July 12, 2012

Munday Named Captain of U.S. Women's Team

by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Lindsey Munday was elected Team USA captain Wednesday by the 24-player traveling team that will face Canada and the Haudenosaunee this weekend in Oshawa, Ontario.

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Video (below): U.S. head coach Ricky Fried congratulates attacker Sarah Albrecht and manager Wendy Stone on their new jobs as head coaches at New Hampshire and Niagara, respectively, former Team USA captain Michelle DeJuliis announces Munday as the new captain and Munday speaks to the team Wednesday in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Gathered at picnic tables, the U.S. women's national team shared a farm-to-table meal next to the fields where they had picked their own vegetables just before eating Wednesday. After they finished, and as the sun slipped behind the rows of corn, an important era in Team USA history ended and another began.

Michele DeJuliis, captain of U.S. the squad that won the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup and current assistant coach, announced the team's new captain: Lindsey Munday.

"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.

Munday was elected to the position by the 24-player traveling team that will face Canada and the Haudenosaunee in this weekend's North American Challenge Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.

"It's a huge honor. 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],"Munday said.

Munday is currently coach at the University of Southern California in addition to her role with Team USA. As a college player, she was a two-time NCAA champion at Northwestern in 2005 and 2006 and a Tewaaraton finalist in the same years. Munday holds the Wildcats' career assists record (128), and served as an assistant at her alma mater between 2007 and 2010, during which time Northwestern won three more NCAA championships.

"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," Team USA coach Ricky Fried said.

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."

Notes: Team USA has two new Division I head coaches among its ranks. Midfielder Sarah Albrecht, formerly an associate head coach at UMass, accepted the position as head coach at New Hampshire. Additionally, team manager Wendy Stone was named head coach at Niagara. Stone was an assistant coach at Longwood before serving as the Lancers' interim head coach during the 2012 season. There are now four Division I head coaches on the U.S. national team roster – Albrecht, Munday, Regina Oliver (Cincinnati) and Acacia Walker (Boston College). All four, plus Stone, will debut as head coaches in the 2013 season.

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