Quarterfinal Loss Ends Israel’s Successful Run in Lacrosse Championships

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Two native Philadelphians helped the Israeli men's national lacrosse team make waves at the World Lacrosse Championships before succumbing to Australia in the quarterfinals. 

The Israeli men’s national lacrosse team made waves at the recent World Lacrosse Championships hosted near Denver.

Israel coasted through the opening group stages, winning all three of its matches against Sweden, Slovakia and Korea by wide margins. The team went on to beat both Ireland and Germany in the knockout stages before hitting a wall in the quarterfinals.

That wall was a tough Australian side that beat the Israelis in a tightly contested game that ended in a score line of 8-9 in the Aussies favor.

Former Philadelphians Matthew Cherry and Reuven Dressler led the team's surprising run as co-captains.

Cherry, a midfielder/attacker and Bryn Mawr native, led the team’s offensive efforts by scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists throughout the tournament.

On the defensive end, Dressler, originally from Dresher, provided much-needed experience in goal.