Munday and Wills Capture World Cup Gold with USA Lacrosse
July 21, 2013
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OSHAWA, Ontario - USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday and assistant coach Devon Wills each captured their second FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) Women's World Cup gold medals as they helped Team USA to a record seventh world title on Saturday, July 20. The U.S. completed a truly dominant run to its championship with a 19-5 win over host nation Canada to finish 7-0 in the tournament.
Munday served as team captain for Team USA and finished with nine goals and 15 assists in the tournament for 24 points. She had a personal tournament-best six points (four goals and two assists) in the U.S.'s 21-8 win over England in the semifinals and notched a goal and four assists in a win over Australia in pool play. Wills had two games in which she had five saves each and finished with 16 saves in the tournament.
Team USA set program and tournament records for goals (127), goals per game (18.0), and margin of victory (13.2). The tournament saw the Americans outscore their opponents by a combined 127-34. This win was Team USA's seventh World Cup title, having reached the final in all nine World Cup tournaments.
Both Munday and Wills were part of Team USA's 2009 gold-medal squad that narrowly defeated Australia, 8-7, in the championship game, but this time was different as the US women crushed each of their opponents by at least nine goals.
In pool play, the U.S. went 4-0 to claim the top seed in the championship bracket and opened with an impressive 17-7 win over England. In its second game, the U.S. was unrelenting in a 19-2 victory over Wales. Australia was no match in a rematch of the 2009 title game as it fell, 18-9, to the Americans in Team USA's third pool-play game. The U.S. women completed a perfect run through pool competition on a 13-2 triumph over Canada to hold all momentum heading into single-elimination games.
The U.S. gave no quarter in an incredible 20-1 win over Haudenosaunee in the quarterfinal round. The win set Team USA up with a rematch against England in the semifinals, but the result was the same, as the U.S. walked away with a 21-8 victory to set itself up for a second shot at Canada in the gold-medal game.
Canada was the second-seeded team in the championship bracket, but Team USA made sure it showed why it was far and away the top seed as it went into halftime with a 14-2 lead. Canada came within 10 goals into the second half, but the U.S. ran away with the game on five straight goals to secure the victory.
Team USA is now 10-0 against Canada in World Cup play and has outscored the Canadians, 141-31, in those contests. The U.S. had faced Australia in the last four World Cup finals dating back to 1993 before Canada topped the Aussies, 11-7, in Friday's (July 19) semifinal round.
The U.S. has now won the world crown seven times (1982, 89, 93, 97, 2001, 09, and 13) and has had both Munday and Wills on the squad in the last two championships. 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.
For more information on the 2013 World Cup, please visit www.2013WorldLacrosse.com. For more information on Team USA Lacrosse, visit www.USALacrosse.org.