Lacrosse / European Championships / Israel's Surprise Debut Streak Runs Aground Against Dutch

Eighth-ranked host Netherlands rolls to an 18-3 quarterfinal win at Amsterdam Bos, moving Israel into the consolation round.

The successful debut of Israel's men's national lacrosse team in the European Lacrosse Championships came to an end on Wednesday, as eighth-ranked host Netherlands rolled to an 18-3 quarterfinal win at Amsterdam Bos.

Netherlands grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but Elan Daisudov and Ben Bretter answered back for Israel to tie the game at 2-2. Goaltender Hank Altschuler made several impressive saves to preserve the tie after one quarter of play.

However, the Dutch scored seven straight goals in the second quarter to take command of the game. Netherlands maintained their dominance in the second half to cruise to victory.

Michael Pfeffer also scored for the unranked blue and white, who became an unlikely quarterfinalist by topping Wales, France, Norway and Slovakia to win their group.

Altschuler (nine saves, nine goals against ) and Ben Levine (three saves, nine goals against ) split time in goal; Altschuler was credited the loss.

Bolderink Ingmar and Graham Bergsma each scored four goals to lead the Dutch.

Israel (4-1 ) was scheduled to meet seventh-ranked Scotland yesterday, with the game ending after press time, and either No. 6 Germany or No. 12 Finland in today's consolation matches.

Host Netherlands (3-4 ) struggled in the top division, but defeated Ireland and Czech Republic to qualify for the quarterfinals. Their win over Israel pits them against tournament-favorite England, while Ireland and Sweden meet in the other semifinal.

The Israel team members on Wednesday were Abraham Brandes, Richard Cheifitz, Noam Goldstein, Samuel Hyman, Jack Jacobs, Jesse Kane, Yochanan Katz, Mathew Markman, Joshua Pankin, Roey Ringel, Aryeh Sabag, Matthew Spielman, Alex Tress and Adam Waddell.

Larry Palumbo