Northwestern hangs eight on UC Santa Barbara in the first inning
High School: Three-time ICA All-State award winner, comprised of a first-team nod as a sophomore in 2012 when she batted .587, a second-team accolade in 2013 after batting .496 with five home runs and another first-team award as a senior in 2014 ... That season, she also earned the Benet Defensive Player of the Year award, East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) All-Conference, NFCA All-Region second team, Daily Herald All-Area and Naperville Sun All-Area honors ... Following her junior season, again was named to the NFCA North Region second team, Daily Herald All-Area and ESCC All-Conference ... Ranked on Bill Harrison's top 100 softball players in the Chicago Sun-Times ... Led her team to a third-place finish in the state in 2011 and the 2012 ESCC championship ... Participated in the Sun-Times Bandits All-Star game ... Competed three years with the Illinois Chill Gold 18U, finishing tied for 17th at PGF Nationals in 2012 and ninth at the Boulder Independence Day Tournament in 2013 ... Honor roll every year of high school ... Is a volunteer coach with a 10u and 14u softball team.
Personal: Born Marissa Marie Panko ... Daughter of Robyn and Mel Panko ... An aunt and a cousin both earned MBAs from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, UIC, Drake and Massachusetts ... Anticipated major is environmental sciences.