Loyola women’s lacrosse junior attacker Livy Rosenzweig recently spoke to PressBox about playing her sister, Gabby, when Loyola faces off against Penn March 7, her favorite restaurant in Baltimore and more. Rosenzweig, a native of Katonah, N.Y., posted 116 points (46 goals, 70 assists) in 2019. It was the first time a Greyhound — male or female — had ever posted 100-plus points in a season.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Livy Rosenzweig: My dad, [Niall], played college lacrosse at Ithica College in New York. I think that’s kind of what sparked me and my sister’s interest in playing since he played, since he was actually our youth coach growing up. So he coached me all the way up until I got to high school and then after that he was just a dad in the stands, but I think that he was the reason why we got into it and a big reason why we loved it so much.
PB: How cool will it be to face your sister in March?
LR: We’ve never played each other in a real game. We’ve scrimmaged each other, but this season is the first time we’re going to be playing each other in a regular-season game, so that’s pretty exciting. … It’ll definitely be different being on opposite teams from each other since we grew up playing basketball, lacrosse, everything together, but I think it’ll be fun. It might be a little hard for my parents since they won’t know who to cheer for. She was always pushing me to be my best and was a really great teammate and sister throughout our whole childhood, so I’m really glad I had her to look up to.
PB: What are some of your favorite memories at Loyola so far?
LR: I think definitely winning the Patriot League last year. My freshman year, we came up short against Navy so beating them last season by a lot like we did was really special. It was really a great way to end of season.
PB: What are some of your long-term goals for after lacrosse?
LR: That’s a good question. I don’t really know what I want to do after lacrosse. I think that I’ll go to grad school. I’m a psych major, so something related to that, and hopefully become a grad assistant during that and if I end up liking it, maybe coach. But [I’ll] decide after I’m in grad school and see what’s going on there.
PB: What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore and Loyola?
LR: Favorite thing about Baltimore is probably all the great restaurants it has. There’s lots of different places that you can go to. There’s Hampden, downtown, all these different places that are all so different from each other that have great little areas and restaurants that you can go to. My favorite restaurant is The Food Market in Hampden. And then my favorite thing about Loyola is probably just the people and the campus. The people at Loyola are great whether it’s on the lacrosse field or in the classroom, everyone that you find yourself with are really just genuine people and I think that’s something that I really enjoy.
PB: Who’s your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores the friendship you have on and off the field?
LR: I’d say that my best friend’s probably Sam Fiedler. … Over the summer, we went up to Lake Placid for a lacrosse tournament with my family and just hung out there and had a great weekend, so that’s my favorite memory.
PB: Who are some of the lacrosse players you looked up to early in your career at Loyola?
LR: I definitely looked up to Hannah Powers a lot. She really guided me through my freshman and sophomore year and kind of taught me on the field and off the field leadership-wise, so she’s definitely someone that I looked up to for awhile and I miss her a lot.
PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
LR: Sammy Jo Tracy was from my area. She played at UNC. She went to a high school pretty close to mine, so I think that I looked up to her a lot because she was a local girl who played D-I. When I was younger, I looked up to her a lot.
PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
LR: Just always work as hard as you can and never take a day that you’re able to play and be with your friends for granted. I think that one of the best things, especially about Loyola, is the friendships that I have here and getting to spend every practice and lift and hard run with all my teammates.
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