By Corey McLaughlin, Jmore
Four years ago, Matt Popeck was a camper at the Top 205 Lacrosse Camp in Towson, and his roommate, David Metzger, arrived a day late. The reason? An Israel Lacrosse event.
"What's that?" Popeck, then a sophomore at Sherwood High in Olney, Md., asked Metzger.
Back then, the organization known as the Israel Lacrosse Association was just getting off the ground. Now, only seven years after its small group of co-founders informally pulled off their first exhibition game at the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem, Israel Lacrosse will be hosting the sport's top international event -- the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.
From July 12-21, 48 teams will compete in the northern Israeli coastal town of Netanya. Opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the city's 14,000-seat Shefayim Soccer Complex, with the bulk of the tournament's 160 games played at the nearby Wingate Institute.
Nearly 2,000 players, coaches and staff from around the world -- not to mention thousands of family members, friends and fans -- are expected to attend.
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