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European Lacrosse Championships: Goalie Altschuler (Lower Merion) helps Israel improve to 3-0

Sunday, 24th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/24/12
From Press Release

Israel improved to 3-0 in the European Lacrosse Championship today, defeating No. 24 Norway, 11-3, behind goalie Hank Altschuler (Lower Merion) on a rain-soaked field at Amsterdam Bos in the Netherlands.

Israel goalie Hank Altschuler makes a big save in Sunday's 11-3 win over Norway. Israel is 3-0 in the European Championships (Photo courtesy of Gideon Holtz)

The win sets the stage for a showdown with No. 11 Wales on Monday at 5:00 PM local time. Wales is also 3-0 in group play after securing wins against France, Norway and Slovakia. The winner of Monday’s match receives a bye to the quarterfinals.

Norway led 2-1 after the first quarter, but Israel scored six straight goals to take command of the game.

“I’m really proud of the way we played in the second half today,” said Israel assistant coach Mark Greenberg. “We’re hopeful we can maintain the momentum and continue to play at a high level against the top teams in Europe.”

Altschuler (7 saves, 3 goals against) and Ben Levine (3 saves, 0 goals against) split time in goal for Israel; Altschuler was credited with the win. Richard Cheifitz led the blue and white attack with four goals, while Jesse Kane recorded three goals and Michael Pfeffer scored twice. Alex Jacobs and Jack Jacobs each added singles.

Christian Roness, Didrik Abrahamsen, and Laycock Thomas Erkki scored for Norway.

In addition to the Wales match, Israel’s men’s and women’s festival teams debut on Monday with two games apiece.

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE/RESULTS

June 15 – Friendly – Israel 13, Turkey 9
June 17 – Friendly – Israel 16, Bulgaria 9
June 18 – Friendly – #8 Netherlands 13, Israel 5
June 19 – Friendly – #23 Switzerland 8, Israel 6
June 19 – Friendly – Israel 12, #9 Ireland 11
June 21 – Group play – Israel 11, #17 Slovakia 8
June 22 – Group play – Israel 13, #27 France 4
June 24 – Group play – Israel 11, #24 Norway 3
June 25 – Group play vs. #11 Wales (3-0)

For attached photo use, please credit Gideon Holtz

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