Stacey Morlang was strong, athletic, and skilled, with a shot that was incredibly powerful and usually accurate. Like other talented and creative Australian players who began making their way to the U.S. in that era, she helped change the model of what a collegiate women's lacrosse player could be.
She remains the only Loyola player to score more than 60 goals in three consecutive seasons (2000 through 2002); she also had more than 80 points in each of those years. In 59 games in those three seasons, she scored 190 goals, including a school single-game record 12 against American in 2002. She also tied for the team lead with 31 goals as a freshman.
Loyola's first Tewaaraton Trophy finalist for national player of the year, she was the Ernest Lagna Award winner as the school's top senior female athlete in 2002. After graduation, she served as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds for several seasons.
Morlang has gone on to compete for the Australian national team in three World Cups, helping the Australians win the gold medal by defeating the United States in Annapolis in 2005. She was named to the All-World team at the most recent World Cup in Canada in 2013, as well as in 2005.
While at Loyola, she met her future husband, Michael Sullivan, '02, a two-time All-America midfielder for the Greyhounds men's lacrosse team. The couple moved to Australia in 2006 and now have two children.
"It was daunting leaving home at 17 years old," she says. "I had never seen the campus and had no idea what I was walking into. But the minute I got to Loyola I belonged. The teammates I met on my first day are my best friends to this day; they took me into their families and supported me every second."