Showing posts from January, 2019

Irish take aim at top four

Eighth, seventh and sixth place – those are the finishes for Team Ireland, working backwards, from the previous three FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Based on those three results, the natural conclusion would be that the team finishes fifth this September when the quadrennial championship is held at Langley Events Centre. Head coach Jeff Dowling has the bar slightly higher, however, with a goal to make the medal round and finish top four. “We were pretty close last time and the guys are ready to take the next step and that is what we really want to accomplish, we want to try and get into the medal round,” Dowling said. The coach, who lives in Ancaster, Ontario and has Irish roots through his great-grandfather, is back behind the bench for a fourth time, coaching the team at all three of their WILC appearances (2007, 2011 and 2015) as well as the European Box Lacrosse Championship (2017) when the team placed third. Between the 2015 and 2017 squads, Dowling figu

Styres, Kilgour set to lead Iroquois Nationals

photo courtesy of Larry Palumbo Coyote Magic Action Shots The men tasked with leading the Iroquois Nationals at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championship are now in place. Curt Styres will serve as general manager of the team while Rich Kilgour returns as head coach. Kilgour was behind the bench in 2015 when the Iroquois Nationals finished second to Canada, falling 12-8 in the Championship Final. “Bringing him back on board lets him finish the job he started back in 2015,” explained Ansley Jemison, Executive Director of Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse. “He brought a level of professionalism to the team and a level of expectations. I think he did a great job with the tools we gave him to be successful.” The team went 4-2 at the Championship, with both losses coming at the hands of Canada. This also marked the fifth consecutive time Iroquois Nationals and Canada played in the final with Canada prevailing each time. “I was hoping I w