Freshman attacker Sydney Holman has yet to play a regular season game for the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team, but she has already secured a reputation as a formidable scorer and a valuable addition to the defending national champion Tar Heels.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment — to be able to play for the Tar Heels,” Holman said after helping her team to back-to-back victories against Delaware and James Madison in Durham on Sunday.
The games may have just been standard exhibitions, but Holman’s seven goals across the two games — including three in a row in the second half against JMU — reinforced what head coach Jenny Levy says about her.
She’s more than just your average player.
“I think what separates her is her IQ on the field,” Levy said. “I think when you get to this level, all of the kids have lots of potential and they’re very gifted athletically. Some of them have played this sport for a long time and some not so long. But they have hands and they can do things.
“(Holman) matches that and combines it with her IQ on the field – reading the play, reading the defense and being fearless and courageous.”
Not only is Holman one of those who has been playing for a long time, she has also grown up surrounded by lacrosse as the younger sister of UNC men’s lacrosse all-time leading scorer Marcus Holman.
She has also already developed an impressive resume of her own, even before her collegiate career.
The four-time East Chapel Hill High School team MVP led the Wildcats to a state championship in 2013, while also breaking the state record for career goals.