COLCHESTER, Vt. - For the second time in three years, Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse alumnus Taylor Wallace '17 (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) will play in a tournament as a member of the Ireland National Lacrosse Team, this time competing in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships next month in Netanya, Israel.
Wallace was Ireland's second-leading scorer at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Gödöllő, Hungary. Wallace, who has dual citizenship, helped Ireland take 11th among 24 countries, totaling 14 goals and 17 points in eight games. A Saint Michael's captain during his senior season of 2017, the midfielder collected 21 goals and 30 points during 54 contests as an undergraduate.
Ireland will field a 23-man roster at the championship, which runs from July 12 to 21 and will include an all-time-high 46 squads. The Irish face China on July 12 at 9:30 a.m. local time and Denmark two days later at 3:15 p.m., both at Wingate Institute. Play-ins begin on July 15. The July 19 semifinals and July 20 bronze medal game will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the July 21 championship tilt will be carried on ESPN2. More than 160 other matchups will be available through ESPN+. Fans familiar with ESPN's lacrosse coverage will recognize Anish Shroff and Chris Cotter on play-by-play with analysts Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra.
Ireland was 10th out of 38 teams at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, its third straight top-10 finish after a 13th-place debut in 2002. Alumnus Taylor Smoke '09 competed for the Iroquois Nationals during the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, helping them take bronze. The Iroquois have not yet released their roster for the 2018 championship.
Wallace, who represented Ireland at tournaments in the Czech Republic and England this spring, helped Ireland go 5-3 and take 11th at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships, including 3-2 during pool play for a third-place finish among its six-team group. In the quarterfinals, Wallace scored twice in a 15-5 victory over Poland before adding his third hat trick in a 17-12 setback to Latvia in the semifinals. During the 11th-place game, Wallace netted a pair to help Ireland down Norway, 10-7, and gain a measure of revenge versus a squad it lost to in pool play.
Wallace has remained involved in lacrosse in Ireland since last summer, both playing and coaching abroad. He was the University of Manchester women's 1st team head coach this past year, leading the squad to a British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier North championship with two decisive postseason victories over the University of St Andrews. Wallace also works and plays for Timperley Lacrosse Club.