Alessia Russo continues to pick up accolades for No. 3 North Carolina, despite her season being cut short last week.
Russo, a sophomore forward, was honored with the title of ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and was one of six Tar Heels named to the All-ACC team ahead of Friday’s ACC semifinal matchup between UNC and No. 23 Clemson.
On Oct. 25th, while helping lift UNC to its first perfect conference record since 2006, Russo collided with Wake Forest goalkeeper Nonie Frishette early in the second half. The preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List nominee did not return, and it was later determined that she had broken her right leg, putting an end to her sophomore campaign.
Her second year had been quite an encore for Russo. At the time of her injury, she was the team leader in goals with six and had placed 27 of her 59 shots this season on frame. She was second in the ACC in shots per game at 4.21, and seventh in points per game at 1.14. She also led the team with four game-winning goals.
This was after a first year that saw her earn co-ACC Freshman of the Year as well as being named second-team All-America, All-East Region first team and first team All-ACC. She was the MVP of the ACC Tournament and picked up ACC Offensive Player of the Week and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week awards during the season.