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Quarterfinal Loss Ends Israel's Successful Run in Lacrosse Championships

July 17, 2014 By:
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Israel’s Ari Sussman played well at the World Games, despite the team bowing out with a tough 8-9 loss to Australia in the quarterfinals. Photo from Israel Lacrosse.

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.

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