PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Natalie Landau '21 and first-year Maya Scholnick '22 were selected to compete in the 15th European Maccabi Games on the Maccabi USA Open Women's Soccer Team in Budapest Hungary, as announced by Women's Soccer Chair, Marc Backal, along with Head Coach Jeff Katz and Assistant Coach Andrew Chappell on Wednesday morning.
Amherst head coach Jen Hughes said, "A hearty congratulation to Nat and Maya for this tremendous honor! We are so proud for them to represent Team USA at the European Maccabi Games this summer in Hungary. We wish Nat, Maya, and the rest of Team USA good luck at the Games!"
The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jewish people from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. This year, the team is set to compete during the summer from July 28th to August 7th.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. They connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Their athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.
Maccabi USA will bring a team of 200+ athletes who will join the other 2,000 Jewish athletes from 29 countries, participating in 22 different sports.
"I am so excited for this summer and the chance to meet so many other talented players" said Scholnick. "This is going to be a really special experience, as I'll be able to combine two of the most important parts of my life, soccer and Judaism into a meaningful, fun, and competitive environment, something I didn't think was possible". Landau added "I am very excited to represent Team USA at the Maccabi games this summer. Not only am I looking forward to playing soccer with and against talented athletes from around the world (and Maya of course), but I hope that the opportunity will also allow me to connect with my Jewish heritage."
Meet The Team
Head Coach Katz is the Associate Head Coach and fifth overall for the MIT Women's Soccer Team. Assistant Coach Chappell is the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer and Basketball Teams at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in New York.
The team comprises of 18 student-athletes, former and current, coming from 12 different institutions.
Natalie Landau of Providence, R.I. – Amherst College
Maya Scholnick of New York, N.Y. – Amherst College
Alyssa Fagel of San Carlos, Calif. – Yale University
Lauren Goetzman of Calabasas, Calif. – Wesleyan University
Karenna Groff of Weston, Mass. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Hannah Massagli of Loomis, Calif. – Notre Dame de Namur University ('17)
Sara Messinger of Cherry Hill, N.J. – New York University
Sarah Moseson of Morristown, N.J. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Nathalie Nidetch of Hewlett, N.Y. – Northeastern University
Zoe Oasis of Dover, Mass. – Wesleyan University
Emily Ribatt of Brookline, Mass. – Wesleyan University
Rebecca Rosen of Port Washington, N.Y. – Brown University
Hannah Rosenblatt of Lincoln, Mass. – Northeastern University ('18)
Jessica Schildkraut of Glen Rock, N.J. – Columbia University
Arielle Schneider of Oakton, Va. – State University of New York – Brockport ('12)
Danielle Stollar of Berkeley, Calif. – Harvard University ('18)
Jenna Tivnan of South Easton, Mass. – Syracuse University
Nicola Young of Needham, Mass. – Harvard University.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has representation from Amherst and Wesleyan with five total student-athletes. Click HERE for more information on Maccabi USA.