Emily Rosen is joining the club.
It’s also happens to be a family-run one.
The junior defender at Syosset High School (N.Y.) has verbally committed to George Washington University, making her the latest member of her family to play at the Division I level.
Rosen’s father, Michael, got it all started when he played hockey collegiately.
Emily Rosen’s brothers both took their talents to the D-I level. Brother Ben just finished his senior season at national power Boston University. Oldest brother Dan was a goaltender at Brown, where he graduated in 2009.
Emily is an aggressive defender with strong skills and a high lacrosse IQ.
What were the main factors in your decision?
GW is one of the most prestigious universities in the country and it has a great program that is getting stronger each season. I’ve always been drawn to city campuses since there is always so much going on, and at GW, what more can someone ask for by being in the heart of DC?
When I went down to visit, I automatically fell in love with everything about the campus, from the National Mall only being a couple of blocks away, to the amazing facilities that I will be privileged enough to use for my collegiate career.
All of the girls on the team are great and easy to connect with. After spending the day with most of them and watching them play, you can tell that they’re really close to each other like a family and that’s what I want to be apart of like the other teams I’ve played for.
The coaching staff is also unbelievable. (Head) Coach (Tara) Hannaford, (Assistant) Coach (Bria) Eulitt and (Assistant) Coach (Kristy) Black are extremely nice and welcoming, which made my decision that much easier.
Every aspect of the school, the academics, the lacrosse program, the facilities and the atmosphere gets me more and more excited each day to say that I have this incredible opportunity to play at a school like GW.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Besides GW, I was considering Cornell, Brown and Boston University. My oldest brother (Dan Rosen) played hockey at Brown, so I was familiar with the campus when I went to visit. My other brother (Ben Rosen) played hockey at BU, and, naturally coming from a hockey family, I was on the BU campus almost every weekend for four years to watch him play, so I became very comfortable with that campus as well by the time my visit came around.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’m an aggressive defender. I make sure that when my girl is cutting through the eight, she will definitely have to think twice before trying to do it again. My ability to anticipate the next pass or my attacker’s next step is basically second nature to me due to playing several other sports growing up.
Every so often, I’ll take draws, play some midfield or transition the ball into the offensive end and become a defensive middie.
I’m a natural lefty, so my coaches like to take advantage of this any chance we can in the attacking zone. Obviously I make sure my right is just as good as my left, and honestly, some days it’s better than my left.
I also think my lacrosse IQ really adds to every aspect of my game whether I’m in the defensive or attacking end. Overall, I’m a very versatile player.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe that everyone always needs work, even if it’s the little things. Personally, I’d like my footwork to be more precise so I can have that extra edge on my attacker and have a better explosion off of the play.
Besides my agility, I would also like to improve my speed. I became a faster runner over the years, but in order to be ready for the fast-paced college game, I’d like to be even faster so I can be the best I can be.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Our youth program here in Syosset was the traditional way we all got introduced to the game, and now it’s something everyone wants to become apart of, which is great to see. I started playing in the fourth grade for the youth league and actually didn’t like it that much at first.
I played soccer, basketball, volleyball and hockey growing up. Hockey is in my blood. My dad (Michael Rosen) played in college, both of my brothers played in college and professionally, and my sister played at the collegiate level too, but I got the late start in fifth grade.
Volleyball helped me build up strong leg muscles, but I realized that my legs weren’t as long as I thought they were, so my volleyball career was short-lived. Basketball really helped me out with anticipation and footwork, but again, my height made me realize that I wouldn’t get too far with it. I lived for soccer. I started playing when I was about three years old and was obsessed with it.
As I grew up, I had the amazing opportunity to play for the Olympic Developmental Program for Long Island, and that really helped my overall athleticism.
I was on varsity as a freshman and have started since then, but once I had to choose what I would dedicate everything to, lacrosse became my life and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it.
My friend’s mom told me to try out for a travel lacrosse team freshman year and I was a bit apprehensive about it, but I decided to go for it and honestly, it was the best thing to happen to me not only because of the friends and family I’ve made, but it lead me to have this great opportunity at George Washington University.
What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on Team Elevate, coached and directed by Dave Kotowski. I’ve had the chance to participate in the National Schoolgirls Tournament during the NCAA Championships for the Long Island Metro chapter, National Draw, Club National Championships, Beach Blast, Lax Inception and President’s Cup. I also went to camps at Duke, Boston University and Brown University’s New England Cup.
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