Dan Leventhal scored five goals, and HankÂ Altschuler played a stellar game between the pipes, as the IsraelÂ menâ€™s national lacrosse team topped No. 9 Ireland, 12-11, at AmsterdamÂ Bos on Tuesday.
Israel raced out to 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 leads, but Ireland answered theÂ bell each time, staying within striking distance as they stifled the
Israeli offense for the last 13 minutes of the first half. IrelandÂ tied the game at 6-6 with a goal with 10 seconds remaining in theÂ half.
Max Weisenberg opened the scoring in the second half, and LeventhalÂ scored twice to put Israel up 9-6, but Ireland answered back again,Â scoring four straight to go up 10-9, their first lead of the game.
However, the blue and white seized the momentum as Leventhal, MattÂ Cherry and Noah Miller scored consecutive fourth-quarter goals to takeÂ a 12-10 advantage. Ireland cut the lead to one goal, but Millerâ€™s goalÂ would stand as the game-winner, as Israel was able to run out theÂ clock, securing the biggest win in the young history of the program.
Miller finished with two goals and an assist, Mike Grosz, Ben BarocasÂ and Richard Cheifitz added singles. Leventhal and Cherry each added anÂ assist to their respective tallies. Altschuler earned the win in goal,Â playing the full 80 minutes.
The win improves Israel to 3-2 in exhibition play.