Is­rael beaten by Eng­land in Lacrosse Euro­pean fi­nal

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Is­rael dropped to a 7-6 de­feat to Eng­land in the fi­nal of the 2016 Euro­pean Lacrosse Cham­pi­onship in Budapest, Hun­gary on Satur­day. The two teams went head by head in the first half, but Is­rael had a 3-2 edge. In the sec­ond half Eng­land man­aged to tie the score. By the be­gin­ning of the last quar­ter Eng­land was lead­ing by three points. In the last min­utes of the match Is­rael scored two goals, but couldn’t tie the game and had to set­tle for a sil­ver medal.

It was Is­rael’s first de­feat of the cham­pi­onships.

Is­rael and Eng­land last met at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships, with Eng­land pre­vail­ing in a 10-9 over­time win. Eng­land jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never trailed, but the Is­raelis gave them all they could han­dle. The only other pre­vi­ous meet­ing was a one-goal Eng­land win as well, in an ex­hi­bi­tion game ahead of the 2014 Worlds.

Wales and Fin­land bat­tled for the 3rd place of the tour­na­ment. The Finns dom­i­nated dur­ing the whole match, they won all the quar­ters (1:3, 1:2, 1:4, 1:3). Fin­land eas­ily won the game 12-4. Fin­land won their well-de­served bronze medal.

Be­fore the bronze and gold game, the rest of the po­si­tional fi­nals took place. The rookie Hun­gar­ian crew played with the Span­ish team and scored 13 goals. This win placed the Hun­gar­i­ans in 17th place on the 2016 Euro­pean Lacrosse Cham­pi­onship.

France fin­ished 23rd af­ter it de­feated Slove­nia 9-5. First time par­tic­i­pants Slove­nia fin­ished in last place. Dur­ing the match be­tween Aus­tria and Den­mark, the Aus­trian team smoothly se­cured the first half (5:0, 4:0). The Danes pulled them­selves a lit­tle bit to­gether in the sec­ond half (2:1, 2:2), but still lost to Aus­tria 13-3.

Bel­gium played Rus­sia for 15th place. The Bel­gians won the game 11-7 and this score put the Rus­sian team to the 16th place. The game for the 21th place was be­tween Slo­vakia and Italy. On the ex­it­ing game the Ital­ians man­aged to beat the Slo­vak team, 9-7. The Slo­vaks fin­ished 22nd.

(Lacrosse Is­rael)

IS­RAEL LOST to Eng­land in a tight fi­nal at the Euro­pean Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships in Budapest yes­ter­day.

(Danny Maron)

IS­RAELI JU­DOKA Golan Pol­lack aims to prove his World Cham­pi­onship bronze medal tri­umph from last year was no co­in­ci­dence when he com­petes in Rio to­day.

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