Silver for Team GB in lacrosse

Despite having a player stretchered off, the Maccabiah Team GB side delivered a best-ever performance


Team GB’s lacrosse  girls won a history-making silver in the final of an event held for the first time at the games.

Having defeated hosts Israel 10-4 in their semi-final, the GB team faced a formidable USA side and eventually crashed to a 19-2 defeat.

But their coach Carrie Goldstein- herself an American from New York – was far from disappointed at not taking the gold.

“The team all played their hearts out and were delighted with their silver medal.

“This was an Under-18 tournament, but our girls were mostly 14-16 year-olds. But they all clicked well from the start and we are all surprised, but delighted, at just how well they have surpassed themselves.”

One of the stars of the team to emerge during the competition was goalkeeper Tash Leek.

Manager Jessica Tray said: “Tash has been brilliant helping us get to the final. She only started playing about three months ago and whereas most goalkeepers  make seven or eight great saves in a match, Tash has been making 12 or 13!.”

There was one worrying moment in the final when Kezia Levy was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury. But Goldstein, who has lived in London with her English husband for the past four years, said: “It looked serious at first, but fortunately she is fine.”

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