Maccabi USA blanks Israel in historic Maccabiah opener

Brynn Korpi (left) and the Maccabi USA defense stumped Israel on Wednesday.
Brynn Korpi (left) and the Maccabi USA defense stumped Israel on Wednesday.
NETANYA, ISRAEL — In the first-ever lacrosse match in the history of the Maccabiah Games, Maccabi USA blanked Israel 14-0 at Shapira Field on Wednesday morning.

Ariella Lerner scored the first-ever goal at 2:00, and scored again 90 seconds later to give the Americans a 2-0 advantage. USA led 10-0 at halftime and cruised to the 14-0 win.

Lerner finished with three goals and three assists, while Rachel White (three goals) and Jori Balsam (two goals, one assist) also had big days for the U.S. side.

Shaked Avnaeim made nine saves in goal for the blue-and-white, who struggled to generate offense against the more experienced American side.

Israel (0-1) meets Great Britain (0-0) on Thursday at 9:00 AM, while the United States (1-0) will take on the British on Sunday to complete round-robin play.

Official Boxscore
Official Boxscore