Marissa Stafford is exceptional in the classroom and on the field so it’s only fitting that the Huntington High School senior has committed to play lacrosse at one of the Ivy League’s most venerable institutions; Cornell University.
“I have been interested in Cornell since my freshman year and the second I visited the campus, I knew it was the perfect fit for me,” Ms. Stafford said. “The campus is so beautiful and I look forward to the academic challenge. I was considering other schools, especially USC, but I am so happy with my decision. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Huntington High School senior Marissa Stafford.
The teenager said she intends to pursue an academic major in communications. “A career in marketing or sports marketing interests me,” Ms. Stafford said.
A two-time All-County soccer player for the Blue Devils, Ms. Stafford has been a mainstay on Huntington’s varsity lacrosse team for many years. Last spring she starred at midfield and defense, tallying 10 goals, seven assists, 27 draw controls, 14 ground balls and three caused turnovers.
“She’s one of our most determined girls in the draw circle and she’ll fight for every ground ball as well as jump and grab the ball in the air,” Blue Devil head coach Beth Vogelsang said. “What’s great about Marissa is that she can literally play anywhere on the field. Offensively, she has a great game IQ. She may not have many stats offensively, however her game IQ allows her to create and coordinate the plays for other players. Marissa will make space, set screens and do the ‘dirty’ work. Defensively, I can always depend on her with proper slides, body positioning, game knowledge, communication and grit.”
A member of several academic honor societies, Ms. Stafford said her favorite class is Advanced Placement Environmental Science. She participates in the Young Leaders youth development organization.
Her advice for incoming Huntington High School freshmen? “Appreciate all that high school offers and use all the resources it provides to your advantage because it goes by so fast,” she said.
Ms. Stafford recently decided to join the Blue Devil indoor track team. She is currently training for the winter season and expects to be a sprinter for the squad. It’s another challenge that she willingly took on. Knowing her drive and determination she will win her share of medals.
“I love Huntington and I couldn’t ask for a better high school experience,” Ms. Stafford said. “I’m so sad it’s close to the end. I will always remember the amazing memories I have made playing sports and being a student here.”