Play-in matches were played at the Surrey Sports Park ©FIL

Israel and New Zealand booked their places in the quarter-finals of the Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Guildford.

Both countries progressed to the last eight after winning their play-in matches at the Surrey Sports Park, which featured the winners of Groups B to E.

There was high-drama in Israel's match with Japan as they progressed 8-7 following a golden-goal period.

The contest finished 6-6 after regulation time to send the tie into overtime.

Japan edged in front but Israel then equalised before striking the post in the final seconds.

At 7-7, the golden-goal period was necessitated and Megan Lerner scored the crucial goal for her country to send the Israelis through.

New Zealand's progression was more routine as they beat the Haudenosaunee Native American team 9-2.

New Zealand defeated the Haudenosaunee Native American team 9-2 ©NZ Lacrosse
New Zealand defeated the Haudenosaunee Native American team 9-2 ©NZ Lacrosse

The Kiwis raced into a 7-0 lead by half-time and although a more even second period followed, the damage had been done.

Both sides join all six teams from Group A in the quarter-finals, who have gone through regardless of their finishing position.

The top-ranked sides at the tournament were all grouped together in the early stage to encourage the greatest number of competitive matches.

The pool includes defending champions United States, hosts England, Australia, Scotland, Wales and Canada.

The quarter-final line-up tomorrow will see the US play Israel, Australia meet Scotland, Canada play New Zealand and England clash with Wales.