Drew’s Lacrosse Goalie Yoel Ovadya Set to Play for Team Turkey in European Qualifiers

Junior goalie Yoel Ovadya of the Division III Drew University (N.J.) men’s lacrosse team will compete for the Turkish National Team in the European Qualifiers Tournament from April 11-16 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The European Qualifiers will be the first time Turkey is fielding a lacrosse squad in the tournament. Turkey will participate in Group A along with Wales, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, and Slovakia. The top-three teams in the group will qualify for the World Cup, which will be held from June 21-July 1, 2023, in San Diego.

In his first season of action with the Rangers in 2022, Ovadya has played in five games, posting a .545 save percentage and a 9.82 goals-against average while making 18 saves over 91 minutes. In Ovadya’s top performance of the campaign, the 5-foot-8, 195-pounder had stopped six potential goals–including two in overtime–while playing the final 37 minutes of Drew’s 11-10 victory over Manhattanville Tuesday evening.

 Ovadya manned the starting goalie position of his high school soccer team where he broke the school record for single season saves.

— Jerry Del Priore

Photo: Drew University Athletics


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