From Israel Lacrosse Association Reports
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL -- James Madison sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) and JMU alumna Elyssa Rosenbaum (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) have been named to the 2013 player roster for the Israel National Team which will compete in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup.
The Israel Lacrosse Association announced the roster for the World Cup, to be played at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto, Canada, from July 11-20.
Israel's roster is composed of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations the FIL. The roster was selected after a series of tryouts at HaYarkon Sportek in Tel Aviv and The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., 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."
Curwin, a starter for the 19th-ranked Dukes, is among JMU's leaders in points (13), goals (9), assists (2) and draw controls (8). Rosenbaum, a 2009 JMU graduate, competed in gymnastics for the Dukes but played lacrosse in high school.
"I've always been proud to be Jewish, and I think that it's a great opportunity to represent my heritage," said Curwin. "I've always felt affiliated with Israel and now I get the chance to 'return' to and represent my country while playing a sport that I love. My grandpa, and biggest role model, had the chance to play in the Maccabi Games, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps.
"The most memorable moment of my lacrosse career is playing in the state championship game for New York State, coming up just short in double overtime, and being named to the all-tournament team. This is because when I was a freshman on the team we had a losing record, but as a team my senior year we worked hard and made it to the state finals.
"I am playing in honor of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, because I want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in sports. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life and brought me so much enjoyment and I want everyone -- regardless of disabilities -- to share my experience."
Rosenbaum is currently participating in Otzma Israel, a 10-month service-based volunteer leadership program in Israel.
"I've felt a strong connection to Israel ever since my first grade class took a 'pretend trip' here when I was six," said Rosenbaum. "After spending the last year volunteering, teaching and living like an Israeli, I feel a much stronger connection. I'm very excited to have the chance to represent Israel in the Women's World Cup.
"Playing (and starting) in my first-ever lacrosse game was my most memorable experience with the sport. I was put into the game in a summer league as a 13-year-old after only attending one practice. I didn't know the rules or the positions, but I loved it and it inspired me to learn the game and play more."
"I'm playing in honor of SHALVA - The Association for Mentally & Physically Challenged Children in Israel, which provides services to more than 500 participants with special needs, including infants, children, adolescents and young adults via a plethora of tailored programs and round-the-clock therapies, seven days a week. The Hebrew letters shin, lamed, vav, heh comprising the name SHALVA stand for shichrur l'mishpacha v'layeled hamugbal: 'liberating the child with special needs and their family.' In Hebrew, the word shalva means 'peace of mind.'"
The team will train July 1-7 in Ashkelon, Israel, before flying as a team to Toronto on July 8.
Israel’s inaugural World Cup match is a tough test, as the blue-and-white open against No. 10 Germany on July 11, before meeting No. 8 Scotland, and No. 16 South Korea to wrap up pool play. Two wins will guarantee Israel an appearance in the 12-team playoff.
‘Crossover’ matches against Hong Kong and No. 7 Japan will determine seeding and serve as tiebreakers if necessary. The World Cup playoffs begin on July 17.
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.
Israel World Cup Team
Nikki Avershal - Tel Aviv, Israel / Pittsburgh
Jenna Block - Owings Mills, Md. / Yale
Sam Ellis - Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Princeton
Molly Mulligan - Haifa, Israel / Smith College
Ifat Ribon - Rehovot, Israel / Michigan
Amanda Schwab - Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Stanford
Ali Curwin - Pittsford, N.Y. / James Madison
Kim Dubansky - Owings Mills, Md. / Johns Hopkins
Lauren Dykstra - Mendham, N.J. / Lehigh
Sara Greenberg - Jerusalem, Israel / Yale
Talia Hillman - Jerusalem, Israel / Maryland
Rachael Levy - Tel Aviv, Israel / IDC Herzliya
Sarah Meisenberg - Severna Park, Md / Franklin & Marshall
Elyssa Rosenbaum - Rehovot, Israel / James Madison
Stephanie Tenenbaum - Tel Aviv, Israel / New York University
Katie Mazer - Tel Aviv, Israel / Pennsylvania
Taylor Pedersen - Nyack, N.Y. / Vermont
Alicia Perry - Tel Aviv, Israel / Stanford
Davia Procida - Columbia, Md. / Frostburg State
Julia Szafman - West Hartford, Conn. / Dartmouth
Head Coach: Lauren Paul Norris
Assistant Coaches: Laura Liebman & Peter Friedensohn
Thurs., July 4 at 6:30 p.m. – “Blue vs. White” game (scrimmage; at Ashkelon Municipal Stadium – Asheklon, Israel)
Tue, July 9 at TBD – Israel vs. TBD (friendly)
2013 World Cup
Thurs, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. – Israel vs. #10 Germany (pool play)
Fri., July 12 at 12:30 p.m. – Israel vs. #8 Scotland (pool play)
Sun., July 14 at 11:30 a.m. – Israel vs. #16 South Korea (pool play)
Mon., July 15 at 9:00 a.m. – Israel vs. Hong Kong (crossover)
Tues., July 16 at 11:30 a.m. – Israel vs. #7 Japan (crossover)
**Playoffs begin on July 17
Sat, Nov 16 at 7:00 PM – Israel vs. STX Elite Team (friendly; at McDonogh School – Baltimore, Md.)
All matches at Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre unless otherwise noted
Schedule subject to change