Israel Lacrosse Tops Turkey in International Play

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The Israel men’s national lacrosse team made their

international debut on Friday, topping Turkey, 13-9, at Sadi Gülçelik

Sports Center on Friday.


Tel Aviv’s Mike Grosz scored the first goal in program history just

three minutes into the match, and European official Henning Schmidt

reacted by halting play to present the ball to Israel head coach Bill



“It was kind of surreal,” said Grosz. “It was really a special moment

for our team and our program as a whole. We’ve really bonded as a

family since training camp began in Ashkelon, and I think everyone on

our team took pride in what we’ve accomplished so far.”


Israel sprinted out of the gate to a 6-0 lead before Turkey got on the

board at 17:42. Turkey, playing in their first ever home

international, rallied in the second half to cut the deficit to three

goals, but Israel was able to maintain their lead and secure the first

ever win for the program.


“Standing side by side with the Turkish team for the playing of

Ha’Tikva was an amazing feeling,” said Beroza, who is a member of the

US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. “There’s

going to be a lot of firsts — but we don’t have much time to enjoy

this moment — we must look forward.”


Grosz led Israel with four goals and three assists, while Matt Cherry

scored two goals and three assists, and Richard Cheifitz scored twice.

Dan Leventhal (+1 assist), Evan Goldstein (+1 assist), David Franklin,

Ben Bretter and David Lasday added singles. Jason Senter recorded one



Hank Altschuler and David Dennenberg split time in goal, with

Dennenberg earning the win.


Additional caps – Jason Ascher, Seth Mahler, Mathew Markman, Josh

Pankin, Jon Rathauser, Ben Silverman, Max Spitalnick





June 15 – Friendly – Israel 13, Turkey 9

June 17 – Friendly – Israel 16, Bulgaria 9

June 18 – Friendly vs. #8 Netherlands

June 19 – Friendly vs. #23 Switzerland

June 19 – Friendly vs. #9 Ireland

June 20 – Friendly vs. #16 Spain

June 20 – Friendly vs. #19 Italy

June 21 – Group play vs. #17 Slovakia

June 22 – Group play vs. #27 France

June 24 – Group play vs. #24 Norway

June 25 – Group play vs. #11 Wales


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