Michigan Welcomes Seven-Member Class for 2011 Season
Marcia Pankratz

June 27, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz announced today (Monday, June 27) that seven student-athletes have committed to attend U-M and begin playing for the Wolverines during the 2011 season. Joining Michigan in the fall will be Lauren Annable (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood School), Adrianna Crovo (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake), Mackenzie Ellis (Madison, N.J./Madison), Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes), Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Lauren Kent (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) and Axelle Wouters (Nonnenstraat, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp).

"We are very excited about the 2011 class of Wolverines," Pankratz said. "All seven are outstanding students with tremendous athleticism. It is a versatile and well-balanced group which will complement our returning squad. We look forward to competing for another Big Ten and national championship."

Annable, a forward, has had plenty of provincial and national team experience while playing high school field hockey at the Collingwood School in West Vancouver, B.C. She was a co-captain her senior season at Collingwood, helping them to a B.C. Provincial High School AA Championship in 2010. Annable is a three-time First Team Provincial AA All-Star and helped Collingwood to three North Shore High School League titles. She played on the Canadian Junior Pan Am team in 2010, helping them to a second-place finish and was on the team that won the Under-16 Canadian National Championships in 2009. Annable played on the West Van Adanacs club team, helping them to a U.S. Festival Under-19 Pool B title in 2010. She was a member of the 2009 B.C. Under-16 Provincial Club champion and the 2008 Under-16 Cal Cup Tournament winners. Annable also played soccer and volleyball at Collingwood and was on the Honor and Effort Roll at Collingwood in 2010 and 2011.

Crovo, a goalkeeper, was selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Team after her junior season and played test matches as a senior in four-game series against Canada and at Chile. She was selected to the California Senior High Performance team in the spring, playing in the Women's Senior National Championship in Washington D.C. Crovo won a bronze medal at the 2011 Cal Cup and was on the Hollywood Team that took third place in the Disney Tournament. Crovo missed her senior season at Harvard-Westlake due to injury, but helped the Wolverines to second place in the CIF her junior season. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars at Harvard-Westlake.

Ellis, a back, was a captain and starter on defense for Madison High School in Madison N.J., her senior season, helping the Dodgers to a conference championship and a runner-up finish in the Morris County Tournament. Ellis earned First Team all-conference, all-county and all-area honors in 2010 and was a second-team North Jersey Group II selection. She was the team MVP, scoring 12 goals and assisting on seven others. She played forward for the Dodgers as a junior, scoring 18 goals and helping the team that was the Morris County and the NJSIAA Group II champions. Ellis was a second-team all-county selection in 2009. She also played basketball and softball at Madison and is a member of the school's High Honor Roll.

Fobe, a back, is the captain of Belgium's Under-18 team and is preparing for the upcoming European National Championships in July. She started playing for the national teams in Belgium at 14 and was the youngest player at the Under-18 European Nations Championship in July of 2009, helping the team to a best-ever fourth-place finish. Fobe played for the Braxgata Hockey Club in 2010, which competes in the highest women's division in Belgium. She helped Braxgata to a fifth-place finish in the Honor Division. She started her field hockey career for Herakles, where she won several national championships with the youth teams and played two years in the First Division.

Guttman, a forward, was a captain for the Pioneer squad that reached the Michigan state finals in 2010, earning her second First Team All-State honor along the way. Guttman helped the Pioneers to a state championship her junior season, scoring both the goals in the title game. She also was an NFHCA Regional All-American in 2009. Guttman also has played for USA Field Hockey while in high school as she was a part of the Junior National Camp last summer and was on the High Performance Midwest team in the 2010 Women's Senior National Championship which featured former U-M players Meredith Way and Zara Saydari. She is a two-time member of the Futures Elite squad and was on the Junior Olympic team in 2008 and 2009. Guttman has dual citizenship between the United States and Canada and has played on the Under-19 Ontario Provincial team in 2009.

Kent, a midfielder, was a four-year varsity letterwinner in field hockey for Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, Calif. She helped the Wildcats to three straight divisional and sectional Central Coast Section championships, including a 20-1 record in 2010. Kent was a First Team all-CIF/CSS and a Blossom Valley Athletic League First Team selection her senior year and was an All-Section team honorable mention by the San Jose Mercury News. Kent played in the Under-19 National Futures championship team in 2010. Kent also played lacrosse for the Wildcats and was a two-time Principal's Scholar at Los Gatos.

Wouters, a midfielder, played with Fobe on the Belgian national team, most recently playing two years for the Under-18 squad. She has played three years for Braxgata, helping the youth team win the Belgium Championships on two occasions and a fifth-place finish in the Honor Division. She is preparing to play with Fobe in the European Championships this summer.

Michigan will open the 2011 season by hosting the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wolverines will face North Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Wake Forest on Sunday, Aug. 28, with both games starting at noon at Ocker Field.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423