By Chris Goldberg
LILacrossenews.com, Posted 2/18/12
Mount Hebron (MD) senior midfield-defense Natalie Marciniak has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Stony Brook University.
Natalie Marciniak log:
High School: Mount Hebron High School
Graduation Year: 2012
Position: “I’ve played attack, midfield and defense…will most likely be playing attack this year for Hebron, but my coach uses me as a utility player in times where she needs certain things to be done. SBU recruited me as a midfielder/defender.”
College Choice: Stony Brook University
Club Affiliation: M&D 2012 Red
Major Lacross Honors: Maximum Exposure All-Star (Summer 2011)
Academic Honors, Service Projects: Honors GPA throughout High School. Volunteer work in New Orleans twice to help rebuild homes and communities. Helped organize and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
What will you major in/study? Major in Business, minor in Music. “My passion, other than lacrosse, is music. My dream is to work in the music industry as a promoter or a manager.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for the season? “I can’t say that my team has one outlook on our season, but we have many different outlooks depending on what stage we are on as a team and how far we’ve all come together. No matter what, we are a team, a family, and together we move forward one step at a time. Because of this, we have the ability to come together on and off the field and that really shows in our team’s performance. If it wasn’t for our amazing coaching staff, and the great group of girls we have, we wouldn’t be nearly as successful.
I can’t wait for this season because our chemistry has really grown over the off-season in which we’ve been working our butts off! We know that with hard work comes success, and that’s why I think we’ll have a lot to offer this Spring.”
Additional Comments: “Well it’s funny because I never wanted to play lacrosse, in fact I hated the sport all together. I was a total soccer junky when my Mom heard about how incredible Hebron’s lax program was and all the scholarships that girls were getting to great schools. She thought, ‘well Nat’s athletic and all her friends play so might as well just sign her up, she’ll probably end up liking it!.’
She registered me when I was in sixth grade to play in the Howard County Lacrosse Program. I cried, and cried, and cried for days, even on the way to practice because I reaalllly did NOT want to play. BUT I guess it’s true that Mothers know best because I ended up falling in love with it after my first practice, and look at me now!
If my Mom would’ve never ‘surprised me’ well, forced me to play, I would not have accomplished all that I have today.
I’d like to thank my family, Dad, Paul, for always playing catch with me all those years, my sister, Debra, for buying a lacrosse stick before I played hoping that it might make me like it a little more before my first practice.
My first coaches Greg Tornatore and Jeff Essman, Coach Kelly Murphy, Coaches Laura and Mike Tittsworth, and Coach Melissa McCarthy for believing in me and my abilities, and for continuing to be there for me today.
A huge thank you to my college coach Joe Spallina for seeing what he does in me and for offering me an amazing opportunity. Finally my current coaches Greg Danto, Paul Linkins, and last but not least, Trish Sullivan, my role model in every way shape and form. I love my coaching staff with all my heart and words can’t describe how much she and Coach Linkins and Danto mean to me. They have truly become family to me and people that I will look up to for a lifetime. Finally, a big thanks to Coach Larry D’Elia, my first club coach with Cobra. He’s like a second dad to me.”
Tags: Stony Brook