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Liana McDonnell. One of the Best, Now Out West.

The girls game at the collegiate level is growing. Schools like Colorado, Oregon, and Stanford, have not only started programs, they are becoming very, very good. A big reason for the elevated level of play, top coaches are being hired at these amazing institutions. As a result, top coaches are starting to recruit the best of the best, out west. One of Long Island’s finest in the 2019 class, Liana McConnell is a prime example of this. This past Fall, Liana shipped west to begin an incredible journey. Hear about how she’s doing in a recent interview with the LILJ.

Q: How has the adjustment been to college?

The adjustment has been tough at times, since there is an elevated level of work in the classroom and on the field. However, it is a very rewarding process and I enjoy putting time in to do my best in school and in lacrosse. 

Q:What’s the biggest difference between the high school game and the college game in your eyes?

In my opinion, the biggest difference between high school and college lacrosse is the speed. Since the rules changed from high school to college regarding free movement, it increases the overall speed and movement of every player on the field. The opponents are also stronger and faster than the girls in high school, so competition is elevated. 

Q: Why Stanford? 

I chose Stanford because I wanted to create my own path for myself. This school is one of the best places to grow in my education and in my lacrosse. There are so many opportunities available at Stanford that open many doors for my future and encourage me to become a stronger person.

Q: What other schools were you considering

I  was highly considering going to the University of Pennsylvania. Stanford and UPenn were the only two schools I was extremely interested in, and it was a very difficult decision to make. 

Q: What is the goal in your freshman season at Stanford?

My goal in my freshman season at Stanford is to grow as a player. I am competing against amazing competition everyday with an amazing coaching staff, and I am excited to become the best player I can be.

Q: What do you miss the most about Garden City?

The thing I miss the most about Garden City is my family. I am very close with my siblings and my parents and it has been a big adjustment living so far away from them.

Q: Where do you see yourself after college and does lacrosse play a role?

After college I hope to work in New York City in a corporate job involving Engineering. I would love to still play lacrosse through years after college, but I know I want to focus on my job once I graduate.


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