Israel men burst past WST, 20-7

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — The Israel men’s national team defeated the U-19 Winter Service Trip, 20-7, in extreme weather conditions at Voldenberg Field on Friday.

The game was tight in the first half, but the blue-and-white outscored their opponents 11-2 in the third and fourth quarters to pull away for the decisive win. Both teams braved the unusual elements of heavy rains and hail in Israel’s south.

Nicholas Schulkin opened the scoring at 2:03 to give WST an early lead, but the Israel men rallied for four straight goals and led the rest of the way. The teams traded goals through the rest of the half, with Israel leading 4-2 after one quarter and 9-5 at the half.

Joshua Bernstein paced the men with four second-half goals, while Andrew Copeland and the Israel defense shut down their younger counterparts.

Bernstein (4 goals, 1 assist) and Matthew Flapan (4 goals) led Israel’s offense, while Jacob Silberlicht (3 goals, 1 assist), Gabriel Leonhard (2 goals, 1 assist), Seth Mahler (2 goals), Matthew Cherry (2 assists) and Noah Miller (1 goal, 1 assist) also had a big day.

Aaron Feinberg, Philip Sussingham, Jacob Shavel and Alec Aloni added singles. Eric Kansky and Sam Gotoff each chipped in an assist.

Andrew Landsman (40:00, 8 saves, 5 GA) and Copeland (40:00, 6 saves, 2 GA) split time in goal; Landsman was credited the win.

Grey Soule (3 goals, 2 assists), Schulkin (3 goals, 1 assist) and Tyler Brown-Ortiz (1 goal) cracked the scoresheet for WST.

David Metzger (20:00, 3 saves, 4 GA), Jakob Katzen (20:00, 3 saves, 5 GA), Evan Campbell (20:00, 2 saves, 5 GA) and Ryan Rosenthal (20:00, 3 saves, 4 GA) each saw a quarter in goal; Katzen was dealt the loss.

The game was held as part of the tryout process for both the Israel men’s national team which will be competing at the 2016 ELF European Lacrosse Championships in Budapest, as well as the 2016 FIL U-19 World Championships in Vancouver.

Additional caps – WST: Sage Banashek, Alon Berkowitz, Gregory Bortnick, Jordan Canter, Samuel Dubner, David Goodman, Samuel Hecht, Zachary Horowitz, Julian Jacobs, Joseph Kean, Ethan Kruteck, Jacob Milner, Jacob Nuland, Zachary Ornstein, Jacob Plantowsky, Jared Rubin, Cory Sachs, Benjamin Scharf, Daniel Simpson … Israel men: Moshiko Aviv, William Beroza, Chris Friedman, Mathew Markman, Sacha Stout, Daniel Sussingham, Glen Tobin