Lauren Paul Norris will build on her 2013 World Cup campaign as she takes charge of the Israeli National team for a 2nd World Cup. Norris, a four-time Jewish All-American at Franklin & Marshall College, has been named head coach of the Israel National Lacrosse Team which will compete in the FIL Rathbones 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. “Lauren is committed to building the strongest possible team to represent Israel at the World Cup,” said Women’s competition chair Katie Mazer. “She has a passion for both our country and the sport, and her determination to spread the game of lacrosse to girls in Israel is essential to our long-term success.”
Paul previously served as head coach at Franklin & Marshall from 2009-2012, leading the Diplomats to the 2009 NCAA Div. III championship and Centennial Conference titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Paul was also named IWLCA Coach of the Year in 2009, as the first coach ever to win the national championship in her first season. In four seasons at Franklin & Marshall, she led the team to a 68-10 record.
“I am so honoured to have the opportunity to coach this team again in the 2017 World Cup,” said Norris. “We’d like to take that next step as a program and advance to the Medal Rounds. We have done so much to further the sport in Israel and I am looking forward to continuing with this incredible mission.”
Paul, who joined the coaching staff at High Point University in 2012, also has previous experience as an assistant coach at Dickinson (2005-2007) and Lafayette (2004). She played for Franklin & Marshall from 2000-03 and was a two-time All-American, three-time first team All-Metro Region player and a three-time All Centennial Conference first teamer. She was the first player in team history to score 100 goals and register 100 assists in her career.