Family Leads Grote to Indiana
Oct. 22, 2013
Senior Mariella Grote grew up as the youngest of six children and credits her family for starting her in the sport of field hockey. Grote has now made a name for herself and is one of the leaders of the team.
Her mother, Lisa played for a year in college and two of her older sisters played as well, including Lena, who played for four years at IU. Her mother also helped coach at her high school, so Mariella was around the sport all the time.
Grote’s first year on the team was special, because she was teammates with Lena, who was in her senior year on the team.
“It was very memorable to get to play that first year with my sister,” Grote said. “I learned so much from her and she helped me a lot. Other people might be afraid to tell freshman what they could and could not do, but Lena was never afraid to tell me what to do and help me improve. I felt like I was molded in a lot faster than freshmen usually adjust to things. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was unbelievable to have that connection with someone on your team.”
In her freshman year Grote played in 12 games and recorded an assist and her first career goal. Her sophomore year didn’t go as planned as she got injured and had to undergo hip surgery and played only three games.
The spring of her sophomore year Grote was back and focused more than ever to improve and be a key player for the Hoosiers.
“In the spring of sophomore year I worked really hard, because my sister told me spring in where you improve a lot,” she said. “It was difficult and a little overwhelming, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could be my own person and make a name for myself.”
In her junior season Grote was second on the team in goals and assists with eight goals and six assists as she started all 19 games for the Hoosiers. This year Grote has six goals in 14 games for IU.
“She has the heart of a lion,” IU coach Amy Robertson said. “She loves playing and she loves competing. Her determination, drive and fire on the field are strong and she is always asking what she can do to get better and never settles for less.”
One of her most memorable moments at IU was the Hoosiers 4-0 win over Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Grote scored two goals in the game and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
When she starts to look back at her time at Indiana, Grote said she is proud to be a Hoosier.
“I have so much pride in Indiana,” she said. “After four years I will take and always have that pride, tradition and excellence Indiana has given me. I will always have a tight bond with my teammates. I think the Indiana field hockey program does a great job of bringing people together as a team and we always have each other’s backs no matter what the situation.”
Grote, a political science major said her ideal job would be to work in Washington D.C. for a government agency. She interned with homeland security this past summer and said she really enjoyed the experience.
Grote said she will miss being at IU and her coach will also miss her.
“She is tough and she expects a lot out of people,” Robertson said. “She demands a lot from her teammates in a positive way. She is an example of what hard work can do for someone. The bigger the game, the more excited she is for it.”
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