Ryan Fitzpatrick Commits to Gap Year in Israel

Ryan Fitzpatrick Commits to Gap Year

ASHKELON, ISRAEL – Ryan Fitzpatrick, a native of Wakefield, MA will relocate to Israel in October to participate in Israel Lacrosse’s Masa Gap Year program.

Fitzpatrick will live like a local, train, compete, and directly contribute to the grassroots development of the sport in Israel. The 20-year-old long stick midfielder will also have a prioritized opportunity to be evaluated to compete at the Men’s European Lacrosse Championships held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 21-30, 2021.

Ryan Fitzpatrick graduated from Wakefield High School playing four years for the Warriors.
Ryan Fitzpatrick graduated from Wakefield High School playing four years for the Warriors.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic we get Ryan this year. His enthusiasm and outgoing attitude are apparent from the moment you meet him. I believe he will make a significant and lasting difference on and off the field this year in Israel,” said Ian Kadish, Director of Lacrosse Operations.

Fitzpatrick is a rising sophomore at UMass and a former player at Wakefield High School. As a freshman for the Minutemen, Fitzpatrick was a College Crosse All-Freshmen Team Honorable Mention and on the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

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 Men’s Lacrosse, Seth Mahler at seth@lacrosse.co.il.