Jesse Marinaro always has drawn a lot of attention for his famous last name, but the John Carroll University senior has done more than enough to make a name for himself over his soccer career.
The Brunswick native added another accomplishment to an already-loaded résumé Saturday when he was named first-team All-America by D3soccer.com. The award came a month after being selected to the All-America third team by United Soccer Coaches.
Marinaro is the fourth player in school history to earn the honor.
“It is truly an honor to represent my school this way,” said Marinaro, the first John Carroll player to be named to both national lists in the same season. “It was something I always wanted to accomplish at John Carroll and was a great way to put an end to my career here.”
The son of former Cleveland Crunch star and current Blue Streaks coach Hector Marinaro led the team in goals (12), assists (14) and points (38) while starting all 20 matches.
A two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year and three-team all-league selection, Jesse Marinaro finished his career with 82 matches, 37 goals, 33 assists and 107 points, becoming one of five players for the school to surpass the century mark.
“Becoming an All-American was definitely something I wanted to achieve prior to the season beginning, so being able to obtain that honor twice was an amazing feeling,” he said. “It was something I had my sights set on ever since the end of my junior season.”
Marinaro is more proud of the team accomplishments, especially the past two seasons.
As a junior, the former All-Ohioan helped the program to its first OAC title since 2007. This season John Carroll finished one victory shy of the school record with a 16-3-2 mark, qualified for the NCAA D-III Tournament for the second straight season and won a postseason game for the first time in a decade.
“The team successes this year are the ones that mean the most to me,” Marinaro said. “Being a part of such a great class that was able to achieve many great things, to really put John Carroll soccer on the national map, was a dream come true.
“It shows how the standards of John Carroll soccer are becoming higher than ever, just how many people around the country are noticing.”
With collegiate soccer now in the rearview mirror, Marinaro plans on graduating in May with a Bachelor of Business of Administration degree after majoring in Marketing and minoring in Leadership Development.
“I would like to continue to play and be involved with the game as long as I can, so I put that on the top of my list,” said Marinaro, who finished the fall semester with a 3.60 grade-point average. “I also may be back at John Carroll next fall going for my fifth year MBA. I don’t have anything set in stone for my future quite yet. However, I’m excited to see what it holds.
“Playing at John Carroll over the last four years was one of the best experiences of my life, and I’m very excited to see how the program continues to grow over the next few years.”
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