Scotland squeaks past Israel women’s lacrosse team in overtime

Israel's Lauren Dykstra in action against Scotland on Friday, July 19th.

Israel’s Lauren Dykstra in action against Scotland on Friday, July 19th.

OSHAWA, CANADA — The Israel women’s national lacrosse team was defeated by No. 8 Scotland, 9-7, in an overtime thriller that spanned multiple fields of the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex.

Thunderstorms disrupted an already exciting scene midway through the extra period, forcing a 20-minute delay as tournament hosts quickly prepared the indoor pavilion for the final 3:03 of the match.

As rain pounded down on the top of the pavilion, action continued on the pitch. Ali Curwin’s shot with one minute left in overtime hit the pipe, and Scotland was able to stall out the remaining time, scoring an empty-net goal with nine seconds left for the two-goal advantage.

The Israel and Haudenosaunee women's national lacrosse teams exchanged gifts on Friday evening before sundown.  The two teams are optimistic they will meet in a "friendly" exhibition match in the Fall.

The Israel and Haudenosaunee women’s national lacrosse teams exchanged gifts on Friday evening before sundown. The two teams are optimistic they will meet in a “friendly” exhibition match in the Fall.

The match was the first of two scheduled in the consolation round which will determine the 5th through 8th world rankings. Scotland (6-2) will meet Wales (1-5) for fifth place, while Israel (5-4) has accepted a forfeit to Haudenosaunee (6-3) for the seventh place match which was scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 AM.

“The Haudenosaunee Nation women’s lacrosse team respects Israel’s right to stand up for what they believe in and we wish them all the best with their program,” said Haudenosaunee Chair Kathy Smith. “We understand the importance of national identity and are respectful of the sacrifices the Israelis’ are willing to make to uphold what is important to them. We are optimistic we will have the opportunity to play against Israel in a friendly game in the near future.”

The teams met to exchange gifts before sundown on Friday evening, and several Haudenosaunee coaches and players attended a Shabbat service with the Israel women.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Haudenosaunee team and nation, the Federation of International Lacrosse, and the host committee in Oshawa for their respect and understanding of our decision to forfeit our final match,” said Israel Lacrosse Association executive director Scott Neiss. “While we were optimistic for a different result, our team and staff have been overwhelmed by the encouragement and affection we received this week from our supporters in Israel and the diaspora, especially the local Canadian Jewish community. We are so proud of our players who represented the State of Israel with pride, passion and purpose both on and off the field. We are encouraged we will have a healthy dialogue with the FIL regarding this issue ahead of the 2014 men’s world championship.”

The Israel and Haudenosaunee teams will be holding discussions to play an exhibition match this Fall.

With under 15 minutes remaining, the blue-and-white rallied from a 6-3 deficit to force overtime. Sam Ellis bursted through the defense and scored the equalizer with just 25 seconds left in regulation.

Scotland’s Alisa Stott scored what would be the game-winner on a free position shot 55 seconds into the extra period, before the skies opened.

The match was a physical one, wih seven yellow cards called. Israel defeated what appears to be their new rivals earlier in the tournament, 13-6, in pool play.

Jenna Block (two goals, two assists), Curwin (two goals), Kim Dubansky (two goals), Ellis (one goal, one assist) and Sarah Meisenberg (one assist) contributed on offense for the Israelis.

Goalkeeper Julia Szafman (66:00, 9 saves, 9 GA) played stellar in between the pipes but was credited the loss.

Stott (three goals, one assist) was named Player of the Match for Scotland. Eleanor Bygroves (two goals), Olivia Grant (two goals), Julia Paterson (one goal) and Catriona Thomson (one goal) scored for the Scots. Emma Economou (30:00, 3 saves, 3 GA) and Chloe Hunt (36:00, 5 saves, 4 GA) split time in goal; Hunt was credited the win.

Official Boxscore to come shortly

Playoff schedule

First round – Wednesday, July 17th
Scotland 13, Japan 12
Israel 12, New Zealand 9
Wales 21, Austria 0
Haudenosaunee 19, Ireland 3

Quarterfinals – Thursday, July 18th
USA 20, Haudenosaunee 1
England 10, Wales 0
Canada 17, Israel 5
Australia 26, Scotland 2

Friday, July 19th
Semifinals

USA 21, England 8
Canada 11, Australia 7
Consolation Bracket (5th through 8th place)
Wales 15, Haudenosaunee 14
Scotland 9, Israel 7 (OT)

Saturday, July 20th
7th Place Game

Haudenosaunee 1, Israel 0
5th Place Game
10:00 AM – #5 Wales vs #11 Scotland
Bronze Medal Game
12:30 PM – #3 Australia vs #4 England
Gold Medal Game
3:00 PM – #1 USA vs #2 Canada

Key Links
-Team Roster
-World Cup Website
-Live streaming (PPV)
-Player blogs: Dubansky | Greenberg | Procida | Ribon | Tenenbaum

Schedule / Results (number listed is current world ranking)
Tue, Jul 9 – Israel vs #13 Netherlands (scrimmage; W, 12-1)
Thu, Jul 11 – Israel vs #10 Germany (pool play; W, 15-6)
Fri, Jul 12 – Israel vs #8 Scotland (pool play; W, 13-6)
Sun, Jul 14 – Israel vs #16 South Korea (pool play; W, 19-2)
Mon, Jul 15 – Israel vs Hong Kong (crossover; W, 19-4)
Tue, Jul 16 – Israel vs. #7 Japan (crossover; L, 12-11 OT)
Wed, Jul 17 – Israel vs. #12 New Zealand (first round playoff; W, 12-9)
Thu, Jul 18 – Israel vs. #3 Canada (quarterfinals; L, 17-5)
Fri, Jul 19 – Israel vs. #8 Scotland (consolation bracket; L, 9-7 OT)
Sat, Jul 20 – Israel vs. #11 Haudenosaunee (7th place match; L, 1-0)

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