Inside Charlotte North's Internet-Breaking, Jaw-Dropping Trick Shot

PHOTO COURTESY OF BC ATHLETICS


“I just wanted to get it out there,” Paul Carcaterra said. “I didn’t think it would go as viral as it has.” 

It is the five-second clip Carcaterra tweeted on Tuesday of Boston College junior attacker Charlotte North of Dallas, Texas. It’s more spellbinding than a Luka Doncic assist or an Ezekiel Elliot touchdown run. It’s the type of highlight you have to watch more than once to fully appreciate. 

It also wasn’t a one-time occurrence. 

"That was not lucky," Boston College head coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein said. "She practices stuff like that all the time, and we want her to do that. We encourage it.”

As of Friday afternoon, the video on Twitter had accrued almost 162,000 views and 2,200 likes. 

“This is insane,” Chaos LC coach Andy Towers commented. 

“Hold up,” Paul Rabil wrote.

“I was completely shocked by the reaction it got,” North, a first team preseason All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse, said this morning in a telephone interview after her Italian class and before an Eagles practice. “I was so awed and humbled not only by the number of views, but the nice things great players and people in the lacrosse world were saying. I love that it's giving more attention for the girls' game.”

Over the holidays, Carcaterra was speaking with Boston College freshman midfielder, Ryan Smith — who’s a family friend — when she pulled up some highlights of her new teammate. North transferred to Boston College after two years at Duke, where she set the school’s single-season scoring record with 105 points as a sophomore. Carcaterra noticed that North already followed him on Instagram. In her stories labeled with a lacrosse stick emoji, he found the now viral clip. 

It was taken 19 weeks ago in September at BC’s new Fish Field House. North and a couple teammates were shooting around after practice. “Juice” by Lizzo can be heard in the background. Rachel Hall, a sophomore transfer from Oregon who led the country in saves last season, was in the goal. She’s also North’s roommate.  

Maggie Casey, a junior midfielder, had her phone pointed at the cage. 

“Do something crazy,” she told North. 

Mission accomplished. 







“Wow, this is next level,” Carcaterra thought when he watched it. He sent North a direct message on Tuesday asking if she could send him the original clip and if it was OK for him to share it on social media. 

“I told him of course,” North said. 

While most of the comments ranged between bewilderment and amazement, some doubted whether such a sequence was possible with a girls stick and its shallow pocket. 

“My stick was legal,” North said with a laugh when asked about the comments. “That’s my game stick.” 

Carcaterra and Walker-Weinstein both referenced the same player when they referred to North’s flair for the creative: Lyle Thompson. 

“She has the potential to be the most exciting player in the game,” Walker-Weinstein said.

In a meeting on Wednesday with North, she told her just as much.

“We told her we believe in her and want her to take her game and women's lacrosse to the next level,” Walker-Weinstein said. “I hope that she does it. I know she will.”

While North doesn’t have a name for the sequence, don’t be surprised if you see more highlights when the Eagles’ season starts on Feb. 8th against UMass. 

“I hope so,” North said when asked about the possibility of pulling off something similar in a game. “We'll see. If the moment calls for it, definitely, but it depends on the situation. I want to be prepared for anything to help my team accomplish our goals." 

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