January 11, 2008

Pair of Brown Athletes Win Gold at 11th Pan American Maccabi Games

Jan. 11, 2008

BUENOS ARIES, ARGENTINA - Brown freshman women's tennis player Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC) and junior softball pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) picked up a total of four gold medals at the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games with Schonfeld earning three and Moses earning one.

Schonfeld won gold in Open Women's Singles, Open Women's Doubles and Open Mixed Doubles. Along the way, she defeated Elizabeth Kobak in the semifinals and then earned gold with a victory over Yale's #2 player, Sara Lederhandler, in the finals. Schonfeld combined with Lederhander to win the Open Women's Doubles and partnered with David Tillem, a sophomore at Georgetown, to earn gold in the Open Mixed Doubles.

Moses helped team USA earn a gold medal with a 4-1 overall record on the mound, while competing against the Argentina Maccabi team and the Israel Maccabi team from Dec. 26th to Jan. 2nd. The team's starting pitcher, Moses went 3-0 with one save. In 19 innings pitched, she gave up just four hits, one unearned run, two walks and had 26 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.00. Moses received the win during USA's 6-0 defeat over Argentina for the gold medal, and also received the "Best Pitcher" award.

These medals were well deserved for both Schonfeld and Moses, as the competition was tough and most of it took place during an unusual heat wave with average daily temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's.