Munday and Wills Headline Team USA Roster at 2013 FIL World Cup
July 11, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday and assistant coach Devon Wills headline a star-studded Team USA roster that is set to defend its world title at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup July 11-20 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Munday will serve as team captain in her second appearance in the World Cup and is one of three former Northwestern players on the roster. Wills, who starred at Dartmouth, is also making her second appearance on the squad as the starting goalie for Team USA.
19 countries will compete in the 2013 World Cup. The U.S. will play out of Pool A where it is situated with Australia, Canada, England, and Wales. Team USA opens up defense of its 2009 title with a pool-play game against England on Thursday (July 11) at 8 p.m. ET. The U.S. and Wales will play on Saturday (July 13) at 4:30 p.m. ET.
In a rematch of the 2009 FIL World Cup gold-medal game, the U.S. will take on Australia on Sunday (July 14) at 3 p.m. ET. Host nation Canada awaits Team USA in the final pool-play game at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 16.
Following pool play, the first round of the championship bracket will take place on July 17 followed by quarterfinals on July 18. Semifinal games are set for July 19 with the title game set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 20.
The U.S. Women's National Team represents the highest level of play in women's lacrosse. In their collegiate careers, the 18 players on the roster earned a combined 42 All-America honors, advanced to 26 final fours, and won nine NCAA championships. Three players are also Tewaaraton Award winners.
The U.S. has won the world crown six times (1982, 89, 93, 97, 2001, and 2009) and had both Munday and Wills on the squad when it captured gold with an 8-7 victory over Australia in 2009 in the Czech Republic. The only other team to have earned the gold medal in the 40-year history of the event is Australia, which won the crown in 1986 and 2005. Each of those times, the Australians defeated Team USA to win.
The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) sanctioned World Cup events from 1982-2005. The IFWLA merged with the International Lacrosse Federation in 2008 to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), unifying men's and women's international play under the scope of one organization. The first FIL sanctioned World Cup was held in 2009.
This is the first time the World Cup will be contested in Canada and is only the third time it has been held in North America (2005 in Annapolis, Md.; 1986 in Swarthmore, Pa.). The first World Cup was won by the U.S. in a 10-7 overtime victory over Australia in Nottingham, England, in 1982.
Munday was named to the 2009 FIL World Cup All-World Team after she set U.S. World Cup records with 21 assists and 37 points in the tournament. She also set a U.S. single-game record with 11 points on six goals and five assists in a win over Japan. Munday also had seven assists in a single game to set another U.S. record as Team USA defeated Ireland. She was also a part of the 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team and has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2006. In her first year as head coach at USC, she took the Women of Troy to the MPSF tournament with a 5-3 mark in conference games and finished with an 8-10 overall record during the Trojans' history inaugural season.
Wills earned Player of the Match honors in the gold-medal game of the 2009 World Cup when she made eight saves and allowed just five goals in Team USA's 8-7 win over Australia. She finished the World Cup tournament with a 6.69 goals-against average and had a 46.6-percent save rate. She was also a member of the 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team and has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2007. Prior to that, Wills was a member of the U.S. Developmental Team from 2003-06.