Getting to Know...Miami's Mary Hull
Mary Hull is a senior forward for the Miami RedHawks. As a First Team All-MAC performer a year ago, Hull led the RedHawks with 13 goals to go along with five assists as the 'Hawks came up a win short of the NCAA Tournament. Now in her final season, Hull has provided four goals and an assist in seven games for the high-powered Miami attack that is averaging 3.43 goals per game. After a 5-0 start to the season, the RedHawks dropped consecutive 2-1 decisions against Indiana and Northwestern this past weekend. They look to shake off the losing streak and start strong in MAC play with a difficult roadtrip this week that opens with a 1 PM game at Ohio on Saturday and concludes with a 1 PM start against Kent State on Sunday.
1. Why did you choose Miami University?
I chose to attend Miami University because I wanted to experience something different and out of my comfort zone. Having grown up in San Diego my whole life, I knew going somewhere away from home for four years would be a great experience. Miami University has a great reputation as a university and I really liked the presentation and size of the campus on my visit before entering college. With regards to the field hockey program, I really liked the girls who were already on the team and having two girls from my hometown on the team at the time gave me a clear picture of what it would be like if I were to choose Miami. After having already been here four years, I am still very happy with my decision and I'm also excited I am back for a fifth year.
2. What are your goals for this season?
As a senior, I know this is my last season to achieve a MAC championship and I plan to have the attitude to give everything I have every game. The team hasn't won the MAC since I have been on the team but I am confident that we can achieve that with the group we have this year. A MAC ring is one thing I would love to have at the end of my playing career.
3. Do you have higher expectations going into this season than last?
I definitely have higher expectations going into this season than last. In the last few years we have transformed our program into a culture that we all believe in and are dedicated to. With the personnel we have this year, there is no doubt in my mind that we are going to experience success throughout and at the end of the season.
4. How did you get started playing field hockey?
I started playing field hockey when I tried out for the team going into my freshmen year of high school. I had been playing soccer for a while and the girls I played soccer with encouraged me to try out. It is actually kind of funny because myself, along with the other freshmen, didn't even know all the rules a few games into our season. I would consider myself to have started playing field hockey really late compared to many college players. However, I am sort of happy I did because going into college, I knew I had so much to learn and I was happy to have the opportunity to play a sport at a higher level that I wasn't burnt out on yet.
5. What is your favorite beverage/food/dessert?
My favorite food is Mexican but specifically a California burrito, and no offense to Ohio, but I always have to get my Mexican food fix when I am home for breaks.
6. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
I would love to be living and working back in my hometown of San Diego.
7. What's the best part of being a Division I athlete?
The best part of being a Division I athlete is taking pride in the fact that not many people are provided with an opportunity to compete at this high of a level in a sport that they love. Additionally, forming friendships and a bond with a team while in college is an awesome experience.
8. What is something people don't know about you?
I am part Japanese and my younger sister and I were both born in the same year.
9. What's your dream as a college athlete?
My dream as a college athlete is to make it to the NCAA's. It is something that the team has yet to accomplish and it would be great to leave Miami having done that.
10. What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas or winter break. Ever since I started college, I don't really get the chance to see my family as much as I used to and since my entire extended family lives in San Diego, this is the time when we all are able to get together and spend time with one another.