DURHAM- Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin is thrilled to announce the 2022 Blue Devil freshman class this spring. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the incoming Blue Devils, starting with Macy Szukics.
“I’m thrilled to introduce Macy Szukics as Duke Blue Devil!” Bustin said. “We are thrilled to welcome her elite-level skills, sense of play and competitive nature to our program. Macy’s extensive experience with international competition comes from both indoor and outdoor play where she has represented her club WC Eagles and USA successful high school career at Episcopal Academy, Macy had the honor of being coached by the legendary Gina Buggy and our very own Stef Fee (Duke ’12). I look forward to the opportunity to work with Macy!”
Selected to the NFHCA Second Team All-America in 2021, Szukics brings a wealth of field hockey experience with USA Field Hockey and his club WC Eagles to Durham. Szukics has been a member of USA Field Hockey since the U14 age group and was invited to participate in the 2021 USA Field Hockey Rise Selection Camp and the USAFH Indoor Women’s National Team Practice Squad as well. than at the National Junior Team training camps in 2019.
A four-year-old Episcopal Academy starter from Bethlehem, Pa., recently led Episcopal to the 2021 Inter-AC title en route to earning NFHCA All-Region First-Team and First-Team honors of all PHSFCA states. Szukics finished his school career with 63 goals and 58 assists, amassing a career-high 27 goals and 19 assists his senior year. She also guided Episcopal to the PAISSA State Championship in 2018 and 2019 and to a shortened 2020 undefeated season due to COVID-19. She scored 16 goals and nine assists as a sophomore in 2019.
Szukics was a three-time All-Main Line and All-Inter-AC pick, earning second-team All-Main Line and All-Inter-AC honors for her rookie season. Playing club hockey for the WC Eagles, the talented midfielder was instrumental in helping the club win the 2021 U19 National Club Championship title. The Eagles also won top honors in their squad at the tournament national indoor U19.
Daughter of Jennifer and Joseph Szukics, Macy also raced on the track at Episcopal, competing in sprints and sprint relays.
Get to know Macy’s
How did you start playing field hockey?
There’s a funny story behind it all. When I was younger, I always asked my mother to tell me stories before I went to bed. One evening, when I was about 6 years old, she told me about a sport she practiced. To my young mind, a sport where you used a stick to hit a ball on the ground seemed a bit confusing. But, me being the curious kid that I was, I wanted to try. I hung around with my mom’s old wooden stick, then my parents and I spent all day traveling to over three sports stores in the area to find me my own wooden stick that would fit my size. I was small, so it was not easy. I fell in love with the game of field hockey in the garden of my childhood home. My mom started a recreational league in the area that took off, and I never looked back.
Favorite subject at school
My favorite subject at school is between 2D design and English. I’ve been in my school’s art program for four years now, and I love to paint and draw. However, I had an amazing English teacher in my freshman year who really impacted my school life and personality. To be honest, I don’t think I would have recognized my writing potential, my creativity, my voice or my passion without him as a teacher.
Best Field Hockey Memory
My best field hockey memory is hard to remember, but it has to be between two specific moments in my life. The first happened when I was only 10 years old. There was a tournament for my club and even though I suffered from a fever oscillating between 101° and 104°, I still played. It was back when the inside was played with four outfield players and a goalkeeper, and my small but mighty U12 team was going to the final. We evened our game and went into the shots. I distinctly remember standing up to take my shot in the sudden death round and looking at a “believe” sticker I had on my indoor TK stick. I took a deep breath, passed, and was bombarded with hugs from my teammates and cheers of victory. The other was my junior year of high school at the Episcopal Academy. It was our state final (PAISAA league). We were playing Sammy Popper, who is amazing and quite intimidating. I ended up scoring a goal to put us ahead, and a goal to tie the game, eventually sending us into double overtime and then a shootout. Being a freshman on the varsity overtime team gave me huge shoes to fill, but with effort and determination, and the hard work of all my teammates, we won states. It was my first tangible and exhilarating moment of field hockey in high school.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I would say that I am quite a painter. I love art and everything around 2D design. Another thing that people might not guess about me is that I really like alternative rock music and poetry writing. I’m also a bit guilty of being an avid viewer of criminal minds and horror movies. Also, I rarely have to study at school because I take really good notes and have a bit of a photographic memory.
You win a chance to organize a small concert with 5 to 10 of your closest friends, which musical artist do you ask to play?
This is a difficult question. I love too many musical artists. But if I had to pick anyone, it would most likely be Luke Combs. I’m a huge country fan and this is by far my favorite country artist.