Marikate graduated Central High School in 1979, from Boston College in 1983 and the University of Maine Law School in 1990. An exceptionally talented athlete, her achievements at Central and at BC were in five sports - basketball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, and cross country. She received many individual honors that accompanied her team's accomplishments. At Central, she was a member of Class L basketball championship teams in 78 and '79; and the cross country state champions of 79 where she placed 6th individually. In her senior year, she was captain of the basketball, soccer, and softball teams. Continuing at Boston College, she was the MVP in 1982 in both basketball and lacrosse, and was selected to play on several New England, Regional, and National teams. She took leave from law school to play and coach professional basketball in West Germany, 1988-89. Marikate has successful coaching experience in both lacrosse and basketball at several colleges, and with the US Women's Lacrosse Association New England teams (1993-98). She has coached the St. Michael's College Women's Lacrosse Team since 1992. A member of the bar in both Maine and Vermont, she is presently an associate in a Burlington, VT law firm.