IDC Herzliya Lacrosse completed its 2018 Prospect Tour Sunday with a victory over George Washington University Lacrosse Club 13-12.
The tour aimed to promote the upstart IDC Herzliya men’s lacrosse program, which hopes to join the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association’s Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League in the spring of 2019, as well as raise funds and awareness youth development programs in Israel.
The Israeli team’s roster was comprised of future prospects for the IDC Herzliya men’s program as well as Israel men’s national team players. Netanya native Ori Bar David is someone who fits both those criteria. The 18-year-old midfielder, who appeared for the blue-and-white at July’s FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships in his hometown, is keen to play lacrosse for IDC when he finishes serving in the Israel Defense Forces at age 21.
“IDC is a really strong university,” said Bar David. “I’m really happy that Israelis will have the opportunity to play lacrosse and also study at the highest level in Israel.”
The Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League consists of six Division I teams and 10 Division II teams, representing Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The proposed IDC Herzliya program would be composed of entirely full-time students — both Israeli- and American-born players — and would make several trips to the United States to play their MCLA schedule.
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National team defender Chris Friedman, who played college lacrosse in the Pioneer League before graduating in 2014 and relocating to Israel, is coaching the IDC Herzliya squad. Friedman is excited for the team to take the field for these games as the program continues to take shape. “This tour is a new beginning for Lacrosse in Israel,” said Friedman. “The team will not only serve as an opportunity for Israelis who wish to continue to play lacrosse at a high level after the army, but it will also attract North Americans who want to continue to play lacrosse in college and are hungry for an international experience.”
IDC Herzliya Lacrosse played seven games in 11 days, coming away with a 4-3 record with wins over Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island, Columbia University, and George Washington University, and losses to University of Buffalo, St. Bonaventure University and the University of Connecticut. The vision of the potential of the IDC team was on full display Sunday as they rallied from a 5 goal deficit at half time to defeat a talented George Washington squad, lead by players from Beth Tfiloh School in Baltimore and their sister city teammates from Ashkelon.
Israel Lacrosse Association Chief Operating Officer David Lasday outlines the goals of the program, “The project aims to win win win, not only on the field but more importantly in developing lacrosse, building people to people connection between Israelis and Jews from North America, countering the boycott, divest and sanctions movement where it’s strongest on college campuses and offering players from Israel’s periphery the opportunity to study at one of Israel’s leading academic institutions.”