Israel Rallies Past Slovakia

The Israel men’s national lacrosse team defeated No. 17 Slovakia, 11-8, in their championship debut at Amsterdam Bos on Thursday.

Israel trailed 5-2 in the first half, but Richard Cheifitz and Ben Bretter combined for six straight goals to take the lead for good.


Slovakia cut the deficit to 8-7 with a pair of goals, but Alex Jacobs and Michael Pffefer rallied for three straight scores for Israel, who

was able to run out the last 20 minutes of the game relatively unscaved. Hank Altschuler played the full 80 minutes in goal, making nine saves in the win.


The win improves Israel to 1-0 in the Green Group of the European Lacrosse Championship, in a first place tie with Wales; the blue and

white are 4-2 overall, including exhibition play. Israel meets No. 27 France tomorrow at 1:30pm local time.

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