Israel Vs Ireland was a physical match up during the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, and for good reason! The winner played the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal game, while the loser had to face a tough US team in the other quarterfinal.
Israel emerged with the huge win in this game, and then went on to beat the Czech Republic, earning their way to a semifinal match up with Canada. Ireland went off to play the US in their quarterfinal, and lost by a large margin, but then saw success in their final placement game as they ran neck and neck with Blue Division team England, losing 14-12.
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Israel Vs Ireland Box Lacrosse[fvplayer src=”https://youtube.com/watch?v=k158ICHOUE4″ splash=”https://i.ytimg.com/vi/k158ICHOUE4/hqdefault.jpg” caption=”Israel Vs Ireland – 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Highlights”]
See? Israel Vs Ireland lived up to the hype!
Ireland held a 1-0, and 2-1 lead early in the game, but Israel would put up a four goal run and build a three goal lead they maintained for much of the game. The Irish pulled within two a couple times, and late in the third a Kevin Owens pulled them to 9-7, but Israel controlled the fourth quarter, and walked away with the 12-7 Israel Vs Ireland win.
Talent-wise, Israel Vs Ireland was pretty evenly matched, but penalties really cost Ireland a shot at winning. Israel had 5 power play goals in the game, and 24 minutes of penalty time is far too much for Ireland to see any consistent success. It also seemed like every time the Irish put a big hit on someone, Israel just answered back with a goal. Either way, it made for some entertaining box lacrosse!
Stephen Keogh had four big goals for Ireland and did a lot of the offensive work the team overall. Kyle Bergman had four goals of his own for Israel, and Chad Culp was a big part of the Israeli offense. Both goalies, Mike Cregan for Ireland and Zach Higgins for Israel, played very well, and kept the scoring down considerably on both sides. To give some idea of their efforts, Israel took 77 shots in this game alone.
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