UNC's Coppa Tears ACL; Out for Season
|Photo by Greg Carroccio|
North Carolina senior midfielder Brittany Coppa tore her left ACL in Sunday's Champion Challenge scrimmage against Team USA, school officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Coppa had a goal and three draw controls in the first half against the U.S. women, but went down in pain on a clear before halftime and spent the rest of the afternoon on crutches with her knee heavily wrapped. At the time, coach Jenny Levy said the Tar Heels hoped it would turn out to be just a sprain, but further evaluation Monday evening in Chapel Hill proved the worst-case scenario to be true.
A Hempstead, Md., native, Coppa was fourth on the team last year with 41 points on 36 goals and five assists, including the feed that led to the game-winning goal in North Carolina's NCAA championship game triple-overtime win over Maryland. She has the option of taking a medical redshirt and returning for a fifth season, due to her injury taking place prior to the season, but that decision has not yet been made.