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World Cup 2013: Israel names Penn grad Mazur as a co-captain

Sunday, 7th July 2013

Categories Girl's/Women's, International, World Cup, Posted 7/7/13
From Press Release

The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced midfielders Kim Dubansky and Stephanie Tenenbaum, as well as defender Katie Mazer (Penn) will serve as captains for the Israel women’s national team competing at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup. The World Cup is being held at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto, Canada, from July 11-20.

Dubansky, a 2010 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, returns to Israel after helping lead the Israel developmental team to a title in the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival. The 24-year-old midfielder from Owings Mills, MD made Aliyah last week. She has spent nearly a month developing the game in Israel last summer and this year. Dubansky has committed to donate her absorption basket benefits to Taglit-Birthright Israel, which brought her to Israel for the first time two years ago.

Although she did not play lacrosse collegiately, Tenenbaum, a 2007 graduate of New York University, has been a driving force in the launch of women’s lacrosse in Israel. The New Jersey native made Aliyah immediately after graduation, and served two years in the Israel Defense Forces. The 28-year-old midfielder resides in Tel Aviv with her fiance, Barak. Tenenbaum is playing in honor of Soccer for Peace; several members of the women’s national team conducted a youth lacrosse clinic earlier this week in coordination with the organization and the Israel Lacrosse Association has committed to make a contribution.

Mazer, a 2009 graduate of UPenn, captained an NCAA team that captured three Ivy League championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Final Four. The 25-year-old Baltimore native made Aliyah in February and resides in Tel Aviv. She was instrumental in preparing the Israel-based players for the World Cup. Mazer is playing in honor of the Kuchinate program in coordination with the African Refugee Development Center in Tel Aviv, where she has spent many hours volunteering her time. The Israel Lacrosse Association has committed to make a contribution.

The captains were selected at the conclusion of what has been an intense training camp in Tel Aviv and Ashkelon in preparation for the inaugural World Cup appearance. In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each World
Cup player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing.

A portion of the national team’s general fundraising efforts has been committed to each charity and players are encouraged to socially engage with their charity alone or with teammates.

Several other activities this week included a team visit to Yad Vashem in collaboration with the Adopt-a-Safta program (Radnor grad and Princeton’s Sam Ellis, Nikki Avershal), planting trees in collaboration with the Jewish National Fund (Ifat Ribon), visiting soldiers at an army base in collaboration with the Friends of the IDF (Sara Greenberg) and a youth
lacrosse clinic at the Bet Elazraki Children’s Home (Lehigh grad Lauren Dykstra).

The team will wear rainbow bracelets in an exhibition game against Netherlands in support of Beit Dror (Molly Mulligan) and following the World Cup, a player has helped organize and coach a team of young Jewish girls to travel to California for the JCC Maccabi Games (Nicole Sawdaye).

The blue-and-white open against No. 10 Germany on July 11, before meeting No. 8 Scotland, and No. 16 South Korea to wrap up pool play. Two wins will guarantee Israel an appearance in the 12-team playoff.


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