Stevenson women’s lacrosse senior attacker Mary Marc recently chatted with PressBox about her memories from Mount de Sales, her breakout season in 2021 and more. The 5-foot-6 Marc posted 27 goals and 6 assists for the Mustangs last year.

PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Mary Marc: In first grade, one of my close friends in my elementary school, her mom told my parents that they were getting involved in Howard County lacrosse, the rec program. My parents asked me if I’d be interested. I was like, “Yeah, why not?” We started in that program. I was there until about fifth grade, and I went on to doing club just because I knew if I wanted to play more in high school, I would probably need to be on a club team, so it kind of fired off from there. I also have family on my mom’s side that was really into lacrosse — U.S. [Lacrosse], college, coaches, everything. That pushed me a little bit more to get into the sport.

PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
MM: I would definitely say my dad, [David]. He was always really into my athletics. Whether it be basketball, volleyball or lacrosse, he took me to every practice, picked me up from every practice. He was just super, super involved, wanted to record our practices to see what I could work on better. I would also say my one cousin on my mom’s side, [Lindsay]. She was with U.S. Lacrosse, she’s been coaching for D-I. She was just a huge inspiration for me and role model growing up. I wanted to be like her.

PB: What is your favorite memory from playing at Mount de Sales?
MM: I did volleyball there all four years and lacrosse all four years. For volleyball, my senior year we won the [IAAM A Conference] championship, which was really exciting, especially since we had a team that kind of grew up together and we had been waiting for that. For lacrosse, I would say when we got to get through the first round of the [A Conference] playoffs my senior year, that was a really exciting game, too, because it went into overtime.

PB: Why did you choose to come to Stevenson?
MM: It kind of checks all the boxes for me. Location, it’s 25 minutes from home. If I wanted to go home for a couple days, it was totally fine if I wanted to. I didn’t know what I wanted to do regarding a career, and it had all these different options for me major-wise, so I knew wherever I went with the school I could find my way. Just the whole atmosphere, because I was kind of tied between two different schools — I toured them around the same time. [Head coach Kathy Railey] was super welcoming. She made me feel super comfortable. The whole team would invite me to stuff. They would give me their numbers just in case I had any questions. They were just super welcoming. That just made me feel right at home. And also, I’ve always gone to small schools ever since I was in kindergarten, and I liked knowing everyone and being close with everyone, so going to a smaller school and being able to know the people you’re in class with, see your friends all the time in class, stuff like that, was really important to me.

PB: What’s your favorite memory so far at Stevenson?
MM: I would definitely say being able to come back after being gone for so long [due to] COVID was probably my favorite memory, being able to come back and see all my friends. I missed them so much. I missed being able to play with them every day. That was probably the best memory I could have ever had because [when] we came on the field after that first practice in the fall, it was almost like a breath of fresh air to finally be back to where you wanted to be after it being taken from you so abruptly. That was just really amazing.

PB: You had a breakout season in 2021. What was the key to that success?
MM: I think the biggest thing for me — and [Railey] talks about this all the time, too — was me just letting go of my mistakes and not sweating the small stuff. I got good coming from freshman to sophomore year, but I was still holding back on some things that I was lacking in my confidence. I think letting go of all of that really helped me develop into the player I am today, just thinking about, “This could be your last day. You don’t know when it’s going to be taken from you, so just don’t sweat the small stuff. If you make a mistake, just do better in the next play.”

PB: What is your favorite thing about Stevenson and Owings Mills?
MM: Especially now living off campus, being able to be in such a close community. We’re all like two minutes from each other, so if I wanted to go see my friends, I have a one-minute drive down the road and I can go hang out with them for a couple hours. There are so many restaurants around, so many things to do. Just the fact that, once again, it’s a close, home, family community and you know everyone that you’re in class with, you know your professors well, you know your coaches well, your team well. Everyone is just very close.

PB: Who is your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
MM: I don’t really have a particular best friend on the team. I’m close with everyone but in different ways. My roommate Kaitlyn Kozlowski, we’ve gotten really close this year. We were never that close in past years, but I think just living together we realized how similar we really are and how we’re both workhorses. Our work ethic is just insanely ridiculous sometimes. I think we bonded over that. And then I think on the field, I would say Lan Le Crotty is my twin. We are always thinking the same on the field. I think we just have a connection on the field for some reason and we always talk about that. Off the field, I would say Maddie Zeller. We’ve gotten really close over the past two years. She’s been there for me. I went through a lot of stuff going from my sophomore year into my junior year and she always had my back. She was always checking in on me, which was a really great friend to have. I would say I don’t have one particular best friend, but in different situations, I have best friends.

PB: Who was a player you looked up to when you got to Stevenson?
MM: As a freshman, I would say Gabby DiGello. She was a senior. Even though we were on opposite sides of the field, one thing that really inspired me was her work ethic. I try to work really hard in whatever I do and work as hard as I can. She embodied that perfectly, especially in the weight room. She was probably one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. I remember working out with her in the weight room being like, “Oh my gosh, I want to be like her, I want to be as strong as her.” Even on the field, she just was a workhorse. She had every ground ball right away. She was in every play as much as she could be. Fitness, work ethic and even the team environment — she was probably one of the most perfect examples of a captain someone could ever have. She could be a friend when she needed to be. She knew when to have the tough conversations and how to have them in a good way. She always knew the right thing to say when a teammate wasn’t having the greatest day to lift them back up.

PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
MM: I would say don’t take anything for granted, especially after [2020], losing lacrosse and losing a whole season. I would definitely say appreciate that you can play while you can because now I’m a senior and I’m sad that it’s over. I wish that I had gotten [two normal years] because I feel like that would have developed our whole team a little bit more if we had those two full years of lacrosse. You don’t know what’s going to happen the next day, so don’t take anything for granted and work as hard as you can while you can.

PB: What are your goals for after graduation?
MM: I am currently looking for jobs out in the finance field, business administration field. Hopefully I can coach. I want to volunteer coach back at Stevenson because we’ve had alumni do that. Kiely Bunce, Carly Bowes, they’re doing that right now, so I would definitely, since I’m in the area, love to come back and still see all my underclassmen friends and kind of coach them. And then I guess just try to find a league if I could keep playing. Still try to be involved in the sport as much as I can.

Photo Credit: Sabina Moran

Issue 273: February/March 2022

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