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University of Southern California

University of Southern California
Heritage Hall - 3501 Watt Way Los Angeles, CA 900897311
Division 1 California Southwest
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Lindsey Munday

One of the most accomplished collegiate women’s lacrosse players in the history of the sport, Lindsey Munday was handpicked to lead the first-ever USC women’s lacrosse team and was officially hired on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. She enters her ninth season (2021) as the head coach of the Women of Troy.


Munday’s accolades both as a player and as a coach earned her recognition as Lacrosse Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year.


Munday was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and was a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year (2015 and 2016). She was chosen as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) West/Midwest Coach of the Year in 2016 and was honored by Inside Lacrosse (ILWomen) honored Munday as that season’s National Coach of the Year.


Through eight seasons, Munday holds a 101-42 (.706) overall record with a 53-12 (.815) mark in league games (MPSF 2013-17; Pac-12 2018-current).


Munday led the Trojans to their first Pac-12 championship in 2019. As members of the MPSF for the league’s final five season, the Trojans advanced to the league tournament in every season under Munday. USC appeared in its first conference title game in 2015; and then won back-to-back MPSF regular-season and tournament championships in 2016 and 2017.


Munday led the Women of Troy to their first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament in 2015 where USC defeated James Madison in the first round. In 2016, USC became the first-ever team from the West Coast to host an NCAA tournament game. The Trojans received a first-round bye, defeated Stanford in the second round, and advanced further than any MPSF team had ever gone with a quarterfinal appearance against Syracuse. USC repeated its NCAA quarterfinal run in 2017 and advanced there to face Boston College before falling to the national runners-up. In 2019, the Trojans made their fourth appearance in the NCAA tournament.


Her squads produced 29 All-MPSF selections including the 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year (Amanda Johansen), the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year (Michaela Michael), and the 2016 MPSF Player of the Year (Courtney Tarleton). Kerrigan Miller was chosen as the MPSF Rookie of the Year in 2017. The Trojans also had 40 MPSF All-Academic award winners during their five seasons as part of the conference. Under Munday, Miller was named the Pac-12’s Midfielder of the Year in 2018 and 2019; and the Women of Troy have had 11 Pac-12 All-Conference selections.


Trojans have had 25 IWLCA All-West Region choices (12 first team and 13 second team). In 2015, Michael became USC’s first-ever All-American (third team). The following year, she and Tarleton became the Trojans’ first-ever IWLCA first-team All-Americans. Michael completed her career as a three-time All-American. With Miller’s third-team selection in 2018 and second-team nod in 2019, she received the seventh and eighth IWLCA All-America certificates by a Trojan under Munday.


In the team’s first year as a varsity sport, Munday’s Women of Troy finished with an 8-10 overall record. The Trojans surprised the MPSF with a 5-3 record for fourth place and received a berth in the league tournament where they fell to 11th-ranked regular-season champion Denver in the semifinals. Three Trojans received 2013 postseason honors including Johansen’s MPSF Rookie of the Year award. Johansen and Tarleton each took home all-conference first-team honors while Caroline de Lyra was chosen for second-team recognition.


In 2014, the Trojans (9-9 overall) finished with a 6-3 record in conference games and made their second appearance in the MPSF tournament. USC set a new program record with a four-game winning streak, and earned its first-ever win over a ranked opponent when the Trojans upset No. 13 Stanford, 11-10, on April 20, at the LA Memorial Coliseum.


In 2015, USC (14-6 overall) finished a then program-best second in the conference with an 8-1 record and set a new school record winning streak with seven games between February 22-March 28. All six of the Trojans’ losses were to top-20 opponents, but USC beat No. 19-ranked James Madison, 13-10, in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Durham, N.C.


Munday’s 2016 squad started the season ranked No. 19 and made a steady climb up the rankings as the Trojans broke MPSF records with 20 wins and an incredible 20-game winning streak. USC won both the regular-season and MPSF tournament championships; and the Women of Troy earned a second-consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament and received a first-round bye. The Trojans hosted first- and second-round games at the Coliseum to become the first-ever West Coast team to host an NCAA tournament game. USC’s appearance in the NCAA quarterfinal marked the furthest any MPSF had ever advanced and its No. 5 final ranking in the IWLCA poll was the highest ever for an MPSF team. Munday was named the MPSF and IWLCA West/Midwest Coach of the Year and Tarleton was chosen for MPSF Player of the Year honors.


2017 brought more success as USC finished ranked No. 8 in the final coaches poll following an 18-4 season. The Trojans advance to the program’s second-consecutive NCAA quarterfinal after USC went 8-0 in the MPSF’s final season and won back-to-back league regular-season and tournament titles. USC earned its third straight bid into the NCAA tournament and reached its highest ranking (No. 3) and produced the second-longest winning streak in school history (12).


Munday’s USC squad was part of history in 2018 as a new era of West Coast lacrosse was established with the inaugural season of Pac-12 play. The Trojans, having to replace over 200 goals due to graduation, finished the year with a 10-8 overall record but still advanced to the first-ever Pac-12 tournament’s semifinal round. Her squad returned to form in 2019 and went 9-1 in the Pac-12 to claim the regular-season championship and then won the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament by winning the Pac-12 Tournament.


Munday’s mantle includes a pair of NCAA titles won as a player with the Northwestern program in 2005 and 2006. She then became an assistant at NU where she helped the Wildcats to another three titles from 2007-09.


As a player, Munday’s performance on the field landed her a spot on the 2009 U.S. women’s national team where she helped Team USA to the world title and earned All-World recognition as an attacker with 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in just seven games. She was later selected to represent the U.S. again, on the 2012-14 roster and was named team captain for the 2013 FIL World Cup where she led Team USA to its record seventh world title. Munday also added nine goals and 15 assists to her international career totals in 2013 and was chosen to represent the U.S. again in 2014 as it begins preparations to defend its crown in 2017.


Just 26 years old when she was first chosen to head the Women of Troy, Munday came to USC after a fall stint as the head coach at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland.


Previously, Munday was the top assistant at her alma mater for four years (2007-10) where she served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coach, and helped with opponent scouting reports. Northwestern was 85-4 during her tenure and went 23-0 in 2009. The Wildcats won NCAA titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and advanced to the championship game in 2010. While at NU, Munday helped coach several All-Americans, including Tewaaraton Trophy winners Kristen Kjellman and Hannah Nielsen and Tewaaraton finalist Katrina Dowd.


Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in Northwestern history, Munday was a Tewaaraton Trophy semifinalist herself in 2005 and 2006. She finished her four-year (2003-06) career as the program's all-time leader in assists (128), third in points (268), and fifth in goals (140). Munday also set single-season NU records for points (107) and assists (54) in 2005. The Wildcats were 64-12 during her career, and won the school’s first-ever NCAA titles in the sport.


Munday’s prowess helped Northwestern become the first school outside of the Eastern Time zone to win the national title and the first program to win consecutive NCAA championships. She was a two-time first-team All-American (2005-06), All-Region, and All-American Lacrosse Conference selection and earned All-Region second team laurels in 2004. As a freshman and sophomore, Munday received ALC All-Conference second-team notice in 2003 and 2004. She made the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2005 and co-captained the Wildcats in 2006. In 2006, Munday won the Medal of Honor, given annually to a graduating male and female from each conference school for outstanding academic and athletic talent. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Northwestern in 2006.


A three-sport star at Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School, Munday earned prep All-America first-team honors in lacrosse in 2002, and was an All-State second team selection in basketball. She was also a three-time All-Conference first-team pick in soccer.


Munday’s sister Jen played lacrosse and basketball at College of New Jersey, and her brother Paul played lacrosse at Muhlenberg College. Born May 28, 1984, Munday resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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Lauren Gunning

Lauren Gunning is in her first season (2021-22) as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy.


Gunning joined USC following seven seasons (2015-21) as an assistant coach for Connecticut where she played lacrosse as a student-athlete from 2008-11. She returned to her alma mater in the summer of 2014 and was elevated to associate head coach in 2021 after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Cincinnati (2012-14).


Gunning directed UConn’s offensive unit and helped the Huskies win 59 games during her time as an assistant coach. In both the 2016 and 2021 seasons, Connecticut reached a program-record 12 wins. In 2021, Gunning helped UConn earn a berth into the NCAA tournament for only the second time in program history and for the first time since 2013.


While on staff, Gunning groomed attacker Grace Nolan who graduated as UConn’s all-time leader in points and goals. Under her guidance, Nolan was named a third-team IWLCA All-American in 2018 and was a two-time Big East Attacker of the Year. Gunning’s efforts also helped Nolan achieve IWLCA All-Northeast Region first-team honors several times and the Big East Rookie of the Year award in 2015.


In 2015, her first season at UConn, Gunning helped lead the Huskies to the Big East Tournament final for the first time and a fourth straight double-digit wins season. She was honored with the Huskies staff as part of the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. That season, four UConn players were named to the All-Big East first team while the Huskies finished in the national top 20 in caused turnovers, assists, and ground balls per game.


Prior to coaching at her alma mater, Gunning spent three years at Cincinnati (2012-14). There, she worked primarily with the Bearcats’ offensive unit and had a hand in the development of Cincinnati’s goalkeepers. Gunning was also part of the UC recruiting and scouting efforts and helped the Bearcats match a program record with seven wins in 2013.


Before she arrived at Cincinnati, Gunning started her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Iona in the fall of 2011 and worked directly with the attack unit. She has also served as a coach at several prominent camps throughout her career including Game On Lacrosse Camp at UConn, Duke Lacrosse Camp, and the Triple Threat Lacrosse Camp.


As a player at UConn, Gunning tallied 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) for the Huskies and was named to the Big East All-Academic Team in each of her four seasons at Connecticut. She served as a team captain in her senior season and produced a career-high seven goals to help the Huskies to a 9-7 overall record.


A native of Hunt Valley, Md., Gunning graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in sports management and completed her time at Connecticut with a 3.6 cumulative grade-point average and Dean's list honors.

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