Women's Lacrosse Represented on the Australian National Team

Jan. 26, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Three members of the Loyola college women's lacrosse team have earned a spot on the Australian National Team that will participate in the World Cup in Annapolis from June 22-July 3, 2005. Assistant coach and former player Stacey Morlang as well as current players Talia Shacklock and Kate McHarg will represent their country this summer.

The Australian team has been a contender in the World Cup since 1982. Australia won the tournament in 1986, came in second in 1982, 1997 and 2001 and placed third in 1989 and 1993. Morlang, Shacklock and McHarg earned a spot on the team out of approximately 60 contenders and are three of just 16 members of the squad.

"I'm excited for Stacey, Kate and Talia," head coach Kerri O'Day said. "The experience they will gain from playing in the World Cup and representing their country is immeasurable."

Morlang is in her third season as an assistant coach for Loyola and was a three-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America selection as a member of the Greyhound squad. She finished her celebrated career at Loyola with 288 points for a new school record. Morlang also holds Loyola records in goals in a game (10) and points in a game (15).

"Stacey's making the national team shows her absolute dedication to the game of lacrosse," O'Day said. "Her staying current with the game as a player makes her such an asset as a coach."

Shacklock is a senior on the Loyola squad and will serve as a captain this season. Over her career she has appeared in 55 games and has started in all 55. Shacklock has scored 87 goals in addition to six assists for 93 points. McHarg is a sophomore on the 2005 squad. As a freshman, she appeared in all 18 of Loyola's games while starting in four. She scored five goals and added four assists as a rookie and also led the Greyhounds in draw controls with 30.

Navy will host the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, Md. From June 23-July 3.