UNC's Sydney Holman named national Rookie of the Year

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

Inside Lacrosse has named University of North Carolina attacker Sydney Holman its 2014 national Rookie of the Year.

Holman, a former East Chapel Hill High School star, is the first Tar Heel women’s lacrosse player to win national freshman-of-the-year honors. At East Chapel Hill, Holman set a state one-year scoring record with 128 goals as a senior in leading the Wildcats to the 2013 state championship.

Holman, also the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year, led the Tar Heels in assists with a UNC freshman-record 27 in 2014. The 27 assists are the second-highest total in school history and ranked third in the ACC. She also scored 34 goals.

She finished second on the team in points with 61 (tied as the second-best freshman season in program history) despite missing four of 20 possible games due to injury.  In her first month as a college player, she tied the UNC single-game record with six assists vs. Vanderbilt on Feb. 22.

Holman joined Tar Heel classmates Molly Hendrick, Maggie Bill and Caylee Waters on the Inside Lacrosse 2014 All-Rookie Team.

Inside Lacrosse wrote of Holman:  “A quarterback-type attacker, Holman’s lacrosse I.Q. immediately set her apart from the rest this spring. Her ability to find open teammates, set up plays and finish at near-perfect precision elevated the Tar Heels attack to the top of the country’s scoring charts for the majority of the season.”

The Tar Heels went 15-5 in 2014, topping the national polls for 10 weeks and putting together a school-best 11-0 start to the season after winning the 2013 NCAA championship.

Holman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on April 24 against Boston College and missed the final three games of the year .  She underwent reconstructive surgery after the season.

Carolina is expected to have 10 former starters and 27 letterwinners available in 2015, returning eight of its top 10 scorers from the 2014 squad that finished third nationally in scoring.  

Head coach Jenny Levy, entering her 20th full season at Carolina, will look to replace the scoring output of graduated attackers Abbey Friend and Taylor George.  The task should be made easier by the return of Brittney Coppa and Sammy Jo Tracy, both of whom missed the entire 2014 season due to injury.