July 7, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola assistant women's lacrosse coach Stacey Morlang was named to the women's lacrosse All-World team after helping Australia capture the 2005 World Cup title in Annapolis, Md. over the weekend. Morlang, a three-time All-America at Loyola, played for her native country, which defeated the U.S in the title game on Saturday.
Australia stopped the U.S. from winning its fifth straight World Cup, winning 14-7 in front of 6,000 spectators at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The victory was Australia's second World Cup title and first since 1986.
"We knew we were good enough to win and pretty much knew we had to beat the U.S. to win the cup," says Morlang. "We knew we had something special when we first came together as a team and had absolutely no intention of losing."
The Aussies trained for a week in December, a week in January and came together for two weeks of training last month in Baltimore. In addition to Morlang's participation on the World Cup squad, Loyola midfielder Kate McHarg also played for her home country.
"Having Kate [McHarg] on our team was a plus," says Morlang. "I never thought about who I coached or who I played against in college. At the end of the day, I'm playing for my country and that is a powerful thing."
Morlang, who was named Player of the Match in Australia's win over Wales on June 27, scored four goals and added an assist in the win. She finished with 16 goals and eight assists leading Australia to a 7-0-1 record in World Cup play.
"Winning is definitely going to be the most memorable part of the whole World Cup experience," adds Morlang. "We had a great team, a great coaching staff and we worked really, really hard for each other. We enjoyed winning and we enjoyed ourselves."
2005 All World Team Jen JohnsonAttackCanada Akiko WadaAttack Japan Laura WarrenAttackWales Jen AdamsMidfield Australia Quinn Carney Midfield United States Kelly Amonte HillerMidfieldUnited States Sonia Judd MidfieldAustralia Stacey Morlang MidfieldAustralia Joanne Connelly DefenseUnited States Sarah Forbes Defense Australia Alex Harle DefenseEngland Jess Wilk GoalieUnited States