AMHERST, Mass. – Taking their talents to the international stage, former men's lacrosse captains and Amherst College alums Ian Kadish '18 and Evan Redwood '12 each earned the opportunity to compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) 2018 World Lacrosse Championships from July 11-21 in Netanya, Israel.
Midfielder Kadish took the field for Team Israel, while Redwood joined the attacking unit of Team Jamaica.
The biggest international lacrosse event in history, 46 countries clashed in a combined 170 contests at the 2018 FIL Men's World Championship. It is the very first time since the competition's inception in 1967 that a country outside of the United States, Canada, England or Australia has hosted the Championship and signifies a major expansion of the sport.
Seeing action in all seven games for Team Israel, Kadish netted two scores against Team Russia to finish the Championship with a stat line of two goals, two assists and eight ground ball pickups. Compiling a 5-2 overall record, Kadish and the Israeli National Team capped off a strong performance with a 12-1 win over Puerto Rico to clinch seventh place.
"Representing Israel and all the local efforts we have made there is an experience I will never forget," said Kadish. "To be able to spread the game like Israel Lacrosse has done over the past 6 years is something I feel so fortunate to be a part of. Playing on that stage and being able to be a part of something so much bigger than myself was an experience that I will hold on to for a long time."
Playing for the Jamaica National Team, Redwood tallied 11 goals, 10 assists and seven ground balls in eight contests. Scoring goals in all but one game, Redwood's Championship was highlighted by an impressive six assist effort versus Russia and a three score game against Slovakia. Jamaica finished the 11-day tournament with a 6-2 record to earn a 13th place finish.
The 13th annual FIL Men's World Championship was decided by one second, with the USA scoring in the final tenths of a second of the title game to narrowly defeat Canada, 9-8.
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To see what Ian, Evan and Amherst men's lacrosse head coach Jon Thompson had to say about World Lacrosse before the Championship, click here.