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    Marissa Panko
    Marissa  Panko


    Naperville, Ill.

    High School:
    Benet Academy




    #B1GCats Use #B1G Inning to Beat DePaul, 12-1 (5)

    Wildcats score nine runs in the fourth inning to top the Blue Demons in run-rule fashion


    Big Third Inning Gives NU Run-Rule Win Over Illinois, 12-4 (5)

    Wildcats hit two home runs in the inning to take advantage of several free base runners


    Seventh-Inning Comeback Gives NU Dramatic 5-3 Win Over Nebraska

    Wildcats score three in the seventh, then battle base runners and the clock to close out the victory


    No. 25 Notre Dame Walks Off With 3-2 Win Over Northwestern

    NU now travels to Nebraska this weekend for an important Big Ten series


    Northwestern Sweeps Purdue, 5-1, Remains Atop B1G Standings

    Kristen Wood fans a career-best 14 to keep the Wildcats as the lone unbeaten in conference play

    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.