BLUFFDALE, UT — Riverton High School’s Ali Fullmer has committed to play lacrosse at NCAA Division I University of California–Davis. Fullmer, a sophomore first-team All-State midfielder in 2017, is excited for the opportunity.
Fullmer fell in love with UC Davis upon visiting her freshman year. Fullmer said, “As soon as we got on campus I just loved it.” Fullmer continued, “The team was also very accepting and close. I wanted to be a part of that.” Fullmer added, “It seemed like such a fun community to be a part of.”
Fullmer also has been excited about more competitive play. “Lacrosse in high school is a lot different because you have a few standout players on any team.” said Fullmer. “I’m looking forward to everyone being extremely good players; playing against them and working with some of the best players.
Fullmer, a member of Utah Mamaci, has been coached by Soni Bartlett, Amy Cronin, and Maggie Herrneckar. Fullmer attributed much of her success to her coaches. Fullmer said of their help with the recruiting process, “They were all very helpful in pointing me to camps and clinics that I needed to be at to get noticed by them. They were just very knowledgeable.”
One of Fullmer’s high school coaches, Miklain Hardy has also made a big impact. “She was very driven. Her attitude definitely brushed off on me in wanting to be more driven and motivated in my play,” Fullmer said.
The main reason for Fullmer’s motivation, however, has been her love for the game. Fullmer described how she “absolutely loves it” and wants to “play all the time.”
In addition to lacrosse, Fullmer is excited about the academic possibilities at the university. “One of the things that drew me to UC Davis was their veterinary program,” said Fullmer.
Now that she has committed, Fullmer said she can put the recruiting process out of her mind and “just play.” Said Fullmer, “That’s why I’m so excited about committing.”
While Fullmer is certainly excited about life after high school, she also realizes there is unfinished business at Riverton. The team made it to the quarterfinals of the playoffs last year before falling to Lone Peak by one goal. The team finished ranked No. 7 in state, according to Lax Power. “I’m so excited to see where the team will go and see how far we can get this year.”
Fullmer’s Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) contains her highlight reel and can be viewed here.