Marisa Reese Maccario is a 23 years old senior at the University of Connecticut. She’s also a skilled hockey player and a real fighter. Each of her average days consists of going to classes, working, studying, as well as hard on and off ice hockey practices. But she succeeds in coming to an end with all of her duties and responsibilities. Sometimes it’s not easy, but hockey players are used to it. Between the practices and attending classes, she runs the social media outlets for the UCONN sport management program.
Marisa’s big hobby is coloring. She actually started a color journal, so she can write along with drawing and coloring. She usually tries to do that before going to bed, in order to relax after a long and hard day. If she doesn’t color, Marisa normally reads a book. She’s just finished Aly Raisman’s book, which she liked a lot
I JUST FOLLOWED IN THEIR FOOT STEPS
I started skating at the age of 3. My brother and sister, both older, started playing hockey, so I just followed in their foot steps. Though what is interesting is I am a righty (right-handed). My mom was a field hockey coach and in field hockey you can only play righty. So, growing up around field hockey, when it was time to figure out how to hold a stick, I instantly put it in my right hand.
100 GAME WINNING STREAK AND 2 STATE TITLES
I grew up playing with the boys, until I attended St Mary’s of Lynn, where in 8th grade I played for the varsity. The team was very good and I was able to be part of the 100 game winning streak and two state tittles. Later on, I went to prep school at Cushing Academy, in Ashburnham, Massachussets. As a senior, I was an assistant captain senior, and named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. After that I played for the Boston shamrocks, for a post graduate year (2013/2014), and then I went to UCONN, the University of Connecticut.
NEW PEOPLE AND NEW EXPERIENCES
Every athlete experiences a lot of unforgettable moments in his career. When it comes to my experience, best memories have been just meeting all the people that I have met through the sport of hockey. Going to prep school and then playing Juniors for a year before going to college I got to meet people that I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with. It is a wealth that can not be experienced by a man who does not engage in sports.
KEY IS TO KEEP A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND LEAN ON THE FRIENDS AROUND YOU
The only bad thing about any kind of sport, including hockey, is just not always being able to be with your family or attending family events. It is not easy to be separate from your dearest. I know even my teammates here at UCONN have experienced that one family event that you missed where they will all facetime you, and the moment when you get off the phone and you start crying because you wish you were with them.
In those hard moments, key is to keep a smile on your face and lean on the friends and teammates around you. They will understand you for sure, because they have already experienced it.
THE NEXT STEP IS A GRAD SCHOOL
In my future, a Grad school is hopefully the next step, though that means hanging up the skates at a female “professional level”. But, I do believe I will find a league with a couple nights of a week to play in. My brother plays hockey in such a league, and honestly, it would be fun to be on the same ice with him again, just like in old times.
HAVE FUN, AND REMEMBER WHY YOU LOVE THE SPORT
At the end, I would tell younger girls to have fun, and remember why you love the sport. It goes by fast your time, so take full advantage of it. Especially when you get to the college level, you will realize that its not because you want to do It or have to because of your parents. It is important to be aware it is because YOU want to do it. Love the sport for a reason, and don’t ever forget it.