Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/25/16
From Press Release
Philly’s Matthew Cherry (Radnor, Dickinson grad) and Michael Horowitz (St. Joseph’s University assistant coach, Muhklenberg grad) are assisting head coach Seth Mahler for the Israel men’s national team which will compete at the 2016 FIL U-19 World Championship this summer for the first time ever.
The event will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from July 7-16. Israel’s head coach is Seth Mahler.
Cherry, who was honored last year by the Federation of International Lacrosse with the Spirit of Lacrosse Award, relocated to Israel in summer of 2013 with Mahler to launch youth lacrosse in Ashkelon. Following a year of grassroots recruiting and coaching, the former Dickinson All-American enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces, and is currently serving in the West Bank. As a player, Cherry was second in scoring for the blue-and-white at the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver, appearing in eight games.
Cherry, a First-Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick in 2009, was a three-time First-Team All-Centennial Conference pick and a First-Team USILA All-American at Dickinson.
Horowitz has appeared in goal for both the Israel field and box Men’s National Teams since 2013. The Muhlenberg product makes several trips to Israel annually, and his leadership has been instrumental in the launch of Israel’s U-19 National Developmental Program and the Israel Lacrosse Showcase Tour.
Tryouts for the U-19 team were held from January 2-4, 2016, at New Municipal Stadium in Ashkelon, Israel.
Israel’s roster will be composed of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).
The tryout was limited to 120 players. Israel Lacrosse will announce the team’s 46-man national team roster in 7 to 10 days, according to a spokesman.
Horowitz assists in all facets of the St. Joseph’s University program, with a specific focus on mentoring SJU’s goalkeepers and face-off unit and coordinating the scout team defense. Under Horowitz’s direction, Saint Joseph’s produced three All-Conference defenders and saw three different goalkeepers earn Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2015.
In 2015, Saint Joseph’s recorded an 11-win season, matching the second-highest single-season win total in program history. The Hawks led the nation in man-down defense (.800) for the second consecutive year and ranked in the top 15 in scoring defense, caused turnovers per game, clearing percentage, man-up offense, scoring margin, and winning percentage.
Horowitz joined the Hawks’ staff from Pfeiffer University, where he coordinated a defense that ranked sixth in Division II in caused turnovers as part of the #14th-ranked team in the country. Horowitz coached one goalkeeper to All-America honors, along with three defensemen to the All-Conference Carolinas team.
Before joining Pfeiffer, Horowitz was the defensive assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University for two seasons. During his short time at FDU, Horowitz coached one goalkeeper and two defensemen to All-Conference accolades. In his first season, Horowitz helped guide the team to an 8-8 record, including a 6-1 mark at home. While a member of the Devils’ coaching staff, Horowitz earned his Master’s Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications.
Horowitz currently plays with both the field and box Israeli National Teams and played collegiately at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He was a starting goalkeeper for three years and was an All-Centennial Conference selection both as a junior and a senior. Horowitz ties for fourth all-time in single-season saves (164) and ranks fifth all-time in career saves (405).
Horowitz is a native of Randolph, N.J.