DUBLIN, IRELAND – Ireland Lacrosse is proud to announce its extended roster of 32 athletes for the 2024 World Lacrosse Men’s Box Championship, to be played in Utica, New York, from 20-29 September 2024.
The extended roster is the penultimate step in making the final roster for Utica.Player-candidates have participated in events across North America and Europe to get to this stage. The 32 individuals represent the player pool remaining after almost a year of trials, and initial group of more than 65 player-candidates. The final roster will be selected after this April’s E-Box event.
No strangers to the international scene, the Irish Men’s Box team made their debut at the 2007 World Championship. This team has competed on the world stage since, appearing in the 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Championship events, and the 2017 and 2022 European Championship tournaments. The teams has consistently been in the World Top 10 (highest finish in 2015 at 5th in the World) and a 61% winning percentage over the last 10 years.
Head Coach Jeff Dowling said “The athleticism and lacrosse IQ has been better than we had expected so far. It has been difficult to get the roster down to this point given the number of talented players. I am excited to see how they gel and respond to international competition in April. This is going to be a fun group of guys to watch as they prepare for the World Championship.”
Head Coach Jeff Dowling is joined by his stalwart Assistant Coach Clancy Almas, as defensive coordinator. Clancy has been with the Box team in this capacity since the 2015 World Championships, competing in 4 events. Clancy has also been a part of Ireland’s U20 field team as an assistant coach. Caitlin Armstrong returns as the team’s Athletic Therapist. Caitlin has been the team AT since 2015 and has also worked with other Irish National teams. Newcomers to the bench are Assistant Coach Sean Gillies (offensive coordinator) and Assistant Coach Ben Snider, who is also a capped member of the Irish National Box team.