BANNER ELK, NC - A pair of Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse players recently competed in the 2008 Under 19 Men's Lacrosse World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada representing their home country England. Rising sophomore Eddy Dolan (Manchester, England) and incoming freshman Danny Ives (Cheadle, England) guided Team England to a fourth place finish in the Championships, falling 19-10 in the Bronze Medal Game to the Iroquois Nationals.
After opening round robin play with a convincing 24-5 win over Japan, Dolan, Ives and their teammates faced off against Canada, falling 26-7 to the host country. England would respond with a hard fought 12-11 win over Australia and another strong showing against Iroquois but fell short 21-16. In their final round robin contest, Team England would prove no match for the heavily favored United States squad, losing 24-4 to finish round robin play with a 2-3 record.
England opened the elimination round with a 16-2 drubbing of Germany, setting up a rematch with the powerful United States squad in the medal round. After falling 25-4 to the United States, the team awaited the results of the second semi final between Canada and Iroquois, a game which the host team won 23-12.
"We are extremely proud of both Eddy and Danny to have earned such an opportunity to represent their country," stated Head Coach Mat Edmunds '02, a four time member of Team England himself. "They may not have won a medal, however from all accounts the team played with determination and integrity, surprising many by earning a berth in the medal round. I am confident that the both of them, as well as the rest of their teammates, represented their country, their families and their clubs with the utmost pride and respect."
After starting all 13 games as a freshman long stick defensive midfielder, Dolan performed the same role with Team England, appearing in all eight games, registering one goal. During his freshman campaign as a Bobcat, Dolan recorded a pair of goals and an assist while tying for the team lead in ground balls with 45. Ives will matriculate at Lees-McRae this fall where he will look to push for time at attack. Ives also saw action in all eight games during the Championships, finishing third in team scoring with 13 goals and an assist.
The Bobcats welcome 14 freshman and return 21 letter winners this fall and will look to improve on their 3-10 season in 2008. With much of the roster gaining valuable experience during their freshman and sophomore campaigns, the Bobcats have high expectations entering 2009.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Eddy Dolan
PICTURED BELOW: Dolan in action during the 2008 season