Israel Places Seventh With Win Over Puerto Rico in Lacrosse World Championship

Team USA takes title by beating Canada on last-second goal

Haaretz Sports Staff
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Israel playing in the Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya, July 2018.
Israel playing in the Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya, July 2018.Credit: Oded Karni
Haaretz Sports Staff

Zachary Pall led Israel to a seventh-place finish at the Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya by contributing six goals, including the opening score, en route to a 12-1 drubbing of Puerto Rico last Friday.

Daniel Leventhal and Jacob Silberlicht scored two goals each for Israel.

The victory was a bittersweet end to Israel’s hosting of the Lacrosse World Championship competition, having had its medal hopes die with a quarterfinal loss to Australia last Wednesday.

Playing in the consolation bracket, Israel fell to Japan 10-9 last Thursday, despite Isaac Paparo scoring a hat trick, with Pall and Leventhal contributing two goals each. That defeat left it in the game for seventh place against Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, Team USA won the championship after a closely fought 9-8 victory over Canada in the final, in which Tom Schreiber scored the winning goal in the final second of regulation.

In the bronze medal game, the Iroquois national team defeated Australia 14-12 to claim third place in the tournament.