Andrew Copeland stepped in for Barak Netanya and helped the “Bolts” deliver Haifa its first loss of the season with a 6-5 nail-biting win last Monday at Shapira Field.
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Copeland made 13 saves, including a last-second gut-wrencher to his shin, to earn El Al player of the game and clinch the victory.
The match was a meticulous, defensive battle, with Netanya (3-2) leading most of the way. However, Haifa (4-1) mounted a late comeback and overtime seemed imminent. Aaron Feinberg scored the winner with only two minutes left, while Jesse Parker added two goals and one assist to lead Netanya.
Haifa’s Justin Diamond, who leads the scoring table, added three goals. But his team’s late offensive push was not enough to retain its undefeated record.
Goldberg powers Ashkelon past Tel Aviv
In Ashkelon, Mitch Goldberg exploded for four goals and two assists to lead Ashkelon (2-3) over Tel Aviv (1-4), 11-8, in a decisive victory last Sunday night at the New Municipal Stadium.
In a match littered with penalties for both sides, Ashkelon managed to take advantage of its man-up opportunities on three occasions to earn the win. With the score tied 2-2 after one quarter, Ashkelon broke open a three-goal lead in the second, and kept Tel Aviv at bay for the rest of the contest.
Evan Kalish (three goals) and Jesse Hartman (two goals) also contributed offensively for Ashkelon, while Juri Elonen (60:00, 12 saves, eight goals against) had another big evening between the pipes. Matthew Flapan (three goals) and Philip Sussingham (two goals) led Tel Aviv. Reuven Dressler (60:00, 10 saves, 11 goals against) was dealt the loss in net.
Last Thursday, Haifa’s Ted Bergman followed his 17-save performance the previous game with 11 saves on goal against Ashkelon in a 6-4 win. He also helped his cause by adding one goal and one assist for the first-place club, which was shorthanded with only 11 players.
Justin Diamond scored twice for Haifa. Seth Mahler scored twice to lead Ashkelon, while goaltender Yuri Elonen had a remarkable 19 saves in the loss.
Also last Thursday, Tel Aviv knocked off Barak Netanya 8-7, to record its first win of the season.
Noah Miller scored four goals, including the game winner, earning El Al player of the game honors. Tel Aviv vet Reuven Dressler stopped 10 shots to earn the win in goal.
Jesse Parker had three goals and one assist to lead Netanya, while Bryan Hopper added two goals. Jacob Reiner made eight saves in the loss.
U-19 women debut in Scotland
Israel’s first-ever homegrown women’s national team made its debut on Wednesday at Peffermill Fields, suffering an 8-0 defeat to Finland at the official venue of the 2015 FIL U-19 Women’s World Cup.
While it was not the desired result for the Israelis, the match marked a historic first for the blue-and-white, which is represented by a group of young women who are almost entirely new to the game.
Scholarship winners announced
Last week, 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.