DUBLIN, Ireland – Head coach Meghan Smith of the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team has been selected as an assistant coach for Ireland's U19 women's national team that will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championships, as announced on Tuesday.
Smith will be part of the first Irish team to compete at the event, which will be held in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in August of 2019. Team Ireland will be led by Eileen Ghent, the head coach at Division I Monmouth University. Joining Smith as assistants will be Aisling Casey, the head coach at University College Dublin, and Mikaela Rix of Garden City (N.Y.) Rams Lacrosse Club.
"I am so honored and excited to be a part of Ireland Lacrosse and the inaugural U19 national team," Smith said of the opportunity. "The sport of lacrosse has given me so many great opportunities and I am really looking forward to helping grow the sport at the international level."
According to Smith, the Irish team will hold regional tryouts both in the United States (Boston and New York) and Ireland in the summer and fall of 2018 and will hold a training camp in July 2019 during the buildup to the U19 World Championships.
Smith recently completed her second season at Saint Anselm and has led the Hawks to 13 wins, including 10 in the highly-competitive Northeast-10 Conference. Over her two seasons, Smith has coached seven All-NE10 selections and a pair of IWLCA All-North Region picks.
Ireland Lacrosse was formed to develop the sport of lacrosse throughout the island of Ireland for both men and women at all levels from youth to adult and oversees, manages and supports the Irish national teams.
"Ireland Lacrosse has done a great job promoting the sport throughout Ireland and I think the addition of a U19 national team will really allow us to grow the game further at the youth level," added Smith. "I am so grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to get started working with such a passionate group of people."
The men's national lacrosse team dates back to 1877, while the women's team was established in 1930 and was active until 1970. More recently, the senior men's national team re-emerged in 2001 and the women did so in 2005. The 2016 U19 men's national team was the country's first under-age national team, while Smith will be part of the first-ever women's U19 national squad in 2019.
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