Tom Prior Announced as Head Coach

Tom Prior

Tom Prior was named the Head Coach for the 2014 Men’s Lacrosse World Cup

Dublin, Ireland – John Cavanaugh, Ireland Lacrosse National Team Director, is proud to announce that Tom Prior will be the Head Coach of the 2014 Ireland Men’s Lacrosse Team. The team is set to compete at the year’s Federation of International Lacrosse’s World Championships in Denver, Colorado. Tom brings with him decades of Lacrosse coaching experience, including prior stints as Ireland’s top coach.

“Tom Prior’s service to our National Team Program is exemplary” said John Cavanaugh, National Team Director. Mr. Cavanaugh went on to say that, “we are fortunate to have a head coach with Tom’s dedication, commitment & experience leading us in Denver.”

Following the official nomination as Head Coach, Prior gave he own words of thanks:

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the Head Coach for Team Ireland for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. It is also great to work with legendary coach Richie Moran and a top notch staff that is building on momentum gained from our 2nd place finish at the 2012 European Championships, and from our recent win against Israel over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.”

He went on to say that, “I have been involved in Ireland lacrosse since 2001. The opportunity to teach & coach lacrosse in Ireland has been a tremendous experience and it is most rewarding to see the development and progress of our players, coaches & referees. I look forward to the competition in Denver this July and representing Ireland Lacrosse.”

Ireland defeats Israel 11-10

Ireland & Israel Representatives before the international exhibition during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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In an international exhibition match held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, The Ireland Men’s National Team defeated team Israel 11-10 in an exciting and tough battle. Held on the neutral grounds of Centre Island Town Park in Bayville New York, these two teams faced-off in what can be described as a warm-up match leading up to this years World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

The game featured some big hits from both teams while each trading scores back and forth. Both teams fought hard, but in the end it was team Ireland that came out on top. After the match, the Irish Lacrosse Foundation held a fundraiser & reception @ the beautiful Wall’s Wharf restaurant on the Long Island Sound in Bayville, NY.

Michael Kennedy, chief executive of Ireland Lacrosse, said Sunday’s game came together by chance after his team planned its training camp for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After talking to Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Lacrosse Association, and realizing the holidays were in such proximity, the cross-cultural game day was born.

“We know there’s a huge Jewish community in New York and a huge Irish community in New York, and it’s great for both teams to be able to connect to those communities on major days for both countries. It’s absolutely special,” Kennedy said.

Funds were raised to support the National Team and the growth of lacrosse in Ireland. Many thanks to all of those who attended and donated their time and contributed to the cause.

Men’s World Team 30 Man Roster

Ireland Lacrosse

We are pleased to announce the 30-man roster that will compete at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. After an intense tryout that featured the best players that Ireland has to offer, the coaches and National Team Director John Cavanaugh made their decision and trimmed the roster down to 30. Congratulations to the following players who have been chosen to represent Ireland!

Kevin Quinn G
Connor Sweeney G
Conor Walsh D
Joseph Prior D
Jerry Nevin D
Ryan Licht D
Chris Byrne D
Dan Leidl D
Patrick Ferry LSM
Brian Fahy LSM
Zak Jordan M/FO
Kevin Owens M/FO
Sonny Campbell M/FO
Paddy O’Leary M
Martin Scanlon M
Tadhg Bolger M
John O’Connor M
Thomas Burke M
Aaron Cahill M
Tom Riley M
Michael McTernan M
Michael Shea M
Brian Gill M
Robert Byrne A/M
Paul Murran A
Sean Gibson A
Cillian Murphy A
Brian Gillis A
Kris Prior A
Garrett Kerr A

Ireland Women’s Team Finishes as #10 Team in the World



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.

The championship playoff bracket results.

2013 womens lacrosse world cup results

Women’s World Cup Update – Ireland Aims for Championship Bracket

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.

Women's Lacrosse World Cup Standings

Team Ireland will next face-off against Germany.