SOMERS, N.Y.— The ball floats through the air and with one hand, All-American Livy Rosenzweig reaches her stick up, grabs it and heads into the opposition’s territory.
Rinse and repeat.
Draws come rather easy for the 5-foot-8 Loyola-bound senior. She uses her height and athleticism to dominate in the circle.
“It’s kind of hard to explain, but whatever (my opponent) is doing, I just do the opposite,” Rosenzweig said. “If she’s pushing, I’ll pull so she thinks it’s going to go one way and it really is just going in my favor. The girls around the circle do a good job of boxing out if they see that I want to go up and get it myself.”
Rosenzweig won 17 of 22 draws in a 13-8 win over visiting Pelham on April 10.
“The draws are the most important part of the whole game,” senior captain Hannah Tiso said, “and Livy really helps us with that. She makes sure she gets the ball and dishes it off as quick as she can.”
Senior Katie Campbell had a standout day for Somers with three goals and two assists.
Somers jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first half, but the Pelicans were able to net three late goals cut it to 9-5 at halftime.
Pelham made it interesting in the second half and was aided by two yellow cards from the Tuskers, but they were able to hold on.
Junior Teagan Lucchese (2G, 2A) scored to start the first-half surge a minute-and-a-half into the game. Tiso then fired one in the net to make it 2-0. Senior Lauren Colavito stretched the lead to 3-0 just over five minutes into the game.
Campbell fed Tiso (2G, 1A) in front for another score with 15:13 left in the first half.
“I thought we played really great in the first half,” Campbell said. “Our offense has been jelling so well in practice the last week. We finally found everybody’s niche and what everybody does best.”
Pelham finally got on the board with 12:36 left in the first half but Rosenzweig scored on a feed from Lucchese. Campbell netted her first goal and then Rosenzweig charged in and scored another goal to make it 7-1 Tuskers.
“Our energy was better in the first half,” said Rosenzweig, who had two goals and an assist. “We were moving the ball better and working with each other. Our energy went down (in the second half) and we weren’t playing with each other.”
Campbell scored again from Lucchese, who then capped off the first-half scoring for Somers on a feed from freshman Jen Campbell.
With Rosenzweig getting face guarded virtually every game, the other Tuskers know they need to step up and contribute offensively.
“We have to set great picks and screens to get (Livy) open,” Tiso said. “But we have so many threats on this team. We work well together and have other scorers on the team too.”
Katie Campbell said that even when the opposition tries to lock Rosenzweig off, she still finds a way to fill up the stat sheet.
“Livy’s a great player,” Katie Campbell said. “Our offense and midfield—everybody can contribute. We just have everybody else step up when the attention is on Livy and let her do the rest with the picks and screens.”
Rosenzweig said it gets frustrating when she is face guarded on a regular basis.
“It’s annoying when you can’t touch the ball, but everyone else is doing a great job setting picks and just working together without me,” she said. “It even is better when I take myself out for a while because it opens up the 8-meter a lot.”
Sophomore Emma Kittredge, Katie Campbell and senior Sophia Fiorino netted goals to start the second half, but Somers was held scoreless for the next 18 minutes. Junior Jordan Cavaliero stopped the drought with 45 ticks remaining.
Senior captain Jess Monaco finished with nine saves to preserve the win.
April showers haven’t helped Somers as it hasn’t been easy to find chemistry with a number of game cancellations and a few indoor practices.
“From the first game to this game we’ve come such a long way,” said Tiso, whose team lost to Bronxville in its opener. “We really weren’t able to play outside at all (early in the season) with all the rain. We’re starting to come together now.”
The Tuskers (3-1) had a showdown with John Jay-Cross River on April 12 and have seven days off before its next game with Lakeland/Panas on April 20.
“The seniors last year were great,” Campbell said. “We knew it was going to be hard to replace them. The seniors this year really want to step up and take on that role of being the leaders and being in charge of the team. It’s been a little hectic with the weather but (coach) Jaime (Pryschlak) has been great keeping us on track. We really want to have a great season, so we’re just staying very focused.”