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Mill Valley Native Nabs Title at 2012 Euro Lax Championships

On the heels of her sophomore year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Taylor Roy’s team tops American-based club Global Players in Amsterdam.

Plenty of Mill Valley students are in the midst of treks around Europe this summer.

Few can match the experience of Taylor Roy.

Roy, who just finished her sophomore year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, is a member of the Israeli women’s lacrosse team, the country’s first foray into the world of international lacrosse. Despite its infancy, the team captured the 2012 European Lacrosse Championship last week in Amsterdam, rallying from a four-goal deficit against American-based club Global Players to win 8-7 in overtime.

The Global Players had defeated Israel twice during round-robin play, but the blue-and-white won when it mattered, with Felicia Tissenbaum scoring the game-winning goal.

Roy, who attended high school at Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, N.H., was the lone West Coast representative on the Israeli team. The team has adopted a “no English rule” for all players and coaches during the tournament and they played no games on Shabbat.

Roy now heads to Israel to conduct youth clinics in conjunction with Israel Lacrosse. In an effort to raise money to support the growth of lacrosse in Israel, Roy is collecting new and used lacrosse sticks to provide Israeli youth with equipment. Email israellacrosse@me.com for more information.

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