Israel announces roster for FIL Women’s World Cup

2017 Israel Women’s World Team Roster:

Sarah Andersen
Midfield – Coronado, CA
Tzedakah: Sticks For Kids

Nikol Baglay
Forward – Ashkelon, Israel
Tzedakah: Baltimore-Ashkelon 

Jenna Baverman
Defense – Baltimore, MD
Tzedakah: Lev Lalev 

Gabriela Cheban
Defense – Ashkelon, Israel
Tzedakah: Baltimore-Ashkelon 

Alison Curwin
Midfield – Pittsford, NY
Tzedakah: Friends of IDF 

Kimberly Dubansky
Midfield – Baltimore, MD
Tzedakah: Taglit-Birthright 

Alexandra Freedman
Goal – Be’er Sheva, Israel
Tzedakah: Jewish National Fund 

Shirel Fresh
Forward – Ashkelon, Israel
Tzedakah: Baltimore-Ashkelon 

Leah Israel
Defense – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Tzedakah: Jewish National Fund 

Emma Lazaroff
Forward – Tel Aviv, Israel
Tzedakah: Neve Galim

Megan Lerner
Defense – Lutherville, MD
Tzedakah: Chai Lifeline 

Sarah Meisenberg
Defense – Be’er Sheva, Israel
Tzedakah: Ramot Shalom 

Courtney Miller
Midfield – Tel Aviv, Israel
Tzedakah: Friends of IDF

Rachel Minarovich
Midfield – Netanya, Israel
Tzedakah: Sharsheret

Blaire Nathanson
Goal – Ashkelon, Israel
Tzedakah: Family Nest Ashkelon 

Rachel Ozer
Forward – Moraga, CA
Tzedakah: Ramah Movement

Ali Steinberg
Midfield – Suffern, NY
Tzedakah: Sticks For Kids

Jessi Steinberg
Forward – Suffern, NY
Tzedakah: Israeli Society for Autism 

Jayme Verman
Forward – Ashkelon, Israel
Tzedakah: Israel Guide Dog Center 

Lauren Paul Norris
Head Coach
Tzedakah: Lustgarten Foundation 

Kate Goldstein
Assistant Coach
Tzedakah: Leket Israel

Halsey Diakow
Assistant Coach / PR
Tzedakah: Friends of IDF 

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — Israel Lacrosse has announced a 20-player roster for the Israel women’s national team that will compete in the 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup, which will be held at University of Surrey near London, England, from July 12-22. The roster was selected following a three-day tryout this summer in Be’er Sheva, Israel, and a set of fall exhibition games.

“Selecting this team was incredibly difficult, as we were lucky to have so many talented women tryout. In addition to the level of talent present at the tryouts, these women are bright, successful, and of the greatest character,” said head coach Lauren Paul Norris following the roster announcement. “Getting to know them and see how each of them would make such a significant impact not only as a member of the team, but as part of the organization made the decision that much harder. It really came down to what we needed positionally, and balancing that with the right personalities, where the players were currently residing, and what strengths we needed on the field.”

Teams from 24 countries are expected to compete at the quadrennial Women’s World Cup. The blue-and-white have their sights set on improving their world ranking from their 8th place finish at Israel’s first Women’s World Cup appearance in 2013.

Alison Curwin, Kimberly Dubansky and Sarah Meisenberg return from the 2013 squad.

Three young players who represented Israel at the 2015 U-19 World Championship — Jenna Baverman, Gabriela Cheban and Shirel Fresh — will make their debut for the Women’s National Team.

The 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). In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing.