The ILF 2014 Board of Directors & Membership Meetings will be held on Saturday, January 11th 2014 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street (215)625-2900. This is being held in conjunction with the US Lacrosse National Convention & Fan Fest.
Ireland Lacrosse will be at booth #935 in the Expo Hall
Annual Reception – Headhouse Tower Lounge
The Membership Meeting and Annual Reception will be held at the Headhouse Tower Lounge, 9th floor at 7:00pm on Saturday Night. This is a great event every year with food, drinks, raffles & great friends all in support of lacrosse in Ireland. If you will be at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention, or will just be in the greater Philadelphia area, come down and have a great time supporting lacrosse in Ireland!
The Irish Lacrosse Foundation, Ireland Lacrosse & former Women’s Director Julie Clarke combined forces to provide 4 new Rage Cage goals to the Irish Lacrosse League. With the help of Men’s Head Coach Tom prior who delivered the goals from the United States, the ILL now has a new set of game cages for both the men’s & women’s division.
In conjunction with Sports Tours Ireland & and Limerick 4th of July Celebration (http://4thjulylimerick.com/), Ireland Lacrosse is hosting the 2014 Celtic Open, an U19 Boys Lacrosse Tournament for High School Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and just graduated in the University of Limerick from July 2nd – 5th 2014.
Celebrate 4th of July playing lacrosse in Ireland!
Tours and other excursions are also available for teams wishing to add to the lacrosse experience. Accommodation and meals will be offered at the start-of-the-art facilities at the University of Limerick, where all tournament games will take place.
Head to the App Store and get the new Ireland Lacrosse App! Get news updates and more on the go. Version 1.0 was just released so download it now and get ready for the great feature updates that will be rolling out over the next few months.
Oshawa, Ontario Canada – The 2013 Ireland Women’s National Team played with pride and honor, representing their country in the 2013 FIL World Cup. After a strong showing in pool play, the Irish earned a spot in the championship playoff bracket. Ultimately Ireland would finish as the #10 team in the world.
At the end of day 5 of the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup, the Ladies of Ireland are continuing to play strong and are making a push for a spot in the Championship Playoff Bracket.
They are currently in pool play, in ‘Pool B’ along with New Zealand, Netherlands, Latvia & Finland. Following Pool play teams will be seeded into a Championship Bracket of 12 teams and a Diamond Consolation Bracket of 7 teams. The Championship Bracket will be the teams in Pool A, the top 2 teams in Pools B, C and D and the next highest ranked team. The seven (7) teams in the Diamond Consolation Bracket will be reseeded into two new pools, X and Y, based on rankings and teams previously played in the pool play.
Ireland and New Zealand are at the top of Pool B with an equal record, however New Zealand hold the tie-breaker advantage, having handed Ireland their only loss so far in the tournament. The Irish did however post wins against the other three teams in the pool, putting them in great position to make a run in the Championship Bracket. Below is a graphic with the current standings as of Monday, July 15th.
Ireland Lacrosse today Announced the 2013 Women’s National Lacrosse Team. The team is scheduled to represent Ireland at the Women’s World Cup of Lacrosse July 10-20, 2013 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ten players return (Midfielders Katelin Billups, Vanessa Bridge, Orla McCourt, Devin O’Leary and Caroline Peters, Defenders Rebecca Headon, Deirdre Swail, Lucy Morris and Laurie Charlesworth, and attacker Robyn Morris) to the National Team from the 2012 European Championships squad. Four players (McCourt, Headon, R Morris and Rebecca Millard) will be representing Ireland in a second World Cup.
The team will be coached by Meghan McNamara. Coach McNamara, presently the Head Coach for NCAA Division II Champion LIU/CWPost, served as Ireland’s Assistant Coach at the 2008 European Championships and 2009 World Cup. Coach McNamara will be assisted by two former Ireland National Team players: Sarah Walsh (2012) and Jackie Coyne (2008).
The 2012 Irish Men’s and Women’s National Teams were congratulated by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. In a letter sent from his office, President Higgins praised the hard work and dedication of the teams, exclaiming that they had made the country of Ireland proud. Ireland and its lacrosse teams were honoured again with a letter of congratulations from Enda Kenny the Taoiseach (head of government) of Ireland.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has also given his congratulations the Irish men’s lacrosse team for achieving a silver medal in the 2012 European Championships. In an official press release on the Ministry website, Mr. Ring said that:
“This is a great achievement for the Irish men’s lacrosse team, who were awarded a silver medal in Amsterdam following an exciting game. The women’s team also played valiantly and came in eight place overall.
“Both teams have put in a huge amount of effort and resources into reaching these championships.”
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in lacrosse in Ireland. As a minority sport, it relies on the support and dedication of a large number of volunteers. It’s great to see their efforts being rewarded with this achievement.”
The Men’s National Team earned the Silver Medal at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships. England took home the Gold Medal and Sweden finished in third for the Bronze . The Irish Women’s Team battled hard and finished in 8th. The Irish Team Éire finished in 4th place in the European Festival Tournament as the top European team, finishing only behind 3 American based teams.
The Irish attack made up of Matt Walsh (14 goals), Kris Prior (18 goals) and Colin O’Donoghue (14 goals) combined for 46 of the team’s 92 goals, exactly 50%. Paddy O’Leary (8 goals) and Kevin Owens (6 goals) lead the midfield in scoring along with Sean Gibson, Sean O’Shaughnessy & Brendan Walsh (4 goals each).
LSM Patrick Johnston (7 goals) and Defenseman JT Prior (5 goals) both showcased their stick skills by combining for 12 long-stick goals in the tournament.
Netminder Connor Sweeney finished 12th in save percentage (55%) out of 32 goalies that appeared in the tournament. Connor finished the tournament with 89 total saves. Ireland dropped their first 3 games but never looked back, going on to win every game leading into the championship matchup with England.
The Irish Women’s Team was lead by Caroline Peters who had 19 goals, Sarah Walsh with 15 goals and Vanessa Bridge with 11 goals. The ladied finished in 8th place with a tough finish losing both of their last two games by the same score and by only 1 goal (13-12 to Sweden in Overtime, 13-12 to Netherlands). The Women played their hearts out and were well respected by all teams in the tournament.