Holly McGarvie

Medford, N.J.

High School:

Princeton '09

U.S. Team

  • Gold medalist at 2009 FIL World Cup in Czech Republic
  • Recorded 5 points (3g, 2 a) in the World Cup, ranked second on the team with 17 draw controls
  • 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team
  • U.S. National Team (2008-12)
  • U.S. Developmental Team (2006-08)
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  • 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 ground balls (53), draw controls (51) and caused turnovers (38)
  • Two-time All-Ivy League field hockey player at Princeton
  • Aimee Willard Award  for top collegiate player at US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament (2008)

Getting to know…

  • Other sports played in high school? Field hockey, track, softball, volleyball
  • Visited any foreign countries? 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 know, or need to be able to do on the field? Work as team and for your teammates, trust the system in place, and have fun!
  • What’s the most important part of your preparation … for a game? For a season? What are some things players overlook, preparation-wise? 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 one thing do you wish you knew before you knew it 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.”