Ireland’s excellent performance continued yesterday as they ran out 12 – 10 winners against New Zealand in a tense encounter in Denver, Colorado at the World Lacrosse Championships.
Ireland once again got off to a flying start but New Zealand refused to lie down and fought back strongly after a second quarter which saw them on the wrong end of a 8-3 scoreline. Mike McTernan kick-started Irelands first half surge with an spinning jumpshot with the scores at 2-2 and from there, they steadily racked up the scores which would prove the difference between the 2 teams despite New Zealand’s second half fight back.
Kris Prior once again put in a great performance in what has been a great tournament for him. Other notable performers included Kris Prior, Tom Riley and Mike Shea who each finished with 2 goals apiece. In the Ireland goal, Connor Sweeney repelled the New Zealanders time and again but it was Mike McTernan who won The Physio Company’s MVP award after netting on 4 occasions for the Irish and for a strong overall performance.
The tournament draws to a close tomorrow for the Irish when they take on Germany at 5 pm Denver time in the 9th place decider. Ireland have so far won 6 out of their 7 games and will be looking to go out on a high tomorrow against a German team who are 5 from 7.