Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/6/16
From Press Release
The Israel men’s national team clinched a program-first Medal in dominating fashion in a 10-3 win over Wales Thursday in the Semifinals of the 2016 ELF European Lacrosse Championships, which are being held at Szent István University in Budapest, Hungary.
Radnor grad Matthew Cherry (one goal, four assists) and Drexel alum Kyle Bergman (three goals, one assist) led Israel over Wales on Thursday, while Ian Kadish (two goals, one assist) and Leventhal (two goals) also had a big day. Caleb Brodie and Noah Miller added singles.
Israel will face England for the gold medal today at 5 p.m. Hungary time.
The Israelis took an early 2-0 advantage Thursday on quick goals from Daniel Leventhal at 2:15 and Caleb Brodie at 3:36. The blue-and-white led 5-0 at the half and 6-0 in the third quarter before Eoin Dunne finally put Wales on the board at the 46-minute-mark.
The blue-and-white scored four more in a row to lead 10-1 in the fourth quarter, and cruised to victory.
Israel (7-0) meets England (7-0) in a battle of two juggernauts in the Gold Medal Game. England, the defending European champs, rolled past previously-undefeated Finland, 14-1, in the other semifinal on Thursday.
The win Thursday was a historic one for the Israel Lacrosse Association, in that the blue-and-white are guaranteed at worst a Silver Medal. Israel has never finished better than fourth in a major quadrennial championship event.
However, the Israelis are not just happy to be there. The Gold Medal Game is expected to be a memorable finale to an exciting European Championship.
The two teams 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.
Eric Fischer (76:38, 8 saves, 2 GA) earned the win in goal for Israel while Andrew Landsman, who finished the game in net, allowed one goal.