Fans are encouraged to take part in the festivities; Ireland fans are asked to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day, while Israel supporters are encouraged to dress in costume for Purim.
The two teams will join forces to conduct a free youth lacrosse clinic for both boys and girls at 12:30pm (please arrive at Noon for registration). Beginners and advanced players are welcome.
Please bring lightly used equipment to donate to new Israeli and Irish youth 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.
Following the game, there will be a fundraiser held at Wall’s Wharf Restaurant in Bayville, attended by both the Ireland and Israeli teams.
The Israel women’s national team will also be competing against Hofstra club at 10:30am, while the Israel U-15 and U-19 squads will compete against Team Elevate (girls) and the Long Island Jesters (boys).]]>
The blue and white will make their World Championship debut against #10 Sweden on July 11th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver, Colorado. Although the Israeli program has made major strides since its’ 8th-place finish in the 2012 European Championships, Sweden, who won bronze in Europe, is a tough opening game. The two teams have never met.
Israel also drew pool play matches against #17 Slovakia on July 12th and #25 South Korea on July 13th. Israel is 1-0 all-time against Slovakia, earning an 11-8 win at the European Championships. Israel and South Korea have never met.
Should the Israelis prevail in the four-team “Orange” pool, they’ll earn a staggered position in the 12-team World Championship playoffs. #1 USA, and #2 Canada, who together own all 11 previous gold medals, are expected to earn triple-byes to the semifinals, while two other powerhouses will be granted double-byes to the quarterfinals.
With 38 teams competing for gold, there is little margin for error. A single loss at any point in the tournament likely eliminates a “play in” team such as Israel, who must win five consecutive playoff games to take home gold.
If eliminated, Israel would still play consolation matches through July 18th to determine final position.
The blue-and-white’s training schedule, which is highlighted by a March 16th friendly against #9 Ireland in Bayville, NY, is still under development.
In conjunction with Taglit-Birthright, Israel will compete in a three-game national tour against a US all-star team in June. Games are expected to be held in Ashkelon, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Israel will also acquaint themselves with the Colorado altitude in July, through their participation in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
Sat, Mar 15 at 8:00 PM – Israel vs. NY Lacrosse Club
Sun, Mar 16 at 2:00 PM – Israel vs. #9 Ireland
Sun, Apr 13 at 2:00 PM – Israel vs. New York Lizards
**Additional exhibition games TBD (June 15-25) at Taglit-Birthright tour, Israel
**Additional exhibition games TBD (Jul 3-6) at Vail Lacrosse Shootout
2014 World Championship
Fri, Jul 11 at 11:30 AM – Israel vs. #10 Sweden (pool play)
Sat, Jul 12 at 8:32 PM – Israel vs. #17 Slovakia (pool play)
Sun, Jul 13 at 11:30 AM – Israel vs. #25 South Korea (pool play)
**Playoffs begin on July 14th
The 10-day trip will be limited to 20 men and 20 women, who are either active players or recent graduates of an NCAA-sanctioned lacrosse program. Players with club lacrosse experience may also be considered. The trip is specifically geared for players to experience all Israel has to offer, through the lessons learned in lacrosse, and while promoting the grassroots development of lacrosse throughout Israel. The trip will use lacrosse as a platform to educate, engage and energize various Israeli communities while gaining a better understanding of what Israel and the region have to offer in sport.
“We’re big believers in using sport as a platform to help connect Jews with Israel,” said Scott Neiss, who founded Israel Lacrosse after participating in an Amazing Israel trip in 2010. “Many players with aspirations to compete at the NCAA level are justifiably so focused on training and attending recruiting camps, so Israel takes a backseat. This is a great opportunity for Jewish athletes to take a free trip to Israel, while spreading their passion for the game internationally.”
Taglit-Birthright Israel is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18-26. Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.
Exhibition games, pitting the Israel men’s and women’s national teams against the Birthright squads, are being planned during the trip.
Registration for the trip will open on Wednesday, February 19th (with early registration on February 18th). Prior to registration, players who are interested in participating are asked to submit their information to Israel Lacrosse coaches and management at the following link:
Please note that all regular Taglit-Birthright eligibility rules apply and there are no guarantees for placement
The roster was selected following a six-month tryout process, including national team tryouts at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel in July, several exhibition games this summer and fall, and an extensive interview process.
“It was terribly difficult to make our final roster decisions, as we’ve been fortunate to have so many talented athletes who are strongly committed to our program and what we’re trying to achieve,” said Israel head coach Bill Beroza. “We’ve had so many unique factors in shaping what we believe to be a very strong team, which will truly and wholly represent our country, our program, and our people on the world stage in Colorado.”
Team Israel will hold training camp in Vail, Colorado, from July 3-6, before arriving in Denver on July 7th. Israel’s first official World Championship game is scheduled for July 11th; though the schedule has yet to be released by the FIL.
Following training camp, Israel’s roster will be trimmed to 23 players for Championship play; comprised of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish Diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the FIL.
A record 38 nations are expected to participate in the World Championships.
In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing. A portion of the national team’s general fundraising efforts has been committed to each charity.
|NO||POS||NAME||HOMETOWN / COLLEGE||TZEDAKAH|
|1||F||Joshua Rottman||Danville, CA / UC Davis||Nave Tzion School|
|2||G||Hank Altschuler||Philadelphia, PA / Cabrini||Weissman School|
|3||F||Matthew Cherry||Ashkelon, Israel / Dickinson||Neve Ha’roe Children’s Home|
|4||LSM||Benjamin Smith||Longmeadow, MA / Harvard||Omauot School|
|5||M||Casey Cittadino||Baldwin, NY / Towson||The Democratic School|
|6||G||Andrew Goldstein||Milton, MA / Dartmouth||Israel Gay Youth|
|7||M||Jesse Kane||Tel Aviv, Israel / Sackler-Tel Aviv University||OneVoice|
|8||F||Bradley Neumann||Woodbury, NY / Georgetown||Friends of the IDF|
|9||M||Yochanan Katz||Jerusalem, Israel / Colorado State||Justifi|
|10||D||Jonathan Rathauser||Tel Aviv, Israel / Technion-Israel||Friends of the IDF|
|11||G||Reuven Dressler||Ma’ale Adumim, Israel / Israel Defense Forces||Crossroads: in memory of Noam Adin Rechter Levy|
|12||F||Richard Cheifitz||Fair Lawn, NJ / Kean||Neve Ha’roe Children’s Home|
|13||M||Shimon Laxer||Givat Shmuel, Israel / Bar-Ilan University||Yad Vashem|
|14||M||Aaron Tracy||Tel Aviv, Israel / Sackler-Tel Aviv University||Ajeal School|
|15||M||Ben Bretter||Petach Tikvah, Israel / Montclair State||Chevra Youth Lacrosse|
|16||M||Cody Levine||Purchase, NY / Cornell||Hope for Heroism|
|17||D||Mathew Markman||Tel Aviv, Israel / Hebrew University||Sinai School|
|18||M||Seth Mahler||Ashkelon, Israel / Whittier||Sticks For Kids|
|19||D||Eytan Saperstein||Hewlett, NY / Tufts||Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs|
|20||M||Cole McCormack||Ashkelon, Israel / Cornell||Save a Child’s Heart|
|21||F||Daniel Hartman||Bellmore, NY / Stevenson||Beit Yeheskel School|
|22||F||Michael Pfeffer||Herzliya, Israel / Israel Defense Forces||Garin Tzabar|
|23||M||Lee Coppersmith||Boca Raton, FL / Johns Hopkins||The Democratic School|
|24||M||Gabriel Leonhard||Arad, Israel / Eastern||Beit Canada Barnea|
|25||F||Mitch Goldberg||Damascus, MD / Richmond||Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership|
|26||D||Chris Friedman||Freeport, NY / Briarcliffe||Sticks For Kids|
|27||D||Adam Crystal||Baldwin, NY / Drexel||Nave Tzion School|
|29||M||Matthew Greenblatt||Gaithersburg, MD / Ithaca||Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership|
|30||M||Matthew Caple||Wellesley, MA / Tufts||CJP|
|31||D||Mark Jutkowitz||Bethesda, MD / Maryland||Taglit-Birthright|
|32||M||Daniel Leventhal||Tel Aviv, Israel / Tufts||Weissman School|
|33||F||Ari Sussman||New Haven, CT / Dartmouth||Sinai School|
|36||M||Samuel Adler||Netanya, Israel / SUNY Potsdam||Jewish National Fund|
|40||M||Matthew Flapan||Ramle, Israel / Israel Defense Forces||Omanuot School|
|41||F||Noach Miller||Tel Aviv, Israel / Vermont||Kids4Peace|
|42||LSM||Noah Knopf||New York, NY / Fieldston School||Treblinka Holocaust Memorial|
|43||M||Kyle Bergman||New York, NY / Drexel||Makif Alef School|
|44||M||Sacha Stout||Manchester, England / Manchester||Magem David Adom|
|47||LSM||Alex Tress||Simsbury, CT / Keene State||Friends of Yamin Orde|
|48||G||Connor Wolfe||Scarsdale, NY / Connecticut College||Ajeal School|
|50||LSM||Dakota Sherman||Bloomfield Hills, MI / Michigan||Taglit-Birthright|
|77||M||Jacob Silberlicht||Ashkelon, Israel / Hobart||Makif Alef School|
|91||F||Matthew Opsahl||Patomac, MD / Hobart||Lone Soldier Center|
|96||M||Michael Grosz||St. Louis, MO / Robert Morris||United Hebrew Congregation|
|99||D||Jason Senter||Rockville, MD / Florida State||Yad Vashem|
|00||D||Daniel Devery||Haifa, Israel / University of Haifa||Israel Special Olympics|
Me’et Machleef: Harrison Freid, Jacob Glaser, Matthew Greenberg, Ari Jacobson, Ross Koenig, Zachary Nisson, Jacob Reiner, Gaddy Weissman
General Manager: Howard Borkan
Head Coach: Bill Beroza
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Goldberg, Mark Greenberg, Pete Ginnegar, Shelley Sheiner, Eric Wolf
Scouts: Brad MacArthur, David Dennenberg
Equipment Manager: John Jez
Director of Operations: Jon Barocas
Director of Player Personnel: Chaka Bainbridge
Director of Public Relations: Ron Zwerin
Athletic Trainer: Mike Boisselle
The Ashkelon club, which is coached by Israel national team players Seth Mahler and Matthew Cherry, features players who have only been playing the sport for six months, but have progressed their skills quickly and expect to be ready to compete internationally.
The new Belgrade tournament, hosted by Serbia Lacrosse at the International School of Belgrade, was launched to provide a competitive environment that will allow newcomers to experience lacrosse and understand the dynamics of the game. The event is officially recognized by the European Lacrosse Federation.
In addition to Ashkelon, teams from Sofia (Bulgaria), Kiel (Germany) and host Belgrade (Serbia) are expected to participate.
The tournament marks the first delegation of entirely “homegrown” players to represent Israel in international lacrosse competition.]]>
The Israel lacrosse Association also ran its first Hanukkah lacrosse camp, using the Hanukkah school break to provide additional instruction and mentorship to the Ashkelon youth players. More parents, school staff, and community leaders were able to come and witness the budding lacrosse talent of Ashkelon during the country’s first Hanukkah lacrosse camp.
Lacrosse in Israel has had an exciting beginning to the New Year with expansion efforts in Jaffa, a neighboring city of Tel Aviv. Youth of all ages have been amazed by this new game, resulting in youth programs comprised of both Jewish and Arab children. Having a presence in the Weissman School, the Democratic School, and the Ajeal School, the boys and girls of Jaffa have had the opportunity to share a passion for this new sport. The Israel Lacrosse Association continues to engage and empower the Jewish, Ethiopian, and Arab populations of Israel through the sport of lacrosse.
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Even with Dartmouth product and former MLL goaltender Andrew Goldstein in between the pipes, Miller and the Ashkelon attack was too much for Netanya to handle, as the southern squad took an early lead in the Spring standings.
With the league’s rosters reshuffled, including new and returning faces, for what will be an exciting 2014 Spring season, the teams took the field under the lights in Ashkelon for game one.Netanya’s Jesse Kane, who recently returned to the league after a six-month hiatus abroad, put Netanya on the board just one-minute into the game, but Ashkelon fired back with two quick goals, and never trailed.
Although Ashkelon had control, the game was close throughout the first half; Matt Flapan’s long shot with one second remaining trimmed the halftime deficit to 7-6.
The home squad took full command in the second half, as Gabriel Leonhard’s back-to-back scores put Ashkelon up 9-6. The teams traded goals, and Ashkelon led 10-7 after three.
Yochanan Katz made the game interesting by scoring two straight goals for Netanya to open the final frame, but Miller responded by opening a five-goal run to put the game out of reach.
Sam Adler (four goals, one assist), Matthew Cherry (two goals, one assist), Leonhard (two goals), and Ashkelon native Moran Yaffa (one goal) joined Miller, who earned MVP honors, on the scoresheet.
Ben Levine (30:00, 6 saves, 4 goals against) earned the win in goal with exceptional second-half play. Reuven Dressler (30:00, 6 saves, 6 goals against) started and split time with Levine.
Las Vegas’ Ryan Rosenthal (three goals, two assists), in his final game on loan, led Netanya; Kane (two goals, one assist), Katz (two goals), Seth Mahler (one goal), Alec Aloski (one goal), Flapan (one goal) and Mathew Markman (one assist) also contributed on offense.
Goldstein (8 saves, 15 goals against) was credited the loss.
The two teams meet again on Friday at HaYarkon Sportek in Tel Aviv at 10:00 AM.
Additional caps – Ashkelon: Adi Comarob, Daniel Devery, Alex Kossar, Shimon Laxer, Aaron Tracy, Itai Yemin … Netanya: David Lasday, Yochai Shiri
–June 30, 2014]]>
Daniel has become a leader for the budding lacrosse talent of the city, coming to the fields hours before his practice to assist the coaches with the younger players. Serving as a translator, mentor, and extra coach, Daniel has been able to impart his lacrosse knowledge to the younger generations of the Ashkelon LC community with his friendly and warm demeanor.
In the eyes of the Israel Lacrosse staff, Daniel is a prime example of how this game assists in the cultivation of youth leadership skills as a once novice player has had a profound impact on his younger peers. Daniel is always eager to share what he has learned from his coaches with interested players who watch practice from the outskirts of the field and has been crucial to recruiting more players.
With both his younger brother Joelle and younger sister Batya enrolled in the program, lacrosse has become a shared passion in the Obreja family.
Daniel, the oldest of five, has been living in Israel since he was two years old after his family made Aliyah from Romania. When asked how he discovered lacrosse, he said he witnessed two national team players playing on the field and asked the local community center, Matnas Waldenberg, what this new sport was and how he could get involved.
Daniel reflects on his experience with lacrosse, saying “I like it, it’s hard, every day is a new challenge.”
When discussing the Ashkelon lacrosse team’s future plans to participate in Serbia, he mentions being excited to not only represent his community but also to represent the State of Israel.
“One day, I hope to play for the national team,” Daniel proudly stated as he suited up for practice. Each day, Daniel is getting closer to fulfilling that dream.
–Noach Miller/Israel Lacrosse Association]]>
Some 60 Knesset members, 24 Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as 250 prominent public figures departed on two chartered flights from Ben Gurion Airport, landing at the military airport in Krakow Monday morning before heading to the Auschwitz concentration camp for a tour of the prisoner blocks and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
Later, the delegation marched to the Birkenau death camp, for a memorial ceremony held on behalf of the Polish government.Dressler, a 40-year-old father and resident of Ma’ale Adumim, made a return to the game last year after nearly 20 years away from the sport. As a student at Yale University in the early 1990s, he won the school’s most valuable player award three times, led the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and then stopped playing after he graduated.
The Philadelphia native became a doctor and, seven years ago, he made aliyah before serving as a doctor for two years in the Israel Defense Forces. He was asked a few months ago by Knesset Physician Itzik Lifshitz to serve on the delegation’s medical staff, responsible for the health needs of all of the travelers, specifically those of the Holocaust survivors, whom he was assigned to escort throughout the trip.Neiss, a 29-year-old resident of Tel Aviv, founded Israel Lacrosse in 2010 after participating in a Taglit-Birthright trip. Beyond starting a sport in a land in which it is foreign, Scott has effectively rallied his peers to get excited about Israel. His efforts have inspired many young men and women to make a sustained, meaningful and personal contribution to the country through lacrosse, while creating purpose for Diaspora Jews to come to Israel – both short and long-term – to get hands-on in developing the sport on the grassroots level.
A native of Oceanside, NY, Neiss was invited by The Alumni Community, New York’s Primary Provider of Birthright Israel Post Programming, to represent the thousands of Birthright-Israel alumni who had a transformative experience on their trip. Prior to making Aliyah, Neiss was an active member of The Alumni Community in New York, regularly attending events at the Reunion Center and participating in the Israel Consults program.
In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly set the International Holocaust Remembrance Day as January 27, the day in 1945 on which Soviet troops liberated the camp.
–Jan 30, 2014]]>
A full recap of the day, including photos, videos, and quotes from players and coaches will be released shortly. In the interim, for more information on the games, including detailed stats, please visit LacrossePolska.com, the official website of the Polish Lacrosse Association.]]>