Senior to play on Israel national team

Emma Novick '15 and her twin sister Matty Novick don Israel lacrosse apparel at a lacrosse showcase in Boston, Massachusetts.
Emma Novick '15

Emma Novick ’15 and her twin sister Matty Novick don Israel lacrosse apparel at a lacrosse showcase in Boston, Massachusetts. Emma Novick ’15

The Israel Lacrosse Association announced that Convent of the Sacred Heart senior Emma Novick, and her twin sister Matty Novick, will play on the Israel women’s U19 lacrosse team for the Women’s World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland July 23 to August 1.
Matty is a member of the varsity lacrosse team at New Canaan High School, while Emma plays on the varsity lacrosse team at Sacred Heart. Emma and Matty have both committed to play lacrosse at Lafayette College.

Emma Novick '15 and her twin sister Matty Novick don Israel lacrosse apparel at a lacrosse showcase in Boston, Massachusetts. Emma Novick '15
Emma Novick ’15 and her twin sister Matty Novick don Israel lacrosse apparel at a lacrosse showcase in Boston, Massachusetts.
Emma Novick ’15

The previous Director of Operations for the National Lacrosse League, Mr. Scott Neiss, founded the Israel Lacrosse Association in 2010. The league is committed to developing, funding and supporting the sport of lacrosse in Israel, according to lacrosse.co.il.
The association announced their 38-player roster for the Israel women’s U19 national team March 26. The roster includes both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, according to lacrosse.co.il.
In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player must choose a charity of her choice, and a portion of the national team’s general fundraising efforts will go towards the organization.
Emma will be raising money for the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, a public research institution in Haifa, Israel, while Matty will be supporting the Beit Canada Absorption Center, an intensive Hebrew learning center for new immigrants in Ashdod, Israel.
Traditionally, tryouts for the team take place in Voldenberg Field in Ashkelon, Israel. But, due to travel conflicts, Emma attended a showcase in Boston, Massachusetts in order to display her talent to coaches from the team.
“The coaches explained what the opportunity was to play on the team, and how we had to compete with the best players globally while doing community service,” Emma said. “I was immensely interested, but still shocked when I finally saw my bio[graphy] on the roster.”
Despite her interest in the philanthropic aspects of the team, Emma’s initial fascination with the program revolved around her Jewish faith and culture.
“While playing for Israel, I look forward to feeling connected to my heritage, my roots and ultimately representing my faith,” Emma said. “Playing for Israel Lacrosse will enable me to become connected with Israel on a deeper level.”
Emma is looking forward to visiting Scotland for the first time, as well as playing against the United States Women’s National Team.
“I have always been told that the US Women’s Lacrosse Team is full of really talented players, which is why I cannot wait to play against them,” Emma said. “Additionally, I am excited to represent the State of Israel, meet new people, and learn more about life in the country.”
To learn more about Israel Lacrosse Association and how to donate, please visit www.lacrosse.co.il.
– Katie Nail, News Editor