Buckeyes Earn Gold, Silver at World Cup
July 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was well represented on the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup podium when the tournament wrapped up earlier this month in Oshawa, Ontario. Alexis Venechanos, Buckeye head coach and current leader of Team Canada, guided her squad – including OSU alum Kylee White – to a silver medal on home soil. Fellow alum Regina Oliver and Team USA captured the gold medal with a 7-0 record to earn their seventh world title.
“The World Cup was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” Venechanos, who is entering her fourth season at Ohio State, said. “Our schedule was tough right off the bat and I was proud of the way the team stay toughed in the first win over Australia and really maintained the momentum through the semifinal victory over them.
“Of course we were upset with the loss to the U.S. in the final, but there is so much to be said for advancing to the championship for the first time. I am happy, fortunate and humbled to have been a part of it and am excited with the direction Team Canada is heading in for the future.”
Canada finished 5-2 overall with two victories over Australia, the second of which came in an 11-7 decision in the semifinals. Team Canada then lost the gold medal game to the United States, 19-5, but relished making the program’s first appearance in the championships match after previously earning bronze in both 1982 and 2009.
"We made history, it was unbelievable," White, who finished Cup play with five groundballs and two caused turnovers, said. "When it's the first time for anything, it's very exciting. Beating Australia (in the semifinals) was one of the biggest highlights in my career."
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.
Oliver was a member of the defensive unit that limited opponents to an average of five goals per game. She was named player of the match in the 21-8 win over England in the semifinals after recording four ground balls and three caused turnovers. For the tournament, the 2005 Ohio State graduate finished with 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers
White and Oliver were both among the most veteran members of their respective teams. White played in her fourth and final World Cup in 2013 and hangs up her cleats after 18 years with the national team. This was Oliver’s second World Cup after also guiding the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2009 event in Prague, earning FIL All-World Team honors in the process.
Both defenders, the pair are well represented among the Ohio State all-time leaders in caused turnovers and groundballs. A member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, Oliver still holds the records in both categories eight years after her Buckeye playing career (2002-05) ended, while White remains in the Top 10 in each over a decade later (1999-2002).