Israel is seeking a head coach for the men's national team which will compete at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships.

Israel is seeking a head coach for the men's national team which will compete at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships.

The Israel men’s national team is seeking a head coach for the team which will be competing in the 2016 European Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary. As the team will be composed of entirely Israel-based players, we are seeking a coach who is willing to relocate for a 10-month term in order to prepare the team with training sessions 2-3x weekly.

In addition to coaching at the Senior level, responsibilities include involvement in the development of Israel’s U-19 World Championship team, Israel’s Men’s National Developmental Program, and boys/men’s lacrosse in general in Israel.

Collegiate lacrosse playing experience, previous coaching experience or equivalents preferred. Basic knowledge of Hebrew language is a plus but is not required. Please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 references.

Housing and travel expenses will be provided. Modest stipend/salary available based upon experience. 10-month term is negotiable within reason.

Contact for application and information: Scott Neiss, Executive Director. E-mail: scott@lacrosse.co.il

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Josh Offit and Team Israel will meet the New York Lizards and NYAC in March.

Josh Offit and Team Israel will meet the New York Lizards and NYAC in March.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel Lacrosse will visit the Big Apple next month, with a set of exhibition games against some of the top teams in the United States highlighting the March 27-29 event in New York.

The weekend, which features the Israel men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams, plus girls and boys U-19, U-14 and Masters teams representing Israel, is being held in support of the launch of the inaugural season of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League (IPLL), which faces off this summer in the Jewish State.

The Israel men’s national team will meet New York Athletic Club on Saturday night in Manhattan, before heading to Hewlett, NY, to take on the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse on Sunday. The Israel women’s national team will also meet their counterparts from NYAC on Sunday.

The Lizards, who recently acquired two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Cannons, are preparing for their season opener on April 12th against the Ohio Machine.

NYAC, winners of the national championship in seven of the last nine years, are coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Israel Lacrosse New York Showcase Schedule

Saturday, March 28th
7:00 PM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Athletic Club (Asphalt Green NYC)
9:00 PM – Israel (Masters) vs. Team 135 (Asphalt Green NYC)

Sunday, March 29th
8:00 AM – Israel (U-14 Boys) vs. Westchester Select (Hewlett High School)
10:00 AM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Lizards (Hewlett High School)
12:00 PM – Israel (U-19 Men) vs. Hewlett High School (Hewlett High School)
1:15 PM – Israel (U-19 Women) vs. Hewlett High School (Hewlett High School)
2:30 PM – Israel (Women) vs. New York Athletic Club (Hewlett High School)
4:00 PM – Israel (U-14 Girls) vs. Team Elevate (Hewlett High School)

-Player Registration Form
*The Israel Lacrosse Association invites Jewish-American athletes at the U-14 boys and girls level to register to join Team Israel. Please note roster openings for new US-based players on the Men’s and Women’s and U-19 teams are especially limited.

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Deoul, a Baltimore native who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October, will serve as Israel's first-ever U-19 head coach at the upcoming Women's World Cup.

Deoul, a Baltimore native who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October, will serve as Israel’s first-ever U-19 head coach at the upcoming Women’s World Cup.

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Hannah Deoul has been named head coach of the Israel women’s national team which will compete at the 2015 FIL Women’s U-19 World Cup, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 23-August 1.

Deoul, a native of Baltimore who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October of 2014, will be assisted by fellow Ashkeloneans Emily Brodsky, Taylor Roy and Amanda Tuck. Kim Dubansky, who serves as associate head coach at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, will lead Israel’s entry in the accompanying International Festival of Lacrosse.

“I could not feel more proud and honored to coach Israel’s first girls U-19 team”, said Deoul. “Introducing not only the sport of lacrosse, but also the lifestyle of a team sport to many of these girls makes every day exciting and meaningful. I have an amazingly committed, energetic, and passionate coaching staff, with whom I am able to strategize, recruit, and grow the game of lacrosse. The reciprocated energy of the Israeli girls gives me confidence that we will put together a disciplined, hard-working and committed team that will be ready for the competitive international scene of lacrosse.”

The blue-and-white are expected to announce a 36-player roster in March, featuring both homegrown athletes, as well as Jewish players from abroad. However, the 18-player roster competing in the U-19 World Cup must be 85% Israeli, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The remaining 18 players will represent Israel in the International Festival of Lacrosse, also held in Edinburgh.

While Israel has featured a national women’s team, as well as camps, clinics, and soft-stick outreach programs since 2012, the first sustainable girls lacrosse programs in Ashkelon did not launch until September of 2014, creating a unique challenge for the inexperienced Israelis with its’ debut U-19 World Cup appearance on the horizon.

“We’re very excited to have Hannah lead our first-ever U-19 team on the world stage,” said Julia Szafman, who is serving as General Manager of the U-19 Women’s National Program. “She has inspired our girls to constantly aim higher and take their game to the next level with her energy, thoughtful coaching, and personal love for the game. The girls respect her and want to make her proud.”

Deoul, who graduated from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, before competing in both lacrosse and field hockey at Middlebury College, was a four-year starting defender and Senior captain for the Panthers. She received First Team All-American and First Team All-NESCAC accolades her Senior year, and was a five-time All-Academic honoree. Upon graduation she participated in the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” Taglit-Birthright trip last June, and extended her stay in Israel to participate in an internship with Israel Lacrosse. She returned to Ashkelon on an Aliyah flight in October.

Brodsky, who made Aliyah in September to Ashkelon, set a school record for career points at Friends' Central School before a celebrated career at Hamilton College.

Brodsky, who made Aliyah in September to Ashkelon, set a school record for career points at Friends’ Central School before a celebrated career at Hamilton College.

Brodsky, a native of Bryn Mawr, PA, was a two-year captain at Friends’ Central School, where she set a school record for career points, leading her team to the league title in her Senior season. Brodsky competed collegiately at Hamilton College, where she led her team in points in 2014. She was recognized as a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, as well as a Jewish All-American. Brodsky made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September and has been a crucial anchor in recruiting young Israeli athletes and popularizing girls lacrosse in the city.

Roy, who represented Israel on the field at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival, has resided in Ashkelon since June.

Roy, who represented Israel on the field at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival, has resided in Ashkelon since June.

Roy, who hails from Mill Valley, CA, was a three-sport athlete at Brewster Academy, where she played lacrosse, field hockey and water polo, before attending and playing lacrosse at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Roy also represented Israel at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival in Netherlands, helping the blue-and-white to a first-place finish. Roy relocated to Ashkelon immediately after graduation in June of 2014, and just recently made Aliyah.

Tuck, who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September, scored 36 goals in her Senior season at Marist College.

Tuck, who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September, scored 36 goals in her Senior season at Marist College.

Tuck, a native of Larchmont, NY, played two seasons at Mamaroneck High School, before joining Marist College, where she captained her team for two seasons. Tuck, a four-year starter for the Red Foxes, scored 36 goals in her Senior season. She was a two-time Second Team All-MAAC award winner, and earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors three times. Tuck made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September and has been instrumental in helping to grow and develop the skills of Israel’s U-19 player pool.

Dubansky, a Baltimore native who coaches at The Bryn Mawr School, has split time between the U.S. and Israel since her national team debut in 2012.

Dubansky, a Baltimore native who coaches at The Bryn Mawr School, has split time between the U.S. and Israel since her national team debut in 2012.

Dubansky, who served as an assistant coach at McDonogh School for three national championship seasons before moving over to Bryn Mawr, has split time between Israel and the U.S. since she first took part in youth lacrosse outreach programs across the Jewish State three years ago. The Baltimore native wore the blue-and-white at both the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival in Netherlands and the 2013 FIL World Cup in Canada; she was Israel’s captain and leading scorer with 22 goals in the latter. Dubansky was a high school All-American at McDonogh School before playing for Johns Hopkins University. She recently served as head coach for the Israel U-19/U-17 National Developmental program.

Israel and 14 other countries will be competing for gold at the University of Edinburgh; Colombia, Finland, South Korea join the blue-and-white as newcomers to the event, along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Haudenosaunee, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, USA and Wales.

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The Israel Lacrosse Association has named Rob Berkenblit (Albany ’86 / Briarcliff, NY) and Julia Szafman (Dartmouth ’13 / West Hartford, CT) the winners of the Mort and Judi Beroza Award for Man and Woman of the Year, for their outstanding individual contributions to the development of the sport in Israel in 2014.

Rob Berkenblit has made a pair of dedicated trips to Ashkelon in 2014 in support of youth lacrosse initiatives in the city;  his efforts have been instrumental in positioning Israel to participate in the 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup.

Rob Berkenblit has made a pair of dedicated trips to Ashkelon in 2014 in support of youth lacrosse initiatives in the city; his efforts have been instrumental in positioning Israel to participate in the 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup.

Berkenblit, who first visited Israel in summer of 2013 to coach the associations’ inaugural youth lacrosse camps in Ashkelon, has been a pioneer for the growth of the sport in the Jewish State. His work inspired many to enroll in lacrosse “chugim” (after-school programs). After coaching the first generation of Israeli youth lacrosse players, he created a connection program between the Ashkelonians and his Briarcliff girls team. Several of Berkenblit’s original youth players in Ashkelon are expected to represent Israel at the upcoming 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup in Scotland. Berkenblit made a pair of trips back to Israel in 2014 to help sustain his efforts; in July at the second-annual Ashkelon Youth Lacrosse Camp, and again in November to serve as a guest coach for the Ashkelon LC “chugim”. In October, Rob organized a youth lacrosse jamboree featuring over 100 girls, raising over $2,000 to be split between Israel Lacrosse, and team Red White and Blue, and organization that helps wounded American veterans integrate back into society. In addition to his selfless contributions to the growth of the sport, Rob has proudly donned the blue-and-white as a member of the Israel Masters Team.

Szafman is directly responsible introducing the sport to over 1,000 Israeli youth, as well as recruiting over 100 Jewish Americans to visit Israel to grow the game.

Szafman is directly responsible introducing the sport to over 1,000 Israeli youth, as well as recruiting over 100 Jewish Americans to visit Israel to grow the game.

Szafman made Aliyah in the summer of 2013 to represent Team Israel in goal at the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup. Two months later, inspired by her experience with the team and organization, she relocated to Ashkelon to help spearhead the growth of youth lacrosse in Israel. In 2014 alone, Szafman has organized clinics for over 1,000 children in Ashkelon. She has helped Israel Lacrosse forge relationships with dozens of Elementary Schools, High Schools, and “Modoniote” (after school programs for at-risk youth). Szafman has further connected over 100 young Jewish Americans with Israel, through programs such as the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” Taglit-Birthright trip, the Israel National Developmental Program Service Trip, and the associations’ Internship Program. In summer of 2014, Szafman directly managed 20 interns, who despite the struggles of Operation Protective Edge, continued to hold lacrosse camps for hundreds of Israeli children in Ashkelon, Netanya, Ramla and Tel Aviv. Despite active rocket fire from Gaza, Szafman continued to utilize lacrosse to engage the communities in the periphery, visiting bomb shelters and running activities for Ashkelon youth. Szafman, who is passionate about development in the South of Israel, has been recognized by Nefesh b’Nefesh as an outstanding Olim dedicated to leadership, Negev development, and community building.

The late Judith and Morton Beroza epitomize the principles of service, Tzedakah, community, family, and passion for the sport of lacrosse.

The late Judith and Morton Beroza epitomize the principles of service, Tzedakah, community, family, and passion for the sport of lacrosse.

The Israel Lacrosse Man and Woman of the Year Award is named for the late Mort and Judi Beroza, whose contributions to the sport, their family, and their community in Hempstead and Long Island as a whole are immeasurable. The parents of Bill Beroza, who has served as head coach of the Israel men’s national team since its’ inaugural games in Europe in 2012, Mort and Judi have been a mainstay for Long Island Lacrosse Club for over 34 years, attending every game, scrimmage and practice in support of the team and history of the club. Mort, a WWII Veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, as well as The Legion of Honor Award by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, has been involved in the sport on Long Island since 1978. His and Judi’s support for the Long Island Lacrosse Club — financially, emotionally and physically — extended well beyond the norm, as Judi was well-known for helping sew and repair uniforms, launder clothes, chauffer and host athletes at their home for meals before and after games. The Beroza family support and generosity extended to create a pair of scholarships for students at Hofstra University, which still exist in perptuity, as well as the LI Metroplitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame Dinner, the Greenport Shootout, New York Saints games, and many other regional lacrosse initiatives. Mort was serving as the Baldwin-Hempstead Post 312 Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, as well as the Nassau-Suffolk District Council Deputy Chaplain at the time of his death. Judi previously served as National President of the Ladies Auxilliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA.

Mort and Judi, who were active members of Hempstead’s Temple Beth Israel for over 60 years, exemplify the passion for the sport of lacrosse, as well as the commitment to service, family, and community in which the Israel Lacrosse Association is based upon.

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The 2015 European Box Invitational will be held at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic, from April 17-20.

The 2015 European Box Invitational will be held at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic, from April 17-20.

The Israel men’s national indoor team will hold its’ final selection and training camp in April in conjunction with the 2015 European Box Invitational at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic.

The eight-team event, held from April 17-20, is primarily designed for national teams which are preparing for the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Teams participating in the event will play one full 60-minute (4×15), stoppage time, FIL regulation match per day, to best replicate the experience of participating in the World Championships.

Game Schedule

Friday, April 17th
5:00 PM – Germany (Deutschland Adler) vs. Czech Republic “White”
8:00 PM – Ireland Developmental vs. Czech Republic “Red”

Saturday, April 18th
2:00 PM – Switzerland vs. Germany (Deutschland Adler)
5:00 PM – Finland vs. Czech Republic “Red”
8:00 PM – Israel vs. Ireland Developmental

Sunday, April 19th
11:00 AM – Switzerland vs Ireland Developmental
2:00 PM – Israel vs. Czech Republic “Red”
5:00 PM – Finland vs. Germany (Deutschland Adler)

Monday, April 20th
9:00 AM – Israel vs. Finland
12:00 PM – Switzerland vs. European All-Stars

Several Jewish Canadians such as Dalton Lundy (Clarington Jr. B / Hartford) suited up for Israel.

Several Israeli-Canadian dual citizens such as Dalton Lundy (Clarington Jr. B / Hartford) are eligible to compete for Team Israel.

The blue-and-white, who previouly fell 16-6 to CLA Select in a one-off exhibition in Oakville, Ontario, in October, will see their first extensive international action as a national indoor program in the event.

Czech Republic “Red”, Israel’s Sunday opponent, is the favorite to sweep through the competition at the Invitational. The indoor (box) game is dominant in Czech Republic, and the “Red” squad will feature the Czechs’ stronger players, compared to the “White” squad of mostly developmental athletes. It will be the first meeting between Israel and Czech Republic internationally in any format, although Czech club Jižní Město defeated Tel Aviv LC, 4-2, in a first round playoff game at the 2014 Aleš Hřebeský Memorial Tournament. Czech Republic is currently the FIL 4th-ranked nation in indoor competition.

Although Ireland’s National Indoor Developmental program, which is competing under the banner of the Emerald Islanders, will be competing without several of their top players, such as NLL stars Stephen Keogh and Andrew McBride who are currently in-season, the Irish are expected to bring many athletes with strong box experience as they prepare for WILC2015. Israel and Ireland are familiar foes in the field game, meeting three times in the last three years, with Israel holding a 2-1 edge (two friendlies and one meeting at the 2014 World Championships). Ireland is currently the FIL 7th-ranked nation in indoor competition.

Finland, like Israel, has never previously competed at the world indoor level and will be making their debut this year.

The Invitational is being held as a prelude to the 22nd Annual Aleš Hřebeský Memorial Tournament, in which Israel will be represented by Tel Aviv LC for the third consecutive year from April 22-25. Both the European Invitational and the Aleš Hřebeský Memorial will be utilized for national team evaluation and training purposes ahead of WILC2015.

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Defenseman Chris Friedman signs an autograph for a young fan during a visit to a school in Ashkelon.

Defenseman Chris Friedman signs an autograph for a young fan during a visit to a school in Ashkelon.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association will again partner with Amazing Israel (www.amazingisrael.com) to offer the second annual “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” program, a 10-day unique Taglit-Birthright trip, in June of 2015.

In addition to touring the country, participants will teach the sport to young Israeli athletes, train, and compete in exhibition games against the Israel men’s and women’s national teams.

The 10-day trip, which departs from Newark Liberty International Airport on June 22nd, will be limited to 20 men and 20 women, who are either active players or recent graduates of an NCAA-sanctioned lacrosse program. Players with club lacrosse experience may also be considered.

The Birthright/USA All-Stars were victorious in 2014, with two wins in the three-game series.

The Birthright/USA All-Stars were victorious in 2014, with two wins in the three-game series.

The trip is specifically geared for players to experience all Israel has to offer, through the lessons learned in lacrosse, and while promoting the grassroots development of lacrosse throughout Israel. The trip will use lacrosse as a platform to educate, engage and energize various Israeli communities while gaining a better understanding of what Israel and the region have to offer in sport.

“We’re big believers in using sport as a platform to help connect Jews with Israel,” said Scott Neiss, who founded Israel Lacrosse after participating in an Amazing Israel trip in 2010. “Many players with aspirations to compete at the NCAA level are justifiably so focused on training and attending recruiting camps, so Israel takes a backseat. This is a great opportunity for Jewish athletes to take a free trip to Israel, while spreading their passion for the game internationally.”

Trip participants at the "Mega Event" in Caesarea in 2014.

Trip participants at the “Mega Event” in Caesarea in 2014.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18-26. Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.

Exhibition games, pitting the Israel men’s and women’s national teams against the Birthright squads, are being planned during the trip.

Birthright/USA All-Star captain Ryan Hunter, who plays for Ohio State University, pictured with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Birthright/USA All-Star captain Ryan Hunter, who plays for Ohio State University, pictured with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Registration for the trip will open on Wednesday, February 3rd (with early registration on February 2nd). Prior to registration, players who are interested in participating are asked to submit their information to Israel Lacrosse coaches and management at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDZKTHhyUU42bW1wUGhTdFFmOVhfcnc6MA#gid=0
Please note that all regular Taglit-Birthright eligibility rules apply and there are no guarantees for placement

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On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally.

On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally.

On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally. In January, we’ll be kicking our youth development initiatives into high gear, with a goal of establishing 40 lacrosse teams by the end of the calendar year.

Israel Lacrosse is currently in four cities: Ashkelon (Makif Alef and Voldenberg Field), Netanya (Ort Leibovich School and Poleg Sportek), Ramla (Park Ofer) and Tel Aviv (B’Nai Brit and HaYarkon Sportek). With your help, we’ll be able to get more equipment, more goals, more uniforms and more coaches to strengthen our participation in those cities, while expanding to several new locations, such as Ashdod, Haifa, and Petach Tikvah.

Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the start of the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the end-of-year giving season. After two days of getting, Giving Tuesday is a worldwide platform to encourage people to give back.

With the help of the entire Israel Lacrosse community, we hope to have the largest online giving day in our history on #GivingTuesday, with a goal of raising $20,000 to support the “Go National!” program.

Every dollar raised for youth lacrosse -- up to $20,000 -- will be matched to help house, feed, and clothe members of the Israel Lacrosse family who were recently drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

Every dollar raised for youth lacrosse — up to $20,000 — will be matched to help house, feed, and clothe members of the Israel Lacrosse family who were recently drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

An anonymous supporter has stepped to the plate with unprecedented generosity to double the impact of your contribution.

Please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Israel-Lacrosse-Go-National/ on December 2nd and help us engage and energize youth of all backgrounds in Israel through the shared passion of lacrosse.

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Barak Netanya LC was today announced as the second of at least four men's teams competing in the inaugural season of the IPLL.

Barak Netanya LC was today announced as the second of at least four men’s teams competing in the inaugural season of the IPLL.

NETANYA, ISRAEL — The Society Amutah for Sport and Youth Development in Netanya, which operates the men’s professional basketball team, is pleased to announce that it is bringing the Israel Premier Lacrosse League to Netanya.

Barak Netanya LC was today announced as the second of at least four men’s teams competing in the inaugural season of the IPLL.

Netanya LC has previously appeared in several exhibition games to showcase the sport across Israel.

Netanya LC has previously appeared in several exhibition games to showcase the sport across Israel.

The club is expected to play its’ home games at Wingate Institute, and will operate in partnership with the Barak Netanya basketball club. Participation in the Premier League is contingent upon the club obtaining a membership of at least 100 youth lacrosse players in the city.

The Premier League, which kicks off its inaugural season in Summer 2015, will be comprised of primarily collegiate players with NCAA eligibility remaining. The league previously announced Haifa as its’ first club last month.

“We are very excited to welcome lacrosse to the Barak Netanya family,” said Barak Netanya BC chairman Benny Burnley. “The growth of lacrosse in our city has been remarkable, and we are thrilled to further introduce the sport at a high level under the Barak umbrella.”

The "Premier League" will be comprised of primarily active collegiate lacrosse players in at least four major Israeli cities.

The “Premier League” will be comprised of primarily active collegiate lacrosse players in at least four major Israeli cities.

The partnership with Barak Netanya BC, which has a rich history since its’ establishment in 1959, includes joint marketing initiatives, signage and on-floor contests featuring lacrosse at Yeshuron Hall, and a basketball-lacrosse charity challenge doubleheader in May.

The Israel Lacrosse Association will also have a strong presence at Barak Netanya BC’s home game against first-place Ramat Gan on December 30th, which is being billed as “Lacrosse Day in Netanya”.

“The storied brand and tradition of Barak Netanya is now synonymous with giving back to the Netanya community,” said Rachel Colburn, who was instrumental in establishing the Sticks For Kids program nationally in Israel, a program that is being incubated by the Kids Connect Network. “I’m delighted that we will be able to expand those efforts by giving lacrosse players the opportunity to serve as role models and ambassadors to engage, educate and energize the at-risk youth of the city.”

Premier League athletes will have internship and volunteer opportunities in coaching young lacrosse players in their city, as well as in marketing, public relations and operations for their club. Affordable housing will also be made available to visiting players in the “Lacrosse Embassy” of each city.

Athletes who are interested in competing in Netanya, or elsewhere in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League can register at http://www.israellacrosse.com/IPLL — Players of all nationalities and religious backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Barak Netanya LC will begin an international search for their head coach position this week.

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An ownership group led by Daniel and Wendy Kraft are bringing the Israel Premier League to Haifa.

An ownership group led by Daniel and Wendy Kraft are bringing the Israel Premier League to Haifa.

HAIFA, ISRAEL — Israel men’s national team head coach Bill Beroza will be manning the sidelines in Haifa this summer, as the city was named the first of at least four men’s teams competing in the inaugural season of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League.

A member of both the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Beroza was a three-time medalist for Team USA (1978, 1982 and 1986) amongst other accolades.

The Premier League, which kicks off its inaugural season in Summer 2015, will be comprised of primarily collegiate players with NCAA eligibility remaining.

Hall of Famer Bill Beroza will be leading Haifa LC in 2015.

Hall of Famer Bill Beroza will be leading Haifa LC in 2015.

An ownership group led by Daniel and Wendy Kraft spearheaded the initiative to bring the club to Haifa, which has a strong partnership with the city of Boston. Israel Lacrosse recently held a Showcase event at Harvard and Boston University to drive interest in the expansion.

“My family and I are thrilled to be part of the Haifa franchise in the new league,” said Kraft, who was instrumental in establishing a lacrosse scholarship fund to send Israeli high school athletes abroad. “This exciting project combines two loves and passions for our family: lacrosse and the State of Israel. We look forward to spreading the beauty of this sport to the youth population of Haifa.”

Haifa LC is expected to play home games at Kefar-Galim Training Grounds; participation in the Premier League is contingent upon the club obtaining a membership of at least 100 youth lacrosse players in the city.

The "Premier League" will be comprised of primarily active collegiate lacrosse players in at least four major Israeli cities.

The “Premier League” will be comprised of primarily active collegiate lacrosse players in at least four major Israeli cities.

Beroza, a Boston resident who recently led the blue-and-white to a No. 7 world ranking, now adds coaching the “green-and-white” to his duties with Israel Lacrosse.

“I’m excited to spend time in Haifa to help further lacrosse there,” said Beroza. “We expect Haifa, and the entire Premier League, to be a strong feeder for our World team.”

Premier League athletes will have internship and volunteer opportunities in coaching young lacrosse players in their city, as well as in marketing, public relations and operations for their club. Affordable housing will also be made available to visiting players in the “Lacrosse Embassy” of each city.

Athletes who are interested in competing in Haifa, or elsewhere in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League can register at http://www.israellacrosse.com/IPLL — Players of all nationalities and religious backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

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Israel will hold tryouts for its' first ever U-19 World Cup on December 31st in Ashkelon, Israel.

Israel will hold tryouts for its’ first ever U-19 World Cup on December 31st in Ashkelon, Israel.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced tryout dates for the national team which will compete at the 2015 FIL Women’s U-19 World Cup, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Israel will be sending two squads to Scotland to compete in the World Cup and the International Lacrosse Festival. The delegation will be composed of both Israeli players, along with several Jewish players from abroad.

The event marks Israel’s first international competition at the U-19 level. The blue-and-white join Colombia, Finland, South Korea and Uganda as first-time participants.

The invitation-only tryout will be held on December 31 at Voldenberg Field in Ashkelon, Israel. Players must hold Israeli citizenship or Jewish ancestry to participate. Athletes who are competing on the U-19 or U-17 National Developmental Program will automatically qualify for the tryout.

Players interested in being considered for the tryout should contact Julia Szafman at julia@lacrosse.co.il to schedule an interview. The team will not be hosting a tryout in the United States.

Additional sessions may be held to further evaluate Israel-based players.

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