Lindsey Munday Named Captain of Team USA
July 13, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday was named captain of the U.S. women's national team on Wednesday, July 11. Munday and assistant coach Devon Wills will each compete with Team USA during this weekend's North American Challenge Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, where they will take on Canada and Haudenosaunee.
Munday was elected captain of the 24-player traveling team by a vote and was announced as the captain by Michele DeJuliis, captain of the U.S. squad that won the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, and current assistant coach.
"It's a special honor to be captain of this team. So I'm really, really happy to tell you guys that Lindsey Munday was selected," DeJuliis said in an address to the team gathered at picnic tables for a farm-to-table meal.
Two weeks following the Challenge Cup, tryouts will be held for the 2013 World Cup Team which will also compete in Oshawa. The U.S. has won six of the eight women's lacrosse World Cup titles and was the runner-up to Australia in each of the two years it did not capture the crown (1986, 2005).
In 2009, the U.S. defeated Australia in Prague to win its sixth title. There, Munday earned All-World recognition as an attacker after leading the squad with 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in seven games.
"It's a huge honor," said Munday. "I'm so fortunate to be a part of this team. I think everyone feels that. We're all so lucky to represent our country, and it's crazy surprising that I was voted [captain]."
As a college player, Munday was a two-time NCAA champion at Northwestern in 2005 and 2006 and a Tewaaraton finalist in the same years. She holds the Wildcats' career assists record (128), and served as an assistant at her alma mater from 2007-10, during which Northwestern won three more NCAA titles.
"Lindsey's a great player and a great leader, which makes for a terrific captain. DJ's a tough act to follow, but Lindsey's more than up to the task," said Team USA coach Ricky Fried.
DeJuliis presented Munday with an official captain's armband, which Munday jokingly tried to fit over the cast that currently encases her left wrist. Munday broke her wrist during an unlucky fall while training for the North American Challenge Cup, but even without her dominant hand, she still made her presence known well enough that her teammates chose her as their leader.
"You get to help your teammates in a different way. You see a lot from the sideline and you see the ins and the outs. And you get to see people in a different way and you get to help them in a different way," Munday said. "As long as you stay positive and engaged, there's just as much you can do off the field."