BUDAPEST, Hungary — The Israel men’s national team used a four-goal burst in the second quarter to stun Germany, 8-4, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships, which are being held at Szent István University in Budapest, Hungary. They are scheduled to end tomorrow.
The victory put the blue-and-white just one win away from securing the program’s first medal, which Israel Lacrosse Association officials said would be a monumental achievement for the 5-year-old organization.
Israel (6-0) was set to meet Wales (5-1) in the semifinals last night, with the game ending after press time.
The Germans, who were picked by many to challenge the defending champions, England, for Gold this weekend, gave Israel all they could handle in Wednesday’s quarterfinal.
Philipp Broz gave Germany an early 1-0 lead and the European lacrosse powerhouse took advantage of Israel’s sloppy play, dominating time of possession.
The blue-and-white wouldn’t get on the board until the 21:02 mark. The two teams traded goals to go into the half 2-2.
Israel came out of the half in clear command, scoring the next four goals to electrify the crowd and take a 6-2 advantage after three quarters.
Germany chipped back to 6-4 but was unable to take advantage of late opportunities to close the gap and Israel closed out the win.
Daniel Leventhal scored an empty-netter with 49 seconds left to seal the victory.
Caleb Brodie (three goals), Leventhal (two goals), Ian Kadish (one goal, one assist), Matthew Cherry (one goal, one assist) and Jacob Silberlicht (one goal) scored for the Israelis.
Eric Fischer (80:00, 8 saves, 4 GA) played phenomenally well in-between the pipes.
Six different players scored for the Germans, who were unable to capitalize on Israel’s penalty trouble. Germany was 1-for-12 on the man advantage.
Darin Eakins (80:00, 18 saves, 8 GA) was the outstanding player for Germany in goal.
Israel reached the semifinals by sailing through its Pool A group, winning all five matches. Along the way it defeated Switzerland 9-2, Spain 17-1, Belgium 17-4, Slovenia 12-0 and Sweden 16-6.