North Carolina captain Kara Cannizzaro picked a good time to finally beat Maryland in lacrosse.

When the Tar Heels had claimed their first NCAA Division I women's lacrosse championship with a 13-12 triple-overtime win at Villanova, there was no greater feeling for the midfielder from New York.

"It's amazing, I don't think there are no words that can describe how happy I am," Cannizzaro said. "We worked so hard, and this is the one and only moment that we are shining right now, this is the best feeling in the world."

Heading into the championship against top-seeded Maryland, Cannizzaro was fearless attacking the goal for North Carolina. During the regular season, she led the team in goals and assists. She finished Sunday night's game with four goals, two assists, and the single season record in points for UNC with 81.

"I think the first two times we saw them, we had some things to fix," she said of the Terrapins. "We had a bunch of yellow cards and we turned the ball over too much. Tonight, we stayed composed and we believed that we were going to win and then Megan made some amazing saves.

"I think this is going to propel the program," Cannizzaro said. "I think the freshmen, the sophomores and the juniors are going to be right back here competing for championships next season, and I'm going to be screaming in the stands for every single one of them."

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