In the first six games of the 2013 UNC Tar Heels season Meg Ward has enjoyed the opportunity to play in any capacity. With freshman Mallory Frysinger, Sammy Jo Tracy and Aly Messinger getting to start for the Tar Heels it is obvious that coach Jenny Levy is not afraid to put some of the inexperienced players on the field. Over the past few games, Levy has put Meg Ward in goal in the second half. These games have not been blowout wins for the Tar Heels. In fact, the game against the University of Virginia last night ended in a one goal victory for the Tar Heels.
There are no promises for college athletes. Many of these young women come out of high school thinking they will have an opportunity to play early. Some high school athletes make their college decision based on early playing time. The University of North Carolina has been a powerhouse in women’s lacrosse for well over a decade as they have multiple Final Four appearances. They are basically a shoe in to make the NCAA Tournament every single year. Over the last four years the Tar Heels reached the finals of the ACC Tournament only to lose to the University of Maryland. This is not a program that is lacking talent.
This is what makes it even more impressive that Coach Levy is putting Ward in goal during key times of the game. Some are wondering if the coach is grooming Ward for an ACC and NCAA run later in the season. During the first half, Lauren Maksym has been in goal for the heal. “Max” as she is known by her teammates is a senior and has plenty of experience in goal for the Tar Heels. It will be interesting to see how this plot develops over the rest of the season but for now, Meg Ward is enjoying the opportunity to play.