Israel Lacrosse has announced the team’s roster for the men’s U-21 national team which will compete at the World Championships, held at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland, from August 10-20, 2022.
The Israel men’s U-21 national team is currently ranked #6 in the world and #5 in Europe.
The roster is composed of both Israeli players – as well as members of the Jewish diaspora – in accordance with the rules and regulations of World Lacrosse. The team roster includes the following players:
|0||M||Dolev Geva||Ashkelon, Israel|
|2||G||Ben Friedman||Newton, MA|
|3||A||Ronen Abramovich||Kiryat Milachi, Israel|
|8||A||Evyatar Barnoy||Ashkelon, Israel|
|12||M||Ronal Yefrach||Nehora, Israel|
|15||A||Sam Trojano||Lakeville, MA|
|16||M||Ariel Gini||Herzliya, Israel|
|17||FO||Shalev Tal||Netanya, Israel|
|18||A||Joey Kraft||Newton, MA|
|22||M||Orin Hagbi||Yakhini, Israel|
|23||D||Greg Wells||Manlius, NY|
|26||D||Ron Mittler||Netanya, Israel|
|28||D||Daniel Yuffa||Ashkelon, Israel|
|35||M||Ido Bar David||Netanya, Israel|
|42||D||Omer Hazan||Sderot, Israel|
|46||G||Aviel Gridish||Kfar Yona, Israel|
|55||D||Alex Kaplan||Mahwah, NJ|
In addition to these players, Israel Lacrosse has named Seth Mahler (head coach), Mike Horowitz (assistant coach), Ian Kadish (assistant coach), and Ori Bar David (assistant coach) of Israel’s World Championship team.
Mahler, a native of Connecticut who has been living in Israel since the organization’s inception, played on our Field and Box Men’s National teams since 2012, served as co-captain since 2016, and is currently our Director of Men’s Programs. Seth also served as head coach for the U-19 men’s national team at the U-19 Men’s World Championships in 2016. He will be leading the blue-and-white this summer with a vast amount of coaching and playing experience under his belt.
Horowitz, a former standout goalkeeper at Muhlenberg College, served as defensive coordinator for Israel’s men’s national team at the 2018 World Championships. He also has previous experience coaching at U-19 Worlds, serving alongside Mahler as an assistant coach for the blue-and-white in Coquitlam in 2016. Horowitz is now the Head Coach for Colorado College following a highly-successful six-year run as an assistant coach at Division I Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he helped guide the Hawks to four Northeast Conference regular-season championships.
Kadish, who has played for the Men’s National Team since 2016, is vital in many different roles for the organization, including Director of Lacrosse Operations, External Relations, and now Executive Director – North America. Prior to joining Israel Lacrosse, Kadish helped guide his alma mater, Amherst College, to the NCAA Championship Game as an Assistant Coach. As a player, he was a four-year starter, and team captain for his Senior season, Amherst College Sphinx award recipient for his commitment to advancing athletics at Amherst, D3 Scholar All-American, USILA North All-Star, Amherst Lacrosse Reverend Coburn Award for excellence in leadership and devotion to lacrosse. 2017 Division 3 Pre-Season All-American, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, and 3x All-NESCAC Academic.
Bar David, a native of Netanya, Israel, has several years of experience representing Israel on the international stage, including at the 2016 Men’s U-19 World Championships, 2017 Zombies Cup, 2017 Men’s European Indoor Championships, and the 2018 Men’s World Championships. Ori also coaches his Netanya “Bolts” youth team who are ranked No. 1 in the country.
Additionally, Israel Lacrosse has named Kai Solomon as the assistant manager and Adam Quigley as the athletic trainer for the blue-and-white this summer.
A record 23 teams will compete in the event and it will be the largest-ever age group World Championship staged by World Lacrosse.
For more information regarding Israel’s men’s lacrosse program, visit www.lacrosse.co.il.