England outlasts Israel, 10-7

VANCOUVER, CANADA — Israel led 4-2 at the half, but England had a strong second half to prevail 10-7 in the fifth-place match at the 2016 U-19 World Lacrosse Championships at Percy Perry Stadium.

The result secures a #6 world ranking for the Israelis in their first-ever appearance in the U-19 Men’s World Championships, a rousing success for the young program.

The shorthanded Israelis jumped out to a 4-2 halftime lead, thanks in large part to great goaltending from David Metzger (80:00, 12 saves, 10 GA) who had several saves worthy of the highlight reel in the second half, and long-stick midfielder Noah Knopf who scored two first-half goals.

However, England stormed back with a 5-1 run in the third quarter.

Sagi Hashai and Knopf had two goals apiece, while Nick Schulkin chipped in three assists. Alon Berkowitz, Ilan Hascal and Alon Bechor cracked the scoresheet with singles.

Zachary Ornstein won 14-of-17 faceoffs for the blue-and-white.

Austin Hudson scored five goals to lead England.

Additional caps – Rakan Aboneaaj, Joshua Bernstein, Yanai Bittmann, Hayden Edelson, Liron Glam, Adam Hilelly, Alex Milhailov, Daniel Simpson, Bar Yahalom

Israel U-19 Men’s Training Schedule
Fri, Jun 3 – Birthright/USA Stars 7, Israel 5 (Park Ofer – Ramla, Israel)
Sun, Jun 19 – Birthright/USA Stars 6, Israel 1 (Shapira Field – Netanya, Israel)
Sun, Jul 3 – Building Blocks 10, Israel 3 (Newark Academy – Livingston, NJ)
Mon, Jul 4 – Israel 9, Fair Lawn Cutters 8 (Tenafly Municipal Field – Tenafly, NJ)
Wed, Jul 6 – Ireland 13, Israel 5 (Town Centre Park – Vancouver, Canada)

Israel U-19 Men’s World Championship Schedule
Fri, Jul 8 – Israel 10, Hong Kong 3 (Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)
Sun, Jul 10 – Israel 17, Taiwan 3 (Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)
Mon, Jul 11 – Israel 12, Germany 7 (Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)
Tue, Jul 12 – Israel 13, Mexico 2 (Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)
Wed, Jul 13 – Australia 21, Israel 9 (Quarterfinals; Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)
Thu, Jul 14 – Israel 12, Ireland 10 (Consolation Semifinal; Town Centre Park – Vancouver, Canada)
Sat, Jul 16 – England 10, Israel 7 (5th Place Match; Percy Perry Stadium – Vancouver, Canada)