“There was emotional support from USC,” Munday said. “They said, ‘We’re in it, and we expect you to be successful.’ ” In February 2013, USC Women’s Lacrosse launched its program with a season opener against Munday’s former team, Northwestern. With 17 freshmen on a 26-player roster, Coach Munday had expectations of her own. “We need the Trojans to play older than they are but also to improve and have the faith that we are on the right course,” she told Inside Lacrosse before the game. Northwestern defeated USC 18-5 in front of more than 2,000 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2013. As Munday gears up for the OC Winter Invitational, she recalls the feeling of playing in front of a large crowd.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias Makes Announcement That A "USC Women's Division I Lacrosse Program" Will Be Added To Athl: http://t.co/pFsDZKE— LaxBuzz (@LaxBuzz) October 19, 2010
“It’s always great playing for a bunch of fans,” she said. “The Duke game has over 1,000 tickets sold already. That’s really exciting.” Two years after the steep loss against Northwestern, USC played the Wildcats again and lost by only one, 12-11 in overtime. Continuing with rapid improvement since then, USC has stepped up its search for talent to add to its roster. Munday described USC’s reach into the local girls’ lacrosse community: “We try to provide big winter and summer camps and clinics throughout the year. They are great opportunities to be around our coaches and players. Our No. 1 priority is to grow the game and get players better. That’s what you see in SoCal.” Though USC’s typical home game attendance is not similar to the crowd that will greet the Trojans on Saturday at OCC, Munday still appreciates the local lacrosse community. “I think it’s so exciting,” she said. “Because [SoCal lacrosse] is still relatively new, people are still excited about it. On a huge level, people are buying into the sport. When we first got here, not everyone knew what it was. Having more and more opportunities for lacrosse is very exciting for the young players out there.” There are several reasons why #DUKEvsUSC matters to Southern California lacrosse. MaxLaxOC.com gave you five. Here are Munday’s: “Fans and young players being able to see lacrosse at the highest level is always a good thing. It’s always an inspiring thing,” she saaid. “To see the speed and the skill and the strength of top-level lacrosse is inspiring. It’s such a cool thing that we can continue the momentum of growing lacrosse in Southern California. Girls can have players to look up to and say, ‘I can do that.’ ” Besides the Trojan talent we will see at #DUKEvsUSC, what kind of perspective will Coach Munday hope to impart to the community watching? The “intangibles” she learned to value from mentor and Northwestern Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller are key. “The biggest thing is just a belief,” Munday said. “At the core of when I was at Northwestern, we tried to translate that to the field. You have to believe. You have to believe in your teammates, in yourself, in your coach. Believe there’s a plan. When it’s a really, really hard day, believe and trust through the growing pains. It’s about those intangibles. The ‘buy-in.’ Even if you’re an established program, if you can have that belief and that trust, you’ll be in good shape.”
USC announced a crowd of 2,890 at Saturday's inaugural game against Northwestern at the LA Coliseum.— ILWomen (@ILWomen) February 11, 2013
Purchase your tickets for the #DUKEvsUSC inaugural OC Winter Invitational game now! The Trojans and Blue Devils face off at OCC in just five days. Be there Saturday, 7 p.m. MaxLaxOC.com will live stream the event. @Maxlaxocgirls will also be there! Michelle Mendoza is a graduate of El Toro High School and Chapman University, where she played NCAA D3 lacrosse. Follow her on Twitter @michelledm18.
Love the #IBelieve mantra-no matter what, it always starts with a belief that everything has led you to where you are and where you're going— Lindsey Munday (@LMunday01) July 1, 2014