Nov. 20, 2013
Munday Named Person of the Year -- LaxMagazine.com
BALTIMORE -- Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, announced Wednesday the naming of U.S. Women's National Team captain and former Northwestern All-American and assistant coach Lindsey Munday its 2013 Person of the Year.
The 2006 alum of Northwestern spent four years as an assistant coach to Kelly Amonte Hiller, helping lead the Wildcats to five consecutive NCAA Championships and six straight title game appearances as a player and coach from 2005-10. Munday then branched out to Los Angeles where she took over as head coach of the newly established women's lacrosse program at USC, leading the Trojans to an eight-win season in 2013.
Lacrosse Magazine's Person of the Year Award, reserved for the person who has had a tremendous positive influence on the sport and transcended all levels of the game in that given year, was first awarded in 2007. Amonte Hiller received the honor for the 2008 calendar year, making Amonte Hiller and Munday the only two female honorees since the award's inception.
"I'm incredibly honored to be named Lacrosse Magazine's
Person of the Year," Munday said. "I am so grateful to be able to coach and play a sport that I love so much. Lacrosse has given me so many amazing opportunities, and I hope that in some way I can help the next generation of girls accomplish their lacrosse dreams. I truly believe that if you dream big and are willing to work for it, anything can happen."
"We chose Lindsey Munday as Lacrosse Magazine's Person of the Year because she was the central force on arguably the best team in women's lacrosse history, and because she has helped plant a stake for the sport in Southern California," said Matt DaSilva, editor of Lacrosse Magazine. "She's a true ambassador of the game."
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.
Munday's gold medal this summer was her second. She scored 17 goals and had 20 assists in the 2009 World Cup, where she helped the U.S. reclaim the championship from Australia and earned a spot on the All-World Team.
Playing for the Wildcats from 2003-06, Munday still ranks No. 2 on NU's career assists list (128) and sixth all-time in points (26). She led Northwestern to a 64-12 record in her four seasons and captured NCAA championships in 2005 and 2006 while twice being named a finalist for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award.
Munday did not travel far after graduation, serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater from 2007-10. She helped the Wildcats to three more NCAA titles and an 85-4 record. Munday briefly served as the head coach at Mount St. Mary's University before being hired at USC shortly following the school's decision to sponsor varsity women's lacrosse.
"Lindsey came to Northwestern as one of the most highly motivated young lacrosse players I've ever coached, and that same hard work and passion has led to the success she's having now across the board with USC and the US National Team. She has all the qualities you look for in a leader and that aspect of playing and coaching comes naturally to her. I consider Lindsey a great friend and someone that I can bounce ideas off of, knowing that she possesses such a unique perspective and feel for the game and for coaching."
Information from the U.S. Lacrosse website was used in this release.
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