OSHAWA, Ontario— University of Delaware women's lacrosse assistant coach Kristen Carr is heading to Canada this weekend to participate in the North American Challenge Cup with 23 teammates of the U.S. women's national senior team.
Carr was selected to the team in Jan. after playing in a U.S. Lacrosse Champion Cup exhibition game. The Challenge Cup will be held July 13-15 in Oshawa, the 2013 host of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, and then the touring team will return to the U.S. in preparation for the 2012-2013 U.S. women's national senior team trials July 27-29 where a 36-player team will be selected after two tryout rounds.
The U.S. women's national senior team will gather for several training weekends and competitions Sept.-Jan., including the US Lacrosse's Stars & Stripes event in Oct. and the Champion Challenge in Jan., in preparation for World Cup 2013. The final 18-player FIL World Cup team, plus alternates, will be selected immediately after the Challenge.
Carr graduated from North Carolina in 2010 with a degree in exercise and sport science and was named to the Blue Hens women's lacrosse coaching staff after serving as a volunteer assistant with the Tar Heels' last season for head coach Jenny Levy. Carr helped lead UNC to a 15-6 record, a runner-up finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a berth in the NCAA Final Four before falling to Northwestern 11-10 in the semifinals.
As a four-year standout as a defensive midfielder, Carr led the Tar Heels to a four-year record of 60-20 and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2009, a berth in the semifinals in 2010, and trips to the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2008. She appeared in 81 games with 62 starts and recorded 21 goals and nine assists while setting a UNC career record with 174 draw controls.
Carr earned first team All-American and first team All-ACC honors as a senior in 2010 when she was one of the nation's top draw control specialists and led the nation's third-ranked defense that allowed just 7.25 goals per game. She also set UNC single game (eight) and single season (64) marks for draw controls, braking her own UNC single season draw control record with 64 and causing 18 turnovers to rank No. 3 all-time in UNC history.
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