The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Laura Fine Liebman and Peter Friedensohn will serve as assistant coaches of the Israel national lacrosse team, which will compete in the 2013 Women's World Cup in Canada this July.
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Fine Liebman, a two-time Jewish All-American at Franklin & Marshall College, recorded 119 goals and 65 assists as a four-year starter.
"I'm thrilled to have Laura join our coaching staff," said Israel head coach Lauren Paul Norris. "She has tremendous game sense and her coaching experience will help us greatly, especially on the offensive end. Laura also offers a great deal of knowledge in regards to Hebrew language, Jewish culture and traditions which will be beneficial to us as we begin our unique journey to the 2013 World Cup."
Fine Liebman is an alumna of Birthright Israel and has been to the country multiple times. She hails from a family of Jewish lacrosse players; her father, Stanley Fine (Johns Hopkins, '65) was an All-American midfielder, and her brother, Michael Fine (Colgate, '99) was a Jewish All-American goaltender.
"I'm very excited to return to Israel to combine my love of lacrosse, Israel and Judaism," said Fine Liebman. "I'm very much looking forward to working with a friend and former teammate, Lauren Paul Norris, on the World stage."
Friedensohn, who served as associate head coach for Israel's first-place entry in last year's European Lacrosse Festival, was a standout college player at Dartmouth College. He has coached at virtually every level, from youth to college.
"I'm thrilled to have Peter join our coaching staff," added Norris. "His proven leadership skills and extensive experience training goaltenders will be invaluable for us, and his positivity and excitement will be contagious and motivating for the team."
Friedensohn said, "We will bring a fast paced intensity to the championship and promote Israel Lacrosse
on the world stage. Our team will be role models for all the young women and girls who are starting to play lacrosse in State of Israel."
Israel’s roster will be composed of Israeli players, as well as Jewish players from abroad in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse.