Rachel Rosen Commits to Gap Year in Israel

Rachel Rosen Commits to Gap Year in Israel

Ashkelon, Israel – Rachel Rosen, a native of Port Washington, New York, who first competed for the Israel women’s national lacrosse team in 2019, will relocate to Israel in October.

Rosen will live and train like a local, as well as compete and directly impact the development and continued success of lacrosse in Israel. The 21-year-old attacker 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.

Rosen competing in the 2019 European Championships in Netanya, Israel
Rosen competing in the 2019 European Championships in Netanya, Israel

Rosen represented the blue-and-white for her first time in 2019 as a member of the Women’s National Team, competing in the 2019 European Championship in Netanya, Israel. Rosen led Israel to a silver medal, the country’s highest finish at the European Championships. She tallied eight goals and 12 assists to rank 13th overall in the tournament, and second on Israel, with 20 points. After helping Israel to a 3-2 record in pool play, Rosen led the team to wins over Netherlands and Wales before falling 10-7 in the gold medal game against England.

“Rachel has made a significant impact on Israel lacrosse since the day she got involved. A national team star, her expertise, and genuine investment in our lacrosse community are second to none. We could not be more excited to have Rachel join us October 1st”, said Sarah Meisenberg, Director of Women’s Lacrosse and Acting Women’s Head Coach

Rosen is a current senior at Penn State. She was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2019 and 2020. In her sophomore season, she appeared in 10 games for the Nittany Lions, tallying a goal, two assists, and four ground balls. In her freshman season in 2018, Rosen played in 15 games, including eight starts, where she collected five goals, 18 assists, 23 points, 14 ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers.

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.