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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Open 2014 Season Hosting Marist Feb 28; First Six Games At Home Before Trip To UMass On March 22

The USC women’s lacrosse program is in year two of existence, but time and tide don’t matter for the Women of Troy who are focused on improving each and every time they take the field. The team’s biggest mission during its first year was improvement and it was apparent by the close of the season that it had accomplished at least that much.

“Looking at our first game and then at our last game, we really improved and that was our mission. It was really important to us,” said head coach Lindsey Munday.

The Trojans battled their way to a 5-3 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and claimed the final spot in the league’s postseason tournament. Despite the team’s overall 8-10 record, USC reached marked milestones on its journey into postseason play and is poised to take the next step as 2014 opens.

As a precursor to the season, Munday asked her Trojans to set aside goals. Instead, she hopes her team focuses on the process.

“In sports, it’s really easy to write down a goal,” said Munday. “But as a team, what’s most important is how we’re going to achieve goals. We’re going to focus on living out what it means to be a USC lacrosse player every single day, focusing on the process and not the outcome and controlling our efforts and attitudes.”

Several players return to the 2014 squad who were key to USC’s success in year one. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen set MPSF records for draw controls in a single game (13 vs. Fresno State) and in a single season (100) on her way to IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region First Team and All-MPSF first-team honors. Johansen was also chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned Rookie of the Week honors three times with 5.56 draw controls per contest.

On defense, the Trojans are led by All-MPSF first-team selection Courtney Tarleton. Tarleton was also a first-team All-MPSF selection and ranked second in the conference for caused turnovers (1.78 ctpg) and ground balls (2.22 gbpg). On the attack, sophomore Caroline de Lyra brings back some serious firepower as an All-MPSF second team choice. She led the team and was the MPSF’s second-leading scorer with 5.17 goals per game. In year one, de Lyra turned heads as she put up a team-high 93 points with 51 goals and 42 points.

In the net, sophomore Liz Shaeffer returns. Shaeffer was solid for the Trojans as she ranked fifth in the MPSF in save percentage (.393) and sixth in goals against average (7.39 gaa).

This year, the Trojans field a team of 37 players, including 13 true freshmen. USC played without a senior on the squad in its inaugural season and has just two on the roster in 2014. With the veteran leadership from last year’s team returning, the Trojans look to meld youth with experience as the top-10 ranked freshman class arrives on campus.

“It’s definitely exciting for us,” Munday said, “because we have some older girls, even sophomores, who are older now, as leaders. We’re trusting in our returning players to bring our newcomers along and to help them, and to grow as a unit together. It has been fun to see a mix of old and new.”

Despite the prevailing youth on the team, the Trojan staff knows that it can rely on the contributions of several key newcomers, as the season gets under way.

“We really have a strong group of freshman, this year,” Munday said. “On the defensive end Nina Kelty has been coming on really strong. In the midfield Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Alex Moore, and Gabby McMahon are going to be the bulk of our midfield. In the front, we have Annie Ruland, Cynthia Del Core, and Shannon Nugent on attack. Across the board, we are going to have some newcomers come in and make statements right away.”

The Women of Troy take McAlister Field to open the book on 2014 with a Feb. 28 matchup against Marist. USC will play its first MPSF conference game as host to UC Davis on March 14. The Trojans upended the Aggies, 12-7, in last year’s meeting in Northern California. In other non-league action, USC hosts Boston College (March 6), LIU Brooklyn (March 9), Columbia (March 17), and Princeton (March 19).

USC plays its first road game on March 22, but must travel clear across the country to Amherst, Mass., for a noon game against Massachusetts. While the Trojans return home to play San Diego State on March 26, USC will brave a midseason trek that spans five conference road games. USC plays at Fresno State, Saint Mary’s College, and California, and then will make the trip out to the mountains for games against first-year program Colorado on April 11, and Denver (April 13). The Trojans and the Buffaloes will meet in a live Pac-12 Networks regional broadcast.

The Trojans close the home schedule with games against Oregon (April 18) and defending conference champion Stanford (April 20). USC and the Cardinal will tangle at the Coliseum in front of a live national television audience on the Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans will then close the year on the road with a history-making game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where perennial power Northwestern hosts the first-ever lacrosse game at the Friendly Confines. USC and the Wildcats will meet on the Big Ten Networks for the Trojans’ third televised game of the season. USC’s regular season closes with a contest at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. (April 27).

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Ranked Third In MPSF Coaches Preseason Poll

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The USC women’s lacrosse team was selected to finish third in a preseason poll of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) head coaches released on Friday, Jan. 31. The Women of Troy finished fourth in their inaugural season under head coach Lindsey Munday and earned a berth into the conference tournament semifinals.

USC, which went 8-10 overall with a 5-3 mark in MPSF games last season, received 66 points and one first-place vote to be selected third behind defending champion Stanford which earned seven first-place votes and 78 points, and 2013’s regular-season champion Denver which had two first-place votes and 74 points.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Cardinal was picked to win the league title. Stanford, which returns 11 of 12 starters from 2013 has won the MPSF crown eight times.

The coaches picked Oregon to finish fourth with 53 points. California (47), San Diego State (45), and UC Davis (34) were each chosen fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. First-year program Colorado came in eighth with 23 points. Saint Mary’s College received 16 points in ninth place and Fresno State had 14 in the 10th-place spot.

Last season, Denver went undefeated in league games with an 8-0 record. Stanford and California were each 6-2 and finished in a tie for second place. USC’s overtime victory at San Diego State secured a 5-3 MPSF record and sent the Trojans to the league tournament as the fourth seed.

The 2014 MPSF tournament will feature six teams for the first time in league history. The top two teams at the conclusion of the regular season will receive first-round byes while teams 3-6 play in the quarterfinals. As last year’s regular-season champion, Denver will host the tournament at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo., May 1-4.

The Trojans open the season at home on McAlister Field against Marist on Feb. 28. The Women of Troy will appear on television in three games in 2014. USC’s matchup against Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on April 11 will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks regionally. The Trojans and the Cardinal will play in the history Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, April 20, and in front of a Pac-12 Networks national audience. USC will also have the honor of playing in the first-ever lacrosse game to take place at history Wrigley Field when the Trojans face Northwestern on April 26. The game will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Networks.

All non-televised USC home games will be streamed live on USC’s Pac-12 Networks web portal. Please visit http://www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and video.

“Lacrosse Magazine” December 2013 Issue Features USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Selected As “Person Of The Year”

Lacrosse Magazine December 2013 Issue

Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has named U.S. Women’s National Team captain and University of Southern California women’s lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday its 2013 Person of the Year.
One of the most talented players in the game today, Munday scored nine goals and handed out 14 assists to earn All-World Team honors as an attacker in leading Team USA to a record seventh gold medal with a 7-0 mark in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Elected captain by a team full of All-World players, collegiate All-Americans and Tewaaraton Award winners, Munday led the Americans to the World Cup’s most dominant run, as they outscored opponents by an FIL record 13.2 goals per game.
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Lacrosse Magazine recognizes the people, players, coaches, teams, games and moments that shined above all others in our sport this year, while LaxMagazine.com fans weigh in with their picks.
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Crank it up with 114-mph man Mike Birney of the Detroit Titans and win the draw with Stony Brook’s Michelle Rubino.
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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Gives Fall Ball Update, Discusses Upcoming 2014 Season (Video)

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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Boston College, UC Davis, Princeton, UMass, San Diego State, Cal, Colorado, Denver, Oregon, Stanford And Northwestern

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The USC women’s lacrosse team unveiled its 2014 schedule on Thursday, Nov. 7. In just their second season as a varsity sport, the Women of Troy will play nine home games including one at the historic LA Memorial Coliseum against defending MPSF champion Stanford on April 20.
Just one week later, USC and seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern will make history as they take the field at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, April 26. The game — part of the event and reciprocal marketing partnership announced by Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs earlier this year — will be played in primetime at 7 p.m. CT and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Season Game With USC At Wrigley Field On April 26; Marketing Partnership Event With Chicago Cubs Will Be Televised By Big Ten Network

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse hosts USC at Wrigley Field

Northwestern Athletics and the Chicago Cubs announced today (Nov. 4) that the Wildcats’ seven-time NCAA champion women’s lacrosse program will face Southern California at iconic Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The game — part of the event and reciprocal marketing partnership announced by Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs earlier this year — will be played in primetime at 7 p.m. CT and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

The matchup pits ultra-successful Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller against one of her most successful former players and assistant coaches, 2006 Northwestern alum, USC head coach and current captain of the U.S. Senior National Team Lindsey Munday. Last spring, Northwestern and USC met in the first-ever lacrosse game at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and in 2014 will share the honor of introducing America’s fastest growing sport to Wrigley Field.

“Our program could not be more excited for the opportunity to bring women’s lacrosse to Wrigley Field, one of the most iconic sports venues in the world,” Amonte Hiller said. “We’ve been fortunate to play in some neat settings in recent seasons, including the Coliseum last year, but to take the field in our hometown and with the unique gameday atmosphere that Wrigleyville provides will be an unforgettable experience. The fact that we’re able to welcome Lindsey and her up-and-coming program into the fold only makes it that much more special.”

Northwestern, which last season finished 19-3 and appeared in the NCAA semifinals for a ninth consecutive season, also has participated in the debut of women’s lacrosse at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas (2011) and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (2012).

Northwestern baseball kicked off the Wildcats’ innovative event partnership with the Cubs on April 20, 2013, when it blanked Michigan, 6-0, at the Friendly Confines. In 2010, Northwestern staged the first college football game at Clark and Addison since 1938 when it hosted the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic.

Chicagoland lacrosse fans have plenty to look forward to in 2014. Less than a week after Northwestern and USC do battle at Wrigley Field, the Wildcats will host the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament in Evanston (May 1-4), the final ALC Tournament before the formation of a Big Ten women’s lacrosse conference in 2015. The complete 2014 Northwestern women’s lacrosse schedule and information related to season ticket packages will be released in the coming weeks.

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Freshmen “Impressive” Against Oregon At 2013 Seatown Classic On Oct 13 At Issaquah High School, WA

USC Women's LacrosseCombined, a total of five Northwest players saw action on Sunday, including USC’s Foreman (Sammamish, Wash. / Eastside Catholic School), and Hennegan (Bremerton, Wash. / Central Kitsap HS) along with Ceara Leo (Portland, Ore. / Woodrow Wilson HS). For Oregon, Lindsay LeMay (Corvalis, Ore. / Corvallis HS) and Annie Longtain (West Linn, Ore. / West Linn HS) were on the field for the Ducks.

The Seatown Classic Lacrosse 2013NCAA Division I lacrosse returned to the Seattle area for a second year on Sunday, and this time two Pac-12 schools that showed off the women’s game to local fans with USC and Oregon scrimmaging in a fall-ball friendly at Issaquah High School.

With 13 new freshmen on the roster, USC coach Lindsey Munday, was encouraged by the leadership test for her upper classmen, especially with the play of attack/midfielder Caroline Cordrey and goaltender Liz Schaefer, both sophomores that kept the Ducks at bay throughout most of the scrimmage.

Oregon goalkeeper Becca Katzen saves a shot by USC's Caroline Federighi in Sunday's NCAA Seatown Classic women's lacrosse exhibition at Issaquah High School. Photo by © Sue Larkin for Lacrosse Magazine

Oregon goalkeeper Becca Katzen saves a shot by USC’s Caroline Federighi in Sunday’s NCAA Seatown Classic women’s lacrosse exhibition at Issaquah High School. Photo by © Sue Larkin

But it was the Southern California’s freshman class that caught the attention of the announced crowd of 1,196 including attacker Kylie Drexel along with midfielders Alex Moore, Michaela Michael and Nina Kelty.

“We’re still young,” said Munday who has 13 newcomers on a squad that finished 8-10 in 2013. “(The game) gave us an opportunity to look at our best combinations for the coming season,” she said. “We saw some nice things.”

With score not being kept as is tradition in women’s lacrosse out-of-season scrimmages, USC’s attack by sophomore Caroline Cordrey and freshman Cynthia Del Core constantly tested Oregon sophomore goalkeepers Jenna Morris and freshman Becca Katzen.

The exhibition was a homecoming for USC junior defender and former All-State and All-American player at Eastside Catholic Alex Foreman playing for the first time as a collegian in her home state in front of many of her former high school teammates.

“It’s pretty cool to see the whole (Eastside Catholic) team here. I was excited to be a part of this,” she said.

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