Ali Steinberg paces Israel past #7 Haudenosaunee, 17-10

HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK — The Israel women’s national completed a weekend sweep at their New York training weekend with a 17-10 win over the 7th-ranked Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) at Cantiague Park on Sunday.

Ali Steinberg led the blue-and-white with five goals and two assists, while Rachel Minarovich and Rachel Ozer chipped in three goals apiece in a game where Israel never trailed.

The match was a high-scoring but tight affair through the first half, with the Israelis holding a 9-7 edge at the break. Israel scored the first four goals of the second frame to take a 13-7 advantage that the Haudenosaunee could not overcome.

While a victory in Israel’s first international of their 2017 campaign is an important one, both teams were missing key active NCAA players who are midseason with their college teams. Israel seemed to have more depth on Sunday, outscoring their opponents 8-3 in the second half.

Alison Curwin and Jayme Verman each added one goal and three assists, while Jessi Steinberg (two goals), Kim Dubansky (one goal, one assist) and Emma Lazaroff (one goal) also cracked the scoresheet.

Israel topped U-LAX New York and defeated St. Joseph’s College earlier in the weekend.

Alex Freedman (30:00, 3 saves, 7 GA) and Blaire Nathanson (30:00, 2 saves, 3 GA) split time in goal; Nathanson was credited the win.

The team will regroup for several exhibition games at their formal training camp in Netanya, Israel in July. The camp will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Maccabiah Games, held immediately prior to the 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup in England.

Additional caps – Nikol Baglay, Jenna Baverman, Gabriela Cheban, Shirel Fresh, Megan Lerner, Sarah Meisenberg