Liv Naaman (Fire 2021) has verbally committed to play at Mount Holyoke College! We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that propelled her to this point. When Liv first came to Fire she immediately made her presence known in the best way. Our coaches were blown away by her defensive communication and the way she would anticipate, approach and attack any player that stepped into the 8 meter with PRIDE and URGENCY! When Liv is on the field she means business. She stepped into a leadership role right away as one of our few true defenders on the 2021 team, and she became the anchor of our defensive unit.

Please join us in congratulating Liv as she gets ready to embark on her next chapter in life and lacrosse!

Describe your recruiting process?

My recruiting process involved multiple steps. Once I had determined what colleges I was interested in, I started writing to college coaches. I wrote to coaches before each recruiting tournament I went to and let them know my schedule, my team jersey number, and how to contact me and my club coaches. I heard back from several coaches and sent them thank you notes and game footage. I then set up phone calls with them to learn more about their respective programs and tell them more about myself. In the end, I ended up visiting the school I was most interested in and attended a prospect day.

What clicked for you with Mount Holyoke, why is it a good fit for you?

For me, the prospect day really made a huge difference. After practicing with the Mount Holyoke team players and touring the campus, I knew I was a good fit. I would encourage other players in the recruiting process to attend the prospect days at the colleges they are most interested in. It will give you a much better sense of where you fit into the picture and whether you actually mesh well with team and coaches.

Why D3? 

D3 is the right fit for me in terms of my academic interests and lacrosse aspirations. Players need to really be honest with themselves about their academic performance and playing ability. I want to engage in rigorous academics at a smaller liberal arts school and get playing time on the field during games. For me, that meant D3.

How would you describe your work ethic during quarantine before and after verbally committing to Mount Holyoke?

I am not going to lie. I had a really difficult time transitioning to life under quarantine. I have had to create routines that I follow to try and stay in shape. I try and take advantage of in-person gatherings with all the safety protocols when I can. Knowing that Mount Holyoke is in my future is definitely motivation for me to keep up my efforts both in school and on the field.

What advice would you give to players who are trying to see the light in the tunnel during this time?

I think it is really a tough time for players that are midstream in the recruiting process. I guess my best advise is to set routines and integrate small achievable recruitment activity goals into those routines. Try and take advantage of every opportunity you have to play, be seen, and create points of contact with colleges you are interested in.

What is your plan of action to stay on top of your game from now until you step on Mount Holyoke’s campus? 

I am currently doing online workouts with my high school lacrosse team. I also have taken advantage of some pick up lacrosse that meets safety protocols in our region and engaged in private training. Of course, I look forward taking part in practices and tournaments with Fire as soon as they are announced.

How did Fire Lacrosse help prepare you for your next chapter?

Coach Maddy really got me started on what to do in terms of recruitment. Coach Lyndsey and Coach Meghan have also been wonderful resources each step of the way.