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.