Shane McDonough, a sophomore at Providence Country Day High School, was recently selected to the Iroquois National Development team for lacrosse. This is a brand-new program that is led by Mark “Red” Burnham, who coaches the Iroquois Nationals program.
McDonough, who is an Algonquin Native American, has been one of the top players on the PCD program during his time on the team, and was named All-Conference as a freshman with 27 goals and 19 assists. McDonough was named a team captain prior to the start of the 2019 spring season.
McDonough is excited for the opportunity to represent his Native American culture while playing the game that he loves.
“It’s awesome, I love playing lacrosse in the first place, so to be able to play it at such a high level and represent my culture and heritage is unbelievable,” said McDonough.
The Iroquois National Development Team’s goal is to continue to build a strong Nationals team from the ground up through a consistent feeder system, while also promoting top-level competition, academic success, and pride within its players and culture. The Iroquois are the originators of lacrosse, and are currently the only indigenous people authorized to play a sport internationally under their own flag.
McDonough has received plenty of support from his family throughout the process, and looks forward to testing his metal against some of the best players throughout the country, as he is the only Rhode Islander to be invited to the team.
“I get a lot of support from my family, they have always been there for me so it’s cool to accomplish something like this with them right there with me,” said McDonough. “I think it’s going to be pretty strong competition, but that’s what I like. I like going up against the best and measuring myself up to see where I am against them.”
McDonough is also embracing the opportunity to expand his game, and develop into an even better player with some of the best coaches in the country.
“It’s going to be incredible. I know that we have a lot of great coaches, coaches that understand what the game means to my people,” said McDonough. “I’m really excited for it.