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Carolyn Davis


Inducted 2023

There should be no denying in any discussion of Central New York’s best female lacrosse player that Carolyn Davis must be included.

Scholastically at Skaneateles, Carolyn was a four-time all-CNY/all-league selection, and Player of the Year as a senior.

Her 274 career assists established a New York State record (since surpassed), and she had a season assist high of 82. Davis didn’t just dish the ball, she put it in the net, scoring 262 goals … that’s 536 career points!

As a sophomore and senior, Carolyn was all-tournament at the New York State Championships.  And she starred for the Empire State Games’ Gold Medal-winning team in 2004.

A four-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American and member of the National Honor Society, Carolyn also lettered in soccer and ice hockey.

Her father, Jeff, was a 1969 honorable mention All-American lacrosse player at Syracuse.  But when it was time for the Lakers’ sought-after star to attend college, she chose Duke University.  There, she made her own history as a middie/attack.

Scoring 49 points (39 goals) as a freshman, she tied for team-leading game-winning goals (5), made the ACC All-Tournament team, and was Duke’s Rookie of the Year. She bounced back from an injury in record time to have an amazing sophomore season. She had 48 points (34 goals), earned All-ACC, All South,  and All-America accolades, and made the All-ACC Academic Team.

Cleared from an ACL injury only one week prior to the start of the 2008 season, Carolyn’s junior year was a huge success.  A Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, she made 1st team All-America, was an NCAA All-Tournament, All South, All-ACC and ACC tourney selection.  Leading Duke in points (76) and goals (61), she was ACC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ACC All-Academic, and Duke’s Team MVP.  Her comeback from injury was featured in the May 2008 issue of Inside Lacrosse.

Carolyn’s senior season was even more impressive, earning her a place as Tweaaraton Trophy Finalist, one of only five players to be selected as a top in the nation. Her accolades as a senior also included 1st team All-America, 1st team All ACC, ACC All Tournament team, ACC All Academic team and a repeat as Duke’s team MVP. 

She ended a brilliant career as one of Duke’s greatest of all time.  Carolyn’s goal total (193) ranked second all-time at Duke, and her point total (247) 3rd all-time, while her assists also ranked top-10 in Blue Devil history. 

Now married with two children, Carolyn Davis Hassan is a marketing executive in Minneapolis.

For her accomplishments in the sport of lacrosse, Carolyn (Davis) Hassan becomes a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2023.

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