June 15, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Six days before her graduation from Northwestern University, senior Alyssa Leonard learned on Sunday that she'd have a little extra to celebrate this month after being named to the 2014-15 U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Team. Leonard and returning Team USA captain and All-World attacker Lindsey Munday each will represent Northwestern on the 38-player roster for the upcoming year.
Players were selected Sunday by head coach Ricky Fried at the conclusion of a three-day tryout hosted by Georgetown University, where 81 players participated in the invite-only audition. Leonard and Munday will be part of the 2014-15 team that will train and compete in several exhibition events in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
The team will next convene for a training weekend Aug. 1-3 back on the campus of Georgetown.
Leonard is coming off a 2014 senior season in which she earned second-team IWLCA All-America honors, pacing Northwestern's attack in both goals (41) and points (53) while helping the Wildcats to a 10th consecutive semifinal appearance and a No. 3 year-end ranking. Throughout her career, Leonard ranked as one of the college game's most indomitable draw control specialists and ultimately graduated as the NCAA Division I all-time leader in career draw controls with 469.
Munday, also the head coach at the University of Southern California, is back for her third World Cup cycle after figuring prominently in each of the United States' most recent gold-medal victories. In 2009, Munday set a World Cup scoring record with 37 points in a single tournament, and four years later earned the position of team captain and successfully led the American squad to a seventh world title in record-breaking fashion.
Visit LaxMagazine.com for a complete look at the 2014-15 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Senior National Team.
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