Marisa is a sophomore from Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore. who is pursuing a pre-med track at Stanford. A starter since her first match on the Farm, Marisa is a member of the Cardinal back line that allowed just 17 goals and shutout 11 opponents last season. This weekend, Marisa and the Cardinal posted two shutouts, limiting their opponents to a total of just two shots on goal.
Question of the Week: What is something that most people don't know about you?
"There are a couple things actually. My team knows this about me but most other people don't. I love to sing and dance. In high school, I was very into choir. We had a singing and dancing group and we did a bunch of choreographed dances and stuff. I was very involved in it back then and I still love to sing. It's kind of a joke on our team actually. I'll always be the one that's singing in the showers and waking people up. Also, most people don't know that my team calls me `Boo' because I have a stuffed pig named `Pig-a-Boo'. So when people hear that on the field, that's where it comes from."
The Week That Was: San Francisco and Cal Poly
"This last week, after the games at the Santa Clara Tournament, we had something to go out and prove. We worked hard out there this weekend. It was a team effort for sure. There were moments that were hectic but in the end we pulled it together. Things are looking really good-- I'm excited for us. I think it's important to point out that it really was a team effort out there this weekend. It wasn't just one person scoring, but the goals came from all different people. A couple of our freshmen scored their first goals this weekend, which was cool, especially at our home field. I think both San Francisco and Cal Poly were quality teams and I'm sure we will see them do well this season. These were two big wins for us, especially at the beginning of the season."
The Week That Is: Rutgers and Long Island
"I don't know too much about either Rutgers or Long Island specifically but they are both East Coast teams and that side of the country is known to be very physical. So we expect two very tough, physical games. We will have to play hard, settle down and play our style. They're both top teams and we know that they will be very good opponents. It would be great to pick up two wins on the road. I think we need to work on our speed of play and just getting used to each other out there. We have four or five new girls coming in and are still adjusting to the losses of some seniors. I think each week we're just going to continue getting used to our new style of play and work on playing more confidently."