Ireland Tops Switzerland, 16-3, and Sweeps Orange Division at
FIL World Championships. Plays Sweden on Monday Night.
July 18, 2010, Updated July 18
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Very stingy defense and scoring by lots of different middies and attackmen
helped Team Ireland complete a three game sweep of Orange Division opponents at the FIL Men’s
World Lacrosse Championships today. Ireland took a 10 goal lead at halftime against today’s opponent,
Switzerland, on the way to a 16-3 win.
With five goals, Kris Prior led Ireland’s offense for the second day in a row, while Brian Gillis and Matt Walsh
each hit the goal net three times. Tom Riley scored twice, and John Ryan, Kevin Owens, and Sean McTernan
also had goals. Walsh also contributed three assists, Paddy O’Leary and Riley had two each, and John
Frame assisted on an Ireland goal.
Ireland’s defense held opponents to just 3.33 goals per game on the way to the Orange Division sweep, and
National Team Director John Cavanaugh commented “everyone is contributing and doing a great job. They
are shutting down the opposition.”
Ireland will play Sweden, second place team in the Red Division, on Monday evening. Sweden defeated Mexico
and Italy in pool play before losing to the Czech Republic, Red Division Champion. The Czech Republic will play
Scotland, Turquoise Division Champion, on Monday morning. On Tuesday, the winner of the Ireland – Sweden game
will face off against the winner of the Czech Republic – Scotland game, and the losers of those two games on Monday
will also play each other on Tuesday.
Ireland’s developmental squad, the “white” team competing in the Festival of Lacrosse, played again today,
dropping its game to a club team, the England Lions, 10-7. Team Leader and Assistant Coach Colm Murphy
noted the Team’s strong effort and said it is “coming together and improving.” Today’s white team scorers
included Kevin Kavanagh with two goals, and one goal each by Gary Wall, Jonny Burke, Cillian Murphy, Brendan
Chellemi and Rick Iacopelli.
Ireland Rolls in Second World Championships Game, Topping Slovakia, 23-4
July 17, 2010, Updated July 18
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Goals from 12 different National Team players led Ireland to a 23-4 win in
Orange Division pool play at the FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championships on Saturday afternoon, putting
the Team in position to win the Division by defeating Switzerland on Sunday afternoon.
Kris Prior and Tom Riley sparked the Irish attack with six and four goals each, and teammates Matt Walsh,
John O’Connor and Sean Bodie all beat the Slovakian goalie twice. Seven other Irish players including
Martin Scanlon, John Ryan, Dan Leidl, Michael Kennedy, Zak Jordan, Brian Gillis and Sean Gibson kept the
opposing defenders on their heels by scoring goals too. Conner Sweeney and Kevin Quinn once again
played half the game in goal for Ireland.
“We’re really coming together and getting a total team effort” said Team Ireland Head Coach Tim Weir.
“Everyone is contributing, they’re picking each other up when needed, and that has been a key factor
in our success.”
Ireland’s developmental squad, the “white” team, played its first game today in the Festival of Lacrosse,
which occurs side by side with the World Championships. Ireland lost to Japan’s development team, 19-4,
with goals scored by Rick Iacopelli, Cillian Murphy, Kevin Kavanagh and Brendan Chellemi.
Ireland Opens World Championships with 21-3 Victory vs. South Korea
July 16, 2010, Updated July 16
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Paddy O’Leary scored Ireland’s opening goal at the 2010 FIL Men’s Lacrosse
World Championships today, and Matt Walsh scored six times to lead the Team’s high flying offense to a 12-1
halftime lead and a 21-3 win over South Korea. Slovakia’s 10-4 defeat of Switzerland means today’s Orange
Division winners will faceoff on Saturday afternoon when Ireland plays Slovakia.
Seven Ireland players hit the goal net in today’s game, with five scores from Kevin Owens, three from
Brian Gillis, two each from Sean Gibson, Tom Riley and O’Leary, and a goal by Kris Prior. Conner Sweeney
played goalie for Ireland in the first half, and Kevin Quinn was between the pipes in the second half.
Commenting about the progress since training camp began in Dublin on July 8, National Team Director
John Cavanaugh said “We continue to improve as a team everyday.”