Lacrosse / Exhibition

Israeli National Lacrosse Team's Rally Falls Short in Boston Against BU

Josh Offit capped a six-goal run, but Boston University answered with winning goal in closing minute

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Noach Miller in a semifinal game against Australia at the Lacrosse World Championships, in Colorado, July 16, 2014.Credit: AP

Boston University withstood a late charge by the Israeli men’s national lacrosse team to prevail 13-12 in exhibition play at Boston’s Nickerson Field on Sunday.

After trailing 12-6, Josh Offit’s goal with just under two minutes remaining capped a six-goal run and deadlocked the score at 12-12, but the Terriers answered back with the decisive goal with just 43 seconds left.

The blue-and-whites had several opportunities in the waning seconds but were unable to force overtime.

Offit (three goals, one assist) and Louis Dubick (three goals) led Israel in scoring, while Mike Stone (two goals) and Ari Sussman (two goals) also chipped in. Kyle Bergman (one assist) and Noah Miller (one goal) added a goal apiece, and Joel Derechinsky cracked the scoresheet with an assist.

Israel jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to start the game, but BU came to life with a six-goal run to take command, and led for most of the game.

Mike Horowitz (43:00, 14 saves, 12 GA) and Ted Bergman (17:00, 4 saves, 1 GA) saw action in goal; Bergman was dealt the loss.

While Israel gave Boston a good scare at the end, it could not do the same the previous evening against Harvard. Israel controlled much of the first quarter, but an eight-goal run by Harvard in the middle periods powered the 2014 Ivy League champions to a 14-7 exhibition win at Soldiers Field.

Kyle Bergman scored two goals for Israel to open the game, as the visitors led the Crimson 2-1 after one quarter. Holding a 4-3 advantage midway through the second, Harvard kicked off their run, taking a 6-3 lead at the break, and a 12-3 advantage late into the third quarter as Israel was held scoreless for over 20 minutes.

Louis Dubick (two goals, one assist), Bergman (two goals), Ari Sussman (one goal, one assist) and Offit (two assists) led the Israeli offense, while Miller and Stone each scored one goal. Horowitz (33:00, 8 saves, 7 GA), Bergman (17:00, 5 saves, 5 GA), and Andrew Landsman (10:00, 2 saves, 2 GA) split time in goal.

Among the other Israeli lacrosse squads participating in the exhibition weekend, the women’s national team defeated Smith College 10-4, while the Masters (40+) squad fell to Atlantic Sportswear 11-6. Israel’s under-15 girl’s team eked out a 9-8 victory over Laxachusetts, but the Laxachusetts under-15 boy’s team and under-19 men’s team each handily defeated their Israeli opponents, winning 14-4 and 14-3, respectively.