Siena Laxers to Meet in European Championships

Matt Walsh will represent Ireland in this year's European Lacrosse Championships

June 15, 2012

Former Siena lacrosse player Matt Walsh '06, and current Saint Colin Clive '14 will square off against each other in the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships June 20-30 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Walsh will play for the Republic of Ireland, while Clive while suit up for favorite England.

Wlash (Northport, N.Y./Northport) helped Ireland to a 6-1 record in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships from July 15-24 in Manchester, England.

"It was an incredible experience playing for Ireland in the 2010 World Games, and once again I am extremely proud to represent them in this year's European Championship," Walsh said. "Having lived in Ireland for a number of years, it has been great watching the game evolve and grow, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of that process. This year's tournament will be difficult, with a number of our opponents bringing very strong squads, but it will be a lot of fun as well."

Walsh played for Siena from 2003-06, and ranks ninth on the school's all-time scoring list with 144 points. He was the first Scholar All-American in program history, and is a three-time All-MAAC selection.

Clive has played in all 32 games in his first two years with the Saints, tallying 53 goals and 10 assists. He was fourth on the Saints in scoring in 2012, registering 31 goals and six assists.

Colin Clive

Walsh and Clive will face each other June 21st in both nations' first game of the Championship. Germany, The Netherlands, Finland and Sweden are also grouped together, as the top 6 ranked nations in Europe are pooled together initially.

England is the defending champion, having beaten The Netherlands in the 2008 final. They are heavily favored to repeat.