Determining how Marlee Paton stands out the most for Loyola's women's lacrosse team probably depends on which game you watch or which ten minutes.
The senior's game is more than the sum of its parts -- and those parts are pretty significant. Paton is the first Loyola woman to reach 100 goals, 75 assists, 200 points and 100 ground balls for her career. She had the first three by the end of her junior year but needed one ground ball to get over the century mark.
That versatlity makes Paton the quintessential midfielder, said Greyhounds coach Jen Adams.
"She gets noticed in everything she does," Adams said. "She doesn’t need to be scoring and getting those stats necessarily, goals and assists, to be the one standing out. While she’s accumulating all these stats, it's something bigger than that. It’s a presence that she has on the field. Her presence is so much bigger than all of those numbers combined."
The Seaholme, Australia native arrived at Loyola with a level of international experience that American college freshmen don't have. In 2009, Paton played for Australia's elite national team that won the silver medal in the World Cup. A year and a half later, she stepped into the Greyhounds' starting lineup and earned All-Big East honors. As a sophomore, she was a first-team All-American.
Three times, she's been All-Big East and twice, All-America. When Loyola moved to the Patriot League this spring, Paton, who also played on Australia's 2013 World Cup team, was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
In the Greyhounds season-opening 16-12 win at Virginia Saturday, Paton had two goals and five assists. She currently stands seventh on Loyola's all-time points list with 209, fifth in assists with 76 and 10th in goals with 133.
"Since Marlee arrived on campus at Loyola, she’s played with a maturity well above her years," Adams said. "Her impact is felt everywhere. She’s not one dimensional. She’s not just a goal scorer or just an assister. She can do it all. She’s kind of that quintessential player that as a coach you can count on because if something’s not going right in her game in one area, you can count on other parts of her game being on point."
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