Ireland Roster Announced for 2024 Women’s U20 World Championship

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Ireland Lacrosse National Teams Director, John Cavanaugh, and Head Coach, Eileen Ferry, are proud to announce its squad of 22 athletes for the 2024 World Lacrosse Women’s Under 20 World Championship, to be played in Hong Kong China from 15-24 August 2024.

The U20 National Team will look to build on its successes from the 2023 European Championship in Prague. The team had a fantastic tournament, losing just a single game by one point and finishing in record high 5th place. This will be the second time Ireland has competed at the junior level Women’s World Lacrosse Championship, with their performance in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in 2019 being the breakout event for the then U19 team.

The 2024 squad sees the return of 9 players from the 2023 team: Amy Bolton, Millie Griffin, Roland Harvey Haugh, Orla Howett, Naoise Howley, Juliette Kelleher, Amelia Painting, Amelie Scharf and Elizabeth Troup.

There are new Irish-based additions from both the high school and collegiate level.

  • Penelope Baugh of Éire Lacrosse
  • Lucienne McAteer of Éire Lacrosse
  • Rachyl Barry of University College Dublin
  • Sarah O’Flaherty of University College Dublin
  • Alice Claisse of Queen’s University Belfast

This new talent is seen due to the growth of the game in Ireland, and as a result of Ireland Lacrosse’s Strategic Plan. More information on this can be found here.

The roster also hosts some notable additions globally.

  • Ava Connaughton, University of Massachusetts
  • Abigail Nolan, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Bridget Valentine, University of Massachusetts
  • Brigid Welch, University of Massachusetts
  • Kendra Harris, Bishop Ireton/Capital Lacrosse, and is committed to play at the University of Denver
  • Stella Quilty, St. Anthony’s/Yellow Jackets, and is committed to play at Rutgers University
  • Katherine Fitzgerald, Staples HS/Sound Lacrosse
  • Caroline Watts, Greenwich Academy/Grizzlies Lacrosse

The full 2023 staff will return for the 2024 event:

  • Eileen Ferry, Head Coach
  • Meghan Smith, Assistant Coach
  • Deirdre McKim, Assistant Coach
  • Becky Moloney, Assistant Coach
  • Aisling Casey, Assistant Coach
  • Allyson Nagle, Athletic Trainer/Physio
  • Laura Stokes, Manager

They will be further assisted by Strength and Conditioning Coach Patrick Dolan. Patrick has previously worked with the Senior Women’s National Team, and has organisationally assisted Ireland Lacrosse during the 2022 U21 Men’s World Championship.

The U20 team will head to Hong Kong in early August as they look to make history once again with their
performance on the main stage. Look out for updates on Instagram @irelandwlax. Please consider financially supporting the team by making a donation HERE.




Assistant Coach, Women's National Team

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