Australia's Marlee Paton nominated for US sports prize
Australian player and Loyola University Maryland’s All-American, Marlee Paton, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup in Baltimore this week. This award is given to one collegiate and one professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Marlee is the lone lacrosse player among the 36 collegiate student-athletes to be honoured.
Marlee hails from Victoria, growing up playing for Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club and she is currently a senior at Loyola University. She has been a member of Loyola's starting lineup since arriving in America. A two-time All-American and the 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Marlee has been named in the All-BIG EAST Team and BIG EAST All-Tournament Team in each of her first three seasons, while the two-time team captain was a Tewaaraton Award Top-25 nominee as a sophomore and junior.
Marlee has played in two FIL World Cups for Australia and was one of 10 returning players from the Australian team that won silver in Prague in 2009. As a midfielder she was twice named the Player of the Match in helping Australia capture the bronze medal in Oshawa, Canada in 2013.
Off the field, Marlee has shown that she is a great contributor to the community as well. She is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Loyola Leadership Academy, one of the USA’s premier leadership development programs in collegiate athletics. She participates annually in the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital fundraising activities, a Thanksgiving Food Drive, Adopt a Family and Presence for Christmas, in addition to being involved continuously with clinics and mentorships on both a national and international level.