The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has seen the 1959 World Series, the first Super Bowl, two Olympics, and numerous football games between USC and UCLA.
Yesterday, the old stadium saw a new team for the first time: the debut of the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Southern California.
The USC program is one of several women’s lacrosse teams at U.S. colleges which are expected to be successful because of the athletic success within their overall athletic programs. Florida, Colorado, Michigan, and USC are all seen as having the money and resources to compete for a national championship in a very short period of time.
And yesterday, the Women of Troy had their debut against a team which formed the blueprint for this kind of success: eight-time defending national champion Northwestern.
Think of this: it has been 13 years since Kelly Amonte-Hiller was entrusted with reviving the dormant varsity lacrosse program on the banks of Lake Michigan, and she has done it with an unmatched panache.
And so it was with yesterday’s 18-5 win over Southern Cal. Of course, the USC program is not going to be winning right out of the box. But there is a long-term investment in coaching that will benefit the program.
On that USC sideline were two of Kelly Amonte-Hiller’s brightest pupils: Lindsay Munday, the head coach and her assistant, Hilary Bowen. The goalie coach is the U.S. women’s national team starter, Devon Wills.
It’s early days for the USC program, for sure, and the Women of Troy will be moving from the Coliseum to McAlister Field, the university’s soccer-specific stadium.
It’s a team that bears watching.