Brooke Applebaum Commits to Gap Year in Israel

brooke applebaum commits to gap year in israel

ASHKELON, ISRAEL – Brooke Applebaum, a native of Atlantic Beach, NY will relocate to Israel in October to participate in Israel Lacrosse’s Masa Gap-Year program.

Applebaum will live like a local, train, compete, and directly contribute to the grassroots development of the sport in Israel. The 22-year-old defender will also have a prioritized opportunity to be evaluated to compete at the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship, held in Towson, MD from July 7-17, 2021.

Applebaum is a current fifth-year defender at Catawba College, where she has been a starting defender and core member of the Indian’s defense.

“We are thrilled to have Brooke Applebaum join the defensive front of Israel lacrosse,” said Sarah Meisenberg, Director of Women’s Lacrosse and Acting Women’s Head Coach. “Nothing gets by her, especially not the opportunity to spend a semester in Israel playing lacrosse and soaking up the culture.”

Applebaum is a former four-year starter at Southeast Guilford High School, where she earned all-conference honors all four years. She was a three-time defensive Player of the Year and helped the Falcons win a pair of conference championships. Applebaum is a former member of Liberty Lacrosse Club and L3 North Carolina Club.

Israel Lacrosse has worked with Masa Israel since 2015 to provide young adults between the ages of 18-30 immersive and life-changing international experiences, including internship experiences in Israel. Israel Lacrosse is the nation’s fully functioning National Governing Body of the sport that has a large range of internships and opportunities to offer. Participants of our gap year programs have the opportunity to build their resume, learn Hebrew, interact with Israelis, and contribute to growing the sport of lacrosse in Israel.

Athletes who are interested in learning more about the Israel Lacrosse Gap Year program should contact Director of Women’s Lacrosse, Sarah Meisenberg, at sarah@israellacrosse.org.