Liz O’Sullivan from New Canaan (New Canaan, Conn.) has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Stanford. O’Sullivan is a junior goalie who posted a 66 percent save percentage and earned All-State and All-Conference honors last season.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Liz O’Sullivan: “I also considered UNC, Notre Dame, and Georgetown.”
EHS: What made Stanford such an attractive choice?
LO: “Stanford really had everything I was looking for in a school and program. Coach Amy Bokker and her staff are incredibly enthusiastic about their team and the goals they have set, and the academics are the best in the country. Also, the atmosphere and students that go to Stanford were one of my favorite things about the school. Stanford was overall a great choice for me.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
LO: “I was surprised at how quickly it went by. Just a few weeks ago I was still trying to decide what I wanted in a school and who was really interested, and now I've already given my verbal commitment. It really flew by.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
LO: “The most important question I asked was "What are the goals for your program?" I was really drawn to programs that were competing and working hard to be the best.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
LO: “I would tell recruits that are in the beginning stages to ask themselves if they would be happy at each potential school if they weren't an athlete. Pay attention to the student body as a whole and the general feel of the campus. You're spending four years there so make sure you really love the school!”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
LO: “I think that if coaches could email recruits during their rising junior summer it would make the process a lot less stressful. If this were allowed, players would have a better idea of whom they need to reach out to and send summer schedules to. There is a lot of uncertainty before September 1, and it can put a lot of pressure on kids.”