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UMBC’s Jenna Baverman Shares Her Love For Lacrosse And Israel

March 8, 2019
Jenna Baverman, a captain of the UMBC women's lacrosse team, also played with the under-19 Israeli lacrosse team and for Israel in the Women's World Cup in 2017 -- a feat she could repeat in two years.

Jmore recently spoke with Baverman, a senior, about some of her thoughts on lacrosse and playing with the Israeli team.

Jmore: When did you start playing lacrosse?

Baverman: I first started playing probably at the end of seventh grade into eighth grade. I played softball until I decided it was a bit too slow for me. I was at Beth Tfiloh [Dahan Community School], and I … just decided to look for a different experience. I fell in love with Roland Park [Country School] and had such a great academic and athletic career there.

You played basketball at Roland Park as well, but what made lacrosse 'the sport' for you? 

I actually got recruited to play basketball. Lacrosse … I was able to do more. I was able to contribute more. All of our workouts and training from basketball translated to what we were doing for pre-season lacrosse in the spring.

You first went to Hofstra and played a year of lacrosse there. What made you decide to transfer to UMBC?  

New York just wasn’t for me. I wasn’t being challenged. It just wasn’t a good fit for me, lacrosse-wise.

How has UMBC worked out for you overall?

It's been great. I have had a great relationship with my coaches, and they’ve obviously supported me in any way they can. I'm a huge people person, and it’s very important for me to connect with coaches. Also, UMBC, as a university, has challenged me and helped me grow academically in the career that I want. I am studying public health and had my internship with the Maryland State Dental Association. I want to go to school and become a dentist.

To read more from Baverman, read the full article here .

Photo Credit: Courtesy of UMBC Athletics