Get to Know the U.S. Women's National Team: Defense
|Gina Oliver anchors a Team USA
defense that hits the field next week at the FIL World
© Kevin Tucker
A version of this article appears in the June 2013 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.
With just a week to go before the opening ceremonies of the FIL Women's World Cup (July 10-20th in Oshawa Ontario), we continue our look at the U.S. Women's National Team here on LaxMagazine.com. Two weeks ago, we started with a breakdown of the attack unit. Last week, we looked at the midfield. Today, we look at the defense and goalies, the back line that hopes to anchor the U.S. to its second consecutive world title.
College: Ohio State '05
Hometown: Pottstown, Pa.
U.S. National Team 2006-09, 2011-13, U.S. World Cup Team 2009, U.S. Developmental Team 2004-06
Strengths: Intelligence, takeaway defense
Buzz Words: "She's a bit of a warrior. She
thrives on people telling her she's not going to be able to do
— Head coach Ricky Fried
College: North Carolina '10
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
U.S. National Team 2011-13
Strengths: 1-on-1 tenacity, body control, toughness
Buzz Words: "She moves well and can read the
space really well, so her physical statute sets the tone of 'Don't
mess with me.'"
— Attacker Lindsey Munday
College: North Carolina '09
Hometown: Westminster, Md.
U.S. National Team 2008-13, U.S. World Cup Team 2009, U.S. Developmental Team 2007-08
Strengths: Takeaway defense, angles
Buzz Words: "Her intelligence as a defender is
a huge strength. And she's extremely cheerful, probably because she
was a prior cheerleader."
— Defender Holly McGarvie Reilly
Holly McGarvie Reilly
College: Princeton '09
Hometown: Medford, N.J.
U.S. National Team 2008-13, U.S. World Cup Team 2009, U.S. Developmental Team 2006-08
Strengths: Footwork, scrappiness
Buzz Words: "One of the toughest kids on the
team. She will run through a brick wall for any of her teammates or
College: North Carolina '10
Hometown: Andover, Mass.
U.S. National Team 2010-13, U.S. Developmental Team 2008-10
Strengths: Quickness on defense and draw, transition
Buzz Words: "Jenn Russell in certain respects
is kind of like Lindsey Munday on defense. She gets what we want to
do and is a great communicator."
College: Dartmouth '06
U.S. National Team 2007-13, U.S. World Cup Team 2009, U.S. Developmental Team 2003-06
Strengths: Athleticism in and out of cage, clearing, stick skills
Buzz Words: "It gets lost that she put her time
in and worked very hard to get where she is. A lot of people just
look at her and assume she just walked into that spot."
— Assistant coach Jess Wilk Strosberg
College: Duke '06
Hometown: Lutherville, Md.
U.S. National Team 2008-13, U.S. World Cup Team 2009, U.S. Developmental Team 2005-06
Strengths: Consistency, positioning
Buzz Words: "A lot of times after a goal is
scored, she pulls up and says, 'OK, this is what's happening, and
this is what needs to change.' It's very to the point. I like that
honesty and almost bluntness."
— McGarvie Reilly