The Israel men’s national lacrosse teamÂ defeated No. 17 Slovakia, 11-8, in their championship debut atÂ Amsterdam Bos on Thursday.
Israel trailed 5-2 in the first half, but Richard Cheifitz and BenÂ 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 JacobsÂ and Michael Pffefer rallied for three straight scores for Israel, who
was able to run out the last 20 minutes of the game relativelyÂ unscaved.Â Hank Altschuler played the full 80 minutes in goal, making nine savesÂ in the win.
The win improves Israel to 1-0 in the Green Group of the EuropeanÂ Lacrosse Championship, in a first place tie with Wales; the blue and
white are 4-2 overall, including exhibition play.Â Israel meets No. 27 France tomorrow at 1:30pm local time.