Mission Viejo junior Maryn Macha will compete with the West Girls’ team in Under Armour’s 2014 All-American Underclass Tournament in Baltimore, MD. She will be Orange County’s only local girl playing in the entire competition.
The headband, braid, and one-handed “walk the dog” cradle are signature characteristics of Mission Viejo midfielder Maryn Macha. The rising junior has built quite the resume already, and she still has two more years to go. This past season Macha reached the playoff quarterfinals with her Diablo teammates, won the Team Captain’s Award for her role as a varsity captain, earned First Team All League honors, and played with the Women’s Division National Tournament team in Maryland. Post- and pre-season, Macha plays with the Pacific Falcons lacrosse club in San Diego.
Earlier this month, Macha tried out for the All-American Underclass team in Carlsbad, CA. Several Mission Viejo players had done the same in previous years, which is how Maryn learned of the tournament. She soon found out that she would be the first Mission Viejo Diablo to ever qualify and make the team. In the midst of 60-70 other players, including some of her own club teammates from the Pacific Falcons, Macha showcased her skills and earned one of the coveted spots. As a midfielder, Macha excels at winning draws and almost always safely transitions the ball. At tryouts her main stage was in 7v7 game-like situation drills, where unselfish play was her forte.
“During some parts, I felt like I was not doing well,” she says, describing tryouts, “but during other parts I was doing better.” For many players who compete in any qualification tryout, scoring goals seems the best way to prove superiority. Instead, Macha showed that she could assist. “I get seriously competitive. But I want to make my teammates look good and make myself look good.”
Maryn plans to take her showcasing strategies with her to Baltimore. Ten teams, both boys’ and girls’, will compete in the Underclass Tournament for the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic from July 11-13 at Towson University. There, many college recruiters will scout players to consider committing to their schools. Maryn hopes to play Division I lacrosse somewhere, perhaps on the west coast. The tournament will play a crucial part in her potential recruiting.
Macha and a number of the Underclass Tournament players already have an advantage that not many other tournament teams can boast. Macha will play with four other Pacific Falcons players, who she has been training with since last year. There are even more Pacific Falcon players competing with other teams in the tournament. This provides the West Team with a core group of players that already have team chemistry. “I have played with a lot of Falcons. I trust them a lot,” Macha says.
At this moment Maryn is keeping up her lacrosse game by playing in Denver’s Western Cup with her Pacific Falcon team. Come July 11, she’ll be representing Orange County cross-country once again. “I want to go out there and play some lacrosse,” she says. Good luck Maryn Macha!