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Maya Santa-Maria; The Backbone of Huntington’s Defense

It’s off to Michigan for Huntington’s Maya Santa-Maria. After a great career for the Blue Devils, the senior goalie will be suiting up for the Wolverines next year where she will continue her lacrosse journey. Maya first began playing the goalie position at 10 years old, and she has been protecting the net ever since. As her game has continued to get better, Maya says that she has also learned to take on more of a leadership role both on and off the field. While playing for Huntington, she has had so many memories, one of which includes a playoff game where she made an incredible 17 saves. Looking ahead Maya is ready to take her game to the next level and she will be part of the winning culture that Michigan has to offer. Read more about Maya down below in an interview with the LILJ.

Q. What played a role in choosing to play lacrosse at Michigan?

A. Michigan has such a rich history of academics and athletics as well as that “big school” atmosphere I always wanted. When I went for my recruiting visit, the combination of the coaching staff, the new lacrosse facilities, and the chance to be a part of an ascending D1 program in the Big Ten made the choice very easy.

Q. How have you been staying active during quarantine?

A. Aside from trying to stay mentally positive, I’ve been working on my at-home strength programs, running to keep up with my cardio exercise, and keeping my stick skills sharp with the help of my family.

Q. When did you first begin playing the goalie position?

A. I was in the 4th grade, age 10. My PAL coach put a goalie stick in my hand and I’ve never looked back.

Q. How would you say your game has improved from your first year on the varsity team to now?

A. Besides getting physically stronger and quicker as a goalie, I’ve learned how to become more of a leader in the goal as well as off the field. When I was a freshman, I looked up to all of my upperclassmen. From them I learned what it takes to be a leader, and how to have a voice both on and off the field. I was proud to be named one of the captains for my varsity team these last two years in a row.

Q. What are some of the memories you have playing for Huntington?

A. Growing up and playing a sport I love, while getting to know all of my teammates, who will continue to grow into life long friends. My favorite high school memories are when I won my first varsity game against Hauppauge as a freshman. My sophomore year the playoff game vs Smithtown East where I made 17 saves despite the loss, and my last year as a junior getting named All Suffolk County

Q. What are you most looking forward to when you take the field for Michigan?

A. Growing as a student athlete, working hard to take my game to the next level, and experiencing success there. I cant wait to become part of the Michigan family, and build relationships with my coaches and teammates that will last a lifetime. I know we have great things ahead of us.

 

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