July 3, 2013

Get to Know the U.S. Women's National Team: Defense

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Gina Oliver anchors a Team USA defense that hits the field next week at the FIL World Championships. 
 © 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.


Gina Oliver

Height: 5-foot-7
College: Ohio State '05
Age: 30
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 something."
— Head coach Ricky Fried

Full Bio on Team USA Website

Kristen Carr

Height: 5-foot-10
College: North Carolina '10
Age: 24
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

Full Bio on Team USA Website

Amber Falcone

Height: 5-foot-4
College: North Carolina '09
Age: 26
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

Full Bio on Team USA Website

Holly McGarvie Reilly

Height: 5-foot-4
College: Princeton '09
Age: 25
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 coaches."
— Fried

Full Bio on Team USA Website

Jenn Russell

Height: 5-foot-7
College: North Carolina '10
Age: 25
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."
— Fried

Full Bio from Team USA Website


Devon Wills

Height: 5-foot-9
College: Dartmouth '06
Age: 29
Hometown: Denver

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

Full Bio from Team USA Website

Megan Huether

Height: 5-foot-5
College: Duke '06
Age: 28
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

Full Bio from Team USA Website



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