Israel Advances to Quarterfinals at World Indoor Lacrosse Championships

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Israel's national lacrosse women's team.Credit: Josef Štěpán

ONONDAGA NATION, Haudenosaunee Confederacy – The Israel men’s national box lacrosse team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at the Onondaga Nation Arena in Syracuse, New York.

The blue-and-white met a yet-to-be-determined opponent from the premier “Blue Group” early Friday morning, Israel time. Thursday night’s quarterfinal winner advances to Friday’s World Championship semifinals.

Israel (4-1) defeated Finland 14-4 in Monday’s first-round playoff match to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals. The victory was also payback for Israel, which fell in overtime to Finland in a friendly in Prague in April. The team then defeated Ireland in a seeding game, taking the favorable #5 seed.

Competing in the Green Division, Israel started its run to the playoffs with a pair of wins over the weekend. The team drubbed Serbia 15-8 on Friday and narrowly lost to Germany 10-9 on Saturday before doubling up on #7 Ireland 12-6 on Sunday.

During that stretch, Kyle Bergman (8 goals, 3 assists), Chad Culp (5 goals, 6 assists) and Bryan Hopper (4 goals, 9 assists) led Israel offensively, while Zachary Higgins saw most of the action in goal for Israel, making 66 saves and allowing just 23 goals in three games.

The 2015 championship is the first-ever international sporting event to be held on indigenous lands, according to the Federation of International Lacrosse.