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    Maria Kovalchuk
    Maria Kovalchuk

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    High School:
    Ellis School

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    M



    05/15/2014

    Kovalchuk, Tyson Earn Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships

    Field hockey and baseball duo awarded $7,500 scholarships

    05/15/2014

    Kovalchuk, Tyson Named Recipients of Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship

    Field hockey and baseball duo awarded $7,500 scholarships

    03/20/2014

    Northwestern Rakes in NFHCA Academic Honors

    Wildcats have 13 individuals recognized for their work in the classroom

    12/11/2013

    NU Leads B1G With Over 100 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Awards

    Wildcats hit triple digits in a single-sport season for the first time in school history

    07/10/2013

    Big Ten Announces Distinguished Scholar Awards

    NU represented by 48 student-athletes from 14 different programs

    2013: Appeared in 13 matches ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2012: Appeared in 19 games, making three starts ... Notched a goal and an assist in a victory over Pacific (9/2) ... Posted a goal in a win at No. 13 Wake Forest (9/11) ... Assisted on a goal in a win over Kent State (10/7) ... Scored a goal in a win over Indiana (10/12) ... NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

    2011: Started all 21 games for NU as a sophomore midfielder ... Finished the season with a career-best five goals for 10 points ... Scored the first goal in the 2-1 upset of No. 8 American (9/11) ... Recorded two goals in the 5-4 win over No. 7 New Hampshire (9/24) ... Took 26 shots, sending 20 on goal ... NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

    2010: Played in 18 games and started one in her true freshman season ... Finished the season with one goal and one assist ... Recorded her first career goal against Kent State (10/3) ... Tallied an assist in 10-0 win over Saint Louis (9/12) ... Recorded three shots against UC Davis (10/7) ... NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree.

    High School: Started every game of four-year varsity career at the Ellis School, scoring 50 career goals and recording 32 assists ... 2009 first-team all-state and second-team honoree in 2008 ... WPIAL All-Star for three straight seasons (2007-09) ... Team won WPIAL championship in 2008 and WPIAL sectional titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009 ... Posted four games with hat tricks during senior season before shifting to center defense ... Played three consecutive years in National Futures Championship, winning a bronze medal in 2007 on the U-16 squad ... Barbara Longstreth Sportsmanship Award winner in 2009 ... Two-year competitor in Futures Elite ... Competed in AAU Junior Olympics in 2008-09 ... Played five years on Team Golden Triangle, which competed four years in a row at the National Hockey Festival and two years at the National Indoor Tournament ... 2009 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad member and winner of the Harvard Book Award.

    Personal: Born Maria Vladimirovna Kovalchuk in Krasnoyarsk, Russia ... Daughter of Vladimir Kovalchuk and Milla Karkkainen ... Competed on same team as NU teammate Colleen Petronchak at AAU Junior Olympics in 2007 ... Trilingual in English, Russian and Finnish ... Majoring in classics at Northwestern.

    Getting to know Maria

    Name your three favorite songs on your I-pod: Black & Yellow, Waka Waka, Just Like We Do

    Facebook or Twitter:
    Twitter. #TotalAthleteMove.

    Describe Tracey in five words or less:
    A strong woman

    What's the best part of playing Northwestern Field Hockey?
    Being coached by a two-time Olympian, having my best friends as teammates, and playing in the tough Big Ten Conference

    Favorite food:
    Claire's cookies

    Favorite TV show:
    I don't have time to watch TV.

    Favorite movie:
    Inception

    Favorite book:
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

    Favorite vacation spot:
    Corsica

    Favorite place to shop:
    Banana Republic and Whole Foods

    If I wasn't playing field hockey, I'd be playing:
    Tennis

    If I could be any character from a TV show or movie I'd be:
    I know it's cheesy, but I'd be Allie Hamilton

    Pregame superstitions:
    Wearing the same socks at every game

    Best NUFH memory so far:
    Beating #6 Ohio State, Lynch teasing me in Michigan

    Which NUFH player is the biggest jokester on the team?
    Catherine

    Favorite thing to do besides play field hockey?
    Either sleeping or eating

    Dream job:
    A classicist

    Best thing about Northwestern:
    The people and Chicago

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