Oliver Goes For The Gold - Blog #1

July 27, 2012

Head coach Gina Oliver is at University of Maryland, Baltimore County until Sunday, July 29 competing with the top women's lacrosse players in the country for a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team. From the field of 81, the selectors will choose a roster of 36 to 40 who will compete for a spot on 18-player team that will participate in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Can. Coach Oliver was first selected to the team in 2004 and was a member of the 2009 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup champions team.

Day one is in the books!

Waking up at 5 a.m. the day of tryouts to drive from Pittsburgh to Baltimore sounded like a good idea a few weeks ago! Yeah, not so much! However, it was great to work Duquesne camp and say my final goodbyes to old players and coaches. It was also great that I got to work with future Bearcats!

Fun in the dorms! It is always fun to get surprised by who your roommate will be at tryouts. I got lucky! U.S. touring team teammate and current Maryland star, oh ... and Tewaaraton trophy winner, Katie Schwarzmann and I are roomies! Great start to tryouts already.

Day one started off with great competition. Old and new players were competing and showing their best to the selectors. The talent level at these tryouts somehow seem to outdo themselves every year. I am amazed at some of the things that some players are doing and how much faster the game is at this level. The weather was pretty hot, but we took lots of breaks and trainers kept us hydrated and cooled down. 

Even though the competition was through the roof, you could also feel a sense of sisterhood amongst the players.  80-plus players vying for a spot to compete for our country and I still felt a sense of unity. Most of us also got a chance to hang out and catch some of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics! Watching the Opening Ceremonies, I was overwhelmed with excitement! Having the pleasure of representing the country multiple times, it never gets old.  It is an honor to be here amongst so many talented players, and I can't wait to continue to compete for a spot to do it again!

Come back and read again tomorrow, and I may not be saying the same, ha! Being one of the oldest players on the previous teams, and probably the oldest players here at this tryout, I may not be able to walk after tomorrow night! Wish me luck! Good night and GO BEARCATS! See you tomorrow!

- Gina