Haifa LC (3-0) has climbed to the top of the Israel Premier League Lacrosse standings with an 8-7 win over Barak Netanya LC (2-1) at Shapira Field on Wednesday night.
The win was sealed by the outstanding play of Player of the Game Ted Bergman, who had an IPLL record 17 saves on the night.
Tied 4-4 at halftime, the teams continued to trade goals until Justin Diamond (five goals, two assists) scored the game-winner late in the fourth quarter to seal Netanya's fate. Haifa’s Nate Archer also contributed two goals and one assist to help his team capture the win.
Matthew Greenberg scored four goals to lead Netanya, while Jacob Reiner made 11 saves in the loss.
In Asheklon, the host club secured its first win of the season in thrilling fashion on Monday night, defeating Tel Aviv LC, 8-7, in a comeback win at New Municipal Stadium.
Trailing 5-3 at halftime and 6-5 after three quarters, Ashkelon did not have much of an answer for Tel Aviv standout Matt Flapan, who finished with four goals and one assist.
The teams traded goals throughout the second half, with Evan Kalish (two goals) scoring the game-winner with just 40 seconds left in regulation.
Finnish goalkeeper Juri Elonen was named the EL AL Player of the Game for Ashkelon, stopping eight shots in the win. Mitch Goldberg added three goals for Ashkelon. Reuven Dressler was strong in net for Tel Aviv in the loss, recording nine saves.
Scholarship winners announced
Also Monday, Israel Lacrosse announced the eight winners of its Daniel and Wendy Kraft Lacrosse Scholarship. According to Israel Lacrosse, the scholarship program is part of its ongoing commitment to develop homegrown lacrosse stars. The annual scholarships sponsor Israeli youth lacrosse players to travel abroad, and “to improve both their lacrosse and English skills by attending high-level lacrosse camps and tournaments,” the association announced.
Following the skills camps, the eight Israelis, their hosts, and several other Jewish-American U-19 athletes will represent Israel in a series of exhibition games in Florida during the first week of August. The teens will also participate in the JCC Maccabi Games August 10-14 before returning to Israel.