Megan Ward Joins USC Lacrosse as Director of Operations|
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Jan. 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- Two-time NCAA champion goaltender Megan Ward has joined the USC women's lacrosse team as its director of operations head coach Lindsey Munday announced on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Ward, who was hired in July 2016 is the program's third director and just completed a four-year career at North Carolina where she helped lead the Tar Heels to NCAA championships in 2013 and 2016.
"We are very excited to have Megan join our staff," said Munday. "She is an accomplished student-athlete with an incredible drive to succeed and we are thrilled that she will bring her experience and knowledge to the Trojan Family."
Ward was the starting goalie in each of the Tar Heels' championship-winning games and played in 68 career contests with 26 starts; and logged over 2,300 minutes in the cage. Ward produced 321 saves and allowed just 338 goals in her award-winning career.
As a senior, Ward was named the co-National Goalie of the Year with teammate Caylee Waters by ILWomen and was a member of the Inside Lacrosse All-ILWomen Team. She was chosen to the 2016 All-NCAA Tournament Team following a career-high performance with 14 saves in the title game against Maryland. Ward was a second-team IWLCA All-South selection and won six straight games entering the NCAA tournament including victories over No. 5 Louisville, twice over No. 4 Syracuse, No. 13 Duke, and at Virginia Tech. She was an All-ACC Tournament Team selection and was named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Ward led the ACC in goals-against average as a junior (7.77 gaa) and was third in save percentage (.477). She was a second-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore after leading the conference with a .480 save percentage, which ranked ninth in the nation. She earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2014 (Feb. 11, April 7) and was already a known quantity as a freshman (2013) with All-NCAA Tournament Team honors and a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team.
In high school, Ward was named a 2012 Under Armour All-American and appeared in the Under Armour Elite Tournament. She was a two-time first-team all-county selection, a team captain, and also lettered in soccer, basketball, and ran indoor track.
Ward is a native of Annapolis, Maryland, where she attended St. Mary's High School. She graduated from North Carolina with a degree in economics in 2016 and currently resides in Long Beach.
In 2016, USC (20-1 overall) had a record-setting season, in which the Trojans won the MPSF regular season (9-0) and tournament championships. The Women of Troy earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA championship and advanced to the quarterfinal where they fell in overtime to Syracuse. It was the furthest any team from the MPSF had ever gone in the NCAA tourney. Munday was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second straight season and reached the 50-win plateau in her fourth year at the helm (51-26 overall).
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