Maura Fitzpatrick: Heart and Passion
A player with heart, passion, and technique, Maura Fitzpatrick is a junior guard on Marist women’s basketball from Cheshire, Connecticut.
As soon as she walks onto the court Fitzpatrick drops everything else, all that matters is playing the game she loves so much and giving her all for her teammates. Fitzpatrick has been playing basketball since she was younger, stating: “I played a bunch of sports growing up, but I seriously started organized basketball in third grade for our town. At the time there was no girls team, so I played with the boys until fourth grade when they had a girls travel team.” Starting a sport at such a young age builds passion and confidence within that player, which is exactly the case with Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick leads the Red Foxes in minutes played, averaging 34.8 minutes a game, and reaching a career high of 50 minutes when the Red Foxes face Quinnipiac this season, as well as the most games started for the Foxes. Fitzpatrick averages the most steals, and follows closely with Rebekah Hand and Alana Gilmer for just about everything else. Fitzpatrick is an all around great player, helping the team to their current 13-2 MAAC conference total.
When asked about her experience as a student-athlete at Marist, Fitzpatrick said, “It’s so much fun because it’s like having a second family, while still making friends outside of basketball and having them to hangout with. It is challenging though, we have coaches who push us to be the very best that we can, as well as an athletic academic advisor and a normal advisor.” Fitzpatrick is a medical technology major here at Marist, taking on some of the most difficult classes that the school has to offer, and still maintaining her grades as well as her basketball career. Fitzpatrick also said,
“Playing a sport in college, especially Division I, requires a lot of communication with your professors.”
While the junior works hard in the classroom, she works even harder on the court, giving her all each game that she plays. Fitzpatrick has been playing the sport since she was young, sparking her passion early and allowing her to carry that with her throughout her career. Fitzpatrick stated her best moment as a player.
“My sophomore year of high school we made it to the state championship at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. There was 3.8 seconds on the clock as we played one of our biggest rivals, one of the seniors drained a three to give us the State Championship by one point. We were even featured in Brad Paisley's music video “Today,” which was so cool.” While Fitzpatrick has a great deal of memories of her basketball career, this stood out the most to her, not because she made a winning basket, but because a senior on the team did. Fitzpatrick not only has passion for the sport that has given her so much, but has so much heart and devotion to her teammates and her team.
Fitzpatrick has been a great asset to the Marist Women’s Basketball team for the past three years, and will continue to grow and help the team in her upcoming years as a Red Fox.