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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Ari Sussman scored five goals against 4th-ranked Japan on Friday.

Ari Sussman scored five goals against 4th-ranked Japan on Friday.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — The Israel men’s national lacrosse team scored 11 second-half goals to rally past 4th-ranked Japan, 15-10, in their final placement match of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Friday.

The victory clinches a #7 world ranking for the Israelis, who were competing in their first-ever World Championship.

Ari Sussman, who scored five goals to lead Israel, finishes with 42 points, second only to Thailand’s Colton McCaffrey. Sussman, who has not played professionally in two years, was claimed off waivers by the MLL’s New York Lizards on Thursday.

Israel (6-2) trailed 4-1 early in the contest, but chipped away at the lead to cut the deficit to 5-4 at halftime. Then, Israel scored seven goals to open the second half, taking a commanding 11-5 lead with just 17 minutes remaining in the match.

Daniel Leventhal in action against 4th-ranked Japan on Friday.

Daniel Leventhal in action against 4th-ranked Japan on Friday.

Kyle Bergman (three goals, two assists), Jacob Silberlicht (two goals), Casey Cittadino (one goal, one assist), Matthew Cherry (two assists), Yochanan Katz (one goal), Daniel Leventhal (one goal), Michael Grosz, Cody Levine (one assist) and Noach Miller (one goal) also contributed offensively for Israel.

Hank Altschuler (59:31, 9 saves, 3 GA) and Reuven Dressler (20:29, 2 saves, 7 GA) saw action in goal; Altschuler was credited the win.

Mikisuke Sekine and Wataru Tsugu led Japan (2-6) with three goals apiece; Keisuke Ando (80:00, 15 saves, 15 GA) was dealt the loss.

Additional caps: Richard Cheifitz, Adam Crystal, Matthew Flapan, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Jonathan Rathauser, Eytan Saperstein, Benjamin Smith

Official Box Score

2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 – Israel 18, #9 Ireland 9 – (first round playoff)
Tue, Jul 15 – Israel 15, #6 Germany 1 – (second round playoff)
Wed, Jul 16 – #3 Australia 9, Israel 8 – (quarterfinals)
Thu, Jul 17 – #5 England 10, Israel 9 (OT) – (placement match)
Fri, Jul 18 – Israel 15, #4 Japan 10 – (7th place match)

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

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Israel's Jacob Silberlicht has been a steady force for the blue-and-white on midfield.

Israel’s Jacob Silberlicht has been a steady force for the blue-and-white on midfield.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — 5th-ranked England fought off a dramatic comeback by the Israel men’s national team to protect their spot in the premier “Blue Group” in a promotion/relegation match at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Thursday.

Israel will meet Japan in a final placement match on Friday at 11:00 AM. The winner will be ranked 7th in the world, while the loser will be slotted 8th.

England jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, before the Israelis slowly began chipping away at the deficit. The blue-and-white went on a 6-1 run over 46 minutes of play to notch the game at 6-6.

Aaron Prossner opened the fourth quarter with two goals for England to give them a 9-7 lead, and Israel was held scoreless until the final 70 seconds, when Kyle Bergman and Matthew Cherry shocked the Enlgish with back-to-back goals to force overtime.

Nicholas Watson’s score with 34 seconds remaining in the first overtime period would stand tall as the game-winner.

Watson (four goals), Prossner (two goals), Glenn Humphreys (one goal, one assist), Kyle Standiford (one goal), Colin Clive (one goal), Jack Brook (one goal), Jak-Laur Wawrzyniak (one assist), Matthew Sexton (one assist) and Samuel Russel (one assist) recorded points for England. Ben McAllister (88:00, 23 saves, 9 GA) was stellar between the pipes in the victory.

Ari Sussman (three goals), Cherry (two goals, one assist), Casey Cittadino (three assists), Bergman (two goals), Benjamin Smith (one goal) and Richard Cheifitz (one goal) contributed on offense for Israel.

Reuven Dressler (74:23, 10 saves, 5 GA) and Hank Altschuler (13:33, 2 saves, 5 GA) saw action in goal; Dressler was dealt the loss.

Additional caps: Adam Crystal, Matthew Flapan, Harrison Freid, Michael Grosz, Yochanan Katz, Daniel Leventhal, Cody Levine, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Cole McCormack, Noach Miller, Jonathan Rathauser, Eytan Saperstein, Jacob Silberlicht

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2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 – Israel 18, #9 Ireland 9 – (first round playoff)
Tue, Jul 15 – Israel 15, #6 Germany 1 – (second round playoff)
Wed, Jul 16 – #3 Australia 9, Israel 8 – (quarterfinals)
Thu, Jul 17 – #5 England 10, Israel 9 (OT) – (placement match)
Fri, Jul 18 at 2:30 PM – Israel vs. #4 Japan – (7th place match)

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

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Israel's Adam Crystal defends Australia's Alex Brown in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships on Wednesday.

Israel’s Adam Crystal defends Australia’s Alex Brown in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships on Wednesday.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — Australia’s Tom Vickery made three saves in the final minute to hold off Israel, 9-8, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships on Wednesday.

Advancing to the semis felt promising early on, as the blue-and-white took early 2-0 and 4-1 leads on the third-ranked Australians. However, the Sharks held Israel scoreless for the entire second quarter as they chipped away, trimming the deficit to 4-3 at the half.

Cody Levine’s goal 2:46 into the third quarter gave Israel a 5-3 advantage, but Australia (3-3) scored three straight goals to take a 6-5 lead, their first of the game.

Alex Brown’s marker for the Aussies with 3:26 remaining seemingly put the game out of reach, but Israel’s Matthew Cherry forced a late turnover and fed Ari Sussman to trim the deficit to 9-8.

Israel had an extra-man situation and got several quality shots as time ticked away, but Vickery stood tall, allowing the Australians to advance to the semifinals against the United States.

Israel's Ari Sussman continued to dominate the World Games, scoring three goals in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Israel’s Ari Sussman continued to dominate the World Games, scoring three goals in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Marty Hyde scored two goals, while seven others added singles for a balanced Australia offensive. Vickery (62:12, 12 saves, 4 GA) earned the win in goal in relief of Warren Brown (17:48, 3 saves, 4 GA).

Sussman (three goals), Levine (two goals), Cherry (one goal, one assist), Benjamin Smith (one goal), Kyle Bergman (one goal) and Lee Coppersmith (one assist) cracked Israel’s scoresheet. Hank Altschuler (80:00, 3 saves, 9 GA) was dealt the loss.

Israel (5-1) is guaranteed a top-eight world ranking, and will compete for the opportunity to be promoted to the premier Blue Division in the 2018 World Games. Israel meets 5th-ranked England (1-5) on Thursday at 3:00 PM Local / 12:00 AM (Friday) Israel in the decisive placement match.

Additional caps: Richard Cheifitz, Casey Cittadino, Adam Crystal, Reuven Dressler, Matthew Flapan, Harrison Freid, Michael Grosz, Yochanan Katz, Daniel Leventhal, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Cole McCormack, Noach Miller, Jonathan Rathauser, Eytan Saperstein, Jacob Silberlicht

Official Box Score

2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 – Israel 18, #9 Ireland 9 – (first round playoff)
Tue, Jul 15 – Israel 15, #6 Germany 1 – (second round playoff)
Wed, Jul 16 – #3 Australia 9, Israel 8 – (Quarterfinals)
Thu, Jul 17 at 3:00 PM – Israel vs. #5 England – (Promotion/relegation match)

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

Israel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Australia.

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Henry Altschuler made seven saves and shut out the German offense through three quarters of action on Tuesday.

Henry Altschuler made seven saves and shut out the German offense through three quarters of action on Tuesday.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — Hank Altschuler and the Israeli defense shut out 6th-ranked Germany for three quarters on Tuesday, as the Israel men’s national team secured a berth in the FIL World Championship Quarterfinals at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Israel (5-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one quarter, an 8-0 advantage at halftime, and a 10-0 score after three quarters, as the blue-and-white have rolled through the competition in their world debut.

Ari Sussman scored three goals and two assists — he leads the tournament in points with 30 (16 goals, 14 assists) — while Matthew Cherry (four goals, one assist) and Noach Miller (three goals) also had big days.

Charlotte Hounds midfielder Casey Cittadino has brought a veteran presence to Team Israel.

Charlotte Hounds midfielder Casey Cittadino has brought a veteran presence to Team Israel.

Altschuler (60:00, 7 saves, 0 GA) earned the win in goal, while Reuven Dressler (20:00, 3 saves, 1 GA) also saw action.

Benjamin Smith (one goal, one assist), Yochanan Katz (one goal, one assist), Kyle Bergman (one goal, one assist), Cody Levine (one goal) an Daniel Leventhal (one goal) also cracked the scoresheet for Team Israel.

Andrew Rullan (one goal) and duBois-Reymond Hen (one assist) connected on the lone German goal. Philipp Maas (60:00, 10 GA, 12 saves) and Florentin Turowski (20:00, 5 GA, 0 saves) shared time in goal.

Israel, who can finish no worse than 8th place, will compete in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 7:00 PM Local / 4:00 AM (Thursday) Israel, against third-ranked Australia in the quarterfinals, live on ESPN3.

Matthew Cherry, Ari Sussman, Cody Levine and Kyle Bergman celebrate a goal against Germany in Tuesday's second-round playoff match.

Matthew Cherry, Ari Sussman, Cody Levine and Kyle Bergman celebrate a goal against Germany in Tuesday’s second-round playoff match.

Since the “play in” format was established in 2006, higher seeded “Blue Group” teams are 6-0 all-time against their challengers.

Australia, who has medaled in all 11 prior World Championships, finished third in 2010, 2006, 2002 and 1998.

Additional caps: Richard Cheifitz, Casey Cittadino, Lee Coppersmith, Adam Crystal, Matthew Flapan, Harrison Freid, Michael Grosz, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Cole McCormack, Jonathan Rathauser, Eytan Saperstein, Jacob Silberlicht

Official Box Score

2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 – Israel 18, #9 Ireland 9 (first round playoff)
Tue, Jul 15 – Israel 15, #6 Germany 1 (second round playoff)
Wed, Jul 16 at 7:00 PM – Israel vs. #3 Australia
**Semifinals and Consolation Rounds continue on July 17th

Israel (5-0) is expected to meet Australia in the Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Israel (5-0) is expected to meet Australia in the Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

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Matthew Flapan in action against Ireland on Monday.

Matthew Flapan in action against Ireland on Monday.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — Lee Coppersmith scored five goals to lead the Israel men’s national team past 9th-ranked Ireland, 18-9, at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Monday.

Israel (4-0) will meet 6th-ranked Germany (4-0) on Tuesday in the first-ever meeting between the two European squads. Germany dispatched 13th-ranked Czech Republic, 9-5, on Monday to punch their ticket to the second-round of the playoffs. The match is scheduled for 8:00 AM Local / 5:00 PM Israel, and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

Yochanan Katz in action against Ireland on Monday.

Yochanan Katz in action against Ireland on Monday.

The blue-and-white trailed for the first time in the tournament, as Tom Burke drew first blood for Ireland at 3:14, and held the Israelis scoreless until nearly the 10-minute mark.

Eytan Saperstein put the Israelis on the board, on a feed from Jacob Silberlicht to kick off a 5-0 run.

Israel led 5-1 after one quarter, and 9-6 at the half, before taking command of the match.

The Israelis outshot Ireland 51-19.

Matthew Cherry (one goal, three assists), Cody Levine (two goals, one assist), Benjamin Smith (two goals), Noach Miller (two goals), Daniel Leventhal (two goals), Eytan Saperstein (one goal, one assist), Ari Sussman (one goal, one assist), Kyle Bergman (one goal, one assist), Jacob Silberlicht (two assists), Richard Cheifitz (one goal) and Yochanan Katz (one assist) joined Coppersmith on the scoresheet.

Kyle Bergman scored one goal and one assist against Ireland on Monday.

Kyle Bergman scored one goal and one assist against Ireland on Monday.

Hank Altschuler (60:00, 3 saves, 8 GA) and Reuven Dressler (20:00, 2 saves, 1 GA) both saw action in goal. Altschuler was credited the win.

Burke (two goals, three assists), Tom Riley (four goals), Brian Gillis (two goals), Kris Prior (one goal), Michael Shea (one assist) and Aaron Cahill (one assist) cracked the Irish scoresheet. Connor Sweeney (80:00, 12 saves, 18 GA) was dealt the loss in goal.

Additional caps: Casey Cittadino, Adam Crystal, Matthew Flapan, Harrison Freid, Michael Grosz, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Cole McCormack, Jonathan Rathauser,

Official Box Score

Training schedule
Sat, Mar 15 – Israel 16, NY Lacrosse Club 4 – (Long Beach Rec Center; Long Beach, NY)
Sun, Mar 16 – #9 Ireland 11, Israel 10 – (Centre Island Beach Park; Bayville, NY)
Sun, Apr 13 – New York Lizards 21, Israel 4 – (Hewlett HS; Hewlett, NY)
Thu, Jun 19 – Israel 10, Birthright/USA All-Stars 8 – (Rehaniya Municipal Field; Rehaniya, Israel)
Fri, Jun 20 – Birthright/USA All-Stars 15, Israel 14 (OT) – (Park Ofer; Ramla, Israel)

Wed, Jun 25 – Birthright/USA All-Stars 13, Israel 12 – (New Municipal Stadium; Ashkelon, Israel)
Thu, Jul 3 – Millenium Chiefs 13, Israel 6 – (Edwards Turf; Vail, CO)
Fri, Jul 4 – Israel 13, Warrior X 11 – (Vail Mountain School; Vail, CO)
Sat, Jul 5 – Rock-it-Pocket Pirates 10, Israel 6 – (Homestake Peak Stadium; Vail, CO)
Sun, Jul 6 – Israel 14, “Steve French” 4 – (Edwards Turf; Vail, CO)
Mon, Jul 7 – #5 England 12, Israel 11 – (Legend HS; Parker, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – Iroquois Nationals 5, Israel 3 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – Israel 12, Turkey 11 – (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – #8 Netherlands 8, Israel 7 – (UC Boulder; Boulder, CO)
Wed, Jul 9 – “Blue vs White Game” – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Wed, Jul 9 – #12 Finland 4, Israel 2 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Thu, Jul 10 – Israel 9, #20 Latvia 5 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Thu, Jul 10 – Israel 10, Team 5280 9 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)

2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 – Israel 18, #9 Ireland 9 (first round playoff)
Tue, Jul 14 at 8:00 AM – Israel vs. #6 Germany (second round playoff)
**Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds continue on July 16th

Israel (4-0) is four wins away from a Gold Medal in their first-ever FIL World Lacrosse Championships.

Israel (4-0) is four wins away from a Gold Medal in their first-ever FIL World Lacrosse Championships.

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Cole McCormack scored one of Israel's 19 goals against South Korea on Sunday.

Cole McCormack scored one of Israel’s 19 goals against South Korea on Sunday.

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO — Ari Sussman scored four goals and five assists to lead the Israel men’s national team past 25th-ranked South Korea, 19-2, at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday.

Israel (3-0) finishes group play with a perfect record, and will meet the winner of today’s Ireland/Bermuda battle in a first-round playoff match at 11:30 AM local / 8:30 PM Israel time on Monday.

Jacob Silberlicht in action against South Korea on Sunday.

Jacob Silberlicht in action against South Korea on Sunday.

Israel led 9-1 after the first quarter, and 15-1 at the half.

Matthew Cherry (one goal, two assists), Richard Cheifitz (one goal, two assists), Benjamin Smith (two goals), Daniel Leventhal (two goals), Kyle Bergman (two goals), Noach Miller (one goal, one assist), Cody Levine (one goal, one assist), Cole McCormack (one goal), Harrison Freid (one goal), Yochanan Katz (one goal), Lee Coppersmith (one goal) and Matthew Flapan (one goal) also cracked the scoresheet.

Reuven Dressler (40:00, 1 save, 1 GA) and Hank Altschuler (40:00, 1 save, 1 GA) split time in goal; Dressler was credited the win.

Lee Coppersmith scored one of Israel's 19 goals against South Korea on Sunday.

Lee Coppersmith scored one of Israel’s 19 goals against South Korea on Sunday.

Jae Chun Lee (one goal), Wonjae Park (one goal) and Bumsuck Yoo (one assist) recorded points for Korea. Kihun Kim (80:00, 7 saves, 19 GA) was dealt the loss in goal.

Ireland and Israel are 1-1 all-time against each other, with Ireland eeking out an 11-10 win in exhibition play in March. If Ireland advances, it would be the first time the two teams met in tournament play. Bermuda and Israel have never played each other before.

Additional caps: Casey Cittadino, Adam Crystal, Michael Grosz, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Jonathan Rathauser, Eytan Saperstein, Jacob Silberlicht

Official Box Score

Training schedule
Sat, Mar 15 – Israel 16, NY Lacrosse Club 4 – (Long Beach Rec Center; Long Beach, NY)
Sun, Mar 16 – #9 Ireland 11, Israel 10 – (Centre Island Beach Park; Bayville, NY)
Sun, Apr 13 – New York Lizards 21, Israel 4 – (Hewlett HS; Hewlett, NY)
Thu, Jun 19 – Israel 10, Birthright/USA All-Stars 8 – (Rehaniya Municipal Field; Rehaniya, Israel)
Fri, Jun 20 – Birthright/USA All-Stars 15, Israel 14 (OT) – (Park Ofer; Ramla, Israel)

Wed, Jun 25 – Birthright/USA All-Stars 13, Israel 12 – (New Municipal Stadium; Ashkelon, Israel)
Thu, Jul 3 – Millenium Chiefs 13, Israel 6 – (Edwards Turf; Vail, CO)
Fri, Jul 4 – Israel 13, Warrior X 11 – (Vail Mountain School; Vail, CO)
Sat, Jul 5 – Rock-it-Pocket Pirates 10, Israel 6 – (Homestake Peak Stadium; Vail, CO)
Sun, Jul 6 – Israel 14, “Steve French” 4 – (Edwards Turf; Vail, CO)
Mon, Jul 7 – #5 England 12, Israel 11 – (Legend HS; Parker, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – Iroquois Nationals 5, Israel 3 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – Israel 12, Turkey 11 – (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Tue, Jul 8 – #8 Netherlands 8, Israel 7 – (UC Boulder; Boulder, CO)
Wed, Jul 9 – “Blue vs White Game” – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Wed, Jul 9 – #12 Finland 4, Israel 2 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Thu, Jul 10 – Israel 9, #20 Latvia 5 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)
Thu, Jul 10 – Israel 10, Team 5280 9 – (Legacy Stadium; Aurora, CO)

2014 World Championship (@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO)
Fri, Jul 11 – Israel 19, #10 Sweden 4 – (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 – Israel 17, #17 Slovakia 2 – (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 – Israel 19, #25 South Korea 2 – (pool play)
Mon, Jul 14 at 11:30 AM – Israel vs. Ireland/Bermuda winner (first round playoff)
**Playoffs and Consolation Rounds continue on July 15th

After winning the Orange Group, Israel has advanced to the 12-team World Championship playoff bracket.

After winning the Orange Group, Israel has advanced to the 12-team World Championship playoff bracket.

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