As the lacrosse world convenes in Netanya, Israel, for the quadrennial FIL World Championship July 12-21, the Hobart College lacrosse program is represented on the field and on the sidelines.
Frank Brown ’17 and Mike Lazore ’10 is playing for the Iroquois Nationals, currently No. 3 in the world rankings. Jake Silberlicht ’13 serves as a team captain for the host nation, while his brother Max Silberlicht ’10 coaches the Latvian National Team. The Israeli team is No. 7 in the world rankings and the Latvians are No. 19. Mark Darden’17 is playing for the Jamaican National Team, which is making its first appearance at the World Championship. Jack Mainella ’20, a student athletic trainer at HWS, is interning with the championship’s athletic training staff.
A record 46 countries are competing in Netanya.
Brown played professionally for the Georgia Swarm and Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League this season, helping the Knighthawks reach the NLL Championship series. He appeared in 10 games during his rookie season, producing seven points on a goal and six assists and collected 30 loose balls. The Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse recently added Brown to its 25-man roster.
At Hobart, Brown was a 2017 USILA honorable mention All-American and the NEC Player of the Year. He appeared in 58 career games, recording 120 career points on 81 goals and 39 assists. Among Division I Statesmen, Brown is seventh in career goals and ninth in career points. He led the Statesmen to the 2016 NEC Tournament Championship and the 2017 NEC regular season title. An attackman for Hobart, Brown plays in the midfield for the Iroquois.
Lazore, who also played for the Iroquois Nationals in the 2014 World Championship, is in his seventh season in the MLL. He was also selected to the 2010 Iroquois Nationals World Championship roster, but the team was unable to make the trip to Manchester, England, due to a passport dispute with the host nation. The Dallas Rattlers’ defensive midfielder has more than 80 professional games under his belt and has produced 77 ground balls, 17 points and 10 caused turnovers. Lazore has helped the Rattlers reach the MLL playoffs in three of the past four seasons, including championship game appearances in 2014 and 2015.
As a Statesman, Lazore played in 56 games, recording 37 career points on 27 goals and 10 assists. The two-sport athlete also played football at Hobart, logging 38 receptions for 568 yards and three touchdowns over three seasons.
Brown and Lazore’s Iroquois National team are competing in the Blue Division, the top-six ranked teams in the world. The Iroquois are 2-1 through their first three games. Both Brown and Lazore have seen action in all three games and have scored once.
A team captain, Jake Silberlicht is leading the host nation. A veteran of international competition, he led Israel to the 2017 European Box Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland. He also played for Israel in the 2014 FIL World Championship, the 2015 World Indoor Championship and the 2016 European Championship.
A native of New Hartford, N.Y., Silberlicht moved to Israel in 2014. A former member of the Israeli Defensive Force, he is the director of player development for the Israel Lacrosse Association, growing the game by coaching youth teams, sharing his love of the game in schools, and playing in Israel’s professional lacrosse league.
A two-time team captain at Hobart, Silberlicht appeared in 45 career games, recording 13 goals, six assists, and 16 ground balls. He capped his collegiate career with an appearance in the North-South All-Star Game.
Israel finished pool play atop Red Division with a 2-0 record, outscoring opponents 30-5. As winners of its division, Israel qualified for the intermediate round upper bracket and added an 11-8 victory over the Philippines on Monday to improve to 3-0 for the tournament. Silberlicht has collected two loose balls.
Max Silberlicht, who is a full-time assistant coach for the Boston University men’s lacrosse team, is leading Latvia. After serving as an assistant coach for several years under Head Coach Paul Kalnins ’76, Silberlicht was named head coach of the national team in the fall of 2016.
With the Statesmen, Silberlicht played in 50 career games, posting a 9.24 goals against average, 553 saves, a .576 save percentage, and an 18-27 record. His GAA is a Hobart Division I career record, while his win total, save total and save percentage are second. Silberlicht broke the Statesmen DI mark for GAA in a season with an 8.05 in 2008 and lowered the standard to 7.91 in 2009. Following his senior season, he was named a second team ECAC All-Star and a USILA Scholar All-American.
Silberlicht guided the Latvia squad to a first place finish in Purple Division. His team defeated Greece and Mexico in pool play. In the first game in the intermediate round they were defeated by Ireland 12-7. The Latvians bounced back with a 13-9 win over Sweden.
Darden is a starting midfielder for the fledgling Jamaican team. Leaders of the Jamaican Lacrosse Association have set an ambitious goal of finishing in the top 10 at the championships.
Off the lacrosse field, Darden works as an accounting and finance recruiter for Aston Carter in Baltimore, Md. A two-year starter at Hobart, Darden recorded 19 goals and seven assists in 41 career games.
Darden and Jamaica finished second in the Red Division with a 1-1 record, qualifying for the middle bracket of the intermediate round. In Jamaica’s first win of the tournament, Darden recorded a hat trick. He added three more points (2g, 1a) in a win over Peru. Through four games, Darden has six goals and two assists.
The photo above features Frank Brown ’17, Max Silberlicht ’10 and Mike Lazore ’10 at the FIL World Championships.