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Julia Szafman Named to Team Israel's 2013 FIL World Cup Roster

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By Larry Palumbo

TEL AVIV, Israel – Dartmouth women’s lacrosse senior goalkeeper Julia Szafman has been named to Israel’s 20-player roster for the upcoming 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup.

The event will be held in Oshawa, Ontario, outside of Toronto July 11-20.

Israel's roster is composed of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of FIL. The roster was selected after a series of tryouts at HaYarkon Sportek in Tel Aviv and the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., as well as an extensive interview process.

Szafman, a West Hartford, Conn., native is the lone goaltender listed on Israel’s roster released Monday morning. She is also one of five players from the Ivy League selected to represent the nation in Ontario this summer.

The squad will train July 1-7 in Ashkelon, Israel, before flying as a team to Toronto on July 8.

Israel’s schedule in the World Cup begins 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 an appearance in the 12-team playoff.

Following pool play, ‘crossover’ matches against Hong Kong and No. 7 Japan will determine seeding and serve as tiebreakers if necessary. The World Cup playoffs will get underway on July 17.

In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each 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.

Szafman will not be the lone Dartmouth representative in Oshawa this July as former Big Green goalkeeper Devon Wills ’06 will also be competing as a member of Team USA. For Wills, this will be her second FIL World Cup appearance as a member of the American squad after winning Gold in 2009 in the Czech Republic.

The assistant coach for the Isreal team, Peter Friedensohn ’76, was a goalkeeper at Dartmouth and is the father of current Big Green lacrosse men's keeper Blair Friedensohn.