Is­rael make big strides

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

LACROSSE Is­rael won new friends after a sev­enth place fin­ish at the FIL World Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships.

Com­pet­ing in their first ma­jor tour­na­ment, the men’s lacrosse team left Amer­ica with their heads held high.

A cred­itable show­ing saw them top their pool by sweep­ing aside Swe­den, Slo­vakia and Korea.

Ari Sussman was the star man as Is­rael marched on to the knock­out stages with wins over Ire­land and Ger­many.

Is­rael’s run ended in the quar­ter­fi­nals against Aus­tralia who ran out 9-8 vic­tors. A titanic tus­sle against Eng­land fol­lowed but Is­rael went down de­spite a spir­ited fight-back as they failed to win an au­to­matic spot in the Elite Blue pool for the 2018 event.

Is­rael Lacrosse ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Scott Neiss said: “We knew we had a tal­ented squad, but I don’t think any­body ex­pected us to per­form at the level we have.”

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