The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Lynbrook High School graduate Peter Friedensohn will serve as assistant coaches of the Israel National Lacrosse Team, which will compete in the upcoming 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup.
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.
A 1972 graduate of Lynbrook High School where he played under legendary coach Tony Seaman, Friedensohn’s passion for lacrosse has led him to coach at virtually every level, from youth to college. He helped launch both boys and girls lacrosse programs in his hometown of Milton, Maass., and his tenure as a coach at Cardigan Mountain Lacrosse has exposed him to some of the greatest minds in men’s lacrosse, led by former Dartmouth head coach Dud Hendrick
An acknowledged student of the game, Friedensohn has an innovative approach to women’s lacrosse because of his intimate knowledge of fundamentals and strategy of both the men’s and women’s game.
“I’m thrilled to have Peter join our coaching staff,” Israel head coach Lauren Paul Norris said. “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 has three daughters who have played collegiately at Columbia, Tufts and Johns Hopkins, and his son Blair is a freshman goalie at Dartmouth College. He currently resides in Boston, Mass., with his wife, Patricia.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue my relationship with Israel Lacrosse, while coaching alongside women the caliber of Lauren [Norris] and Laura [Liebman],” 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 the State of Israel.”
The United States edged Australia, 8-7, to capture gold at the 2009 Women’s World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. The Americans will defend their title against Israel and 17 other nations this year in Oshawa. In addition to Israel, other new entries who are playing in the World Cup include Hong Kong, Latvia and Sweden.
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 (FIL). The team will train July 1-7 in Ashkelon, Israel, before flying as a team to Toronto on July 8.
The 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup will be held at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto, Canada, from July 11-20.