#SQUAD Goals: Meet Margaux Paolino

Oct. 21, 2016, 12:51 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey will be featuring weekly spotlights of U.S. U-21 Women's National Team members selected to represent Team USA at the women's Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 (JWC).

She has a twin brother and anywhere she goes she always has her V's up (for Villanova, of course!). She's a lover of Mediterranean food and likes to binge watch Gossip Girl. She claims to be a good dancer and has aspirations of being famous one day. Meet U.S. U-21 Women's National Team member Margaux Paolino.

Margaux is from Villanova, Pa. and with a majority of my family members attending the nearby university, she always has her V's up. Luckily, though, her family found it in their hearts to make an exception for her shade of blue and white, Duke. She loves her family and hanging out with her siblings. She even enjoys spending time with her dog, Cuggles.

In Margaux's free time she enjoys spending time with her friends. They listen to music, binge watch Gossip Girl or 90210, and eat anything and everything. She especially loves Mediterranean food and there is a great place near her house called Nova Grill. It's a personal favorite for her and she would recommend it to anyone in the area.

Growing up, she found a passion for sports. She continued to switch sports every season each year until she finally found the ones she enjoyed the most. She played everything competitively from lacrosse, soccer, track, basketball, swimming, etc. If you asked her in elementary school what sport she would play in college, the 4'5" Margaux would probably have said basketball. After that, she would tell you she wanted to be famous one day and that her name would be Margaux Iverson Jordan Paolino. And to this day she still believes that one day in the future she will be famous.

When Margaux graduates from Duke University she hopes to possibly pursue a career in public relations.  

Quick Facts about Margaux
Position: Forward
Hometown: Villanova, Pa.
Joined Junior High Performance: 2010
High School: Episcopal Academy
Club Team: Xcalibur
College: Duke University
Major: Undecided

International Playing Experience: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team; U.S. U-19 Women's National Team - Youth Olympic Games Qualifier, Belgium, Holland Tour; U.S. U-21 Women's National Team, Women's Junior Pan American Championship, Great Britain Test Series, Canada Test Series
Field Hockey Awards: 2x High School All-American, 3x All-South East Pennsylvania Team, 2015 County Player of the Year, 4x All-County, 4x All-League
Began Playing Field Hockey: 2010
Best Words of Advice: "Energy is contagious so always bring it."
Most Memorable Field Hockey Moment: Senior year homecoming game that all her friends and family were there watching and encouraging her

Hidden Talent: Good Dancer
Favorite Vacation Sports: Anywhere with a beach
Favorite Past Times: Listening to music, hanging with her friends and sister
Favorite Pump-Up Song: The Buzz
Parents: Matthew & Lori Paolino
Siblings: Emily, older sister, Matthew, twin brother, Thomas, younger brother

Consider supporting the U.S U-21 Women's National Team as they prepare to wear the red, white and blue on the world stage November 23 - December 4, 2016 by donating to their Rally U.S. to the Cup campaign or bid on one of the many items up for auction on their Winning Cause Auction website. Auction deadline is Saturday, October 29, 2016. All funds raised will be used to help supply coverage of travel, meals, medical treatment and more for the U-21 USWNT. Click here to donate. #rallyUStothecup #SQUAD

Photo Credit: Reagan Lunn & Margaux Paolino