Honda Award Winner Kara Cannizarro Honored At North Carolina Football Game

Photo by Jeffrey Camarati/UNC
Photo by Jeffrey Camarati/UNC

THE CWSA's 2013 Honda Sports Award winner for lacrosse, Kara Cannizarro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) of the University of North Carolina, was formally presented with the honor live at the UNC football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12:00 pm (EST), as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda.

Cannizarro was present in Los Angeles on June 24th for the broadcast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda where she was recognized as the best lacrosse player in the nation. At the televised event she was in the running to be “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” as each of the 12 sport winners vied for the coveted Honda Cup. The Honda sport award signifies the best in any sport and the on-campus presentation gives the CWSA the opportunity to recognize Cannizarro in front of her own fans and teammates.

Named the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Cannizzaro scored four goals with two assists in the title game to lead the Tar Heels to an upset of top-seeded, undefeated Maryland with a 13-12 win in triple-sudden-death overtime, the longest title game in NCAA championship history. North Carolina finished the season with an 18-3 record, and Cannizzaro finished her All-ACC and All-American career with 83 points on 61 goals with 22 assists. Her 61 goals puts her second overall among all-time record holders.

The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2013-14 awards seasons open this fall with winners being selected from the sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigous 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.