SOMERS, N.Y. - Sisters Gabby and Livy Rosenzweig helped lead the Somers girls lacrosse team to plenty of success during their tenure with the Tuskers. Somers won its first Section 1 title in 2014 and claimed its second straight crown the next season, along with a trip to the state championship game. The sisters were named All-Americans multiple times.
Now, the dynamic duo is thriving at the next level. Gabby is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania while Livy is a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland.
Gabby’s squad is off to a 6-0 start following a March 9 win over No. 21 ranked Georgetown (8-7). She had five assists in the victory. The other highlight was an 11-10 overtime win over Top 25 ranked Johns Hopkins in February. Gabby had a team-high three goals and added four assists. As of March 9, Penn is ranked No. 8 in the country.
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The 2016 Somers graduate was a Tewaaraton Award nominee and an IWLCA third team All-American as a sophomore. She was also an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American and named to the first team in the Ivy League along with the Academic All-Ivy Team. She tied Penn’s single season points record with 85 and led the team and Ivy League with 36 assists. Gabby was second on the squad in goals with 49.
“The key to success at the college level is working as hard as you can to reach your goals and setting attainable goals,” Gabby said. “I try to never be comfortable with where I’m at and am always looking to improve and learn more. I think this has been the key to improving and soaking in as much as I can, especially as a freshman and sophomore. I feel like my game has improved immensely. My coaches are phenomenal and have taught me so much about the game and being a team player.”
Gabby said the transition to the college level of play wasn’t too difficult, but it was an adjustment at first.
“The biggest difference I felt is that almost everyone is as fast and as strong, if not faster and stronger than you are,” she said. “Your shots had to be more accurate, your dodges quicker, you could by no means hang your stick out or you were 100 percent getting checked. Those were the biggest adjustments. Once you figure those things out the rest comes. The other big thing is just understanding the game on an IQ level. There are so many pieces to how to run a great offense and defense and I’m still learning that.”
Livy, who plays attack and is a 2017 Somers grad, was named to the IWLCA All-America Third Team as a freshman. She was also selected for the ILWomen All-America Third Team and was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Livy was the only freshman named to the Patriot League first team. She was also a seven-time rookie of the week in the Patriot League.
The sophomore started in all 21 games as a freshman and scored in all but one of the games. She tallied a team best 13 hat tricks. Livy recorded her 100th career point in the NCAA championships against Navy. She also became the school record holder for assists in a game with eight against Colgate.
“I think that the transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Livy said of adjusting from high school to college lacrosse. “In my freshman year, we had a ton of scrimmages that helped me get used to the speed and style. This helped me greatly when the spring came. It is definitely faster and more fun to watch and play than high school because of the speed and different rules.”
Similar to Gabby, Livy said that hard work has been the key for her on the NCAA lacrosse fields.
“I am constantly trying new things and making sure I practice when I have the extra time,” Livy said. “Additionally, the key is the people I have surrounding me at Loyola. My coaches and teammates push me every day and make me a better player. My coaches’ confidence in me allows me to be successful. I feel like my game has improved greatly. I think that I have developed a more creative style of play and have gotten better at feeding.”
This season, No. 10-ranked Loyola is off to a 3-2 start after a March 6 win over Towson. The Greyhounds hold wins over No. 5 Florida and No. 8 Penn State. Livy had four goals in the 15-12 win over Florida and four more in a 15-11 loss to No. 4 Syracuse.
The sisters have never faced each other in an official college game but squared off in a scrimmage this past fall.
“It was pretty funny,” Gabby said. “Mostly because I know all of her friends and she knows all of mine. We tied the game so it was a perfect scenario.”
Although it was only for 30 minutes, Livy enjoyed the friendly competition with her sister.
“Penn is a very good team,” she said. “I think that if it was a real game it would definitely be a super fun and tight game.”
Gabby majors in communications and minors in consumer psychology at Penn. She isn’t completely sure what she wants to do after college yet.
“But I’m leaning toward something in marketing or sales,” she said. “This summer I’m going to be interning in Seattle, so that’s going to be something really new and fun for me.”
Livy majors in psychology with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship.
“I would love to eventually be a school therapist or psychologist,” she said.
While they are a few years removed from playing at Somers, Gabby and Livy still keep tabs on how their fellow Tuskers are doing.
“I definitely check in on the Somers scores when I can, mostly the big games,” Gabby said. “I’ve loved seeing how well girls basketball has been doing. I’m so jealous of them getting to play in the County Center. My brother (Nathan) is a sophomore and he plays football, so next year I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on the football team and hopefully will be able to get to watch a few games to cheer him on. Keep your eye out for him; he’s a stud!”