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.