Your Edge: Marlee Paton on Maximizing Free Positions
How Australian national team and Loyola midfielder Marlee Paton capitalizes on free-position shots
WHAT I DO
Play for a Lacrosse God
I didn't know what the culture was here coming from Australia, but I heard nothing but positive words about Loyola. I also played with Jen Adams in the 2009 World Cup, and she just solidified it, telling me that I would love it. I was a little nervous, because she was teammate before she was my coach. But since I was little, I've had the utmost respect for her. She's a lacrosse god. Everyone has complete trust with what she does because she's so innovative and creative all over the field. It's a privilege to play for her.
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My mum, my aunty, my cousins and my sister have all played and came through my club (Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club). If it wasn't for that club, I probably wouldn't be here today. It's just a cool tradition with [Loyola] alumni being a part of that club. It allowed me to grow. When I was 15, I was playing with 30- and 20-year-olds. It's a laid back kind of culture, but it definitely creates good lacrosse players.
Give Me Wings
I always drink a RedBull before every game. It's probably not the best thing for you, but I've been doing it since freshman year. I always try to hydrate a lot before the game, so I drink a lot of water. But RedBull is my little kick.
I was 5 years old when I first picked up a lacrosse stick. My dad took me out in the street and I picked it up left-handed and he said, 'Oh my god!' It was a pink fiddle stick and ever since then, I've stuck with it. My dad also used to play just for fun for Williamstown Lacrosse Club.
MY CHARM CITY CHEER
Since I live right by the beach back home, I'm used to being by the water, so seeing [Baltimore's] Inner Harbor here is just so pretty. The weather is exactly the same as Melbourne. It's like four seasons in a day. I love going to downtown to walk around and go shopping. I love H&M. One just opened in Australia—the first H&M. We didn't have it, so when I came here, I fell in love with it.
MY CAREER GOALS
I'm a communications major and marketing minor, so I would love to do something in sports marketing. My favorite sport is AFL. It's Australian football. My favorite club team is the Richmond Tigers. It's just such a different sport. It's a hybrid of rugby, NFL, soccer and handball.
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