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Former Northwestern star and current Team USA attacker Lindsey Munday is the first varsity women's lacrosse coach at the University of Southern California.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Mia Hamm. When I was younger I was a big soccer player, and she did so much for the women's game. The '99 World Cup team was so exciting. It got people excited for women's sports in general.
What's one thing you can't live without?
Mindless TV after a long day. I definitely like a little bit of "Grey's Anatomy," maybe some "Friday Night Lights." It's nice after a long day of working to veg out a little bit and watch some mindless TV.
Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?
Sarah Albrecht, my Northwestern and U.S. teammate. She's a pretty hysterical person and always gets us laughing. Even when we're stretching, she's always a little jokester. She should get her own show. She's a contagious person.
Where did you go on your last vacation?
I need to plan a vacation. I haven't gone on vacation in a while. I went to Devils Head, Wisconsin, last winter to snowboard for the day, which was fun. The "mountain" (finger quotes included) in Wisconsin wasn't a big mountain at all, but given my snowboarding skills, it was OK.
What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
For the women's game, it's definitely exposure. I think if we can continue to get publicity and TV exposure for the women's game -- it's definitely gotten better – we'll get more excitement around the sport. It's growing in so many different areas... When I was at Northwestern, the Big 10 Network was great. Even having a successful college team in the Midwest, there were so many fans in the area that came and supported it.
It's 2021. Where are you and what are you doing?
I have a family and I have coached a national championship. That's definitely a dream of mine. In 10 years, hopefully, I'll be well on that path.
What's the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?
The 2005 national championship at Northwestern. It was an undefeated season, the first national championship. That celebration on the field with my teammates and my coaches was an incredible experience, and one I'll never forget. Part of the reason we were so successful is we just went one day at a time. Being undefeated in the end was something we didn't even realize until it was happening. Everyone was just so excited about where we would go in the future. I don't think we thought about a dynasty. We just wanted to continue to be successful and continue to have fun.
Any pregame rituals?
It's definitely easier to be a player. As a coach, you just kind of sit and wait around for the game. But as a player, I definitely like to listen to music and some inspirational speeches -- the "Any Given Sunday" speech is a great one. I have handshakes with a few teammates that we like to do before games. Acacia Walker and I do a LeBron-esque shake with a couple slaps and salute at the end.
What's your favorite moment of a lacrosse game?
The celebrations, seeing the enjoyment people get out of the game. You're competitive. Everyone wants to win. But we all play lacrosse because it's fun. I love seeing people enjoying what their doing.
From Jen Cook, attack, McDonogh (Md.) and U.S. U19 team: If you could date any celebrity, who would you choose?
That's a tough question, but it would have to be Bradley Cooper. I think he is really funny, and I am a fan of his movies.
From Jordan Gross, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla: What game sums up your career and why?
I guess the championship in 2006 would sum up my career. Northwestern was so great to me. I had such an incredible experience. Being able to end on such a great note with a win in the 2006 championship – it was actually my birthday, too, so that's always a good present – was the end of four years of work and time spent with teammates. I later got to play with some of those teammates with the U.S., but it was the end of an era.
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If you could live in any time period, which would it be?
I like now. I'm that kind of person anyway. I like to live in the moment. The technology now is great. We've got a lot of different options of what we can do with TV, music, computers and all around. I don't know if I would have been rocking the '80s style too much, but I know some people who love that era.
Who is your biggest rival as a player?
I think of Dartmouth in general. They definitely like to face guard attackers. As an attacker, that's something you have to deal with through the course of a game and that can make it difficult. It happened in 2006 when we played them in the championship game. That's definitely a rivalry of sorts.
If you were a 10-year-old, what lacrosse player would you look up to?
Hilary Bowen. Hilary's journey with tearing her ACL, fighting back and being able to play in the championship game – she's an incredible athlete, competitor, leader and a great student as well. She did unbelievable things in the classroom. Her work ethic and determination is definitely something to look up to.
What's your favorite move on the field?
A roll dodge playing behind the crease. I like to get up there like I'm going to feed and then roll under and seal that defender on the crease.
If you could go back in time and participate in one lacrosse game that you didn't play in, what game would it be?
That's a good one. I guess, any of the U.S. games we didn't get the result we wanted – a World Cup that I wasn't a part of, when we didn't get the result we wanted.
What non-lacrosse player would you like to be teammates with?
LeBron James. Why not? That's probably a standard answer, but he seems like a pretty funny guy. I'm sure he'd be successful on the lacrosse field. I've already got the handshake down. We could go right into it.
If you were to see one college team that's currently playing club field a varsity team, who would it be and why?
Somewhere like the University of Texas, located where the sport's booming. At Northwestern we had Taylor Thornton, who was a big name there and did big things her freshman year. It's an area with a lot of talent and a lot of support around it, so that'd be a great place to start.
What's one thing you would do differently in your career?
You can always work harder and do more. After you graduate, you realize how much you miss it, how much extra work you could have put in. I put in a lot of hard work my four years in college, but you can always do more. I would go back and do as much as I possibly could.
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