(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson will be well represented at the 2017 Maccabiah World Games as rising junior Chelsea Kramer (New Vernon, N.J./Morristown Beard) and recent graduate Catherine Perlmutter '17 (Blue Bell, Pa./Germantown Academy) will participate in field hockey while former Red Devil Aaron Wilf '02 has been selected to coach Team USA in tennis.
The Maccabiah Olympics are a division of the International Olympic Committee and this event is the third largest sporting event in the world behind only the regular Olympics and the Pan-American Games. This prestigious international competition will have over 80 different countries participating this year along with about 10,000 athletes from all over the world.
Perlmutter will make her second appearance on the Team USA squad, competing in the European Maccabiah Games in Berlin, Germany in the summer of 2015. The world games return to Israel every four years and this summer will mark the 20th World Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932.
Perlmutter set the school record for points by a first-year in her rookie season, earning First-team All-Centennial Conference honors while also being named the Rookie of the Year. She since has gone on to become the school's all-time leading scorer, setting career records for points and goals, and claiming four spots on the top 10 lists for single season goals and points. She is a four-time All-Conference selection, earning All-Region honors three times in her career.
She saved her best for last, scoring 16 goals and handing out five assists in her senior season. She eclipsed the previous school records for goals and points in a season, and became the first Red Devil to record over 100 points in her career. She tallied a pair of hat-tricks last season, scoring three goals against Lynchburg College and netting four in a big win over Johns Hopkins University. She ranked third in the conference in goals and points, ninth in assists, and tied the school record with 21 career assists.
Kramer had a breakout year in the goal scoring category as well, setting new school records with 19 goals and 44 points this season. She ranked second in the conference in goals and points, and ranked fifth in assists, handing out six on the year. She combined with Perlmutter to break the program record for goals and points combined by two players as they tallied 35 goals and a remarkable 81 points last fall.
Kramer recorded a natural hat-trick against Bryn Mawr and through two seasons ranks 11th in program history for career goals and points with 26 and 59, respectively. Both Perlmutter and Kramer surpassed the previous school single season records with the sophomore Kramer holding the top spots in the end. She was a Second-team All-Conference selection in 2016 as well.
The Red Devils had a great season, finishing 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the Centennial Conference. They earned the #4-seed in the conference playoffs and hosted Haverford College in a thrilling first round match-up. They overcame a three-goal deficit to force overtime and advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 win in overtime.
The Red Devils broke the school single-season team records with 62 goals, 40 assists and 164 points.
2002 graduate Aaron Wilf will guide the junior national tennis team in Israel. He became the head coach of men and women's tennis at Frostburg State University in the fall of 2016, following a five-year tenure at La Roche College.
Wilf enjoyed much success at La Roche, earning Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women's Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012, and led the Redhawk women to the AMCC title in 2012 as well. Prior to La Roche, Wilf served as the head coach at Chatham and in 2009 was the Presidents Athletic Conference Women's Coach of the Year.
Originally, from Pittsburgh, Pa., Wilf attended City League perennial tennis power Taylor Allderdice High School where his team won four-straight team City League Championships and he individually won two City Titles. He was named to the All-State Team his junior and senior seasons.
Wilf graduated from Dickinson in 2002, was a four-year letter-winner on the men's tennis team and named the team MVP his junior season. In 2016, he earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management from Lasell College.