CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's lacrosse is set to host the Israel men's national lacrosse team in an exhibition game next Friday, Oct. 4. The Crimson will take on the seventh-ranked team in the world at 8 p.m. on Jordan Field. Fans can watch the game live on ESPN+, here.
Prior to the scrimmage, Harvard will host a free youth clinic for the first 100 8-12-year olds in attendance. The clinic will run from 6-7 p.m. on Jordan Field. For more information and to register, click here.
"We are excited that the fall debut for our team and new staff will be against the Israel national team," stated Gerry Byrne, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. "Their performance in the FIL World Championships in 2018 (as the host country) demonstrated that they are a future power in our sport and will be a great barometer for the progress that our team has made since early September".
The Israel Lacrosse Association has a storied tradition of competing internationally. The organization aims to promote lacrosse in Israel by allocating resources, programming and inspiring participation from all over the country. The Israel men's national team is led by head coach Max Silberlict. A full-time assistant coach for the Boston University men's lacrosse team, Silberlict takes over as the blue-and-white prepare for the 2020 European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. Silberlict will look to improve upon Israel's silver-medal finish at the 2016 European Championships, as well as the program's No. 7 world ranking.
Harvard's current volunteer assistant coach, Ted Bergman, has strong ties with Israel Lacrosse. Coach Bergman was the first ever intern for the Israel Lacrosse Association in the summer of 2014, and spent the next four summers living in Israel helping develop the sport on the grassroots level. After being named the MVP of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League in 2015 as a goalie, he served as the Commissioner of the IPLL in 2016, directing operations of a six-team league. Having coached the sport in over eight Israeli cities, Bergman has helped Israeli youth lacrosse participation rise from just two players to well over 300.
After competing against Team Israel in its fall debut, the Crimson will return to action to round out its fall exhibition slate against Vermont and Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 20.