July 3, 2012
Two of Siena Lacrosse's recent greats squared off on the world stage Saturday. Current Saint Colin Clive '14 and England defeated former Saint Matt Walsh '06 and Ireland 15-5 to capture the 2012 European Lacrosse Championship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
"This whole month has been one of the best experiences I've ever had," said Clive. "Playing against a fellow Saint in Matt and getting to represent my father's country was an incredible feeling."
Clive tallied a hat trick in the championship game and finished with 17 goals for the tournament in leading England to a perfect 8-0 record. The English dominated the opposition, outscoring their opponents 119-40 in winning their eighth European Championship in nine tries.
After a 0-3 start and facing elimination, Walsh and Ireland rebounded to win five straight games to advance to the championship. Walsh tallied 14 goals during the tournament as Ireland's second place finish was the nations best ever in the European Championships.
"It was an incredible experience representing Ireland and I am immensely proud of our achievement in coming home with the silver medal," said Walsh. "Although Colin and England got the better of us in the championship game, it was great to play against a fellow Saint on the international stage."
A total of 17 nations competed in the 10-day event which ran from June 20-30 and were held at Amsterdamse Bos. The European Lacrosse Championships have been held since 1995 to determine the continent's top team. Before 2002, the championships were held annually (with the exception of 1998 because of the World Championships) and since have been held every four years. To be eligible to participate in the championships, one must be a citizen of the country they are representing or the child of a citizen.
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 as well as a three-time All-MAAC selection.
A rising junior, Clive was the 2011 MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading the Saints to the conference championship as a freshman. In his first two seasons, Clive has tallied 53 goals for the Saints and this spring ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 31 goals and six assists.