Former UNC Star Dies After Delivering Twins
updated at 9.12 p.m.
Kellie Thompson Shiley, a former three-time All-American women's lacrosse player at North Carolina, died Monday from complications following the delivery of her twin daughters. She was 31.
Thompson grew up in Annapolis, Md., and was a US Lacrosse high school All-American for St. Mary's. She won the Heather Leigh Albert award as the nation's top player in the schoolgirls division at the 1998 US Lacrosse National Tournament before embarking on a stellar career at North Carolina.
In 2001, Thompson was a finalist for the inaugural Tewaaraton Award as the top college female lacrosse player in the nation. (Maryland's Jen Adams won it.) While playing for North Carolina, she set an NCAA tournament record with 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in a 2002 win over UMBC.
Thompson's 222 career points were the most in Tar Heels history until Corey Donohoe surpassed her in 2011. She was an All-ACC team member in 2001 and an All-ACC Tournament team member in 2002.
"This is a very sad time for our Carolina family," North Carolina coach Jenny Levy said in a statement released by the school Thursday . "Any loss is difficult, but the circumstances surrounding the loss of Kellie are heartbreaking... Kellie was a great lacrosse player and left her mark in the record books at Carolina. Although her on-field accomplishments were celebrated, the quality of person she was is what we will remember the most. She was incredibly passionate about anything she did. She had the capacity to develop deep and meaningful relationships and was incredibly loyal to anyone she called a friend. She expected a lot of herself and always pushed to make herself and those around her better. She was a role model and leader to the many people she touched throughout her life. Her enthusiasm, laughter, love of life and good times will never be forgotten. She cherished her family and friends, she was passionate about the game of lacrosse and she loved North Carolina. Words cannot express our sorrow. Kellie will be missed by many. "
Thompson is survived by her husband, Ryan Paul Shiley; son, Landon Neil Shiley (23 months); newborn daughters, Ryan Paige Shiley and Blake Lillian Shiley (four days); parents, Robin and Roseanne Thompson; and brother, R. Scott Thompson. A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church in Annapolis. Burial will follow at Stevensville Cemetery in Stevensville.