July 21, 2014
All three participants in the 2014 FIL World Championships with U-M connections proved to be a vital part of their team's success.Harry Freid and Team Israel took the championships by storm in their first-ever berth in the event with a seventh-place finish. Eric Smith and Sweden also remained in the top 12 with an 11th-place finish after an 8-6 win over Sweden, while Doug Bell and Bermuda turned in a 24th-place finish after falling to Mexico, 12-8.
Doug Bell (Bermuda)
Bell finished inside the top 20 in the tournament with 16 goals, leading the way for the Sharks, who finished the tournament with a 2-5 record. His efforts included a pair of four-goal contests, in addition to a pair of goals in a defeat to Mexico in the 23rd-place game.
Harrison Freid (Israel)
Freid, who played in five games with three starts, scored a goal against Slovakia in the team's second game of the tournament on his only shot. In all, the former U-M All-America selection had five ground balls and caused a trio of turnovers. Israel, led by Ari Sussman with 27 goals (3.38 per game), went 6-2 in the tournament.
Eric Smith (Sweden)
Smith, one of the youngest players in the tournament at 18 years of age, started seven of eight games in Denver, and found himself on the stat sheet in all but one contest. He closed the tournament with a quartet of ground balls in the three final games against Finland, Germany and New Zealand -- totaling 17 ground balls and caused five turnovers in all. Sweden finished the tournament with a 6-2 overall mark.