Israel announces 2013 Women’s World Cup roster

The Israel women's national lacrosse team makes their World Cup debut on July 11th against No. 10 Germany.

The Israel women’s national lacrosse team makes their World Cup debut on July 11th against No. 10 Germany.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced their 20-player roster which will compete at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup; held at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto, Canada, from July 11-20, 2013.

Israel’s roster is composed of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The roster was selected after a series of tryouts at HaYarkon Sportek in Tel Aviv and the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, as well as an extensive interview process.

“I had to make some very tough decisions in narrowing down this group to our final 20-player roster,” said Israel head coach Lauren Paul Norris. “Taking into consideration on field talent, connection to Israel, and commitment to the organization’s missions, I believe that we have put together a very strong squad that will undoubtedly set the stage for the future of women’s lacrosse in Israel.”

In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing. A portion of the national team’s general fundraising efforts has been committed to each charity.

2 F Amanda Schwab Bryn Mawr, PA / Stanford University Leket Israel – The National Food Bank
3 F Nikki Avershal Tel Aviv, Israel / University of Pittsburgh* Adopt-A-Safta
4 D Katie Mazer Tel Aviv, Israel / University of Pennsylvania African Refugee Development Center
5 F Jenna Block Owings Mills, MD / Yale University Shanti House
7 M Kim Dubansky Owings Mills, MD / Johns Hopkins University Taglit-Birthright Israel
9 F Ifat Ribon Rehovot, Israel / University of Michigan* Jewish National Fund
10 M Stephanie Tenenbaum Tel Aviv, Israel / New York University* Soccer for Peace
11 M Ali Curwin Pittsford, NY / James Madison University Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
12 F Nicole Sawdaye London, England / University of Nottingham* Maccabi Great Britain
13 M Talia Hillman Jerusalem, Israel / University of Maryland* ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital
17 F Molly Mulligan Haifa, Israel / Smith College Beit Dror
18 D Alicia Perry Ramat Aviv, Israel / Stanford University* Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children
20 D Davia Procida Columbia, MD / Frostburg State University Jewish Women International
22 D Taylor Pedersen Nyack, NY / University of Vermont American Jewish World Service
23 M Lauren Dykstra Mendham, NJ / Lehigh University Bet Elazraki Children’s Home
24 M Sarah Meisenberg Saverna Park, MD / Franklin & Marshall Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
25 M Sara Greenberg Jerusalem, Israel / Yale University Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
27 M/G Elyssa Rosenbaum Rehovot, Israel / James Madison University* SHALVA
33 F Sam Ellis Bryn Mawr, PA / Princeton University Adopt-A-Safta
39 G Julia Szafman West Hartford, CT / Dartmouth College Aviv Lenitzolei Hashoah

*Did not play college lacrosse at the NCAA level

Head Coach: Lauren Paul Norris
Assistant Coaches: Laura Fine Liebman & Peter Friedensohn

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