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July 13, 2017 — One rung short

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, there have been groups of American women have been playing field hockey and lacrosse at an international level this summer. But one group has something very deep and personal in common.

For 2017 is the 20th edition of the Maccabiah Games, the international multi-sport festival for Jewish athletes. The Games are held in Israel, and have a number of Olympic events as well as non-Olympic events such as cricket, chess, and rugby union.

The United States field hockey team, playing in a four-team pool with host Israel, Holland, and Argentina, finished second in the pool. In the crossover round, the Statesconfirmed that status with a 2-0 loss to Argentina in the gold-medal match. Argentina got goals from Natali Kornblau and Sabrina Giaconi in the win.

The team ranged from senior-level players to collegians to Yael Yonah, who only last month graduated from Princeton Junction West Windsor-Plainsboro South (N.J.). The group pulled together in only a few months and came through with one of its highest finishes at any Maccabiah World Games.

It’s an effort to be commended.