Reese Gittelman Commits to Gap Year in Israel

Reese Gittelman Commits to Gap Year in Israel

ASHKELON, ISRAEL – Reese Gittelman, a native of Ocean City, MD who has represented the blue-and-white on the field since 2015, will relocate to Israel in October to participate in Israel Lacrosse’s Masa Gap-Year program.

Gittelman will live like a local, train, compete, and directly contribute to the grassroots development of the sport in Israel. The 20-year-old midfielder 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.

Gittelman representing the blue-and-white at a showcase in Baltimore at Stevenson University
Gittelman representing the blue-and-white at a showcase in Baltimore at Stevenson University

Gittelman represented Israel on the 2015 and 2016 Winter Service Trip to Israel, competing on the field and growing the game of lacrosse in schools in Israel. She also competed in Baltimore representing the blue-and-white, playing against some of the best college programs. 

“We are going to see a dramatic positive impact on the youth of Israel Lacrosse due to Reese’s infectious positivity and love for helping those around her,” said Sarah Meisenberg, Director of Women’s Lacrosse and Acting Women’s Head Coach. A native of Salisbury, MD she has considerable experience playing and coaching lacrosse at the highest levels. “Reese did one of the first-ever winter service trips with us and we can not wait to see her continue to give back to the country and our domestic lacrosse players.”

Gittelman is a current junior at Smith College where she competes for the pioneers. In the NEWMAC conference, Gittelman currently ranks in the top 45 for points and in the top 30 for assists, with a total of 21 points over one and a half seasons with the pioneers. She is also a former player at Worcester Preparatory and Delmarva Dolphins Club.

Masa Israel Journey, which offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing internship experiences in Israel, has officially recognized the Israel Lacrosse Gap Year Program as a member of the Masa family since 2015. Israel Lacrosse is a fully functioning National Governing Body of the sport – equivalent to US Lacrosse in the United States – and has wide needs and opportunities to offer our personnel. Participants of our gap year programs have the opportunity to dive deep into areas that interest them, build their resume, interact with Israelis, obtain mentorship from experts in specific fields, and contribute in unique ways to the growth of 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.