In the forty-first edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Tom “Hollywood” Marechek.
Tom “Hollywood” Marechek (born August 25, 1968 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a retired professional lacrosse player.
Marechek played college lacrosse at Syracuse University where he teamed with Paul and Gary Gait to form one of the great college lacrosse squads in history, winning national title games in 1989 and 1990. Marechek is the fifth leading college goal scorers in lacrosse history with 182 goals, a four-time All-American, three-time first-team All-American pick, had 76 assists and 258 career points, scored 53 goals during his junior season to lead NCAA Division I, and set a Syracuse freshman record by scoring 46 goals on just 82 shots (56.1 per cent). He is well known for scoring shots behind his back, and has been rumored to have scored more this way than normal. He was inducted into both the NCAA Hall of Fame and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008.
He also played indoor lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League, where he played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings. He retired from the NLL after the 2005 season. His number 42 was retired by the Wings and now hangs from the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center. Marechek was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.
Marachek currently coaches the Friends School of Baltimore’s Men’s Lacrosse team in Baltimore, Maryland and is the schools Physical Education Teacher. Tom founded and coaches for the Team 42 Lacrosse Club. He is also director of All Pro Lacrosse Club with camps held in Florida, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania and his flagship camp held at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
From NLL.com March 2019:
Tom Marechek was initially drafted by the Buffalo Bandits with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 draft but didn’t make his NLL debut until he was traded to Philadelphia in 1994. In his first year in the NLL, Marechek was named Rookie of the Year for his 14 goals and 19 assists in a seven-game season.
Marechek finished his career ranked first in Wings history in points (773), goals (399), assists (374) and second in games played (146) and was named First team All-Pro in six consecutive years from 1996-2001.
Philadelphia won four NLL titles with Marechek in a Wings uniform – in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 2001. He was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2007.
Marachek played four years of college lacrosse at Syracuse University and coached for one season with the men’s team at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Marechek was a Junior A lacrosse star playing for the famed Victoria-Esquimalt Legion from 1985-89 winning a Minto Cup in 1988.
A perennial Junior A all-star, Marechek ended his 84-game Junior career with 195 goals, 261 assists for 456 points and 188 penalty minutes. Tom honed his field lacrosse skills in the Victoria Seaspray system until 1989 when he joined teammates Gary and Paul Gait at Syracuse University.
He was part of the Orangemen domination of NCAA field lacrosse from 1989-92 winning two NCAA titles in 1989 and 1990.
In 1997, Marechek returned to the Victoria Senior A Shamrocks to win the 1997 Mann Cup at home. His professional career was simply outstanding – as a career Philadelphia Wing star (1994-2005) he won four National Lacrosse League (NLL) championships while being named a First or Second Team All-Pro eight times.
In 161 NLL games, Marechek scored 422 goals, 420 assist for 842 points and 188 penalty minutes. He also played professional field lacrosse with the Baltimore Bayhawks netting 299 points in just 88 games.
Marechek was named to the NLL Hall of Fame in 2007.
Marachek was also the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) rookie of the year for 1994.