Article by: Declan Swartwood
WHITTIER, Calif. - Whittier College lacrosse alum Seth Mahler '10 will suit up for the Israeli National Team at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel, lasting from July 12-21. Mahler was a mainstay for the Poets in his four years as a student-athlete from 2006-2010.
These will be the midfielder's second World Championships after representing his country at the 2014 World Championships in Denver, helping lead Israel to a seventh-place finish and 6-2 record in its first appearance in the tournament.
Mahler is one of Israel's most-veteran players, having been with the team since 2012. He has made several other international appearances for Israel, including the 2015 World Box Championships, the silver-medalist 2016 European Championships squad and the 2017 European Box Championships gold-medal winning team, the first-ever team gold medal in Israel history. He served as a captain for the 2016 and 2017 teams.
Along with representing the country on the field, Mahler is an accomplished asset for Israel Lacrosse off the field. In January 2018, the Israel Lacrosse Association honored him as Man of the Year in recognition of his individual contributions to the development of lacrosse in Israel. He helped institute the country's first youth program in the city of Ashkelon, as well as served as the head coach the U-19 Men's National Team that competed in the World Championships in Canada in 2016.
Mahler has also led organizational efforts on several programs, including the Israel Premier Lacrosse League, winter service trips and internship opportunities for young men and women from all of the world to come to Israel and help promote the sport of lacrosse.