2022 Hanukkah 8’s Tournament Recap

ASHKELON, ISRAEL – The Israel Lacrosse Association held their annual “Hanukkah 8’s” tournament December 23-24, 2022 on the Mack Family Field at the Daniel Kraft Family National Lacrosse Center. The tournament featured teams from all over the country filled with Israeli players playing alongside participants from the 2022 Winter Service Tip.

In the boy’s tournament, Sha’ar Hanegev (LSH) won the championship over Be’er Sheva LC 6-5 in OT thanks to the heroics of Spencer Cymbler (3g including the OT winner), Max Kukuy (2g) and Henry Waisburd (58% save percentage). For the camels of Be’er Sheva, Eli Friend (3g), Kevin McCarthy (2g), and Aaron Zimmet (55% save percentage) all played enormous roles in this exciting championship.

On the girl’s side, Ashkelon LC triumphed over Herzliya in the championship 17-12 behind the efforts of Shelby Sullivan (7g, 2a), Sara Mendelson (7g), and Sydney Proper (41% save percentage). Not to be outdone, Jane Hoffman (3g, 3a) and Ashley Auerbach (5g) made valiant efforts on behalf of Herzliya.

Girls Championship Game – Ashkelon LC vs. Herzliya LC
Boys Championship Game – Sha’ar Hanegev LC (LSH) vs. Be’er Sheva LC

Tournament Stat Leaders

Boys Points:

16Zach WeissHerzliya142
13Kevin McCarthyBe’er Sheva85
13Spencer CymblerSha’ar Hanegev112
11Max KukuySha’ar Hanegev110
11Ariel Solar-CamielBe’er Sheva93

Boys Save Percentage:

Save %NameTeamSavesGA
57.7%Henry WaisburdSha’ar Hanegev1511
52.5%Aviel GridishNetanya2119

Girls Points:

20Sara MendelsonAshkelon200
20Shelby SullivanAshkelon173
17Jane HoffmanHerzliya116
13Batel ElkalayBe’er Tuvia121
12Abigail BursteinAshkelon111

Girls Save Percentage:

Save %NameTeamSavesGA
40.7%Sydney ProperAshkelon2232
38.5%Eden ChajmovicBe’er Tuvia1016

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