DUBLIN, IRELAND – Ireland Lacrosse is delighted to announce its roster for the Irish Women’s U21 National Team
This 18 person roster U21 Women’s European Championships was announced following trials held in Dublin in January. The team will compete in Prague, Czech Republic this summer in what will be the first appearce for a Junior Irish Womens team in the ELF U21 Womens European Championship. The Irish U19 Women made their debut in the World Championships in Peterborough , Canada in 2019.
With the impact of covid, many of the players from the U19 team aged into Senior level, with several competing with the Senior Womens National Team this past summer in Towson. With a full team of fresh Talent its an exciting time for the program, with the U20 World Championships just next summer, this unique schedule presents a great oppertunity to build and grow momentum over an extended period of time.
The make up this team is a testament to the growth of domestic lacrosse at a junior level with a notable growth in domestic attendance at trials. The 9 Domestic based players come from a range of clubs throughout the country and programs ranging from Queens University Belfast (Grace Harte), University College Dublin (Alanna Jackman), Rathdown School (Millie Griffin) and Ireland’s first Youth Club, Eire Lacrosse ( Alex Foley, Naoise Howley, Roland Harvey Haugh, Elizabeth Troup, Juliette Kelleher and Zoey Kleinschmidt )
The team is rounded out by a host of Talent from programs overseas; In the UK (Amy Bolton , Amelia Painting) , Canada ( Ireland Costigan ) and in the United States ( Amelie Scharf, Ava Brosnan, Jane ‘Orla’ Howlett and Riley Peterson) with notable programs such as The US Naval Academy ( Alyssa Katie Chung) and Brown University (Kiki Tormey) featuring in this years selection.
This years Coaching Staff also features some key changes with two new assistant coach appointments. Deirdre McKim and Becky Moloney.
McKim has a long history with the program, featuring in multiple Senior Womens National Team roster for both the European Championships and World Championships. Deirdre, known to many as Dee was not just a player but captained many of these rosters and is the most decorated player in the womens program history. Her dedication to the sport continues in a coaching capacity as she has been the Queens University Belfast Head Coach for many years.
Becky Moloney joins the Staff bringing a wealth of experience from her role as Youth Development Director for Ireland Lacrosse. Becky oversees the school coaching program throughout Ireland, Runs the annual Schools Cup and most recently works as the head coach for her recently established junior club team, the first of its kind in Ireland. Moloney brings experience not just from her domestic program involvement but from her experience in goal for the Irish Senior Team in 2019 in Israel for the European Championships.
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