Gina Oliver and Team USA Kick off World Cup Action Thursday Night|
July 11, 2013
OSHAWA, Canada – University of Cincinnati head women’s lacrosse coach Gina Oliver begins her quest for a gold medal with the Team USA at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa Canada. Team USA begins pool play competition Thursday night at 8 p.m. (ET), taking on Team England. Coverage of the event includes live video available by clicking here.
Team USA enters as the reigning champion, having won the FIL World Cup in 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. It was the team’s sixth World Cup championship, having brought home the gold in 1982, 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001. The United States finished as the runner-up in 1986 and 2005.
Oliver is making her second FIL World Cup appearance having won gold with the squad during 2009. A veteran anchor on the defense, Oliver made her first stint with the national team from 2006-09 before returning in 2011. In January of 2013, US Lacrosse announced that Oliver was one of 18 players named to the national team.
A standout midfielder at Ohio State (2002-2005), Oliver was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes and earned All-America honors three times. She was named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association/U.S. Lacrosse Second-Team All-American in 2003 and was a third-team selection in 2004. Oliver was a First-Team WomensLacrosse.com All-American in 2003 and a third-team honoree in 2005. Oliver was a First-Team Warrior/Inside Lacrosse All-America selection in 2003. She was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year in 2003 as Ohio State won the American Lacrosse Conference Championship and the league's rookie of the year in 2002. Oliver was also a four-time, First-Team All-ALC selection.
Team England is at the top of the rankings across the pond, having won the 2012 European Championships. Laura Merrifield, a 6-1 midfielder, was a first-team All-American at Maryland. Ruby Smith was a defender and team captain for the 2011 U19 team. She has since moved to midfield and was the leading scorer at the European Championships along with Sophie Brett. Team England’s best finish came in 1989 and 1993, placing second.
Team USA Pool Play Schedule:
Thursday, July 11 vs. Team England, 8 p.m.
World Cup Championship Play Schedule:
Quarterfinals: Thursday, July 18