Philadelphia, Pa. (May 31) - MIT sophomore Sarah Moseson (Morristown, N.J.) and first-year Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) have both been selected to compete on the Open Women's Soccer Team at the 15th European Maccabi Games which will take place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
The Open Women's Soccer Team, which will be led by MIT Associate Head Coach Jeff Katz, is comprised of 18 student-athletes from all three NCAA Divisions. Thirteen of those are from the New England region and ten are Division III student-athletes. In total, 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.
Moseson and Groff guided the Engineers to an overall record of 17-3-3 overall, a mark of 9-0-1 in league games, a season-high national ranking of No. 13, to its second straight NEWMAC Championship title and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-time in program history.
Moseson appeared in 14 matches as a sophomore and was a key member of the defensive unit for the Engineers. The MIT defense posted ten shutouts and a goals against average of 0.79, both of which led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 2018. Offensively, Moseson tallied her first career goal as a sophomore, which came in a 7-0 win at Salem State University back on September 18.
Groff played in all 23 matches as a first-year and registered 13 goals and five assists for a team-best 31 points. Her 13 goals and 31 points were third best in the NEWMAC this fall, while her six game winners were one shy of Amanda Wright from Springfield College. Back in September 4 at Worcester State, Groff scored three goals in a span of 51-seconds, which ranks as the second-fastest hat trick for a single student-athlete in NCAA Division III women's soccer history.
The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews 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.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.
Head Coach - Jeff Katz (MIT)
Assistant Coach - Andrew Chappell (Columbia & Preparatory School)
Alyssa Fagel - Yale
Lauren Goetzman - Wesleyan (Conn.)
Karenna Groff - MIT
Natalie Landau - Amherst
Hannah Massagli - Notre Dame de Namur University ('17)
Sara Messinger - NYU
Sarah Moseson - MIT
Nathalie Nidetch - Northeastern
Zoe Oasis - Wesleyan (Conn.)
Emily Ribatt - Wesleyan (Conn.)
Rebecca Rosen - Brown
Hannah Roseblatt - Northeastern ('18)
Jessica Schildkraut - Columbia
Arielle Schneider - SUNY Brockport ('12)
Maya Scholnick - Amherst
Danielle Stollar - Harvard ('18)
Jenna Tivnan - Syracuse
Nicola Young - Harvard