LC's Marcoux Prepping for Long Run
A few months back, Limestone senior defender Skylar Marcoux received a call from Lauriann Parker, a high school friend who played lacrosse at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Parker asked Marcoux what she was doing after graduation.
“At that point I was like, ‘I have to graduate?’” Marcoux said. “I’m planning on staying in college forever. ”
But her college career will end this weekend when Limestone heads to the final four in Owings Mills, Md. The Saints meet Rollins on Saturday, in a game that features two run-and-gun offenses. Expect plenty of ground to be traversed by both up-and-down teams.
Marcoux will put all that running to good use.
Next month she’ll be running across the country with the 4K for Cancer program, an event featuring teams of runners who will run from San Francisco to Baltimore, from June 15 to July 14, to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Each team member will run 12 miles a day then pile into a van while another teammate runs, with one day off a week. Marcoux hasn’t been doing any additional training outside the lacrosse season, but she doesn’t seem too worried.
“Lacrosse and keeping my eyes on the national championship was my first priority,” Marcoux said. “This is the last time I’m ever going to play lacrosse. I haven’t even trained at all. I’ve never actually ran more than two miles at a time, I don’t think.”
The opportunity to see the country for a good cause was too much for Marcoux to pass up. She also has a personnel connection to cancer. Both Marcoux and Parker will run in memory of Parker’s father, Big Doug, a stay-at-home dad who coached more than 20 of his children's sports teams and drove a van that said “Kid Taxi,” before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2008.
“He was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life,” Marcoux said. “Since second grade, he was like a second dad. He was the one who got me into sports. My first lacrosse coach. I didn’t even know about lacrosse. I wouldn’t be here today without him.”
In that case, Limestone is certainly in debt to Parker. Marcoux started every game, picking up 25 ground balls, 13 draw controls, and five caused turnover, on Division II’s stingiest defense.
Next month she’ll honor Parker with a trip that brings to mind another college athlete. A certain former Alabama running back who — in addition to breaking open the Watergate case, saving Lieutenant Dan’s life twice and telling John F. Kennedy about his bathroom issues — ran across the country the couple of times.
“‘Like Forrest Gump?’” Marcoux said. “Yeah. That’s what a lot of people say. This will just be a great opportunity to help people and I’m definitely excited for all the sites I’m going to see.”
There's one site Marcoux would love to see before that: Her Limestone teammates raising the championship trophy. With the high-powered offenses of Rollins, LIU Post and Adelphi all in attendance, Limestone's back line should play a big part in that.
“If we play team defense the way we’re supposed to I believe our defense is unbreakable,” Marcoux said.