HANOVER, N.H. - Former Dartmouth women's lacrosse goalkeeper Devon Wills '06 has been selected as one of 36 players for the 2012-14 U.S. women's national senior team. The announcement comes from US Lacrosse after a three-day tryout featuring 82 of the country's top players wrapped up this past weekend at UMBC in Catonsville, Md.
Wills is one of five goalies that were selected to be a part of the group that will serve as the training team pool for the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. The U.S. is the defending champion, having earned gold in 2009 with a team that also featured Wills. In the final against Australia, Wills was named the Player of the Match as her play in the circle helped lift Team USA to the title.
This grouping of 36 players will be cut down once more next spring leading up to the 2013 FIL World Cup, but not before participating in several training events during that time.
Wills played for the Big Green from 2003-06, leaving a lasting impression on the program's goalkeeper records. Her 538 saves rank second all-time, while her 7.14 goals-against average ranks third and her .519 save percentage is eighth. During her final two seasons with the team, Wills helped lead the Big Green to the Final Four in both 2005 and 2006, finishing as national runners-up in the second appearance.
A four-time All-Ivy selection and a three-time All-American Second Team player, Wills is now an assistant at the University of Southern California, entering her second season on the Trojan sidelines. She also has had assistant coaching stints at Denver (2010, 2011) and with her alma mater (2007, 2008) and is widely considered the best goalkeeper in the nation today.