Ultimate NJ 2020 midfielder Shaylah Marciano has officially committed to the University of Michigan, joining a growing list of Ultimate grads in Ann Arbor. A natural leader, Marciano consistently stands out as one of the top players on the field. Known for creating scoring opportunities for her teammates, the gritty midfielder boasts a high number of assists, constantly thinking ahead and creating scoring opportunities for her teammates.
"Shay is a true competitor," explained Michele DeJuliis. "She is tough, she is smart, she is dominant. We know we can rely on her to make plays and pick her team up. There is an intensity that she plays with that is exciting to watch. We know she will crush it at Michigan, and we are excited to cheer her on as she continues her lacrosse journey."
A standout three sport athlete, Marciano plays varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at a high level for Princeton High School. Across her three sports playing goalie, point guard, and midfielder give her a versatile skillset. In the fall Marciano stars as a soccer goalie. She was voted team captain as a junior and was named one of NJ.com's Top 20 Goalies. In the winter Marciano steps onto the hardwood, earning the role of starting varsity basketball point guard as a sophomore. And in the spring she of course plays lacrosse. As a freshman Marciano's 40 assists were the second most in the Trentonian Colonial Valley Conference and her 71 points gave her the conference's fourth most points. During her freshman campaign Marciano was voted the Princeton Town Topics Top Female Newcomer and was named to the All-Trentonian Colonial Valley Conference Second Team. As a sophomore Marciano led the conference in assists (77) and points (126), eclipsing the 100 career assist mark in the process. Marciano was also selected to the NJ South US School Girls Team, the New Jersey/New York WPLL Futures Team, and was named to the All-Trentonian Colonial Valley Conference First Team. Her ability to compete and to include her teammates never disappoints. While at Michigan Marciano hopes to study Political Science.
"I am so excited to continue my lacrosse career at the University of Michigan," explained Marciano. "It is really a dream come true for me to be able to play college lacrosse at such an incredible school. I want to thank Coach Hannah Nielsen, Coach Ana Heneberry, and Coach Adam Sear for giving me this amazing opportunity and believing in me. I’d also like to thank my family for their constant support and encouragement as well as all my coaches through the years at PGLAX and Ultimate, especially DJ for coaching me and helping me through this process. GO BLUE!!"
Michigan is without a doubt a program on the rise. Started in 2014, Michigan is led by one of the best to ever play the game, head coach Hannah Nielsen. Nielsen won a World Cup Championship for her native Australia in 2005 before attending Northwestern where she earned four NCAA championships and two Tewaaraton awards. The legendary Nielsen and her staff are building a competitive team in Ann Arbor. Michigan finished the 2018 season with a 7-10 overall and 2-4 conference record. The team had some tough losses in close matches, coming within one goal of knocking off #11 ranked Navy and within two goals of beating both Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. In the last game of the season Michigan staged an exciting last-second comeback against #16 Penn State, tying the game with 6 seconds remaining and scoring the game-winning goal as regulation expired. This marked the first victory over Penn State in Michigan's history. Michigan hopes to build off of this positive momentum in the 2019 season.
At Michigan Marciano will team up with several other Ultimate grads: Mariana Lopez-Ona (2019), Maeve Heckard (2019), and Erin Garvey (2018). The Michigan roster currently has two Ultimate graduates, Maddie Klee and Mira Shane (both 2015). 2013 Ultimate grad Kelly Kubach was named Michigan's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
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