Devon Wills is to Women’s International Lacrosse what Tim Howard is to Men’s World Cup soccer. She is the USA goalie, and many people may not know of anyone else who could be considered interchangeable in regard to her position. I do not mean to overstep this particular accomplishment, nor do I wish to state that any of her other achievements should hold greater or lesser weight by comparison. Weighted significance aside, I simply want you to take a moment to appreciate how many accolades this player has. They are absolutely staggering.
− Two Gold Medals from the World Games
− Involvement with the Women’s USA team since 2003
− Four time All-Ivy League
− Three time All-Ivy League first team
− Three time All-American second team honoree
− Second most saves in the history of Dartmouth’s Woman’s Program
− Three times she led her team to the NCAA Final Four
− Two time winner of the Woman’s Lacrosse award from the Sportswomen of Colorado
− Team captain of an NCAA Powerhouse
− Currently with the USC Trojans as a member of their coaching staff
Now that you have wrapped your head around the reality that her achievements are difficult to match by anyone who steps inside the crease, man or woman, lets review the pieces that we made for her.
Devon requires a specific pocket style that fits perfectly in her Gait Sentinel. There is a high likelihood that no one else in the game uses this exact set up. Tyler Bortner (Quality Control Manager & Senior Stringer) made this specifically for her and no one else, and given that this head is not a common preference, these are truly unique.
The Eagle came from Devon’s imagination and Tyler Gladhill (Senior Designer) and Frank Stanley (Production Manager and Lead Dye Artist) made this come to pass with stunning style.
We have made a similar USA Flag design for devon in the past. She liked it so much she asked for another, however the angle of this dye is different from the original.
An interesting facet of Devon Will’s designs is the white inside. This is done so that the vibrancy of the dye job does not alert the player to where the goalie cross is held, which could shorten the time needed to assess their shot, giving them an advantage. From the attacker’s point of view, there is nothing different from any other goalie stick as they approach the goal.
By: Justin Skaggs