Charlotte North is a lacrosse player from Dallas, Texas, known most for her automatic 8-meter free shot and her time spent at Boston College and on Team USA. She has already made a name for herself as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time and her career is still very young at the time of writing. Her prolific career has attracted a lot of new eyes to women’s lacrosse. This article will break down her journey through high school, college, and the professional ranks of women’s lacrosse.
Charlotte North Biography
Charlotte North Lacrosse Age
Charlotte North was born in the year 1999.
Charlotte North Lacrosse High School
She attended Episcopal School of Dallas in Texas. In addition to being a lacrosse standout, she also holds the school’s basketball scoring records. While she played basketball and lacrosse all four years in high school, she chose to play club lacrosse, rather than club basketball, for Grit Lacrosse lead by Maggie Koch and Molly Ford, who were both All-Americans at Georgetown. North committed to Duke in the spring of her junior year and went on to be named the MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game her senior year.
Charlotte North Duke Lacrosse
North played two seasons at Duke University (2018 and 2019) which was a common destination for athletes from her high school. During this time, she had an impressive career and accrued 169 points (141 G, 28 A) with only 255 shots. She was the leading scorer for the Blue Devils, by a double digit margin, and the leader in assists in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In her sophomore season, she was third in the nation in goals per game (4.32).
Charlotte North Lacrosse Transfer
After two years at Duke, Charlotte returned home to Texas for the summer and reevaluated what she wanted to do going forward. It is unclear as to why North wanted to transfer out of Duke. Even when directly asked in interviews, Charlotte maintains that her time at Duke was great, but after reevaluating her future, she found a home at Boston College.
Charlotte North BC Lacrosse
In the summer of 2019, North announced that she would be transferring to Boston College and, via her own website, decided on Boston College (BC) because of the coaches, team, and culture. After transferring, North played three years at BC although the 2020 season only consisted of 7 games and allowed her an extra year of eligibility. While at BC, she netted another 264 points (217 G, 47 A) on only 391 shots, leading BC to the program’s first NCAA championship victory and two consecutive NCAA championship appearances.
During her tenure at BC, she became known for her 8-meter shot which is frequently referred to as a free goal. During this time, she surpassed Stony Brook’s Courtney Murphy as the NCAA all-time goals leader. She also became the fifth women’s multiple Tewaaraton Award winner, both of which were won during her time at BC, and was named ACC female athlete of the year in 2021 and 2022. To add to this incredible list, her shooting percentage during her collegiate career was above 50%. Scoring on more than half of your shots is just unprecedented.
Charlotte North USA Lacrosse & Athletes Unlimited
North continued to add to her incredible resume by leading World Champion Team USA in scoring with 23 goals in the world games which included five hat tricks. In addition to joining Team USA, North also participates in the professional women’s lacrosse league run by Athletes Unlimited. The league is a bit unconventional, as teams are redrafted every week by different captains and the championship is awarded to the best player of the season, rather than the best team. Athletes Unlimited signed a multi-year deal with ESPN in April of 2022 ensuring the ability to watch Charlotte North, and the rest of the talent pool of professional women’s lacrosse, every summer outside of the periodic World Games.
Charlotte North Lacrosse Stick
North uses a Gait Whip head with narrow strip mesh with one U-shaped shooter and one horizontal shooter. Her pocket, strung by Liz Hogan, can be described as a mid-pocket with a lot of hold. This setup allows her to do some incredible things with a women’s lacrosse stick which can not have deep pockets.
At Boston College, Charlotte used a Gait Mid Composite women’s lacrosse shaft. This shaft is known for being extremely lightweight and pairing excellently with other Gait heads.
Charlotte North Lacrosse Trick Shot
In January of 2020, after the transfer to BC, Charlotte North went viral on social media for her practice trick shot which included a massive pump fake followed by a fake shot between the legs to a no-look shot over the shoulder. It caught traction in posts by Paul Carcaterra and USA Lacrosse on Twitter. The five second clip truly does get better with every watch.
Charlotte North Lacrosse Clinic
North offers clinics all over the country for middle school and high school aged players. You can see when and where she is offering clinics on her website. She also offers online training programs with various subscription levels if the clinics are not in your area.
Does Charlotte North Still Play Lacrosse?
Yes, she plays for Team USA in the World Games and also every summer in the Athletes Unlimited league which is broadcast via ESPN in the summer.
Where Did Charlotte North Play Club Lacrosse?
Charlotte North played for Grit Lacrosse in Texas for Maggie Koch and Molly Ford, who were both All-Americans at Georgetown.
Why Did Charlotte North Transfer?
The explicit reason for her transferring is not exactly known. According to an interview with USA Lacrosse (and in a separate interview with Mitch Pelke), she admits that she needed to reevaluate her future, and found a fit with Boston College.