Worcester, Mass. – Clark University freshman goalkeeper Jacob Reiner (Farmington, Conn.) has been named to the Israeli national lacrosse team practice squad it was announced recently by national team general manager, Howard Borkan.
The announcement comes on the heels of Reiner playing in an exhibition contest for the team against Florida International University back on December 15 in Miami.
Reiner started in goal for the team and the national team eventually topped the FIU squad that featured legendary lacrosse names such as Chazz Woodson, Doug Shanahan and Shamel Bratton, 17-11.
In addition to playing in the game, the teams helped run a pair of clinics for at-risk youths who attend school at Ransom Everglades School and Miami Country Day School in the Miami area.
"This is a great honor for Jacob," said Clark head coach Jeff Cohen. "For him to have that kind of opportunity to play high level lacrosse against some extremely talented players will pay dividends for him almost immediately."
The roster was selected following a six-month tryout process, including national team tryouts at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel in July, several exhibition games this summer and fall, and an extensive interview process.
"It was terribly difficult to make our final roster decisions, as we've been fortunate to have so many talented athletes who are strongly committed to our program and what we're trying to achieve," said Israel head coach Bill Beroza. "We've had so many unique factors in shaping what we believe to be a very strong team, which will truly and wholly represent our country, our program, and our people on the world stage in Colorado."
Reiner, who is the youngest member on the 53-man roster made up of mostly Division I players, will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships this July in Denver.
Team Israel will hold training camp in Vail, Colorado, from July 3-6, before arriving in Denver on July 7th.
Following training camp, Israel's roster will be trimmed to 23 players for Championship play with the first official World Championship game is scheduled for July 11th.
A record 38 nations are expected to participate in the World Championships.
Reiner's first season of collegiate lacrosse begins on March 1 when the Cougars open up with a road contest at Wentworth Institute of Technology.