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Gina Oliver

Gina Oliver

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Position: Defense
Hometown: Pottstown, Pa.
College: Ohio State '05
Height: 5'7"
Birthday: 3/29/1983

Teammates on Gina

One of the veteran defenders…her intelligence is a big asset…really understands on-ball and off-ball concepts…patient on-ball and chooses her moments very well… a wall on our defense…has this strength and power…so devoted to the team…took a year off and came back because she didn’t feel like her time was up.

U.S. Team

  • Two-time FIL World Cup gold medalist (2009, 2013)
  • Led team with 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers at 2013 FIL World Cup
  • 2009 FIL World Cup All-World Team
  • 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team
  • U.S. National Team (2006-09, 2011-13)
  • U.S. Developmental Team (2004-06)

College

  • IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America second team (2003), third team (2004)
  • ALC Player of the Year (2003)
  • ALC Rookie of the Year (2002)
  • All-ALC first team (2002-05)
  • Ohio State’s career leader in ground balls (236) and caused turnovers (201).
  • Ranks second in program history in goals (125) and draw controls (121), third in career points (166) and sixth in assists (41).
  • Led Buckeyes in ground balls (70), draw controls (27) and caused turnovers (51) as a senior in 2005
  • As a junior in 2004, led team in goals (25), assists (11), points (36), ground balls (54), draw controls (28) and caused turnovers (46)
Year GP-GS G A PTS GB DC CT
2005 16-16 29 5 34 70 27 51
2004 14-14 25 11 36 54 28 46
2003 18-17 43 13 56 68 42 53
2002 16-16 28 12 40 44 24 51
Total 64-63 125 41 166 236 121 201

Off the Field

  • Head women's lacrosse coach at Cincinnati

Getting to Know...

  • Nickname: G
  • Other sports played in high school: Basketball and field hockey
  • Favorite lacrosse player: Cherri Greer
  • Favorite athlete from another sport: Michael Jordan
  • Best advice received from a coach: “Never be sorry” – my father’s last words to me about life.
  • Strengths as a player: Defense and competitiveness
  • What should every player at your position be able to do on the field: Team defense is the best defense! Footwork is huge.
  • Favorite drill: 7v7
  • What do you wish you knew earlier as a lacrosse player: Controlling the game – understanding when to slow it down and speed it up. It’s okay not to go full out the entire time.
  • Best lacrosse moment: Winning gold in 2009.
  • Fun fact: I listen to Kobe Bryant by Lil Wayne before every game.

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