The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Hannah Deoul has been named head coach of the Israel women’s national team that will compete at the 2015 FIL Women’s U-19 World Cup, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 23 - August 1.
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Deoul, a native of Baltimore who made aliyah to Ashkelon in October 2014, will be assisted by fellow Ashkeloneans Emily Brodsky, Taylor Roy and Amanda Tuck. Kim Dubansky, who serves as associate head coach at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, will lead Israel’s entry in the accompanying International Festival of Lacrosse.
“I could not feel more proud and honored to coach Israel’s first girls U-19 team,” said Deoul. “Introducing not only the sport of lacrosse, but also the lifestyle of a team sport to many of these girls, makes every day exciting and meaningful. I have an amazingly committed, energetic, and passionate coaching staff, with whom I am able to strategize, recruit, and grow the game of lacrosse. The reciprocated energy of the Israeli girls gives me confidence that we will put together a disciplined, hard-working and committed team that will be ready for the competitive international scene of lacrosse.”
The blue-and-white are expected to announce a 36-player roster in March, featuring both homegrown athletes, as well as Jewish players from abroad. However, the 18-player roster competing in the U-19 World Cup must be 85 percent Israeli, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The remaining 18 players will represent Israel in the International Festival of Lacrosse, also held in Edinburgh.
While Israel has featured a national women’s team, as well as camps, clinics, and soft-stick outreach programs since 2012, the first sustainable girls' lacrosse programs in Ashkelon did not launch until September 2014, creating a unique challenge for the inexperienced Israelis with their debut U-19 World Cup appearance on the horizon.
“We’re very excited to have Hannah lead our first-ever U-19 team on the world stage,” said Julia Szafman, who is serving as general manager of the U-19 Women’s National Program. “She has inspired our girls to constantly aim higher and take their game to the next level with her energy, thoughtful coaching, and personal love for the game. The girls respect her and want to make her proud.”
Deoul, who graduated from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, before competing in both lacrosse and field hockey at Middlebury College, was a four-year starting defender and senior captain for the Panthers. She received First Team All-American and First Team All-NESCAC accolades in her senior year, and was a five-time All-Academic honoree. Upon graduation, she participated in the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” Taglit-Birthright trip last June, and extended her stay in Israel to participate in an internship with Israel Lacrosse. She returned to Ashkelon on an aliyah flight last October.
Brodsky, a native of Bryn Mawr, PA, was a two-year captain at Friends’ Central School, where she set a school record for career points, leading her team to the league title in her senior season.