WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior men's lacrosse goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) will represent Ireland in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship in Manchester, England in July, while Holy Cross graduate, and former Crusader lacrosse player and assistant coach Jim Carboneau (Class of 1974), will serve as a referee at the championship.
"We are very proud that Holy Cross will be represented by two fine people at the World Championship," said Holy Cross head men's lacrosse coach Adam Pascal. "Connor has been working hard in the goal and in the weight room to become a better goaltender. He brings great intangibles to the field and we are very proud of this honor. Connor has been successful at every level he's played so we all expect him to do fine against the world's best. Jim is a decorated official and a great representative of New England officials and lacrosse. It's great because he comes back for alumni games and his reunions, as he has kept involved in Holy Cross. I have known him since high school when he was officiating my games so he has definitely seen a lot of lacrosse."
Sweeney, who has dual citizenship, is one of 23 members of the Irish team selected from a pool of more than 80 candidates that participated in selection camps in Ireland and New York. The full squad assembled for a weekend mini-camp and fund-raising event in Dublin in early January. Sweeney, who was an alternate in 2006, is very excited to be competing against the best players in the world. "Playing against the best competition in the world is pretty appealing to me," said Sweeney. "But also I'm going to be with a bunch of great guys experiencing different cultures."
Sweeney, who is expected to be the starter this year for the Crusaders, is also excited for the upcoming season. "We have been working hard this year and we have a lot of talent coming back," said Sweeney. "We have a lot of newcomers who will look to earn time right away and we should definitely be competitive."
Carboneau, who is currently the Athletic Director at Holliston High School in Holliston, Mass., has been reffing since graduating from Holy Cross and recently received his 35 year pin. "I am proud to be selected and am looking forward to Manchester," said Carboneau. "Officiating has kept me involved in the game I love. Going to the world games is a great honor. It is a validation of everything you work for and is the culmination of my career."
The Crusaders kick off the 2010 season when they play at St. John's on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Holy Cross returns nine of 10 starters and 27 letterwinners from last season.