Israel Lacrosse: Ali Steinberg Paces Israel Past #7 Haudenosaunee

Training camp in New York yielded three convincing wins for the women’s team, even though it wasn’t at full strength

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The Israel lacrosse women's team powered past St. Joseph’s College 18-2 in a training camp game in New York, April 14, 2017.
The Israel lacrosse women's team powered past St. Joseph’s College 18-2 in a training camp game in New York, April 14, 2017.Credit: Israel Lacrosse

Israel’s women’s lacrosse team completed a weekend sweep at its New York training weekend with a 17-10 win over seventh-ranked Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) at Cantiague Park last Sunday.

Ali Steinberg led the blue-and-white with five goals and two assists, while Rachel Minarovich and Rachel Ozer chipped in three goals apiece in a game where Israel never trailed.

The match was a high-scoring but tight affair through the first half, with Israel holding a 9-7 edge at the break. Israel scored the first four goals of the second frame to take a 13-7 advantage, which the Haudenosaunee could not overcome.

While a victory in Israel’s first international of the 2017 campaign was an important one, both teams were missing key NCAA players who are midseason with their college teams. Israel seemed to have more depth, outscoring its opponents 8-3 in the second half.

Alison Curwin and Jayme Verman each added one goal and three assists, while Jessi Steinberg (two goals), Kim Dubansky (one goal, one assist) and Emma Lazaroff (one goal) also made the score sheet. Alex Freedman (30:00, 3 saves, 7 GA) and Blaire Nathanson (30:00, 2 saves, 3 GA) split time in goal; Nathanson was credited the win.

Israel opened its weekend by rolling past St. Joseph’s College, 18-2, last Friday.

The blue-and-white took command of the game from the opening whistle, scoring the first seven goals of the game before the Golden Eagles got on the board at the 14-minute mark. Israel led 13-1 at the midway point.

Ali Steinberg (five goals) led Israel, while Ozer (two goals, three assists), Curwin (two goals, two assists) and Jessi Steinberg (two goals, one assist) also had a big afternoon. Dubansky and Lazaroff added three goals apiece, while Verman chipped in an assist.

Nathanson (60:00, 7 saves, 2 GA) earned the win in goal.

On Saturday night, Israel blew away U-LAX New York 14-1. The U-LAX club, which features stars from the New York-based league, featured post-collegiate players who competed from D1 to D3 to club.

The game was tight for much of the first half; Dubansky scored in the opening minute to put Israel on the board first, but U-LAX responded to notch the game at 1-1. Curwin would take command later in the first half, scoring three straight goals to spark the Israelis in building a 7-1 halftime lead.

Curwin finished with four goals and two assists, while Jessi Steinberg (three goals, one assist) and Ozer (three goals) also had a big evening for the blue-and-white.

Dubansky and Lazaroff added two goals apiece, while Ali Steinberg chipped in one assist. Freedman (30:00, 2 saves, 1 GA) and Nathanson (30:00, 0 saves, 0 GA) split time in goal; Freedman was credited the win.