5 Things You Didn't Know About Marie McCool


This story originally appeared on auprosports.com and is being republished with permission from Athletes Unlimited.

A U.S. women’s national team midfielder and one of the most decorated players in North Carolina women’s lacrosse history, Marie McCool is one of the best in the sport. Despite playing on many big stages, she is just like many others, balancing a career, training and being a dog mom to her Newfypoo, Maisie.

McCool is gearing up for USA Lacrosse's Fall Classic, at which the U.S. women’s senior team will play exhibitions against Canada and Boston College — all with the goal of preparing for the World Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in July.


Men’s Teams: Canada, USA, Virginia
Women’s Teams: Boston College, Canada, USA
Brogden Cup: Ontario 16U/18U, USA Select 16U/18U, Haudenosaunee Nationasl 16U/18U
Dates: Oct. 15-17, 2021
Location: Sparks, Md.
Schedule | Tickets

Many know of her accomplishments on the field, but here are some things you might not know about her off of it.


When McCool is on the field, she has her eyes set on winning, but off the field, she’s everyone’s best friend. 

“The way I play lacrosse, I am pretty laser focused on the field. I don’t come off as a super emotional person with my facial expressions,” she said. “I think because I play with such a high level of intensity, people actually don’t know that about me.”

Despite being a tough player, she enjoys spending time with people off the field and getting to share stories. 

“I love interacting with people, I love meeting new people, I love chatting and learning about their life,” she said. “That’s the one thing I think people are pretty surprised about when they meet me is my overall personality and how talkative I am because I am so quiet and intense on the field.”


Before Athletes Unlimited, at one point McCool could envision herself on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team or playing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

While at UNC, she was not only a three-time first team All-American, but she also won an NCAA title in 2016. UNC gave her the opportunity to compete in lacrosse at a high level, but soccer was her first love.

“The reason UNC was my dream school was because I really was convinced I was going to be the next Mia Hamm,” she said. “I grew up as a soccer player, and UNC was my dream school because Mia Hamm went there.”


During her time at UNC, McCool spent a lot of time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital. Through that experience, she found a passion for working in healthcare. 

“After lacrosse, the goal is to be in a position where I am just helping others in some way,” she said. 

Now, she is pursuing a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics to go after that dream. 

“My goal is to hopefully work in a hospital or a clinical setting one day and become a registered dietician,” she said. “I was super passionate about that in college and want to continue that.” 


Now more than ever, McCool is proud of her heritage and being biracial. Growing up in one of the top lacrosse towns right outside of Philadelphia, she always had to compete at a high level. Knowing that she could achieve anything she set her mind to was something she adopted from her grandparents, who are first-generation Americans. 

“That attitude, I definitely learned from my grandparents who were immigrants from China,” she said. “I think being around my grandparents and being able to witness their work ethic and dedication and the cultural experiences that I’ve had has really helped me with my personal growth and development.” 

She has also been able to lean on other biracial players such as Alex Aust to share experiences, and now she wants to be a voice for the AAPI community. 

“As I started to get older, I did realize there weren’t that many biracial lacrosse players, so I think for me, it was something that I honed in and started to take pride in,” she said.


For much of her childhood, McCool balanced school and three sports, so oftentimes practice and games kept her from being able to travel. After graduating college, she took the time to invest in new interests. 

“When I graduated from UNC, I took some time off just to have fun and do other things that weren’t related to lacrosse, and I loved it,” she said. 

The pandemic canceled many of the trips she had planned last summer, but her next stop? She hopes to travel to Greece.

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