U-M Student-Athlete Spotlight: Lily Kovach

Jan. 10, 2014

Following the signing of U-M's second recruiting class, all 10 members are being featured in a student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.

Lily Kovach is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, 12) and will play her final season at Strath Haven High School (Wallingford, Pa.) this spring. She has been selected to represent the Black Panthers as a captain during her senior year. Kovach has helped lead Strath Haven to a 47-22 record over the last three seasons.

As a junior in 2013, Kovach tallied five goals and 14 assists as a defender. She helped lead her team to a share of the Central League title and an appearance in the Pennsylvania State quarterfinals. Following the season she received Academic All-America, PhillyLacrosse.com second team, All-Delco second team honors. She was also named an Under Armor All-American Underclassmen for the Philly region for the second straight year. Kovach was a member of Philly Team 1 at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Tournament.

As a sophomore in 2012, Kovach helped her team reach the Pennsylvania State finals and was also selected to play for Philly Team 4 at the US Lacrosse National Tournament.

Following her first season on varsity as a freshman, she was named Defensive MVP at the Philly Showcase.

The left-handed defender also participated in club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal, where she helped lead her team to an undefeated season in 2013.

Kovach is also a three-year member of the cross country and indoor track and field teams at Strath Haven (2011, '12, '13).

As an honor roll student, Kovach is also a member of National Honor Society.


Kovach photo Lily Kovach
Wallingford, Pa.
Strath Haven High School

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"I was looking for a school with strong academics and athletics. I found both at Michigan. The atmosphere and tremendous pride expressed by students and alumni everywhere convinced me that Michigan was the right school. I see people everywhere I go wearing the block M. Everyone is friendly and excited to cheer 'GO BLUE!'"

What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
"I want to have an impact on the program and help it achieve great things. This team is making history and I am very fortunate to be a part of building this program. I intend to learn everything I can from Michigan's talented and experienced coaches and bring it on the field!"

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"The town of Ann Arbor gives me a sense of home and belonging to a community. I can picture myself at Michigan even after I graduate. There is always something to do or a team to cheer for. I already watch the Big Ten Network and I can't wait to be a part that great conference."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment was my last fall tournament with my club team in Naples, Fla. It was our last hurrah and an experience that I was able to share with my teammates who have become my best friends."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I became involved in lacrosse because it was a sport played and enjoyed by my sister, Alyssa. Lacrosse was her favorite sport and she encouraged me to play. Her love of the game rubbed off on me."

Any talents or hobbies you will share?
"Another favorite activity of mine is horseback riding. I compete in jumper shows on my horse Beau. I placed at Devon!"

Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my cross country and indoor track coach Bill Coren. Coach Coren showed me that you don't have to be built a certain way to be an athlete but you must have the motivation and drive to become one. Because of him, I pushed myself past what I thought were my limits. He taught me to strive to be the best athlete I can be by being mentally positive and always committing to work my hardest, because Coach Coren said I if I did this I would be the best athlete I could be."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and pets. I also enjoy working at the stable where I board my horse."

Favorite food ... Chicken Picatta
Favorite band/artist ... Lorde
Favorite movie ... Soul Surfer
Favorite TV Show ... American Horror Story
Favorite book ... The Art of Racing in the Rain
Favorite subject ... Biotechnology
Favorite professional Athlete ... Mia Hamm
Favorite place to Visit ... Newport, R.I.
Favorite sports besides lacrosse ... Horseback riding
Favorite holiday ... Fourth of July

• Previous Spotlight: Sydney Dalmass (1/7/13)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)