Israel Lacrosse / Women’s National Team Shines in Baltimore Showcase

Men have less fortune against teams from Stevenson and Towson.

Josef Štěpán

The Israeli women’s national lacrosse team won in impressive fashion at the Baltimore Showcase at Mustang Stadium in Maryland on Sunday.

The blue-and-white scored early and often to trounce Stevenson University 16-4. The team jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first 10 minutes and a 13-0 advantage at halftime. Israel led 15-0 before the Mustangs finally got on the board at 41:44.

Jess Rothstein (3 goals, 2 assists), Ali Curwin (2 goals, 3 assists), Abby Baigelman (2 goals, 2 assists), Amanda Tuck (2 goals, 2 assists) and Jayme Verman (3 goals) all had monster days for Israel, while Olivia Rubin (2 goals) and Sarah Meisenberg (1 goal, 1 assist) also contributed offensively.

Amanda Schwab (1 goal), Emily Brodsky (1 assist), Kim Dubansky (1 assist) and Peri Rutkovitz (1 assist) cracked the scoresheet as well.

JoJo Auerbach (20:00, 3 saves, 1 GA), Blaire Nathanson (20:00, 1 save, 0 GA), Chelsea Weinstein (20:00, 1 save, 3 GA) each saw time in goal; Nathanson was credited with the win.

The Israeli men’s national team couldn’t replicate the success of the women’s program, however, as the Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 15-7 victory.

Stevenson nearly held Israel scoreless for the entire first quarter, before Kyle Bergman trimmed the lead to 4-1 heading into the second quarter. Stevenson held an 8-3 lead at halftime and a 12-5 advantage after three quarters. Kyle Bergman (1 goal, 2 assists), Rich Cheifitz (1 goal, 2 assists) and Jory Parson (2 goals) led Israel offensively, while Bradley Diamond, Seth Mahler and Joshua Offit each added singles.

Eric Schneider (30:00, 6 saves, 8 GA), Mike Horowitz (15:00, 2 saves, 3 GA) and Ted Bergman (15:00, 2 saves, 4 GA) each saw action in goal; Schneider was dealt the loss.

The evening before, the men’s team met host Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium, taking an early lead but eventually falling 14-7.

Towson went on a five-goal run in the first quarter to burst past Israel, which had taken an initial 2-1 lead. Israel tried clawing back against the Tigers but was never able to cut the deficit closer than three goals.

Justin Diamond (3 goals, 1 assist) and Ryan Hunter (2 goals) led Israel, while Matt Flapan and Joe Nardella added one goal apiece. Nardella, playing in his debut for Israel, was a bright spot, adding a 14-for-16 statline from the faceoff circle.

Eric Schneider (40:00, 8 saves, 4 GA) and Ted Bergman (40:00, 8 saves, 10 GA) split time in goal. Bergman was dealt the loss.