This is part of a continuing series counting down the top Philly lacrosse stories of 2009
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/5/10
With large contributions from a group of five Philly women, the US edged defending champion Australia, 8-7, to claim the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic during the summer. It was the sixth time that the U.S. has won the World Cup, and the fourth time they have defeated the Australians in the final.
The U.S. squad featured captain Michele DeJuliis (owner of Ultimate Goal Lacrosse club and an assistant coach at Princeton), Regina Oliver (Pottstown, assistant coach at Duquesne), Michi Ellers (Strath Haven, assistant coach at Georgetown), Whitney Douthett (Newtown native), and Holly McGarvie (Ultimate Goal assistant coach, Princeton graduate).
Oliver was a standout on defense. Playing in seven games, she collected 12 ground balls and posted 10 caused turnovers during World Cup play to make the All-World Team.
In pool play, the United States rallied from a 9-4 halftime deficit and stunned Australia, 10-9.