GRANVILLE, Ohio- Israel Lacrosse has announced that Denison University junior Leah Isreal has been named to the 20-player roster for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup.
The 2016 season saw Israel start all 19 games in the midfield for the Big Red. She scored 25 goals and added 14 assists for a Denison team that went 13-6 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 18th time in program history.
In addition to her 25 goals and 14 assists, she also finished with 46 draw controls, 30 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Israel is a native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where she attended Cranbrook Kingswood School.
"We are so proud and extremely excited for Leah," said Denison head women's lacrosse coach Amanda Daniels. "This is such an amazing opportunity for her to play against, and with, some of the best players in the world."
The 2017 FIL Women's World Cup will take place on July 12-22 at the University of Surrey near London, England. The roster was selected after a three-day tryout this summer in Be'er Sheva, Israel. The roster is comprised of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse. Israel joins a roster comprised mostly of players from NCAA Division I institutions. She is one of six players from NCAA Division III colleges to make the Israeli national team.
Each member of the national team will compete in honor of a charity of their choosing. Leah is competing for the Jewish National Fund.
The Denison women's lacrosse season will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 25 when the Big Red hosts Fredonia at 1 p.m.