For two weeks in July, tiny, beloved Israel will be transformed into the center of the universe—at least the lacrosse universe. That’s because more than 48 nations, including Israel, are gearing up to participate in the quadrennial World Lacrosse Championships. The men’s home team, led by captain Jake Silberlicht and head coach Bill Beroza, have a real shot at winning a medal in the competition, which will be held in the beachfront city of Netanya.
We caught up with Jake and Bill just before the ball drops on lacrosse’s premier event to talk lax, playing team sports in the heat, how Israel landed a world sporting event, and pitching a North American game to Israeli boys and girls.
Edited by Alex Lemieux, with music by Shawn Fogel.