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