Oliver and Team USA Claim FIL Gold|
July 22, 2013
OSHAWA, Canada – University of Cincinnati head women’s lacrosse coach Gina Oliver and Team USA wrapped up the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup with a perfect 7-0 record, earning their seventh world title with a 19-5 victory over team Canada.
The U.S. (7-0) topped Canada (5-2) for a second time in the tournament, having already defeated the first-time World Cup finalists 13-2 in a pool play match on Tuesday. Team USA is now 10-0 against Canada in World Cup play, outscoring the Canadians 141-31 in those contests. The U.S. had faced Australia in the last four World Cup finals dating back to 1993 before Canada topped the Aussies 11-7 in Friday's semifinal round.
Team USA set program and tournament records for goals (127), goals per game (18.0) and margin of victory (13.2). The tournament saw the Americans outscore their opponents by a combined 127-34. The gold medal marks Team USA's seventh World Cup title, having reached the final in all nine World Cup tournaments.
Team USA knocked off England (17-7), Wales (19-2), Australia (18-9) and Canada (13-2) during pool play. The squad outscored opponents by a 67-20 total. Oliver was a member of the defensive unit that limited opponents to an average of five goals per game.
Team USA reached the finals following a 21-8 win over Team England. Oliver was named player of the match in the contest after recording four ground balls and three caused turnovers. For the tournament, Oliver finished with ten ground balls and seven caused turnovers
Team USA entered 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.
This year was Oliver’s 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.