Local lacrosse coach honored in Israel
IVAN COHEN of Westfield displays his Israel Premier Lacrosse League Coach of the Year Award with IPLL commissioner Ted Bergman. Cohen served as a volunteer coach in Israel for a month this summer, working with the lacrosse team from Kiryat Gat, in the Negev, and running lacrosse teaching sessions for Israeli children. Kiryat Gat’s roster was the league’s most diverse, with athletes from Israel, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. Despite an 0-5 regular season record, the team improved with each game, culminating with a astonishing quarterfinal win over Ashdod LC. Cohen is credited with cultivating a positive energy and family atmosphere with his team, allowing them to be competitive all season. “I do this volunteer work because I want to give back,” said Cohen. “I want to pay it forward.