2014 Men’s National Team Schedule AnnouncedTEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel men’s national lacrosse team has its’ draw for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships.
The blue and white will make their World Championship debut against #10 Sweden on July 11th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver, Colorado. Although the Israeli program has made major strides since its’ 8th-place finish in the 2012 European Championships, Sweden, who won bronze in Europe, is a tough opening game. The two teams have never met.
Israel also drew pool play matches against #17 Slovakia on July 12th and #25 South Korea on July 13th. Israel is 1-0 all-time against Slovakia, earning an 11-8 win at the European Championships. Israel and South Korea have never met.
Should the Israelis prevail in the four-team “Orange” pool, they’ll earn a staggered position in the 12-team World Championship playoffs. #1 USA, and #2 Canada, who together own all 11 previous gold medals, are expected to earn triple-byes to the semifinals, while two other powerhouses will be granted double-byes to the quarterfinals.
With 38 teams competing for gold, there is little margin for error. A single loss at any point in the tournament likely eliminates a “play in” team such as Israel, who must win five consecutive playoff games to take home gold.
If eliminated, Israel would still play consolation matches through July 18th to determine final position.
The blue-and-white’s training schedule, which is highlighted by a March 16th friendly against #9 Ireland in Bayville, NY, is still under development.
In conjunction with Taglit-Birthright, Israel will compete in a three-game national tour against a US all-star team in June. Games are expected to be held in Ashkelon, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Israel will also acquaint themselves with the Colorado altitude in July, through their participation in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
Sat, Mar 15 at 8:00 PM – Israel vs. NY Lacrosse Club
Sun, Mar 16 at 2:00 PM – Israel vs. #9 Ireland
Sun, Apr 13 at 2:00 PM – Israel vs. New York Lizards
**Additional exhibition games TBD (June 15-25) at Taglit-Birthright tour, Israel
**Additional exhibition games TBD (Jul 3-6) at Vail Lacrosse Shootout
2014 World Championship
Fri, Jul 11 at 11:30 AM – Israel vs. #10 Sweden (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 at 8:32 PM – Israel vs. #17 Slovakia (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 at 11:30 AM – Israel vs. #25 South Korea (pool play)
**Playoffs begin on July 14th