The roster, which is composed of primarily Israel-based players, features eight members of the Israel men’s national team which will compete at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. The roster is also bolstered by several players who are on loan from other Israeli clubs and abroad.
No Name Position Resides 3 Matthew Cherry Forward Ashkelon, Israel 5 Matt Levine Midfield Niskayuna, NY 7 Steve Laforet Forward Brampton, ON 10 Jonathan Rathauser Defense Tel Aviv, Israel 11 Shimon Laxer Midfield Givat Shmuel, Israel 12 Zachary Ross Midfield Port Washington, NY 13 David Dennenberg Goal Lafayette, CO 14 Kevin Harper Midfield Oakville, ON 18 Seth Mahler Midfield Ashkelon, Israel 19 František Klíma Forward Prague, Czech Republic 22 Harrison Freid Defense Ashkelon, Israel 23 Alec Aloni Forward Tel Aviv, Israel 24 Jiří Procházka Forward Prague, Czech Republic 40 Matthew Flapan Midfield Ramla, Israel 41 Noach Miller Forward Tel Aviv, Israel 77 Jacob Silberlicht Midfield Ashkelon, Israel 91 Chris Leone Goal Orlando, FL 00 Daniel Devery Defense Haifa, Israel Head Coach: Brad MacArthur Manager: Scott Neiss
The Aleš Hřebeský Memorial, which is played by box lacrosse (6 vs. 6 instead of 10 vs. 10) rules and regulations, is widely considered the preeminent lacrosse tournament in Europe, featuring 21 teams from 14 countries.
Tel Aviv has a tough group, opening on Wednesday at 2:50 PM against the Ladner Pioneers, a Canadian club who finished 5th in the 2013 tournament. Tel Aviv meets the Kahnawake Rapids — a Haudenosaunee (Native American) club featuring eight former professional players — on Thursday at 9:40 AM.
The playoff and consolation rounds begin on Thursday afternoon. The team will be respectfully withdrawing from the tournament following Friday’s games, per the Israel Lacrosse Association’s policy of not competing on Shabbat.]]>
The blue-and-white join the United States and Canada, who have previously competed against MLL squads in all-star games and training camps.
The Lizards showed their strength early, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter. Jesse Chazen finally put Israel on the board in the second quarter, beating Team USA’s Drew Adams, who stood between the pipes.
Tim Schwalje led a balanced Lizards attack with three goals, while JoJo Morasco (two goals, two assists), Ned Crotty (two goals, one assist), Rob Pannell (two goals, one assist) and Steve Mock (two goals) also had big days. Jewish pros Max Seibald and Josh Offit scored one goal apiece for New York.
Ari Sussman (two goals, one assist), Cody Levine (one goal) and Chazen (one goal) were responsible for the Israel scoring.
Andrew Goldstein (35:00, 5 saves, 12 goals against) and Mike Horowitz (25:00, 11 saves, 10 goals against) both saw action in goal for Israel. Goldstein was credited the loss.
The game was played under MLL rules, without the two-point line.
The Lizards, who are two-time MLL champions, are preparing to open their season on April 27th at Hofstra University.
Team Israel is preparing for their World Championship debut this July, when they will compete against USA and 36 other countries in Denver, Colorado. The blue-and-white will continue their training schedule on June 19th, when they host the Birthright USA All-Stars in the first of a three-game series in Israel.
Additional caps: Kyle Bergman, Matt Caple, Jeff Cohen, Adam Crystal, Joel Derechinsky, Matt Fields, Chris Friedman, Mike Grosz, Ben Herman, Noah Knopf, Sean Regan, Eytan Saperstein, Justin Schneidman, Alex Tress, Corey Winkoff]]>
Both teams are preparing for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, held this July in Denver, Colorado.
Ireland overcame a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to top Israel, 11-10, in an exciting nailbiter.
Brian Gill’s shot with 2:41 remaining proved to be the game-winner, and a fitting ending for an exciting 80-minute FIL regulation match.
Ireland led for most of the game, as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Israel didn’t crack the scoreboard until 17:30 in, but quickly chipped away at the deficit and tied the game at 5-5 at the half.
Brian Gillis and Gill scored back-to-back goals to open the second half, putting the Irish up 7-5. However, Israel rallied for a four-goal run, taking a 9-7 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
The teams traded blows with Ireland eventually deadlocking the game at 10-10 apiece with 6:40 remaining, setting up Gill’s heroics.
Gill led Ireland with three goals, while Gillis (two goals, one assist), Thomas Burke (two goals), Tom Riley (two goals), Michael McTernan (one goal, one assist), Kris Prior (one goal) and Tadhg Bolger (one goal) also cracked the scoresheet.
Connor Sweeney (60:00, 7 saves, 8 GA) and Kevin Quinn (20:00, 0 saves, 1 GA) saw action in net; Quinn was credited the win.
Lee Coppersmith led Israel with four goals, while Noach Miller (two goals), Kyle Bergman (one goal, two assists), Cody Levine (one goal, two assists), Brad Neumann (one goal) and Casey Cittadino (one assist) also chipped in on offense.
Andrew Goldstein (60:00, 7 saves, 7 GA) and Jacob Reiner (20:00, 0 saves, 4 GA) both saw action in goal; Reiner was credited the loss.
Additional caps – Andrew Alderman, Matt Caple, Adam Crystal, Dan Devery, Harry Freid, Chris Friedman, Jake Glaser, Matt Greenberg, Matt Greenblatt, Mike Grosz, Mark Jutkowitz, Jake Levine, Josh Rottman, Eytan Saperstein, Alex Tress
Israel women power past Hofstra club, 16-5
BAYVILLE, NY — The Israel women’s national lacrosse team took part in Sunday’s festivities, playing the Hofstra University club lacrosse team, prior to the men’s exhibition at Centre Island Becah Park.
Lauren Dykstra dominated for the blue-and-white, with a seven goal, four assist performance.
Israel led 6-0 after the first half, with Julia Szafman (30:00, six saves, 0 GA) earning the win in goal before giving way to up-and-comer Alex Freedman (30:00, 3 saves, 5 GA).
Amanda Schwab (three goals, three assists), Sarah Meisenberg (two goals), Sam Ellis (one goal, two assists), Anna Pasternak (one goal, one assist), Chandley Borges (one goal) and Jess Shegoski (one assist) also scored.
Additional caps – Joanna Bargman, Talia Hillman, Danielle Levin, Ilyssa Meyer, Rachel Resnick, Emily Rosen
Israel 13, Long Island Jesters 7
(stats coming soon)
Elevate 16, Israel 5
(Borges 2g, Rachel Aranow 2g, Hannah Kaiser 1g)
Israel 8, Long Island Jesters 5
(Zack Tannanbaum 3g, Lewis Grama 2g, Ian Gironda 1g, Clay Korpi 1g, Josh Bilbaum 1g, Aaron Siff-Scherr 1a, Zach Simon 1a)
Elevate 9, Israel 2
(Jordana Cohen 1g, Hailey Daleo 1g)
Miller scored six goals to power the Israel men’s national lacrosse team past host New York LC, 16-4, in a friendly at Long Beach Recreation Center. The blue-and-white led 3-1 after the first quarter and 9-3 at halftime before cruising to victory.
Lee Coppersmith (three goals), Kyle Bergman (two goals, two assists) and Casey Cittadino (two goals, one assist) also had big nights for Team Israel.
Josh Rottman (+1 assist), Cody Levine and Brad Neumann added singles to crack the scoresheet.
Andrew Goldstein (40:00, 6 saves, 3 GA) earned the win in goal, while Jacob Reiner (20:00, 2 saves, 1 GA) and Andrew Helfman (20:00, 2 saves, 0 GA) also saw action.
Israel meets Ireland in a neutral-site showdown at Centre Island Beach Park in Bayville, NY, tomorrow at 2pm.
NYLC (www.newyorklacrosseclub.com), a member of the American Lacrosse League, was founded in 1871 and has featured greats such as Oren Lyons, Jack Kaley, Al Brisotti, Cookie Krongard, and many others.
“Todah rabah”- thank you to our hosts, New York Lacrosse Club, and the Long Beach community for helping Team Israel prepare for the World Championships.
Additional caps – Matthew Caple, Adam Crystal, Daniel Devery, Harrison Freid, Matthew Greenblatt, Michael Grosz, Mark Jutkowitz, Eytan Saperstein, Alex Tress]]>
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|
|67||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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