Israel Lacrosse has announced its 19-man roster for the men’s national team, which will compete at the 2016 Men’s European Lacrosse Championships to be held in Budapest from July 28 to August 6.
Although the Israel Lacrosse Association has announced a policy for European competition that restricts the roster to Israel-based players, the team is expected to fill out the squad with eligible players from the Israel Premier Lacrosse League who meet a six-game minimum for the 2016 season.
The roster includes Joshua Bernstein, Matthew Cherry, Aaron Feinberg, Chris Feldman, Eric Fischer, Matthew Flapan, Jesse Hartman, Jack Kane, Eric Kansky, Yochanan Katz, Andrew Landsman, Gabriel Leonhard, Seth Mahler, Noah Miller, Michael Pfeffer, Jonathan Rathauser, Alex Siegel, Jacob Silberlicht and Glen Tobin.
The blue-and-white is one of 24 countries vying for gold at the European Championships. Israel opens its tournament on July 28, against the up-and-coming Switzerland (currently ranked 15th in the world). The two teams have never met in World or European Championship play, although the Swiss defeated Israel 8-6 in a friendly back in 2012.
Israel wraps up pool play against 11th-ranked Sweden, which won bronze at the last edition of the European Championships in 2012. Israel earned a decisive 19-4 win over the Swedes in the opener at the 2014 World Championships.
Israel must finish either 1st or 2nd in Pool C in order to advance to the quarterfinals.
The European Championships are held every four years, and the Israeli men are hoping to improve upon their 8th-place finish at the 2012 Euros in Amsterdam.
LacrosseAllStars.com has predicted that Israel and Sweden will progress to the quarterfinals from their pool. Perennial European powerhouse England is the favorite to win its fourth straight gold medal.
In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing.
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