Lacrosse / National Team

Israel Announces Tryouts, Boston Exhibitions

Non-residents eligible for citizenship can join national squad

Gilda Haskell Rottman

Haaretz Sports Staff

The Israel men’s national lacrosse team announced that it will be holding tryouts for the national team next week in Oakville, Ontario. The team will also visit Boston this month, with a pair of exhibition games against Harvard University and Boston University highlighting the October 17-19 event.

International lacrosse rules allow a national team to include players who are eligible for citizenship, even if they are not permanent residents of the country.

“We’re very excited to begin the indoor phase of our program,” said Israel associate head coach Brad MacArthur, who also served as a scout for the blue-and-white’s field program at the recent FIL World Championships in Denver. “We expect to follow in the footsteps of our successes at the field championships. Exposing our players to the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre allows us the opportunity to work and train in a world class facility, which will be a building block of success for 2015.”

The weekend in Boston, which also features the blue-and-white’s Women’s Elite Team, plus girls’ and boys’ U-19, U-15 and Masters teams representing Israel, is being held in support of the launch of youth lacrosse programs in Haifa, which is Boston’s sister city in Israel.

Team Israel will also hold a special Shabbat Dinner and Banquet at the JCC of Greater Boston in Newton, on Friday evening October 17.