Israel forward Matthew Cherry has been honored by the Federation of International Lacrosse with the Spirit of Lacrosse Award, for his dedication, leadership, and outstanding contributions to the development of the sport in Israel, the Israel Premier Lacrosse League announced this week.
While some of his teammates – and fellow soldiers – were granted leave to participate in last month’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, Cherry was unable to take time off from his military commitments to join the team at Onondaga Nation. Accepting the award on Cherry’s behalf in Syracuse were his roommates and teammates Noah Miller and Jacob Silberlicht.
Meanwhile, the Israel men’s national box lacrosse team earned a #4 world ranking following its fourth place finish at the championships.
Israel was able to make this rare accomplishment even though its roster was composed of mostly field athletes. Only seven of the teams’s 23 rostered players have had more than a few games of experience “in the box,” the indoor version of the traditionally outdoors game.