Israel bronze bid foiled


Israel women's team narrowly missed out on a bronzemedal in the European Championships in the Czech Republic after a
nail-biting 10-9 defeat against Scotland in the third place play-off.

But the Israeli side are cursing their luck after squandering a 7-3
early lead, as Scotland clawed back the
deficit to lead 8-6 at half-time.

A 45-minute thunderstorm could not quash the Scots momentum, as they opened the second half with a
four-goal run to take a 10-8 lead.

Israel had lost 12-8 to England in the semi-finals, after Amanda Tuck scored three goals and three assists in their 10-5 win over fourth-ranked Germany in the quarter-finals

Jess Rothstein with four goals, Amanda Tuck with three goals and Kim Dubansky, Halsey Diakow and Hannah Deoul each scored for Israel, but Scots keeper Emma Wauchope denied Israel an equaliser with a string of saves in the closing minutes.

Nevertheless, Israel can draw
enormous encouragement from the fact that their women's lacrosse team was only formed three years ago, and has now achieved a fourth ranking on its European Championship debut.

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