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Holly McGarvie Reilly

Holly McGarvie

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Position: Defense
Hometown: Medford, N.J.
College: Princeton '09
Height: 5'4"
Birthday: 4/7/1987 (Age 26)

Teammates on Holly

Extremely feisty and scrappy…always comes up with the ball…her willpower and determination sparks everyone to play that much harder…very quick…incredible footwork.

U.S. Team

  • Two time FIL World Cup gold medalist (2009, 2013)
  • Scored one goal and added eight ground balls and five caused turnovers in seven games at 2013 World Cup
  • Recorded five points (3g, 2 a) in the 2009 World Cup, ranked second on the team with 17 draw controls
  • 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team
  • U.S. National Team (2008-13)
  • U.S. Developmental Team (2006-08)


  • Played midfield at Princeton
  • IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America first team (2008-09)
  • Ivy League Co-Player of the Year (2009)
  • Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • Finished career with 168 points (116 g, 52 a) with a career-high 57 points as a senior (36g, 21a)
  • As a senior, led Princeton in assists (21), points (57), ground balls (53), draw controls (51) and caused turnovers (38)
  • As a junior in 2008, paced Tigers in ground balls (47), draw controls (47) and caused turnovers (26), while ranking second in goals (35)
  • As a sophomore in 2007, led team in draw controls (37) and ranked second in caused turnovers (20)
  • Aimee Willard Award for top collegiate player at US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament (2008)
  • Also a two-time All-Ivy League field hockey player at Princeton
2009 18-18 36 21 57 53 51 38
2008 18-18 35 11 46 47 47 26
2007 17-17 23 14 37 22 37 20
2006 18-18 22 6 28 46 44 20
Total 71-71 106 52 168 168 179 104

Off the Field

  • Assistant women's lacrosse coach at Furman

Getting to Know...

  • Other sports played in high school: Field hockey, track, softball, volleyball
  • Foreign countries visited: 15 of them, actually.
  • Favorite lacrosse player: Little girls learning to play.
  • Favorite athlete from another sport: I looked up to Steve Young as a child, probably because I always wanted to play football.
  • Strengths as a player: Competitiveness and guts.
  • What should every player at your position be able to do on the field: Work as team and for your teammates, trust the system in place, and have fun!
  • Most important part of your preparation for a game/season: It comes down to evaluating why I compete and what I want to accomplish. It helps to have clear goals in mind. I struggled with focusing too much on my individual play for most of college. Players often overlook the idea that competition should be about becoming the best player you can be, rather than being better than somebody or some other team.
  • What do you wish you knew earlier as a lacrosse player: How special it was to be part of a group of people working toward a goal.
  • Best lacrosse moment: Winning the gold medal against Australia in the 2009 World Cup in a tight, competitive game in a professional European Soccer stadium.
  • Special talent: I can sing a mean karaoke version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

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