCAA championship Most Outstanding Player honors after a 13-7 Tar Heels victory.
Unsurprisingly, Messinger, who also had two goals and two assists in North Carolina’s semifinal win over Penn State, is the final Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week for the 2016 season.