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Philly men, women playing on Israel’s Taglit-Birthright Tour; rubber matches today

Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, International, Posted 6/25/14
From Press Releases

The rubber match for the men’s tourney in the three-game Taglit-Birthright trip will be held today in Ashkelon’s New Municipal Stadium in Ashkelon, Israel with a strong Philly presence.

The Israel Lacrosse Association is holding the three-game men and women’s exhibition tour, which pits the Israel men’s and women’s national teams against all-star squads of American college players, who will be touring the country.

See below for rosters (Philly players boldfaced).Israel Lacrosse

The showcase tour, which beganw with games on June 19, was developed under a unique partnership with Amazing Israel ( to offer the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse program”, a 10-day unique Taglit-Birthright trip. In addition to touring the country, participants will teach the sport to young Israeli athletes, train, and compete in exhibition games against the Israel men’s and women’s national teams.

The Birthright/USA men’s team prevailed, 15-14, in the second game on Friday despite six goals and three assists by Israel’s Matt Cherry (Radnor High, Dickinson). Cherry also had two goals and one assist in Thursday’s opening-day 10-8 win.

For the women, Ursinus’ Jayme Verman (five goals, one assist) paced the Birthright/USA All-Stars to a 15-10 win at Moshe Sharet School in Ramla on Friday to complete a two-game sweep. For Israel, Jess Schwab (Harriton) had three goals. In the opener, the Birthright/USA won, 10-9 as Verman had six goals. Schwab led Israel with two goals.

The 10-day trip was limited to 20 men and 20 women who are either active players or recent graduates of a college lacrosse program. The trip is specifically geared for players to experience all Israel has to offer, through the lessons learned in lacrosse, and while promoting the grassroots development of lacrosse throughout Israel. The trip will use lacrosse as a platform to educate, engage and energize various Israeli communities while gaining a better understanding of what Israel and the region have to offer in sport.

The final games in Ashkelon are the main event of a full day of lacrosse-related activities in Ashkelon, which include visits to promote the sport at Nofiam Bet School, North Star School, and Omanuote School, as well as several special guest speakers, and a U-15 match featuring top Israeli youth squads from Ashkelon LC and Tel Aviv LC.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18-26. Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.

Game Results/Schedule
Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 PM – Women’s Game 1 – Municipal Stadium; Rehaniya, Israel – Birthright/USA 10, Israel 9
Thursday, June 19th at 7:15 PM – Men’s Game 1 – Municipal Stadium; Rehaniya, Israel – Israel 10, Birthright/USA 8
Friday, June 20th at 10:30 AM – Women’s Game 2 – “Moshe Sharet” School; Ramla, Israel – Birthright/USA 15, Israel 10
Friday, June 20th at 10:30 AM – Men’s Game 2 – Park Ofer; Ramla, Israel – Birthright/USA 15, Israel 14
Wednesday, June 25th at 5:00 PM – Women’ Game 3 – New Municipal Stadium; Ashkelon, Israel
Wednesday, June 25th at 7:30 PM – Men’s Game 3 – New Municipal Stadium; Ashkelon, Israel

Birthright/USA All-Stars (Men) Roster

1 G Adam Daroff Pepper Pike, OH / Babson
2 M/G Andrew Landsman Norwalk, CT / Ithaca
3 D Jesse Hartman Boulder, CO / Vassar
5 F Daniel Gold Boston, MA / Emerson
7 G Max Schefler East Meadow, NY / Binghamton
8 D Mitchell Amour Colchester, VT / New England
9 F Max Gurowski Atlantic Beach, FL / Jacksonville
11 M Jake Levine Cold Spring Harbor, NY / Delaware
16 F Ryan Hunter Syosset, NY / Ohio State
17 M Jared Jacobs (Conestoga) Malvern, PA / Wesleyan
18 M Ben Herman Brunswick, ME / New England
21 D Greg Fraistat E. Rockaway, NY / Binghamton
22 F Mikey Pfeffer* Herzliya, Israel / Syracuse
26 D Ian McAdorey Parkland, FL / Norwich
28 D Devon Kelley Richmond, VA / Yale
32 M William Gurowski Webster, NY / Ithaca
35 M Max DeLap* Tel Aviv, Israel / Birmingham Southern
47 D Nate Menninger Newton, MA / Virginia
99 M Logan Miller Newport Beach, CA / Corona del Mar
Head Coach: David Dennenberg

Team Israel (Men) Roster

1 G Ben Levine Petah Tikva, Israel / IUP
3 F Matthew Cherry (Radnor) Ashkelon, Israel / Dickinson
7 M Jacob Silberlicht Ashkelon, Israel / Hobart
8 G Ted Bergman (Strath Haven) Media, PA / Wesleyan
9 M Yochanan Katz Jerusalem, Israel / Colorado
10 D Jon Rathauser Tel Aviv, Israel / McGill
11 G Reuven Dressler Ma’ale Adumim, Israel / Yale
14 M Aaron Tracy Tel Aviv, Israel / Kenyon
17 D Mathew Markman Tel Aviv, Israel / Oberlin
18 M Seth Mahler Ashkelon, Israel / Whittier
20 M Cole McCormack Ashkelon, Israel / Cornell
24 M Gabriel Leonhard Jerusalem, Israel / Eastern University
25 M Mitchell Goldberg Damascus, MD / Richmond
26 D Chris Friedman Freeport, NY / Briarcliffe
32 M Dan Leventhal Tel Aviv, Israel / Tufts
36 M Samuel Adler Netanya, Israel / Potsdam
40 M Matthew Flapan Ramle, Israel / Israel Defense Forces
41 F Noach Miller Tel Aviv, Israel / Vermont
48 D Gaddy Weissman Tel Aviv, Israel / MIT
56 D Harrison Freid Ashkelon, Israel / St. John’s
59 F Alec Aloni Tel Aviv, Israel / Israel Defense Forces
91 F Matthew Opsahl Patomac, MD / Hobart
00 D Daniel Devery Haifa, Israel / Haifa
Head Coach: Bill Beroza*

Birthright/USA All-Stars (Women) Roster

1 M Olivia Jurkowitz Greenwich, CT / Middlebury
3 M Talia Hillman Chicago, IL / Maryland
6 D Ashley Lynn Millburn, NJ / Susquehanna
7 F Rebecca Gold Woodinville, WA / Claremont
10 D Sara Ruzzi Arnold, MD / Columbia
11 D Ellie Rosenblum Merrick, NY / Susquehanna
12 M Lindsey Grabell (Lower Merion) Bala Cynwyd, PA / Ursinus
13 D Kayla Devlin Annapolis, MD / Delaware
14 M Julia Waldman New Milford, CT / UConn
16 F Alyssa Kanter Swampscott, MA / Dickinson
18 F Annie McMahon Marblehead, MA / Denison
20 D Danielle Kanter Marblehead, MA / Virginia
22 D Kali Heller-Spencer Allendale, MI / Grand Valley
23 M Jayme Verman York, PA / Ursinus College
25 G Katie Alpert Longwood, FL / Bryn Mawr
30 G Rachel Gallimore Hanover, NH / Tufts
35 M Melinda Vasconcellos Waxhaw, NC / Presbyterian
Head Coach: Moriah Greenstein

Team Israel (Women) Roster

1 G Alex Freedman (Radnor) Villanova, PA / Middlebury
2 F Abby Baigelman Larchmont, NY / Gettysburg
4 M Leah Breevoort Netanya, Israel / Georgia
5 M Joey Krygier Tel Aviv, Israel / Concordia
8 F Taylor Roy Mill Valley, CA / Wheaton
10 M Sofia Rosetti Tel Aviv, Israel / Vassar
12 M Whitney Elzufon Maple Grove, MN / Mankato State
14 F Jessica Schwab (Harriton) Bryn Mawr, PA / Cornell
15 M Megan Meluskey (Concord) Wilmington, DE / Goucher

16 M Hannah Deoul West Palm Beach, FL / Middlebury
18 D Alicia Perry Tel Aviv, Israel / Stanford
20 M Nicole Krassner Jerusalem, Israel / Florida
23 M Lucy Hass Allendale, MI / Grand Valley
27 M Elyssa Rosenbaum Jerusalem, Israel / James Madison
33 G Mia Rosen Baltimore, MD / American
36 D Drew Kuperman Scottsdale, AZ / Whittier
39 G Julia Szafman Ashkelon, Israel / Dartmouth
88 D Sarah Orbuch Plymouth, MN / Oberlin
Head Coach: Lauren Paul Norris*


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