Philadelphia, PA, August 6  – Maccabi USA’s Field Hockey Team, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Multi Sport Organization, defeated Germany 3-0 in the Bronze Medal match at the 19th  World Maccabiah Games, held every four years in Israel.    The Netherlands defeated Argentina, 3-2 in the Gold Medal Match.    The Netherlands was the only defeat for Team USA who finished with a 2-1-1 mark during the week long tournament.

The World Maccabiah Games is the 3rd largest sporting competition behind the Olympics and the Pan Am Games.   Over 1,100 athletes competing in 38 sports represented the USA during the event July 17 – 30.

The USA 16-person squad was coached by Tonja Magerman.   “We had a very talented group of players, ranging in age from 16 to 31 years of age.  We only had two weeks to prepare, but I feel that every player stepped up and contributed to the overall success of the team!  We are happy to come away with the Bronze medal, but we will be back in four years to bring home the Gold!”

The team was selected after a tryout in July 2012 and assembled for a one-week training camp in Israel.    The team, along with all other Open, Junior and Youth athletes of Team USA, participated in a week-long ISRAEL CONNECT educational and cultural program after the initial training camp prior to the Games.

Co-Captain and former UCONN standout Cara Silverman was the lone team member competing in her 2nd World Maccabiah Games, “My experience at the Maccabiah Games has grown since participating four years ago. Aside from the international competition, it’s been amazing to re-connect with friends I’ve made from all over the world as well as creating friendships with girls on our team.”

Co-Captain Rachel Magerman who will return to perennial NCAA favorite North Carolina for her senior season added, “It was an amazing experience to be able to connect with Jewish athletes from all over the world.”

19th Maccabiah Games USA Field Hockey Team

Number Name Hometown School/Grad year

2

Marissa Glatt Doylestown, PA Lehigh                              2017

3

Kayla Devlin Annapolis, MD Delaware                         2017

5

Rachael Block Voorhees, NJ Lehigh                              2017

6

Taylor Stone Herndon, VA Herndon High School       2015

7

Gabby Goldach Columbus, OH Miami University             2015

8

Rachel Magerman Blue Bell, PA UNC                                 2013

9

Tamara Brown Annandale, VA Tufts                                 2011

10

Cara Silverman Roseland, NJ Connecticut                     2012

13

Hilary Smith Summit, NJ Northeastern                   2016

15

Eliana Brown Annandale, VA Colgate                            2015

16

Sara Ruzzi Arnold, MD Columbia                         2017

18

Rachel Feig Houston, TX Boston University            2017

22

Rachel Gassert Kensington, MD North Carolina (Club)      2004

29 Goalie

Emma Singer Harrisburg, PA Robert Morris                  2016

30

Jamie Levy Bala Cynwyd, PA Shippensburg                   2013

25 Goalie

Emily Knapp Scarsdale, NY Middlebury                      2015

Coach

Tonja Magerman

 

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic committee as a Multi-Sport Organization. The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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