Unlike men’s lacrosse, you won’t have to travel very far to watch to Inside Lacrosse’s top ranked women’s lacrosse recruit play for the next four years. Two years after verbally committing to play for the Trojans, Kerrigan Miller has finally arrived at the University of Southern California.
With the addition of Miller and a deep recruiting class, a team that finished 2016 with a 20-1 record, a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crown and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals should only get stronger. Head coach Lindsey Munday (IL’s 2016 Coach of the Year) has turned a team that did not exist five year ago into a national championship contender.
Kerrigan was one of the top players in the nation throughout her four-year career at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Long Island, and played on the 2015 U.S. U19 national Team. Kerrigan verbally committed to USC in November of her sophomore year. Despite being pursued by all the top women’s lacrosse programs, Miller selected an upstart USC program that had yet to make the NCAA tournament.
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“We said to [Miller], ‘You’re a special player. Everything that goes unnoticed — the hard work, all of the little things, the groundballs, and the fight. You’re going to get a ton of offers; you’re going to get a ton of looks. …You’re going to have a ton of options, and you deserve it,’” USC coach Lindsey Munday told IL. “I don’t think she realizes how special she is or how talented she is, which is the sign of a really good player. It makes her continue to want to get better. Every time I see her play, she improves. She’s an extremely hard worker, and I think because she’s always trying to catch up to someone else — or that people are trying to catch her — she’s never satisfied. All of the best players I know have had that. They’re not complacent, and I think she falls into that category.”
Munday knows a thing or two about leading upstart programs to national championships. As a player at Northwestern, she lead a young program to back-to-back national titles in 2005 and 2006. And then helped the Wildcats to three more as an assistant coach in 2007-09. Can Munday and Miller team to repeat the feat at USC?
To read more about Kerrigan and the Trojans go to: Kerrigan of Troy: ILWomen’s No. 1 Recruit Kerrigan Miller | Inside Lacrosse