BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — The Israel men’s national team fell one goal short of a European Championship, as powerhouse England edged the blue-and-white, 7-6, in the Gold Medal Match of the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships on Saturday night.
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Still, Israel earned its first medal in program history as the blue-and-white received Silver Medals following the match.
Israel led 3-2 at halftime and 4-3 late in the third quarter before England came to life, rallying for four straight goals to take a commanding 7-4 advantage in the final frame.
The Israelis fought back, as Caleb Brodie and Kyle Bergman scored back-to-back goals in the final two minutes to cut the deficit to 7-6. However, Israel was unable to score on the ensuing possession, and the English stalled out the final minute to hold on and successfully defend their European Championship.
Bergman led Israel (7-1) with two goals, while Brodie, Alex Siegel, Ian Kadish and Noah Miller chipped in with singles. Daniel Leventhal and Matthew Cherry each added an assist.
Joshua Roden-Lowe led England (8-0) with two goals. William Baxter (80:00, 20 saves, 6 GA) was named MVP of the 2016 European Championships following his standout game between the pipes for England.
Eric Fischer (80:00, 18 saves, 7 GA) was dealt the loss in net for Israel.
Israel had clinched a program-first Medal in dominating fashion with a 10-3 win over Wales in the semifinals on Thursday.
The Israelis took an early 2-0 advantage on quick goals from Daniel Leventhal at 2:15 and Caleb Brodie at 3:36. The blue-and-white led 5-0 at the half and 6-0 in the third quarter before Eoin Dunne finally put Wales on the board at the 46-minute-mark.
The blue-and-white scored four more in a row to lead 10-1 in the fourth quarter, and cruised to victory.
Matthew Cherry (one goal, four assists) and Kyle Bergman (three goals, one assist) led Israel over Wales on Thursday, while Ian Kadish (two goals, one assist) and Leventhal (two goals) also had a big day. Caleb Brodie and Noah Miller added singles.
Eric Fischer (76:38, 8 saves, 2 GA) earned the win in goal for Israel while Andrew Landsman, who finished the game in net, allowed one goal.