Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Records are made to be broken.
And in the Vestal girls lacrosse program they were made to be broken by one player.
You may not know how to say her name, but you have to respect her game as Julia Maczko has the Golden Bears playing in the state final 4.
" Probably the most common mispronunciation is 'MATS-co' or 'MOXT-co' but it's nothing close to that, it's 'MUNCH-co'. I get it every single day but that's ok. Some people might be embarrassed by it, I just think it's funny. "
Opposing defense may have trouble with the pronunciation, but their game plan is always the same. They'll need at least 2 defenders to slow down Julia Maczko.
This season alone she has over 100 points, with 69 goals and 41 assists. She also has a career record 277 points for the program, not that she is keeping track.
" The numbers haven't been a priority. I know after the season is done and I look back on this I'll be really proud of what I've accomplished with my team. The numbers don't matter, it's just what it all signifies for me. "
It appears the only numbers Julia is counting is wins, and Vestal has 15 of those this season.
But she does take a great deal of pride in setting up goals for her teammates.
" I take huge pride in being able to get as many assists as goals in games. That's what I go for. It's not about goals it's about assists for me because if you have an assist there's a goal with it so it's really a win-win situation. "
Her coach Dave Williams says, " Julia is really success driven and will do whatever it takes to win. She's just so happy that we're in the final 4. It's been a goal of hers and she always puts that ahead of herself. "
Williams also credits Maczko's leadership of a team that has 11 players younger than 11th grade.
She's making the most of her senior season, and if opponents didn't know how to say her name before the game, '#17 Julia Maczko', they'll be used to hearing it when the day is done.