USC Lacrosse Welcomes Top 10 Recruiting Class in 2014

LOS ANGELES In just its second year in existence, the USC women's lacrosse program has secured one of the nation's top recruiting classes under head coach Lindsey Munday. Inside Lacrosse ranked the Trojans' incoming freshman class 10th in the country. From coast to coast, the incoming Women of Troy represent the states of New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and California.

"I could not be more excited to welcome our 13 freshmen to the Trojan Family," said Munday. "This group is extremely talented and will be a great addition to our current team. In addition to the talent, this group brings enthusiasm and passion that is unparalleled. This group is 'all in' and committed to a vision, a belief, of where they see our program in the future. That belief is going to fuel them and the rest of this team to new heights."

In short order, USC has shown that it can and will compete for the country's top talent against the sport's traditional powers. Defending NCAA champion North Carolina's incoming class received the nod as the top class and was followed by 10-time champion Maryland, three-time champ Virginia, Florida, and Notre Dame in the top five. Duke, Harvard, and Vanderbilt's classes ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. Conference rival Stanford's class earned the nine spot followed by USC's stellar class of incoming players.

The Trojans will welcome four freshmen, each, from New Jersey and California, three from New York, and a pair from Georgia. Among USC's recruits is the nation's 24th-rated prospect: midfielder Alex Moore (Millstone Township, N.J./Allentown HS). The Trojans also landed three players who were named to the Inside Lacrosse watch list including midfielder Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), midfielder Shannon Nugent (Medford, N.J./Shawnee HS), and attacker Annie Ruland (Milton, Ga./Milton HS).

USC's incoming class includes state champions, all-time record holders, team captains, all-league, all-conference, all-state selections, and most stunningly 24 US Lacrosse First Team All-America selections. Most recently, Michael was named to the Lacrosse Magazine's Top 15 Freshmen to Watch.

"The players in our recruiting class have been extremely successful during their high school careers," said Munday. "We will need them to use those experiences here at USC. They are all leaders in their own right and I look forward to seeing that leadership from them even as freshmen. I'm very excited to see how this group will gel with our returning players and I know that they will immediately impact our program."

Moore's impressive resume includes two first-team US Lacrosse All-America selections and one to the Under Armour All-America team. She is a two-time conference player of the year and served as team captain at Allentown HS. Michael is also a two-time All-American and was the 10th-ranked incoming senior recruit by Inside Lacrosse. Ruland was both a US Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American and was chosen as the Nike/US Lacrosse South Player of the Year. She was her school's offensive player of the year four times and helped lead her team to the Georgia state title four times.

Nugent arrives as a part of a twin package. Shannon was a first-team US Lacrosse All-American and was also an Academic All-American while at Shawnee. She received New Jersey All-State accolades in both lacrosse and soccer. Her twin sister Glade Nugent (Medford, N.J./Shawnee HS) will also join the Trojans in 2014. She was a three-year varsity lacrosse player and was selected first-team all-conference, and first-team All-South Jersey.

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