OSHAWA, Canada − The Israel women’s national lacrosse team scored early and often to power past No. 8 Scotland, 13-6, at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex on Friday. The win clinches a spot for Israel in the 12-team playoff bracket of the 2013 Women’s World Cup.
Israel was led offensively by Kim Dubansky’s four goals, while Lauren Dykstra (two goals, two assists), Ali Curwin (two goals) and Jenna Block (two goals) also scored multiple times.
The blue-and-white got off to a fast start with a barrage of three goals within one minute. Curwin scored on a free position shot, followed by a fast break goal by Dykstra and a Dubansky score at 2:17.
Dubansky’s second goal moments later gave Israel a 4-0 advantage.
Alissa Stott put Scotland on the board 8:50, but Israel answered back with another four consecutive goals, chasing Scotland’s Chloe Hunt from the cage while taking an 8-1 advantage.
With Scotland unable to stay out of penalty trouble, Israel was able to run out the final six minutes of a grueling second half.
Sarah Meisenberg (one goal, one assist), Amanda Schwab (one goal), Sam Ellis (one goal) and Nicole Sawdaye (two assists) also contributed on offense for the blue-and-white.
Julia Szafman (60:00, six saves, six goals against) earned the winning goal. Stott (two goals), Julia Paterson (one goal), Olivia Grant (one goal), Eleanor Bygroves (one goal), Lydia Nicole (one goal) and Susan Clark (one assist) cracked the scoresheet for Scotland. Hunt (18:13, six GA) and Ariella Midgen (41:47, seven GA) split time in goal; Midgen was credited the loss.
The playoffs begin on Wednesday, July 17. Israel’s final pool play game and two “crossover” games against Hong Kong and Japan on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, will determine their playoff seed (6th through 11th).
USA, Australia, Canada, England and Wales automatically are seeded 1st through 5th; the top four teams receive byes to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Israel (2-0) concludes pool play today against No. 16 South Korea (0-2).
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