Israel will hold tryouts for the 2015 European Championship squad this February in Ashkelon, Israel.

Israel will hold tryouts for the 2015 European Championship squad this February in Ashkelon, Israel.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Kelsey MacDonald has been named head coach of the Israel women’s national team which will compete at the 2015 European Lacrosse Championships, held in Nymburk, Czech Republic, from August 6-16.

MacDonald joins the blue-and-white after spending four seasons as head coach at Fort Lewis College, where she inherited a program in 2010 that had won just one game in its first two seasons (1-18). Under MacDonald’s guidance, the program amassed a 31-29 record, including its’ most successful season in the program’s six-year history in 2014, with a 10-7 record, finishing runner-up in the inaugural Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

“Kelsey brings a great passion for the game and an energy that will benefit not just our Euro team, but our entire program,” said Israel women’s committee chair Katie Mazer, who led the coaching search. “Her past experience and commitment to the development of the sport is strongly aligned with our mission to grow the game in Israel. We’re very excited to welcome Kelsey to Israel.”

MacDonald, who is a native of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, will be relocating to Israel in January to begin the team selection process.

MacDonald, who is a native of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, will be relocating to Israel in January to begin the team selection process.

MacDonald, who is a native of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, will be relocating to Israel in January to begin the team selection process. Formal tryouts for the 18-player squad are expected to be held in early February, in Asheklon, Israel, and the team will practice 3-4 times weekly in preparation for EC15. Per national policy, Israel’s European Championship squads will be composed of only Israel-based players.

“Kelsey is a very bright and successful coach,” added Lauren Paul Norris, who serves as head coach for Israel’s world team. “I am so excited that she will be joining the organization, and helping us grow lacrosse in Israel. We are very lucky to have someone of her caliber working with our athletes, and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

In addition to her coaching experience at Fort Lewis, MacDonald served as director for the Durango Youth Girls Lacrosse program. In the summer of 2012, she coached the Durangatangs, Durango’s high school’s club team, to their first ever Vail Shootout appearance. The Durangatangs were honored by a players’ All-Tournament selection and the coaching staffs’ US Lacrosse “Keepers of Lacrosse” award.

Before her time at Fort Lewis, MacDonald served as an assistant coach, and as interim head coach, at Wellesley College for two seasons, and an assistant and strength and conditioning coach at her alma mater, Plymouth State (N.H.) University, for one year. A four-year starter at Plymouth State in both lacrosse and soccer, MacDonald still holds the NCAA Division III record for ground balls (387), and is a member of the Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Israel’s women’s squad made their international debut at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, finished with a 5-3 record, including statement wins over #6 Scotland and #12 Germany in pool play, as well as a victory over #10 New Zealand in the playoffs. The finish earned the blue-and-white a #8 world ranking, good for fourth in Europe behind #4 England, #5 Wales and #6 Scotland.

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L-to-R:   Israel Lacrosse executive director Scott Neiss, youth lacrosse associates Cole McCormack and Daniel Leventhal, and Netanya program directors Jacob Silberlicht and Moran Sasson.

L-to-R: Israel Lacrosse executive director Scott Neiss, youth lacrosse associates Cole McCormack and Daniel Leventhal, and Netanya program directors Jacob Silberlicht and Moran Sasson.

The Israel Lacrosse Association has opened a new ancillary headquarters in the city of Netanya, located at Trumpeldor 17. Israel’s third “Lacrosse Embassy” — two others exist in Ashkelon and Tel Aviv — will serve as the administrative home for all lacrosse operations in Israel’s north, as well as a distribution center for the cities’ growing lacrosse equipment needs, and ample social space for members of the Israel Lacrosse Community.

The Israel Lacrosse Association is also happy to provide complimentary short-term housing for players, coaches, referees, and other visitors who are dedicating a trip to the Jewish State to spread the sport of lacrosse.

We would like to thank all of our supporters who have made the opening of Netanya’s “Lacrosse Embassy” and the continued growth of the sport of lacrosse in Israel possible.

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Israel's Jacob Silberlicht (right) and Noach Miller, along with others, will be making the 5,500-mile trip from Tel Aviv to take on Harvard and Boston University.

Israel’s Jacob Silberlicht (right) and Noach Miller, along with others, will be making the 5,500-mile trip from Tel Aviv to take on Harvard and Boston University.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel men’s national lacrosse team will visit Boston next month, with a pair of exhibition games against Harvard University and Boston University highlighting the October 17-19 event.

The weekend, which also features the blue-and-white’s Women’s Elite Team, plus girls and boys U-19, U-15 and Masters teams representing Israel, is being held in support of the launch of youth lacrosse programs in Haifa, which is Boston’s sister city in the Jewish State.

Team Israel players and coaches will kick off the weekend by joining the local community for a special Shabbat Dinner and Banquet at the JCC of Greater Boston in Newton, MA, on Friday evening the 17th. The family event will feature special guest speakers, video montages, and a huge array of items available via silent auction.

Israel, which recently earned a No. 7 world ranking following their quarterfinal appearance in the quadrennial FIL World Lacrosse Championships, is expected to have the core of their World Team in Boston — including players such as Seth Mahler, Noach Miller and Jacob Silberlicht, who will be making the 5,500-mile trip from Tel Aviv to Beantown.

Harvard is coming off a banner year in which it captured the program’s first Ivy League championship in 24 years and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson return 28 letterwinners from last season’s squad.

Boston University begins its’ second varsity season this Spring; the squad impressed in their debut season of Patriot League play in 2014, with almost entirely Freshmen on their roster, securing wins over Lafayette and Holy Cross.

Israel Lacrosse Boston Showcase Schedule

Friday, October 17th
7:00 PM – Team Israel Shabbat Dinner/Banquet (JCC of Greater Boston)

Saturday, October 18th
6:00 PM – Israel (40+) vs. Atlantic Sportswear (Soldier Turf at Harvard University)
7:00 PM – Israel (Women) vs. Smith College (Soldier Turf at Harvard University)
8:00 PM – Israel (Men) vs. Harvard University (Soldier Field at Harvard University)

Sunday, October 19th
8:00 AM – Israel (U-15 Girls) vs. Laxachusetts (New Balance Field at BU)
9:00 AM – Israel (U-19 Women) vs. Brandeis University (New Balance Field at BU)
10:30 AM – Israel (U-19 Men) vs. Laxachusetts (New Balance Field at BU)
12:00 PM – Israel (U-15 Boys) vs. Laxachusetts (New Balance Field at BU)
12:00 PM – Free Youth Clinic (Nickerson Field at BU)
2:00 PM – Israel (Men) vs. Boston University (Nickerson Field at BU)

Links & More Information
-Player Registration Form
-Friday Night Shabbat Banquet Flyer (PDF)
-Event Sponsorship (PDF)

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Israel's Ari Sussman and Benjamin Smith were named to the FIL President's Team for their performance at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.

Israel’s Ari Sussman and Benjamin Smith were named to the FIL President’s Team for their performance at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.

Israel defender Benjamin Smith and forward Ari Sussman were honored for being named to the FIL President’s Team by Jack Emmer, who serves as the Director of Men’s Lacrosse for the Federation of International Lacrosse, at a ceremony prior to the Gold Medal Game at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships on July 19th.

Smith and Sussman helped Israel achieve a No. 7 world ranking in its’ first-ever World Championship event.

The President’s Team consists of the top 10 players in the World Championships who competed for non-Blue Division nations.

Other nations to receive President’s Team representation include 6th-ranked Scotland (4), 10th-ranked Ireland (1), 11th-ranked Sweden (1), 14th-ranked Czech Republic (1) and 16th-ranked Netherlands (1).

Israel's Ari Sussman and Benjamin Smith were named to the FIL President's Team for their performance at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.

Israel’s Ari Sussman and Benjamin Smith were named to the FIL President’s Team for their performance at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.

Sussman led the tournament in scoring with 42 points (27 goals, 15 assists), while Israel led the world in offense, scoring 120 goals in eight games, the most since USA scored 123 goals in the 2006 World Championships.

Smith played tenacious defense as well as faceoff wing play as a long stick midfielder, while adding eight goals and one assist on the offensive end of the field. Israel allowed an average of just 5.9 goals against in eight games.

To read more about the FIL President’s Award, visit the FIL website.

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Israel's Noach Miller was recognized for not only his contributions to the game, but his efforts to help bridge divided communities in the Middle East.

Israel’s Noach Miller was recognized for not only his contributions to the game, but his efforts to help bridge divided communities in the Middle East.

Israel forward Noach Miller was presented the Spirit of Lacrosse award by Tom Hayes, who serves as the Director of Development for the Federation of International Lacrosse, at a ceremony prior to the Gold Medal Game at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships on July 19th.

The award is presented to a member of each country for their contributions behind the scenes, with the criteria to include sportsmanship, dedication, leadership and contributions to the game.

Miller, who moved to Israel in June of 2013, was recognized for his efforts to utilize lacrosse as a platform to build bridges between divided communities in the region. Miller formed, and actively coaches a co-existance team in Jaffa, an Arab neighborhood of Tel Aviv, with Jewish and Arab children playing together on the same team.

Miller is presented the FIL Spirit of Lacrosse Award at a ceremony at Dick's Sporting Goods Park near Denver, Colorado.

Miller is presented the FIL Spirit of Lacrosse Award at a ceremony at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver, Colorado.

“I used the example of a lacrosse program as a way to combine your passion for doing good in the world,” Miller told Andrew Dawson of Inside Lacrosse last month. “In my case, passion for lacrosse to really go after something that’s really vision guided, passion powered and action oriented.”

To read more about the Spirit of the Stick award, visit the FIL website.

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Israel's World Indoor program -- also known as the

Israel’s World Indoor program — also known as the “box” team, in reference to the hockey-style board enclosure which contains the playing surface — will train in April in Netanya, Israel, and Radotin, Czech Republic.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced tryout dates for the men’s national team which will compete at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, held at Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse, N.Y., and First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., in September of 2015.

The team’s roster will be composed of mostly Israeli players, as well as several Jewish players from abroad, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

The tryout will be held October 10-12, 2014, at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. Two open sessions will be held on Friday, followed by invitation-only scrimmages on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“We’re very excited to begin the indoor phase of our program,” said Israel associate head coach Brad MacArthur, who also served as a scout for the blue-and-white’s field program at the recent FIL World Championships in Denver. “We expect to follow in the footsteps of our successes at the field championships. Exposing our players to the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre allows us the opportunity to work and train in a world class facility, which will be a building block of success for 2015.”

Players interested in participating in the tryout should fill out an Israel Player Pool Registration at:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dHJYdVBIQVQ1eHZ4ZjJ3aUdNSlVVV3c6MQ#gid=0

Israel's Alec Aloni had a breakout performance for Tel Aviv at the 2014 Aleš Hřebeský Memorial.

Israel’s Alec Aloni had a breakout performance for Tel Aviv at the 2014 Aleš Hřebeský Memorial.

Following team selection, the blue-and-white will train from April 16-25, 2015 at Poleg Sportek in Netanya, Israel, as well as at the Aleš Hřebeský Memorial in Radotin, Czech Republic.

WILC2015 will mark Israel’s debut in world indoor competition; the blue-and-white recently finished seventh in the 2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships.

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Ashkelon's Benor Buniel in action for Team Baltimore at the JCC Maccabi Games.

Ashkelon’s Benor Buniel in action for Team Baltimore at the JCC Maccabi Games.

CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY — When Team Baltimore defeated Ft. Lauderdale in a championship overtime thriller at the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games, the celebration was a familiar sight. Helmets were tossed, sticks were thrown, and the fans of the victors rushed the field.
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But something was different this time. At the bottom of the dogpile that culminated at midfield, there weren’t just Baltimore fans and players, there were two young Israeli athletes joining them.

Tel Aviv's Mor Cohen in action for South Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games.

Tel Aviv’s Mor Cohen in action for South Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games.

Ashkelon natives Benor Buniel and Yotam Drori became the first Israeli athletes to win a gold medal in lacrosse at the Maccabi Games — and along with Tel Aviv’s Mor Cohen and Ori Miron, who competed for the South Jersey squad — they also became the first Israelis to compete in the tournament.

The foursome were the inaugural recipients of the Daniel and Wendy Kraft Lacrosse Scholarship, which sponsors Israeli youth lacrosse players to travel abroad to improve both their lacrosse and English skills by attending high-level lacrosse camps and tournaments.

Yotam Drori poses on the team bus following his first career goal.

Yotam Drori poses on the team bus following his first career goal.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to come to the United States to play in the Maccabi Games,” said Drori, who, as a developmental player, was the youngest member of Israel’s 46-man men’s national team roster. “It’s been very fun to participate in an event that brings so many Jews together.”

Yotam Drori (right) celebrates after scoring his first career goal in a friendly against Latvia in Denver, Colorado.

Yotam Drori (right) celebrates after scoring his first career goal in a friendly against Latvia in Denver, Colorado.

Buniel and Drori had quite the summer, seeing action for Team Israel in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout and exhibition matches against top-25 ranked nations such as Latvia, Netherlands and Turkey. While they did not make Israel’s final 23-man roster, they got a front row seat during the championships, manning the blue-and-white sidelines and getting a taste of international competion.

The duo, who received private instruction and met lacrosse royalty such as the Iroquois’ Thompson brothers, and Team USA’s Paul Rabil, are expected to compete for Israel in the 2016 FIL U-19 World Championships in Coquitlam, Canada.

Ashkelon's Benor Buniel poses with Team USA star Paul Rabil at the Baltimore airport.

Ashkelon’s Benor Buniel poses with Team USA star Paul Rabil at the Baltimore airport.

After the Championships, the Ashkelon boys traveled to Baltimore, widely regarded as the “lacrosse capital” of the world, where were mentored by Slade and Jory Parson. They immediately began practicing with their new teammates, and were generously scholarshipped by All-American Steele Stanwick to attend Stanwick Lacrosse Camp in Baltimore.

Cohen and Miron, who compete on a co-existence team in Tel Aviv, had a similar experience, where they were mentored by Mitchell and Jonathan Bradbury of New Rochelle, NY. Drew Wendell of Gargoyle Lacrosse Camp — which employs a staff of top quality coaches and players — generously scholarshipped the two Tel Avivians, who also competed in local scrimmages in the area’s youth summer leagues, before departing for Cherry Hill.

“It was a great opportunity to play in America with Jewish lacrosse players,” said Cohen, who finished the Maccabi Games with two goals and five assists for South Jersey. “It was tough, but it was really fun, and I want to come back next year.”

Tel Aviv's Ori Miron in action for South Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games.

Tel Aviv’s Ori Miron in action for South Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games.

Miron also didn’t disappoint, racking up seven goals and three assists

“They are the quickest learners I’ve ever seen,” said Cherry Hill head coach Zack Simon. “They have ability so far beyond someone who has been playing this game less than a year. It’s incredible. It was an absolute pleasure having them.”

Matthew Cherry, who is joining the Israel Defense Forces this week, speaking to Maccabi Games athletes in Cherry Hill.

Matthew Cherry, who is joining the Israel Defense Forces this week, speaking to Maccabi Games athletes in Cherry Hill.

Beyond the Israeli players on the field, the Israel national team players conducted clinics, gave away prizes and Israel Lacrosse t-shirts, and spoke with each of the teams about how they can help the development of the game in the Jewish State, through equipment drives and mentorship programs.

“It was incredible to see the four boys competing at a high level here in the States,” said Ted Bergman, a Wesleyan University goalkeeper and Team Israel prospect who spent most of the summer on an internship with the Association in Ashkelon. “These kids have an unmatched passion for the game, and it was amazing to see these incredible young men compete with other lacrosse players their age.”

Seven developmental players -- Ashkelon's Benor Buniel and Yotam Drori, and their Baltimore hosts, Slade and Jory Parson, along with Tel Aviv's Mor Cohen and Ori Miron, and their New York host Jonathan Bradbury -- saw action for Israel in exhibition games against Greece and Philippines.

Seven developmental players — Ashkelon’s Benor Buniel and Yotam Drori, and their Baltimore hosts, Slade and Jory Parson, along with Tel Aviv’s Mor Cohen and Ori Miron, and their New York host Jonathan Bradbury — saw action for Israel in exhibition games against Greece and Philippines.

The highlight of the trip for the four young athletes may have been their final weekend, when they suited up for the blue-and-white in exhibition games against Philippines and Greece. Buniel recorded his first career goal for Israel, while all four gained valuable experience for the blue-and-white. Young prospects from their host families — Jory and Slade Parson from Baltimore, and Jonathan Bradbury from New Rochelle — had the opportunity to suit up as well, standing side-by-side with national team stars such as Adam Crystal, Kyle Bergman, Cody Levine, Harrison Freid, Matthew Opsahl and others.

Ori Miron and Mor Cohen, returning home to Tel Aviv with some of their Maccabi Games "swag".

Ori Miron and Mor Cohen, returning home to Tel Aviv with some of their Maccabi Games “swag”.

As the foursome head home to Israel this week, it’s clear this opportunity will stick with them forever. While the future months in Israel will certainly be challenging, these four young athletes will have a unique passion for this sport that they will undoubtedly share with their friends, family and neighbors back home.

While their summer spent in America may be coming to a close, their connection with the sport of lacrosse is just beginning.

–Ted Bergman/Israel Lacrosse Association

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Mark Greenberg serves on the Executive Board of the Israel Lacrosse Association.

Mark Greenberg serves on the Executive Board of the Israel Lacrosse Association.

Mark Greenberg wrote this letter on August 10, 2014, to the players, coaches, and staff of the 2014 World Team, reflecting on the journey towards and beyond this summer. We’ve asked him to share his words to the entire Israel Lacrosse community…

I have been waiting to write to all of you until the time came where I could decompress and try to step away from Israel Lacrosse. I realized that is not happening, at least not in the near future. So here I go trying to express my thanks and appreciation to all that were involved in our journey of reaching the World Games 2014 and they continuing of building our program.

When this started no one could have possibly imagined that we would have involved so many people and touched so many hearts and souls. But we have and everyone can take ownership in those accomplishments. Whether your ownership is small or large it has transformed your life as well as the lives of others.

There has been a brotherhood and sisterhood that has developed at every level of our organization. Lacrosse does that, Judiasm does that and Israel does that; naturally, as our family grows, we will continue that tradition.

There are relationships that have been created, and relationships that have been renewed. There have been passions that have been developed or stirred, in Eretz Israel and in the Diaspora. The smiles, and the dreams that are created, is a two-way street, when a player, a coach or a volunteer is teaching the lessons to a young athlete, a teenager, a boy or a girl — the life lessons that lacrosse has taught so many of us is continuing to be passed on.

When a donors contributions helps put a stick into the hands of a new player, or allows an athlete to take part in an international competition, the smiles and the dreams continue to expand our vision and our organization.

This process has been at all levels “selfless”; for all who participated, and that is because everyone has given back more then they have taken.

It is the consummate idea of “paying it forward”, from your time, money, compassion, ideas and knowledge.

As we move forward and continue to attack each hurdle with the passion that we have shown in the past, we all need to share our experiences with others. I have continued to meet with donors and organizations to share my story and the impact that it has made on my life. My story is about connecting all of my passions and helping to change peoples lives for the positive. To share my experiences so my life lessons can become yours.

To me the games are the culmination of all the relationships that we have forged. I remember the practices, tryouts, injuries, clinics and the late night meetings with the staff and with the players more then I remember the games.

Help us, our family to keep Israel Lacrosse on our course, to grow the dream to wear ISRAEL and the Star of David on our uniforms proudly and to grow the dream that we all have worked so hard to create.

My best to all, Am Yisrael Chai!!!
Mark Greenberg

Mark Greenberg led the Johns Hopkins defense in the 1970's.

Mark Greenberg led the Johns Hopkins defense in the 1970′s.

Mark Greenberg serves on the Executive Board of the Israel Lacrosse Association, but is better known as the Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the men’s national team which competed at the 2014 FIL World Championships.

Greenberg, a 1998 inductee of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, helped guide Johns Hopkins to perhaps the finest four-year period in school history as Hopkins posted a staggering 51-4 record during his career, winning three consecutive NCAA titles from 1978-80. A four-time All-American, Greenberg earned the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defenseman in 1979 and 1980. In addition, he was named the 1979 recipient of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, which is presented annually to the top player in the nation. Greenberg garnered All-World honors in helping the United States win gold at the 1982 World Championship. He joined Israel Lacrosse in 2012, shortly after its’ inception, and has been instrumental in building the organization from the ground up.

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Ashkelon native Benor Buniel in action against Philippines on Sunday.

Ashkelon native Benor Buniel in action against Philippines on Sunday.

HADDONFIELD, NEW JERSEY — The Israel men’s national lacrosse team held Philippines scoreless for the entire first half, en route to a 15-5 victory in exhibition action on Sunday at Haddonfield High School.

Ted Bergman (40:00, 6 saves, 0 GA) earned MVP honors for leading the first half shutout, manning the goal in front of world team defenders Adam Crystal, Harrison Freid and Chris Friedman.

The blue-and-white jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter, and led 11-0 at the half; Matthew Opsahl (two goals, two assists), Garrett Naimie (three goals) and Bradley Neumann (two goals, one assist) led Israel’s offense.

Developmental players Yotam Drori (one goal, one assist), Jordan Canter (one goal) and Jory Parson (one goal) cracked the scoresheet for Israel, while Cornell grad Cody Levine (two goals), Detroit-Mercy’s Alex Wilson (one goal) and Binghamton’s Jesse Parker (one goal) also contributed. Clark’s Jacob Reiner (40:00, 8 saves, 5 GA) was solid in net in the second half.

Randolph Clark (two goals), John Basilio (one goal), Eric Valero (one goal), Taylor Valencia (one goal) and Vincente Rosette (one assist) were responsible for the Philippines offense; Bryan Contreras (40:00, 7 saves, 11 GA) and Rowen Diano (40:00, 1 save, 5 GA) split time in goal; Contreras was dealt the loss.

Israel, which recently earned a No. 7 world ranking following their quarterfinal appearance in the quadrennial FIL World Lacrosse Championships, has tentatively booked an aggressive exhibition schedule with upcoming events in the Boston and Toronto areas this October.

Saturday recap: Israel 15, Greece 8

PITTMAN, NEW JERSEY — Team Israel powered past the upstart Greece men’s national lacrosse team, 15-8, in exhibition action at Total Turf Experience on Saturday night.

Binghamton’s Jesse Parker (three goals, one assist) and Hobart’s Matthew Opsahl (two goals, two assists) led Israel, while Dickinson’s Kobi Frankel (one goal, two assists) and Drexel alum Kyle Bergman (two goals) also contributed offensively.

Israel led 6-2 after the first quarter, 11-2 at halftime, and 12-6 after three quarters.

Adam Daroff (40:00, 5 saves, 2 GA) earned the win in goal; Jacob Reiner (20:00, 2 saves, 4 GA) and Ted Bergman (20:00, 3 saves, 2 GA) also saw action between the pipes.

Jory Parson (two goals), Ben Herman (one goal, one assist), Brandon Stern (one goal), Benor Buniel (one goal), Jordan Canter (one goal), Jonathan Bradbury (one goal) and Noah Knopf (one assist) cracked the Israel scoresheet.

Caps x2: Kyle Bergman, Ted Bergman, Jonathan Bradbury, Benor Buniel, Jordan Canter, Mor Cohen, Adam Crystal, Yotam Drori, Hayden Edelson, Chris Friedman, Ben Herman, Noah Knopf, Cody Levine, Eric Loreaux, Ian McAdorey, Ori Miron, Garrett Naimie, Matthew Opsahl, Jesse Parker, Jory Parson, Slade Parson, Jacob Reiner, Nate Rottenstrich, Brandon Stern, Alex Wilson.

Caps x1: Adam Daroff, Kobi Frankel, Harrison Freid, Bradley Neumann.

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Kyle Bergman, who scored 13 goals for Israel at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, headlines the blue-and-white's roster for next weekend's friendly against the Philippines.

Kyle Bergman, who scored 13 goals for Israel at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, headlines the blue-and-white’s roster for next weekend’s friendly against the Philippines.

CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY — The men’s national lacrosse teams of Israel and Philippines will meet in their second annual exhibition game, at Haddonfield High School on August 10th, to help kick off the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish teenagers held each summer in North America.

Israel, which recently earned a No. 7 world ranking following their quarterfinal appearance in the quadrennial FIL World Lacrosse Championships, is the “home team” this year, with the game taking place in conjunction with the Maccabi Games, which are being hosted by the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.

Several JCC Maccabi alumni are suiting up for Israel, including Baltimore forward Jory Parson and Ft. Lauderdale defender Ian McAdorey. Four young Israeli prospects who are spending this summer in the U.S. — Benor Buniel and Yotam Drori of Ashkelon, and Mor Cohen and Ori Miron of Tel Aviv — are also expected to see extensive action in the exhibition, before competing themselves in the Maccabi Games.

Philippines, who earned a 7th-place finish in their debut tournament with an 11-5 victory over Portugal at the Elite/Open Division of the 2014 World Lacrosse Festival, were recently recognized as the 50th member of the Federation of International Lacrosse. The Philippines Lacrosse Association has been working tirelessly to promote the game back home, establishing year-round programs at Silliman University in Dumaguete City and International School Manila, as well as programs in Cebu City and Bacolod City.

Admission is free for any players, coaches, or volunteers who are associated with the JCC Maccabi Games, and $10 for all others. Faceoff is slated for 12:30 PM.

Fans are encouraged to bring lightly-used equipment to donate to Israeli and Filipino lacrosse players who could otherwise not participate in the shared passion of lacrosse. We especially need sticks, helmets, and goggles, but any protective equipment is welcome.

The match will be 80-minutes in length, and will be played under FIL rules and regulations; it will also be streamed live online at www.accesslacrosse.com.



Team Israel Roster (August 9-10 Weekend)

NO POS NAME HOMETOWN / COLLEGE
0 G Hank Altschuler Philadelphia, PA / Cabrini
1 G Adam Daroff Pepper Pike, OH / Babson
2 F Jory Parson Baltimore, MD / Maryland
3 M Alex Wilson Boca Raton, FL / Detroit-Mercy
4 M Garrett Naimie York, ME / New England College
5 F Jordan Canter Wynnewood, PA / Lower Merion
6 M Brandon Stern Cherry Hill, NJ / Penn State
7 M Jesse Kane Tel Aviv, Israel / Oberlin
8 F Bradley Neumann Woodbury, NY / Georgetown
9 F Slade Parson Baltimore, MD / Pikesville
10 G Ted Bergman Media, PA / Wesleyan
11 D David Wolfson Gladwyne, PA / Shipley School
12 D Harrison Freid Ashkelon, Israel / St. John’s
13 M Kobi Frankel Kinnelon, NJ / Dickinson
14 M Benor Buniel Ashkelon, Israel / Makif Alef
15 D Nate Rottenstrich Fair Lawn, NJ / Arizona
16 D Eric Loreaux Radnor, PA / Boston University
17 M Ori Miron Tel Aviv, Israel / Democratic School
18 M Ben Herman Brunswick, ME / University of New England
19 M Mor Cohen Tel Aviv, Israel / Democratic School
20 D Ian McAdorey Parkland, FL / Norwich
21 M Kyle Bergman New York, NY / Drexel
22 F Yotam Drori Ashkelon, Israel / Makif Daled
23 F Matthew Opsahl Patomac, MD / Hobart
24 D Noah Knopf New York, NY / Fieldston School
25 M Michael Grosz St. Louis, MO / Robert Morris
26 D Chris Friedman Freeport, NY / Briarcliffe
27 D Adam Crystal Baldwin, NY / Drexel
28 G Jake Reiner Farmington, CT / Clark
29 M Jesse Parker Dix Hills, NY / Binghamton
30 F Jake Levine Cold Spring Harbor, NY / Delaware
31 M Cody Levine Purchase, NY / Cornell
32 D Hayden Edelson Great Neck, NY / Great Neck South

Acting Head Coaches: Howard Borkan, Shawn Kaplan, Shelley Sheiner

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